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Portuguese Fisherman

4.6
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411 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 411 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmurrays
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a long time fan I am completely impressed with the food, service and care taken with the outdoor dining they have set up. I have dined here 1 or more times per week for years and the outdoor set up, food, service all remain just as good as ever. Mark and family never disappoint.

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PaulaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really recommend Portuguese fisherman Restaurant!
Excellent food and service!

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ArturoU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the sangria, and the food always the best.

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SueD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious, waiters for very attentive to my family , great place all around

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ArleteM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Portuguese cuisine with great service and value!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet night out with my husband

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vipJrfoodie
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent as usual. They made outdoor seating enjoyable and safe.

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Lenny
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Dont want to criticize restaurants, they are going through hard time, but they cant charge that much for this quality, seems like they didn’t rehire their chef

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Wakki
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I must say that the new accommodations are very safe and welcoming. About the food it is and has always been delicious 😋 and the service is always great....

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BertS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful eating outdoors, under the tent!! For was delicious and plentiful, that I had leftovers! Thanx for the opportunity to get free desserts! Will be returning!!

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Billie
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safely distanced and that staff were careful in disinfecting chairs/tables - one of my favorite restaurants ever and so happy to have it open again.

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vipMD33
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great service, great food. Really top notch across the board. Menu has everything from seafood to steak to chicken.

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AdrianM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Great owners and highly recommend!

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vipAmosT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. All the protocols were in placed to ensure our safety.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We tried to make a reservation over the phone. The man who answered the phone said . There was no seats available both online and over phone due to overbooked. I we told him online website showed there were seats still. He said NO.

I went back online and booked without any problems.
Discrimination??

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vipStephanieR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Father’s Day great service & food!

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Heathervk19
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the food to the service!

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SueD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service was super, friendly staff , our favorite place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent always a great place to go

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JudiP
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. Food is amazing, the atmosphere is great and the staff treats you like family. The outdoor seating is really nice. The Fisherman did a great job with it!! I can't say enough about this restaurant. If you want fresh, delicious food in a great setting then do yourself a favor and make a reservation. And definitely have the sangria!!! ♥️

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RobertG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the 4 meal were very tasty and we it just wonderful sitting outside a great eveing

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AlyssaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Tables were nicely spread apart. Great wait staff and amazing red sangria !

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MaureenKyle
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service. We are regular customers!!! Never disappointed!!

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vipMikeW
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very enjoyable evening, went with my daughter her boyfriend and my wife. Service was very good and unassuming and certainly didn’t rush us. The food was very good and there was a lot of it. We ended up bringing home almost as much as we ate.

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StephenG
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant! The food and service are both exceptional! If you want a delicious meal at an affordable price, then look no further, this is the place to eat. On a scale from one to ten, this restaurant is an eleven! Seriously!

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Tina
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was very poor we actually sent back both of our dishes. I got the traditional pork dish. The pork was cubed in all different sizes and obviously cooked irregularly. It was very dry. My partner got the salt cod which I had one bite of and literally spit out. I understand salt cod has kind of an odd flavor but this was absolutely foul. It tasted spoiled. We never received our salads and I don't even really blame the wait staff. It was clear the kitchen was in the weeds. The general manager came over I believe his name was Tyler and said that the salt cod has an odd flavor that some people don't like and then the pork maybe they "didn't sauce it enough". We declined replacement entrees and took our check. The sangria and the potato collard green soup is delicious.

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MariaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous from start to finish... Herbed butter spread and oh so fresh bread basket... strawberry martinis were sinfully delightful... the salad with chick peas, olives and tasteful dressing... seafood portions were very satisfying... creme brulee was heavenly!!! Definitely coming back with family... and friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night. The atmosphere is beautiful. Love the brick walls - the room we had dinner had the most beautiful chandelier. The food was delicious and portions were huge. If you was a great meal - you’ve got to go to this place. Will definitely be back. Thank you for a great meal!!!

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BarbaraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Tony was the best part of our experience. He went the extra mile. The food was pretty good also.

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Davids
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place
Good food
Nice people
Thought paella rice portion was less than usual
Cleaning rice and crumbs off the table cloth before coffee would be a nice touch

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day, the menu and the food was really good the service was friendly and quick and great value !

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JMAJDW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The entrees are excellent but the sides are lacking in flavor

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was great!

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Leelee
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always excellent! It’s one of our favorite places to go too. However, service could be better. I am use to the people who have been there a long time who always have outstanding service. They need to show some of the “wait” service what it looks like. I had to ask to refill my water several times. I needed a glass and had to ask three times for it. Also appetizers came out and food was almost right behind it so we didn’t really have time to enjoy them. Of course, we will always go back for the food. I hope the service will be more on point.

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AdAm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Really good food. Paella, seafood, green sauce, bread - all delicious.

The place can really use a paint job or at a minimum a wipe down of the walls next to the tables. Greasy gunk that needs to be cleaned...

Will definitely go back, but if they don’t clean up soon, it will affect business.

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

By far my favorite place to eat. The owner Mark, always a class act. Great food and drinks. Servers are top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants!

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EvaS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great the food is always fresh and meanu had a big selection of different types of food

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vipSomersetTom
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for good food, great for friends getting together. Good wine and beer list.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine are always awesome in this restaurant served by friendly and attentive staff. This is one of my favorite restaurants to go to. The place needs a little updating though, paint peeling off.

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 411 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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