Bareli's By the Sea - Spring Lake

4.5
194 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:30 pm–8:30 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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Additional
Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch
What 194 People Are Saying
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L
New York Area
4 reviews
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great night at Bareli’s. Very busy but the staff handled everything well. Different crowd there tonight vs during the week and off-season. Would recommend going there not on weekends. Food is great and very consistent. Overall, an excellent dining experience !

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PL
1 review
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner! Location cannot be beat, food excellent, & our waiter was most attentive. I have been here before and my only negatives are the alcoholic beverages are quite pricey, & the chairs are uncomfortable.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousin and I had lunch on the porch, which provided us gorgeous views of the ocean. The service was fantastic, we were not rushed and our server provided some wonderful recommendations from the menu. I had the watermelon salad and a lobster roll, both of which were delish! My cousin enjoyed the crab cake appetizer and chicken Milanese. If you are thinking about trying this restaurant I would highly recommend it for any occasion.

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K
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow but food was good. Noise level was extreme to the point where it made for an uncomfortable and not pleasant dining experience. Maybe outside would be better.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food consistently we thoroughly enjoyed every single thing we tried. The service is great friendly attentive wait staff.

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RS
Atlantic City
6 reviews
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Beautiful location. Sat outside which was really nice. But that’s where it stops. Service was awful. Took too long to get drinks. Forgot sides, then when they came they were cold and obviously nuked. Food was good but not worth the price.

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V
San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really great! Our server was very attentive and really made an enjoyable evening for us. We ate out on the porch on a beautiful sunny afternoon with the Atlantic ocean behind us. It was a great place to dine. I highly recommend it.

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AF
New York Area
49 reviews
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

You can’t beat the location of sitting on a porch overlooking the ocean! The service was attentive, professional and friendly. The food , unfortunately, does not meet the quality and the choices offered in the previous restaurant in the same location. Brioche roll early on a Sunday afternoon was not fresh though the tuna salad was very good. Would have been better to have whole grain toast if the roll wasn’t fresh. Salad dressing was house vinaigrette with no other options.

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T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were down the shore and saw the restaurant on Yelp and decided to call. They called right back and were very accommodating. The servers were great and the food was delicious.

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CB
1 review
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found Bareli's to be a welcoming experience. Michael certainly went out of his way to be gracious and helpful, as did the others. The dinner was delicious! No one rushed us. As a matter of fact, I tried for quite a while to get my check and waited again for someone to take my payment. This was the only down spot in the experience because we had another commitment we needed to move on to.
Overall, we found Bareli's to be a lovely place with delicious food, and kind people. We will be back, and we will spread the news of what a nice place it is! Thank you.

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DO
New York Area
10 reviews
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was ideally located near the ocean with outdoor seating. We were very pleased with our chicken parmesan.

Unfortunately our appetizer shrimp cocktail and main course were a disappointment.

The shrimp weren't properly cleaned. After letting our waitress know, she returned it to the kitchen and brought out a new shrimp cocktail and they still were not cleaned.

My wife ordered the crab cakes for her entree after confirming with the staff that they would not be spicy. Her crab cakes were peppery and she couldn't palette them. They made her a Fettuccine Alfredo to accommodate her.

I am pleased with how the staff handled the matter. They removed the shrimp cocktail and crap cakes from our check.

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RH
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barelli's is a great ocean view restaurant if you choose to sit on the deck. Great food, great servers, lively ambiance, good all the way 'round!

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EB
Miami
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we had an excellent meal

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome great night

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w
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Laughed at another review that stated the place is LOUD. Well, they were correct. We found it very entertaining listening to other's conversation. Oh yeah, the food was outstanding. Service was just as good. Every employee was very friendly and always smiled. Worth the visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with friend. Fantastic food and service!

