Larimar Restaurant

4.7
526 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Modern European
Larimar Restaurant, located in the charming town of Spring Lake, New Jersey, focuses on Modern European cuisine drawing on influences from Northern Italy, France and the Rivera.
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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good with the exception of gnochetti it was not cooked enough and very salty

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KC
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top notch dining experience beginning with our host, John Paulus, extending a warm and sincere welcome, the exceptional ambiance of the dining room, our waitress, Christina, was quietly present whenever needed, not annoying, and the food! What can we say. The appetizers, the entres and a shared dessert were all over the top. A wonderful evening with my valentine.

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Stuffy, the waiters are always hovering, tables are close together making it unable to even hold a conversation, you hear everyone else's conversations as well, overall just not worth the money. The food was the best part, but definitely not worth the price. I expected better things.

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R
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the same...consistently great.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed in Larimar Restaurant. Server was very nice, however my date and myself were rushed between our app ( Burrata) and our entrees( filet-mignon), the Burrata was not baf however the filets which were both medium-rare were tough, not a good piece of meat , extremely disappointed in a restaurant that prides itself supposedly in being an Upscale Restaurant! I will not be back nor will I recommend!

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience and meal last night. Very relaxing and beautiful dining room. Service was outstanding and professional. Pork chop and Girasole pasta dishes were exceptional. Thank you for a great evening! Highly recommend.

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KR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance Beautiful decor Superb service and most of all Excellent food. We went two nights in a row. Five stars

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k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place! Some much attention to detail. Our friends were impressed!

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HG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Larimar is one of our favorite go-tos for special dinners but we had the pleasure of experiencing their Saturday lunch and it was elegant, great tasting with wonderful service in a civilized atmosphere that is the anti-thesis of the sports bars that populate the Jersey shore. Great for the northern Italian food, particularly all the pastas, the desserts, the ambiance, and the wonderfully attentive without hovering service. One of the nicest places in Spring Lake environs.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

We had a terrible table and there were other spots
We could have been seated. We should have complained but we had a guest with us and to boot it was her birthday.
The server spoke so softly we kept having to ask her to speak up. Also she was about to pour the wrong wine thankfully I noticed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our meals at Larimar. Service is always outstanding. Love that it is BYO for alcohol. Definitely worth a try.

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HA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first dining experience in Larimar's in Spring Lake, NJ at lunch on a rainy weekday afternoon this past week and we will definitely be back for more. Their BYOB policy allowed me to bring a nice, light, crisp Italian White Wine which was immediately opened and placed in an ice bucket near our table for serving throughout lunch. I ordered from the Prix Fixe lunch special menu with a delicious Escarole and Bean Bisque soup, a "house-made" Pipette Pasta course in a light Pomodorini Tomato sauce with Pepper and Basil, and a desert of 3 Beignets with Brown Sugar, Diced Banana Creme Compote, and Brown Rum sauce. My companion ordered from the Ala Carte menu because of a limited time offering of a special entree of their Gnochetti Pasta (without the potato) course with tender Broccoli Raabe, Crumbled Sausage, and a light sauce with a hint of Pureed Cauliflower. She ordered a half entree of this as her appetizer and followed it with a Trio of Filet Mignon Sliders with a delicious gourmet relish on their house-made Brioche. A bread course of their own Foccacia was also generously refilled throughout our meal. Their Coffee and Cappuccino finished our visit nicely. Service was attentive throughout without being any interruption and we can't wait to schedule a dinner visit in the near future.

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JM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an over the top restaurant. Excellent ambiance, food and service. The four of us really enjoyed our lunch. I can't say enough about it. If you have the chance - Go!!

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem. Delicious food, great staff. Can't wait to go back.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I thought the food was excellent, but the service was a bit underwhelming. We were surprised at the actions of the host about questioning the alcohol that we had brought with us. I understand that it is beer & wine only but I felt the staff was over concerned about what we had brought with us. They asked the question and we answered and that should have been it. We did not have any thing other than wine with us but i felt like the staff didn't believe us. It made everyone in my party extremely uncomfortable.

They had mentioned that it was very important for their pending liquor license and i understand that but i feel the staff went way overboard to the point it made us very uncomfortable and even a bit angry.

