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The Diving Horse

590 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem (565)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Farm-to-table, Seafood
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Hours of operation
5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(609) 368-5000
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Payment options
Cash Only
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
21st & Dune Drive
Chef's Table, Outdoor dining
What 590 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Avalon58 (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

All the amenities that you would expect of a higher end restaurant are present...service, ambiance, & attention to food preparation & presentation. However, their menu choices are more limited . For instance they will offer only 6 to 8 entrees . That being said, the restaurant is one of the favorites of Avalon so do make your reservation well in advance

AvalonerForDecades (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Our entire evening was great thanks to the delicious menu and great service. The Diving Horse is just upscale enough to be special, but not at all too formal for a shore vacation area--a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. We all loved our server and our meals.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was delicious. We had a great jersey corn appetizer and tuna tartar also very good.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Missy and Bonnie are the best. They always make us feel special. Their service is the perfect complement to great food. Another great season!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

They never disappoint at The Diving Horse - excellent meal!

vipSpitdoc (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

While the food was very well prepared and the entrees plentiful, the place inherently felt very expensive. The appetizers were very small. One dish was called mussels and clams. It had one mussel and six or seven miniscule and I mean minuscule clams. When asked the waitress at the end of the dinner why there was only one mussel and six or seven clams, she replied they count out each muscle and each clam before they put it on the dish. That shows you how quantity conscious the restaurant must be. Service was excellent. A 10 oz steak special was offered at $58. We understand that that will be a price up at the beach but there are many far superior choices. When you only offer 6 appetizer choices and 6 entrees at this price point, it is hard to not feel that this is a very very expensive experience unless you are on someone else's business account. Unfortunately for us it was once and done. The corn appetizer was a major hit and was incredibly tasteful. A tuna appetizer was quite good also. Quality yes service yes overpriced yes

Ladyc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2017

Our first visit to Avalon for a 3 night stay. This was one of the three places I selected for dining after much research on line with my husband. WE loved it. Our waiter was excellent; extremely attentive but NOT overbearing.(AND, he did not come up and say " My name is_____ and I'll be your server this evening" I don't even now his name!! Ambiance so lovely and serene. The food was divine...I drooled over the tilefish which one rarely finds on a menu and my husband devoured the short ribs. We split a tomato salad which was outstanding...just picked tomatoes with real taste. Definitely will be back...just have to get to Avalon first!! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

vipFoodieA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent farm to table. Delicious food served in a cool space with great service. Doesn't get much better.

vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

A little noisy, but food and service were excellent.

vipJackB (Miami)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

Food excellent! Noise level not tolerable. This venue is not equipped to handle large parties....there were two parties of twelve that night. Awful. I could not carry on a conversation with my party.
Next time I will reserve only if large parties are not scheduled that evening.