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The Park Tap and Grill (fka Park East - Hazlet)

3.5
141 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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About

Park East is the ultimate expression of what a high-end casual restaurant should be. The owners represent a convergence of different styles and experiences ranging from fine dining to elite night life environments. The Park East concept can best be described as trans-generational: an expression of the evolution of cuisines, vibe dining, service and ambiance, not to mention the highest ranked sushi in the area. Park East creates the highest quality dining environment in what is one of the greatest indoor spaces in New Jersey. "Park East is not a restaurant, it"s an experience..."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(732) 739-2002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Park East offers modern style Banquet/Private dining facility on our second floor. Recently updated in 2010, with two main bars an exquisite dance floor, and a state of the art sound system, this upper level can transform from a elegant catering area to NJ's hottest late night Lounge.
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Private party contact
Christopher Sanborn: (732) 739-2002
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Holmdel Road
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Entertainment
We provide entertainment 7 days week.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 141 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.3
service
3.2
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3.9
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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

There is a varied menu and many beers and wines from which to select. The service was prompt and the atmosphere very lively.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Enjoy food very much and service

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was awful..waiter didn’t know what he was doing either.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Every so often, I go back to The Park Tap and Grill, hoping that the food gets better, but it never does. It's ok......but not great. My husband and I ordered the same salad - his came on a plate and mine came in a bowl. Both had too much dressing. That said, the service is dependable.

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3.0Dined on October 23, 2017

We ended up not eating here. When we arrived we went inside to cancel as did not feel well. We were told no problem our name was not on their list

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2.0Dined on September 11, 2017

The service was abdominal, it took forever to get served and once we were we needed to send back our drinks several times. The food we ordered didn't come out correctly. We had to ask over and over again for water, napkins, ketchup, soy sauce, etc. We asked several times for additional wasabi and ginger, it never came. Then they had the nerve to put a 20% gratuity on our bill, while telling us some of the meals were in special, and we should really tip on the full bill!
These new owners don't want to be in the restaurant business, why? When we asked to speak to a manager, no one came. It's unfortunate as it used to be our go to place.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2017

We went to The Park before a concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center. The food was good! They offer a wide variety of cuisine: Sushi, Dinner entrees and Burgers and sandwiches off the bar menu. We had to ask for the Burger menu, however. I had the lemon chicken dinner entree. It was delicious; very moist and flavorful. My dinner companions had sushi -- The Park roll - it was enormous, and burgers. Everyone was pleased with the food. The service could have been better. We had to ask for things more than once even though the dining room was empty. However, all in all, it was fine and I would go back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Great place. Our server Christa was awesome.

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Arrived and told my reservation was cancelled. Since they had my number they should have called.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The food, drinks and service were okay but I'm not running back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

We were mighty impressed with this restaurant. Great food. Great service. Much larger than it appeared. Very comfortable!
Highly recommended!

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Horrible experience. My older kids that have been in restaurant business warned me never again. Food was not as bad as service. The manager reprimanded his staff right in front of all the guests. Unprofessional and uncomfortable.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

went for mother's day. was buffet style but, not a very good selection of options to choose from, whether it was breakfast, lunch, salad, deserts. would not go back for mother's day again.

for happy hour or to grab a bit to eat, maybe.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Staff very friendly and attentive. Sushi may be small on their sign; but it is HUGE in taste. MUST TRY: Rock shrimp and Calamari - You're welcome. Went with the beer menu and Stephanie's (server) recommendation - F L A V O R F U L L ! Meal was delicious. Service on point. Reasonably priced. My first visit - new to Keyport. We sat in the dining room, but did notice the bar scene was full and active - next visit. 01

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Since this place caters to kids "Kids eat free on Tuesdays", parents decide to bring their kids on the weekends, so beware. Unfortunately some parents don't teach their children how to behave in restaurants. We had to rush through our meal on a Friday evening, because a couple of unruly kids thought they were at Chuck e Cheese. It was a terrible dining experience for us and everyone else. The waitress told management but they did not do anything. They should have dealt with the situation better.

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2017

This is the second time in a couple of weeks that I took guests here to eat and both times they all ordered burgers medium rare and they ALL came out WELL DONE. Also, the fries were cold and seemed as if they had been sitting there for a while. Very disappointing to have unhappy guests!

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Unfortunately this was the first bad experience I have had here and it was the first time my other friends were here and said they would never come back!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Yummy good

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2017

I would never go back to this place. We were a party of 2 people and finished our meal in 30 minutes. The bill was almost $100.00 with tip! The sushi was not good and the veal milanese looked like one chicken cutlet. And was served with a salad that took up the majority of the plate. This place is good if it is the only restaurant left on the planet.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2017

We gone here many times be the last two sadly the service was poor but the food is great. Beside traditional menu items they have specials such as bison, duck and many more. They also do half price entrees and sushi on Monday night and on Tuesday's kids eat free!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

This is our favorite place to grab a beer, enjoy some good food, and relax. In particular, Ray was absolutely amazing and made my me and wife have an awesome time.

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2.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Party of six went for Thanksgiving buffet. Food on buffet was cold. Bartender did not know how to make a drink even after several discussions....a Manhattan up on second attempt was served as an Old Fashion on the rocks .....and was even charged for it. Table service was good.

