Scarborough Fair

4.5
1530 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.

Offers

  • ScarBar Happy Hour!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Come in and experience our new and improved ScarBar Happy Hour!! Tuesday - Friday 3-6pm at the bar only. Discounted Bar Food items as well as drinks. Hope to see you there!
What 1530 people are saying
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vipLzksu
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday decor is wonderful, staff working hard to make everyone enjoyable. Food and drink spectacular!

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vipDoreenJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Bread was old lunch took over an hour to come

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Johnk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

soup was cold , crab cakes good but just warm like the soup. Seafood medley terrible, no flavor at all. One hunded plus dollars better spent else where

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LindaA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was very good we definitely come again and let people know

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vipCind
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average, wine didn’t taste right even after second bottle but it was better than the first bottle. The cork broke while opening and the waitress seems annoyed after she served us that bottle and it didn’t taste right. Wouldn’t go back for what the meal cost.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great decorations for Holiday. Quiet little nooks w tables tucked away and great romantic music playing. Atmosphere was top notch. Menu had a nice variety and everything served at a nice pace. Also good specials and seasonal drinks. Great overall experience.

We had a seafood bisque, a mozzarella and roasted pepper appy, rack of lamb and grilled tuna steak.

Outstanding!

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vipSharkGirl
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. We hadn't been at the restaurant in a few years. I forgot how beautiful and romantic the ambiance is. The owner just completed decorating for Christmas. I was told it took weeks. So beautiful. We sat among the butterflies. Oh and the Food was delicious. My husband really enjoyed the Ossobucco. I had the fish special - Tuna. Apps were the portabello and Spanokpita. We really enjoyed the evening. The service was great. Prompt and courteous. Really a lovely evening.

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nouveauyorker
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Black Friday brunch, had the place almost to ourselves. Two large, attractive shrimp cocktails, one salmon filet, one crab cake, all tasty and well prepared. Apple chutney with the crab, and rice with the salmon, were eh. Pleasant surprise: deserts included; chocolate cake and cheesecake, both rich and filling. Bottomless mimosas were okay.

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DeirdreR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience. My only complaint is they somehow skipped us with the dinner rolls. Which I certainly didn’t need. Everything was delicious.

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ColetteC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful romantic setting. Excellent food and excellent service. Celebrating 25th wedding anniversary. The restaurant is all decorated for the holidays with silver and white sparkling stars and crystals hanging everywhere from the ceiling. The waitress scattered rose petals on our tablecloth. We sat "on the stairs" at a beautiful warm cozy table. Filet mignon was outstanding as was the specail mahi mahi. And I loved the "fig newtini" drink. I will be back again

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BriannaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dinner tonight at Scarborough Fair Restaurant! The most romantic, cozy atmosphere with the most attentive and helpful staff. I messaged them on their website to let them know I wanted to celebrate an accomplishment for my fiance and they went above and BEYOND for us! Table decorations, addressing us by name when we walked in and congratulating by specifics, and giving us champagne to toast with! The food was incredible. Our waitress Hannah recommended incredible dishes and cocktails. I got the short rib special with gnocchi and my fiance got the scallops. We were in heaven. Nothing beats the decor inside. It is so warm and beautiful. Highly recommend this gem of a restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo adorable, the bartender doesn’t fear tilting the bottle, the service is LIGHTNING fast like WOW and super nice, food ties it all together as phenom. When they knew it was a birthday they our confetti on the table and a little special tinsel center piece, above and beyond

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Ko1by1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except for the noise. The restaurant manager should place large parties "that are celebrating an occasion" away from those of us who are there for a couples romantic dinner. Plus it was slightly over priced. I've had the same quality food at other establishment like "Rat's restaurant in Hamilton NJ "for a lot less money.

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vipEGT2005
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was amazing and service too! Highly recommend. Love the decorations

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George
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding.

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stevenc
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time this week dining at Scarborough Fair, and it did not disappoint!
We arrived early than our reservation to have a cocktail at the bar. The maitre d' came over to us to let us know our table was ready whenever we were.
Service started slowly, as we sat a little too long without someone welcoming us and/or taking a drink order. Once the server came over, the rest of the evening was smooth sailing. There were 6 of us, and everyone loved their meal. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favored restraint !!!

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JoanneO
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They need to lower their music when there are many diners present. It was a bit too loud.

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stevenc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful in a cozy atmosphere.
I realized after leaving that I don’t dine there enough. Happy hour makes for a bustling bar but adds to the ambiance. One restaurant not to be missed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice waiter

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MikeD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great, it is unfortunate that staffing is low as it makes it difficult for the service providers

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customer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I love the atmosphere of this place but we had to wait an extra 40 minutes after our reservation time to be seated because they were short staffed. In addition, they ran out of the meals we were hoping to get. It was a special night for us but the experience wasn't what we were hoping for.

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georgem
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service excellent food fair price can't ask for anything more

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RoseannF
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was delightful. The music seemed a bit loud for dining and having a conversation.

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StevenB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience! Great food! Great service! We will definitely be back soon !

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susanm
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

food was awful,. I returned it and left without eating. The app ( chicken meatballs ) were hard and dry. The coconut wasabi fish was inedible. Ice cold on one side and scorching hot on the other side, dry as a bone and horrible flavor. Great martini.
Hubbys rack of lamb consisted of 4 mini lamb chops. ( He said they were good though.)We came home and ordered pizza. Came here last month and dinner was very good. Will try it one more time before we eliminate it for good.

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Susan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Scarborough Fair.
Food was great. Risotto was delicious.
Seating on the staircase was lovely and intimate.

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marynorg
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. What an adorable place! Quaint. Clean. Special. First time but certainly not our last. The food was superb. The service was outstanding. The ambiance is special.

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SheilM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A group of six ladies met for lunch. Three had fish, three had a Mexican-style dish. Everything was very tasty.

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Donnab
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Requested medium on the filet mignon , with pink showing. Very well done was delivered. Waitress offered to replace it, but since my spouses salmon was on the table, that was not an option. Left most of the meal. Did receive a free dessert to go.

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vipKathyM
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t eaten there in many years. Food was outstanding! Great little bar area., looking forward to going back for small plates and drinks at the bar. Totally an intriguing restaurant that has everything going for it! Our server, Cara was delightful.

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Scooter
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quaint architectural design and layout of this restaurant intrigues first timers like my dining partner. Nicholas was an outstanding and personable waiter who made our experience thoroughly enjoyable. Nicely paced, deliciously prepared!

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AmyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints - top notch. The owner was personally refilling our water glasses even as we lingered after dessert. Food and service was spectacular.

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Alan
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our first experience at Scarborough Fair, and probably our last. The restaurant was so noisy that we could not hear each other. The food was very disappointing. We shared a Caesar Salad, which was not much more than a dish of chopped lettuce. The Octopus appetizer was just a few slices of grilled Octopus. My Lamb Chops were prepared raw, when I asked for medium. I could go on, but my point is that the restaurant did not live up to it's reviews or expectations.

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PatriciaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six for dinner and everyone loved their entres. The veal chop special was wonderful. My husband's steak cooked just as ordered. Halibut on the regular menue received rave reviews as well. Waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

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vipLisa
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Both Service and food were terrible

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vipmichaelc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable experience. Would highly reccomend.

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Sally
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Retirement

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Scarborough Fair hits the mark. Great atmosphere with even better food. Michael, the host/owner goes out of his way to make sure you are taken care of from
Start to finish!

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PhilB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with another couple and absolutely loved this place. The food was So good. The service excellent

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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 1530 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.