Food not worth eating. Bland and tasteless
Food was excellent but loud and noisy. Could not carry on a conversation.
Out of 2 items on Saturday night. One from the menu and one special. Shouldn’t happen. Dinner was quite good though.
Dined here this past Saturday along with 4 friends. I really loved the atmosphere and am hoping that we just picked a bad night. I will definitely try it again. Our server, Michael, was a very nice guy - kind of goofy, but fun. He was not too knowledgeable on what a Mignonette sauce was for the oysters - we had to ask several times and he wasn't certain what it was - the hostess overheard and let us know that the oysters did come with a mignonette sauce. We did try the oysters (both the Sambuca and the nightly oysters) and both were very good. 2 out of the 5 meals ordered were good. A friend ordered the Ravioli of the night which sounded delicious with a mushroom sauce - however, they were very bland, not at all as they were described without even a hint of mushroom. Another friend had the seared tuna special - also very bland. One had the Osso Bucco which was served on an eggnoodle or tagliatelle of some sort - this also had very little flavor. My husband had the veal saltimbocco which we all agreed was probably the best of all 5 meals. The service really took a turn then as the meals were being finished. I felt like the servers were hovering around grabbing the plates as soon as someone put their fork down. Plates should never be cleared until the last person in the party is finished eating. If someone specifically asks for their plate to be taken away, then that is a different story. My husband was the last one eating and the woman who came to clear away his plate literally took his plate as he was eating his last forkful of his meal. I ve heard such great things about this restaurant and I will certainly try it again. I hope this review was helpful and do hope my next visit will confirm what many others have told me.
Excellent service, delicious food prepared with care and attention to details. The restaurant is newly renovated and beautifully done. I’m sure when all of the final decorating details are complete this will be a very popular destination.
Went for Easter early dinner. Ambiance is a little stark and there lack of any sound absorbing material makes for more noise than I would have liked. Also didn't think the music playing in the background was very good dinner music. But the food and service made up for those minor issues. I had baked oysters that were the best I have ever had. Had lamb chops with Brussel sprouts that was superb. Many of the other choices looked amazing. I will go again.
Went for Easter lunch and had a wonderful experience. Was a little disappointed the menu was more limited than their usual menu but everything was delicious and the service was great. The only negative I would mention was the noise level. There was a lot of chatter and a young child on an extremely loud Ipad, but that’s more about the parents,,, although if it were my restaurant I would have mentioned something. A local favorite of ours!
Food was outstanding. We've been there twice and found it exceptional, both in terms of service, the food and the view. This is a real Spring Lake find and once the renovations are done to the guest rooms, this will be our ultimate Spring Lake destination.
We were here a couple of years ago and can not believe the difference inside. It is really pretty inside. Everything was delicious!
Lovely dining experience...good food, nice ambiance, attentive and friendly staff.
Menu was short, but still maintained good options. Food was outstanding. Service was attentive and very personable. Beautiful decor and location. Would recommend,
We have been to Bareli's several times and always have a consistently solid dining experience. Their homemade pastas are delicious and they always have a nice variety of specials. Desserts are solid too. Our favorite part is the warm, friendly service. Since it's a small place, the staff remembers its regulars. BYOB til May 1 - but can't wait to try it in the summer season to sit outside on that gorgeous wraparound porch!
Excellent service! Outstanding food! Baked oysters Sambuca ... delicious! Will definitely return!
One of my favorite NJ shore resturants.
It was amazing! The food was delicious and everyone from the hostess, buser, waitress, etc. took care of us throughout the meal. We will definitely be back!
Early New Year's Eve dinner-date (spouses). One of our favorite go-to places, for the food, the ocean view and especially the friendly personable service, never disappoints. I could eat the sambuca oysters over and over. The fresh seafood is always a great choice -- grouper in this case, was excellent.
We had an exceptional experience for our first visit. Maria, the Manager went out of her way to make sure we had a good time celebrating my husband's birthday.
Food was awesome. Best pork chop I have ever had. Service was equally good. BYOB, but if you forget you can order table delivery from local store. Oceanfront, try to dine when there's still daylight for best view.
Great Food and Great Staff !!! We Love Bareli’s in Summer AND winter ....
We spent a wonderful evening dining at Bareli’s. We were greeted with a friendly welcoming hello when we arrived. The waiter was engaging without being intrusive. The tables are set nicely. The food was creative and delicious and nicely served. We didn’t feel rushed and had a relaxing evening with friends.
