Bonney Read

4.5
844 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 844 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Skiter
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Incredible shellfish. Delicious cocktails. Had a non-alcoholic beer on the menu for my partner!

Some of the best steamers I've ever had. Kettle shrimp was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibe, food, and people were on point as usual!

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IUDad
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food! The grilled spanish grilled octopus was amazing! It had outside seating on a beautiful night. We would definitely go back!

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Beebop425
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came early for an 8:30pm reservation and they accomodated our party of 5. Food was delicious, drinks were exceptional and the service was on point. Had a great time and will be back again in the summer with friends.

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vipNJPearls
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything that we ordered was excellent. Our server was very attentive, and made some good suggestions. The food was served promptly and the catch of the day was prepared perfectly. Even the salted caramel cheesecake was amazing.

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vipRobertM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at The Bonney Read. Everyone's dish was delish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch-sat outside. Food was delicious. Staff was attentive only once had to ask about a drink that was ordered but didn’t come. All together would recommend

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vipMary
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Bonney Read yesterday. A nice Chardonnay and burrata for my wife and IPA and PEI oysters for me started the evening nicely. On Brandyn’s recommendation, I enjoyed the Fish and Chips (a mound of chips) while my wife savored a fresh cold lobster roll. Overall, we had a nice and relaxing meal and would recommend Boney Read to anyone looking for good food in a casual atmosphere.

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vipJaime
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went for a very early dinner. Not a lot of diners inside. The seafood is spectacular.

I had raw oysters followed by 1/2 lobster cocktail. Lobster cocktail had curry aioli. Glass of Cava rosé to accompany the shellfish.

Since it wasn't busy they were happy to take the lobster out of the shell for me. My dining companion had the fried flounder.

Our server, Taylor, was an absolute delight!

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vipTimewithus
London
35 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Wonderful service. Raw bar items were good. But then, frozen broccoli boiled to death. Inedible fish that could not have been fresh. Very tough. Very overcooked.

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DianeM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Appetizers and main courses wonderful! The salmon is always beyond delicious!! They never disappoint!

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Hardrocker
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow. Never asked if we wanted a second drink. Swordfish special was overcooked and dry. Mentioned to the server, she said I’ll let the kitchen know. A bit disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s birthday. We have been going for special occasions and the food and service never disappoint. Looking forward to going back in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and terrific service.

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JanetF
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was very helpful and couldn't do enough for my handicap husband in a wheel chair. Great experience and terrific time with friends.

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JimH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Found the food to be surprisingly mediocre. I ordered the the Caesar Salad with shrimp, which was nothing spectacular. My friend ordered a shrimp cocktail which was poorly presented in a little white bowl, a Caesar Salad which she did not care for and french fries which she found rancid as if the oil that they had been fried in had not been changed for quite some time. Overall a disappointing experience. Not planning on going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My fiancé loved it. Especially the ambiance. It was her first time there and she couldn’t stop talking about it. Definitely will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Good seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So tasty a lot of food

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vipRich
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great. The service is outstanding and Asbury Park is an amazing town.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're not familiar with asbury, it's meter parking. We had reservations for 6pm on a Sunday and were promptly seated. Had Mai Tai and beer with our oysters and octopus. Both were really good, octopus was a tad chewy but really tasty with the chorizo hash. My husband and I got the shrimp and snow crab kettle meal 😋 We were both head down in our plates for the next 20 minutes, so good. Sea salt caramel cheesecake dessert sealed the deal. Some may say it was pricey, but it was worth it. Bibs and wipes were provided, and needed 😀 Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and enjoy! Going back for the fried chicken sandwich that looked delish. There was indoor and outdoor dining. Street was closed off to expand the outdoor dining area. Parking wasn't too difficult to find, but its only may 😉

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SamCoburn
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant in Asbury Park

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ScottS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Never got past the app stage......Ward the waiter did a great job. Looking forward to getting back there.............

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SusanC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Melissa was great!!!
Food was very good but a bit pricey.
Wasn’t crazy about my Ipswich steamers. At $21 for an appetizer I expected better and more.

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nicholas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and friendly, conscientious staff. Great food. Tons of outdoor seating.

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DianeM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fish was absolute delicious! Our waitress was outstanding! Wonderful Mother’s Day celebration!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration! Super fun and the best burger I’ve ever had

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

It was our first time eating at Bonney Read and the atmosphere was nice. The food and drink were great and we enjoyed the evening. Our waiter was superb.

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vipKarenC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cocktail shrimp and clams casino very good, sword fish and Mahi Mahi alittle dry but still good...

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MBKAP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy Bonney Read. It was our first time back since start of COVID. The food was outstanding. We had shrimp and clams as appetizers, both very good. We then shared the mahi-mahi fresh catch and the
Crab cakes. Both were so well prepared - delicious and moist. The black sails cocktail rocks, nice beer and wince to. So happy to see them doing well after COVID. Looking forward to adding this back as one of our regular joints.

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crispy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The quality of the seafood was very poor. I’m pretty sure the shrimp were pre-frozen. The clams were tough and the mahi-mahi was so overcooked I couldn’t eat it. Everything was grossly overpriced. We used to love this place but we aren’t coming back.

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karlkadr
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service and setting were really great. Appetizers and drinks were very tasty. Portion size on the catch of the day was a bit disappointing, but acceptable. I was a bit put off by the uncharge from the loaded baked potato to the broccoli, but in the grand scheme, it was a great experience.

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DanaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very dissatisfied .. server was nice but food was overcooked n dry... oysters had no flavor (barnegat bay).. maybe just a bad night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Cool atmosphere.. a bit noisy ... the menu choices were slim with prices too high. I would have liked to see more choices. And charging fir bread is ridiculous

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vipSalA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You want seafood then go to the best chowder house in the Jersey shore

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vipWendyLady56
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Very noisy but tolerable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vippuravida
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Our food was delicious and our waitress was the kindest...cannot wait to go back!

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FrankiF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, cocktails were crafty. We will definitely be back.

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iLoveFood
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food, ambiance, and service were good. I plan on returning!

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Barbara
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Took about 15 mins to figure out who our server was. Tables crammed together inside despite COVID. Some staff not wearing masks at all or properly. Food and drink presentation were below what we expected for the price. Felt rushed when someone tried to clear our plate of oysters with a half dozen left to eat, honest mistake but everything seemed fast paced when someone spoke with us or came by our table. We decided to leave after ordering oysters and a round of drinks to find another restaurant to order more food. In the current circumstances I would not go back.

FAQs

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

Bonney Read is rated 4.5 stars by 844 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.