Bonney Read

4.6
901 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located in downtown Asbury Park, NJ in the historic Steinbach building, the Bonney Read is a classic American chowder house, cocktail and raw bar.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 901 people are saying
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vipHank
Wilmington
128 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Melissa was friendly and professional as our server. The New England clam chowder, clams casino were nice starters. The Salmon with green salad and Lobster roll were very tasty. Nice wine list and a wide range of rum to choose from.

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Docandstace
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, nothing special . Dining room has nice views of downtown Asbury Park

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lobster roll. Micaela was delightful! Best Bloody Mary!

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musiclover
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, especially the seafood! My husband said his burger was overcooked, but he enjoyed it anyway. Great drinks and ambiance!

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vipRobertK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sat outside with another couple - the Asbury crowd shuffled by , but i felt covid safe!
People at with their friends and Pooches which was sort of fun ( typical for the area)
We all had different fish dishes which were well prepared and everyone liked what they ordered.

We will go back before its too cold to eat outside!

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neighborhoodlocal
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Appetizers came out quickly and the New England clam chowder was amazing. Everyone liked their food. Is this off the charts high end dining? Absolutely not but it is good for what the place is. A cool spot in downtown Asbury. It is super loud so keep that in mind when booking. Service was attentive as well. I vowed after the last time I ate here to never come back but glad I did - they redeemed themselves in a big way!

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StevenP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow service; mediocre food; excellent Bloody Mary!

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viplmbc7
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an enjoyable night at Bonny Reade! We shared clams on the half shell, served perfectly chilled over shaved ice ; wonderfully seasoned clams casino; and a kettle of the sweetest snow crab legs ever. Our food was served at a perfect pace by super personable and attentive James. Our dinner was exactly the experience we were looking forward to during our Asbury Park getaway!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great experience, hostess was able to seat us outside what had was great. Food had changed since our last visit but was still good. St. Elmo’s fire cocktail was very good!

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vipBarb
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and hip space and decor. Fantastic seafood and excellent service ! One of the best in Asbury !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burger!

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AlyssaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! The seafood was fresh and well cooked. They had many of the classics you'd expect, but each dish had a twist to it that put it over the top. The cocktail were also mixed well.

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CatherineR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! Everything was very fresh. We had oysters and the lobster appetizers. Clam chowder soup, lobster roll and mahi sandwich. With the exception of the mahi sandwich all was excellent (a little too much bread so hard to taste the fish) and and the fries were ok- nothing special.

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vipTrishM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This used to be one of my favorite places to go and I think it still could be but it was not this day. No complaints about the service. The drinks were excellent as usual and the appetizers were very good. The “fresh catch” entree was a big disappointment 😝. I don’t know that this is the case but the Maui looked and tasted like it came right out of a Costco bag. Don’t say it’s fresh catch if it’s not. I will try again and hope it’s better next time.

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Inherellenment
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely date night at Bonney Read - our dinner was really delicious and so were the drinks. Our service was wonderful and we left feeling very satisfied!

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vipGigi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff and great atmosphere and music

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cammac00
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bonney Read is pretty consistent with its food - always tasty and fresh. Our server Luca - was great. It is just very loud - due to the high ceilings and flooring.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time there and brought a friend who hasn’t been there. We tried different items this time and the Kettle plate, raw bar and special grilled swordfish were all spectacular as is. I normally don’t have fish and chips but it was great. We will return again and love it on Mondays…thanks again for the great service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated

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wineNdinegirl
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom was fun, food was delicious . Great night overall

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AlvinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience no wait the food was excellent. The sauces that were provided were new to me but tasted wonderful. Our waitress was very attentive.

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NJBFIT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The noise
level is really LOUD!

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vipSonoraF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great experience. Love it here every time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and they were especially kind and accommodating. One person in our party uses a walker, and Kim was very kind and understanding and quickly showed us how to access our table. She ensured we had assistance as well. She later stopped by to check on us and took a few moments to chat even though the restaurant was pretty busy.
Our server, Michaela, was also very kind and efficient. Great food as always too. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my friends and i went for brunch on sunday and everything was great! our server megan was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and always fresh food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and will definitely not be our last. It was perfect from appetizer to dessert. It was awesome and we will be back again and the staff are professional and believe in customer service comes first. See you soon

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vipRich
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Rum Flight with Coconut H2O ball, excellent, food was good, server could have been better.

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vipKelseyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun atmosphere, very fresh seafood, strong drinks. Loved it

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vipMikeG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dining experience on Saturday night. Got a nice quiet table near a window. Our server Molly was attentive and friendly.
We enjoyed the oysters from Barnegat Bay and 2 dinner specials: salmon and mahi. Both entrees were delicious. There are lots of nice drink options as well. We shared a bottle of white wine with dinner which was reasonably priced.
Would recommend to friends and also return again.

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HunterS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional and food was great. One of my favorite spots in town for a sit down dinner and drinks with friends or family.

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foodie55
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Have been here several times. Food is always good. The service was awful - probably the worst I've experienced in some time. Front of the house needs a major overhaul - lots of people standing around - so not an issue of not enough staff - though could be the staff is just not well trained. Will not be back again until at least the fall and will try again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was sub par. New England clam chowder tasted like it was from a can. Cocktail was thrown together and didn’t taste anything like described. Service was okay. Crabs were okay, potatoes and corn were tasteless. Very disappointing. Not worth $114

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vipSchwanky
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fun atmosphere. The food was just ok. Crab cakes very bready. Fries not hot. Shrimp overcooked. Maybe an off night.

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DavidF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Britney my server and Anthony on he raw bar were GREAT!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at Bonney Read, will definitely be back.

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vipljschwarz
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good and so was service. Special drinks were over the top sweet.

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jsprusko
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic seafood and generous portions. Expertly crafted cocktails. Amazing service. Wonderful decor and ambience. We visited for my Dad’s birthday. He was in his glory between the raw bar starters followed by the incredible, piled high lobster, king crab, and shrimp tray…not a plate but an appropriate metal tray of sensational shellfish. Cocktails were so well done. I enjoyed Bonney Road’s take on an Old Fashion and recommend it to anyone who is fan of the cocktail. Service was as good as it gets. Our waiter, Ward, was on point for all our questions, needs, and made sure dessert complete with birthday candles was perfect for my Dad.
There is a positive, energetic vibe when you enter and sit but yet never too loud making conversations easy.
I was visiting for the evening while my family was on vacation for the week in Asbury. Bonney Road is worth the 45 minute drive I took any day. And my Dad was so impressed and pleased with his experience that he and the family are headed back again this week. Thank you Ward and everyone at Bonney Road for a fantastic experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for a friends bachelorette. Service and food were great!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels fra diavlo excellent as always! Wait service and drinks exceptional.

FAQs

Bonney Read offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 455-3352.

Bonney Read is rated 4.6 stars by 901 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.