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About Bareli's By the Sea - Spring Lake

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 throughout 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!

**BYOB until May 1, 2018**
Forgot your wine/beer? No problem! Ask your server to call one of local liquor stores, and we will have them deliver to you in no time!

1505 Ocean Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 769-5700

Website:
http://barelisbythesea.com/

Catering:
Please contact events@barelisbythesea.com for any of your catering needs.

Executive Chef:
Robb Welch

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

Bareli's By the Sea - Spring Lake Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Seasonal (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
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Healthy (5)
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People Watching (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Waterfront, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service, love the setting of seeing ocean as you dine

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Friendly staff, not rushed dining, excellent food- byob off season.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a terrific anniversary dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Everything was great but they need to lower the music especially if you sit in glass porch

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Didn't like the steak or the snapper dinners. Service was spotty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nothing like we expected - fish was dry with no flavor- very disappointed

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Barelli's is still the best kept secret at the Jersey shore. It is so hard to find excellent Italian food down the shore but Bareli's hits the mark! And, it is open year round . Now that the summer is over, it is the perfect time to enjoy it. Not crowded but still great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

New owner investment can be seen and felt. Local elegance with menu nicely developed. And liquor license is great addition to this location. Service is excellent - staff truly cares. We selected the Sunday Italian dinner which was very good. Highly recommend if you like classy dining experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Made a last minute 6:30 reservation on a Saturday night and while a table was ready - it was not a preferred one being small and next to a large table of 8. Maria (the hostess) asked if we would wait in the bar area (they only have a seasonal license which expires November 2017). We had one drink and while a table was not ready within 15 minutes - Maria came over to assure us she was working on it and promptly bought us two additional drinks while waiting. Five minutes later a very nice table was secured. Waiter Jack very accommodating and helpful. Be sure to try the oyster appetizer - to die for ! Food well prepared and professionally served.

All in all a very nice experience. The staff is very cordial and Maria seems to know all the patrons (hopefully ours now too). Nice touch!!

While we have never dined at Barelli's in Secaucus, we will be frequent patrons of Barelli's by the Sea

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Typically I wait until I’ve dined someplace at least three times and occasionally more before I’ll sit down and take the time to write a review but after only two meals at Barelli’s I feel compelled to put this out there.

First off it is a lovely location, located in a hotel in picturesque Spring Lake and on the other side of the street it sits on is the ocean, just beautiful!

Secondly on both occasions, once for dinner and more recently for lunch I had mixed food experiences, a linguini with clam sauce that had a fishy taste to it due to what I believe were old clams (remember this place is ON the ocean) and a perfectly prepared soft shell crab dish was one example of both how good and how bad it can be. Two areas I have found to be consistent consistent is great service and high prices. Which leads me to the reason I will never go back there, over dinner we drank wine, good wine list with a good selection of wines that included some good values but over lunch I was shocked to get our bill and be charged $5 for a glass of ice tea and $5 for a Diet Coke , yes read it again it is true, totally gratuitous! Being someone who has traveled the world and one more than one occasion spent over a thousand dollars on dinner for two, sticker shock is not something that that rattled me but FIVE DOLLARS for a glass of ice tea is unacceptable. Had the food all been fantastic I’d still be hard pressed to return but given the fact there are any number of places in the area to get MUCH better food at more reasonable prices that DO NOT PRICE GOUGE. Tell me it costs them more than .25 cents to produce the ice tea or the Diet Coke. When I questioned my server about it I felt sorry for her because clearly this has been brought to the attention of her as well as management on MANY occasions and typically the server bears the brunt of it when patrons tip. She indicated management just doesn’t care!
DO NOT go here and overpay for hit or miss food and WAY overpriced products.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was incredible . Very one from the start made every effort to make us comfortable . Owner (I think was owner) introduced himself.
Food was perfection. Limited menu which meant items were all cooked perfectly.
If I had any hesitation maybe Caesar Salad over dressed but still great. Bread at table perfection and so were wines and drinks.
We had four different dinner. I had special Lamb Chops so good , one had porky chop, one pasta and one clams and pasta . Not one person left anything on their plate. We will be back often.
Thank you for a lovely evening and dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This place was changed over from the Black Trumpet and it is a wonderful dining experience. Seating is great anywhere, more room in the back. We had two great appetizers and the fish was really well prepared. Mike was our waiter and he had great advice on wine pairings. There were many specials available. Top notch restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Sat outside and was told the nicer view tables were reserved though it was 5pm and we had asked for a good view of the icean when we made our reservation. They ended up giving us the better table afterall. Food was mediocre but thr ambience good and ocean view worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Spent a lovely Fall afternoon having a delicious lunch on their porch. Chicken Parmigiana, Calamari, chicken/peppers/mozzarella grilled sandwich were all well prepared.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Decently prepared but somewhat standard fare. Service a bit unprofessional. Inside seating can be very crowded. Pricing was fair. Two big complaints. (1) The list of daily specials was twice the length of the printed menu. Why bother with a menu? Of course, no prices given with the obligatory recitation of ingredients and technique by the wait staff. (2) $25 corkage fee. Unfortunately, some on line writings stated this was a BYO. Of course we BYO'd. Thought it unusual that they had a bar and BYO, but we acted on what we read. The waiter and hostess did not bring the matter to our attention, opened our wine and (surprise!) there's the fee on the bill at the end of the evening. That certainly put a damper on things. We would gladly have put the wine aside and ordered from the bar had the waiter only mentioned it upfront.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service were very good. I would certainly go back again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food excellent service good the only draw back was noise level impossible to have a conversation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Second time there. Excellent food. Noise level can get loud but other than that, I highly recommend trying.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food, atmosphere and the service were excellent .. This will be are go to restaurant whenever we come back to Spring Lake..

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great place to enjoy a special dinner, ambiance, food, service all make this a top notch restaurant.
The owner Liam was most accommodating, very pleasant to speak with and made us feel right at home.
A must try while visiting Spring Lake.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a very nice meal. Fresh ingredients. The veal Milanese was prepared classic style

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A great find on the beach in Spring Lake, NJ Food, service location excellent. Will be back!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

A wonderful dining experience. Food was piping hot which I appreciate. The choices on the menu were creative and diverse and we were able to share several meals amongst our group. Request seating on the outdoor porch for beautiful ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Most of the food was good but do not order the Gnocchi Bolognese! My BF is 100% Italian and BORN in Italy and I'm 75% Italian. He was very unhappy with that meal since we make bolognese sauce and have had it out in many restaurants and never has it looked or tasted like what he got. His words: "It looks like dog food"! It was awful! He should have sent it back!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The tables are on top of each other I was bumping elbows with the person next to me. However the food was delicious and our server Jack was an A+ but I don't think we will going back I was very uncomfortable all through dinner with the table next to us being so close it was very awkward.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our evening was a great experience at this new Spring Lake spot ! ..Exceptional food by Chef Rob Welch..Sambua oysters and soft shell crabs a must! Finished the evening on the porch with live music, after dinner drinks and delicious dessert (pistachio gelato)! Attention to service and detail were provided by the staff... especially Liam and Maria! We so look forward to another beautiful evening at Bareli's By the Sea!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Small portions. I got the lobster salad it was very good just not enough in the roll.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great food. Great service. Will definitely go back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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