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The Rum Runner, Sea Bright, NJ

The Rum Runner

4.5
4.5
2035 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Welcome to the newly rebuilt, redesigned, and re-imagined Rum Runner! Although a lot has changed over the years, we still look to provide you and your family with same great experience you have come to remember and love. As always, we are featuring exquisite cuisine, paired wine, creative drinks. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 842-2894

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Kane

  • Catering

    Off Site Catering Orders are accepted. Please check out our website for additional information.

  • Private party facilities

    The Rum Runner has two private event spaces with varying availability and minimums.

  • Private party contact

    Samantha Kulat: (732) 842-2894

  • Neighborhood

    Sea Bright

  • Parking details

    Click here to schedule your Uber today.https://www.uber.com/ride/Parking in our lot is limited. Sea Bright does offer public lots as well. Please plan accordingly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Sunday from 11:00am-3:00pm and enjoy our a la carte Brunch menu.

Popular dishes

What 2,035 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Scenic View

  • New Jersey - Central

    Most Booked

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  1. RM

    RonM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It's a beautiful restaurant & the location is off the water. The food is good but can be a little pricey.
  2. P

    cherieleeP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    6 of us went to dinner, we sat outside, and the view was stunning. Although the view was beautiful the drinks, food, and service are areas of improvement. My husband got a Manhattan, felt it was not made well, the Tuna tacos were extremely dry, the lobster salad, lobster dip had minimal taste, and the portions were extremely small for the price. The servers were kind, they did not bring utensils, plates to the table, clear the table, and the service was slow. We did enjoy the watermelon sangria, coconut shrimp, and the view was breathtaking on the water as the sun set.
  3. V

    Vacation

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and the Dessert excellent
  4. ER

    EllenR

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Front staff was outstanding!!!! Wait staff was very helpful when sun became blinding. Food was delicious!
  5. BF

    BFITZ

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    No better place to enjoy the setting sun in one of the most picturesque water side restaurants in all of NJ. The staff were friendly, attentive and happy to be there which added to the festive spirit of the evening. The Rum Runner cocktail was dangerously delicious!!
  6. KS

    KarenS

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    This place gets 5 stars for location but thats it:( The views are gorgeous and the service was good but the food? Middling at best. The prices are very high for mediocre food so I'll go back but I'll sit at the bar:)
  7. L

    Linda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Chris was very attentive And very friendly The food was great!!! However I would have liked bread with my meal They did have a nice bread platter with different flavors of butter for $6 I will definitely go again
  8. SB

    SBfromNJ

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. I mean outstanding. Attentive without being overbearing and super friendly. Very good food and drinks. Spectacular river views.
  9. RS

    RaymondS

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun atmosphere! We enjoyed it and liked the outdoor bar!
  10. L

    Lunch

    New York Area

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sooo enjoyable
  11. P

    Paul

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day to eat on deck and watch boats. Good and service very good.
  12. LM

    LynnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Anna Maria was great, as was our hostess, Cortland. The food was delicious and the view was amazing
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The Crab Cake was not hot and the Lobster Bisque soup was a small portion for the price. However, the service was outstanding. Delaney was our server and was friendly and very accommodating. The ambiance was great even on a rainy day.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    This restaurant is so beautiful and for that reason it’s upsetting to leave a bad review. But this is the second time we’ve had a bad experience dining here and we’ve decided to no longer return. Both times the service was unacceptably slow. Drinks took forever and when they finally came, one was completely the wrong drink after it was confirmed twice verbally. The other was just ok. The entrees took forever and once they came, my son’s meal was incorrect. It was painful to send it back because we knew how long it would take to get the replacement. All three meals were bland and for the prices they charge, they should’ve been amazing. No one asked how our meals were or we would’ve shared that we were unhappy. Three hours and hundreds of dollars later, we left disappointed in the food and service.
  15. DR

    DerekR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and good service. It is a bit more expensive but not too crazy.
  16. DV

    DavidV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    i had the lobster cobb salad. skimpy on the lobster, no way was it worth $28. my wife had the crab cake sandwich. crab cake was good, her's was a better value.
  17. F

    Ferdinand

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Food was warm and the wait from the see
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Dinner was delicious. Service was great!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and amazing food
  20. LC

    LC13

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dinner was very good and we Had a beautiful view .
  21. R

    Rick

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The Hostess are amateur brats. We made a reservation and stood in front of their desk for 2 minutes while they contemplated what awful table to give us and speculated out loud whether we would complain. They also told me they couldn't move my reservation back because all tables were filled. There were over 5 open tables throughout the meal. The worst part? We made a reservation and expected to be sat outside. Maybe they double booked and that is why they openly discussed in front of us what terrible spot inside they'd give us.. The inside area has a nice river view but it's loud. The service is a bunch of kids poorly trained, bless them. honestly save your money and go to a diner.
  22. M

