Bareli's By the Sea - Spring Lake

4.4
251 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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!

**Reservations Strongly Suggested. Outside Seating Not Guaranteed.
** We require credit cards for reservations from Memorial Day to Labor Day
** Please note that our dishes are made to order, which can take some time. If you are in a rush, please inform us before hand, so we can make proper arrangements.

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 251 People Are Saying
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SK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
4 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
17 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
224 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
3 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
95 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
58 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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DF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent definitely recommend

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizers and entrees were very good - desserts were a step down - nice view looking out over the dunes and the ocean - overall a plus dining experience - would go back again and recommend to others

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am on vacation with my family. I was looking for a modern restaurant that served oysters and clams and other seafood. We found it!!! Everyone was satisfied!! Our waiter Dan was so accommodating! We came back a second night and asked for him again!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody one looking for amazing food, great service and great cocktails and wine.

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VH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Our first time & would not go back. Martini's were$15.00--way too expensive. Décor was minimal. VERY noisy. Menu is very limited. Have had much better dinners at Poached Pear in PT Pleasant & Moonstruck in Asbury Park.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good kitchen. A bit pricey. Service a bit slow due to crowd

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my mom and they treated us like family. It was a bit pricy but worth it for a special occasion

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ME
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Although several tables were open outside on the porch, and remained open even as we left the restaurant after we finished our meal, they would not seat us outside. (We did have a reservation.) Inside was cold and did not have a view. Food was good, service was very good, prices are high but comparable to the area. I have not yet found a restaurant in Spring Lake that is "something special." I would recommend this restaurant, but didn't leave thinking "wow!"

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, the staff the service and the food was exceptional. I'm looking forward to returning real soon.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Professional friendly service,
Delicious food and well presented.

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SG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice lunch

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HD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and view and staff quite attentive and professional! Food was well presented and excellent!

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just perfection on every front. Great foo. Beautiful location. Incredible Service

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

food was good but the pasta portions were small on two dinners and only 9 small clams on the linguini and clams dinner. drinks were generous which saved the day.

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The noise level was extreme... the shouting made it hard to enjoy dinner

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K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I and our nieces spent a 4 day weekend in Spring Lake and for the second year in a row made sure that dinner on our last night was at Borelli's. We had a lovely time last year and this was even better. Our hostess was incredibly patient when we couldn't figure out whether to eat inside or on the porch. We even sat inside and then changed our minds...she was ever polite and managed to find make up a table for us out of the wind. Our server was just as solicitous. He never rushed us to make decisions or to finish a course. The food was wonderful and we savored every bit of it. We had a lovely time, watching the sun go down and the moon come up over the ocean and will cherish the memory. We hope to return to Spring Lake again next year and Borelli's has become part of the tradition!

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