Proving Ground Waterfront Dining
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.
Happy Hour is Back! TUESDAY-FRIDAY 3-6:30pm
Multiple dates available
Mon - Thu 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Fri 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Sat 4:00 PM - 9:30 PMDRINKS: $6 Fabrizia Sparkling Water $3 Bud Light & Yuengling $6 Absolut Mixed Cocktails $6 House Wine $6 Lillet Blanc Spritz BAR BITES: Street Corn Dip $10 Cheese Quesadilla $6 (with Chicken $7) Chicken Tenders $6 Pretzel Loaf $7 Chicken Potstickers $8 Bang Bang Shrimp $8 Bacon Wrapped Scallops $10 Peel & Eat Shrimp $10 Mussels $10 Cajun Fish Bites $10
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
chunks of fresh lobster meat lightly dressed with mayo, lemon & fresh herbs, served on 2 toasted brioche buns
simply seared, served with basmati rice & fresh green beans
creamy and smooth with a hint of sherry wine, loaded with lobster
Always a great dining experience here! The staff is very attentive while the food is always tasteful plus who can beat that view overlooking Sandy Hook! This was our second time here and we will definitely be coming back!
Great staff, great food and excellent views.
We always love meals here. The food is always good and so are the drinks!! Last night's band was great too!
It was our first time visiting and we'll definitely be back in the spring to enjoy the water etc. Great service and food was good, on my wife's birthday.
Excellent service. Food was very good pretzel appetizer was amazing. Great views of city great overall experience.
Wonderful waterfront location, good options for dining, great service.
Place is beautiful food snd drinks were good loved it will definitely return
Ashley, our server was outstanding, she has the most wonderful personality and made our evening so much more enjoyable. We will ask to sit in her station everytime we visit The Proving Ground. Great Experience all around.
Thank you Ashley...
Atmosphere was nice. Food was just ok. I would recommend going and I will definitely go back soon.
The service, food and outdoor patio was perfect to celebrate a birthday.
A beautiful view of Sandy Hook. Great service and good food.
Very attentive and quick servers. Great range of choices, and excellent food.
Traveling from PA to NY and it was a must to stop at this place to eat. Sadly, the weather did not permit us to eat outside but that only gives us the excuse to return in the future!! The meatloaf was on point! I loved the view and our server has so much energy. I only wish we lived closer to be regular customers. They even have valet parking!
Celebrated a birthday and had a nice meal along with good service
First visit for us and we had a great time, we will definitely be back soon. fantastic menus - lively atmorsphere - we brought our two young children and they also really enjoyed themselves. Our server was really nice!
Great date night experience. Table was ready on time and the service was excellent. Food was tasty with just the right portion size.
My husband got the meatloaf and it was amazing. It had the perfect balance of sweetness with a kick. I had the 3 cheese mac and cheese with lobster and crab and was disappointed. It was more soupy than cheesy and very blah for the taste. Our server was nice but I felt like she was in the weeds. She would check on us but before we could say anything would walk away. Overall, it was good and the live music downstairs was amazing.
The other diners were loud and obnoxious. The ambience for a date nice was terrible. They were shouting across the dining and pounding on thier tables yelling chug…. It was like a frat party instead of a classy restaurant. Very discounting and the staff did nothing
Good service beautiful atmosphere food was somewhat pricy.
I wasn't happy that we were charged a credit card fee when we paid cash.
I think you should let people know that you do charge a credit card fee ahead of time.
The food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. Our server was friendly and attentive. It’s always a nice time when we go to Proving Ground!
Loved the food and the service. Saturday night music was just too loud.
Always good. Nice clean place, everyone friendly and professional. Nice water view. Food very good
We had a great night out for my birthday . It was our first time here and we all thought the place was beautiful especially the outside . After dinner we hung out by the bar and had a nice night . Will definitely be back again .
We really enjoyed our meal and the view by the window was spectacular!
Great food. Excellent view especially if you sit upstairs near the window. A little noisy as there was a baby shower going on, but not bad. Will go back again!
Great and very nice
We wanted a place to gather together with old friends for our friend’s 75th Birthday. We are so glad we came. The food was delicious and our server Sara was attentive, friendly and most accommodating! We sat inside because it was a bit chilly but the views were still beautiful! The menu was varied and met the needs of each of the six of us at the table. We will come back again and recommend it to our friends and family.
Love the atmosphere food service great location definitely will return
Dining at the Proving Ground ended up being a very pleasant experience. We got there early and had a drink at the outside bar near the water. It was a cool night but the heaters worked great. Once we got inside we were given a table just slightly away from the stage and music. Our meals were excellent; we ordered the stuffed Flounder and the Rib-eye steak, surf & turf with shrimp. Our waiter, Paul, was very attentive. It was overall a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back. What's interesting is we had to wait two weeks to get a reservation on a Saturday night and when we sat down at 7:15 the restaurant was less than 1/2 full. I can only determine that they don't have the staff to operate at full capacity, which is a shame, if true, because it really is an exceptional restaurant.
Beautiful view, great food, attentive waitress and funny, engaging valets
If it were in summer, we could enjoy the Tiki Bar outside , the food was okay , but the service was great !
The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, the view is outstanding
First time there and definitely not the last! The food was excellent (we both had the blackened salmon). Dessert was delicious (brownie aka mode). We sat on the deck with a lovely view of the water. The music was good and the sound level was great. You could hear it but it did not overwhelm you. Quiet conversation was easy.
Finally our server Megan was extremely attentive.
My husband and I had lunch here on a lovely October day. We ate outside and it's right on the water; very nice. The food was tasty; I had the salmon BLT and my husband had a crabcake sandwich. French fries were very good. Service was a bit slow, but may be due to staffing shortages.
Always great service, great food, excellent drinks, and the view is amazing.
The Proving Ground probably has the best food in that area of the Highlands and the view is great from most of the tables.
Had dinner here on a balmy October night. Took advantage of the Oktoberfest menu; OMG the pretzel was to die for as were the Drunken Brats! Ambiance felt like a lovely outdoor getaway!
Great food...great service...highly recommended!!!
Always a very good meal. Our server Stephanie was very attentive
Proving Ground Waterfront Dining offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 872-2266.
Proving Ground Waterfront Dining is rated 4.7 stars by 839 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.