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Portuguese Fisherman

4.5
4.5
854 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese, European, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 238-5188

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Alves

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available. Please visit our website for inquires.

  • Private party facilities

    The Restaurant features welcoming spaces accommodating parties ranging from dinner for 20 to a formal wedding for 180.The Restaurant offers two different spaces to hold private events: One banquet room can hold a maximum of 60, while our ballroom can hold a maximum of 180.Visit our website for inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    Mark Silva: (732) 690-6812

  • Neighborhood

    East Brunswick

  • Cross street

    Water Street and Ferry Street

  • Parking details

    Two private lots and street parking available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 854 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. JK

    JohnK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great all the way around. Only drawback was being seated in the lounge area. The tv’s are very distracting
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Was only able to reserve outside dining, and it was extremely hot outside and even though we were partially under a umbrella, we sat facing the sun the whole time. No fans or patio cover. To make things worse, food was just ordinary. My Son ordered a New York Strip steak and even though it was ordered as medium rare, the meat was very chewy and had no flavor.
  3. S

    Sand

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal immensely. I am allergic to dairy and was very comfortable that my dinner would be prepared correctly. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and efficient.
  4. FS

    FernS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mariscada was the best I’ve had in years. Service was great. I highly recommend you will not be disappointed.
  5. BP

    BlayreP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining was very nice. Was worried it would be too hot but the umbrellas provided ample shade and there was a nice breeze.
  6. NB

    NicoleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Large portions! Can’t wait to go back!
  7. TK

    ToddK

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been dining at Portuguese Fisherman for more than 30 years. The food and service are always top rate. My only request is that they move a little closer to PA!!
  8. MS

    MicheleS

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day Dinner ! Thank you Portuguese Fisherman for always providing a perfect experience. My mother who is over critical of EVERY place cannot even complain here. She ordered the short rib special (pictured ) and was still talking about how good it was today . My son who is a seafood snob has officially declared the Fisherman as the best lobster in NJ. Whether you want seafood , beef or chicken you will not do a a better place. We honestly have never had a bad meal here and that is saying a lot in these crazy times we are living in.
  9. DN

    DouglasN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very family oriented restaurant. I never had a bad meal always good. Just a great place to hang out very friendly.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Father’s Fay. The food was amazing and interesting so I plan on going back this weekend.
  11. KM

    KevinM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Father's Day dinner. Fantastic! Paella plentiful and delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Ok experience, price was ok , food was ok , service was excellent
  13. s

    seanc

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a good experience. Food, drink and service was good. We’ll return again.
  14. D

    Davids

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service is always good One improvement would be to clean the mess on sidewalk outside the place
  15. C

    Cabbie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and quality of food were both above and beyond!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very consistent. Portions and quality never disappoint. We’ve been coming here for years. It’s definitely worth the trip (20 miles one way).
  17. NF

    NajFaj

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My husband & I wanted to try someplace new. We were very pleased & will be back. Our server, Arthur, was outstanding. Everyone attentive & proficient. Excellent experience.
  18. N

    Nina

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we had several items from the Tuesday specials and everything was exceptional.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner
  20. RP

    RayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, great portions. Service was great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really good quick service and sangria was delicious! Was my first time there and my husband and I will be back. Typically we travel to Newark to get Portuguese food but this was more convenient and it was very good
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    We usually dine there at least once a week and I was very disappointed in our last visit. I had clear instructions about my friends birthday and they didn’t bother reading any of it. They didn’t acknowledge the event at all. Very very disappointed.
  23. MJ

    MommaJ

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    On arriving, not only was our reservation honored, but the booth I had requested on Open Table was waiting for us. Thumbs up! Delicious food, though one of the diners said her paella was skimpy on the shrimp & chorizo. My grilled bronzino was outstanding, as was my husband’s pork & clams. The server was very attentive, refilling water glasses without being asked. This is why The Fisherman is our favorite Portuguese restaurant, and has been for years and years.
  24. P

    Perksy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    the food was very good as always super service price performance very good.
  25. c

    christien

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, amazing food. Shrimp in garlic is to die for.
  26. R

    Ronald

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was a nice vibe. Great food and fantastic service. Will definitely be back for more.
  27. JK

    JimK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only bummer was they ran out of Fla.. it 4is hme
  28. RB

    RaymondB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was a nice expected dinner. We have dined there many times and always good food.
  29. CR

    CharlesR

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This place is a gem. Food was great! Portions large. Service was really good as well.
  30. PS

    PedroS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, awesome environment and great service!
  31. HW

    HollyW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Fisherman delivered, as always! We have never had a bad meal, or a bad pitcher of sangria, in the 30 plus years we've been eating here!
  32. I

    Italoamericano

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was great, food is always very good and fresh. nice atmosphere. great place
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience2
    Really poor customer service starting with the unfriendly hostes. Food wasn't really good as the Portuguese food usually is.. The only nice one was the bass boy
  34. CH

    CarolynH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome as usual! My favorite Portuguese restaurant.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was very good !
  36. t

    tonyw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a great time, the whole family enjoyed it. Looking to return soon.
  37. S

    Sabisk

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Still a great place with great service but the food was a little off this time around. Steak not seasoned so well and Calamari a little tough.
  38. F

    Frost

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious, generous, and authentic Portuguese cuisine.
  40. GW

    GeorgeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good and as typical for a Portugeses restaurant the portion size was very large.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Portuguese Fisherman is rated 4.5 stars by 854 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Portuguese Fisherman

11 Jackson St South River, NJ 08882

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Water Street and Ferry Street

  • Neighborhood

    East Brunswick

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese, European, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Two private lots and street parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Alves

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 238-5188

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available. Please visit our website for inquires.

  • Private party facilities

    The Restaurant features welcoming spaces accommodating parties ranging from dinner for 20 to a formal wedding for 180.The Restaurant offers two different spaces to hold private events: One banquet room can hold a maximum of 60, while our ballroom can hold a maximum of 180.Visit our website for inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    Mark Silva: (732) 690-6812

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