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Tavern On The Bay, Somers Point, NJ

Tavern On The Bay

3.6
3.6
135 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Tavern on the Bay is a contemporary shore restaurant located right on the bay in Somers Point, just minutes from Atlantic City.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 926-3500

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

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What 135 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Great for scenic views

  • Atlantic City

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Atlantic City

    Great for scenic views

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  1. L

    melissaL

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner here!! Erica provided excellent service! The view here is beautiful and I like the history of the building! Great choice for our Thanksgiving dinner!! Keep up the great work !!
  2. GT

    GeorgeT56

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had an early dinner, 5PM, as we were headed to a play in Ocean City. Only 3 couples in restaurant and a few patrons at the bar. Service was great, food was very good and the bay view is awesome.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. We were greeted by Anthony who is the most attentive and talented waiter ever
  4. LM

    LarryM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Sixteen years ago my wife and I had our wedding and reception here when it was Tuckers. Sadly, I was disappointed in our anniversary return. While my wife said her meal was good, I found my shrimp stuffed with crabmeat ok, but the small ball of potatoes was barely warm and gummy. The green beans were over-cooked and cool also. Pricing for the quantity and quality was at least $7 to $10 too high. If we do retur, it will only be for a drink and to re-visit the memories of our great wedding day in 2006.
  5. CC

    ChristineChiusano

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a sweet surprise! The vibe, staff and food was so amazing. I can't wait to go back. Greg and Caleb just bring so much to the atmosphere.
  6. c

    caboose

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Our waiter greeted us by saying he is not a waiter he's a bartender. A nice guy but I think we were his only table. We don't get to come out much as family and this waiter must have visited us over 15 times. He liked to chat about himself. Don't get me wrong, he was a nice guy and tried like heck and even had manners to serve women first. It was just a little bit more attention than we needed. The food was so cold and not good at all. The first visit here we sat at window the view was spectacular at night. The last three times the food and service were just not good. The manager is so nice but they are lacking in quality now I believe.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening, they had a vocalist who was fabulous. We all got up to dance
  8. DT

    DawnT

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a great meal with family. Had the Caesar salad and spinach dip and I had a chef special. Hubby had shrimp cocktail seafood linguine. Excellent drinks were great I love their dirty martini it is to die for. Great time and great food and we ate on the deck. Had lots of views.
  9. JS

    JodiS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 10 minutes at our table, walked out.
  10. J

    Jess

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The location and view are great, but the food and service are decidedly sub-par.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there on Labor Day weekend. They were busy, and working with less staffing at the end of summer. The waitstaff worked very hard, the food was amazing, and the view can’t be beat! Our waiter was running around, but made sure our service was still good. We will definitely be back!
  12. SM

    SueM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    The only thing this restaurant has going for it is the view. We had an 8pm reservation and the place was pretty empty. We asked if we could sit outside, but were told not to because of the bugs. Originally we were going to sit at a table without any views, but then when I was asking about going outside a table in the back with a view opened up (mind you the place was pretty empty). My husband ordered the Frutti di Mare. After an hour of waiting and repeatedly being told our meal would be out shortly, it was the smallest plate of spaghetti that I have ever seen. It also only had mussels and shrimp. What kind of Frutti di Mare is that??? He said it tasted like spaghetti-os. I ordered the crab cakes. I thought the menu said (2) but it came out with one large crab cake. It was pretty much all filler and definitely not worth the $33 price. The mashed potatoes had some kind of tang to them and the green beans had a funk. Neither were edible. A frozen meal would have been better than what we were served. Wish I would have read the reviews before we went. Do yourself a favor and skip this place.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Setting and views were incredible - over looking the Bag and all of Ocean City, beautiful. Food was just, OK. Service was poor, host was very nice, but waitress was poor. Overall, underwhelming and will not go back.
  14. JD

    JamesD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    /It was our first visit to Tavern on the Bay. Nice dining room, great bay views and the wait staff were pleasant and accommodating. Drinks and food were tasty and just enough, no need for a 'take home' container . I would definitely return, possibly in the fall for anoth/er dinner. I find the prices a bit high, but the quality of the food made up for it. JD
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great. Open table worked well. Would definitely recommend and will go back.
  16. EW

    ElaineW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing , not sure who the chef is but the surf and turf was great. Filet tender and pink , lobster tail melted in my mouth , garlic potatoes were delicious and the green beans were perfectly blanched .
  17. LS

    LisaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service food…ambience great…live music…would definitely go back!
  18. CM

    CalvinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was great. The food was delicious. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The singer added to the mood with beautiful songs.
  19. JM

    JerryM

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    The Crab Cake had too much filler not much crabmeat
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anthony our waiter was fun! When we come back we will request him. Food n drinks were great. Only think no view of bay sitting on deck if you are at a table.
  21. DS

    DavidS

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The overall experience was disappointing. My wife ordered the crab cakes and received only one. I ordered the “greasy halibut “. It was anything but fresh and I question whether it was actually halibut. The side mashed potatoes were cold as were the mushy once frozen green beans. We ordered a bottle of wine and 15 minutes later, the waiter came back as said they were looking for it. We had dined there pre-pandemic and since then it has gone downhill. Even the hostess station had a hand written name tag.
  22. SS

