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.
- 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
Eat here. Trust me.
Food was delicious, service was on point. The view amazing. Will definitely be back!
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.
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!
It was super good and the $10 burger night was great! Waitress was awesome
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.
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.
Good service & lovely ambience
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.
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.
Fantastic experience! Great food and service!
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.
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!
We have been here before and are. never dissappointed. Great service, atmosphere, food, and music.
Great views and good food!! Woukd definitely recommend to friends and relatives...
We enjoyed happy hours. We attended burger night. Burgers was excellent. Service was excellent. Would recommend
Food and service were great
Beautiful dining by the water
Great venue. Great band.
I personally thought that the food was exceptionally tasty
Just moved to the area and this have become our go to place! We love it!
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.
Great food, view and service
Awesome service, delicious burgers & great atmosphere!
Nice deck with heaters to help keep warm. Came straight from the beach and they let us bring in our dog for lunch.
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.
We live an hour away and the Proving Ground is always a stop when we are in the area.
It was very good. Food was good. Drinks were good. Service was very good
We enjoyed the proving ground very much. We make a reservation for every Thursday night.
Delicious food and wonderful service! Love dining on the water!
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!
Bartender was great! Food was awesome! Very clean!
Waiter was phenomenal. Food was excellent and the drinks were tasty as well. Will be returning one the weather gets nicer. Place was beautiful
Dinner good, service outstanding but the noise level was very high. Will go back and will recommend to friends.
The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is wonderful. Great food at a reasonable price.
Absolute favorite restaurant ! Cannot wait for the live music to come back !!! Foods stupendous
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
We had reservations and were sat immediately . Our server was great and food was delish
Service was great. food was perfect.
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.