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Bonney Read

4.6
4.6
975 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.

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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 455-3352

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    James Avery

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for pricing.

  • Private party contact

    info@thebonneyread.com: (732) 455-3352

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross street

    Cookman and Bangs

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 975 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Neighborhood Gem

  • New Jersey - Central

    Seafood

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  1. CJ

    CJBo

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fabulous fresh seafood and our server Justin was great!

  2. c

    chuckie

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every thing was excellent up until the octopus! Cocktails, excellent, raw clams and steamed mussels, excellent, blackened fish bites, excellent! The octopus, $28 worth, was like eating dried shoe leather. Why even have it on the menu if you don't know how to prepare it? Almost ruined the whole meal.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fun place. Beautiful setting in Asbury Park. Food is fresh and hot.

  5. BF

    BillF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Food was very good. Our server was not attentive and never seemed to be around. We were actually helped by another server - it wasn’t even his station. Thanks to him.

  6. A

    Anniversary6

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Mother’s Day

  7. p

    plc747

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    We ordered the king crab it was old and dry i spent hours being so sick. Also ordered the caviar. One jar was nice eggs other one was cheap nonsense. Our server was lovely. The chef should not serve old food !!!

  8. TL

    ThomasL

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great place

  9. JH

    JenniferH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My daughter’s 12th birthday. They are so welcoming and sang Happy Birthday to her. The food is fabulous. Second time around for us.

  10. SC

    StacyC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I just can’t say enough about how much I live this place. I live the drinks and the crabs!!!

  11. GD

    GraceD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed and the place just grows on you! Day into evening atmosphere transitioned beautifully! Our waiter was outstanding and the food was to die for! Appreciated also how chill my white wine was kept!!

  12. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were very pleasantly surprised. The oysters were some of the best we’ve had. Service was exceptional. Ambiance noted as inviting. Would recommend as a go to in a renaissance community.

  13. LH

    LynnH

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food very good, server was very good, a little loud but overall would definitely go again

  14. JO

    JackOClubs

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good menu and good food. Our server was very attentive

  15. T

    Teacher2urist

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Bonney Read was my family’s favorite spot in Asbury. We will probably not be back. Our favorite ‘bucket’ of seafood is no longer available (that we were craving). The waiter instead said we have ‘steak bites and pulled pork’. Not why we go to a seafood restaurant. Service was uneven. My son found a chunk of plastic in his clam chowder. When he showed the waiter, we never heard another thing about it. Quality of everything was substandard. I guess they’re on the cheap since the pandemic and it shows.

  16. AL

    AimeeL

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent. All staff was super friendly and attentive.

  17. LD

    LisaD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I dine frequently at Bonnie Reed. We've tried everything on the menu at least once; however, the Salmon and Cesar Salad are my go to. This past weekend we were a party of 6; two of the couples were new to the experience. Service was excellent, food as always never disappoints anyone.

  18. KM

    KathyM

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Peel and shrimp is a must! Cocktail s delicious and unique.

  19. w

    wifesabrucefan

    New York Area

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service.

  20. DM

    DianeM

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fish always delicious!! Salads as well! Always my first choice for Asbury dining!

  21. JL

    JudiL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing. Michelle was awesome and helped me propose to my fiancée. Thank you to the Bonney Read family!

  22. LD

    LisaD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything on the menu is outstanding!!! Tried everything at least once.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely family night

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was very good food was great atmosphere was great

  25. MM

    MixingwithMita

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous! Food was so delicious and cocktails so well made. Thanks so much for having us, can’t wait to come back.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was okay, probably not worth the price though. Mussels were very salty and we were told they came with bread but they didn’t. Server forgot to put in our app so we didn’t get that until after we got our entrees but she did take it off the bill which was nice! Bloody Mary’s were delicious!!

  27. A

    Amazed

    Caribbean

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Great drinks Food was decent

  28. P

    Phil

    New England

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding. Great atmosphere and service. A must return!

  29. KM

    KathyM

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! Rum Manhattan was delicious as was Black Bart's tequila cocktail. The peel yourself shrimp were incredible. Spicy but not too much. Burger was huge and cooked perfect. Salmon was tender and fresh. Chocolate Ala mode was delicious. Will def be going back. Our server Kim was attentive and very pleasant.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for my wife’s birthday dinner. It was great!

  31. RD

    RyanD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was delicious, got the Valentine's special and it was great.

  32. AN

    ANDE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Had higher expectations. Both dishes were over cooked and the "salad" was only a few pieces of romaine lettuce.

  33. JM

    JeMo

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server Paige was amazing! We went on Valentines Day weekend so we knew it would be crowded, but Paige went above and beyond to get us our orders as fast as the bar/kitchen could get them out. She is a gem!!! Food was incredible as always. (Oysters were exceptional!)

  34. ML

    MarkL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Abby was a great server. She knew the food and drink menus inside and out. Food was outstanding.

  35. K

    Karyn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Love the fish and chips. Enjoy their crispy fries.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent and the food was the highest quality seafood I’ve ever had. The freshes oysters, true homemade NE clam chowder, crispy fried calamari and a whole lot of snow crab legs for a great price. Highly recommend.

  37. TJ

    TerryJ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The happy hour at the Bonney Read is terrific. We ate so much at the happy hour that we didn't bother with dinner.

  38. PS

    PaulS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice experience

  39. G

    Greatjewel

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful and fun ambiance, the music selection was perfect and the food was delectable! Our server was awesome; we’ll be back very soon.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food was phenomenal, waitress also phenomenal. Staff didn’t wear masks and hostess was visibly sick

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 975 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Bonney Read

533 Cookman Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cookman and Bangs

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Avery

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 455-3352

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for pricing.

  • Private party contact

    info@thebonneyread.com: (732) 455-3352

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