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The Pelican Restaurant

4.2
4.2
114 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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THE PELICAN
ULTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER
The Pelican Restaurant is a BYOB located in Sewell, NJ. In reaction to the large number of “fusion” seafood restaurants appearing at the time, the aim was, and remains, to innovate and experiment with the classics, not reinvent them.
The Pelican Restaurant often reinterprets traditional dishes by introducing tastes and techniques from various cultures. However, the foundation of the dishes is quality ingredients, like jumbo lump crab, sushi-grade ahi tuna, and hand-cut steaks, to name a few.

The finest ingredients, the peak of the season, artistically inspired. Prepared simply and delicately for your memorable dining experience. Purist and adventurer alike will not be disappointed.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (856) 589-6969

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

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What 114 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the fluke with crab meat and risotto. It was excellent!!! You could see and taste the crab meat. The clams casino and calamari were super. Everyone at the table took something home. A lot of food for the price. I have never gotten a bad meal here for 18 years.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  4. DS

    DennisS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food, quiet atmosphere…perfect for a date night
  5. s

    stevenh

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good was good, but as it’s all cooked to order was a bit slow. It was worth the wait.
  6. EC

    ErnieC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    For the price we were charged, it was not a good experience. We ordered Seafood Risotto, and were told that they were out of Little neck clams, mussels, and I don't remember calamari in our dish, only shrimp, and scallops, and broccoli florets. They were going to substitute the missing fish from Mother's day meals, but I did not see any additions, The price remained the same. And my Clams casino amounted to no more than larger clams. prepared by simply breaking the clam from it's shell. cooked in a butter sauce, with a piece of bacon atop of each clam. No further garnishing. And we were informed that the only dessert offered was a Cannoli.
  7. t

    twoteachers

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always several fresh fish varieties that are expertly prepared in different ways. Crab cakes are excellent! Very generous portions. Tables are already set with wine glasses for BYO. You would be lucky to find seafood this good in a resort area by the ocean.
  8. P

    Poozella

    Atlantic City

    58 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Our first mistake was going out to eat on Mother’s Day … the Pelican Restaurant was NOT prepared for the Mother’s Day crowd … reservations were for 5pm and we were seated promptly - it was a special menu for Mother’s Day which was not conveyed at the reservation … it was a 5 course dinner … appetizer, soup (choice of one), salad, entree and dessert … by 7:20 we never saw our dinner … they were so unprepared … we asked that they wrap our dinners up to go … more craziness .. when we got home .. the filet mignon ended up to be NY Strip … the desserts (cheesecake) was just a ball of mush and it was supposed to be six - there were only four .. it was just a disaster … and the waitress said … I hope you give us another chance … not in this lifetime … oh and I forget that the two bus boys had a loud verbal argument in the middle of the restaurant !!! It wasn’t a good night at the Pelican !
  9. DB

    DianneB

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We went on Mother’s Day which I suppose was our mistake . They were understaffed and the food was not good and service was very slow. Probably won’t ever return
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Scallops were amazing
  11. JG

    JoeG

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Been going here for many years. Consistently very good food. It’s a BYOB and that’s helpful.
  12. M

    Mattie

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant. This restaurant never disappoints. There were six of us all ordering different entrées. Everyone was excellent. Some had never been here before and cannot wait to return. Raj the owner stopped by the table with his wife to say hello. This is the sign of an owner who cares about his customers. Jennifer, our waitress, was spot on as usual. I never fear bringing friends to this restaurant because I know they will walk away and say oh my God this is an awesome place I need to return.
  13. RM

    ReneeM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    I was disappointed in the meal that I ordered, it was not what was listed on the menu. It was returned and they claimed it was the right order. It was not!!! I ordered the Chicken Saltimbocca, what I got was a chicken breast with no prosciutto , no spinach! It had 2 slices of bacon no spinach and a big thick mozzarella on. I have been here many of times and have had this dish before and what I got was not it.
  14. m

    micekey

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Pelican Restaurant this past Saturday night at around 8PM. The restaurant was not crowded at all so the noise level was very low and the ambiance was nice. We had an excellent meal with a great burrata appetizer and three fantastic blackened fish specials that were perfectly cooked and seasoned. The portions were generous too. Our server, Jennifer, was great and took very good care of us the entire time. This was the first time we had been back to Pelican since it was sold some 2+ years ago (by Bill Fischer - the former owner - under whose ownership the restaurant was excellent). We didn't have high expectations but we were pleasantly surprised. Everything was excellent. My only small complaint was that the menu prices were very high but the portions served were worthy of the price. We will be back again very soon.
  15. TH

    THEBARON

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My blackened swordfish was outstanding!! Great job Paco!! The Pelican continues to impress.
  16. B

    Boomer

    Philadelphia

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, great selection of special seafood dishes. Very nice plating and awesome taste. Valerie the server was very attentive with a great personality. That’s for a nice experience, will be back!
  17. L

    Lisa

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing so was the service 🥰🥰loved it all
  18. JS

    JohnS

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing, best seafood in The area. Seriously amazing. The staff is wonderful and Val was a fantastic and energetic server. Highly recommend.
  19. AS

