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Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

Avenue

4.3
4.3
2903 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Discovering the experience of dining in a place such as Cannes or Nice was never easier than now with the opening of the French Bistro and Raw Bar, Avenue. The only difference between dining at Avenue and dining along the Côte d'Azur, is that your gaze lands on waves on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Avenue is located along our side of the pond, on our own eastern shores in Long Branch, New Jersey. This gleaming new restaurant is designed by the internationally renowned architect David Collins, and the collaboration is nothing short of amazing.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 759-2900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bob Stenerson

  • Private party facilities

    Private and semi-private events available.

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (732) 759-2900 ext. 211

  • Neighborhood

    Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Cross street

    Inside Pier Village

  • Parking details

    Covered garage pay parking available.

  • Entertainment

    www.avenuenuit.com New Jersey's premier night club Avenue Nuit is a stunning roof top lounge with fabulous ocean views. Call 732-759-2900 for VIP table reservations.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,903 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Great for Brunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really nice place love the ambiance and service
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Good food, terrible service. Waiter tried to take a drink order the second I sat down. I didn’t even have a menu yet! Then he finally asked for my appetizers. I was done eating my appetizers and no one had taken an entree order. The bus boy ended up doing it. The next time I saw my waiter was when I just started eating my entree and he asked if I wanted dessert or the check. I’ve never felt so rushed or had an unenjoyable experience.
  3. E

    Eliz

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was awful!
  4. CC

    ChristopherC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Kitchen sent out the food in the wrong order- adults got our meal 10 minutes before the kids food came out. Our overpriced paella came out with only bowls for used shells but no plates to eat on. Out of the 10 or so clams there were actually only two clams- rest were empty shells - and no they were not in the rice. At least we were given a complimentary drink - so there’s that.
  5. BB

    BBnj

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent all around!! I had the salmon, my daughter had the halibut and my husband had a chicken dish. Appetizers: shrimp cocktail and escargot. And I always have a side of brussels sprouts.
  6. TS

    TomS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious dinner. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. We were surprised at how empty the restaurant seemed to be. But We had a great experience!
  7. MV

    MarkV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Poor service. Weak food. Disappointing. Will not go back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Great ambience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    8/6/22 we go every Saturday for BRUNCH :: the Maitre/d TERRY IS AMAZING. He’s there each week smiles etc. Michael is my favorite waiter but service is A plus. I lived in manhattan and been all over Europe and have to say from the oysters to the seafood tower to the French toast or omelette s it’s always a tough call what to order. BEACH AND BRUNCH
  10. J

    John

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    You need to work on your soda game. Who puts soda in the smallest glass ever and charges $3 for it.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food has always been consistently good, ambiance nice, just got annoyed when the hostess would not seat 2 of us until the 3rd arrived and the ppl lace was empty. Need people with common sense.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My dinner was ridiculous nasty full of rice & mediocre meat Manager offer me to get a dessert instead. 0 stars ⭐️ for the manager
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Waited for 15 minutes to be seated, food took 30 minutes to arrive after it took 30 minutes to take our order. The food was good with exception to the main entree, which was extremely salty and barely touched. Many tables were visibly complaining to management, which was defensive giving excuses to the other patrons. The first visit was very different, it was surprising to have changed so much.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    The service was terrible we had to wait 30 minutes after getting seated to get any kind of attention. Another 20 to get water and further 15 to get the wine.The patio was literally 50% occupied at that hour, so it wasn't a mad rush. The table next to us was served incorrect order not once but twice! Perhaps, it was a one off thing. Still tipped 140 on a 400 tab.
  15. LA

    LAWM

    New York Area

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Most of my review if this place would be 5 star. My mussels were except it the frites were underdone. As well the Brussels sprouts were so salty they weren’t edible. The trout was excellent and the salade verte was also fantastic and beauty’s well. Our service was excellent.
  16. B

