Semolina Restaurant

4.7
310 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Semolina Restaurant is a farm to table, BYO dining establishment serving simple, casual cuisine. Owned and operated by brothers Chuck and Tylar Lesbirel, both formally of AMA Ristorante in Sea Bright. Semolina has a menu focused around the seasonality of fresh, local ingredients.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every dish that we tried at Semolina! The food was fantastic and the service was even better. Monica was attentive and knowledgeable and took excellent care of us! We will be back.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Fresh Food and excellent service! Loved the Beet, Fennel and ORA salad!

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JO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is a true GEM. The food was outstanding and it is our go to restaurant for all occasions. The only place comparable with pasta was in Italy. The seafood preparation was impressive. NY quality at reasonable prices. Will make multiple reservations to ensure that we can enjoy this restaurant at our leisure! BRAVO !

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j
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was excellent but noisy. Order the pork chop, it is out of this world.

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CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and everything tasted fresh! Will definitely be back again!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing!

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very impressed by this restaurant. The staff were super friendly and the food was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing, see you soon!

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice friendly local restaurant..superb staff and great service! The food is outstanding..A home run on every plate we ordered, from the appetizers to the desserts and coffee.. pork belly was a melt in your mouth burst of flavor to the home made delicious pasta carbonara and the braised ribs were succulent and falling off the bone..their home made bread is amazing! I hope it stays this way

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TB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food in Monmouth County. Our very favorite place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is among best in the area, hands down, and the service was excellent. Highly recommend!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farm to table delicious food, listed on the back of the menu are the people who grew/harvested the food. It really brings gratitude and consciousness to the meal.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This will be my fourth time at the restaurant in four months outstanding every time. Everything from the service so the quality of the food is top notch it’s a great value

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food at a reasonable price. BYO made it very affordable

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Good service. Definitely want to go back and try homemade pasta.

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the service outstanding. Valentines day dinners at a restaurant can be hit or miss, but Semolina put out their best effort. Everything was cooked to perfection.

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CM
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about the place. Karen was a wonderful server too! I will definitely done again and I will tell my friends and family as well

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G
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ever changing menu is always incredible.. Service is outstanding and the food is always delicious. This is our fifth time and there will be many more

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines dinner a day early, also with my sister and her boyfriend. First time. Server was cordial, helpful, knowledgeable. Staff when I called was friendly and had a sense of humor. Food was fabulous. From great bread, house made, to salad and each of the four entrees, there was not a misstep. Perfect pasta, risotto, salmon and even chicken, which I don’t usually order out. Didn’t have time for dessert. Only quibble is tables are a little close but not too bad. And surprisingly not noisy.

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit at this restaurant and it won't be my last. The staff was very professional and helpful. The atmosphere was comfortable. The food was great. My dish was clean when they cleared the table.

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TV
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great !
Was very noisy , and crowded (people standing by hostess stand waiting for table blocking entry and right next to people dining

The service was great - although the couldn’t have made it more obvious that when we were done with dessert - they wanted us out of there

I get it, you need the table for the next group (at 930pm) , but I’m out with my family and I do t want to be rushed !

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TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Excellent food. Accommodating service. Waiter inquired about dietary restrictions and indicated willingness to accommodate.
Definitely would go back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great!! A pleasant surprise!

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SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great farm to table food. Pork belly appetizer was great. My Berkshire pork chop was tender and had amazing flavor. Tasted my wife's Chitarra Carbonara pasta and it might have been one of the best pasta dishes I ever tasted. Our waitress was friendly and professional. Decor is very simple and it did get a little loud as the place was packed. Overall, a great experience and we will definitely be back.

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time there. Just as great as the first. Highly recommend.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, great service and very nicely priced. Restaurant is small, so very noisy. Reservations needed

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, quality farm to table meal. Been here three times, twice in the last two weeks. Our regular spot now for a delicious meal.

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LU
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal at Semolina. With a constantly changing menu, this restaurant has become one of our go to's for great food and excellent service.

Highly recommended!!

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b
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good and consistent

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are excellent. The staff works as a team

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a perfect meal. Our table enjoyed the pork chop, octopus, pasta with clams and the scallops. I tasted all but the pork....
my husband says “best octopus 🐙 around” and I concur. Certainly the most tender. My friend and I shared the pasta and the scallops as we could not decide which we wanted for ourselves. Glad
we shared. More yumminess to go around. Our service was fun and helpful. Laughing right along with our jokes. We shall return with more friends.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

My husband and I just tried this place. The food was awesome and the service impeccable. My husband had steak tartar and I had the shaved beet and grapefruit salad to start. The portion of the salad can definitely be shared. Then we shared the pasta carbonara then shared the pork chop entree. We wanted to try as much as we could and everything was amazing!!! Of course we had to have desserts too and the key is two desserts. Again we had to try. We had the chocolate ganache cake along with a tart. All was delicious and we look forward to the next time. There will definitely be a next time.

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual!!!!

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and we cannot say enough great things...the staff makes the already fantastic food even better.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent in regards to food and service. I only gave four stars because although we made reservations our table was not ready. When we were done eating staff was sort of looking at us to leave because another reservation was waiting for our table so we felt rushed. They need to allow more time for parties of six or more.

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F
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed their dinners. Burrata, Pork Belly, and Cauliflower soup were all excellent appetizers. All three pasta dishes and Scallop entrees were outstanding. Everything was very fresh and seasoned perfectly. We took our sister and brother in law and they were quite impressed with the food and the service. Semolina changes their menu weekly so every time we go we look forward to find out what’s new.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our waitress Karen was so knowledgeable and her service was top notch!❤️

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Very fresh. The pork chop was amazing!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Terrific evening!

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k
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very hard to get a reservation but definitely worth the wait. Will be our new go to place!!!!

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