Bareli's By the Sea - Spring Lake

4.4
267 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Bareli's By The Sea will be closed for the winter months and will reopen April 2019. Open for New Years Eve! Call us to reserve your table! Send us an email at events@barelisbythesea.com to book an event with us!

Offering the most creative Italian/Continental Cuisine, now in Spring Lake! With our spectacular views of the ocean, and our beautifully renovated interior, you are sure to have a beautiful experience.
Our chef combines his culinary flair with award winning traditional and innovative creations, using only the finest ingredients from around the world. Our extensive wine list paired with our renowned dishes makes for a truly memorable evening. Our professional staff is happy to assist you with creating a menu to suit your taste and make your birthday, bridal or baby shower, special event, or corporate function one to remember!



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon, Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Fri–Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(732) 769-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robb Welch
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Catering
Please contact events@barelisbythesea.com for any of your catering needs.
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Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch
What 267 People Are Saying
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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a table of Six on Sunday evening to celebrate my boyfriends birthday.....it happened to be Restaurant week and some did order from that menu....but our server was the bartender and there were only two people in the whole restaurant to serve.......it was horrible. Heather, although not her fault, was not equipped to do both tasks , bartend and serve...in fact it took an hour for our appetizers to get to us
Just a bad experience after having been there a number of time before and was served very well and attentively......it's a shame the management would have allowed this to happen.....the cost of the meal was not cheap , in spite of the poor service.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks were overpriced $17.00 regular martinis were $14.

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LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good - excellent food depending on what you order. Loved the shrimp oreganata, it was done perfectly! Baked oysters, delicious and best pistachio gelato! Salmon was good, but I’ve had better. Biscotti cannoli was ok, regular would be better. Fantastic cappuccino- I’ll take 3 thank you!

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SV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were good. Staff was friendly. Went during restaurant week so they had good deals to offer.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 4. We went on line & checked out the brunch menu. It looked pretty good. Made a reservation. When we got to the restaurant this past Sunday they gave us a lunch menu. When we asked about brunch we were told they don’t do it on Sunday’s anymore. We were disappointed but I must say our waiter when out of his way to take care of us. We asked if we could possibly get omelette -we got omelettes.

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B
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the ambiance are wonderful. The service is impeccable. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. We had a lunch for 17 and they went out of their way to accommodate us and make sure that everything was perfect. We had dinner there that evening as well and once again the food and the service were outstanding.

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H
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Seated in the foyer. Wait staff and kitchen were overloaded. Food was delicious. Basic wine list is overpriced. Dinner without dessert took 3 hours. Wanted coffee and dessert but we were tired of sitting for so long.

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S
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch with friends following the Spring Lake Kitchen Tour. Everyone enjoyed their lunch. Most notable the Pear Martini - to die for!

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ST
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our first time here. Stopped for lunch. Beautiful location in Spring Lake. Can see the ocean when seated in the outside atrium. Food was excellent. Looking forward to returning.

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PY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I love Bareli's and have been there many times. This time we brought friends who loved it just as much! Food and service were very good, although there is only a very small bar and really no place to wait until your table is ready. Overall, a lovely experience.

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M
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Average at best. Waited for the summer crowd to die down to finally try the restaurant-tried it but don’t need to go back.
Menu is uninspiring and presentation is average at best.
Chicken parmigiana is slab of chicken on plate with scoop of linguine-pretty unimaginative and taste was bland.
Also ordered the double cut porkchop which was an overpowering cut of meat. The taste was good and well cooked but to see a huge slab of pork arrive on a plate is a turn off.

Waitress did not know much about wine by the glass selection, did not offer a wine menu or offer to ask the bartender.

Service is ok.

Much better options especially now that the summer crowds are gone.

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DF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at Restaurant was as good as the first !

