Waterman's Tavern

3.7
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99 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
*Our reservation policy allows a 15 minute window upon the arrival of your entire party. After the allotted grace period, we will be forced to cancel your reservation at which point you will be added to our waitlist.*
Waterman’s Tavern is a new American restaurant located in the heart of Brielle, NJ, offering the finest cuts of dry aged beef including our signature authentic Japanese Wagyu. For a sophisticated experience, make your reservations in our main dining room providing a memorable night of fine dining. (proper attire required)



For a more casual gathering, join us at our newly renovated Tavern specializing in hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines, craft beers and a specialty menu all curated by our team of award-winning mixologists and chefs.


*PLEASE NOTE: WE ONLY TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE MAIN DINING ROOM. THE TAVERN IS FOR WALK-IN ONLY.
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BM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice bar area--server was great, stick with bar food--burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, wings etc. Our food was OK (ordered steaks), served a little cold.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. I’ve seen some of the reviews say that service is slow but I like to enjoy my meals and not be rushed out so I really enjoyed. We dined for resultant week and added a pasta course so 4 courses in total in about 90 minutes which i thought was appropriate. Pasta is fantastic, we also tried the duck which stood out as exceptional. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, very quiet and romantic. Would highly recommend.

WM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Waterman’s for the first time for Restaurant Week. The choices were great but we decided to go with the Wednesday prime rib special which included a salad and dessert. The meal was excellent, salad, prime rib, baked potato, steamed veggies and cheesecake or chocolate torte for dessert. The ambiance was beautiful and the service was excellent. We will dine here in the future!

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was perfecto. Filet was delicious. Great job

BN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Had a reservation but couldn’t be seated in the dining room without a wait
Ended up with a booth in the bar
Took an hour to get an order of Mac n cheese and a burger
I had better Mac and cheese from a microwave
The burger came with no garnishes and was over cooked
The server was fine and kept apologizing for the wait
I expected better from what is trying to be a high end steakhouse

OT
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for restaurant week. Though the menu and dishes sounded exciting, they did not live up to the promise. There was something a little off in the execution. Definitely room for improvement.

t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went there on a Wednesday, it was Prime rib night special. It was a great meal including very good salad, excellent piece of prime rib with potato and veg, finished with desert. All included in special price. Before dinner cocktails were perfect along with the wine we ordered. Very upscale dining room with comfortable prompt service. We will be back.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Crab cake was unbelievable. Shrimp cocktail was bad even smelt bad and they didn’t take it off our check. Filet mignon was great but my husbands ribeye was not good at all. Espresso was great but cappuccino was watered down. Tasted like frothed milk. Service was very slow. We don’t want to be rushed but it took 2 1/2 hours fir dinner. Overall not worth the 400.00 dinner.

BB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Thought I would try a new steakhouse. Steak was the only thing that was passable. Everything else was awful. Apps and sides were just gross. Ambience in the tavern was kind of depressing. I would not recommend this to anyone.

L
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have recommended it many times. Have not been there in a while due to family issues but what a great return.
The food was great, try the scallop special u won’t be disappointed.
We got a chance to meet the chef on this night “Mike” shout out to him for putting some great dishes out.
There charcuterie plate appetizer is delicious and so generous! The meats and cheeses were top notch, served with some delicious olives and little round Italian crusty treats to go with it.
They are serving homemade sorbets, we tried the strawberry and lime...both excellent and refreshing. Of course the cookie in the pan needs no description other than awesome!!
Josette was our server and she is the best!! All of the wait staff was spot on. G.M. Rob and manager Reagan both ever vigilant and visible to make sure your dining experience is the best.
This is our favorite place to go and feel comfortable and have a good meal...it truly is a great neighborhood spot. A special place.

JH
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Reservation was at 7:45 did not take us until 8:20. Service was slow and food was under whelming. Tavern was well appointed but again service behind bar was slow.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Way understaffed behind the bar and on the dinning room floor. Drinks and food took a while. Food was good would only be worth the price if service improves. Overall first and last visit

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Not sure where to begin.....the entrance was very hard to access, The food was over priced and cold

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband & I decided to try it
Spur of the moment decision
And the restaurant is interesting because the bar area
Is separated and very casual then the dining room is very upscale so theres no in between
Either casual bar or fancy dinner
But all in all good food,
good entertainment the night we went

RB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If you want steak, I would definitely recommend. If you want seafood, I would consider a seafood resteraunt.

B
New England
38 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was outstanding. Friendly and welcoming. Food was very good. Great wine list. Tomahawk a bit fatty but tasty. Sirloin outstanding. Great creamed corn and amazing cookie dessert

D
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I wanted to love it, but nothing was really THAT good. Salmon was fine, but the short ribs were dry. Octopus was tough. The service was good and the place is pretty. Looks like a beautiful bar. Hope it gets better. That is a big restaurant to fill.

A
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was beautiful. The atmosphere was very pleasant, and the staff was extremely professional and attentive.
The food is delicious!!

Sean is an amazing person!

j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very very impressed with the quality of the food I would definitely go back as far as service goes it left a lot to be desired and as far as the noise level goes it’s awful !!

