The Diving Horse

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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
The Diving Horse is a seasonal seafood-focused BYOB located at 21st and Dune Drive in Avalon, NJ. We serve an inspired and fresh menu, with ingredients sourced from local farms and day boat fishermen. The name “Diving Horse" pays homage to the horses who used to dive off the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, in the early to mid-20th century. Our intimate 70-seat restaurant features a modern farmhouse atmosphere and bright, oversized windows with views of Avalon’s quaint main street. We have ample outdoor seating on a patio that holds three large picnic tables for communal seating beneath strands of vintage Edison bulb string lights. Dinner reservations are highly recommended for indoor dining, however we also have first come first serve availability on the patio. The Diving Horse has received many honors since opening, including being named Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Shore Hot Spot”, as well as receiving the OpenTable “Diner’s Choice” award.
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MC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special Valentines' Dinner at the Diving Horse. The hostess, the waiter, the service and, of course, the food were wonderful.

SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Valentines Day dinner was absolutely delicious from start to finish !! Bill is the best server we have ever had !!
I think this is the best restaurant in all of Avalon !

GC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great
Service super

DJ
Philadelphia
476 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special valentine’s prix fixe menu was outstanding. Elements of the regular menu favorites with special treats mixed in (e.g. truffles).

G
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prix fixe Valentine's Day menu. Tuna crudo and Burrata apps were delicious. Duck ragu with truffles outstanding as was gemelli with fresh lump crab meat. Kit Kat dessert always a treat. DH definitely one of the top two restaurants in SH and AV.

R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original food combinations, pleasant service

SW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a fantastic New Year's Eve dinner here. Food was amazing and was the perfect celebratory atmosphere. Service was outstanding as well. We'll be back!!

H
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as always. This is our second year having dinner there on NYE ~ it’s our favorite spot in Avalon in the summer and NYE did not disappoint!

M
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous New Year’s Eve Dinner. Our servers were amazing!

C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year’s.

L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The dining experience was wonderful! Delicious food, meticulously prepared combined with a friendly attentive staff.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always excellent.

KG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post Thanksgiving dinner with the family ❤️
As always the ambiance was terrific, the food was delicious and the service was the best! TRIFECTA❤️❤️❤️

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. My husband said it was the best pasta he ever had. I have some allergies and they were very accommodating. The waitress was so nice also!!

PS
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were not aware that we would have a seasonal tasting menu. That was disappointing as really enjoyed our dinner there the last time when we were able to select items from the menu.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall food was very good
They originally sat us a party of two right next to another table of two with the rest of the restaurant almost completely open. I had asked to move to another location giving us more privacy as my husband and I rarely go out without our kids. We were told that it was reserved for a wedding party which was false. The wedding party was outside. They proceeded to sit others in the seats we were told were reserved.
This is the second time this has happened to us at this restaurant. If you are looking for a romantic place and don’t want to sit on top of each other- I wouldn’t dine here...
The food is certainly good and the service is average.

MM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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GO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food choices were varied and unique. Scallops delicious. Short ribs tender and tasty. Fish of the day wonderful. Side of corn with truffle butter outstanding. Food quality great. Service truly outstanding.

MW
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice first experience with highlights:
Fabulous food
Gentlemen describing dessert

TS
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just such an place! From start to finish! Bill our server was spot on and food was off the charts. I can’t wait to go back!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Diving Horse is always good. The tuna crisp is my favorite and the house pasta is my husband’s favorite. The staff is wonderful, friendly,and very knowledgeable. We will miss The Diving Horse when it is closed this fall/winter.

WT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When placing the reservation I requested an ‘out of the way’ table to celebrate a special occasion where there would be a lot of great conversation. We were seated at the perfect corner table. Our waitress was AMAZING and extremely attentive and honest with her choice selections. They were spot on!.. I was in the company of gentlemen who work in NYC restaurants and are actors too, these guys know their stuff. After the grilled tempura octopus they were hooked. We ordered 3 appetizers and 3 entrees, 2 sides and 2 desserts with coffee... everything was spectacular! It was unanimous that this is the best new restaurant we’ve frequented so far!.... we will be back💕

SB
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always look forward to our annual visit to The Diving Horse when we're at the Jersey Shore. It tops our list of places we want to eat and we've never been disappointed with the food and service. This year was no exception. The menu might be limited for some, but always features locally sourced ingredients and especially fresh fish. And of course we're very happy that the Kit Kat dessert remains on the menu. When the restaurant is full as it has always been when we're there, it can get a bit loud, though that never bothers us. We've recommended The Diving Horse to many of our friends and all have enjoyed it.

C
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific. Perfect service and the food was once again out of this world good. Diving Horse never disappoints in fact it always surpasses our expectations.

P
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was even better than the food! Bill is the best!

JB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice meal. It’s a beautiful room but very loud at times. Soft shell crabs were excellent. Green salad was average at best. Fluke and scallops were very good. Good service. We will be back next year.

DJ
Philadelphia
476 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Makes a regular evening special.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was good. Service great. Noise level so high we could barely here each other talk.

EF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waitress was fabulous! Food was very good for being at the beach.

AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great shore restaurant. Seats a little tight though.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!! Food and service outstanding!!

LS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server Kate was awesome. The food was delicious . It was not rushed. Ambiance was so nice. I can’t wait til we return next summer. Thank you

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Diving Horse never disappoints! The food was unbelievable, from the tuna crudo and fried octopus for appetizers to the snapper over a corn chowder as an entrée. I love that it’s a BYO restaurant. The meal is on the pricey side, but it’s definitely worth it. By far the best restaurant in Avalon.

SW
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Diving Horse! Really amazing food and a beautiful spot in which to enjoy it. Would be great if they had a liquor license too, because I imagine that they would make really tasty cocktails, but the BYOB helps keep the price down at least!

N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed this hidden gem. The service was fantastic and we were able to acquire some wine at this BYOB across the street. Definitely recommend it.

NM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite shore dining experience for many years

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants ever. The service is always top notch and the food some of the best I’ve ever had.

B
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Soft shelled crabs were outstanding. The pasta special was "okay".

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except that my husband did not rave about his dish - the tile fish.

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