Scarborough Fair

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$31 to $50
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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!

Yes, this restaurant 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.
What 1227 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.8
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AdamS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Highly recommend to all and will definitely be back!

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vipPeggy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent & the service was phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back again.

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vipElaineGH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were planning the celebration of our wedding anniversary and the only place we thought of having our celebratory dinner was Scarborough Fair. It’s an amazing place. The ambiance is rustic and romantic. They lay out rose pedals and a cut out heart on your table. The service is stellar and the food is delicious. We have never had a poor experience. I recommend you all make a reservation, ask for a table on the stairs (private and romantic) and go enjoy!

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vipHelenJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Scarborough Fair on all levels and will return!

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IrishJersey97
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Celebrated my husband's birthday at Scarborough Fair. Food was excellent, and our server Langley was very pleasant and efficient without being intrusive. She gave us plenty of time to settle in before taking our orders. There were five people in our party, and everyone enjoyed their meal. We recommend Scarborough Fair for special occasions.

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vipBobH
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

WHERE IS THE MEAT? Shrimp Tacos had only traces of shrimp, Crab Quesadilla had only minuscule sprinkles of crab. Atmosphere and service have always been great here and still are, but the stingy cook has got to go before I return.

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PaulinaD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was cozy. Our server was very attentive and the food was excellent. Very enjoyable evening.

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vipVvicari
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time back since the renovation. I loved the restaurant atmosphere before and I love it even better now. Service was excellent as usual. Thank you Amanda for taking wonderful care of us so we can have a enjoyable dinner out. Our meals was all cooked to perfection. My only issue was sitting in the main dining area the sound volume was to high. I hope they are trying to address that problem for future reservations.

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Barbarah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little overpriced. Do not go by website. They do not update. I was so excited to order oysters and another thing and sadly they were not on menu that night. Very pretty inside.

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BILLW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great evening...terrible stairs...you should have valet parking...then you would have earned five stars

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JoanB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Everything was superb. Food was delicious, prices are reasonable and the quality is obvious.

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JayminM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Everything was great except the choice of food on the menu. The menu was different than the one online. We checked the menu online which had vegetarian options but not on the menu at the actual place. Had to just eat salad and no Entrée.

Please fix the menu online as it is misleading info.

But otherwise great location, ambience and awesome staff.

JP
JamesP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Beautiful space, wonderful atmosphere, excellent staff, very good food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and a great place for a romantic dinner. Food was good, but menu was not what was shown on the website. I went with a vegetarian and there was a dish on the website, not on menu and we were told that it would take a long time to prepare something similar. Not many veg entree choices available as subs.

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EUGENEE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy about the reopening... one of our favorite spots and we’re not disappointed. Beautiful job on the addition!

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MaribethPelly
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New renovations enhance the uniqueness of this venue.

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CynthiaS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Restaurant is so unique, as it is a renovated barn from years ago. Beautiful brick stairs, wood beams, fireplaces. Romantic tables along stairs. Nice bar upstairs. Staff is so friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. I highly recommend this most romantic restaurant. Check out their website for photos, etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is elegant. The service was prompt and attentive. The food was delicious and perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

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AAMM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Excellent food. Setting is unique and beautiful. Was a wonderful evening all around. For a memorable experience I recommend.

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vipVanderbilt
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad to have them back online after an extended renovation hiatus! Went the Saturday after Valentines Day. Restaurant was decked out in Valentines decorations. The roses for the ladies was a lovely touch. Was able to enjoy a cocktail in the newly extended bar are. (Not sure if the fluorescent red lighting around the bar was just for the holiday or permanent?) Enjoyed the food although the only option that evening was the $75 pre fixe. We had shrimp and spanakopita apps, then filet mignon and lamb. All were enjoyed. They ran out of the two desserts we selected but since we were full just wrapped up our second choices to take home.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile. Finally had the chance on Valentine's Day weekend (2020). We were so impressed by the entire experience. The food was amazing. Service was great. Very cool environment and architecture. We will definitely be going again some time.

