Portuguese Fisherman

4.6
678 Reviews
$30 and under
Portuguese
Established in 1976, We are one of the oldest Portuguese and Spanish restaurants on the east coast. Attentive service, delicious authentic food, generous portions and refreshing sangria—these are the hallmarks of the Fisherman. Since our opening in 1976 we have consistently upheld the traditions of fine Portuguese and Spanish dining in central New Jersey.

A variety of fresh seafood and fish, as well as organic meats, all made with the finest ingredients available, await you at our tables. Our seasonal menu and daily specials include delectable dishes prepared to satisfy many tastes.

We invite you to visit us in the historic town of South River, New Jersey.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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 678 people are saying
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vipmarks
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was plentiful and tasty. The service was off the graph perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were excellent.

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SteveW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to eat and drink we have been there 20 times,it is our favorite place

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SCOTTB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Eat here 4-6 times a year. always a good time and good meal. Food is great. Service is great. Can get a little loud. That's part of the night. You want quiet eat early. It's a nice restaurant expect to pay 30 to 40 dollars per person. It is worth it in my opinion.
Nice big steak 30 dollars not uncommon. My favorite. Pork cubes and potatoes sub shrimp for clams. Chicken Alves. If your thinking about it. Just go. They will make it good. Promise

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AlcinaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and delicious food when at the Portuguese Fisherman

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good time, a little loud but not intolerable. Food and service were excellent.

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vipmurrays
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visit here several times a month and whether a party of 2 or 20, food, service always done right. Never disappointed here.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday Oct 6th was our 1st time at The Fisherman. I can honestly say that I was extremely satisfied. The service was great. The food was excellent and the prices were very good. I would highly recommend The Fisherman restaurant. This will be my new go to.

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HuberE
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to dinner with my wife and I have to say the food was excellent the service was great Nd the ambiance was quiet. I would definitely go again!

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shirl23
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This local restaurant never fails. The service was exemplary especially considering that most restaurants these days are shorthanded. The waiter and even the manager came to our table to ask how everything was. While the inside seemed crowded and noisy, we had a delightful dinner outside in the tent with the cool breezes. The food was excellent, including Paella stuffed flounder and shrimp with rice. We enjoyed our time very much.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our biggest complaint was noise from the bar patrons and TV's. Additionally, the server was a bit inattentive. I needed a refill for my drink and it never got refilled despite the fact I placed the empty glass at the edge of the table. The server was oblivious to this and never refilled the glass.

Additionally, when we were done with our meal, I had to find the server, now tending bar (Why I don't know) and give him my Credit Card so we could pay and leave. A different server took our dessert order and then the 1st server came by and was surprised when we told him the dessert order was already taken. It's as if one hand didn't know the other existed.

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BobbyS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Great atmosphere. The staff was outstanding. You do not feel rushed or pushed out. They made my birthday extra special. We will be back!

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Danny
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ food and service was great!
Best Portuguese food around!

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MommaJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been for a long time because of the pandemic. Good to return to the great restaurant I remember.

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JohnM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can always count on a great meal at Portuguese Fisherman. The food is very good and also very reasonable portions. The service is always top notch too. I highly recommend going there.

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ROBERT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For consistency, the Fisherman is my only choice. Service, food and cleanliness is always on spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since pandemic service in restaurants have been “ok” due to people feeling the need not to work. SMH.
But at here the service was OUTSTANDING!! We wanted for nothing and it was a Saturday night!! We had reservations and waited only 5 min for our table.
The food, fresh and absolutely delicious. Everything came out perfect and we were not rushed. Out main waiter was funny and on top of everything. I recommend this restaurant for any occasion!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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RandiM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is consistently good. Our favorite waiter is AMAZING!

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vipKaterynaM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely be back soon

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Reminds me of the quality Portuguese restaurants in Newark

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VKH49
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

It was a stormy night as the remenants of Hurricane Ida passed by. Service was outstanding as we were the only ones seated in a large dining room. We ordered large pitchers of sangria, one red and one white. The white seemed more like a pitcher of orange juice with a splash of something alcoholic and very little fruit while the red was just as pedestrian. We ordered numerous appetizers, garlic shrimp (the best of the lot), mussels, calamari (beyond tough and tasteless), sausage (just not good). For entrees the best was the steak in a garlic butter sauce, Flounder stuffed with crabmeat (absolutely bland and overcooked), the Monk fish special (totally overcooked, shrimp with heads on), shrimp with rice (nothing special) and another lobster, seafood combo that was just ok. Desserts were the volcano, tartufo and limoncello flute (just average desserts). The upside was that we could hear each other as we were the only table and our waiter was attentive and fun.

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IngridK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Large portions. Service was excellent. Highly recommend

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barbarabooey
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here, and the service and food were outstanding. My husband had the stuffed shrimp, I had the boneless chicken with rice, and my brother had the Brazilian Steak special . Everyone got a nice sized salad and we shared a basket of portuguese bread, We will be going back soon!

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RonP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, and excellent atmosphere. Highly recommend Portuguese Fisherman to anyone!!!

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AndresV
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Fish. Great food good people.

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MarcW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is delicious and keeps us coming back. We had a semi private table that was is the kitchen pathway and next to the silverware/servers station. Strange that it would be there but the company was great so it didn't matter. Will be back!

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AJMala
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a very pleasant dining experience, look forward to going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The seafoods are very fresh and reasonable priced.

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John3rd
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. It had been recommended to me and I'm glad we went!

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lambie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We were seated outdoors and were extremely comfortable. When it started to drizzle, the waiters helped to move the table further under the umbrella. Fortunately, the weather quickly improved.
A perfect evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Always a great experience & great food!

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JuanC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is fresh and tasty. The service was OK but rushed. The table could have been cleaner. Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but won't be rushing back any time soon.

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JoyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Was with a party of 3 and we all order different things. I would order any one of the entrees that we ordered. For appetizer I had the chicken soup, which according to the menu was only available on Sundays. It was very tasty!

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Resturant36433
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Portuguese restaurants in New Jersey .

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jips
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Took my mom for her birthday and everyone enjoyed their food and the waiter was amazing ! He was very attentive and making sure we were all good with our food and drinks. Highly recommend this place to all my friends and family

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PoppaJak
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent and the service was attentive. There was a 2 hour
‘time limitation’ for eating but we did not feel rushed in any way.
On the negative side:
The noise from the bar area (primarily) was a bit overwhelming (loud) at times.
Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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MattL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and the food and atmosphere was awesome!

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marleneR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Food and sangria. It was our first time there and it was a great experience. Attentive staff.

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ralphd
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent service top notch will be back nice size portions

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LisaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Portuguese food! You don’t need to go to Newark! Tony was our waiter. Very attentive! The owner also checked in with us. I can’t say enough about this restaurant.

FAQs

Portuguese Fisherman offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 238-5188.

Portuguese Fisherman is rated 4.6 stars by 678 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.

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