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

6:30 on a Friday evening in the summer at the shore and this place was empty. The layout is a bit odd, there is a casual bar area (mostly empty) and a formal dining room behind frosted glass. We were promptly awaited on, we ordered 3 cocktails and glass of wine. All acceptable. Service is over the top for a restaurant located at the Jersey Shore. They brought everything out on carts that were very noisy (maybe because it wasn't crowded), when I say everything, they took away a side plate and fork on this cart. Unnecessary. It was awkward having that cart roll around all night. The owner came out who is very nice and said they are "testing" the waters with Italian - sounds like trouble to me. Stick to good fresh seafood, burgers and maybe tapas menu. Drop the carts.

OT
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Horrible experience. Food and drink was very slow, so slow my family wanted to leave after the appetizers. Staff is nice but doesn’t seem to be treated well. Manager Rob was one of worse at customer service I have ever encountered. We eat out 3 to 5 times a week and can say this is one of the worse overall dining experiences that we have ever had. Have had bad experiences before but good customer service skills with an apologetic and appreciative approach made it ok. Rob the manager who addressed our concerns needs training. Spent $ 160 for salad, apps and pizza. Put a damper on our night. Server was apologetic, felt bad for her. Will never go back.

Waterman's Tavern
Responded on July 14, 2019

You arrived at 7:30, drinks at 7:41, appetizers at 7:52 and your meal at 8:05, at 8:30 received your check. 1 hour to enjoy your drinks appetizers, meal and have conversation with your family. You came in with a negative attitude and wanted something for free. We make all of our meals to order and if you feel that 1 hour is too long then my suggestion is fast food. Shame on you for coming into our restaurant and treating a young server in the manner that you did.

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CF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute, will return for sure!
Special touches made a birthday extra special!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I doubt the steak was “prime”

T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wine list adequate but some wines marked up over 300%....example 8 years in Desert by Orin Swift.....


Another issue was told Open Table cancelled my reservation even though still showed valid on my calendar. Restaurant said it’s been an issue lately with open table. Concerned and might just reserve direct in future.

DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

first of all, the so called fine dining area was so loud I couldn't talk or hear the person next to me, then a woman was playing a harp which was beautiful but to bad you couldn't even hear her due to the noise level..take the doors down! sat in the bar area and our server was just ok, no utensils, had to ask for bread which did not come with butter or oil or nothing! had to ask for all of that, just overall a disappointment, and prices were too high for this service. Don't mind paying but it has to be worth it, sorry this was just not worth it and would not recommend this restaurant.. need to step up your game guys

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heather and Joanne our servers we great. Food came out quickly and was very good. Crabcake duo were excellent.

P
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sebastian was our waiter, and he was excellent. We sat in the Tavern and had a great meal wit apps and desert as well. The food was excellent and the service was spot on. We have been here before and will continue to go.

BT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food by all accounts was very good. Service, on the other hand, was downright amateurish. After being seated unacknowledged for a considerable time, a waitress rushed by and apologized saying she would be right back. We never saw her again. Another waitress then came over and offered to take our drink order. She then spent several minutes trying to up sell us on a much more expensive bottle of wine than we ordered. When she returned with the drinks she said she would only take our appetizer order. In the meantime, no bread or water was delivered to the table. When we asked for water, 2 of the 5 glasses were filled. When we asked for water again, 2 more glasses were filled. Eventually we all got water and bread and the main course order was taken. I received an entree I didn’t order but everyone else’s was correct. All were good.

MD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was OK for a premium priced steakhouse, service was slow it took 40 minutes to get our cocktails

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good; however, noise level high for this fine dining experience

h
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, attentive service, overpriced

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good.… enjoyed the meal

JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonably priced. Overall was a good stop

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stakes were excellent, try the bacon, service was very good, we did go on a Wednesday so it was not to busy, so I am not sure on the noise level. Overall a very pleasurable experience

DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Be prepared for long waits for drinks and water refills at what is an attempt to be a nice steakhouse. Food is great. Our server was great but had to wait a long time because they only had one server and her assistant working the entire room. Have had much better experiences with other comparably priced steakhouses.

DL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was one of the best I ever had (Porterhouse for 2). Lobster tail was overcooked, but everything else from appetizers to dessert was so good!

OT
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

When looking for a steakhouse, one finds that those that serve dry aged beef set the standard and here at Waterman’s the beef is the star with 45 day old dry aged beef. Dry aging allows the meat to tenderize and the depth of that beef flavor to strengthen. When paired with a chef who knows how to prepare steak, the combination is unbeatable. Yes, beef is the star here. Unfortunately, the accompaniments don’t stand up to the star. The staff was knowledgeable, solicitous and friendly but the main dining room itself, though pretty, is extremely noisy that one can barely hold a conversation with those across the table. Finally, one must realize that you get what you pay for. Dry aged beef ain’t cheap and to many the prices here are at the upper extreme for the Jersey Shore.

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Too noisy. Food was sub par

TC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food is excellent, but dining room gets very noisy. It makes it difficult to hear the people at your table.