Joey Harrison's River House

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Joey Harrison’s River House at Southwinds Marina is the newest and best location to enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment in Forked River, NJ. We are located directly on the Forked River, off Exit 74 of the parkway. We offer patrons dock and dine slips and amazing river views all season long.

Our lovely water front facility features a warm casual dining restaurant, stunning banquet facility and a seasonal outdoor seating and beach bar with live entertainment, palm trees and real sand.

Joey Harrison’s River House is the one stop relaxation, dining, drinking and sunset watching destination in Forked River, NJ.

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 2019
Join us to ring in 2019! Enjoy a 4-course Prix Fixe menu + cash bar at 5PM for $34.95/per person or at 8pm + four-hour open bar for $69.95/per person.

Don't want dinner? We also have $30 open bar tickets from 10pm – Midnight. Entertainment until 3AM provided by DJ Bob. Book your reservation
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Naples
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I gave all poor ratings because it was the only way to get to this comment page, I made a reservation on Open Table for last Tuesday. After driving for 35 minutes to get to Joey Harrison's the restaurant was closed. I don't understand how you can make a reservation and the restaurant isn't even open?????

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Sunday for our 18th Wedding Anniversary...great atmosphere, friendly staff and the food was great!

We will definitely be going back!

R
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good but they were very busy and the food took a very long time.

PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I gave it 4 Stars because overall it is usually it hits the mark. The food is great, music and outdoor ambiance is too.
We got there by 5:30 on a Friday. We had a reservation,and chose to sit inside. It took a long time to get our drinks. And then had to ask for water a few times. The food was very good, but the shrimp ambrosia was overloaded with pasta.
Our waitress was moving as fast as she could, having to go between inside and top upper deck.
We are locals and should know better than to go on the weekend. All in all we will return.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent.
Thank you.

VE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server Melissa could not have been more accompanying. We were seated outside and it became too sunny even with umbrellas so Melisss graciously moved us indoors for coffee and dessert.
Need better shade for dinning outside.
Food could be better.
Nice water views.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Terrific live music, varied menu, beautiful setting. We’ll be back.

JM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful view of the marina...food was delicious and our waiter was very pleasant and attentive. Definitely will be coming back...

LS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I had outside reservation that I called and moved inside. When arriving they didn’t have any knowledge of me changing it. They said 15 mins for inside. 20 mins went by and I was told at that point they had table outside available. I responded didn’t want outside. He said well if you still want inside it will be another 20 more mins or so! This is just unacceptable! Thank god my group was ok with just taking a high counter right behind bar that we had to squish at. Our waiter was never available and manager response to this was it was hot so a lot of people changed to inside( well if u can’t accomadate the reservation then you tell the customer!) I will never make reservation there again! It’s nice too go for drinks and the view though.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Music was nice. Flounder franchise wAs bland, but appetizers are great. Live the spicy mussels!

OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This restaurant has changed management more times than I can count. Consistently disappointing

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great summer spot!!

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with outdoor seating and music! Love the beach in front of the band. Next time we will take the boat there 😎

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting outside. Band was good. Blue Moons were cold. Try the shrimp scampi pizza!!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were ready for us, by having the table setup with menu's and silverware. The umbrella was open and shading the table and the food came prepared the way we like it. Always have a good time at this location!!

D
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food but after being seated, waited about 15 mins before I had to go ask for a waitress - we had a reservation so they were expecting us.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible food and poorly managed.

BB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent.
Service is usually great but below par today.

AS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Had a beautiful table upstairs, great music, however our server did not get our drink order for 25 minutes, we were sat at 730 and our food came out (apps sushi and dinner) at 945pm, our order was given by 8 pm. Food was really good but our waiter was no( apologetic and kept saying he was slammed, but all tables that came after continued getting their food. We made it apparent to a manager who replied she would check on the kitchen.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good time and good food, initial greet at the table was a little slow, but overall a good time with good live music!