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1.0Dined on October 29, 2016

The restaurant is pretty run down. The booth bench seats were worn and ripped. There is no attempt at creating ambience, just a plain unadorned table in a brightly lit room. Our server seemed like she didn't want to be here. Our cocktails were boring. Just when we were regretting our choice of restaurants we were served our dinners. The food presentation was beautiful and exciting. The sea bass was perfectly cooked and delicious. The veal dish was imaginative and tasted wonderful. It seems the chef is the only person interested in providing a legendary dining experience. It's a shame there were so many detractors to our experience since the food was so good. We won't be returning.

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1.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Sushi was just OK I like my sushi to be chilled. $18 antipasti appetizer was awful! (cut up pickles... really ?)Hoodlums in the parking lot a little disconcerting. Took the grandchildren to dinner there. I hate giving bad reviews, but we felt ripped off by the obvious lack of quality.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Always a great time at The Park.
Great Sushi and bar food.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2016

We have been to Park many times in the past. The food this time was dry and unseasoned. I would not recommend it.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2016

we ordered 2 salmon and 3 whitefish and 1 veal. shared 4 appitizers.was disipointed we couldn't use our gift card???????????????food was all ok

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2016

Went there last weekend to meet friends for lunch. Football was on and was a great place to hang out and watch. Friendly staff. Great waiter service. Food is good and servings were plenty.

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Something has to be done about the noise level in the back dining room. You can hardly talk to the person next to you.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2015

We love coming here! Great service at the back bar. Filet skewers with chimmichuri is excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2015

I just recently heard that Park East had reopened under a new name, The Park Tap & Grill. I decided to check it out for lunch with a friend of mine. We were pleasantly surprised by the extensive beer selection, and the wine on tap! I've never seen that before and at first was a little skeptical but it was so good. I had the Yardbird sandwich and it was delicious in addition to a beautiful presentation. They also offer a $5 lunch special menu that I wasn't aware of. I definitely recommend checking this place out if you're in the area!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2015

What a wonderful time. Our waitress made wonderful drink recommendations. I got a glass of purple cowboy wine and my girlfriend got the watermelon mojito, both were so good we got another round. We shared the whiskey clams which had pieces of shredded pork in it! YUM!! For dinner my girlfriend had the organic truffle pasta. The pasta was made for edamame, it was amazing, but nothing beat my Ribeye steak

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2.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Took my family here for dinner. My daughter ordered the kids 2 sliders. One was cooked fine... The other was blood red. After flagging down our waitress she said she would get her another one.. Only to come back with the check. I was annoyed at this point so I just wanted to get out of there. I won't be back

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1.0Dined on September 8, 2015

Food was awsome! The staff was friendly. New bar with more beers on tap was awsome

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2.0Dined on September 2, 2015

To start, in all fairness, the food was very good. And that was it!

There was a singer that arrived after we were seated and blasted across a restaurant with only a few tables seated. Couldn't hear each other at our table. Asked the waitress more than once to ask him to lower the volume. Finally, after over 40 minutes, the volume was turned down. Thank you!

We ordered two bottles of wine. The white wine was poured and it was more than warm although the waitress insured us that it came out of the refrigerator. ?? The Franciscan Merlot on the menu was no where to be found so we settled on the St. Francis. When poured and tasted, it was as warm and almost as hot as the white wine was.

The Tuscan table was ok but only available with the purchase of an entree. It would be better if this could be purchased on its own, even at a higher cost.

The main bar looks sparse and cold. Park East may have a new name but the recent changes are not improvements. Too loud, disorganized and very unpleasant. I can see they are trying but in all fairness, it is not working.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2015

The restaurant itself was very nice, but the food was pretty much terrible. I ordered the thai coconut noodles with chicken, The dish was $24! And it was not very flavorful and had way too many carrots. I could get a way better dish at a thai restaurant for $12.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

Great food and ambiance. Can go out to dinner and not miss any sporting events (tv's in restaurant). This is our go to place for our nights out with the family. Food is excellent and the kids can get always find something they like and my husband can get great sushi. Never disappoints.

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2014

I booked a reservation about three weeks before going. I had seen that Odell Beckham would be there. Between the time I booked and the date of our res, Odell had the great catch... The place was mobbed. Parking crazy. People getting tix for autographs and pics. While in the parking lot, I called the restaurant because I couldn't get in. I had to wait on that long line to get in to eat... Tho I was previously told that I could get in with a reservation and was 'guaranteed' to meet Odell... Now I had to wait 2 hours (with disappointed kids and they would hold my reservation... Idiotic. I totally get the busy Odell thing.... But do Not take a reservation and not ensure that I do not get to my table close to the expected time! Perhaps not your average night but I will not go back because I feel a reservation is kind of a deal... And they did not uphold their end. (Also I apologize that I had to rate the restaurant for things that I am unaware like noise level etc... In order to complete the review everything must be completed)

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2014

This is one of our local go-to places. They have a nice drink menu and a well rounded food menu. The service is always excellent. Note that if you order the sushi, order sauce on the side. The few times I didn't, the rolls were drowning in sauce. Not a good look or taste.

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3.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Went for dinner on our 25th Anniversary, on 10/11/14. In a nutshell: 1- is it a fine dining restaurant, a sushi bar, a party spot, a sports bar, a nightclub or a family restaurant? It appears to be, (or trying to be) all of the above. Sorry, it doesn't work. Too noisy for a quiet evening meal, too small to be all of those above things. 2- Bar area is nice enough, especially with little sushi bar built in, but dining area is drab and tired looking. How about a contemporary Asian look? 3- Food is a bit pricy, menu is VERY limited, and most of the items are billed as spicy. There were far more appetizers available than dinner items. I would go again, but would stick to the bar and it's pub fare menu, as well as the excellent sushi menu.

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