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Bonney Read

4.6
4.6
990 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 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

What 990 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Seafood

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  1. G

    Gigi

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had an Ultimate Bloody Mary which was like an appetizer with all the garnishes . Hubby ordered Clam Stew and I the blackened grouper. Both delicious! Izzy( Isabelle ) was such an awesome waitress. So adorable and personable. We had a great experience and enjoyed people watching out our window table seating.
  2. SA

    SalA

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our home away from home restaurant /bar. The freshest fish you'll get anywhere from clams to Tuna bolognese yes Tuna, to a variety of fish steaks. Oh did I mention the Ribs and Burgers. For a chowder house their meat dishes though few are as good as anywhere else.
  3. KM

    KeithM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place, best clams casino on earth, by far!
  4. LR

    LuciaR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good and it place itself had a fun atmosphere
  5. AC

    AniC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and quantity and service and menu choice, nice cocktails. Price is slightly higher.
  6. AK

    AlekseyK

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant going almost every Friday in the summertime great food great people definitely recommend it
  7. a

    apqueen

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven't dined here in a few years, we didn't love it last time we were there (service and food quality were poor and price was high) so we were hesitant to go back. But we had family in town who wanted lobster and seafood and we couldn't figure a place to go so we took a risk. The risk paid off, the service was fabulous, the food was excellent. We were surprised and would definitely go back again.
  8. j

    joelk

    New York Area

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service of superb food and drink’s.
  9. c

    crease

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    It’s my go to restaurant in Asbury. It’s consistently good and a great value
  10. ML

    MissLo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Regular date for me and my husband
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kim our waitress was a rock star
  12. TF

    TeresaF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Visited on a Thursday evening for a special occasion and it was a disappointment. Some items not fresh. Ordered the Spanish octopus and I could not cut through it. Tasted one piece and could barely chew it. Waitress quessed it was tough, just by the look on my face. Buratta was not fresh. Bread toasted which usually means its not fresh( charged $3.50 for extra bread). My son's burger was dry. Coleslaw tasted sour. Everyone else said their dishes were good (grouper special, lobster roll (small portion). I had ceasar salad wirh shrimp. I got a bowl of lettuce wirh a couple of croutons and about 5 or 6 small shrimp ($24). Key lime pie tasted like freezer burn. Just a disappointment dining experience. But, the worst part is that by the time I got home I started feeling ill. Can't pun point, but I suspect the shrimp in my salad. Won't recommend
  13. M

    Mimi

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great time. Food was good. Price of oysters was shocking .
  14. e

    eatoutalot

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great! Food very good.
  15. k

    ken29

    New York Area

    104 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I had the tuna and my wife had the salmon. Disappointed with the dessert choices . Nothing gluten-free. Service was attentive and our table was perfect. Somewhat loud however fun just not a romantic place but great energy and awesome bar.
  16. CJ

    CJBo

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous fresh seafood and our server Justin was great!
  17. c

    chuckie

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun place. Beautiful setting in Asbury Park. Food is fresh and hot.
  20. 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.
  21. A

    Anniversary6

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Mother’s Day
  22. 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 !!!
  23. TL

    ThomasL

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great place
  24. JH

    JenniferH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  25. SC

    StacyC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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!!!
  26. 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!!
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. AL

    AimeeL

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. All staff was super friendly and attentive.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. w

    wifesabrucefan

    New York Area

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  35. 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!
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely family night
  39. 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
  40. 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.

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 990 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 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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