The Diving Horse

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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
The Diving Horse is a bustling BYO restaurant located at 21st & Dune Drive in Avalon, New Jersey. We serve inspired local, organic, and seasonal fare focusing on farms and fisherman from South Jersey and stretching to Lancaster, PA. The Diving Horse has received many honors since opening, including being named Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Shore Hot Spot”, as well receiving the OpenTable “Diner’s Choice” award. Dinner reservations are highly recommended for indoor dining, however we also have first come first serve availability at our community tables located outside on the deck.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
32 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
41 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JB
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
442 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Makes a regular evening special.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

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

EF
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great shore restaurant. Seats a little tight though.

b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

NM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite shore dining experience for many years

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, tuna tartare appetizer was excellent

Y
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious. There were five of us and we started with tomato salads, wedge salad, and tempura octopus. All were incredible! For dinner we had the short ribs, fish special, scallops, and pasta special. Again, amazing! If you’re at the shore, this is the place to eat. Our server was friendly and attentive, too. We will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Avalon and Stone Harbor by far! Beautiful, rustic ambience with friendly, professional wait staff serving creative, well-executed locally sourced dishes. Highly recommend!!

c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food!! The atmosphere is lovely and the service is spectacular!

Y
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on Seven Mile Island! Our favorite!

m
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Skilled chef and pleasant atmosphere would come again. More of a nice bistro than elegant restaurant

CK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to The Diving Horse, will definitely go back. Food was delicious, service was friendly and timely, restaurant was clean comfortable and bright.

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots at the shore!

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superior dining experience that was top notch in every way. Very good food selection, excellent sides and accompaniments and great service

JB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first of what will now be an annual event. Place is by far the best spot in SNJ shore towns if you have a true appreciation for exquisite food. From the ambiance to service and food, The Diving Horse delivers. Top it off with being a BYOB, this place won’t disappoint the true foodies out there. Just be sure to make reservations in advance of your vacation. Cheers!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Bill was amazing - excellent food and awesome setting (sat out on the patio)

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great. Food was delicious but smaller portion size.

SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. The one restaurant my wife and I make a point of dining at every year we vacation in Avalon. Can’t say enough good things about The Diving Horse!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service in a good atmosphere:).

m
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Husband had steak special and shrimp cocktail. Both perfect. I had wedge salad. Delicious. Scallops were great but thought the charred eggplant puree was awful. Just tasted burnt. Service was excellent. Ambiance is very upscale.

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