Proving Ground Waterfront Dining

4.6
803 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.

Offers

  • 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 PM

    DRINKS: $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

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 803 people are saying
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vipalwayshungry
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, great food, excellent drinks, and the view is amazing.

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Midnight
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Proving Ground probably has the best food in that area of the Highlands and the view is great from most of the tables.

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vipJennaP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSteveandLiz
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...great service...highly recommended!!!

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looktofindnewdining
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very good meal. Our server Stephanie was very attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great!

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CarolD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff plus a fabulous view of the water!

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vipElizabethC
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was too cold to have the outside open

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muckster
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would be great to have more of the firepit tables...I would come back through winter if you had them/

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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TheDude
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Been here several time and never disappointed. Food and drinks as always excellent , service was spot on and sat outside and beautiful later afternoon.

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Kiwi
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

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DonnaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!
Donna

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stuffed flounder was out of this world! The best I’ve had in a very long time! Kudos to the chef!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing views, great time

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KimM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fresh seafood, well prepared. Awesome French onion soup!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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NJBob
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crab cakes were excellent. It was windy and chilly so dress appropriately.

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RodneyG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

View is great food is good service is excellent would highly recommend

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ChrisB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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viplba315
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JillW
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food was terrible - but the place is cute just for drinks

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AMYP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all around! Was seated promptly, and our server was beyond attentive. Food was fantastic as well!

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DA74
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience on the water! The food and service is good too!

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JessicaA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views! Quick service, delicious foods!
Small parking lot

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great server ! Food delivery nicely spaced

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KathrynS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great location foran afternoon lunch. On the deck in the breeze. Good food and drink. Nice service and crowd.

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vipFrambois
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. And the water views are beautiful.

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vipAmandaF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MaryZ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, very good food. Band was a little loud but we could still converse.

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ColleenS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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.

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Simplethings1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the perfect table on a perfect evening. Thank you for remembering and paying tribute to 9/11.

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SusanC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening- sea, breeze, view, great food and excellent service from our waiter, Matt!

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vipLeeA
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! Very accommodating!

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AliceM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal, great service the view was great….highly recommend the experience…we will be back very soon….thank you

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Barbara
Atlantic City
33 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food2service1ambience3

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.

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 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.