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The Diving Horse, Avalon, NJ

The Diving Horse

4.9
4.9
1071 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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Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Tuna Tartare$16.00

    espelette aioli, sesame lemon, papadum

    • Broccoli Croquettes$12.00

      green garlic aioli

      • Baked Oysters$16.00

        braised greens, breadcrumb, parmesan

        • TDH Wedge$16.00

          jumbo lump crab, bacon, pickled onion, cherry tomato, 7 mile island dressing

          Mains

          • Braised Creekstone Farm Short Rib$34.00

            farmer's potatoes, braised greens, red wine tomato jus

            • Cape May Point Scallops$36.00

              mixed mushrooms, chickpeas, shallot cream sauce

              • Local 130 Catch of the Day$34.00

                Castle Valley Mills spelt, carrots, spiced yogurt

                • Housemade Pasta$32.00

                  blush vodka sauce, sundried tomatoes, asparagus

                  Sides

                  • Fried Brussels Sprouts$10.00

                    homemade ranch, parmesan

                    • Braised Greens$9.00

                      parmesan, olive oil

                      • Roasted Asparagus$9.00

                        brown butter, almonds, lemon

                        • Boardwalk Fries$9.00

                          old bay aioli, ketchup

                          Last updated: February 2, 2022

                          What 1,071 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

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

                          NoiseModerate

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                          • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

                            Most Booked

                          • South Jersey Shore

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                          1. P

                            Patti

                            Philadelphia

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined 5 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            As always, the food was delicious and the service sensational!

                          2. J

                            Joey

                            Philadelphia

                            68 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            68 reviews

                            Dined 5 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            From the greeting at the door, to the service and the food everything was outstanding. Diving Horse remains our favorite restaurant at the shore.

                          3. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Philadelphia

                            8 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined 5 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We were very impressed with both the food and the service and will definitely be back!

                          4. KW

                            KarenW

                            Philadelphia

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined 5 days ago

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Had a great meal as always. Great service from the staff! Two recommendations 1) lighten up on the salt seasoning on the boardwalk fries. I’m a person who likes salt. Way TOO much salt on them last night. 2) the bread served was very dry and crumbly. It seemed to be from the previous day. I still recommend TDH.

                          5. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Los Angeles

                            146 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            146 reviews

                            Dined 5 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            It was the best. Best table right at front window, best hostess, Emily, best server, Bella, best food. Thanks for the best start off to the season. Jack and Diane.

                          6. e

                            emib263

                            Philadelphia

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined 5 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Delicious!

                          7. W

                            Winendine

                            Philadelphia

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined 7 days ago

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Service was excellent, atmosphere was lovely and the food was beautifully presented and very good.

                          8. MC

                            MaureenC

                            Philadelphia

                            15 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The food was delicious. Great way to celebrate Mother's Day. Hannah was a good waitress.

                          9. b

                            bigbill32

                            Philadelphia

                            6 reviews

                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great dinner. Our server, Bella, was excellent. Looking forward to coming back a few more times this summer.

                          10. CM

                            CMGgg

                            Philadelphia

                            5 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on October 16, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Our favorite spot at the shore. Wonderful staff, food and fun vibe!

                          11. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Richmond

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on October 16, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Scallops were great. Waitstaff very friendly and professional.

                          12. A

                            Alwayseatingout

                            Atlantic City

                            19 reviews

                            5.0

                            19 reviews

                            Dined on October 14, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                            Food was great; server was great; would have preferred a smaller round table as it was hard to hear conversation with a speaker above our heads.

                          13. TR

                            TonyR

                            Atlantic City

                            13 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            13 reviews

                            Dined on October 14, 2021

                            overall3food4service4ambience3

                            Totally over priced

                          14. j

                            joannep

                            Baltimore

                            9 reviews

                            4.0

                            9 reviews

                            Dined on October 9, 2021

                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                            On vacation. Food was good exceptional. Nice surprise.

                          15. LH

                            LisaH

                            Philadelphia

                            12 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            12 reviews

                            Dined on October 9, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent meal, service and ambiance. Highly recommend! It’s one of our favorites!

                          16. f

                            firsttimeinaruba

                            Baltimore

                            9 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            9 reviews

                            Dined on October 7, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Our first experience here and won’t be our last. The menu is very well curated and there is something for everyone. Very good use of fresh local ingredients and everything we had was delicious. It’s BYOB which we failed to notice when booking but conveniently there is a liquor store right across the street with a great selection of wines. Lovely ambiance in their outdoor space and the team made us feel very welcome.

                          17. D

                            Delicious

                            Philadelphia

                            31 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            31 reviews

                            Dined on September 30, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Our dinner was delicious from start to finish. Service was excellent. Will be back for sure.

                          18. BO

                            BillO

                            Philadelphia

                            19 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            19 reviews

                            Dined on September 27, 2021

                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                            We enjoyed a relaxing, wonderful evening with a delicious meal, great service and pleasant surroundings.