    AnnetteStitches

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Dirty tablecloth, dirty glasses, old tomatoes on salad that had no dressing, hard bread with no butter or oil, day-old dried-up flavorless mashed potatoes, waitress that never asked or inquired as to how we were doing or whether we needed anything. Truly the worst dining experience I have ever had.
  20. TB

    TerriB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this restaurant while searching the area after visiting the Pitman Theater. It was a short distance away and a great choice. The food was delicious and the menu offered options that you don't typically see. It was a hard decision but I choose the Zucchini Crab Cake and knew immediately that I made the right choice. Other choices at are table were the Scallops & Mushroom Ravioli and Scallops Primavera. Our server, Valerie was great and helped us with our choices. I highly recommend the restaurant and I would dine here again. It is BYOB which we didn't realize at first.
  21. PW

    PattiW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely evening. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. Food was very good. Priced a little high but then everything is now…thank you Joey B. Saw neighbors there and chatted. A good experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time dinning in with pelican restaurant experience was outstanding ,delicious food from the appatizer to salad to the entre everything was as I desired......I would totally recommend this restaurant
  23. L

    Lisa

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food outstanding service I would totally recommend this place can’t wait to go back again
  24. M

    Mattie

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem. It is cute, the prices are unbelievable, and the food is awesome. Pelican is one of my favorite restaurants and whenever I go whatever day it is never disappoints. Raj, the owner, always stops by the table to see how everything is going. That impresses me that the owner cares about his clientele. Daisy, our waitress, is always bubbly, ready to take your order, or give us time to enjoy a drink and peruse the menu. We both had the Red snapper stuffed with crab meat. Delicious as always. The meal is always so filling I never got to get dessert. I always say next time or I’ll take it home.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The food was overpriced for diner quality seafood and fish. Jumbo Crab filling was full of stuffing and filler and peppers. Not good. Fish was over cooked and dry. Food for our table and others around us took over an hour. Credit card machine was down. Overall not a good experience. Staff was making many excuses why everything was not going well and there were only 5 tables sat in the whole restaurant.
  26. PC

    PC627

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant for fresh seafood and meats without having to go into the city. I had the tuna entree which was delicious and my wife had the grilled shrimp dinner, which she loved. We shared steamers as an appetizer and a cannoli for dessert. Outstanding food with excellent service. and I would absolutely recommend Pelican Restaurant to anyone looking for a great dinner experience.
  27. K

    Kathy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding!!! Our waitress was very accommodating! This was our first time at the Pelican Restaurant and we will be back! Thank you for a lovely evening.😁
  28. d

    deanap

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Finally found a seafood spot worth the money. Will be back and spreading the word.
  29. M

    Mattie

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome 11 stars. Our dinners were all excellent. One person had the scallops with mushroom ravioli, another blackened scallops, another the crab cake and me the lobster franchise. Raj stopped by our table to say hello and ask how the meal was. An awesome owner who cares about his dinners. Daisey, our waitress, was her usual friendly and knowledgeable self. My friends who had never been here before could not stop raving about the food and restaurant. A hidden Gem. And BYOB.
  30. LS

    LeslieS

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Return visit, had to bring the whole family! Delicious!!!! We ate off the "stimulus menu" for an early Sunday dinner, what a great value. The quality of the meal and creativity of the menu is refreshing. Its a fave of mine. The Crab Cakes are AMAZING!!!!
  31. M

    Mattie

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give it 10 Stars I would. I love the consistency of the food. Always excellent. We took another couple here and they we very pleased. Everyone had a different meal - red snapper with crab meat, skate, scallops with ravioli, and shrimp. The rolls are hot when served. The food all arrived at the same time. Prices are great. The wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Most of all besides the excellent food is Raj objective is to please his customer. A hidden gem.
  32. F

    Fred

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Can’t wait to go back!
  33. EM

    EdwardM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was nice.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Valentine's Day
  35. CA

    ChristopherA

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Intimate setting, great food, great service. Because of staffing issues food was delayed in arriving, but overall great experience!
  36. K

    Kenne35

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food and service was the worse since I have been dining out!!!
  37. MS

    MarciaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We love the Pelican and had a great Valentine's dinner. The service was outstanding. My only complaint is that it appeared that the card imperial was made ahead of time and then just warmed under the broiler before serving. This made it too crusty and dry. The mousse was appropriately decadent. We certainly will return as Pelican is one of our favorites.
  38. RL

    RudeLou2017

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    new server caused multiple wrong orders....food is excellent
  39. JT

    JeffT

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were great, red snapper great. Wife had the crab cake and that was great. Love this place
  40. M

    Mattie

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual Pelican never disappoints. Our meal was outstanding. Pelican is a hidden gem and my favorite restaurant. I had the red snapper and my husband had the skirt. Both nails were perfect. Jen, our server, is friendly, and knowledgeable. Raj came out to say hello and ask how everything was. These are the things that make us a step above other restaurants. Prices are excellent for what you get.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Pelican Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 589-6969.

The Pelican Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 114 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 The Pelican Restaurant

508 Hurffville Crosskeys Rd Sewell, NJ 08080

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chapel Heights Road

  • Neighborhood

    Sewell

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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