Great food and service. It's a BYOB so that's always good.
It was our first time and we loved the entire experience! A great find!
We very much enjoyed the wonderful service and excellent food in the cozy setting of the front porch room. The lasagna was very interesting-not typically prepared. Also the calamari was one of the best we ever had. Creme brûlée was fabulous-we’ll be back soon!
Talk about an A+ restaurant, this is it! Located on Ocean Ave in the old Spring Lake Hotel, the Grand Victorian, the atmosphere here is fabulous.
The hotel is beautifully decorated for the holidays & although it was dark so the ocean wasn't visible, you can still feel the salt in the air. That being said, I think December is the perfect time to come here. The crowds are gone, holiday lights abound & it's quite peaceful.
Four of us ate on the enclosed porch outside with a great view through the glass enclosure. We were able to carry on a conversation & actually hear each other.
Our waiter, Mike was top notch. We wanted for nothing, including him offering me his glasses as I had forgotten mine!
The meal began with a basket of fresh, warm bread. For an appetizer I decided on the baked oysters Sambuca that were just magnificent. Next the Penne ala grappa which was a vodka sauce with spinach. For dessert I had a Nutella mousse that was decadent & delicious. I was in food heaven!
This time of year the restaurant is BYOB which is a big plus. Let's face it, Spring Lake is a money town & when they sell liquor, you will pay a steep price for it. Same for the food. Lucky for us they had a price fix menu all day Wed & Thurs (again, this time of year) & for $33 three out of four had a 3 course meal. I might add my husband got the pork chop & described it as a Flintstone pork chop. It was about 3" thick & as big as my hand. I have seriously never seen one that large & he LOVED it! Of course I tasted it as well & it was cooked to perfection.
Mike was a pleasure & we all had a wonderful time. I will definitely be back, but for sure, NOT during the summer months!
Great service, love the setting of seeing ocean as you dine
The restaurant was delightful, the staff were very accommodating and attentive. Food was worth the price, great presentation and cooked too perfection. Will go back again for sure.
Wonderful intimate family dinner for Thanksgiving. One course better than the next. Quiet, warm, cozy atmosphere for great food and conversation. Waiting staff spot on and truly lovely.
My family went there for Thanksgiving for the first time. The staff was attentive and very courteous. The food was delicious! We will definitely go back!
Friendly staff, not rushed dining, excellent food- byob off season.
We had a terrific anniversary dinner.
Now that it’s off season, we figured it’s a good time to try Bareli’s. The service was great, the restaurant is attractive, but the food was a bit disappointing. It’s fine, just doesn’t blow you away. Most restaurants are average, this one included. There are a lot of better places & a lot of worse ones too.
Food great - nice selection, nice place - noisy though, service very slow - had to wait quite a while for a drink & for an appetizer - need to improve on that issue
The front room is the draw here. The noise level in the rest of the restaurant not good. We were seated right in front of the musicians and when asked immediately to be moved out in direct line w kitchen. Our server was very attentive but the other 3 wait staff were overkill. Could not complete a sentence without an interuption by staff. Well-meaning but annoying.
The website says wheelchair accessible and it IS NOT. The food and service was excellent, but I did not enjoy myself as I had to get out of the wheelchair and get up one step and the bathroom did not have a grab bar and the wheelchair barely fit. Please do not advertise wheelchair accessible.
Very impressed with the quality of the food -we all had different entrees and everyone loved their choices. Will definitely go back. Wish they had heat lamps for outside dining.
Everything was great but they need to lower the music especially if you sit in glass porch
Made reservation for my wife's birthday last weekend. Came as a referral from a close friend. I called to alert them it was my wife birthday. Left a message and they promptly called me back asking for table preference / location - inside or outside. We decided on inside. Only minor complaint was it was chilly inside. Felt like air was on when it didn't need to be. Saw others with sweaters and long sleeves on so maybe it's also a bit on cold side.
Orher than that everything was great - calamari app was delicious as was eggplant and entrees were all solid as well. Nice candle for wife in her desert to top it all off. Would def recommend if anyone was on area. Will plan a return during the summer to sit outside and enjoy the views
Didn't like the steak or the snapper dinners. Service was spotty.
Location was amazing right across the street from the beach. Great outdoor seating and extensive menu. Let’s come back and try the summer. Service was really good. Will definitely recommend to be back. Thank you
Nothing like we expected - fish was dry with no flavor- very disappointed