Scarborough Fair

4.4
1482 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
This restaurant was a farmhouse from 1879 to 1969.

Now, it is winning OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice Award” for Romantic. Now, if you Google “romantic restaurants” and you are close to Sea Girt, NJ, Scarborough Fair Restaurant will be the first result!

Scarborough Fair has the most unique, romantic ambiance in Central New Jersey. It is like no place you have ever been to.

Have a spontaneous romantic dinner there. If you like quiet, and want to guarantee a romantic table, go on a week night. You will love the romantic atmosphere.

Enjoy our delicious eclectic cuisine in this neighborhood gem.
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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go back to Scarborough f
Fair every year for our wedding anniversary, Birthday celebration, holidays, you name it.... it is absolutely amazing from the walk in, to seeing Michael, the owner say Hi to everybody, customer service and everything in between, across-the-board is absolutely amazing....

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AnthonyF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The grounds and entry stand out with Scarborough Fair. You can feel the history behind this 150yr+ former farmhouse and it shows in the decor from the moment you approach the hostess desk. It feels almost old world and if you are fortunate to request in advance the tables by the front you won't forget it. We got a private table near the bar area and being by the bar area is not something you would imagine is anywhere near private. However we were seated in a tucked away corner for our anniversary dinner date despite the bar area label. Nicholas, our server, was excellent. He visited regularly to check in on us which I admit was a concern of mind based on the latest 2-3 star reviews. This being a Tuesday night; we got lucky. Tuscan butternut squash soup was absolutely breathtaking. Flatbread was stellar. Short rib special was filling and had a sweet teriyaki sauce. Sea scallops were bit on the small side but cooked well. Overall great romantic experience. Our only regret was not getting one of those front tables for our special day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Experience was pleasurable. We both ordered filet mignon which we both agreed was very salty and menus said it came with broccoli but we were served green beans. Also thought prices were a bit high.

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scottp
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started out with appetizers the chilled octopus and Spanokopita, both great the Octopus may have been the best I've ever had. My wife had the Squash and white bean soup that she thoroughly enjoyed. She had the rack of Lamb and I had the Swordfish both done to perfection. We also enjoyed the Deaver Ranch Zin, this has always been oneof my favorite Zins and was surprised to see it on a pretty mediocre wine list. Great time and great food. Will definitely go back

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vipRuthR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food, excellent service and very romantic

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !! Fantastic food !!

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AbelD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prices are fair for the quality of food. Really quick service, the lamb chops were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Birthday. Wanted to seat us at a cozy table but it was near the entrance so we opted to sit closer to bar. The outside seemed a little run down but the interior was interesting.
Food was delicious. There were small bread dishes on the table but no bread served. We had to ask foe water refills

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Nice variety with not typical recipes!

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VickyR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Excellent and our food was delicious !!

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Greatspot
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time and things were very good.

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JoLu
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Hostess was pleasant but we waited a while for her to show up, and it was not a busy time. Waitress, although congenial, was slow and not very interested in us. She only came to our table when the food was brought over. Never checked to see if food was ok or if we needed anything (pepper etc). The octopus appetizer was old, limp, and tasteless. The bed of lettuce it sat on was wilted and about 3 days old. The chorizo sausage in it was way over cooked and brittle. The seafood bisque soup was lumpy. I ordered the short rib special, which took a long time to arrive, and it was lukewarm. It supposedly came with mashed sweet potatoes but they were almost nonexistent and the anise slaw was limp. The sauce on the rib was so overpowered with vinegar that I puckered when I bit into it. My husband had fettuccine with shrimp and they were decent but nothing to rave about. The wait staff needs training and the place needs a new chef; the interior of the restaurant could use some sprucing up. The prices were steep so I was expecting a good meal, especially since it was my birthday and I wanted it to be special. Unfortunately it was embarrassingly bad.

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vipJoeM
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Must have been an off night. This has been the first time out of 7 visits, where the experience wasn’t good.

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VINCENTP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great 25th anniversary dinner. cocktails, food and service were wonderful.

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RIch
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Scarborough Fair was delicious. Service was outstanding. Corrine was attentive and knowledgeable. Staff was outstanding. Food was delivered quickly but did not feel rushed through dinner. Dessert was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We called ahead and let them know we had a birthday with our reservation. The woman in the phone said she would decorate the table and send over cake with a candle. When we arrived, we saw the hostess in a very casual, workout-like outfit. She sat us at an undecorated table, which was disappointing. Our waitress came over right away, and took our drink and app orders. The mojito came with one lime, no fresh mint, something you would expect at an upscale restaurant. The apps took over half hour to come out, and while we waited we were not visited by our waitress to see if we needed anything else(the three of us all needed more water and a drink). The apps were average; the shrimp needed to be cleaned further, which again, was disappointing. Our meals, two filet mignons, came with green beans instead of the listed broccolini; again, disappointing. The seafood paella special was mostly rice. The flourless chocolate cake, which I had to ask for a candle, was very good. Overall, we were disappointed with the experience and food on what was supposed to be a very special night out.

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JARRODK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Reasonable place to dine for a business meeting
Service was slow and food was mediocre

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vipChocoLala
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Very disappointed meal and service. We visited with friends and all ordered different meals. The octopus appetizer was terrible and we returned it (they credited us). The porkchop was dry/overcooked. The grand marnier cheesecake special was average at best; the white chocolate creme brulee was sub-par and we didn't eat it. We waited for 20 minutes at one point to have waters be replenished and it was difficult to even get wait staff's attention for long periods of time. Would not recommend this restaurant for a dining experience.

