Scarborough Fair

4.6
1385 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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vipDonna
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress was wonderful! The food great and atmosphere peaceful

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Joanne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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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
49 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
8 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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Michelle
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance, all five stars! Bartender Mike was wonderful. Owner excellent. Ample parking and beautiful outside. Mythical and magical <3

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Loved our waitress April !
Checking in with a reservation kinda of an unpleasant experience. While waiting to check in another couple was asked if they wanted to wait for a table or take a high top ( we had reserved a high top which we were looking forward to) they reluctantly took the high top. Think should have been ours. I was there exactly on time. Worked out ok cause we got to meet APRIL!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Scarborough Fair, and it was just as delicious as the first!! Ambiance is so beautiful and different. Friendly staff, and just a great overall dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We’ve dined there before and the food was much better. Too pricey for mediocre food!

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Jeanne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The architectral design and ambience was unique, beautiful and up-scale. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Our food was prepared to perfection and tasted spectacular! I highly recommend the filet mignon and the cheesecake was like no other. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and family. As a matter of fact, since I was there just 2 days ago, I've already told many friends and family members about it. I will be visiting again in the near future!

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KathleenD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed the ambiance and the food but it was cold in the restaurant.

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JoAnnF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality, great tasting food, and the service was fantastic!

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vipMaryP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was slow but good for amount of people there on a Wednesday night.

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Lena
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We always enjoyed dining at Scarborough Fair. We felt our dinners were not up to par as previous times. We do love Scarborough Fair.

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MrsD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I don't like leaving negative reviews.. but I will say the food was not worth the price. It was tasteless, and very bland. (except the tuna appetizer was delicious) We left disappointed unfortunately. We will not return.

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LizK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time dining there. Overall very satisfied. Food was delicious.

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BrianC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was very good. Thank you

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Melissa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

I am sorry to even write this review. This place has so much potential. However, the food was horrible. Fish and chips were the worst I've ever had, two of us had them and had to send them back. The steak was all fat. The crab cake was terrible as well. The service was great, Rachael was very attentive and super professional. I'm sorry to say that our bill was over $300 and was the worst money I've ever spend on dining. I hope that they (chef/owner) reads this and improves the quality of food.

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SUZETTEL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasing experience. Food is excellent and so is the ambiance Well Done !!

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jjruni
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends knowledgeable without being stuffy and, just overall, delightful. Hang on to him!
We will definitely be back!

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DougPatti
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great place to go the keep 6 feet away from other custmers as the tables are on different levels.

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DeniseM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, Scarborough Fair has high quality food and the atmosphere is very nice. As a matter of fact, I find it to be a very romantic place to have a nice dinner for two. We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the restaurant and really enjoyed both the food and the ambiance!

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RobertK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place friendly service , awesome food, we will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

My wife and I ate at Scarborough Fair last night. It was my birthday and went to celebrate. April 6, 2021.
The restaurant is very pretty and the table had a decoration for my birthday.
After asking the server about the preparation of the Halibut, and being told that the restaurant had a "seafood" chef, I ordered the Halibut.
As it was "Prime Rib Night" my wife ordered the prime rib, medium rare.
The prime rib came out first. It was RAW! Not rare, raw! It could not be cut. The server said that it was medium rare. It was sent back. Since it was Prime Rib Night, you would think that there was a roast available to cut a different piece. The same prime rib came back, after being placed under a broiler. It was dark and tough.
The halibut was brought out and I attempted to flake it with my fork. There was some toping on it but under the topping the fish was raw! I could barely cut it with my knife. It was totally inedible. I showed the raw fish to the server and sent the halibut back.
The server brought me a menu to select another dish. And then she disappeared. My wife did not want to complain further, so she was eating her prime rib. After waiting several more minutes, I ordered the Athenian Shrimp.
This was delivered in a bowl with over cooked noodles and a pint of red sauce on top. There was a generous portion of large shrimp which were so over cooked they would have bounced if dropped. Not wanting to complain again, I eat the shrimp. No one from management came to our table to explain the problem. The server was not very interested in the poor food and our water was refilled only wen we were able to flag down the server and ask.
I am sure this sounds like a review from a constant complainer, but I assure you I write complimentary reviews when deserved.
This was our first time at Scarborough Fair, but it is also our last.

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ELLEN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Upscale, relaxed, classy atmosphere. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion.

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BarbM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I miss the previous decor of the carousel room. It was a unique room.

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frequentdiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Entrees were good. Green salad good also. Decaf cappuccino was average.

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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 4.6 stars by 1385 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.