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About The Octopus's Garden

A long time favorite at the Jersey shore, The Octopus's Garden has been pleasing the palates of seafood lovers and landlubbers alike since 1977. With a huge variety of fresh fish, beef and chicken as well as a complete vegetarian and vegan menu, we are sure to exceed your expectations. Originally located on LBI, The Octopus's Garden has moved to the mainland to a "built from scratch" state of the art green building just six miles from its old location.
Known for a great value, Lobster nights on Thursday and Fridays, have become legendary. Throughout the week guests will enjoy nightly specials.
Relax in the candle lit dining room lined with seaside snapshots and a large window looking into the pristine kitchen. It is the perfect restaurant for romance or celebration and as always the kids are welcome.
The Octopus's Garden is open all year long and can accommodate private parties.

771 S Main St
West Creek, NJ 08092
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday evenings, beginning at 4:30.

Cross Street:
Mayetta Landing Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 597-8828

Website:
http://www.theoctopusgardenfishhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Large parking lots in front and rear of restaurant - Some parking on side and street

Public Transit:
NJ Transit on Rt 9 stops in front of restaurant

Executive Chef:
Rodolfo Vazquez

Additional:
BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Octopus's Garden Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (13)
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Healthy (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Outstanding Value (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
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Gluten Free Options (5)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Good service,temperature of food on arrival was just right. Nice value,salad choices with entre,Wine purchased was not outstanding but very adequate.Fish was well prepared with fresh well cooked vegetables.The red snapper flavor was excellent, texture could have been a little more tender.Price was fair.This restaurant has nice ambiance,is very clean and tables are spaced well for privacy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Our 3 rd visit and it keeps getting better! Wonderful meal in a relaxing and warm ambience. A real jewel in this part of the state. I had Max special Lobster tails - outstanding. My wife had the Snapper- a real delight. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Breaded lobster was fresh, cooked perfectly, seasoned very well. I was a little concerned about new owners, but they were very wise to keep the quality of food and the employees from the previous owner. I will go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Nice little find that was a little off the beaten path from Long Beach Island. More on the expensive side, but well worth it. Cozy atmosphere, great service, excellent food. Though we don't live close, will make the trip to try it again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Service was very professional & cordial. Ambiance & décor delightful. Menu, although primarily seafood, was varied enough & inventive. My duck dinner was not quite as perfect as my husband's seafood dinner. So when in Rome...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Really nice meal. Everything was freshly prepared and my sea bass entree was especially good. Portions were very nice as that used to be my biggest complaint at OG, but not anymore! Highly recommend dining here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Disabled Access
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 17, 2017

If you want to eat healthy fish prepared perfectly, this is the place to go. The menu is well-rounded with a large selection of fish but also has enough non-healthy non-seafood entries for your carnivorous friends to enjoy as well. The seasonings and sauces are gourmet and service was attentive but not intrusive. What a gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Very good, as usual, but disappointed that the lobster special was changed over the last few months. Was $28 with chowder and salad, now $29.5 with Xtra costs for soup and salad.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Frequent diners at OG's will be aware that ownership has changed. There are changes which is to be expected but the basic items and experience remain largely unchanged. Service is excellent. Some prices have increased and there is some nickel and diming such as now paying $2 for soup on lobster night. Theme nights such as half price appetizers and desserts have been replaced with an email list called the Inner Circle making offers. We imagine some guests may not like the changes, some may not mind and some may not even notice. There seem to be more non-fish items on the menu but the seafood based theme is still alive and well. Love the jazz music in the background...

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Outstanding fresh seafood. They made some slight changes to the menu but the quality and value are still there. Highly recommend the whole lobster.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Unfortunately I got really sick after eating here. And I was not impressed with the food

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The cod was absolutely delightful, the scallops were large and underwhelming in flavor. On a prior visit the scallops were the tiny bay variety and more flavorful. The cup of chowder was very tasty, but it was the smallest cup I've ever seen. What totally made the evening was the excellent waitstaff.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 14, 2017