    StephenS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was too chilly and windy outside so Thomas was able to accommodate us with a table inside which had a better view! So, ambiance was great! Our Neal, drinks and bottle of wine, too, was all very good. Our server, Pamela was very busy but handled it all with grace. She took very good care of us. Thank you.
  23. MR

    MikeR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but they were out of lobster :) Salmon was very good
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants on vacation. Something changed. They ran out of lobster and did not tell us until we had already been waiting 20 minutes. The rib eye was paper thin. The potatoes were extremely salty. The salad was soaked in dressing. Unfortunately the only good part was the view. It makes me sad that we will not be dining there again.
  25. M

    Meredith

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter, Anthony, was the absolute best. He was wonderful with the kids and gave us fantastic recommendations.
  26. LW

    LouisW

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service got too much at first then very slow once the place filled up.
  27. BP

    BradP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Their food is not good. Filet was gross and lobster bisque left a lot to be desired. Barely ate our dinner.
  28. M

    Michael

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for an Anniversary Dinner, Ellen was our waitress, and did an excellent job. Thomas was seating guests and obliged our request for an indoor table by the window overlooking the bay. We will definitely be going back next year.
  29. O

    Okay

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed eating Al fresco with a beautiful scenery. The food was very tasty and our server, Ellen, was personable and attentive.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The ABSOLUTE worst experience! I rarely leave reviews and if so, only positive. The horrific service was only negatively surpassed by the meal.
  31. KN

    KenN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent, Anthony our waiter was very friendly and attentive Overall would have been five stars, if the Extremely loud obnoxious party of 18 older adults would have shown some respect for others already seated for a nice dinner Would come back again
  32. DC

    DrCAV

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I enjoyed our first visit to this establishment on August 13,2022. We were greeted by Thomas, the maitre d as well as multiple staff members with extreme friendly smiles and respect. We were offered the options of indoor and out seating both with fantastic views of the water. Our food server Ellen was fantastic! She was extremely friendly and respectful,as well as entire waitstaff. The appetisers and main courses also were great and delicious ! For our family of four it was an enjoyable night out. Definitely will return to The Tavern on the Bay. Dr.CAV Dr. CAV
  33. PB

    PatB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice restaurant. Food & service were good. Views wonderful.
  34. AJ

    AudreyJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Our waitress was disinterested in making our dinner enjoyable. The food was mediocre and cold.
  35. CB

    ChrisB

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Enjoyed the setting and ambience but wished the food could have been better. Overall a nice atmosphere and place that seems to have open seating more than other places in Sommers Point. We would go again but probably for burgers on the deck.
  36. P

    Philly215

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Pulled up here for a midweek dinner Summer 2022. The place looks like it’s in decent shape from the outside, but something seems off as soon as you enter the lobby area. There’s a forgotten nature to this place. Empty boxes in the lobby that look like they’ve been there a while and are in no hurry to be cleared out of sight. Dusty furnishings and smudged windows that have been ignored. Doors with broken handles. Wobbly tables…We were seated by a guy who moved slowly and didn’t have great social boundaries. He talked way too much and we went from nodding along politely, to enduring it, to just being plain irritated. The waitress arrived and seemed competent and professional at first but then it took about 15 minutes to get our waters (there were only 2 other tables.) After ordering it took 50 minutes for our food to arrive. My seafood pasta had a fair bit of broken shell in it and the sauce had a metallic taste. My partner ordered lobster and was surprised that it was pretty good. We waited ten minutes for a salt shaker. The mashed potatoes and green beans looked pretty basic. We sat outdoors, which was nice, but the whole night just felt like one of those “restaurant rescue” shows waiting to happen…as if a British host was about to leap out of the bushes with a film crew to save the day any second. Not worth the weird interactions and slow service. Nice view of the bay, but…meh, hard pass.
  37. FO

    FamilyOf4

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    They are relying on their spectacular location, since the food and service have seen better days. Definitely believe all the reviews with few stars. The service was poor, though they were clearly trying. Our waiter was trying to be upbeat about the delays and flavorless food, but it was so over the top it backfired and came across as unprofessional. The food was flavorless and of poor quality. "Crab Cakes" is plural and yet there was only one small singular crab cake on the plate. We wanted to be sympathetic about staffing shortages, but they had plenty of staff for the small number of tables they had to serve during prime time. A place with this view should have been full.
  38. PM

    PamM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and helpful staff. Food was amazing. View was beautiful. Hidden gem in a busy little town
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good - some items seemed a little high in price. Beautiful location on the water. Great drinks.
  40. T

    Tiger

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at the restaurant at 7:30, sat at the bar outside for a drink and ordered some food around 8. We were served at 9:30. Management is non existent and they dont seem to have a chef. Just a bunch of people in the kitchen, but they all hang around the back smoking.

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Tavern On The Bay is rated 3.6 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Tavern On The Bay

800 Bay Ave, Somers Point, NJ 08244-2308

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Somers Point

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

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