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The Diving Horse, Avalon, NJ

The Diving Horse

4.8
4.8
1204 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 368-5000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alex Schiff

  • Neighborhood

    Avalon

  • Cross street

    21st & Dune Drive

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

What 1,204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Innovative

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • South Jersey Shore

    Innovative

  • South Jersey Shore

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Jersey Shore

    Great for outdoor dining

  • South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

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  1. K

    Karen1

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best! Duck spring rolls and cauliflower mash were excellent. Scallops never disappoint and pasta dish was amazing. Hate to see them close! See you next year
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food. Very expensive.
  3. D

    Delicious

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Diving horse is one of our favorite restaurants in Avalon. Always accommodating, food alway delicious, service alway outstanding.
  4. s

    susan

    Atlantic City

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    If you are planning a romantic evening this is not the place to go. It is so loud you cannot have a conversation without raising your voice.
  5. PW

    PatWR

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Diving Horse never disappoints! Great meal, great service, great atmosphere. Best restaurant on the island!!
  6. DD

    DisappointedDiner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food was delicious, no complaints there. But the noise level! For the popularity of this restaurant, they could sure invest in some noise reduction panels on the ceiling. My husband and I could barely hear one another for the noise level. I guess in the summer months when the windows are open it’s not bad? But once they’re closed, it’s very bad.
  7. NM

    NelsonM

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always on point. Great food, great service and overall great dining experience - as always!
  8. NS

    NancyS

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food! Service super friendly
  9. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. They had just changed the menu and the food was spectacular!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Limited menu, small portions. Food was good. Service was excellent
  11. W

    Wesley

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Duck dumplings were ok, pasta, scallops good
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food interesting food good service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service great food small but interesting menu will return
  14. M

    Meaghan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was amazing. Great service, very enjoyable evening!
  15. JR

    JessicaR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! A bit expensive but it’s all fresh and absolutely delicious.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and ambience are great! Food is A+ Highly recommend the wagyu short rib!
  17. D

    Delicious

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious meal. Never disappoints. Food, service outstanding.
  18. C

    Charming

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant at the shore. Great chef and love the vibe.
  19. L

    Luv2eat

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Mother, daughter dinner date
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish everything was absolutely amazing! We will be going back again before they close for the season.
  21. D

    Dave

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, good selection of fresh offerings. Great service.
  22. PD

    PatriciaD

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was good. Can be loud in restaurant
  23. g

    gerards

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    delish! and they even had bug spray for a couple mosquitos at our outdoor table!
  24. A

    Angela

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality seafood and a few meat options creatively prepared. The seared scallops were perfectly done and presented in a corn risotto with blueberries, an unusual combination that was out of this world. The short ribs, braised in root beer, were amazingly tender. We had their version of a KitKat bar for dessert, better than anything you ever got in your Halloween bag. Only complaint — you can’t see their sign from the street. We drove by it twice so just set your GPS for the address, park and go in even though it doesn’t look like a restaurant from the outside. You’ll love it. It’s a BYOB and there is outdoor seating as well.
  25. BO

    BillO

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our meals were delicious, served in a timely manner and hot. Our server did a very nice job taking care of our table through the night. The only negative was our table was quite close to the table next to us and it felt very claustrophobic.
  26. BS

    BethS

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the diving horse. The food was delicious and service was incredible. Loved our waitress but can’t remember her first name. Will definitely go back.
  27. J

    Jeanc

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside on a beautiful evening. Scallops excellent!
  28. L

    Luv2eat

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and our waitress was great! Will be back again.
  29. D

    Dede

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Food was not up to past standards. Over the years, Diving Horse was one of our favorite places to dine but sadly we won’t be coming back.
  30. TR

    TonyR

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a solid meal!
  31. LE

    LEEPS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    it’s expensive and the food mediocre. My quinoa was not thoroughly cooked, and one of my friend’s beef dish was tough. worse was the noise level. The Diving Horse has a lovely interior . It’s ashame that It’s reputation doesn’t hold up.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere - farm to table with beautiful presentation. Loved that is was BYOB.
  33. J

    Joey

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the Diving Horse often over the years. It is and has been one of the best restaurants in the area for years.
  34. A

    Anachr

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were happy to secure a reservation at this cute, popular dining venue. There is no parking lot, but aside from that everything was near perfect. Our server, Patrick, was excellent at his job! The chef was not able to accommodate a substitution, but the food was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends advising them that the noise level is high.
  35. l

    luv2eat

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and so happy ! Delicious food and great service !
  36. TU

    ThomasU

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and outstanding service. Both the appetizers and main courses were excellent. Always a special place for us.
  37. PL

    PatL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patrick our waiter was very nice and attentive. Scallops were amazing
  38. KP

    KPSZ

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing service!!!
  39. MM

    MichaelM

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great as usual. We sat inside and the sound level was very loud (as usual).
  40. J

    John

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing dinner at The Diving Horse. It is, by far, our favorite restaurant on 7 mile island.

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The Diving Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 1204 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Diving Horse

2109 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st & Dune Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Avalon

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Schiff

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

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