CJ McLoone's

4.2
297 Reviews
$30 and under
American
CJ McLoone's features an intimate, American tavern experience for the entire family, offering lunch and dinner seven days a week; as well as a casual and spacious pub with 14 flat screen TVs, perfect to relax and watch the game.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 297 people are saying
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BevW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food on Thanksgiving was tasty. Gabby,our server, was very nice and accomodating, she gets an A. The set up could be improved on. Some of the signs were missing and people did not seem to know what the food was. Too many staff was running around and seemed unorganized, though they were all very pleasant. There were empty food trays and I had to ask for the rolls, they were gone. The gravy area was really messy, though the man at the carving station was extremely nice. I would have covered the rolls and the desserts, they were just left out in the open and need more dessert choices then just pie. I do think the decor is very nice. I would recommend the place because the food was good, but re-think the Thanksgiving presentation.

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ConstanceC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was prompt. Enjoyable experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving meal, thank you!

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vipSand
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Oh boy! What a disapoointment. I made a reservation a few weeks in advance. When we got to the restaurant they wanted to seat us at a table right in front of the buffet. I asked if there was a different one. The person helping us asked her manager and I overheard - is it a reservation?? Yes it was! The manager said they had no where else to seat us except an almost equally poor very small table by the front door. It was better that having everyone's bottom in our face while eating so we took it. I noticed in the other room there were at least 6 tables that remained empty the entire time we were there. The ambiance was solumn, no music that I recall though the TV were on and not loud to be heard. The carving station was manned by a person that used his hands to put the meat on your plate and then hiked up his pants with the same gloved hand. The gravy was almost empty, not attempt to refill it was made. The spoons in front of the chafing dishes were dirty, filled with food as was the plate is rested on. I never say anyone come to clearn up the area. The gravy was extremely salty as was the stuffing. The apple pie tasted like it was frozen and not completely defrosted. It was so sweet it was inedible. No one came by to get any after dinner drinks or coffee order. It was amateur night at CJ's. I know they don't usually have a buffet for dinner however the things that were wrong were common sense if anyone has ever entertained. At least the Ceasar salad, mashed potatoes, salmon and pumpkin pie was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was nice to be able to get a reservation at this fine of a restaurant in the last week before Thanksgiving, although I don’t recall actually seeing the price for Thanksgiving dinner on the OpenTable site.

Seems like there weren’t many waiters around to refill drinks, and bigger tables for people with reservations way after ours just sat vacant while we sat at a smaller table right by the buffet line. And some TVs were tuned to nothing. The food was really good, I should have given it five stars; we just weren’t that hungry ( oops).

I would like to come back and try this restaurant again for a regular meal, as I’ve heard good things about the McLoones restaurants for many years now.

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vipSarah
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Several very good experiences here. I love the vegan portobello mushroom entree. The staff are pleasant and serve us quickly. Highly recommended.

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pot roast, garlic mashed potatoes and carrots were perfectly prepared and had the feeling of eating at grandma’s.

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vipopinion8ter
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were asked to sit at a high top table in the bar. That normally equates to a lot noise. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. My husband and I were able to have a conversation.

Our server was sweet and attentive.

You have to have the homemade bbq chips and dip. The chips are served as a side to some dishes. They are crispy, sweet and tangy.

I loved the bbq chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots. The portion was the right size. My husband had a wedge salad with chicken He enjoyed it!

We finished our meal with a piece of carrot cake.

We will be back

JH
JoeyH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very accommodating and food was delicious.

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ChrisS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you like German food, CJ McLoone's now has the best Executive Chef. Butch is originally from the Hofbrauhaus that was in Atlantic Highlands. Since we cannot go there anymore, I am left trying to find German food that will match that. Everything else is subpar. We give every other place a chance -- but it never lives up. When I found out that Butch was serving his Octoberfest at CJ McLoone's, I made reservations immediately. My favorites are his potato pancakes, sauerbraten, spatzel and red cabbage. Please keep this menu all year long!!

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NJtuxedo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

On Tuesdays there is a burger special - Buy one, get the second one for $5. Burgers are very good. Right now there's also a 1/2 price appetizer schedule before 6:30 pm. We had the best server ever - her name is Jaz. She made is a fun night and she's a great server.

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vipSalG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had 6:30 reservations we were seated right away but by 7:00 no one still had acknowledged our existence to the point that we did not even get water from bus boy. We then decided to get up
And leave. Very disappointed.

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DW2021
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Food and service was excellent. Really nice place. We will be back.

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MikeA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great lunch with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. Food was very good & reasonably priced. Wait-staff was exceptional. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We made a reservation for outside “dining”. We didn’t know that the outdoor dining consisted of 4 beach tables in a parking lot Other than that , I had a great salad

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a reservation for Monday Sept 6th at 5pm - for 4 guests-received confirmation txt , reminder txt and a rate your experience txt and guess what - showed up and they were closed— please work out the bug in your system- all worked out - went nearby and had a nice meal and drinks

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DaveS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, good food,relaxing atmosphere all made for an enjoyable evening.