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant, great food and service, ambiance

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BD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Barellis did not disappoint. Food was absolutely delicious and service was stellar.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent with enough of a variety to satisfy everyone in our party. Although the prices were a little on the steep side, the quality of what was served warranted spending a little extra. The service was also very good and even though it was a busy Saturday night, we were not rushed.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Relatively limited menu, but dinner was excellent and service was super.

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Sadly insufficiently staffed. Over the past several summers, I have had many enjoyable dinners at Bareli's. Nice atmosphere on the open porch and inside dining as well. Great food and special drinks. Went there on a Wednesday night mid September and the restaurant was severely understaffed. We waited at our table for 40 minutes ...no menu...no drink order. Seeing the situation and need for patience, I went directly to the bar to get our drinks. I was told they would bring them to our table....another 10 minutes went by...no drinks, no menu. At that point we gave up and went to find another venue. September is not the best month here. Hope they get find some more staff.

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Second time dining there. Food and drink was very good. Service was a little lacking..maybe due seasonal turnover of help. NO decaf coffee..???

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M
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter , Jack, was great! All staff very helpful and pleasant. Food great, nice stop at the shore! Great location

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n
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

First of all , the food is superb: crab cakes were excellent, the app special lobster and salmon got raves, the halibut catch of the day was outstanding. The baked sambuca oysters are to die for. The view is wonderful. The service was, well, WEIRD.

First off, an Open Table reservation is insufficient to hold your table: they demand cc info up front to charge you in advance; really? Do they get THAT many no-shows? Then the call you to confirm; then Open Table sendsTWO E mail reminders, one of which requires a response. So we do all that, and get to the restaurant precisely at our reservation time of 7pm, and there are three parties ahead of us at the receptionist stand — but no receptionist. Waitresses and busboys come and go; still no reception. Finally some one shows up, but without asking who has reservations, proceeds to seat or send to the bar, everyone ahead of us. It’s now 7:15, she takes our name and says, I can seat you, but we are backed up — whatever that means.

A waiter appears, says he is busy, and asks us to wait “two minutes;” ten minutes pass, no menues, no bread, no drink order taken. Bus girl serves water. It’s now 7:45. Waiter returns, drops off menues, no wine list, takes the single soft drin k order, disappears. Reappears, takes food order; to be fair, he is pleasant, friendly. Bread appears, courtesy of busgirl. Waiter takes wine order; wine comes, no soda for the designated driver. Apps come; long pause; app dishes cleared; long pause. Mains come; excellent. Designated driver reorders coke, gets one this time. Much confusion ensues over splitting the check; seriously guys, this ain’t that hard— two meals on one card, two meals plus beverages on the second card. Again, to be fair, the did comp us the bottle of wine. But what a circus ...

You can’t have a Michelin three-star réservation process, no matter how good the food is, and give clam-hut service — not even at the Jersey Shore in the summer.

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HD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to Barelli's and each time has been excellent! They were very accommodating when my dinner party reduced from 6 to 3 guests. The waiter suggested the appetizers which were all very good and the entire meal was well prepared.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been looking for a resturant with Ocean views and exceptional food. I think we've found it at Bareli's by the Sea. Our waiter was exceptional and the food was surpassingly good!

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k
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very poor service. Long wait for food. Wait staff very disorganized.

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VB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very loud. Waiters were very inexperienced. Atmosphere was chaotic. Disappointed, compared to our last time there. Not sue we’ll go again.

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food and an overall lovely dining experience!

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very loud and hard to hear all the conversations at our table. Ordered a veal special that was a tad over fried and dry. Been here many tines this summer and always enjoy the food. I think for how busy they did a goood job

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BK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Bring your ear plugs or your phone so you can text your dining partner. This restaurant is LOUD! I mean Metallica LOUD! My husband and I gave up trying to have a conversation. The couple next to us also gave up. The table of four across from us were holding their ears. They had live music. I couldn’t even tell you what the man sang. However, the food was great. We talked about it once we got outside. Sit on the porch if given the option. You’ve been warned.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Michael, was excellent. Drink service was a little slow. Overall, great night out!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor seating with a view of the ocean. Entire staff very attentive. Experienced waiter was very knowledgeable of menu and specials. Food was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch was only being served until 3pm. The menu was limited.

