The Coal House Bistro

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to The Coal House Bistro! (NO PIZZA SERVED AT BISTRO)
We are a family friendly, BYOB restaurant with authentic Italian dishes served in a warm and comfortable atmosphere where everyday feels like Sunday. Whatever the occasion, the Coal House Bistro is dedicated to making each event a truly memorable one.

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Sun 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wed - Thu 4:30PM - 9:00PM
Fri 4:30PM - 6:30PM

What 221 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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CA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Chef Jimmy offers incredible dishes that are fresh, imaginative, and absolutely delicious. Whether it's fish, seafood, pasta, or a meat dish, all are cooked to perfection. The whole staff is friendly, helpful and attentive. I wish I could eat here 8 days a week!

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quiet dinner for two and a BYOB.. just what the doctor ordered. Food was outstanding. Had the chopped salad, could feed four people. Clams Oreganato was delish. Sunday gravy is always a must

l
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing food and service! We love Coal House Bistro!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were great! Frank, who runs the front of the house, is awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and place is very cozy!

PC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Coal House Bistro is our go to restaurant - good food, great service , reasonably price , and byob

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress and buster where very helpful and pleasant. Wonderful food as always!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding dinner at Coal House Bistro. Chef Jimmy Vena & staff are top notch. We have been here many times & are always more than satisfied.

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There isn’t a bad meal on the menu. I especially love the Rigatoni Zangara!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Jimmy V is a great chef ! He is basically a lone wolf working hard in the kitchen cranking out delicious meals , all inna timely manner. GO EAT THERE!

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here and again great food. They have the best Fried Calamari in Point Beach.

GD
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Jimmy's Murphy is off the charts! Great Service and Great time Always!

K
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have a very good Valentines Day meal at CHB. Service was pleasant and very good. Food was of very good quality
Definitely worth the visit

M
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time , food is incredible. We tried the Sicilian meatball -- it was so good, as well as the shrimp a la James. The staff is very attentive & helpful. It is a little on the loud side, maybe they could work on that. Overall, a terrific experience.

KM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at this restaurant and it was excellent...food, service, atmosphere...all were exceptional. Will be back.

SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we have eaten at the Coal House. It was delicious! We made a reservation ahead of time. They sat us at a 6 top and there was a couple who came in with no reservation. We told the host that they could share the table with us and we ended up have great conversation with total strangers! It was a fun night!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas eve

SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for early Christmas Eve dinner. Food was excellent. Would definitely return and highly recommend. Shrimp Franchise was amazing!

PC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to the restaurant at least 20 times and was never disappointed.
Excellent food, large portions, friendly staff and a fabulous chef... Chef Jim Vena.
What more could you ask for?

f
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great all around !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GD
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! Chef Jimmy is the best. Always out to say hello and the food is spectacular.

Try the Chicken or Pork Chop Murphy. It's off the charts!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a gathering of friends to our favorite restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Great experience

BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the bistro but it won’t be the last. The service was excellent and the food was even better. Was not disappointed with one aspect of the night. Open kitchen so you can see the prep Waitress was attentive and frank the host introduced himself and let us know anything that was needed just ask. Great night

CH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We will definitely be back. Good food, good and friendly service. Remember BYOB.

CS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT PLACE the food is THE BEST!! A wonderful place to go with friends or just a nice night out for a couple.

RB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another exceptional evening at the Coal House Bistro. Our gracious host, Frank sat us at a quiet, comfortable table and came back to check on us often. Chef Jimmy, was his normal energetic self and stopped by to chat for a few minutes with us, as well as the other tables in the restaurant. It just shows how much he cares about his guests. We ordered the salad with "that Dressing" which instantly takes you back to the days of Anthony's in Brielle. The salad was big enough that we were able to have it for dinner the following night as well. The Chicken Murphy had the perfect kick to it while the Chicken Parm was enough for 3 people. Tender and exploding with traditional Italian excellence. We would recommend this restaurant to anybody for a great night out, whether it be a special occasion or you just feel like an old world Italian dinner. Thanks to the entire staff for making it a great night!

j
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service some of the best food we have ever ever had

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another tremendous dining experience at Coal House Bistro

3
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2 Bdays great service prompt and Hot! Great deserts!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delicious. Anytime a chef comes out to talk to you before you order is awesome.

SB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and the staff were helpful and friendly. Can’t wait to return and enjoy another meal at Coal House Bistro!

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host and the wait staff were great. They were attentive to our needs and extremely pleasant. The food was delicious and beautifully presented.

DO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The dining room was drab and the food was very disappointing

CS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT PLACE FOOD IS EXCELLENT AND SERVICE WAS PERFECT

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is a hidden treasure. food was delish but the service was outstanding. Felt like being at grandmas house. The chef came out to make sure everything was good. Waitress was excellent.

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

salads were great, pasta dishes were just alright. will try again and order fish and or a meat dish. the host Frank was very nice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice venue for a date, quiet enough to be able to talk easily, very good portions and very good food

JB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

COAL HOUSE HAD A BAD NIGHT ON FRIDAY, SEPT 27. ONE OF THEIR CHEFS QUIT JUST BEFORE DINNER HOUR. WE HAD A 7PM RESERVATION. AT 8PM, WE WERE STILL WAITING FOR OUR ENTREE. THE RESTAURANT MADE EVERY EFFORT TO "MAKE IT RIGHT", BUT, IT WAS A TOUGH SITUATION. WHEN WE FINALLY GOT THE FOOD, IT WAS GREAT!!!!

P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great meal. Portions are large and Sunday gravy was like mama used to make