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MarkB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Staff was over worked, ordered salad with shrimp, but got chicken. we asked for straws, never came. The table looked dirty, but might have been residue from cleaning solution, after staff cleaned it again, still looked dirty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pot roast meal was delicious.

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KatieE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Not busy at all and the service was the worst. And it wasn't a matter of not enough help. We will forgive that as we are grateful to the people that are willing to work. There were only 3 tables and 1 was done the entire time and were just talking. We ordered fried calamari, the burger, and chicken tacos. They were good but came out all wrong. They brought us fried zucchini instead of calamari. They never brought ketchup for the burger or the fries and the tacos had alot of onions. And they didn't bring his second drink, my soda after 2 glasses of wine until we did finally get to ask again, or ketchup ever. We never saw the waitress but four times. Drink order, meal order, the time we asked again and for the check and then hovered as I was counting my cash. She came back real quick for that. Oh, and she was screaming at the chef or somebody in the back alot! I do believe half the screwups were his as she had it right on the bill but she could have been quicker to check on things and fix them we didn't even point out the missing fries. Extremely disappointed as the food did taste good. I got up and found ketchup myself for my husband's burger and even with onions I had to pull off of them the tacos were tasty.

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ChristineP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nothing to really complain about. Food was good; service was good and restaurant is clean

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NJtuxedo
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good burgers and drinks. Only negative is one burger was supposed to be well done. The kitchen didn’t put the “signal” on it so we had to find out by biting into what we got. Not a huge thing. The poor server was annoyed for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My entree did not come out until everyone else was done eating. The explanation was another server picked up the food and they had to make it again. I understand stuff happens but they never came to the table to explain or apologize and seemes yo not even notice it had not arrived until we told them. Oh, amd I’m diabetic so this is more than an inconvenience. Fortunately I have learned to not tale my insulin intip the food arrives or this would have

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MaurizioR
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food! The ambience was fun! The food was fresh and delicious! Drinks were on point! The manager Craig went beyond to take care of all the customers! Our waitress was on point, friendly, and described the food in details ! Clean! Everyone was helpful! Would highly recommend it! Food yummy

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks, and awesome service when you request Gabby! She is fantastic. The Manager, Craig, runs a tight ship. Well done team.

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colleenm
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Great menu selection too. Thank you.
The waitresses were very kind to my elderly mother and that was greatly appreciated.

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vipBudA
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Our server, Gabby, was outstanding! Her friendliness, helpfulness and overall service was first class! She truly enhanced our dining experience. The food was good and the menu choices were plentiful.

We chose to dine outdoors since the weather was spectacular that evening. What we did not like is that the kitchen staff chose to hang out outside the back door of the restaurant so that they can smoke and talk. The smell of cigarette smoke wafting toward our table and the loud conversation were distressing to us and very inconsiderate! Management seems to turn a blind eye toward this behavior.

After our meal, we used the restrooms. They were disgusting! This is another management failure. Had we chosen to use the restroom before being seated, we would have passed on dining here.

This place could be really great if they had professional and caring management. Maybe our server Gabby should become the trainer for a new management team.

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viplindsayc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good but the beer was flat and not very cold. I recommend to go for good reasonably priced food.

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Lynda32266
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was great! My meal though was totally over salted and my husband’s medium-rare steak was very rare. Service was outstanding. Appetizers were outstanding. We will definitely be returning.

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vipRich
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Been here a few times and food is usually good, but not great. This time me and my girlfriend have salads and they were not very good at all. The greens were limp and some of the ingredients were non-existent. It was basically lettuce with chicken on it. Definitely not worth $16. Very disappointed.

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vipVinceTinNJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were there for lunch this occasion. Current level covid protocols were followed. Booth seating was a little tight. Service was fast. Staff was curteous and attentive. They were pleasant. Food was good. Served fresh. Seasoned and prepared well. Overall a very pleasant, safe and good dining experience.

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JaniceP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

table was dirty, booth seats were dirty. appetizers and dinner came out together. It was a very sad atmosphere with mediocre food and drinks for a high cost

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EDWARD
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was perfect - our experience was great

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Rich
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

This was our first visit in several years. Our table was ready and we were seated right away. The service was good, but the meal I chose left a bit to be desired. The blue cheese burger was prepared well, but the cheese was overpowering. I opted for the barbecue chips (rather than the french fries), but that was a big mistake. The chips were tasteless (more like cardboard). I mentioned this to management who subsequently agreed ("they failed to properly season them"), but offered no substitute or compensation. Fortunately, my wife's chicken pot pie was a big hit: it was fresh and homemade.

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Paul
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent

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vipSorryiwent
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok. Nothing special

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vipPalettePerfect
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great friendly service, terrific burger!
Outdoor space could be improved upon…

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Was sat next to the loud kitchen, loud room with someone playing a children’s show loudly on an iPad at the next table. The table itself was dirty when we sat down. Ended up leaving before the waiter even greeted us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a good experience

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Candy
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, service, and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

FAQs

CJ McLoone's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 758-0800.

CJ McLoone's is rated 4.2 stars by 297 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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