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Date
Sat, 5/26
Time
9:30 PM
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Restaurant Nicholas

4.7
1592 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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Restaurant Nicholas, New York Times 4 star, Gayot's top 40 restaurant in America for 2011/12, Zagat's No.1 Pick for Food, Service, Most Popular & Wine List for 2005-2012, offers New American Cuisine set in a sophisticated serene environment. Nicholas also hosts Bar N, a more casual alternative where no reservations are required. Chef/Owner Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa operate this intimate 4-star jewel located just minutes over the bridge from Red Bank's downtown area.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm
BAR N MENU HOURS (food available)
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30-10:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays-5:30-11:30pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays
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Phone number
(732) 345-9977
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nicholas Harary
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Private party facilities
Our private dining rooms are the ideal location for both large and small occasions. With two connected rooms, we can accommodate parties of 10 to 60 people. For daytime events, we offer two separate rooms for a maximum of 120 guests.
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Private party contact
Melissa Harary: (732) 345-9977
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bt. Navesink River Rd & Pine Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking available as well as street parking and a private lot.
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Public transit
Red Bank train station
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1592 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.9
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Truly enjoyed my experience here. Suckling pig was wonderful

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

A truly wonderful experience! The tasting menu and wine paring is an event and the ambience and service is impeccable.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Excellent as always.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Dinner was perfect from the start . Very comfortable setting , very pleasant staff . Food was prepared to perfection.

My only suggestion would be to make the room a more comfortable temperature it was a few degrees to cold.

Will definitely be returning.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My friend and I were really looking forward to this dining experience .However we were very disappointed. I frequent the city and I've traveled the world dining and this place is very overrated. I know there are people who rave about this place-but if you work hard for your money and really and truly understand a fine dining establishment- then read this review! We decided on the tasting menu with the reserve wine pairing. Was a 6 course tasting menu. It was $600 for two people which is very pricey in New Jersey. Sadly the food and its presentation were unremarkable and mediocre and 2 of the 6 courses which were the fish and the lamb were cold. Some of the wine was good and some wine was not appropriate for the dishes- and wow they made sure to give only 2 oz of wine per course- not a drop more! I have to say the service was very gracious as there were hard-working bus boys and girls and our waiter Koba was fantastic. The venue was half empty on a Saturday at 9 p.m. and I found it very curious Mister Nicholas did not personally visit our table and apologize for the poor execution of our fish and the lamb dishes which were the two main courses. He was there present all evening but was busy hanging out in the bar with his frequent customers. My friend and I looked at each other when we paid the bill and said "we're never coming back." There are much better restaurants in the area, with owners that take an interest in acquiring new clientele- not just their regulars. I know there are places like this that have been around for years- what I call Fat Cats -but thankfully there are more updated local restaurants that have revolutionized the dining experience in New Jersey. Incidentally after spending $300 each and 1/3 of our dinner was cold- they charged me for my cappuccino which is insanely obnoxious.... just simply greedy and shameful.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

When it comes time to review Nicholas - I'm going to kind of skewer them, not on food - it was just the right amount of rich. But when I made the reservation, I said one of the diners was gluten-intolerant. In that case the palate cleanser should have NEVER come out with the graham cracker crumble. I tried to eat around it, but a few crumbles stuck to the yogurt and I woke up the next morning with a splitting headache. And the whole fiasco with the Chef's Table.....they took my credit card only to contact me minutes later saying it was already booked. Just a brief acknowledgement/apology when we dined would have done wonders.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Our meal at Nicholas was spectacular! We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. From start to finish the food was perfect. My husband had the veal chop and I had red snapper. Our appetizers were scallops and marinated fluke. Desserts were chocolate and delicious.

