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About The Barge

The Barge has been specializing in the finest steaks and seafood in Middlesex County since 1925. This fine restaurant is well know for its appetizing foods including thick juicy steaks and live Maine lobsters.

Be assured, regardless of your choice, it will be one of the best meals you have ever eaten. Our warm, pleasant atmosphere, delicious food, and fast friendly service will make you want to return time and time again. Remember Barge Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge for a truly enjoyable dining experience.

201 Front St.
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steakhouse, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm,

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm,

Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm,

Sunday: 11:30am - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Gordon Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 442-3000

Website:
http://www.thebarge.com/

Catering:
Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.

Parking Details:
Street Parking, public parking and valet service available.

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

The Barge Ratings and Reviews

5
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3
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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

4.1

ambience

3.6

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Casual (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Waterfront (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I had lobster too many bread crumbs lobster had hardly any meat on it

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful like always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My annual office party at the Barge was perfect - great food, lovely view, and great service with Audrey. We have dined at the Barge many times and always enjoy going there. The atmosphere is relaxed and homey and the food is fresh and tasty. Overall, a classic lunch venue with a spectacular view of Raritan Bay (especially pretty when it's snowing, as it was last week).

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My husband bday. It was spontaneous. The food was great. We had a 2 1/2 pound lobster it was delicious. Close to the water. After dinner we stroll on the boardwalk. Really nice scenery.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Kenny is the best waiter we ever had!! The food and service was wonderful

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The Barge is our favorite restaurant. Food is always perfect.
Service staff always pleasant

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

FOOD WAS AWESOME SERVICE WAS FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. OUR WAITER WAS OUTSTANDING EVEN TOOK A FAMILY PICTURE FOR US. WE WILL BE BACK AGAIN.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, People Watching, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our favorite Friday night restaurant for dinner. We just love it here. Their scallops, Mahi Mahi, Stuffed flounder and so many other items are just great. Always fresh and really tasty. Our server, Rene, is the best.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was great. Special requests were handled well. There is something for everyone when you're a larger group. Of the several times I've eaten here, this was the first time all my seafood was overcooked. The other members of my group didn't have any issues/

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Another delicious meal with friends. It's the only place I'll order broiled scallops since I haven't found another restaurant to compete with the Barge's sizzling plate that keeps everything hot all through the meal. Love the french fries and onion rings also.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

While the food was well prepared ( as always) and of good value, the service was quite poor. The Waitress was at first thrown off when we asked for separate checks (we were 2 couples, so only two checks needed). She seemed in a great rush to take our orders -even though the restaurant was only moderately crowded (we sat at a table for 4 in the bar area) and it was far from closing time. In fact, she was in such a rush to serve the salads, that parts of my arrived on my lap - with NO apology or acknowledgment. The main course was prepared as we'd asked but - again - it was served hurridly - almost thrown in from of us. So while we did enjoy the food - the service did make us uncomfortable and that was unnecessary. Despite this, we did leave a propper (15%) tip - but do feel the need to report this poor service .

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Portions are small. Lobster was inedible. The restaurant has not been updated in many years and it shows.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The Barge never ceases to amaze me. It's so overlooked. Who would ever order escargot there, but I did. What an awesome surprise. Best escargot since 1950 at The Drake, in NY. Sweet, plump, select, delectable, and yet served the old fashioned way: in the shells! Best Manhattan clam chowder, too. I keep going back for more.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My wife ordered the crab cakes and was surprised that they were not crab cakes at all, but fishy tasting fish cakes filled with fish and cheap filler. In addition the meal was topped off by our waiter spilling an entire glass of water in the middle of the table. I don't think I will be back to the barge in my lifetime!

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went for our anniversary which we noted on the reservation. We were seated at a table in the bar area with the TVs blaring and we couldn’t hear each other instead of main dining room. I am allergic to mushrooms. After reviewing the menu and seeing mushrooms listed for some dishes I ordered the Chef Masterpiece, which did not have mushrooms listed. My dish came out covered in them. After telling the server that the menu didn’t list that and my allergy, I requested a new dish be made. 8 minutes later came back out and I start to eat and lo and behold, a mushroom. They just removed them and sent me the original dish. I couldn’t eat it at that point. Was still charged the full meal price but they gave me a piece of cheesecake on the house. Thankfully I didn’t become ill after this experience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have been to the Barge many times the past few years. This my Dad’s favorite place as he grew up near by. We both had the blackened Scrod which was surprisingly pretty good. Salad-soup-vegetable & coffee for under $20. Who does that! I’d go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The service was not that great and our dinners were tastless. This place has gone DOWN DOWN DOWNand we will never go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I don't typically do this, but this restaurant had to have been one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long time. I'm writing this review on behalf of my husband because he's a huge fan of Open Table and this is his account. Anyway, prior to dinner, I was away for a few months and had just returned home from a work assignment when my husband suggested we have a "date night". I was really looking forward to the meal because I love seafood and hadn't eaten anything fancy during my work trip. When we arrived, the waitress came to our table to drop off the menus and ask about drinks. She then took about ten minutes to eventually come back with waters and then take our orders. When our orders arrived, they were both drenched in butter and not very appetizing. I ordered the crab cake and my husband had the steak and lobster. Needless to say, my entire meal was soaked in butter and crab cake did not taste like crab AT ALL; not even imitation crab meat. Additionally, my husband's steak and lobster were extremely bland. I really wish we would have liked the food and had a better experience, but that's not the case.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had dinner for 14 people and it is for our engagement dinner. The owner was very nice and friendly, our waiter was wonderful and really took a good care of us. Everyone was very happy and satisfied with the food. Great time, great place and great meal! Thanks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was mediocre, service was sub par. Prices were very inexpensive. Wine list was pretty much non existent. If your in the area, go to the the Armory across the street.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

