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Proving Ground Waterfront Dining, HIGHLANDS, NJ

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.6
4.6
981 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 20 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 981 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. CW

    CarolW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    CathyC

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots
  4. LM

    LexyM

    Jersey

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  5. CS

    CynthiaS

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice location on the water for outdoor dining. Good menu. Prices are high.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. S

    Sarah

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and lovely waitress A+++
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. AD

    AbbyDog

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There's a reason this outdoor deck is always booked. The setting is lovely, the service is wonderful (and helpful!), and the food is delicious. I especially liked the white sangria and seafood salad.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I was only able to make a 9:30 reservation but I was very disappointed when I was told that the kitchen was closing at 10 and we had to order quick and then everything came out at once. Why offer a 9:30 reservation then? That’s not right
  15. JS

    JodiS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great table right on the water, great beer selection, fantastic views!
  16. DR

    DeborahR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed being outside seating at the bar and later having dinner at a table. The music was perfect for a perfect for drinks and dinner.
  17. DH

    DavidH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved our table on the water, service and food was good but valet parking was an issue they said they were full, we had a reservation so girls went in and guys had to park the car down the block same place later where valet was getting the car
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a great time we loved it so much we will come bs k that’s for sure
  19. TR

    TonyR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great overall place. Never let down.
  20. l

    lfv123

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding setting on the water. Our waitress, Alina, was exceptional. Food was very good. Will definitely go again. We found the live music outside unbearably loud but the hostess was able to move us a distance away and it was much better.
  21. CS

    CarlosS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In the summer my wife and I enjoy eating here, especially outside by the water. The food has always been good and we have always received excellent service.
  22. LG

    LennyG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Food is good, lots of shareable options on the menu. Reasonable prices. Great outside space with live band on most nights
  23. CS

    CarolineS

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    It’s summer and the atmosphere here is great. I love the boats docking to dine here. I love the band playing outside by the water in the bar area. It is rather loud however I expected it would be. The food is very mediocre. It’s really not what you come here for. Uninspired, bordering on bad. They could do sooo much better.
  24. EO

    EdwardO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really good!!!!, the place is amazing .
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Birthday celebration. 30th.
  26. MM

    MaryM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food at reasonable prices. Wonderful location - reservations are a must!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely love the Proving Ground. I love the staff, the setting, the abundance of places to sit and walk around. I enjoy the food and drinks. It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. I recommend this spot to everyone.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Megan was our waitress. She was awesome!
  29. SA

    SuzanneA

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our waiter was great! Love the view…a little loud.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable experience and great food and excellent ambience
  31. JP

    JohnP

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Average and just ok. Almost every meal is served with jasmati rice. We ordered mussels in white sauce and they came out in red sauce . Couldn’t be bothered to send back and have to wait another 20 minutes so just ate it. The lobster rolls were similar to tuna fish with all the mayo and just slapped together. Just not a place that seemed to be average but we left pretty disappointed. Maybe go for the view and drinks only
  32. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food, service, and entertainment were all pretty good but it was a little pricey.
  33. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The tomato bisque with grilled cheese croutons was an absolute star!!! Great location.
  34. PB

    ParthaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place for dining. I had my family dinner to celebrate event of “mother’s day”. Food quality, ambiance everything is very nice.
  35. BD

    BriannaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time at the proving grounds waterfront dining. We took my mother for Mother’s Day and the food was amazing!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Lobster bisque had not one piece of lobster. Crab cake sandwich was disappointing and mac and cheese was like just velveta. Its priced too high for mediocore food.
  37. AB

    AmandaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience is always lovely. Great waitress and staff. We love it here!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall very good place to eat and entertain.
  39. R

    Ryan

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, as always!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch and sat outside on the deck... Fantastic atmosphere!! Food was great !! Highly recommend!!

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 981 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 20 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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