Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.7
839 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.

Offers

  • 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 PM

    DRINKS: $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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 839 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ralfo
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food and excellent views.

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GeneneP
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love meals here. The food is always good and so are the drinks!! Last night's band was great too!

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AlbertM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

ALM

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WIlliamL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was very good pretzel appetizer was amazing. Great views of city great overall experience.

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antonia245
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful waterfront location, good options for dining, great service.

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FranC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is beautiful food snd drinks were good loved it will definitely return

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vipJerseyGirlsNov2021
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

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MaryE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere was nice. Food was just ok. I would recommend going and I will definitely go back soon.

MS
vipMargeS
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and outdoor patio was perfect to celebrate a birthday.

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vipGeorgeT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful view of Sandy Hook. Great service and good food.

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vipAndrewN
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive and quick servers. Great range of choices, and excellent food.

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BruseO
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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TomS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated a birthday and had a nice meal along with good service

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MamaNess
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great date night experience. Table was ready on time and the service was excellent. Food was tasty with just the right portion size.

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AshleyJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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MarM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

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Sten
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service beautiful atmosphere food was somewhat pricy.

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loisg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipAmyT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipRonA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service. Saturday night music was just too loud.

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vipMarke
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good. Nice clean place, everyone friendly and professional. Nice water view. Food very good

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NatalieT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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 .

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vipSuzanneC
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal and the view by the window was spectacular!

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AndreaF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JosephB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and very nice

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere food service great location definitely will return

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PhyllisM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Clarkie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great food, attentive waitress and funny, engaging valets

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KekoE
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If it were in summer, we could enjoy the Tiki Bar outside , the food was okay , but the service was great !

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, the view is outstanding

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jdiddy
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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EdieN
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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vipalwayshungry
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, great food, excellent drinks, and the view is amazing.

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Midnight
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Proving Ground probably has the best food in that area of the Highlands and the view is great from most of the tables.

JP
vipJennaP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSteveandLiz
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...great service...highly recommended!!!

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looktofindnewdining
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very good meal. Our server Stephanie was very attentive

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 4.7 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.