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KH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing. Two martinis at the standing bar cost $40. To stand and drink. Appetizers were very good. Rib eye special was all fat. When we were asked how our dinner was, we said the steak was far too fatty. Waiter said rib eye steak is very fatty. Manager came over and made us another steak to go. Comping the dinner we did not eat would have been better Overall experience was not worth repeating. We will not be returning.

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WB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

This is a beautiful location, across the street from the beach, with the opportunity to sit on a porch overlooking it all. The food is excellent. Although staffed by seasonal, local kids, with little or no evident supervision, it is still a fun dining experience and well worth the trip.

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TJ
New York Area
225 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I have had lunch here before when visiting Spring Lake and enjoyed it, so on a recent weekend stay we decided to try dinner. We reserved way in advance and requested an outdoor table. On a balmy summer evening, nothing could be more delightful. Unfortunately the day of our reservation it was chilly and exceedingly windy, so we asked if they could accommodate us indoors. They were really nice about it and promptly seated us at a perfect table on a glassed-in patio right by the window, so we could enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean without the gales. Our waiter was totally charming though clearly hustling since the place was packed. It's far less noisy in this section, and though still loud, we could enjoy a conversation. There was a singer accompanied by an electronic keyboard channeling the great Italian crooners in the next room. I ordered a robust glass of Amarone and started with the oysters sambuca, which was a variation of oysters Rockefeller, and my husband had the caprese. The oysters were luscious, though I didn't perceive much of an anise taste from the sambuca. The mozzarella in the caprese was creamy and delicious and the tomatoes fresh and flavorful. For our mains I had a veal special that was a variation of saltimbocca (veal, prosciutto, sage) only with breaded cutlets and the addition of cheese, so quite a hearty dish. My husband ordered salmon rare, which was cooked as requested. The portion sizes were huge and I couldn't finish all of it, but the veal was tender and the preparation was totally scrumptious with perhaps a tad too much cheese. My husband's salmon was moist and delicious and the accompanying vegetables on both of our plates were fresh, tasty and perfectly cooked. Bareli's happens to serve a very good pistachio gelato that we shared. I wouldn't consider this a fine dining Italian restaurant, but it's a terrific Italian-American restaurant with delicious food. We're looking forward to another visit.

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant looks freshly updated and newly painted. The food & service were outstanding. Expensive, but worth it. Beautiful view if you’re there during sunlight hours. Have always liked this place & glad this latest incarnation is so well done!

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

It took two hours to get our main course.

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R
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the “Porch” and views of the ocean. Too windy and cool to sit outside so the glass enclosed area provided a bright “outside” environment.
The apps were very good. Clams oreganata and smoked salmon were presented well and enjoyed.
Special soft shell crab app/entree and crab cakes were delicious. Sweet potato hash and corn salad augmented the crab cakes extremely well.
Finished the dinner with two gelato desserts that were creamy and soothing.
Overall, a pleasant dining experience. Will be back.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are there twice since we were staying in the adjacent hotel. One dinner and one brunch. Despite horrible weather we had a great time. Staff was very nice and food great. Would definitely return

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OT
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for the Sunday brunch and sat in the sun room overlooking the ocean. What better way to spend a summer Sunday? Had the Eggs Benedict. Yummy. And with unlimited Mimosas, who could ask for more? A good thing to share with friends.

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was a bit disappointed in a few things. First, there was a very strong musty smell that hit you as soon as you walked in the door and was in the restaurant the whole time. That turns me off. There were a few flies flying around also which gets me a bit uncomfortable. The food was good but the brunch menu was limited. I was looking forward to a frozen Rose' drink they had shown on social media but they didn't have it ready. So all in all, I would not go back mainly due to the smell.

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