Restaurant Nicholas, New York Times 4 star, Gayot's top 40 restaurant in America for 2011/12, Zagat's No.1 Pick for Food, Service, Most Popular & Wine List for 2005-2012, offers New American Cuisine set in a sophisticated serene environment. Nicholas also hosts Bar N, a more casual alternative where no reservations are required. Chef/Owner Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa operate this intimate 4-star jewel located just minutes over the bridge from Red Bank's downtown area.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Contemporary American, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm
BAR N MENU HOURS (food available)
Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30-10:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays-5:30-11:30pm
Bt. Navesink River Rd & Pine Street
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Restaurant Nicholas will tailor a party to your needs from 15 guests to 250 guests. Restaurant Nicholas not only takes care of the cuisine & service, but will also arrange the planning of table, linens, flowers, tents, etc. for your important affair.
Complimentary valet parking available as well as street parking and a private lot.
Red Bank train station
Private Party Facilities:
Our private dining rooms are the ideal location for both large and small occasions. With two connected rooms, we can accommodate parties of 10 to 60 people. For daytime events, we offer two separate rooms for a maximum of 120 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Melissa Harary: (732) 345-9977
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nicholas Ratings and Reviews
We had a terrible New Year's eve experience. After we were seated at the table we asked for a glass of Rose and was told they were out of it. The appetizer was Pappadelle with a mushroom ragu. The noodles were too aldente and should have been much softer. After the waiter asked if we had any dietary restrictions, I told him to limit the salt. We both ordered as our entree filet mignon. The amount of salt that was used was over the top as the meat was marinated in soy sauce. The waiter made no attempt to let us know that the meat would be very salty. I sent it back immediately. Meanwhile, Alan had to eat his meat by himself which really ruined our dinner. By the time the waiter came back he informed me that the chef could not remedy the situation with the very oversalted meat and I would have to choose something else. This time I chose Lamb which was a bit gamey and nothing to write home about. Dessert was a conglomeration of four different items which mainly consisted of ice cream and cake. It was terribly sweet. We couldn't wait to leave. Also the cost of this poor meal was prohibitive. We are done with the overhyped and overrated Nicholas.
We've eaten here three times and, heading in, this was the least excited we were about the menu of the night. Tonight was the best experience we've had at Nicholas.
Thirteen different plates and not a single miss. Absolutely brilliant.
The soups here are masterful. I don't like mushroom soup and it was the best thing I ate tonight. The highlight of my last visit was the roasted tomato soup; I don't care for tomato soup. I'm sensing a pattern here.
The venison was lovely. The scallop dish was surprising and wonderful. Their riffs on ethnic cuisines (notably a Japanese golden tilefish dish) are inspired. The desserts are delicate and glorious.
Next time I eat at Nicholas I'm not even going to bother looking at the menu.
Nicholas is firing on all cylinders. The food is so fresh and tastes clean (with emphasis on natural ingredients). Food is not overly sauced or seasoned. We had three different seafood entrees, Cobia, Black Sea Bass, and Butter Braised Lobster. All superb. I felt the pricing was reasonable for the high quality food and service.
Extremely disappointed in the experience probably because our expectations were so high based upon all of the great reviews. Nothing about Nicholas was outstanding. The food was a letdown, portions very small, service was good but certainly not notable and our check including a 20% tip totaled $340 for two of us. Certainly not something I would ever recommend to anyone.
Overall the food was good, but service was not what you would expect. DO Not Do the Cellar Selection.!! The wine pours are short, never offer any additional, and they are not worth the additional money. Very cold atmosphere, not a warm comfortable place to eat.
We love the wonderful blending of seasonings along with the perfect preparation of every dish. Wine was excellent. The service and attention of everyone is definitely 5 star.
Our one disappointment this time was the choice of dessert. We missed the traditional comfort selection.
Nevertheless, the evening was wonderful.
We are also enjoying the wines that we purchased from you with our dinners at home.
Only superlatives go with my review. This was our first visit to Nicholas and definitely will not be the last! Every dish was delishes and imaginative. I had the vegetarian option and could not finish my meal. I received a box of chocolates for my birthday. That was a lovely gesture.
Excellent! As it has been each time we come here. We both had the tasting menu with wine pairings. The only item I was not thrilled with was the tortellini. The tomatoe sauce overwhelmed the delicate tortellini with goat cheese. Otherwise no complaints about food, service and ambiance.
Our dinner was excellent from beginning to end. We both had Buratta as our appetizer. I had the panco encrusted halibut special which was to die for. My friend had the hake which was also fabulous. For dessert, he had the cheesecake and I had the souffle. We ordered the rose wine which had a life of its own. I cannot wait to return!
Nicholas lived up to expectations as the food and service was wonderful. We had reservations to celebrate our anniversary in the dining room but elected to eat in the bar because we wanted a more lively environment and wanted to dine from the a la carte menu. We weren't disappointed. Our server Marcello was very attentive and helpful with our selections. Nicholas is a great spot for a special occasion.
Beautiful decor, delicious food and extremely professional servers sets the stage for this fabulous restaurant. So many delicious choices... My favorite is their seafood entrees, so fresh and flavorful. Be sure to save room for dessert! You will not be disappointed!
Having been told this restaurant was one of the best in th county and having read great reviews, the expectations were high. And the food definitely lived up to, if not exceeded, them. My husband and I ordered from the tasting menu. For the time in my life, I closed my eyes and sighed as I tasted each plate. There was not one dish that wasn't absolutely amazing, and I've never experienced that before at any fine dining restaurant. The service was impeccable, with maybe ten seconds between the last fork down and a waiter clearing the plates. We were given the perfect amount of time between courses and the perfect portion to taste each time. The only aspect about this restaurant that was disappointing was the decor and the fact that you can see cars whizzing by if you are sitting in certain seats. Other than that, excellent!!
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