Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.7
630 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.

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 630 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PAM1
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were delicious, steaks and chicken perfectly grilled. French fries and key lime pie were also excellent.
Service was outstanding - our server was efficient and extremely friendly. The drinks a little pricey. Definitely going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I sat outside at a high top by the bar. The food, music, service and drinks were all outstanding. Made for a great birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time at a beautiful place with amazing friends!

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WendyK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience!! Will definitely be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch to celebrate my daughters graduation. It was a beautiful day! So nice to sit outside by the water. The food was great. There is such a good variety of food on this menu- everyone in our party was happy

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Mrand
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiance is outstanding, upscale casual with a spectacular view. The shareable dishes are the best options on the menu.

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vipCindyS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful views of New York skyline. I think the service was very good. Food was quite tasty

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vipsteves
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible water view. Casie our server was outstanding!!! Will be back.

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Dave
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

music was very loud !
menu was not waht was shown on Opwn Table sight

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BobB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year we pick a new place down the shore for our anniversary. This is one of the better ones we've been to yet.

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HeatherP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, great drinks & food, excellent service, beautiful view and outdoor space. Tara went above and beyond to make our evening exceptional. We really enjoyed the band & had a blast dancing! I will be dreaming about the Rosè Margaritas and buttermilk fried chicken sandwich until next time!

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vipj413f1942
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great young man named Miles as our server! He was pleasant and attentive to any of our needs.

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SusanL
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the perfect lunch in a beautiful setting. It was lovely

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BriannaS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff! Love the water view as well!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, fun music and great food and drinks! Will definitely be back!

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LorraineM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten there many times in the past few months. We also had a bridal shower there too. Each and every time the staff has gone above and beyond. Food is always delicious too.

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matts
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites were amazing! Great burgers and fries as well.

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Lizl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice location, server was helpful.

A little expensive.

And no raw bar (I would have had oysters)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and views!! Would highly recommend.

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NicoleD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Miles was great. Very attentive and checked on us frequently. Food was excellent and drinks were great. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!!! And Paul our server made the experience even more amazing! His recommendations and awesome personality made the evening perfect! Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shareables were delicious, service was perfect,entrees didn't dissappoint! Such a great place with a great view of the water. We will be back!

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ReginaB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

beautiful views, windows fold open for great open air, live music, waitress super friendly and the steak sandwich was delicious

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EllenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints

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FrancesD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t think I’ve ever given 5 stars on all categories at any reason but could honestly find no reason not to! Tara, our server was outstanding, The Bridget Larson Duo was phenomenal, the views and weather were perfect. We started with appetizers (in order of preference) scallops wrapped in bacon, steamed little neck clams with a buttery scallion and bacon dipping sauce, quesadilla, and cheesesteak egg rolls. I had a pan seared salmon cooked to perfection. Dinner for five with appetizers was very affordable. Their happy hour specials seem well worth the trip after the beach.

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vipnjhj
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the views can not be beat! Loved my Mediterranean salad, so fresh and delicious. Clams were inconsistent. First order was superb, 2nd below par??
Our waitress was fantastic!

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SlinkyJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The reservation process is quick and easy and we ere seated quickly at a nice two-top by the water. The service was excellent and drinks were quite good. My only complaint is that I wish Proving Ground offered more vegan options. My husband and several other family members are vegan and the options are quite limited here. The vegan tacos are also incredibly overpriced -- there should be a discount from the meat-based ones.

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vipRobertS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice!!

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HeatherF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery, drinks, food and service were amazing! Live band was the perfect entertainment! Will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice reasonably priced restaurant with great views for a weekend brunch

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AndreaE
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good experience having lunch there for my boyfriends birthdays. The sea view is stunning.

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EvaR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the vibe of this place - sitting by the water is always a happy place for us. Valet parking is a plus. Friendly service. Food was great. Went on a Thursday and listened to a fun band. Will be back!

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vipKarenH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch
Food was delicious as always and the waitress was attentive and so pleasant
It was my friends first visit and she can’t wait to come back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was just ok. Server did not know to put white wine on ice or to make a wine recommendation. The food was decent at best.

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Aileenl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, noise level wasn’t so great, but we enjoyed it anyway!

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PaulM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience.

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vip808grindz
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Kelli was our server and she didn’t seem into her job. Standing at the window looking out while we had asked her for something. Not friendly from the moment she walked up, didn’t tell us about happy hour, checked on us twice. All was good except the server.

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EricaD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Proving Ground, the atmosphere and food are EXCELLENT! The service this time was not as outstanding as before, but the staff did look very busy. The good food and the manager who came over to chit chat made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Weeknight dinner. Service unacceptable. Waitress was nice but waiting time for everything was unacceptable.

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vipVisitor
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

I made the reservation several weeks in advance for a family occasion and asked for a waterfront view. We arrived 5 minutes in advance and were asked to wait. After 20 minutes, we were finally about to get seated. The table we got was right next to amplifiers with live music on stage. The level of noise was unbearable, so we asked to go inside. We got a booth in the back on the second floor with no outside view. We came for a lobster cocktail, they were out of it at 5:30 pm on a weekend. I wanted a blue mohito, turned out they were out of it as well. The server was very nice and sweet, the food was mediocre, the watermelon cocktail was dull and flavorless. The experience was so bad that we finished appetizers and went home. Such an upsetting visit!

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 630 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.