Scarborough Fair

4.4
1496 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
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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nath
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food ,fantastic staff.
Our waiter Nicolas is very friendly and attentive.
manager Mike is very personable takes great care of customer needs

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BobM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Came after seeing your ad for Osso Buco. We had a 6 p.m. om Friday and were told you were out of it until 7:30 after serving 4 orders prior to 6. Had a Ribeye and it was very good but my tastebuds were looking for Osso. CaN't understand why you hadn't cooled more.

We were unhappy with the loud music and several noisy children next to us.

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

Was wonderful !! As always

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vipfamilydining
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was extremely helpful
Friendly courteous staff
Nick our server was awesome! Thank You

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CAthyg
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for lunch with 4 friends / it was my first time in the restaurant. I had read some up and down reviews during Covid so wanted to try for lunch first. I was so happy with all aspects of the restaurant. First of all the interior is so unique and different, especially as you enter as it has a few tables as you walk up stairs of a rounded building. Those tables seemed very cozy - we were in a booth that had plenty of room for us all to spread out. Our waitress was quite efficient and attentive! We all were impressed with the diverse menu, I had the crab cake meal and it did not disappoint! I will say it’s a little on the pricey side for lunch at most meals close to 20. Although they did include a small side salad which was nice.

I went upstairs to use the restroom which was really nice looking snd the bar looked great!! I can’t wait to bring my family back for dinner!! Highly recommend

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Jmmmmmm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very very whimsical. Service very slow. Food was good. I’d return

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StephenK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Fashioned at the bar, made with Asbury Park bourbon was delicious. The Rack of Lamb was outstanding. Great service, friendly and made great meal recommendations. Desserts were outstanding as well. We'll be bad again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and service. The inside of this Restaurant is everything, cute and cozy little nooks to eat in beautiful rustic warm feel. My new favorite spot

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vipFoodie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside. Our server was great and the ambience was lovely. I had the halibut and it was delicious!

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MicheleS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting together with friends

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EmZeeKay
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious but served COLD 😬

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carolp
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food and great!! waitress. Made the birthday dinner special

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jalo7
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were celebrating my birthday and why not go to a great restaurant. First there were too many servers providing us with service. One took the order, another served the water, another brought the meal to the table, with her dyed red hair almost in our meal. The filet mignon was cold, the potatoes were cold, the vegetables were cold. The original owner must have sold the restaurant because everything was not as good as in our previous dining experiences, he would come to the table wish us a happy birthday or anniversary. Sometimes the owner would give the celebrating party a slice of cake. A young inexperienced staff was operating the restaurant on my birthday. Disappointed ☹️

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
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 on September 19, 2021
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 on September 19, 2021
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 on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food, excellent service and very romantic

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
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
5 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.

JM
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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googy
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Was always beautiful but now that it’s redone, even nicer. Great vibe. Food & service excellent. Maria is an awesome waitress!! Menu somewhat limited but can always find sonething delicious!!

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RIch
Las Vegas
6 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
35 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
10 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!!!

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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 1496 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.