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Proving Ground Waterfront Dining, HIGHLANDS, NJ

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.6
4.6
1009 Reviews
$30 and under
American
THE STORY BEHIND THE PROVING GROUND…

WE TOOK A LITTLE HISTORY FROM THE AREA WHEN NAMING AND DESIGNING THE RESTAURANT AFTER THE SANDY HOOK PROVING GROUNDS. ESTABLISHED IN 1874, IT BECAME THE FIRST US ARMY PROVING GROUND TO TEST ARTILLERY AND OTHER MATERIALS. AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT – TESTING NEW MENU ITEMS AND SPECIALIZING IN THE NEWEST CRAFT BEER AND COCKTAILS. WE LIKE TO MIX IT UP WITH OUR EVENTS, MUSIC, AND EXPERIENCE TO ALWAYS KEEP THINGS FRESH AND FUN.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 872-2266

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Higgins

  • Private party facilities

    The Proving Ground is the perfect spot to celebrate special occasions . With a stunning view of the water in our comfortable modern seaside space with spectacular food you cannot go wrong. Birthdays - Anniversaries - Bridal and Baby Showers - Engagement, Rehearsal Dinners, and Weddings. We have the space to do it all! Call today to speak with Ashley about booking your next private event with us. 732-872-2266 https://www.theprovingground.com/private-events

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Cross street

    Cornwall St & Bay Ave

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet in our busy times and seasons.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Summer Saturdays at Proving Ground!

    Multiple dates available
    Sat - 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Please be understanding during the high volume of the summer months. On Saturday evenings, we will be seating on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive, check in the with hostesses to be added to the wait list for a dinner table. Enjoy the live music and multiple, fun "hang out" waiting areas or the bars until your table is ready. All tables have a 90 minute seating to give all of our guests the same opportunity to enjoy their dinner. If you are a party of 8-12, please call the restaurant to inquire for availability. 732-872-2266. Thank you all and cheers to the best summer yet!!!

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What 1,009 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. HD

    HaroldD

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers, food, entertainment and environment made for a terrific evening with friends
  2. f

    foodfanatics

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Winning combination: food, drink, atmosphere & our server Alicia was excellent! Can't wait to go back!
  3. SD

    StevieD

    France

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Extra large paper napkins available on the table. Nice touch. Good food. Very casual dining.
  4. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great band and beautiful ambiance. We enjoyed our food and drinks very much. Our waitress was so attentive and provided good service.
  5. SF

    ShelleyF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The food and waiter service were excellent! As I noted online when making the reservation we were celebrating our anniversary. We were shown to a table which was a small round table with barstools. My husband had a brain tumor so I told the young man that this kind of table was not good for us. (My husband’s balance is off and I was worried about the type of chair.). He checked and returned, saying there were no tables available but we could go upstairs ( we don’t eat indoors) or go on a waiting list for a table. We couldn’t wait as we were expected for cake at our children’s home. So we took the table and I was anxious for the entire meal. Cudos to Colin for being a friendly, knowledgeable and kind server.
  6. MK

    MaryK

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here on the recommendation of a friend. Everything was delicious. I would definitely go back.
  7. MA

    MARCR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    What an amazing place , Ambience was perfect the food was amazing and very reasonable .The outdoor area was gorgeous
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and location. Please stop charging credit card fee
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, beautiful views, staff is super nice and helpful especially with food allergies. Food is good, portion size is a nice size!
  10. JU

    JUDI

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service and the waterfront view are spectacular!!
  11. GM

    GaryM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The only issue is the time spread between appetizer and main meal. I had to give them both orders. Main course came before we finished the appetizer.
  12. DM

    DinaM8

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I don’t mind spending money on good food, but the quality and quantity of the food and drinks here was not up to par.
  13. CF

    CindyF

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner outside at Proving Ground last night! Our server was fun and attentive, the food was good, we enjoyed the live music and the beautiful sunset with a view of Manhattan. We'll be back!
  14. M

    Majqueen53

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant atmosphere sitting outside overlooking the inlet. Service was excellent and friendly. Food came out relatively quickly and was well prepared. Prices were reasonable in general except for the pricey $29 bowl of steamers. We decided to splurge anyway and they were very good.
  15. CR

    CathyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Great Service. Great food. Will definitely go back!
  16. SM

    SweetMelody

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. Our waitress Kelly was incredible. She was spot on. Some kinks to work out in the kitchen I think but it didn't affect our experience. Had a great time!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, great views, great service.
  18. CS

    CynthiaS

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice waterfront dining. Live music is nice. Food is good, but not necessarily worth the prices that they charge. Drinks are costly also.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was very nice but we were one table back from the water by the bar . The umbrella didn’t really shade the table on it was hot !
  20. JH

    JudyH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We ordered the bacon wrapped scallops and traditional calamari for apps. I don't recommend either. The scallops were so small and calamari unremarkable. For lunch, we had the brisket sandwich, salmon blt and firecracker wrap, which were all very good. The view is good from the patio/deck or upstairs but we had to sit inside due to weather.
  21. LL

    LaurieL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My mahi mahi tacos were very good. My sister had the bacon wrapped scallops. Staff were great. Nice setting w/ a light breeze on a 90+ degree day. We’ll come again.
  22. KM

    KimberlyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best way to celebrate my birthday. Good food, good atmosphere and live music!
  23. T

    Toly

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great spot for outdoor seating with family!!
  24. r

    roysmatt

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything exceeded expectations!
  25. KH

    KarenH

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend visiting from out of state Wanted her to see one of the best places in our county ! She was impressed !!!
  26. K

    Kerry

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as usual. Our server Miles was amazing. Very attentive.
  27. JZ

    JenZK

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, perfect atmosphere, great service, excellent view = an amazing date night to celebrate a special birthday.
  28. B

    Beachy

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful seating outside, good burgers and appetizers.
  29. CW

    CarolW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Your deck is a perfect place to spend a summer afternoon Wonderful food,drinks and service
  30. CC

    CathyC

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service by Kelly. Wonderful meal, views, ambiance.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots
  32. LM

    LexyM

    Jersey

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have been wanting to go to brunch for months now and finally was able to make an early reservation. The breeze, the sounds and the bloody Mary’s were amazing. Our service was great and I don’t think there is a bad seat/ table in the house. I had the surf and turf eggs bennys and it was perfect. That atmosphere and the setup made it the perfect spot for a date brunch with my hubby. There was plenty of seating if you wanted to sit and just relax and have a drink. Multiple bars, Adirondack Chairs, rockers….Well thought out place. I can’t wait to go back.
  33. CS

    CynthiaS

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice location on the water for outdoor dining. Good menu. Prices are high.
  34. AC

    AlysonC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding as usual. Our cherry on top was our server, Meghan, she was friendly and her "cadence" for checking in on us was perfect - we enjoyed a leisurely family lunch without being rushed OR forgotten about!
  35. S

    Sharonfromjersey

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second year in a row celebrating Fathers Day with my family. We all loved our meals and the amazing views. The service was great too!Can’t wait to go back!
  36. S

    Sarah

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and lovely waitress A+++
  37. R

    anthonyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Love this restaurant but I saw if I wanted a pasta dinner and added chicken it would cost me 34 dollars we all know that’s way too expensive
  38. s

    sigirl

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Food took over an hour to come with toddlers at the table
  39. YP

    YasminP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Great service! Amazing time out for date night or hanging with your friends.
  40. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Weekday lunch out on the riverside patio was a great experience. Service was prompt and attentive. Food arrived promptly and was delish. I had the PC Taco special - three cod tacos that were excellent and come with fries. For a Thursday lunch, I was surprised to see the patio fill up. So, I definitely recommend reservations!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 872-2266.

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining is rated 4.6 stars by 1009 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

56 SHREWSBURY AVE, HIGHLANDS, NJ 07732

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cornwall St & Bay Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet in our busy times and seasons.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Higgins

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 872-2266

  • Private party facilities

    The Proving Ground is the perfect spot to celebrate special occasions . With a stunning view of the water in our comfortable modern seaside space with spectacular food you cannot go wrong. Birthdays - Anniversaries - Bridal and Baby Showers - Engagement, Rehearsal Dinners, and Weddings. We have the space to do it all! Call today to speak with Ashley about booking your next private event with us. 732-872-2266 https://www.theprovingground.com/private-events

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