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  1. Distance: 3.30mi
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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 3.30mi
  2. Distance: 3.94mi
  3. Distance: 3.96mi
  4. Distance: 4.52mi
  1. Distance: 3.30mi
  2. Distance: 3.94mi
  3. Distance: 3.96mi
  4. Distance: 4.52mi

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (25)
Waterfront (24)
Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Bar Seating (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Casual (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
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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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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 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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 (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 5, 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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·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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·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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·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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 (Cincinnati)·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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and service. Beautiful water views on either side of the restaurant. Valet parking a plus along with elevator for the elderly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

excellent food and excellent service, always. I love going to Ama and recommend it to everyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, People Watching, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

There are two traditional dishes that are a measure of a good Italian Restaurant. These dishes are 1) Linguini with Clams. and 2) Pasta and Pomodoro Sauce. I didn't feel like clams, having had them recently so I chose the Pomdoro. What a mistake, it was terrible , tasted like it came out of a jar. It reminded me of the Goodfellows movie, "elbow macaroni and ketchup". The desserts were almost as bad, tasting like paste. Costco sells a better Tiramisu. I don't believe we will be going back or suggesting this venue to our friends for dinner.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We have never been disappointed with our meals and service at Ama.
Special thanks to Karen, our waitress, for making our meal even more
enjoyable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Enjoyed Ama immensley. Terrific seafood, excellent appetizers. Nice views of beach club. Excellent wait staff.
Will come back soon

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always a great experience at Ama Ristorante, but last night was better than ever. Server was attentive but not annoying. Great service for a busy Saturday night. Had the Baby Artichoke Salad, Orrechiette and Grouper, all perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Have been to AMA a handful of times and I can honestly say it has never disappointed us. The food is just so good & the atmosphere is wonderful especially in the summer.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good food , nice night, very good service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our first visit, and were we pleasantly surprised! On the ocean, free valet parking, and a beautiful room.

Our food was presented beautifuly, and it was delicious. Service was professional. A great stop, and we will return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We enjoyed everything about Ama Ristorante. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We went to celebrate our anniversary. I had asked for a window table , but the hostess couldn't care less. I checked in a good 15min before our reservation time and was told I'd have to wait. 45min later we were seated. Our waiter was short and abrupt. We had to constantly ask other servers to pour some wine for us. The bottle we ordered was too far away for me to pour ourselves. Then food was very good. Some of the best we've had lately. Over all I'd still go back just for the food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

This has been our Go-To destination for the whole summer; and we will continue into the Fall. The only complaint we have (not even considered in the whole picture) is in the past the bread brought to the table was always hot and crispy - what happened?

Tags: Waterfront, Vegan, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Delicious tasty cuisine , efficient friendly service , lovely scenic ambiance between the Olympic pool and the ocean !

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent food and many great choices. I would definitely come back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Had the mussels, shaved artichoke salad, and pancetta jelly NY strip. All were excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great restaurant. Mike the waiter provided awesome service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Always a great meal. We are regulars

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Ask to be seated by the window it's a beautiful view of the pool & ocean.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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