One of the few that are on the top of our list. The best within our local area.
Good seafood and steak. Nice variety of entrees, Service, knowledgeable, helpful, courteous.
Owner walks around to visit tables.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We have been to this restaurant over a dozen times over the past several years. There have been a few changes that we noticed on out last visit. The olive spread that come with the bread is gone, and the portions have been reduced. Only thing I would recommend to the new owners, if it isn't broken don't fix it! We really enjoy this restaurant, and would hate to see it change for the worst! Thank you.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Organic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2016

I have eaten here once before in season and really enjoyed my dinner. On this visit I was very disappointed. The coconut shrimp was encased in a very thick batter and the sweet and sour dipping sauce did not taste at all similar to any sweet and sour that I have ever had. It seemed like more of a fruit chutney. Additionally the salad dressing really had a very "off" flavor and some of the greens were wilted.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Not rushed. Food was as expected. We did early bird, it was a nice amount of food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Been here several times and it has always been great.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2016

On our most recent visit, which was our second, we once again had an enjoyable experience. Known for seafood, my wife enjoyed crab cakes, while I had the sea bass. Both dishes were very good. This particular Saturday night found there to be light crowd, which was fine for us. The dining room is attractive and adds to the dining experience. One of the best restaurants we have found in the Forked River area.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Always a good meal with interesting combinations. I finally ordered the duck, which was terrific. We have never not enjoyed anything, from the appetizers to the desserts.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Very pleased with this restaurant. Nice ambiance, delicious food, and wonderful service. Would recommend this for both special occasion or just when you want to go out for a nice dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 27, 2016

We always have great shrimp and Lobster dinners. The restaurant has daily specials which are also worth trying.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2016

I have been coming here for years. The food and the service are always excellent, staff is warm and friendly as well as accommodating. It is truly a "big city" restaurant hiding out in the Pine Barrens! If you have not been there yet, you are missing something!

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

We always ask to be seated in the "quiet " room ! Fun evening celebrating my husband's birthday with friends! Food was very good. We usually have the server in the room in the rear of the building, this time, however, we were seated in the room off to the side of the entrance! We missed her!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Returned after a year only to be disappointed. Every dish brought was bland (no taste). The calamari was tough and not crispy, the duck was dry, the mushroom risotto again was bland and the apple lasagna had apples with no sweetness along with a mushy crust. That was just my dinner. The other three guests we're also disappointed in their meal. Would be returning to this joint!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2016

We are frequent customers for their Friday night lobster dinner which is terrific. But I am disappointed that they are no longer on the Open Table network.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Had reservation for 6:45 but still had to wait 20 minutes

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Very good. Fresh food, attentive service and affordable.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 1, 2016

We were a party of six everyone was pleased with their meals . The tuna was cooked as requested .

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Enjoy going to this restaurant. Great ambiance, service & very classy. The food is consistently very good. The early bird specials are a great value but need to be seated before 5:30.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Consistently good food and service. Pretty atmosphere. Good for a date night or group with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 17, 2016

One of our favorite go to restaurants for over 15 years.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 16, 2016

We were staying in Beach Haven and decided to take the short drive to dine at the Octopus Garden. Lucky for us it was a Friday night so we were able to take advantage of the Lobster Special. For only $28 we got delicious clam chowder, a caesar salad, a fresh steamed lobster and a baked potato. It is a BYOB too. It is a lovely restaurant with great service. Give it a try.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Clam chowder was not great, thin and not much flavor. Tuna poke was do salty it was difficult to eat, and the flavor of the fish was drowned out by soy. Crab legs were ok but certainly not a stand out.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We visit the Octopus Garden periodically and it is consistently excellent for atmosphere, service and quality of seafood with excellent presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Always a great evening out. We especially enjoy the lobster special on Thursday and Friday evenings. We have had dinner at the Octopus's Garden often and it never disappoints.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2016

This was the second visit and just as good as the first. Everything was freshly prepared and the portions were large. Be sure to look at the daily specials because it is a great value if you are in the neighborhood. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Excellent food, great service and a good atmosphere. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
·Dined on September 2, 2016

Our go to place for lobster on Thursdays and Fridays or for great fish any day!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2016

We have always had a great dining experience at Octopus' Garden!
Loved our recent server!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 27, 2016

We enjoy this place from seating to eating. We also love the fact that we can bring our own wine... Always good and open table made it easy

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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