    Buburin

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    It’s a beautiful restaurant but the service was lacking on our our visit on Saturday for brunch. Not overly crowded yet it took more than 30 minutes for the waiter to come to our table. We than waited another 15-20 minutes for the mimosas. The Nicose salad was unimpressive with 4 (yes, 4) green beans, 2 cherry tomatoes, and several pieces of lettuce! The tuna was tasty but not worth the price charged. The trout seemed to be the better choice.
  17. V

    Vtawil

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Food was great. Just don’t know why they rushed us. Place is gorgeous.
  18. LM

    LeeM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Won’t go back. Not going to pay $40 to park for 1 1/2 hours
  19. SB

    SirBennett

    Philadelphia

    82 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We have been here many times before but, this was not putting their best foot forward. We recognized as a group of four that they probably had staffing issues but, there was constant miscommunications where we were supposed to sit, where our reservations allowed us to sit and who was serving us. When moving inside, it was so loud we had to yell to hear one another however, they did turn the music down after one guest requested it. We were also disappointed that happy hours which used to be all evening Friday until 10 PM had been changed as well. The oysters that were usually a bargain, were not worth the full price tag. As a in advertised French restaurant, there was only one or two things that could be truly called French cuisine. Overall, location, location, location!
  20. KR

    KristenR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Place is gorgeous Bathrooms super clean Our server was beyond frazzled. Forgot drinks - didn’t clear empty dishes or glasses until there was a huge stack Our food was mostly delicious- steak dish lacked in flavor and creative plating - compared to everything else
  21. M

    Maurice

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation. The place was very chaotic and noisy. The reception staff were very mechanical and somewhat unfriendly. We chose a table outside. The scenery was great, but the service was average at best. It took about 15 minutes to get the bottle of wine we ordered. For appetizers, we had the escargot, which was good. For entrée, I ordered the flat iron steak, but I am not sure what I got. It was a very thick piece of steak that was extremely chewy and tough. I looked to me like a chuck or round steak. The rest of the orders were average. I would not be unhappy if the prices were more reasonable. But for what they charge for food and drinks, I expect better quality and service. This place has lost its luster.
  22. IT

    IrinaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding. It's a little bit pricy
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Avenue is not the same the quality of food and drinks declined a lot over the last few year but this year was not good a all the location is great and service as well but food and drinks not at all
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Service was very very slow, lack of attention from our waiter, food was mediocre, meals were very overpriced. We went on Fourth of July and while it wasn’t too crowded I’d be willing to give the restaurant another try during a less busy time of year to see if it would be a better experience
  25. JN

    JamesN

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was terrible waited 45 minutes for maintenance dish to come Ordered a beer with meal came after we were finished . The man at the reception desk who was the manager was unresponsive and totally obnoxious will never go back. Food was not as good as last year
  26. TF

    TonyF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    My entree (halibut) came out so dry it seemed unlikely anyone could have prepared not and not see it was over cooked and stiff like dry aged jerky. A joke. Never again.
  27. A

    Alle

    Salt Lake City

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The location couldn't be better and we got a table outside, in the shade and facing the ocean, like a dream. The food is delicious, except they don't accept any substitutions, so if you're allergic to something in a dish, you just won't be able to eat it because they won't prepare it in a different way, that's why food doesn't get my 5 stars. The waiter was super nice and all but someone messed up our order and they forgot one of the main dishes, they just removed it from the bill, no apology or make it up for the mistake. We didn't complain at all because overall it's a great place to go.
  28. e

    ejr71

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The bread was either not fresh or poorly prepared—chewy at best. The waiter had tables on the opposite side of the restaurant and ours making it very challenging to visit us. We were the only active table of 12 in our section. Entrees took forever. Halibut portion was underwhelming. We won’t go back. Not worth $176 per couple without dessert, one drink each, and one shared side.
  29. BB

