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About The Old Bay Restaurant

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.

61 Church St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Neilson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 246-3111

Website:
http://www.oldbayrest.com/

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.

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.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

The Old Bay Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.7

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (265)
Good for Groups (255)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (248)
Hot Spot (150)
Special Occasion (135)
Late-night Find (106)
Romantic (86)
Great for Lunch (52)
Notable Wine List (41)
Kid-friendly (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Great for Brunch (15)
Scenic View (9)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on March 27, 2015

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic City)·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!!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2014

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2014

nice inside and food was very good. Service was also good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2014

Service was very slow - when we arrived we waited about 15 minutes to be seated - perhaps the normal host was not because the person at the desk did not seem able to find any of the reservations - 3 people ahead of me were having the same issue; food was good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2014

We've been to Old Bay a number of times. The food this time was good but spicier than normal. All of us (party of 4) felt that there was too much spice in the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2014

I booked a reservation for myself and 5 others for dinner before attending a comedy show at Stress Factory across the street. Prior to making the reservations, i did a little research on the place and noticed mixed reviews about the quality of food and service so I knew it was a 50/50 chance I'd have a positive dining experience. the place is very nice with appealing New Orleans/Mardi Gras decor; however, the food left much to be desired. It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't good. The appetizers were decent. We ordered the crab and spinach dip, crab cakes and oysters. For my entree, i ordered the duck with waffles. i wouldn't order it again. My boyfriend had the pecan crusted catfish and said it was just ok. The drinks were awesome. i ordered 2 long island iced teas and they were strong! The service was great through. We had a very attentive waitress. We had reservations for 7pm and it didn't seem very crowded; however, after a while, the place starts to fill up fast. i heard it turns into a local college party scene after 10pm. I wouldn't want to stay for that since i'm well past my college years. i prefer more quiet atmospheres at a restaurant. Overall, i would recommend this place for drinks with coworkers and friends but not for the food. I would be willing to give this place another chance based on the great service and drinks but i would definitely order a different entree.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2014

Enjoyed our meals. I had a bourbon glazed wahoo and husband went with a jambalaya. Our waitress was excellent and attentive to us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2014

The waitresses was very good, she was new but she did a great job! Food was just ok however would not go again.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 7, 2014

the blackened mahi mahi was the best I have ever had. delicious. all three of us enjoyed our meals

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2014

We chose the Old Bay for convenience to the State Theater. Good drink menu and many choices for the craft beer lover.The appetizer was delicious. We had the crab and shrimp cakes with very nice plate presentation. My husband had the seafood jambalaya which was a huge portion, enough that we could have shared. I had the sole with panko and Andouille crust. Tasty, but, given the choice I would not order again. The fish was dry.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2014

The service was truly outstanding. The ambiance is unusual for the northeast and welcoming. The food is good and priced reasonably. They have live entertainment often and then it can get a little loud.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2014

I was so looking forward to dining at Old Bay as there are so few Cajun restaraunts around. We sat up stairs and unfortunately there was a table of 12 below and the their laughter and conversation totally over took our previous tranquility. The drinks were good as was the service, however that's where it ended. The Anduille bread was totally flavorless as was the seafood gumbo and seafood jambalaya. If you want quantity then this is a 5 star but if you're looking for quality then this is a 1.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2014

I came here with a friend for a first date sort of thing. I had requested a table online and stated a request and when I arrived they honored my request well. Also the service was nice with the waiter offering his reccomendation for the menu and it was great. The area was less full than I had expected for a friday night but not to say this was a bad thing. Overall my experience was enjoyable, great for a casual first date as its not too romantic but still intimate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Our first time at Old Bay...very nice, good food and pleasant dining room. Would recommend this to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Good Service & huge portions. Next time we'd order 2-3 entrees for our table of 5-6 since most dishes are capable of satisfying 2 people. As we were going straight to a show at State Theatre afterwards, we could not keep doggie bags in our car for next 4-5 hrs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Great food, lots of beers on tap. Music on weekends. Outside dining. Great staff of servers and bartenders.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Our group of 10 enjoyed a great dinner before the Penn State vs. Rutgers football game. Great food and drink plus an easy shuttle bus or drive to the stadium. The menu selection made both Creole lovers and mild eaters happy. We will come back independent of the football game schedule.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2014

I nice quiet place for dinner. This is a beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2014

We were very much looking forward to eating here. Unfortunately, we were Very disappointed. I ordered seafood jambalaya. It was barely edible. The seafood was rubbery and the dish was itself was greasy. Barely edible. My wife ordered the fish special and it was tasteless. Not a good dining experience.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 22, 2014

The food was excellent & the servings are large. Very authentic crawfish etouffee' & bananas foster. Lots of other things to try. It was very loud because of the Giants-Jets game and a large party. I'll go back, but not on a weekend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2014

The food and service were quite good, out doggy bg even included the coleslaw we didn't finish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2014

We are never disappointed when we eat at the Old Bay. Everything from the specialty cocktails to the entrees is great. I would give it 5 stars for food except for little things. For example, the waffle that comes with the duck dish was a little dry. I wish they offered grits as a side.
Also if they send you upstairs, don't drink too much because going down that spiral metal staircase can be tricky, especially in heels. And the tables are a little tight up there too.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2014

Been here a few times over the years when I am in town for business. Taken groups there and they can accommodate. This time I took six people. All dishes were excellent. I had Crawfish Etouffee and it was killer. Having lived in New Orleans for five years, "killer" is a very high mark! Atmosphere is downscale but its not a dive. Service was decent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2014

We came here before going to a show and got a 15% discount! this paid for our parking so needless to say this made us very happy! On top of that the food was excellent!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2014

service was great. i ordered a cocktail that i made up and the bartender got it perfect. we ordered about 6 appys...all very good especially the oysters with spinach and gouda and the shrimp in sherry pepper sauce. our waitress brought food items out in stages so we would not be overwhelmed with everything we ordered on the table at once. wish we could have stayed for the live music! looking forward to going back

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2014

They have a great selection of beers, wine and cocktails.
The pecan crusted catfish was amazing.
The key lime pie was smooth and creamy.
Or, try the bread pudding.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2014

I've been here many times and never walk away disappointed in anyway! Well unless I get stuck un the upstairs dining room where the only way to get to it is climbing an old metal spiral staircase so tight and difficult to negotiate it's amazing more people don't get injured! Remember when making reservations to request a downstairs table.

Overall rating a B with a somewhat limited menu but all the food is superb! The ambiance is intimate at times and other times can be loud when in season. Always great musical entertainment on the weekends and a good relaxed diverse crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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