Servers are polite, professional and friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great dinner. Wonderful experience. Excellent wines.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Possibly the best dining experience I've ever had. Just go.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always wanted to go and it lived up to my expectations and then some! Fantastic food, wine pairing and evening!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wonderful food, great wine, and attentive service. Another incredible dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Nicholas always delvers an incredible dining experience. We enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings from the Nicholas Cellars. Everything was fantastic. Our guests enjoyed their first time at Nicholas immensely!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We go to Nicholas for special occasions. The food is always great and innovative and changes for the seasons. Great wine list and excellent service. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the owner comes around and chats. The three course menu is ample.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Service and food was fantastic!!!! Decor and ambiance
looking a bit dated, otherwise an amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Once again we had an absolutely fabulous meal from Nicholas. We had the tasting menu this time, and as always each course was perfectly prepared. I had Nicholas’ wine pairings, which are always right on the mark and a pretty good value when all is said and done. It’s fantastic that there’s always a creative soufflé to end the meal! We’ve been coming here for over 10 years, and we look forward to continuing for years to come!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always an amazing time! Great spot

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Wonderful experience. Fine dining. Best dessert!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As always Nicholas continues to wow us. The food and service are impeccable.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent food and service, a bit pricey but special.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing service & impeccable dining.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Rediculously overpriced, both the wine list and menu.
Never again .

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food, excellent service, nice ambiance, but seriously overpriced.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. Just the right amount. We did feel rushed at any point. We would go back.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I always have a fabulous meal at Restaurant Nicholas and tonight was no exception. I had a new spaccatelli pasta with braised oxtail appetizer which was amazing, followed by their new Guinness short rib - amazing. My stomach was smiling.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Service, food and ambiance was perfection. Best dining experience in New Jersey.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The most wonderful all around dining experience.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was excellent but not worth the money.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a terrible New Year's eve experience. After we were seated at the table we asked for a glass of Rose and was told they were out of it. The appetizer was Pappadelle with a mushroom ragu. The noodles were too aldente and should have been much softer. After the waiter asked if we had any dietary restrictions, I told him to limit the salt. We both ordered as our entree filet mignon. The amount of salt that was used was over the top as the meat was marinated in soy sauce. The waiter made no attempt to let us know that the meat would be very salty. I sent it back immediately. Meanwhile, Alan had to eat his meat by himself which really ruined our dinner. By the time the waiter came back he informed me that the chef could not remedy the situation with the very oversalted meat and I would have to choose something else. This time I chose Lamb which was a bit gamey and nothing to write home about. Dessert was a conglomeration of four different items which mainly consisted of ice cream and cake. It was terribly sweet. We couldn't wait to leave. Also the cost of this poor meal was prohibitive. We are done with the overhyped and overrated Nicholas.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

What can I say; Nicholas is an outstanding restaurant for special occasions. The food is superb, the service is sooo attentive. I give this restaurant my highest recommendation

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

The food & service were excellent. One of the best restaurants we have visited outside of nyc.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We've eaten here three times and, heading in, this was the least excited we were about the menu of the night. Tonight was the best experience we've had at Nicholas.

Thirteen different plates and not a single miss. Absolutely brilliant.

The soups here are masterful. I don't like mushroom soup and it was the best thing I ate tonight. The highlight of my last visit was the roasted tomato soup; I don't care for tomato soup. I'm sensing a pattern here.

The venison was lovely. The scallop dish was surprising and wonderful. Their riffs on ethnic cuisines (notably a Japanese golden tilefish dish) are inspired. The desserts are delicate and glorious.

Next time I eat at Nicholas I'm not even going to bother looking at the menu.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic expensive food
Manhattan quality food and service at Manhattan prices
Mushroom soup, venison and suckling pig were high high quality
Roulade dessert complicated and interesting flavors

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

One of the best lobsters I've had. Tasted really fresh. Had the lobster kimchi ramen appetizer and butter poached lobster risotto. Service was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing, as always

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent meal and excellent service!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Nicholas is firing on all cylinders. The food is so fresh and tastes clean (with emphasis on natural ingredients). Food is not overly sauced or seasoned. We had three different seafood entrees, Cobia, Black Sea Bass, and Butter Braised Lobster. All superb. I felt the pricing was reasonable for the high quality food and service.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Nicolas is a perennial winner. The food and service are exceptional. I have not had a bad meal there. I especially enjoy their special menus, like the truffle menu with black truffles being featured in each course.

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1.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Extremely disappointed in the experience probably because our expectations were so high based upon all of the great reviews. Nothing about Nicholas was outstanding. The food was a letdown, portions very small, service was good but certainly not notable and our check including a 20% tip totaled $340 for two of us. Certainly not something I would ever recommend to anyone.

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall the food was good, but service was not what you would expect. DO Not Do the Cellar Selection.!! The wine pours are short, never offer any additional, and they are not worth the additional money. Very cold atmosphere, not a warm comfortable place to eat.

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