SC
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed. Never got our appetizer. Drinks and dinner took forever. Tables near us got their food and drinks long before us when They were seated well after us. Not well organized and after all that food was disappointing. Nice location but we will not go back.

CG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our 1st time at Joey Harrison's River House was Fantastic. The Hostess and owner seated us outside (upper level) as we requested. It was a bit too windy and we asked to change our seating to indoors. They found, cleared, and prepared a space for us with smiles and no attitudes. ( they were very busy but took the time to accommodate us ). The atmosphere is great, The food is great, and the staff is great. Our Waiter David Goodger went above and beyond to satisfy our needs while waiting on us inside and working his usual tables outside. We definitely found our new summer dining place at the shore.

MK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The problem was we had a new waitress and she told us that the drinks we were having were $6 or 7 when we received the bill the drinks were actually $9 each this is something that a waitress or waiter should know and not give out the wrong information. So we were a little disappointed with that overall we had a nice time.

j
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Our reservation was for 7, got seated after waiting for someone to even acknowledge us. Waitress came over asked what we wanted to drink, didn’t see her for 35 min later. Finally took our order, ordered another round of drinks she only came back with one. Food was ok. It was so loud in there I felt like I was in a cafeteria could not have a decent conversation. We were celebrating our Anniversary was not enjoyable. We will not be back!

JA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter meal dining upstairs with mainly adults. Separate from kids egg hunt.

MC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Only one waitress. Very crowded, very loud had to holler to talk to family. Fish and chips were burnt. It was my birthday and wanted to give the place a try. Very disappointed. Waitress was overwhelmed with no help. Will not return. Husband had to walk to bar to get a beer. No bread with meal. People were bumping into my husband and son in-law. People carrying chairs over there head behind my husband. Not the waitress’s fault very poorly run. We go out to dinner every year for my birthday. My daughter came home from college an hour away and I felt bad because this was the only birthday dinner we did not enjoy.

S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We two were first time visitors. We went on a Wednesday and it wasn't crowded. There was a bartender and one waitress on staff so the service had a slow start but the staff were excellent. The food was excellent (cajun seared fish, burger, Manhattan clam chowder), house cabernet for $5 a glass was Canyon River (excellent). There was mostly an over the age of 60 years crowd at first but then the 20-30 somethings came in. Great view of the river, lots of windows. Going back with friends this week!!

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bob b who wrote 10 reviews and gave it 5 stars on ever one must be related to the owner. Terrible

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent evening

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KL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, service was very good but Sunday is not good if your looking for a nice dinner & some quiet conversation. It was bingo night, so between shouting out numbers & loud music we couldn’t hear anyone talk. Won’t go back on Sunday anymore. Might try again another night.

RP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

Had to send my scallops back weren’t good ———————-///—-

AM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I noticed that the food was not as good this time I was here. Last time in the summer the food was a lot better.

DD
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Garlic clams and caesar salad were very good, but our seafood entrees were overloaded with pasta. Service was pretty good though. The restaurant and noisy bar share one large room on the 2nd floor (no elevator could be seen). The parking lot is in disrepair.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice time, it was early dinner hour so it was pretty quiet. We had multiple appetizers to share, and then dessert and drinks. The service was excellent and the staff was friendly. A nice local place to hang out and have a really good meal.

DI
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first time at the place and I was pleasantly surprised. Forked River is not much on good restaurants. Our server was delightful. I chose Salmon Picatta from the specials and it melted in my mouth.

T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Band was very loud, no place that was quiet inside.

If you want to have a burger and a beer while listening to the music, this place is for you!

MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot to dock and dine. Food is good, the views are great. Has plenty of space to sit outside on a nice day.

CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

3 out of the 4 of us the Shrimp Parmigiana and we all agreed that it was very good!! My husband had the Sushi and he said it was good! Our waitress was very good even though she told us she had only been there 3 weeks!

BB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. I go every week

BB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, friendly staff, good food and great view.

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