Poached Pear Bistro

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
THE POACHED PEAR BISTRO

Located at 816 Arnold Ave in the beautiful shore community of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

The Poached Pear Bistro is a stylish, yet family friendly, BYO contemporary American restaurant featuring excellent food and reasonable prices in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Chef-owner Scott Giordano, formerly executive chef at Whispers in Spring Lake, NJ, and sous chef at the Saddle River Inn in Saddle River, NJ, and his highly professional kitchen and wait staff are committed to providing patrons with a truly pleasing and memorable dining experience.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 16th. I had the burrata and we both had the coffee rubbed steak and mushroom risotto. Both were out of this world! I had the flourless chocolate cake and it was equally delicious. My only suggestion if I were to have one would be to dim the lights a bit more. We drove 45 minutes to get here and would do it again and again. BYOB a plus!

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Had asparagus fries as an appetizer which was novel. We both had fish as a main dish, Corvina and Halibut. Loved both. The Corvina was a special. A bit pricey but worth it. Desserts were great. Had a chocolate mousse cake and crème brulee. Service was impeccable. Would go back any time.

CL
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love the restaurant, the service has always been good and the food is excellent ! So yummy:)

S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Poached Pear with a group of friends to celebrate a 70th birthday. My husband and I have been there several times and have never been disappointed. Our four friends were all “first timers”, all thoroughly enjoyed their meals and said they would definitely go back. Great place for a date night, special occasion or friends get together.

JI
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! First time here and I will be back in 3 weeks. We started with a grilled octopus and calamari appetizer special and burrata. Amazing. My wife had the lobster special. I had the corvina special. Amazing. Flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding were amazing. Service was excellent and presentation of food was great. Must go! Can’t wait until next time!

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent overall experience! Our waitress Marge went above and beyond making our first experience there a good one. I forgot my wine and she gave us directions and even held our order until I got back. All of the food was top notch! Definitely will be dining again soon!

JG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughters birthday and were very happy with the service and food! Everything was prepared with care and was delicious!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance was lively despite it being an early reservation in the middle of winter (at the shore). The server was very attentive and did not rush us even though there was a wait. For appetizers we had the jersey corn bisque, the calamari and a mushroom fricasee special with puff pastry. The bisque was the highlight of the evening. It was perfectly sweet and hit the spot on a cold winter evening.
The calamari was also very good; tender with a light cornmeal coating. The mushroom fricasee lacked much flavor. All appetizer portions were surprisingly large.

For entrees, we had the pistachio encrusted salmon and a mahi mahi special with a beurre blanc-type sauce (I do not recall if the waiter called it a beurre blanc sauce, but it seemed like it was that) with artichokes, a few shrimp and other vegetables (squash and onions among others). Both portions of fish were overcooked and a bit dry . The pearled cous cous with the salmon was bland (although my wife requested that the olives be removed, which may have been the cause for that). The mahi mahi, vegetables and pearled cous cous were drowned in the sauce, which made the dish feel as though it was something from a chain restaurant. Had there been less sauce or maybe a lighter sauce, then maybe I would have enjoyed the dish more, but as I said, the fish was also a bit overcooked.

For dessert, we had the flourless chocolate cake and chocolate mousse crepe cake with cappuccinos. Both cakes, and their accompanying gelatos, were delicious.

Overall, I was disappointed with the food given the reputation of the restaurant. I would try it again to see if perhaps we just picked the wrong dishes (I typically order beef, pork or veal, and I am kicking myself for not doing so here), but it is always difficult to return to a restaurant I didn't enjoy all that much when there are a number I love eating at and even more that I would like to try for a first time.

SG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service highly recommend this
Restaurant.

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like the food and find it innovative at the Poached Pear. This last time was disappointed in the appetizer (wild mushroom fricassee over puff pastry) that sounded great. It was just okay. Had crab cake as main and it was excellent; would order again. For dessert we shared the bread pudding which was probably the best course that night.

PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here to celebrate our anniversary. The food and service was outstanding. We will be back. Excellent!!

CJ
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Poached Pear is a lovely restaurant with excellent food. Our server (I believe his name was Nick) was a very likable, pleasant young man.

K
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a terrific meal for each of the four of us. All appetizers and main courses were really good this Saturday evening.
We have been coming to PPB for many years and will continue to frequent this excellent BYO restaurant.

