Tonio’s Seafood Shack

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Thank you for choosing Tonio's Seafood Shack! At "The Shack" you'll experience the finest of casual dining. While the menu's focus is on traditional, local and FRESH seafood - with your dinners cooked to order - there is something for every diner as we also offer Pasta, Steaks, Chicken and Kids options. At The Shack we boast a family friendly atmosphere with our fully air conditioned indoor dining room as well as our fully covered back patio.

Please note - due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will be serving TAKE OUT ONLY (full menu) through June 15th, 2020. On June 15th, 2020, we will allow outdoor dining only. Our customers health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. Please know we will be abiding by all rules and regulations set in place for restaurants as stated by the Borough of Avalon/Cape May County. Thank you.
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eliza3
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonio’s never fails to be a superb place to dine! The staff is very accommodating, the food is excellent with a variety for all palates! We return time after time and will come to us to do so!

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vipALPS
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This place will do in a pinch. We sat outdoors in an open patio. Before our meal was served we noticed the increasing odor of the outside garbage dumpsters. That aside, we accepted the staff recommended Panko crusted Wasabi tuna and the Jalapeño lime sauce tuna dish. Both were a disappointment. The crusted tuna seemed to be a boxed frozen entree, then deep fried. It was served cold. The jalapeño tuna was covered in the lime sauce despite a request to serve it on the side. The staff was friendly and attentive. The wait for our food order was, however, unreasonably long. The “under the portico“ dining area did not appear reasonably spaced for COVID-19 purposes. Entrees were reasonably priced.

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Gracef
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nicely appointed outdoor, covered tables. Friendly service. Great crab with home made pasta in vodka sauce. Salads were not great.

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KellyH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top restaurants in Avalon. The food is exceptional and the patio feels like the beach!! The owners are local and hands on. A great place to eat.

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barbarah
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience2

Dined on the patio... good cover because it downpoured while we ate.
Not sure this restaurant is aware of Covid. Servers wore masks, however; table was wiped with a dishrag no sanitizer, tables were VERY close together. they had 11 tables where they should have only had maybe 5,6? Definitely not 6 feet apart. Again food was excellent, but not sure I would go back until after Covid.

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vipBabs
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Tables were a little close by Covid regulations.

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vipMarina17
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious! As the only "landlubber" in the group I had the chicken parmigiana and it was great. The seafood lovers in the group said their meals were delicious as well! We dined out side with proper social distance!

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Savannah
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! The food was out of this world good, service (even had the proprietor stop by and ask how everything was) was top notch! Will go back and would recommend to anyone in Avalon.

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vipBillV
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place. Good food and nice ambiance outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great experience and great service. They were very accommodating for a large party. The food was very good, served hot and our waitress was attentive. We really enjoyed the experience.

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Redflyer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. James our server was
Solid and the kitchen was incredible. The Exec Chef actually came out to our table to show us the Alaskan crab legs he had.

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vipGoodExperience
Philadelphia
206 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a decent meal at Tonios. The soft shell crabs were very good. Fried Shrimp was good. House salads were bland. The tables seemed a bit close. There was only one hand sanitizer placed near the entrance. Waiter was friendly, helpful, courteous. It is pricey for what it is but for decent seafood under a tent it is fine.

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WilliamU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Tonio's 3 out of our 10 day vaca., because of it's built in enclosed outdoor patio and the food is very, very good with friendly does not serve decaf coffee??

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vipAnthonyM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food wasn't bad but nothing great; overpriced for the quality. The wait staff was attentive but kitchen was slow. We were a group of 8 and 5 of us ordered appetizers that were served 3 at one time, then the other 2, don't know why? My wife ordered cheesecake for dessert and it was partially frozen. We chose Tonio's as it was one of few places that could seat 8 same day, now I know why.

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eliza3
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonio’s is one of our favorite eateries in Avalon! The food is exceptional, the setting is perfect especially now and our server (and every one we have ever had) was attentive but not hovering or intrusive. I usually opt for one of the evening’s special and it did not disappoint! I had the surf and turf (twin lobster tails accompanied by 3 baby lamb chops) and it was absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

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Lisa
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were both very good. Would dine there again and also try their pizza restaurant.