    Meli

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch with an awesome view after our daughters HS graduation.
  23. MF

    MariaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Father’s Day… reservation where at 7:15 did not get seated till 7:45… We got there early bc it was Father’s Day didn’t want to be late!! Service was extremely slow although waitress was nice… but are appetizers were given to someone else… they ran out of lamb chop… should I go on!!! The atmosphere was beautiful I will give you that… I live 20 mins away not sure if I would go back..
  24. S

    Sunny

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Our waitress was either inexperienced or just plain ritzy. She forgot our drink order. She put in an incorrect entree order and we had to wait for the correct dinner. The check was incorrect . Her apology was not sincere.
  25. LO

    LORRAINEC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful time at RumRunner. The food is wonderful. Wish selections would be just a little more. Anywhere you sit is great and service is exceptional.
  26. MG

    MichaelG

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Father’s Day. Didn’t know it was a brunch but it was Will good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Was told both menus were being offered the night before when my reservation was confirmed. I was also told the menu was available online. Upstairs seating was only available for those who chose the buffet. The limited Father’s Day menu (not once was the limited menu mentioned) was only available at several tables behind the Parking garage. There was only one server for this area who was overwhelmed. This server came back to the table a few times because he forgot order details but otherwise did the best he could. We received our entries an hour and 15 minutes after ordering. The menu was limited to the point where we probably would have went elsewhere had we knew. All in all, the food was pretty good. Drinks were warm because they arrived 20+ minutes after being ordered because we had to sit in the parking lot. The view was nice but we had no silverware until we asked a second time and tables around us were being knocked down by the wind with no staff to pick anything up. For the price and reputation of mcloones and the run runner we were incredibly disappointed. I understand it was Father’s Day but at the time we’d were in the restaurant, the dining room (which we were not allowed to sit in) was mostly empty.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Beautiful ambiance over looking the water. Ordered appetizers and for dinner seafood tower. Everything came at once , no room to eat. Lobster was very tough. Waitress wasn’t very attentive. Food was good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greta experience but took 15 minutes for our table to be ready.
  30. RR

    RumRunner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelle our waitress was outstanding. She is very friendly and provided excellent service. The food was outstanding as always. The only disappointment was the removal of French Onion Soup from your menu. I do not understand why that was removed. Please add this back
  31. JM

    JustinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the kitchen was extremely accommodating for Gluten allergies. Drinks were also very good and service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food was really good. I think pricing for today wasn’t bad. Understanding that everything is expensive it wasn’t bad over all. very well staffed no shortage of workers here.
  33. t

    teachmsa

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great lunch! It was a breezy, chilly afternoon but we chose to sit outside. Our server, Emily, only had one table located there -- us! She was terrific! She was friendly, helpful, and checked on us at all the right times. I ordered Irish Coffee to heat me up -- and it was HOT (which rarely happens). My husband had a Negroni -- delish! Lunch was great -- Ahi tuna and crab cake sandwiches with a tasty salad on the side. The price was as expected. The location, especially outside seating, was perfect even in the chilly breeze. We loved every second. It felt a bit like eating outside on a cruise ship! A young man, a waiter I think, came outside to see the view, and he chatted with us a bit -- short hair, curly on top -- he was so friendly and polite. Just a great afternoon. Thank you!
  34. TK

    TeresaK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pretty restaurant with great views and good food
  35. BB

    BetsyB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster mac n cheese was a great appetizer to split. it was a huge portion! I enjoyed the crab cakes very much. Such a beautiful venue as well overlooking the river.
  36. PO

    PhilipO

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The setting and view are wonderful but the portions were petite and maybe that is the trend with inflation, but for the prices one would expect to be full at the end of the meal. The mahi-mahi was delicious but about $4 a bite.
  37. LP

    LukeP

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was for my parents anniversary and they said they were treated like royalty! Love the Rum Runner!
  38. KG

    KellyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was unreal - so great! Piano player was super.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent. The chicken was very good but the portion was small
  40. MS

    MargaretS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here with 6 people for my birthday dinner. Food and drinks were delicious. Waiter was great…friendly and knowledgeable…ambiance can’t be beat…watched the sun set while we ate dinner….fantastic time!

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

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

The Rum Runner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 842-2894.

The Rum Runner is rated 4.5 stars by 2035 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


Booked 107 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Rum Runner

816 Ocean Ave Sea Bright, NJ 07760

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sea Bright

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Click here to schedule your Uber today.https://www.uber.com/ride/Parking in our lot is limited. Sea Bright does offer public lots as well. Please plan accordingly.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Kane

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 842-2894

  • Catering

    Off Site Catering Orders are accepted. Please check out our website for additional information.

  • Private party facilities

    The Rum Runner has two private event spaces with varying availability and minimums.

  • Private party contact

    Samantha Kulat: (732) 842-2894

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