    BudandBeatie

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant. It was not busy when we were there for a 6:30 reservation, so the noise was quiet/moderate. My wife’s halibut was extraordinary, perfectly cooked and seasoned, and melt in your mouth nice. My lobster roll, which was listed as a very popular dish there, was good. The lobster itself was very tasty, but for me, as a lobster roll it was too bready. The bun was nice and freshly baked but was heavy and thick. In fact for the first time in my life I didn’t finish the bun. Aside from that, the oysters and sides were excellent.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been coming here every weekend for brunch/lunch in the summer for years. We love this place and have recommended it to our friends! It brings us back to the South of France. The maitre’d Terry is fantastic and accommodating. Michael is our favorite server at this place hands down. My husband calls him “smiley” sometimes because he is always smiling and always in a great mood. You can’t help but to be in a great mood. The music and the overall ambience is chill. The food is excellent! Best French onion soup amd french toast ever! We recommend the Madame Croque, moule frittes and pomegranate martini too! We will keep on coming back!
  31. E

    Ellie07

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is excellent and freshly prepared. The shrimp is especially good
  32. RG

    RickG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal. Plateau royale was delicious, escargot and tartare were both great. Entrees were great as well. Service was accommodating and friendly. Overall wonderful culinary experience.
  33. NS

    NancyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The trout was perfectly cooked, light and delicious.
  34. RM

    RickM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Way overly priced. Hamburgers and sandwiches for 6 was $350. Won't go back.
  35. F

    Familyfour

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special occasion. The restaurant seated us immediately upon arrival. Nice seats outside overlooking the ocean. The service was very good. The food was very tasty. I would have like more options on the menu. Overall, we had a nice time.
  36. YY

    YvesY

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great venue w/ attentive staff and good brunch food.
  37. c

    cici

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location, food and service. We’ll definitely be back to experience the rest of the menu!
  38. KM

    KathyM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    THIS IS A PLACE TO AVOID. Single worst dining experience I've had in a long time. We were seated for our 6pm reservation. By 6:15 no one had greeted us. We flagged down a bus person for some water. After 20 minutes, I had to get up from the table and ask the host if we had a server. He said he would find the server. No apology for the wait. The server finally arrived - no apology for taking so long to arrive. "Do you want to order food?" Huh, maybe so. The first course arrives before we even get our drinks. We ask about our drinks - "Yeah they'll be out soon". Finally got those. Appetizers were fine, not great. Dinner arrived and was decidedly mediocre. I had the salmon. Part way through the salmon I realize the thicker part is raw in the middle. Since we hadn't seen our waiter in a while I flagged down the host. He asked if I wanted something else. NO APOLOGY. He did take it off the bill. About 15 minutes after my friend had finished dinner we were finally asked if we wanted the bill. We then paid the bill using the ApplePay option they provided. After we walked out the front door the water chased us down the boardwalk to accuse us of not paying. I showed him my receipt. I've worked in restaurants for years. This was simply appalling. An apology for failures in service or food goes a very long way with me as this is a tough business. The two people we dealt with just didn't seem to care. This place pretends to be fine dining and is a real disappointment.
  39. F

    Friends

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was good.
  40. AS

    AlexS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    This place is struggling. There were clearly not enough waiters or support staff. Waiters were literally running between tables which created a very tense atmosphere. It was nearly impossible to get their attention. We were originally seated at an indoor table that was surrounded by flies. They'd come in through the outside doors and no one bothered to try to clear them out. It was disgusting. While we did move, the hostess was NOT happy about it. My daughter is allergic to dairy and was chastised when she asked which entrees had no dairy. The waiter said, "It won't taste as good without the dairy so if you don't like it that's on you." We've been to Avenue dozens of times, so it's sad to see how far it's fallen.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Avenue offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 759-2900.

Avenue is rated 4.3 stars by 2903 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for Avenue

23 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Inside Pier Village

  • Neighborhood

    Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Covered garage pay parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bob Stenerson

  • Entertainment

    www.avenuenuit.com New Jersey's premier night club Avenue Nuit is a stunning roof top lounge with fabulous ocean views. Call 732-759-2900 for VIP table reservations.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 759-2900

  • Private party facilities

    Private and semi-private events available.

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (732) 759-2900 ext. 211

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