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vipCindy
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a wonderfully romantic restaurant. Ambience is charming . The service was great and the food was delicious as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the Food ! Thank you Phyllis Bronzino

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vipDisappointedDiner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Should change advertising from 'romantic' to 'geriatric' atmosphere. We reserved a high-top table, which we learned upon arrival are non-existent. We should have sat at the bar for decent service. Our server was everywhere, but our table. We found out there were specials from overhearing the server at the table next to us. Unfortunately, it was too late to change our orders. A very disappointing experience for $200 with tax and tip.

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Bill
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at a wonderful establishment. Very happy to have spent our anniversary here. It's been a few years since the last time we have been to Scarborough fair, but it's still as amazing as we remembered. Will be back again in the future for sure.

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Rach
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful ambiance, a must visit!!!

KC
KimberlyC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

My mom sister and I were on vacation and found this restaurant on open table. The restaurant was extremely loud and difficult to have a conversation but we managed. We got the hummus platter for appetizer and it was ok. I got the grilled salmon which was alright but definitely needed some sauce on the salmon. My sister got the short ribs which were good. My mom got the willys sea bake which was very disappointing. 3 of her clams weren’t open so she wasn’t able to eat them. She ate the shrimp but the scallops weren’t good. They smelled & tasted bad. We ordered cappuccino & coffee for dessert. The cappuccino was basically water & the mug the coffee came in was chipped. In my opinion this restaurant was overpriced for the food served & I wouldn’t go back. There are other restaurants in the area that may be priced similarly but the quality of food it worth it.

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AugustS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Well to start we never received bread and butter as we seen other tables getting it,
We never received a salad when we both ordered an entree. The worse of it all we got rushed when the server told us that they will need the table. We won't be coming back to this Restaurant especially for the price we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience!

CJ
vipCJK123
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was generally good but lacked basic seasoning salt and pepper.

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Jersey
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Family vacation. Long delay in getting our food. I ordered wine with dinner and never got it. Server said “ oh I forgot to write it down” Really. She cost restaurant big time.

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vipMMML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. We have been long time customers. The food is absolutely delicious. Always good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made the reservation for my birthday. We were taken in a few minutes early. Table was decorated with sequence and a fun centerpiece. Service was good. We ordered steaks and they came out perfect temp. We had a lovely evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Another restaurant that is plagued with short staffing. The food is amazing here and the ambiance is beautiful! Unfortunately they like most restaurants are short staffed! Other than that issue, which is not there fault, you can’t beat this place for a nice dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Let me start with the good…. The food was excellent, and enjoyed every dish we had, the price was fair, it was clean the ambiance was good, cute tables on both sides as you go up the stairs , bar area great, service at the bar excellent. Our reservations were at 7:15. Originally 7:00 but we ran into a detour and had it switch to 7:15. We arrived the hostess tells us our table is not ready we can stand by her or at the bar we ask well how long is the wait …. (20 minutes ) 😳 holly molly. ok we can enjoy a drink at the bar . 7:55pm I go to her and ask are we getting seated ? I tell her I actually cancelled reservations somewhere else to come here instead , She responds “yeah I never saw your reservation and sat other people I can see if a table will be available “ I was so disappointed and regretting that I suggested to everyone to switch to here. , I sat back at the bar with everyone to tell them, the bartender heard and by the way to begin with bar service was carrying the place and great. But once our bartender knew what happened he took our food order , got us all food immediately, we blinked it was in front of us. If it wasn’t for the bar service , and how excellent they were. I wouldnt be giving as many for service because The hostess just wasn’t good at her job but everything and everyone else was great. . I did see Service at tables were a little slow, but I think just like most places right now a little short staffed. Not their fault . But overall this place is great, And totally worth checking it out.

JJ
JeffJ
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints here! Food and service was great. We’ll be back.

BB
BoscoBrew
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Steaks and appetizers were tremendous. The atmosphere is second to none when it comes to a romantic night out at the Jersey Shore. It was our 10th Wedding Anniversary and I reserved a table along the staircase. Not only did we get that but we had candle light, rose pedals & no less than 6 employees come up and wish us a Happy Anniversary. I will definitely go back and recommend this place to anyone looking to celebrate, go on a date or just have some great food & ambiance!

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TerryW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed dinner with my husband celebrated our 37thbWedding Anniversary. Will dine here again.

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NancyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! Love celebrating our anniversary there.

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mugzy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There were five of us. Overall, most of us were satisfied with our meals (halibut) but the two who had Delmonico stead were disappointed. The meat was tough. Another one of our party ordered clams., which were strginy. Otherwise, we were satisfied with our meals and the desserts. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first date was at this restaurant 33years ago. We will be married 32 years this October. We were at table 6; this time we were at table 5. Every thing was great including the memories. Thank you

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vipPeterF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just "okay" . Had not been here in years and was looking forward to trying it again. Service was excellent, but food just okay. Appetizers came out cold. Entrees were good, not great. Will try again in the winter

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You can order delivery directly from Scarborough Fair using the Order Online button. Scarborough Fair also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 223-6658.

Scarborough Fair is rated 4.4 stars by 1482 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.