I had fun we sat outdoors and the DJ / Singer kept the crown going he was very entertaining . The food was very good. Great place to take a date and break the ice.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Appetizers were very good. Dinner was a little bland and tasteless. I had the steak and shrimp scampi, and both were not very tasty, unless I added plenty of salt and pepper. The shrimp scampi over rice had very little scampi sauce, which made it very dry. That being said, as apps, we had raw clams, clams casino, fried calamari, potato skins - and they all were very good as was dessert.
Nice atmosphere with great views of the sailboats on the river.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food here is always good so that isn't my complaint. We had a reservation, requesting an outdoor table...we so enjoy the music and trivia games that occur on .Friday and Saturday night. There were many people walking in ahead of us... all without reservations. They were seated in the dining room... we were relegated to the bar ! Very obnoxious patrons surrounded us. The greeter was non existent..... really disappointing evening rather than the pleasant one we anticipated.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

the fresh seafood was very good. The staff was friendly and attentive The views of the waterfront are lovely

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Another excellent meal. This is the only restaurant where I order the broiled scallops. They are broiled and served on a sizzling hot plate and are absolutely delicious. Another in our party ordered the monk fish. I had never tasted monk before but after tasting hers, I would definitely recommend ordering it. The service was prompt and efficient. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I've been coming here for better than 40 years and have always had a great meal! Consistently fantastic!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always, a good meal at a good value. The interior is dated, but the food is always fresh and excellent. Nothing fancy, just good seafood and wonderful service.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Terrific all around

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

My husband, my mother-in-law and I had another excellent meal at "The Barge".
What great value! The Greek Stuffed Flounder" entrée is delectable.
Their home made chowders are absolutely delicious. In addition, their
views of the Perth Amboy waterfront are a wonderful bonus.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Service and food were amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Wonderful table by the window for views of the bay. Great service by Audrey! Our group of 5 shared the clams oreganata to start..yum! All dinners came with salads with homemade dressing choices. 2 shared the twin lobster special, then swordfish, crab Newburgh and stuffed sole...all good choices. Two tartuffos satisfied all our sweet teeth. Good cocktails and reasonably priced carafes of wine. Love this place!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Delicious and reasonably priced seafood.
Very noisy during the summer but quiet during the fall. Friendly staff but have patience because they get swamped. Delicious. Delicious delicious

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was ok. Service was excellent. Would try again

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was not a good experience at all. We had a 6:00 reservation and didn't get seated until
6:45. It took them 20-30 minutes after we were seated to get bread. And the food was not good. We had both steaks and seafood and none of it was tasty. We had dined there years ago and really enjoyed the food. Was something going on that night that made it such a bad experience?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Mostly very good seafood at reasonable prices. The broiled scallops were cooked perfectly. The au gratin dishes were just OK. The baked clam appetizer was very good, but the lobster cocktail was over cooked & tough. This might just have been a slightly "off" night, because we loved every dish last time we were there. Overall, good value & good. Nice view of the water, too.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Casual, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Definitely not as good as we remember The Barge. Ordered the Seafood Kabob and it was not grilled as in the past. The appetizers were Ok.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a very nice dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The cocktail sauce tasted watered down but other than that the food was delicious

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Noisy, rude customers walking from the bar to table after table b.s.ing. Loud, yelling from table to table. Do not sit upstairs by the bar.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

While hot and humid, there is nothing as much fun as dining in the patio Friday or Saturday evening..lenjoying the music, the trivia and the view! We started with clams oreganoto, tossed Sakai and coke skaw. Dinners were crab Newburgh and shrimp scampi. Both excellent. A carafe of wine for $22... great bargain as well!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Order taken 20 minutes after being seated, food served 40 minutes later. 3 diners but only 2 meals - I got a hot potato, nothing else despite the order having been confirmed and reconfirmed. Meal arrived 20 minutes later. Ordered a bottle of wine - got one glass.
Apart from that.........................

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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