Semolina Restaurant

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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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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This little restaurant is a gem. Farm to table cuisine prepared VERY creatively, with an ever-changing menu. Our waitress was friendly and professional, with prompt service. Our meals were unique and tasty, leaving us feeling satisfied and healthy. We'll be back.

FC
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We got to Red Bank several times a year but this is the first time we tried Semolina. The fresh made pasta was an exciting option. While it took the server a little while to acknowledge us after we were seated, after that everything was excellent. The server was knowledgeable about the menu, made suggestions when requested, and was attentive once we ordered and food arrived. My peach panzanella salad was excellent. My husband enjoyed his roasted honeynut squash, recently added for fall. The menu changes constantly, with 1 to 2 new items added each week. The pasta is excellent, they have a number of unique preparations. We had the Agnolotti and the Fettucine, both were excellent. Dessert and coffee were also very good, the dark chocolate panna cotta is very delicious. Next time we may try one of their entrees!

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

Convenient and excellent dinner following theatre. Look forward to our next visit

CP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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

Excellent menu based on the freshest available seasonal ingredients.
Very knowledgeable, attentive professional wait staff.
Small space but very well appointed and relatable to the restaurant’s mission of fresh well executed dining.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! Everything was so fresh.

WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Semolina. We shared the Peach Panzanella and the Agnolotti. We both had the CORIANDER SPICED YELLOWFIN TUNA. We always hate to recommend a particular dish because the menu changes so frequently to provide the freshest, best tasting protein. We have always had wonderful dinners at Semolina. And don’t forget to save room for dessert. They are always a treat.

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Farm to table with handmade pasta. Some hits and misses. Great appetizers. AGNOLOTTI with Corn & Ricotta, Pistachios, Green Onions -delicious - but my wheat pasta with pork was way too salty. Zepole was a miss but pie was wonderful!
Casual setting and liquor store across the street for byob. Will try again.

f
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Each course was innovative and delicious. The peach tart could have used a bit of sugar. all else great. Our waitress was lovely and knowledgeable. Restaurant was tight and somewhat loud. we were very pleased with the experience!

RK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Service was excellent. Food and dessert were great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A religious experience. I hate to give this place away to people but it is a gem. Each dish was just incredible. Love this place and I will go happily anytime

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the most welcoming emvironment and thats just at the door!!! Our food was outstanding and Monica was fabulous!!! Her recommendations were perfect amd our friend who was with us for the first time was so impressed with everything!!! Cant wait to go back!!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and just as delicious as the first time. Great food and the best waitress in Karen. So pleasant, knowledgable and funny! Will definitely go back again!

PG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in red bank hands down. Well crafted dishes with fresh ingredients. Can’t beat it.

EL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed dining at Semolina all summer. The food and service is always amazing. I have a food allergy and appreciate the attention taken to ensure not only that I eat safely but that I truly enjoy the meal.

DC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Semolina has a very interesting menu emphasizing local food. They also make all their pasta fresh, and it is outstanding. Bread for the table is gorgeous, hot, and crusty. Service is expert and excellent.
Our 2 couples ordered 4 appetizers to share around. Because they normally prepare appetizers with 3 pieces, our server intelligently offered to add a 4th piece to each for a small upcharge. All were great, and the tempura zucchini blossoms were particularly noteworthy.
3 of us loved our entrees. My chitarra (egg pasta) with crab and pine nuts was perfect pasta in a rather bland pesto, with no discernable flavors from the crab or pine nuts.
Desserts were excellent.
We went at 5:45 on Tuesday, because low noise level is important to us. When the restaurant "Dish" occupied this space, they were notorious for high noise, but Semolina has added a few small acoustic panels. As soon as 2 other tables were occupied, it became hard to hear. By 6:30 the room was full and the noise was deafening. We measured an average 95dBA on our phone apps.
At 7:15 our server gave us the check and told us that they needed our table for another reservation shortly, but by that time we were happy to escape the noise.

LG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible! Would definitely go back. Can't wait to try the fall menu.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyable seasonal menu.
Agnolotti was a highlight in addition to the pork and scallops.