                          19. t

                            tony

                            Atlantic City

                            35 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            35 reviews

                            Dined on September 27, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            3rd time this summer , good as the first’ time bread was outstanding this time tho very fluffy!! To me bread is the first indicator of how the Meal will be ! We got 2 apps “ corn fritters “ they were ok not bad but to much corn ! “Short rib ” was good! Kit-Kat Desert is always good! Overall a very nice place to dine at .

                          20. J

                            Jayne829

                            Philadelphia

                            20 reviews

                            5.0

                            20 reviews

                            Dined on September 27, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This restaurant is pricey, but the food is very good. We ate outdoors, and the ambience was wonderful. The portions are small, but just right for a woman. Everything tasted exceptional!

                          21. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Atlantic City

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on September 26, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great restaurant with great food. A shade expensive but still enjoyed it immensely

                          22. NS

                            NancyS

                            Atlantic City

                            6 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on September 26, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Our first time here and hands down one of best restaurants we’ve been to! The food was amazing and service was excellent which is hard to come by these days! We were unexpectedly treated to a free dessert and ice cream. Couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable night out! We are a 30 minute drive but well worth it! Highly recommend!

                          23. SL

                            StacieL

                            Washington DC

                            17 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            17 reviews

                            Dined on September 26, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            We Love the Diving Horse. The food is amazing and so fresh. The staff are super friendly and attentive. The atmospheres is awesome but it's always soooo loud inside. This is a "must go to" place in Avalon.

                          24. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Orlando

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on September 25, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Absolutely fabulous experience. We frequent the diving horse regularly and decided to celebrate my moms birthday here. Everyone loves their first experience and the food and service was outstanding

                          25. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Philadelphia

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on September 25, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Always consistently delicious!!!

                          26. f

                            foodaddict

                            New York Area

                            48 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            48 reviews

                            Dined on September 25, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Outstanding service and unique menu. Everything was above par and delicious. Worth a road trip!

                          27. JF

                            JosephF

                            Tampa

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on September 24, 2021

                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                            great food, friendly service. Nice atmosphere for a special occasion

                          28. KW

                            KarenW

                            Philadelphia

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on September 24, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great food and service. Very nice relaxing atmosphere. Only down side is I wish they were open year round.

                          29. j

                            justaguythateatsalot

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on September 23, 2021

                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                            This was my first time to Diving Horse and I was overall pleased with the meal. We started with Tuna tartar and it was delicious. For entrees, I ordered Skate, which was a special, and my spouse ordered the scallops. Neither of us enjoyed the glaze(sauces) on the plate. The differed slightly but neither complimented the dish at all. The actual fish and scallops were great. We found ourselves shying away from it. The french fries were amazing. Overall, it was a great meal but the sauces were just not good.

                          30. M

                            Mamasue

                            Philadelphia

                            4 reviews

                            3.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on September 23, 2021

                            overall3food2service4ambience3

                            Very limited menu. Skate special was “ammoniated” and returned . Replacement with different entree arrived quickly. Just not as good as pre-pandemic.

                          31. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Philadelphia

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on September 23, 2021

                            overall3food3service2ambience3

                            The Brussels sprouts were salty and soggy. The scallops were good. Our waitress was haughty, not warm, not welcoming.

                          32. LC

                            LarryC

                            New York Area

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on September 21, 2021

                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                            Limited choices on menu. Nice atmosphere. Overall a very good meal.

                          33. l

                            llfekula

                            Philadelphia

                            39 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            39 reviews

                            Dined on September 20, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Visited on my pre birthday! It was a fantastic experience! Wanted to go to Cafe Loren’ but the were not open. But experienced total, total best foodie experience at Diving Horse!!! Food, service, wonderful!!! Will definitely return for sure!!! 🐎!!!! Thank you for a wonderful birthday!!❤️

                          34. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Philadelphia

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on September 20, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Very nice experience outside. Very good food with Celia as a great and pleasant server

                          35. LD

                            LaurieD

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on September 19, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The service and the quality of the food was spectacular. Highly recommended for a special occassion.

                          36. f

                            foodie

                            Philadelphia

                            51 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            51 reviews

                            Dined on September 18, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We’ve always loved the diving horse but it was especially outstanding last night! The Brussels sprouts were the best we ever had as were the broccolini! Can’t wait to return!

                          37. LG

                            LarryG

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on September 18, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Amazing food, service! Definitely will go back many times!

                          38. KH

                            KathyH

                            Philadelphia

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on September 17, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Excellent BYOB. Fresh and local menu. Our meal was delicious.

                          39. M

                            Mark

                            Philadelphia

                            30 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            30 reviews

                            Dined on September 17, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Ordered the Big Eye Tuna - best tuna entree I’ve had! The wedge salad was very good, too. Loved the dressing! Happy, friendly atmosphere and superb service! Highly recommend!

                          40. BJ

                            BroJo

                            Atlantic City

                            12 reviews

                            5.0

                            12 reviews

                            Dined on September 17, 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Very loud and dark but the meal and service was excellent.

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                          The Diving Horse is rated 4.9 stars by 1071 OpenTable diners.

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                          Booked 45 times today

                          Order delivery or takeout

                          Delivery

                          • 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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