We have been to the Poached Pear numerous times and it never disappoints. We started with the field greens salad and the burrata mozzarella and for dinner ordered the lobster special and the duck with foie gras. Consistently good food every time and the wait staff is always friendly.
This is a wonderful place to have dinner. Everything waa great.
Been wanting to try Poached Pear for a long time, never been able to get a res around train arrival time.
Overall I can only say: meh. It's like they are trying too hard. Lobster bisque was good as was the grilled romaine salad. My scallops were over seasoned, little scallop flavor. My partner's grouper special was good and they graciously accommodated his aversion to pineapple by providing alternative salsa & sauce. Risotto with both entrees was good. His appetizer though was simply: bizarre: grilled octopus and calamari over arugula: stop there! don’t add anything. They, however, added fresh mozzarella, seaweed salad and pickled ginger. So so so odd! Dessert of chocolate crepe cake: adequate but not amazing. Service though was very good. Might try again if we’re feeling like a spending splurge. Without wine: tab was over $160.
Usual excellent experience at this venue. Highlight was my sesame tuna entree.
Great food.......menu has many choices, plus the specials were outstanding!! Capped off with a delicious dessert!! Our server (I apologize for not remembering his name) was top notch, as well as the rest of the staff. We can’t wait to go back!!!
WE LOVE TO RETURN TO POACHED PEAR FREQUENTLY. OUR MEALS ARE ALWAYS DELICIOUS AND THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT.
EVERYTHING was excellent. We had a party of 6 on a Thursday night and the restaurant was busy. No wonder. My wife and I had the mushroom bisque and the pear pizzette. Very good. We then had the corvina special and the halibut. Both were superb. I had the tiramisu for dessert, which I don't usually order, but on our server's (Klevorsen) recommendation, I did. It, too, was excellent. Our friends, who were in from N.C., had an assortment of apps, entrees and desserts, and loved them all. We had heard good things about the Poached Pear, and were looking forward to trying it. We were far from disappointed. The price was probably the highest we've paid in the Ocean-Monmouth area, but we're glad we went. And our servers were also exceptionally good. We would all highly recommend it.
Dinner and service were good, portion sizes were good as well, a little pricey.
The staff was outstanding and VERY friendly. You felt at home the minute you walked in. The food was extraordinary as well as the decor. I was extremely impressed and would come back as well as tell everyone about the dining experience. We celebrated our 36th Anniversary and it was a special time at this venue. Thank you all for making the evening so wonderful! John Spoulos, Toms River, NJ
Great food and service, as always. This was my fifth time there, never a bad meal.
A disappointing meal. Having read a lot of glowing reviews, we had high expectations but were disappointed. The corn chowder was way too sweet (it had a lot of raspberry sauce on top which was unnecessary and detracted from the corn) . The lobter bisque was just ok- it needed more sherry, salt pepper, etc. The gnocchi was not good- it tasted like mashed potatoes. The veal and the crab cake were very good.
💫💫💫💫 Dinner was, outstanding. That’s why we come. Enjoy....
This restaurant never fails. It is always a great experience and great food. I love everything on the menu but the crab cakes are extra special. I had the salmon which is prepared perfectly, not too rare not too well done. Really, you can’t go wrong with any choice. Enjoy.
Food is never a disappointment, just amazing! Absolutely my favorite restaurant❣️
Excellent presentation -love you can BYOB - every th ing from appitizers to dessert was excepptioinal - great presention - was never rushed. Hard t get in to at times - makes reservations early open table is great - and they send confirmations too. Look forward to returrning again to this local restaurant
I give this restaurant the highest rating! This is one of my FAVORITE restaurants. The food is delicious, I mean Amazing!!! the wait staff is highly attentive and the atmosphere is elegant yet comfortable. Perfect for romantic date night or any special occasion.
This restaurant is consistently good on all accounts, food is always prepared and presented perfectly, the specials are excellent, I had a calamari, octopus and mussel in spicy tomato sauce appetizer that was outstanding. The service is consistently the best. Absolutely one of the top restaurants in NJ.
Always a great experience here from the second you walk in the door. The staff is enthusiastic and friendly. The menu is varied and the specials are always interesting. The food comes out at the proper pace and it prepared perfectly. We have gone there many times and it is now our favorite spot at the Jersey Shore.
Beautiful place! Food was exceptional! We both had the halibut and it was perfect. Going back in 2 weeks for our anniversary. Can’t wait!
Always enjoy going to Poached Pear-they do such a great job, are always welcoming and our waitress provided excellent service. We enjoyed all of our meals and look forward to returning.
Amazing. We have been three times and can’t wait to go back. The staff is very professional but not stuffy. The decor is lovely and the food is incredible. We have ordered something different every time. Very fresh with wonderful flavors. Save room for dessert- it’s worth every calorie!
This was our first time at Poached Pear Bistro, environment was relaxing, staff very friendly and knowledgeable and everything we order for dinner was delicious. My wife and I loved it, will definitely return!
To begin,the service was exceptionally attentive,informative,accommodating and friendly.The serving of all courses was amazingly quick considering we were in the middle(7:30pm)of the dinner hour and the restaurant was full.All courses were exceptional in presentation,ingredients,cooking and flavour.We look forward to our next dining experience there although ,since we live 5 hours away,that will be for a future delight.
We went for the first time last week after hearing many positive comments were delighted with the experience. We were met with a warm friendly greeting, helpful wait staff, varied menu, and fantastic food. After a delicious poached pear salad, we enjoyed the halibut and the special scallops and were delighted. We shall return soon!
This was my second time eating here and it has become my absolute favorite place! I’ve had the grilled romaine and French fried asparagus as starters.. fantastic! Halibut and the scallops as main courses... so good you want to clean the plate. And please don’t get me started with the desserts lol! The servers were knowledgeable, kind, and prompt. A little pricey but definitely worth it. Can’t wait to go back!
Grate place! Good food excellent service
As always, excellent. Both food AND service. Love that Jersey corn bisque!
Excellent food. Really enjoyed atmosphere. Definitely would return to eat there
Excellent as always! This year I decided to go vegan and was having a little trouble finding something on the menu. They had one of their chefs come out from the back (who was also vegan) and give me recommendations and what the kitchen could convert to vegan. Thank you so much for accommodating my diet! Food was wonderful!
First time here but won’t be the last. Those asparagus spears are a great app.
Expensive but well worth the price the food was so good. Highly recommend!
Never dissapointed at the Poached Pear. Service and food is top notch.
My friend just lost her husband and I felt it would be a great place to talk. The food was delicious and the wait staff was great. Thank you!
Food was excellent!
Great food with attentive service and a low noise level that made it easy to have a conversation with everyone at our table.
The fish was slightly overcooked but otherwise delicious.
Portions are very large for a fancy restaurant. All of the food was incredible. All dishes are presented beautifully. My family’s new favorite restaurant!
Good was excellent. Took quite a while to clear table between courses. Had to ask 3 people to clear table after entries. Not what you want from an upscale restaurant.
When the Poached Pear Bistro wound up on the New Jersey Monthly list of top 25 restaurants a few years ago, my wife and I decided to give it a try. We have eaten there several times since, and not only does the place deserve its lofty reputation, but it has actually gotten even better. Our last visit there was ample proof that the chef and his staff want to maintain the Poached Pear's place as one of the best restaurants around!