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vipValerieM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, amazing hidden gem! Our server Kim was very polite and on point. Our first time dining here as we were unaware they had this outdoor dining out back. The food was incredibly amazing! delicious and cooked perfectly. My husband had the Haddock special and I had the soft shell crabs. All was perfect and highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning also!

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David04
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a great outdoor dining space friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner with good service !

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MarciaB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were seated promptly and the back outdoor area is very nice. My husband's tuna was nicely done and he enjoyed it. My linguine calamari was fair. The linguine could have used another few minutes to cook. I enjoy al dente pasta, and this was even too "crunchy" for me. The calamari and white sauce was ok, but not a lot of flavor. The pizza we got from Tonio's Pizza was a better choice the next night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out waiter was very attentive. The seafood tasted fresh and was perfectly cooked. Enjoyed the spaced out tables on the back patio and happy for a kids menu for the little guy. The only disappointment is they ran out of bread, so our table of 5 got 4 pieces of the most delicious bread made from their pizza dough. This I didn’t understand since their pizza shop is next door. Overall outstanding food, casual concept and going back tonight for our last night on the island. Hoping for double bread tonight!!

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vipfinediner
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Steamed Lobster, Clams & Mussels reasonable - deliciously prepared. Homemade Pasta not a bite leftover, devoured by our teenage Son. Family friendly, Outdoor dining during these Covid Times. An Avalon Summer Favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kim was an outstanding waitress with knowledge about the menu and overall 5 star service!!! The seafood was super fresh and very tasty. I gave it 4 stars for some over saltiness and a miss on minor details. I’d definitely return!

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HeatherR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely outdoor covered patio, attentive service, all dishes we ordered were very tasty and fresh!

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melanies
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a nice dinner outside. The food was very good but pricey. We had the shrimp with pasta and the lobster with filet which was good. The portions were small for the price but overall we enjoyed our experienc

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Over priced for ok food
Nice service
Nice setting
Clean and neat and well run
Might go back ? Maybe

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vipmyslinskipa
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and tasty clams and soft shelled crab!

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jlebo
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Wonderful service. Salads were fresh. Seafood was great. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not worth the money. Tasted like they microwaved frozen seafood.

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vipShannonO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan was our server and she was great! We did the clams casino, it’s hands down one of their best appetizers and we get it almost every time we’re here and they’re the same, every time. I did the Sachetti Pasta Special with crabmeat and my husband got the Stuffed Salmon topped with bang bang sauce. Both were perfect. Pasta portion was appropriate for price. Salmon was about 6-7oz stuffed with what looked like a crab cake, hard to finish unless you eat light - makes a GREAT LUNCH the next day if you can’t finish it. Service for 3 with apps, salad and entree was about 90 mins. Every table was full outside so I think timing was appropriate given how full they were. Pace between courses was good. Love that it’s a BYOB and we bring our favorite beers. Thanks Tonios for another great dinner!

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vipBistroGirl
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious! Great option for dining alfresco!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Bland food and my fettuccine noodles were hard.

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vipSeabass
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice place, nice staff. However, for all parties, it takes a long, long, long, long time to get food. Mgmt-Don't be so GREEDY and overbook if you cannot handle the pace. I understand everyone is trying to make money but be smarter. 1:15 minutes from order to food is POOR. That happened to every table.

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vipDomenicR
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal. Our waitress was fantastic and attentive
Definitely will be going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh seafood with good service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, service and again food!!!! Will recommended to anyone that is in the Avalon area.

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vipChristofB
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dined at the seafood shack last night with our sons and friends. This is a BYOB which we didn’t know but there is a liquor store next door, so problem solved quickly. Had to wait for 20min, but that’s ok given the Covid circumstances
The food was delicious and the pricing fair. Our waiter was really nice and knew his food so was helpful when making decisions. All in all I will definitely return next time we are in Avalon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice space, very surprised! 5:30, we were seated promptly. Wait staff very attentive.

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vipGarysGirl
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this seafood/italian restaurant. The patio is great for social distanced dining. Megan our waitress was just great, along with all of the friendly and attentive staff and the food is fresh and delicious. We ate here multiple times a week over the last month and have recommended it to all of our friends.

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Tonio’s Seafood Shack is rated 4.5 stars by 285 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.