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The Diving Horse, Avalon, NJ

The Diving Horse

4.8
4.8
1147 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


Booked 28 times today

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  • Order online

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

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What 1,147 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Fit for Foodies

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Healthy

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Special Occasion

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • South Jersey Shore

    Fit for Foodies

  • South Jersey Shore

    Healthy

  • South Jersey Shore

    Hot Spot

  • South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • South Jersey Shore

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, wonderful dinner from start to finish!
  2. G

    Gorilla

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always terrific here it Never fails . The servers are always welcoming,and add to the experience so that you don’t mind the noise level.
  3. JK

    JillK

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great! The food was all great! Can’t wait to go back. Tuna tartare appetizer was amazing. So light and refreshing. Crab pasta and pork chop were delicious. Dessert was also great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing Especially for a jersey shore restaurant
  5. m

    mlc104

    Philadelphia

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Unremarkable but not bad.
  6. MM

    MollyM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    the food and service were wonderful. Just need to make some changes to lessen the noise level. It was a great meal.
  7. PB

    PerryB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best meal on island. Terrific service, great ambiance.
  8. l

    lmack214

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always SO delicious!!! Some of the best food on the island
  9. DJ

    DarylJ

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, polished professional staff and excellent food!
  10. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place gets hyped as the best restaurant in Avalon and it probably is, but that is not a very high bar to clear. Tuna entree was delicious
  11. DP

    DonnaP

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious!
  12. EG

    ElissaG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is Always a great night and I highly recommend.
  13. 2

    2eaty

    Philadelphia

    195 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Cesar salad, ceviche, Halibut, and braised short rib were all excellent. The lemon desert was so refreshing. It was so good.
  14. JW

    JustineW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing service!!!!
  15. k

    ken29

    New York Area

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    My wife and I both have the scallops and was excellent the service was good however I was a little disappointed with dessert I was there celebrating my birthday it was notated in the reservation and I was disappointed to find out there was nothing really for someone or someone with a gluten-free allergy a fine restaurant such as that I would think they would be more options other than ice cream when the ice cream came to the table there wasn’t even a candle in it and for $15 I think you could do a little bit better other than that it was a great time thank you so much
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Diving Horse was an amazing new find in Avalon. Very farm-to-table like. The food was absolutely delicious from start with the homemade bread to the dinner of short rib and a lemon meringue dessert. Great ambiance. Beautiful atmosphere. Great backdrop for family photos too which we took a ton. Will definitely return.
  17. LH

    LydiaH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! I wish it was easier to get a reservation! Food was delicious and service was great! Definitely go if you can!
  18. g

    gaillovesdiamonds

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    We went here last year and were so pleased. Sadly this year was not as delightful. The noise level in the restaurant was very high -- possibly they added more tables (?) and our table of 6 was a bit cramped. Our main server was pleasant however she seemed more like a machine going through the motions and often disappeared for what seemed like long periods of time. My husband's halibut was overcooked along with the crispy fried Brussel sprouts. My dessert, though tasty on top, had a crust I could not cut with a fork. My house made pasta with crab was delightful however and so was my son's scallops main dish and oyster appetizer. We had two vegetarians at the table and the server only offered a vegetarian pasta, whereas last year, our server said they would make up whatever pleased them if they saw something that struck their fancy (and they made up a wonderful roasted vegetable and risotto plate). So it was a mixed bag this year.
  19. LR

    LaurR

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the farm to table experience- food was exceptionally fresh and well presented!
  20. PW

    PatWR

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Diving Horse never disappoints. We just love the ambiance, and the food is always delicious.
  21. TF

    TriciaF

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service! Our favorite in the area.
  22. V

    Vanessa

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful meal here. The outdoor seating in surrounded by beautiful flowers and it’s the perfect way to ends the night.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding food. Small, pricey menu, but worth it. A little noisy. Clean, stylish but minimalist decor works very well for this space.
  24. CH

    ChrisH

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Just wasn’t as good as it usually is. Bread was stale. Food was mediocre. Service was great ad usual.
  25. h

    hk94

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best there is in Avalon. We are never disappointed here
  26. r

    rose

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pretty and efficiently run, waitstaff and bus staff could not be nicer. Kitchen prepared delicious meals. We look forward to returning.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sadly, the halibut was overcooked and dry. Only issue.
  28. TG

    TGNY

    Charleston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food served in a pretty and welcoming environment. Patrick was a perfect host and you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. We will be back!
  29. NN

    NaplesNana

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bayard - McMeekin family has been DH fans from day 1. We love this 2022 menu and await each new reservation.
  30. j

    john

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Great food Appetizer portions
  31. AF

    AllisonF

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Been there multiple times, it’s just never wow’d us. Food was good, nothing extraordinary.
  32. JL

    JimL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant at the shore!
  33. h

    hk94

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought the kids this time. Everyone loved their meal. Best place in AV
  34. ML

    MaggieL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food- indoors is nice, fine dining and outside is slightly more casual with long communal tables.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch cuisine. The tuna was nicely seared. The halibut was superbly seasoned. The lemon blueberry desert was divine! A special dinner for no special occasion. We will return when we want another meal a cut above the rest of the restaurants in town. Thank you! Jon & Laura
  36. a

    aging28

    New England

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Have been going to Diving Hprse over the past 4 or 5 years. We usually love the food. Overall the food was just not good. Some standard things that you can’t mess up were fine ((shrimp cocktail, oysters, wedge salad). Octopus salad was a bowl of drowned arugula with some slices of octopus. The entrees were not good at all. Scallops were on top of an unappetizing barley mash, roast chicken was dry, halibut was dry with a rock hard crust. The restaurant was so loud that it was hard to hear everyone at our table. Overall a $600 waste of money. Not sure what happened to DH but not sure we will be back.
  37. JC

    JackieC

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful night with wonderful service! Extraordinarily fresh seafood. Highly recommend!
  38. KR

    KimR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal; however, where we were seated inside was quite warm.
  39. h

    hk94

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love it here. Service is best you can get at the shore, and the food is fresh and delicious.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    It was ok. It’s the jersey shore, for sure one of the best options.

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The Diving Horse is rated 4.8 stars by 1147 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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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