Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.8
507 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 507 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here. Trust me.

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GinaS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was on point. The view amazing. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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vipj413f1942
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We have been coming to the proving Ground Fernanda of months. The staff, the servers, the bus boys, are all outstanding. They serve us well and we appreciate it.

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Lisette
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience at Proving Ground. Excellent ambiance. And everything was top notch -- from the drinks, to the appetizers, to the main courses and the desserts! And the service could not have been more attentive and professional!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super good and the $10 burger night was great! Waitress was awesome

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Wheeler
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good menu with many choices from appetizers to entrees. Food was very well prepared, served hot. Would definitely recommend for lunch or dinner. Restaurant was very clean, staff
was very attentive.

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justAbunny
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great! I had the surf and turf Benedict, a filet and crab cake. Steak was cooked well and the crab cake was delicious. The bartender even made me a strawberry Bellini. I’ll definitely be back there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good service & lovely ambience

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GabeT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was great. We sat outside at a table with a fire pit in its center. As the night became chilly, it kept us all warm. The food was excellent. The live entertainment (1 man and an acoustic guitar) was perfect. We all had a great time.

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Glow
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proving Ground has been recommended by multiple friends. We tried for the 1st time with our kids, it exceeded our expectations. Food, service, ambiance were top notch. I absolutely recommend it.

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Metro
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Server was attentive, food was delicious and came out promptly. Tables were cleaned prior to folks being seated, everyone who wasn’t seated was wearing a mask, including staff, restaurant was clean and tables were socially distanced. We went for an early dinner during three week and not many people were there. We’ve gone to this restaurant many time and will continue to return.

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vipcdan
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful views and fun venue for drinks with friends. Always had a great food experience, but this time they fell a bit flat. Service was friendly and attentive...and again...the views are stupendous, especially on a beautiful day. Just an off day...I'll most certainly be back!

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vipalwayshungry
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here before and are. never dissappointed. Great service, atmosphere, food, and music.

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FrancesR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great views and good food!! Woukd definitely recommend to friends and relatives...

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dianem
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed happy hours. We attended burger night. Burgers was excellent. Service was excellent. Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining by the water

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great venue. Great band.

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andreas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I personally thought that the food was exceptionally tasty

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JamieG
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just moved to the area and this have become our go to place! We love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went in the off season so the noise level was perfect. During the summer it can be very loud. This time
We had a view of the water. It was perfect. Food was excellent. The drinks are ok. I wouldn’t say spectacular but the food was. Nice place to go on a date or with the family.

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Lisa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, view and service

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NTannen
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, delicious burgers & great atmosphere!

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vipLilDex
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice deck with heaters to help keep warm. Came straight from the beach and they let us bring in our dog for lunch.

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brianna was absolutely fantastic, it was our first time out since the pandemic, and in addition to celebrating my mother-in-law's birthday, we were celebrating the fact that we'd all gotten our second vaccine doses a few weeks prior. The restaurant was spaced out perfectly for social distancing, the staff was masked and respectful of distance the entire time. Service was lightning fast, Brianna kept my 5-year old occupied and happy throughout the meal. We were able to forget the rest of the world for the 2-3 hours we were there, and for that, for making the world invisible, we are so, so grateful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live an hour away and the Proving Ground is always a stop when we are in the area.

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Just
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good. Food was good. Drinks were good. Service was very good

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vipj413f1942
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the proving ground very much. We make a reservation for every Thursday night.

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Tanya
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service! Love dining on the water!

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AnneB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here. Food is consistently good, and atmosphere was great despite the rain! It was a weeknight, but there were other diners and we felt very Covid safe with the partitions and thoughtful seating.

We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender was great! Food was awesome! Very clean!

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NADIA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was phenomenal. Food was excellent and the drinks were tasty as well. Will be returning one the weather gets nicer. Place was beautiful

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JackieM
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner good, service outstanding but the noise level was very high. Will go back and will recommend to friends.

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BrianG
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is wonderful. Great food at a reasonable price.

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jessicaw
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute favorite restaurant ! Cannot wait for the live music to come back !!! Foods stupendous

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vipopinion8ter
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the best Mac and cheese at Proving Ground! It is rich and creamy. You can add a protein. I paired it with grilled chicken. Delicious!

We sat by the windows and had a great view of the water.

The restaurant has an open floor plan, so it was very loud and makes it hard to hold a conversation

We will go back and try the outdoor seating

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SusanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had reservations and were sat immediately . Our server was great and food was delish

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CCAS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. food was perfect.

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 4.8 stars by 507 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.