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.
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 PMDRINKS: $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
- 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
chunks of fresh lobster meat lightly dressed with mayo, lemon & fresh herbs, served on 2 toasted brioche buns
simply seared, served with basmati rice & fresh green beans
creamy and smooth with a hint of sherry wine, loaded with lobster
Always great service, great food, excellent drinks, and the view is amazing.
The Proving Ground probably has the best food in that area of the Highlands and the view is great from most of the tables.
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!
Great food...great service...highly recommended!!!
Always a very good meal. Our server Stephanie was very attentive
everything was great!
Great food and staff plus a fabulous view of the water!
It was too cold to have the outside open
Would be great to have more of the firepit tables...I would come back through winter if you had them/
Everything was great
Good food and wait service. Had to wait a few minutes while they pulled a table out onto the deck since we
requested through OpenTable outside seating was preferred. Although there were other open tables when we arrived we were seated next to the trash and service station where the dirty dishes were stacked. Customers who came in after us were seated at much nicer tables with water view and fire features in the center.
Band was a little loud for table conversations. Also, not the PG fault but nearby was a large table of women which were celebrating and very loud. I don’t know how the management could have controlled those guests. But all in al a lovely night.
Been here several time and never disappointed. Food and drinks as always excellent , service was spot on and sat outside and beautiful later afternoon.
Staff were all so friendly and helpful and ambiance was great - we went for early lunch on a Saturday and sat at a bar table outside with great views. We shared a lobster roll sandwich (two brioche hot dog style rolls) which was excellent and plenty of lobster, a crab cake sandwich which was a big disappointment and not lump crabmeat, small and mushy. The roll was too big and in the end all you could taste was the bread. We shared a warm pumpkin soufflé like dessert in a small cast iron skillet with a large scoop of ice cream and it was one of the best desserts ever!
The waitress was awesome and very attentive. The food was terrific! We celebrated my sister’s birthday and the waitress sang along with the other servers. A very good experience. My niece will have her shower there in May 2022 can’t wait to come back!
The stuffed flounder was out of this world! The best I’ve had in a very long time! Kudos to the chef!
Great food, amazing views, great time
Fresh seafood, well prepared. Awesome French onion soup!
Food was spectacular. We were originally sat outside but unfortunately it started to rain and they were very accommodating to get us a able inside along with everyone else. The staff did a great job under trying circumstances. It was a weekday and later in time and late in the season, so it wasn’t exceptionally busy. Overall a very nice experience. Not fancy but great food (try the crab cakes and share an order of the mac & cheese)! Recommend for a casual night out with friends.
Crab cakes were excellent. It was windy and chilly so dress appropriately.
View is great food is good service is excellent would highly recommend
Another beautiful night and amazing dinner at Proving Ground. They were offering Sunday Funday football specials. Great prices and big portions. Live band playing some great cover tunes.
Our first time there, and we’ll definitely be back! Loved our wings, loved our burgers, and the service was wonderful! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
Food was terrible - but the place is cute just for drinks
Food was delicious but the service was kinda slow. Could’ve just been because it was super busy but I would go back again on a less busy day and give it a try again
Awesome all around! Was seated promptly, and our server was beyond attentive. Food was fantastic as well!
Great ambience on the water! The food and service is good too!
Great views! Quick service, delicious foods!
Small parking lot
Really great server ! Food delivery nicely spaced
What a great location foran afternoon lunch. On the deck in the breeze. Good food and drink. Nice service and crowd.
Food and service were great. And the water views are beautiful.
Another great lunch with a beautiful view...
Had the Froze to drink. Was delicious.
Got my usual, Tuna Poke Bowl (sauce on the side...it can be heavy).
Our server was great.
I love this place!
Friendly service, very good food. Band was a little loud but we could still converse.
I had reservations for about six weeks at 8:15. I had asked for a special table (fire table) outside because it was my friend’s 60 th birthday. When I got there, it was so crowded that they never saved me a special table and wanted to put me in the bar. It took me so long to get them to accommodate me with a table outside at least. I was embarrassed and disappointed in the treatment, especially since I was bringing new people and raving over this place. The last time I came, it was good. Maybe it was just a bad night, but it made me feel bad.
We got the perfect table on a perfect evening. Thank you for remembering and paying tribute to 9/11.
Perfect evening- sea, breeze, view, great food and excellent service from our waiter, Matt!
The Shrimp and Grits were awesome. Lots of perfectly cooked shrimp and plenty of Andoille (sp?) sausage bites. Yummy. The seafood cobb salad was equally impressive.
Our server was awesome! Very accommodating!
We had a wonderful meal, great service the view was great….highly recommend the experience…we will be back very soon….thank you
UPDATE: Management reached out to hear our concerns. They sent a gift card to go back & try again. Looking forward to it.
Went for an anniversary dinner. I know it was busy & everyone is short staffed so I didn’t complain at the restaurant. Our waitress was spread so thin we only saw her twice. It took almost half an hour before someone brought our drinks & my beer was wrong. We waited an hour & 10 minutes to get our appetizers which were just ok. Dinner came out about half an hour later & my burger was completely wrong. No one ever came back to check on us & I was starving so I ate it. We went elsewhere for dessert. With so many restaurants in the area we won’t be returning anytime soon. Used to love it when it was Windansea. We left disappointed.
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 803 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.