Scarborough Fair

4.5
1406 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vincent23
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Reception, seating, rushed. Food was very good, however we were seated at 7 pm , food arrived 8:15. Too long a wait. I will try to blame it on Covid, but that's a stretch. Waited again to get the check, had yo send bus boy yo find waitress.

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DianeL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Scarborough Fair last night. It was our first time there and I cant wait to go back! Everything was lovely. The restaurant has a nice ambiance. Our table was in one of several private little cubbies lining the stairway. The bartender (Eric)was very friendly and my cosmo was delicious. The food was phenomenal. We had seared tuna for an appetizer and I had a shrimp entree and my husband had monkfish. All of it was so delicious. Our waitress was attentive and sweet. It was a perfect evening.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite servers. Delicious salmon. Enchanting atmosphere.

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vipMimi
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Super Loud Muzak!!! Why? This is a charming looking restaurant and would be perfect for a date night without this very loud distraction. Forced us and nearby diners to raise our voices. Just don’t get why it was so loud.
Maybe we were there on an off night as the service was spotty and food was just ok. No setups on our table. Had to ask twice for silverware and napkins which seemed to stump the waiter. Steak was way undercooked and white wine was not chilled. The rest was ok but nothing special and would make us think twice before trying again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Scarborough Fair was excellent in every aspect!! The food, service, atmosphere were all excellent, highly recommend! And if you’re lucky you’ll get Kara as your server (although they’re all excellent!)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Scarborough Fair and had a lovely late lunch. The service was great—our cozy, romantic table was even tastefully decorated when we arrived. The food was well prepared and presented. Would highly recommend.

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BillyO
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the architecture of the Scarborough Fair restaurant. If a building can be charming, jet was very charming. The waitress was friendly and efficient. We were very pleased with the service. The food wans very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

When we arrived, they did not have a table ready for us which caused them to scramble a bit. They ended up seating us at a table in the bar. Because we were in the bar, the location was very noisy and because we were located on a main aisle for food to come out of the kitchen, we had continuous traffic. The table we had was located right under a speaker and the music was on the loud side. They obviously missed our reservation and then had to find a place to seat us. On a positive note, food was outstanding and the service was very good.

My wife and I have been coming to SF for our wedding anniversary every year for many years and have always had an awesome experience. Unfortunately, our experience this time was way less then exceptional. That being said, I will chalk it all up to just how devastating this pandemic has been on the restaurant industry and the ability to overcome these challenges have been daunting.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, delicious food. Waitress was excellent.

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vipGrace
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration …just my husband and I. We enjoyed a delicious meal, with friendly staff. This local restaurant is a gem in our community.

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Bogart
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an excellent dining experience. (Thanks Ryan). It is a bit pricey (damn drinks) but worth it. Speaking of drinks, the bartender knows how to do it right. Recommend the shrimp and grits appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Many of the raves about this restaurant focus on the terrific atmosphere and style of the rooms and setting--praise that is well deserved. We didn't expect much from the food, but were very pleasantly surprised. The strawberry, spinach and pistachio salad was outstanding and perfectly balanced with a fine balsamic vinaigrette. The octopus appetizer was tender, complemented nicely with swiss chard and grilled potatoes. The rack of lamb was grilled to perfection. The salmon entree was fairly routine, though the lentil accompaniment was delicious. The cheesecake and tartufo were absolutely fabulous. This is a worthy special occasion place.

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vipAlanaB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is our 5th time to Scarborough Fair and it never disappoints! We live in Wall and just recently started going...I wish we had tried it sooner. Everything was excellent from the bartenders to the wait staff , ambiance, and especially the food! You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu! They have something for every to enjoy. It’s definitely a hidden gem!!

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Exit98JRZShore
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening out. Food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional.

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Robc
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice time as always. Service a little slow but it was busy, holiday weekend and things are starting to pick up for all. Will return again soon.

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vipMiggie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Not the “ romantic-special” setting touted. The host is odd. The food was well prepared and we enjoyed it. The wine list is weak. It was one decent selection in each section, but only adequate. We wont make the trip again but its fine for the regulars who frequent the restaurant.

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Bill
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is super unique, has absolutely, wonderful food, and great staff. We got burrata and lobster empanadas for appetizers and…wow! I got the duck and my wife got the pork chops. Oh, and the drinks are real good. We can’t wait to come back!

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful anniversary dinner we had. The privacy of our table, which was covered in small hearts and flower petals, set the mood for a perfect evening. Great selection of cocktails to get the evening started, followed by wonderfully creative appetizers. We were able to pair our amazing dinners with a great selection of wines. The service was outstanding and the staff was very friendly. We can't wait to go back!

