Bonney Read

4.7
925 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 925 people are saying
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vipCarleeP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, service, vibe and Christmas decorations. We love BR and will be back!

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ChrisB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bonney has become one of our staples for both dinner and drinks. They have a great happy hour menu for snacks and drinks. Always very fresh seafood and the fish and chips are absolutely the best! Kim, and the entire staff, are always very friendly and accommodating. Needless to say, you can’t go wrong at The Bonney Read. Highly recommended!

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DonnaM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fish Sammy was too messy and drenched in tartar sauce. Drinks great. Fries crispy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for outstanding food, fun ambiance and solid beer selection.

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RickW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Very pleased! Server was outstanding! Definitely would go back again!

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Jake
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Kind of standard 'seafood joint by the shore', the food is just ok and overpriced. The staff was great, beer was good. Nothing special, I'll never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waitress Isabel and the food was sooo delicious!!

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EDcW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jackson was great, friendly.
He didn’t rush us and was patient. Cocktails were good, I had a Cosmo and my husband had a Manhattan both excellent choices. Seafood very fresh and would recommend the oysters and swordfish

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CarolB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the first time there! Everything was delicious! Portions good size. Will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal.

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PhilipP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Bonney Read. We Enjoy dining in Asbury. We loved the menu and choices available before making our reservation. B R did not disappoint! All four of us really enjoyed our meal. The oysters on the half shell were fresh clean and cold. The Caesar salad was wonderful and large enough for all to share. Crab Cakes, Broiled Flounder, Fish and chips (Old Bay fries on request) we’re all so fresh and delicious! Our server helped make our visit special with her friendly professional and knowledgeable attention!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall good. Credit card admin charge was strange for a fairly big establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was impeccable!!

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DallitzaP
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and the food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best raw bar Ann’s seafood! My favorite place.

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ScottS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bonny Read was on the mark. The server Isabella rocked and knew the menu inside and out. The seafood was fresher than fresh. The chef/owner Avery came to the table for a little chat and some key lime pie.....Outstanding day!!!!

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viplilpurpletoes
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been many times. Service was the best ever this time. Great, fresh seafood. Great cocktails. Just an easy place

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vipEddieG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good meal. Special was just ok. Lobster app and oysters were incredible. Mani magi - not so much.

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Mich
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really nice staff

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vipVickiL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Servers were fabulous! Been there many times! A favorite of mine!

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MarcJ
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great meal - food was fantastic- server was not as attentive but she may have had a lot of tables assigned to her

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shorefoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new go to restaurant for sea food. The food and service were fantastic.

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vipRayB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Restaurant was 85% EMPTY, but we waited over 20 minutes for waitress to take our drink order after we were seated, then she rushed us into ordering our meal as soon as she brought the drinks. Service was obviously poor, food was mediocre. Would not recommend - don't anticipate ever eating there again.

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vipHank
Wilmington
131 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
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 on September 18, 2021
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 on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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musiclover
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
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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vipneighborhoodlocal
New York Area
19 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
64 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

FAQs

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

Bonney Read is rated 4.7 stars by 925 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.