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The Old Bay Restaurant

4.0
313 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

For New Orleans inspired cuisine at its finest, The Old Bay Restaurant is the place to go in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The night should begin with a cold beer, and there are plenty to choose from, both domestic and import. Cocktails are also available in plentiful supply, with the hurricane and mint julep being especially poplar choices at The Old Bay Restaurant.

For your meal, items such as barbecue pork sliders and chicken and sausage jambalaya await you at The Old Bay Restaurant. This is definitely a place where you will want to arrive hungry, as you will certainly leave full.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(732) 246-3111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Neilson Street
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Parking details
Parking is available on the street, however safe and security monitored public parking lots are located right on the adjacent street as well as across the street in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
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Entertainment
Friday and Saturday nights feature live musicians and bands performing original tunes and covers ranging from modern rock, jam bands, classic rock, r&b and hip hop. Tuesday nights, The Old Bay becomes the hottest karaoke bar in town. DJ's take over the bar as well on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLuv2dine (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

Ordered "fresh fish" obviously frozen. Huge group of twenty somethings came in and took over place. Extremely loud!! Could not hear at all. Waitress was wonderful! Would definitely not return.

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vipMototim (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

Great experience with exceptional service and his food. Never rushed us out!

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vipPassingThru (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We were heading to the State Theater and the Old Bay was a nice stop along the way....and an easy walk to the Theater (with a public parking lot right up the street). We were seated right away; upstairs looking down on the patrons and bar below. The noise level was moderate. We're sure there are times where it must get louder but being upstairs makes the sound level moderate. Our waitress was very attentive without being intrusive. While the specialty drinks are expensive; one Hurricane is more than enough for a night. We enjoyed the food in kind....a calamari poboy appetizer was just spicy enough with its spicy slaw. My wife enjoyed her blackened mahi mahi with root veggies and my 50/50 burger was cooked as requested and very filling. We'll be back.

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FOODchick1972 (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We were taken to our table as soon as we arrived,Olivia,our waitress was pleasant and we didn't feel rushed at all.by the time our entrees were served the noise level was really loud. We were upstairs and there were several large tables around us.
Other than that,the portions were ample ,hot & spicy!!

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BillK (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

Our Cajun favorites - Gumbo, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, and Shrimp Creole - were all excellent choices; flavorful, good-sized portions, just spicy enough.

Gabby's attentive, professional service was friendly and prompt without being over-bearing.

A great night out in New Brunswick!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We came here before we went to Stress Factory. Drinks were mixed just right. I had a Hurricane and my friend had a swamp water. Good stuff!

Loved the shrimp over grits and I had a burger. I very filling and satisfying one!

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Elle (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

Our meals were extremely well-prepared. I'm very picky about gumbo, having grown up eating it, but Old Bay got it right. The shrimp and grits were phenomenal. The shrimp wasn't overcooked. The chicken and sausage jambalaya was perfectly prepared. The beignets were delicate and light. Our server was attentive without being annoying. I'm eager to return and try other dishes.

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Awesome (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

From start to finish, can't say enough wonderful things about the dining experience. Staff was wonderful, dinner delicious, atmosphere energetic and contagious. The executive chef made rounds and spoke to diners to obtain feedback on meals; he was an absolute delight to speak to. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and pairings. Can't say enough wonderful things about our experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2015

Had a great time both time that I've dined at OB. Their seafood jambalaya , duck, crab cakes, and bread pudding is a must. They make one of a kind Bloody Mary that was delicious and had an awesome presentation. Friendly staff and lively dining area. Great for chatting it up and not worry about disturbing the next table.

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RaymonduduOnhiself (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We go to Old Bay nearly everytime we go to an event, show or theatre in New Brunswick. Its a great place for pre or post theatre drinks & meal.

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Synergy (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The hubby and I had a fantastic Valentine's meal here...delicious and authentic food, great selection, and wonderful drinks from the bar. I loved the cheerful decor and the jazz music, too. Definitely a fun, lively, welcoming place.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Overall the food and waitress service was great. However the hostess seemed confused when I mentioned my reservation. The hostess then said to me that "They were clearing off my table and it would be ready in a minute or two". Fifteen minutes later, as I saw others being seated, the hostess asked me if I would mind sitting in the bar area. which I accepted.

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HungryinNewBrunswick (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2015

My drink, a Spirited Gimlet, was good but definitely not worth $12. We had a free dinner coupon, which was nice, but the bill still came to over $72 with an 18% tip for only 1 drink, 1 house wine, 1 dinner & 2 desserts. Don't go here if you're concerned about $. Dinners were just so so - Crab & Shrimp cake, very mushy and "Dreamboat" Sole with a lobster sauce. Had succotash type veggies and lima beans were on the hard side. Rice was just OK. The French Quarter Beignets were terrible and not worth trying. There were supposed to be six, we got four. Tasted like cardboard, definitely not what you get in New Orleans. My dessert, Warm Chocolate Praline Tart, had an overpowering amount of molasses which I did not even see in the description. Totally different than what I expected. Waitress was very pleasant and helpful. It was a Thursday night and lots of tables open. Noise level was not an issue and we were seated right by the bar area. Street parking was a bit difficult but you can use the hotel lot across the street. Will not be going back.

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TomL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

Celebrated a birthday here with family. Great quality food. Jambalaya was excellent. Waitress Caroline was awesome. Would definitely come back to try other dishes.

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softshell (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

FOOD AND SERVICE HADS BEEN CONSISTENTLY GGOD EVERY TIME WE GO.

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