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B
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. It begins with a warm welcome and seating in a beautiful dining room. I got a booth as requested and seated upon arrival. The staff is extremely professional. The food was delicious and all prepared with the finest freshest ingredients. We shared some oysters Rockefeller that were amazing. Then 2 pasta's the Spaghetti al Nero and a special with broccoli de Rabe and sausage. both delicious and cooked perfectly. For mains we had a pork chop and black sea bass special, also extremely well prepared and wonderful flavors. We had the seasonal crème brulee and flourless chocolate cake. A wonderful unrushed dining experience, I would recommend highly.

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TD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. It was our first time at Larimar. We would definitely go back.
Very nice upscale BYOB restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing! We absolutely loved this restaurant

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From entering the restaurant to exiting Larimar the evening was splendid and faultless. The welcome was genuine, the atmosphere was both serene yet cosmoitan, and the menu choices were delectable. All together a wonderful evening!

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CV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Impeccable! As always, treated with respect and made to feel special.

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FM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Larimar since they opened and always make a point to dine there every time we visit Spring Lake. The food is exquisitely prepared and the waitstaff is always so attentive and professional — all comes from the top — they know how to create a wonderful customer experience.

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful byo Happy with everything gave food a 4 star instead of 5 because the short ribs could have been more tender, but that wouldn’t stop me from coming back, no one is perfect 100% pasta was perfection and hubbys red snapper was delicious though lovely evening

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GP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and the environment was excellent. II would highly recommend it.

However, what did not enhance our experience, was that we felt the waiter was rushing us . This was not an enjoyable part of the evening.

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GE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food; first rate service; refined setting; quiet; a bit expensive, but worth it.

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GM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was absolutely incredible! We cannot wait to go back! I can’t say enough about the quality of the food and the friendly staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dining right here in Spring Lake.

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MJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon arrival, we were greeted by charming host who acknowledged me by my first name, which I totally like ! Our server was dressed in tie and jacket and so amicable! The decor was so beautiful in a soothing sea foam blue and exquisite Christmas decorations. We were there for lunch and had their $28 Prix Fixe menu. We all started with their puréed escarole and bean soup which we loved! And had crab cake and salad ,ending up with 3 beignets for dessert ! This is truly a gem nestled in the middle of Spring Lake’s business district!

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r
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Have dined at Larimar's several times, found meals very consistent and good, service excellent, and a very friendly, but not overbearing atmosphere.
Highly recommend.

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, attentive and hard-working.

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m
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit to Larimar qaa lively. We had the prix fixe lunch . Soup was the highlight, but the crabcake entree waa very good.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John and his staff always do a Amazing job. Dinner was amazing

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K
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Burrata, oysters Rockefeller, bread, and the pork chop were all better than excellent. The red snapper was boring and tastless. Overall great and we'll be back.

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P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for lunch to celebrate my Mom’s big birthday. John, our waiter, was wonderful. My crab cake over a bed of arugula was delcious! The ambiance and decor were stunning and festive. Will come back soon!

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t
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service and food was hat and excellent. We were not rushed since we were the first seating and felt very comfortable. Having been there before we were not disappointed since we asked another couple who had not been there before. They loved it.

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BO
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch & superb service!!

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is consistently delicious and the staff is attentive and warm. We always have a wonderful experience and really enjoyed the new winter menu.

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J
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great service. Food is very good, portions a little small. Menu is somewhat limited, however there is something for everyone. I recommended Larimar to a friend a few years ago and she loved it. Will definitely be back.

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F
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with Larimar from the cuisine to the service. After I was seated the Manager introduced himself and asked me to let him know if anything was not perfect. The Spanikopata was divine. The scallops were superb. I had very attentive wait staff including the head waiter, making sure everything came out well and keeping my glass full. I am looking forward to returning!

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ME
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this restaurant!! The food was unique and delicious, the service excellent. The dining area is comfortable, tasteful but small-ish. It’s BYOB, that helps on the check. We would DEFINITELY come back!!

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. We went off-season mid-week. Barely anyone on the street, so parking was incredibly easy. Heard about Larimar from friends. Well worth the drive. The food was exceptional. The restaurant is designed beautifully. But again...the food! Loved it. Everything our waiter suggested was spot on. Scallops with red quinoa, mushrooms, pearl onions and apple puree to start, homemade fresh pasta followed - lamb ravioli in a creamy mint sauce and campanelle with a fantastic thick ragu; and then an incredible pork chop with a truffle potato terrine and short ribs with parmesan polenta for main courses. So good. We'll be back. A lot.

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