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  1. Distance: 3.30mi
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  1. Distance: 3.30mi
  2. Distance: 3.94mi
  3. Distance: 3.96mi
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About Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood

With panoramic and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River, Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood offers guests traditional and newly imagined Tuscan classics in a warm, inviting setting reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. The award-winning cuisine offers the finest and freshest ingredients available and is paired with a hand selected wine list that features wines from boutique vineyards from from the world's finest wine growing regions. Ama Ristorante is open year round to the public. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

1485 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright, NJ 07760
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday at 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday & Saturday at 5:00PM - 10:30PM
Sunday at 4:00PM - 9:00PM

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 530-9760

Website:
http://amaristorante.com/

Catering:
Private Dining Room & Semi-Private Dining Available

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking with Off Street Self Parking Available

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for a Date (12)
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Scenic View (11)
Waterfront (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Romantic (6)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Disappointing food and service well below what is acceptable and expected. Changing over to new menu and to David Burke if this was indicative of future find a new go to restaurant. This has been our go to for many years does not look good for future!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Our dining experience was terrific, made memorable by delicious appetizers and fish (truffle whipped potatoes were decadent). Our waiter was professional courteous and offered quick steady service and was able to accommodate our special requests. The dining atmosphere is enjoyable- I look forward to visiting again earlier to catch the gorgeous sunset views.
The valet parking is a real plus .

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing! I ordered the NY Strip and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. My girlfriend also got a steak and both of us were very satisfied. Our waiter was a great guy, funny and also just all around a great waiter. We went with the cheesecake balls which were also incredible. Definitely worth the money for a special occasion like Valentines day, anniversary or date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was Excellent; my companion and I had veal dishes - delicious. Service was attentive, not overbearing. Drinks were expensive, good, but not great - bartender(s) need further training. I would definitely recommend the food, but be prepared to pay top dollar.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was our first time at AMA. Our expectations were high based on recommendations from friends . overall, we were disappointed. We had reviewed the menu online and were surprised to find that several of the “ more interesting “dishes were not on the menu when we arrived . I had the meatball appetizer which was just ok. The Branzino was very good . The others in our party both had mussels which were “average” and scallops with risotto. The scallops were fine but the risotto was “mushy” and neither ate it . After a disappointing main course we skipped dessert. At the end of the meal our waitress, who was very friendly, informed us that AMA was closing and was to become a steak house in the near future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I enjoyed the fillet mignon. Our waiter Michael was attentive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is my go to restaurant... Food is consistent. Service is always good. I like the Sunday special byob. I was there for early dinner with my boyfriend New Years Eve. I was pleasantly surprised! No set menu and we were not rushed out! We had a delicious, peaceful, evening.....

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Nice atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff. Great views.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Ama is always a family favorite. Corey does an outstanding job with the service every time we visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went to Ama for Christmas Eve with my family. It was wonderful! Food was excellent and waiter was very attentive. Desserts were exceptional, as was cappaccino Would recommend to friends . Was a little pricy but worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Valet parking was nice but all down hill from beginning to end. The bread, was okay after we figured out how to make our own olive oil dip. The entrees were fish and Pasta. The fish was dry and the pasta was bland. It was extremely noisy and expensive. We won’t be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always consistent in quality of food and selection of choices. Staff friendly

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Terrific! Wonderful chef, talented staff. The manager is amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Scenic View, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Nice experience for special evening -been there many times with large groups as well-pasta is excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Enjoyed the restaurant with friends. Staff was very attentive and setting lovely. Food on dinner plates was attractive and Delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were looking forward to spending a quiet birthday dinner with family . We thought we were at TGI Fridays with $42 filet mignon. The table next to us was so loud we could not even hear the waiter tell us the specials . The waitress asked them to quiet down , however, they were so rude They got louder. Then my husband ordered a martini that had a hair in it ..We were about ready to not even finish dinner and leave , the waiter finally told the manager who moved us for dessert in a different quiet room . At least we had 20 minutes of quiet , where we could talk and enjoy each other's company.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very nice overall experience however quite expensive for what was presented

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was great and the food was delicious. Would recommend this to anyone wanting food food.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I decided to take advantage of the restaurant week and went for an early dinner on Sunday. I was also looking forward to the ocean view. The room was very dark and we overlooked a pool instead. The food was good and service was excellent.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was OK but not special. We both ordered from the Jersey Shore Restaurant Week menu. Only $32.17 for a 3 course meal. So, maybe they hold back on the ingredients and level of preparation. We should give it another shot.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Borders on cafeteria style with mixed quality of good ingredients and mediocre preparation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We thought we would try a restaurant we didn't know for Jersey Shore restaurant week. Ama was a lovely surprise. food was very good and plentiful - obviously no minimizing to accommodate restaurant week prices. Service was also excellent. A good experience overall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were 4 women dining together on Sunday evening. Our first time at AMA.
Our server Jeffery was excellent. He was
very attentive and very personable.
Food was good. Ambiance was nice,
however the room was quite noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went there for restaurant week and can you believe that they 'ran out of bread'...what Italian restaurant do you know runs out of a staple food...that's like a Mexican restaurant running out of tortillas..was dissatisfied with service and final bill (still pricey even with restaurant week) not worth it.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ama serves consistently delicious food , and the servers are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Dined with friends, appetizers arrived in a timely manner, caprese salad was fresh , buffalo mozzarella very creamy, tricolore salad balanced with the right amount of baby arugula, endive and radicchio. Also enjoyed Salmon, Branzino and Ribeye entrees. All were cooked perfectly . Dessert did not disappoint either. From cheesecake to gelato all very yummy.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Was very disappointed this time around as it was very loud. My date also was disappointed as well as there were no lights lighting up the beach to the shoreline, something that I have seen before. And there were small children near us that were unruly and the parents didn't seem to care. I will not be back anytime soon. :(

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went with a couple friends for restaurant week. The menu was generous, i had the salmon and it was delicious! Nice atmosphere great staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

From the manager down to the wait staff and hostess were super friendly, warm and accommodating. ONE OF THE BEST DINING EXPERIENCES WE HAVE EVER HAD. And for these 2 foodies, that is saying alot!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious!!! Our server was Karen and she was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. I'm still craving the coffee chocolate chip gelato - best gelato I've ever had.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

food is always consistent...good seafood and pasta choices

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service, quality of food and ambiance was great. Thank you for setting up our reservation, our requested table was waiting for us when we arrived. Jeffrey our waiter was very friendly, helpful and efficient.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This restaurant never fails to disappoint. From the friendly host staff to the professional waiters - this place is tops. You can't beat the view overlooking the ocean, yet the dining room is stately and sophisticated. Excellent fresh fish & delectable meats will make any dining experience one to remember.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great Food. The s restaurant always delivers. Service Cs was fabulous. Great evening

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was excellent. Waiter was friendly. Food was just ok. A little pricey for what you got. Noise level was high.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, bartender was the best and ambiance was perfect for a Friday night with my husband. Loved AMA band looking forward to going back again soon!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Everything was great. We were seated right way at a table I had specified. It was our anniversary and they even gave us a complimentary glass of Champaign. The food was also very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I enjoyed the special pork shank. Extremely large portion. As an appetizer we had olives, but $5 for a bowl of olives is a little pricey. Maybe they should consider giving less and just putting the olives out with break as a courtesy appetizer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was very good and food for the most part was good as well.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Love the food. But go during the week. It's too loud to think on the weekends.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service excellent and overall very good food with exception of the fish special. I have never cut fish with a knife but the grouper was tough. My husband's meal and apps delicious.

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