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LisaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I made a reservation for Valentine's Day 6 weeks in advance. When my husband and I arrived on time for our 8pm reservation there was a large group of angry looking couples surrounding the check-in area and we were told there was a 20 minute wait for our table. After waiting over 30 minutes we were finally seated. We sat at our table for over 15 minutes without a server approaching to take our drink orders or anyone even filling our water glasses. As we waited I overheard the couple to our left complaining that they hadn't received their desserts and the couple to our right were saying they shouldn't have left the house since they hadn't received their appetizers. Finally I was able to flag down a staff member. When I asked her if anyone was waiting on our table she said she didn't know and everyone was busy. That's when my husband and I decided to get up and walk out. We ended up at Red Robin where we were seated immediately and our waitress arrived at our table right away.

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Seabreeze
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to dinner on Valentines Day with my sister and her fiancé to celebrate their upcoming wedding. We were happy to return to Scarborough after their remodel. It is still one of the most romantic restaurants in the area. Was beautifully decorated for the holiday.

We don’t usually go out to dinner on Valentines Day, since there is always a large crowd. This dinner was as expected on such a busy holiday. The staff was overtaxed. As a result, our orders were mixed up at the table, the cocktails took a long time and the food was a little cold when served.

We will go back on another day, (but not a holiday) as we still love the restaurant.

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WarrenK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Decent meal was better last time I visited. Service was very friendly but little slow and some confusion dinners kept coming out and were sent back. They recently reopened I bet they get their act together.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and beautifully decorated as always!

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Elaine
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was so cool. Definitely get a table in one of the alcoves.

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RaineyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were so excited to see they finally reopened and they were not prepared at all.
Not impressed with the new dining area. Too loud and looks and feels like totally different than the rest of the restaurant area. The whole mood is lacking.
Service was terrible. Hostess was not helpful or pleasant, not even a smile as we waited 45 minutes for our reservation. Server was extremely inattentive. No water, forgot our drinks numerous times. Was more interested in chatting with friends than working. The larger bar area was an improvement.
The chef is outstanding, the food was perfection. Unfortunately, we won’t be coming back after enjoying many years

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vipangelas
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing better then ever mike n family went above n beyond decorating aa usual ❤❤

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ElaynaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Other than being seated at 8:30 for a 7:30 reservation it was very good. Service, food, and cocktails were great. We would go back.

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vipHomeRN
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food is always great. The new renovations are great but the noise in the added room at times is deafening
This was the first time the service was poor... our waiter was truly disorganized

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GFU26
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The renovation was well worth the wait. Updated look and new openings by the bar open it up. Food is still fantastic and the service for a busy night was still great.

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BigHo
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent ,food was tasty portions were small I will not be wasting any more money

JM
JohnM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Place, We've gone there twice for our Anniversary Celebration. Super Romantic ! Love it !

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JosephL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to take my girlfriend someplace special for her birthday, well Scarborough Affair was a perfect fit. The food was great and the staff could not have been nicer. We’ll be back again soon.

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ErnestWhitaker
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It was my wife's birthday dinner. We were told that it was opening week. Our server was nice but seemed overwhelmed with the sheer volume of her charges. Our service was slower than expected. They ran out of mashed potatoes and we were told they were working on it. No one ever addressed this. Even our bill seemed to take unnaturally long. We will try them one more time because the place is beautiful and the food is outstanding.

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jalo7
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

Had a reservation which I made one month ago. The restaurant was closed for renovations. No one informed me. Disappointed. But I found a new restaurant, Flames Brazilian Barbecue in Belmar, New Jersey. I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Service and food was excellent.

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vipLarryR
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there for both my birthday and our Anniversary. Lamb Chops and Veal Chop was excellent as was the servers Ivan and Corrine. A little noisier this time but not too bad. The table was also decorated beautifully.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Terrific menu!

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Diane
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go. Food is taken very serious, each dish is always delicious and beautifully plated. The ambience is so pretty now that once the renovations are completed I can't wait to see their next phase.

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WayMar49
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Toms River but visit Scarborough Fair every year for our wedding anniversary and they do a totally awesome job, Had the sautéed veal chop, so tender and juicy, I have it every time it is on the menu. Beverages were well prepared and they throw in a complimentary slice of cheese cake for dessert! We need to find more reasons to drive up there.

FAQs

Scarborough Fair offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 223-6658.

Scarborough Fair is rated 4.5 stars by 1227 OpenTable diners.

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