SU
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere is very nice. Service was excellent. The Poached Pear Salad was excellent. I had the pork chop which was good. A little overcooked but overall good. My husband had the coffee rubbed steak. He also enjoyed it but noted that is seemed to be missing something. For dessert we had the dark chocolate gelato which was excellent.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say is that we were a party of four. We were seated right on time. Since the moment we sat down we had an amazing experience. Starters, entrees and desserts were all presented in a delicate manner and tasted delicious. Wait staff are extremely courteous and professional . We will definitely go back when visiting our friends that live in Point Pleasant.

MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, great atmosphere!

KF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have dined here many times. We are never disappointed in the quality of the food. Everyone from the maitre’d to the waiters are very professional and welcoming. If you’re lucky, you might catch a quick glimpse of the chef. Our waiter Nicky, was so sweet, making suggestions, being present, and very friendly. We keep this restaurant for special occasions and enjoy being able to celebrate there with fabulous memories. Make your reservations!

BS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance of the restaurant is wonderful for conversation The tables are spaced apart so there is adequate room to serve without jostling the guests. The food was excellent and timing Of service was perfect - not too slow and not too rushed. We were there on a Sunday night in the winter. The restaurant was busy but not full so I can’t comment on what would happen if it was a full house. Definitely worth another visit. There are many more things on the menu I want to try.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time visiting this restaurant after it was recommended by a friend. We loved it and we will definitely be back.

d
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!! Food, service and atmosphere!! All great!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal!!!

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Poached Pear is top notch, food and service are always outstanding, it is our special occasion place.

SA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch restaurant with excellent food and a great variety.

ML
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my wife and I's second time here. We were celebrating her birthday and we knew we wanted to go to a place that had outstanding food and a nice, quiet atmosphere. My wife ended up getting a special that included seared mahi mahi over parmesan risotto with oyster mushrooms and veggies and a burrea blanc sauce. I got the an apple cider brined pork chop with red cabbage marmalde and a stone ground mustard over top crispy spatezle and a cider bourbon reduction. We ended the night with their flourless chocolate cake and a layered chocolate crepe cake. The food was outstanding as usual. My wife couldn't stop raving about the mahi dish and the pork chop I had was so moist that you could practically cut it with a butter knife. You can tell the chef pays close attention to his craft and puts out the best food he possibly can while using fresh ingredients. The flourless chocolate cake was to die for and the crepe dessert was easily one of the better desserts I've ever had. The wait staff was on point and they even made a point to wish my wife a happy birthday with a candle on her dessert. Even the owners came to our table to personally wish her a happy birthday. Overall you cannot beat this place. If you haven't been here already, please do yourself a favor and get there ASAP. Trust me you won't be disappointed. I would highly recommend the Poached Pear for any occasion. We will surely be back.

DM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been dining here since the restaurant opened and in all of that time have not had a single dish that we didn't like. Chef Scott does a wonderful job. Highlights were the Brined Pork Chop and the NY Strip Steak, both of which we requested medium-rare and they came out perfectly cooked. Also, the tiramisu may have been the best I've ever had, and I'm a tiramisu junky. Well done!

PC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, amazing filet mignon. Highly recommended for a date.

SM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All of the food was delicious. It is a bit high price but nice to go to as a treat once a year or so. great that is a BYOB.

PH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a very fine dinner👍 Service was excellent, food superb, ambiance nice. We eat in NYC quite a bit and this place rates w/ them! Vegan and gluten free service ...👌. Very, very happy and a wonderful surprise in PT. Pleasant!

JM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at this restaurant many times and never been disappointed the food and service always exceptional

JH
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner the other night. Our appetizers, salads, main courses, and dessert were all amazing. The service was outstanding, my water glass was never empty and I drink a lot of water! Definitely a place worth going to and going back to.

g
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food impeccable service. The best restaurant on the shore. Comparable to the best restaurants in NYC.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food lamb shanks were great

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! One of our favorites!

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a pleasant surprise! First time at the restaurant and I found The food to be exceptional. Saffron The lobster over mashed potatoes and spinach was so delicious. Service was very good and Nick the waiter was so helpful and pleasant. I will definitely go back.

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great please...and great food! Been there many times and never disappointed! Recommend it highly. One of our favorite places. Love it!

AC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious with the filet mignon cooked to perfection and the crab cakes tender and tasty with the accompanying sauce. The service was efficient and polite.

WV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meal here! Top grades for all.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going here with the family. Service was amazing, food was fantastic. Sherry was amazing. Can't wait to go back.