Service was thoughtful and professional.
Solid dining option in Red Bank and beyond.

BR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Agnolotti with corn was amazing. Our server Monica was super nice and informative. Removed cork from older wine with finesse. Pork chop entree was perfectly prepared and one of the best, most flavorful I have experienced. Seared tuna also excellent. Can’t wait to return!

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was spectacular.
Waitress was awesome.
I wish it were less noisy (tip from a 20 yr career long interior designer - add velvet curtain panels!!!)

Can’t wait to eat this food again!

MR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m just going to say it- It’s better than Angelica’s.

JG
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything fresh, homemade and delicious. The pasta dishes were all that and more. The restaurant is noisy and it’s hard to hear the other couple at your table. You raise your voices, the table next to you gets even louder and the cycle continues, but the food was great.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bacon Jam Berkshire pork chop was delicious. Service was timely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service impeccable. Can’t wait to go back!!

PA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great. The service is great. The noise level is noisy. I would recommend wearing earplugs.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Can’t wait to come back.

SP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This farm to table restaurant does so much right. Their homemade pastas are fantastic and their use of local fresh ingredients makes it that much better. We've been enjoying their food all summer. Some recent outstanding entrees are the tuna, scallops and pork chop. Very friendly yet professional staff. BYOB, always a bonus! Make your reservation, you won't be disappointed.

KL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Semolina is becoming my new go to place in Red Bank , food always consistent and wait staff pleasant especially Monica ! See you soon

SK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the product. Very nice to see a friendly face working as a buss boy. Overall fantastic time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I visited Semolina last Friday evening. We arrived five minutes before our reservation and were greeted by the hostess and one of the servers who were both extremely friendly. We were sat right away and our table was attended to immediately with bread and water. Our server, Monica, greeted us and gave us a detailed overview of the menu. We had a difficult time choosing what to order because everything looked so good, so we asked Monica for recommendations. She recommended multiple appetizers and entrées and we were able to narrow down our choices. Once our order was placed, all of the courses came out of the kitchen in a very timely manner. It was quick, but we didn’t feel rushed. Monica was extremely attentive and made sure our wine glasses were always full and she checked back frequently to see if we were satisfied with the dishes that she recommended. I have to say I am so happy we took her advice because everything was so incredibly delicious! For an appetizer we had the fresh whole-wheat fettuccine with pork ragu. The cherries added a great pop of sweetness to lighten up the hearty ragu. We also shared the corn agnolotti that was to die for! For our entrees, my boyfriend ordered the porkchop with bacon jam, agrodolce collard greens and cashew hummus. After taking a couple of bites, he made sure to tell Monica that this porkchop was by far the best he has ever had! I ordered the New York strip steak with broccoli chimichurri which was cooked and seasoned to perfection! We didn’t have room for dessert, but had to order the homemade zeppolis and they did not disappoint. They were light and fluffy and a perfect ending to our perfect dinner. I would highly recommend Semolina to anybody that is visiting the Red Bank area. The food is delicious and fresh and all of the staff members are extremely friendly and accommodating. We can’t wait for our next visit!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow - best restaurant in the area!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pasta (wheat fettuccine, chittara) and entrees (pork chop, yellowfin tuna) were outstanding as was service. Dessert (peach tart and zeppelin) was not so special, but acceptable. Went early to avoid noise level which tends to build to unacceptable level at prime time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Some of the best food in Monmouth County right now. An absolute must try, don’t miss out on this experience.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!!! Can’t wait to see what new fall items come on the menu 👍🏼 ummmm

BG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

choices of food were good as used seasonal ingredients which adds to flavor.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic BYOB! Food was ample, delicious, fresh and locally sourced. Service was impeccable; staff was friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back again and again.

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food with great presentation. Service was outstanding!! A tad noisy, but still well worth it.

p
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally enjoyable! Food and service were outstanding. Dessert was somewhat disappointing as it was just "good" and clearly not at the same level as other courses. We will definitely be back soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Food, staff and the atmosphere were great! Highly recommend!

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