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JN
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent, good choices. Service was ok up until a desert was ordered, 25 minutes later it was presented. I rejected it and asked for the check. I do not know who was at fault, waitress or the kitchen staff. I think had the waitress approached us after 10 minutes to explain it would have been the better way to go and far better way of handling the issue. The restaurant was not at its capacity as there were several empty tables the entire time we were there. Very disappointing way to end the otherwise pleasant experience.

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NM
New York Area
2 reviews
1.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

New owners. Three waiters for each table means bad service. “Who gets the linguine?” We were only two. No water for my husband. My sandwich came without the hard boiled egg. One of the waiters wanted me to take an egg home! Really not up to Spring Lake standards. Cannot understand locals putting up with this subpar place. It is the only restaurant directly on the beach and the porch was lovely for years.

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BA
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Bareli's. We enjoy sitting on the enclosed porch - but it is lovely inside too. The outdoor porch is very popular and has an ocean view. Good Italian basics plus some interesting twists as well.

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d
1 review
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed that they did not acknowledge that it was a birthday celebration which I made clear via phone call after the reservation was made

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JU
New York Area
7 reviews
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good but service was horrible. Our waiter was lovely, it’s not his fault. We waited 1 1/2 hours for appetizers, another hour for food. It may be they didn’t have enough kitchen staff. Our waiter looked like he was handling half the restaurant. The woman in charge was lovely. The only thing I could think of is not enough help in the kitchen.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good, especially if it's possible to dine on the porch with a great view of the ocean.

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BB
New York Area
7 reviews
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Fresh oysters, grilled octopus, soft shell crabs...all excellent. Tiramisu was just ok, but it was comped as it was our anniversary. Thank you! They didn't have the wine we ordered initially, but the recommended substitute was terrific. Restaurant was not crowded, but the service was slow and uneven. Seemed like a couple of the servers were really newbies, high school or college kids just starting summer jobs. Needed more training or better supervision. We've been to a number of restaurants at this location over many years. I think this is a good addition to the Spring Lake dining scene.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was excellent and we will be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner with a view!

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AH
1 review
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had soft shell crabs excellent and the desserts were marvelous cannoli
And pasticho icream in a chocolate shell with home made whipped cream

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice night with great service and food.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great surprise! Food was outstanding! Great variety! Staff was perfect!

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L
New York Area
48 reviews
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday night dinner out with a friend, went local. The burrata appetizer was excellent; Caesar salad was bland-not a typical Caesar dressing. We felt the dressing was too oily. Pasta Bolognase was very good as well as the Shrimp Oreganata which were large. The front side room provides a lovely view of the ocean. Enjoy a nice evening out at Bareli's by the Sea.

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J
Orlando
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole staff was great actually but we loved our waiter Mike!!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The General Manager was delightfull!! She gave us a warm welcome. We will be back with friends! The food was delicious!!

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j
New York Area
89 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Loved the food and the service was very good despite the restaurant being crowded(Monday evening of Memorial Day weekend).
Ground floor of boutique hotel directly across from the ocean

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant ... the food is great and the staff even better.... they make us feel so welcome....the Manager, Maria is especially welcoming.... and the new layout and decor is elegant...we will be back weekly this summer !

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

With views of the ocean and an outdoor deck, this restaurant will be a tuff reservation to get once the summer season commences. The ambience of the room can use some freshening and the food though good was not extraordinary. The attentive waitress and bartender who we provided a challenge for when she said they could make any drink deserve accolades for their work.

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J
New York Area
48 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Service, food and atmosphere were all great! Delicious eggplant parm appetizer, salads, special Buccatini and Nutella mousse dessert!
Going back next weekend with another group!

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r
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very knowledgeable. The food was great. We were not hurried and the view of the ocean was fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with wonderful views of the ocean!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is exceptional. Everyone is very accommodating. Our new favorite restaurant. Sunday sauce is amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getaway weekend! First opportunity to stay in Spring Lake.
Bareli’s made the dining experience elegant, accommodating, and five star service and food! Michael was our waiter, he made us feel like family. He described the food and he spoke like a chef creating the dish!
Thank you for a wonderful first dining experience!

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