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Glenn
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My wife and I had a lovely dinner at this beautiful restaurant while vacationing for a few days in nearby Spring Lake. The restaurant has many semi private spaces and we were seated in a cozy place where we could enjoy the ambiance and each other. The atmosphere is sedate making it easy to discuss things with your partner without having to shout over the noise typical in many restaurants these days. The food was well prepared and presented. Service was delivered with a smile but it was our impression that they were understaffed. It took some effort to track down our waiter for the.check and getting a refill of ones water glass required snagging another staff member as she rushed by our table. All in all, we enjoyed the evening and recommend to those seeking a leisurely paced romantic diner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect dining out experience. There were five of us and all of our apps and meals were outstanding. The service was excellent and the restaurant has a very special ambiance to it. Can’t wait to go back again.

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vipDonna
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress was wonderful! The food great and atmosphere peaceful

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Joanne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We’ve been here before and had a good experience so we came back again. The calamari was delicious; however my meal, Athena Shrimp had no flavor and the pasta was over cooked. My guy had the tile fish special, which he said was very good.

We made reservations; however, since others also made reservations and requested specific tables, we were seated right next to the entrance. Nothing intimate about that table. It felt as though we were on display to everyone who walked in. Bottom line, if you’re a party of 2, request to not be seated in the tables next to the entrance.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing from start to finish. The food, the ambiance, the drinks, and the service were all incredible. Ryan took exceptional care of us, and he provided the ultimate dinning experience. Michael, the owner of Scarborough Fair is a spectacular host and we can’t thank him enough for a sensational evening. Can’t wait to go back.

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KellyO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I really like Scarborough Fair, but yesterday was the first time back in a while and we went for lunch. While the waitress was very sweet, she forgot items and then had to wait quite a bit until she brought the item. The menu has changed, the one on open table is not what is at the restaurant, even their menu had items that were no longer available. I ordered steak & frites, the "tomato jam" was steak sauce, nothing special. The soup, app and dessert were very good. I will return.

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vipMortybowl
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love this restaurant usually. We were a bit disappointed that for Mother's day there were no special decorations. We had been there during the Christmas period and for Valentine's day. The decorations for both visits were outstanding so we were surprised that the same wasn't true for Mother's day.

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EileenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for dinner out. Kara our server is always friendly along with the rest of the staff. Great food and atmosphere!

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vipDebb
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was so friendly and welcoming. The food was amazing. We had a great dinner.

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LindaF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance with a good amount of privacy gor each table. Interesting atmosphere in an eclectic building

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Jrsygrl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for my bday. Food was great. Picked this place bc I thought the ambiance would be nice as I read about how you can be seated in a private alcove area. However it seemed the alcoves we’re only available for larger parties.
We got sat in a booth near the bar which was fine, but not the best seat in the house. I felt we were a little close to the people that came in and sat next to our table . Other than that, everything else was great.

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BobF
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted a romantic restaurant and delicious food for an evening with the Love of My Life. Scarborough Fair came thru. They even arranged our table with a dozen roses and our preferred bottle of wine waiting for us on the table. Couldn’t have asked for more. Will DEFINITELY return again. Servers Amelia and Nicholas went that “extra mile” for us and made the evening easy and just wonderful. CUDOS to Scarborough Fair.......

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vipKristina421
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We had a great time! I came with my aunt who doesn’t do too well with lots of stairs and the staff was very accommodating! Everyone was lovely! The steaks that we ordered weren’t great (quality). The execution though was perfecto! Everything tasted great! The crab cakes were delish! The wine was great! Overall I was very happy and will definitely be back! (I was sad that they ran out of the creme brûlée but the flourless chocolate cake was AMAZING!)

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vipTedD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The atmosphere was wonderful and the staff was outstanding!!

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Inko
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The grounds aren’t very attractive. The front of the restaurant looks goods, but grounds need work. A lot of fake flowers mixed with live ones. It’s a multi-level restaurant with brick steps on both sides. The tables for two are private in little alcoves. There is a larger open area upstairs which was closed for lunch. I ordered an Asian wrap. It came with waffle fries that I didn’t care for. The wrap was good. My friend ordered a Caesar salad that she liked, and eggplant that was ok. My friend missed a step walking down from the upstairs. She ended up breaking her foot and is in a boot for 6 weeks. They need better lighting on the steps. Waiter was good. The kitchen is upstairs and wait staff is up and down the steps! I got a bag of ice for my friend, and one of the guys helped my friend on a bench applying ice. Another woman came out in concern. No one took her name or number to follow up.

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TimS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great location for privacy, special occassion, etc.

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DCLong57
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to Scarborough Fair with my husband to celebrate a basic date night. I was happy to be greeted and have a table near the window on the stairs. The food was outstanding and the drinks were great and the service was very well done. We will be coming back soon.

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AndrewC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Very cozy ambiance. Great service and cocktails. Food didnt meet expectations.

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DeniseP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our 33rd wedding anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. The food and our waitress Cara was outstanding. It was a great evening and we can't wait to go back.

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AnneH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was cooked to order. Server was friendly & helpful with the daily specials. Happy to return to a great restaurant.

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vipready2dine
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been several times and it’s Special!

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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 4.5 stars by 1406 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.