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Old Bay Restaurant

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61 Church St # 63, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1242 (Neilson Street)
+1 732-246-3111
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17:00 - 02:00
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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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80 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

My bartender Gabby was very professional with a great attitude. Her smile brighten the entire room. The food was plentiful and delicious.

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Thank SonnyLee2014
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for shouting Gabby out -- she's a rockstar! I'll be sure to pass your kind words along, and all of us here hope to have you by again. Cheers, Anthony T., Business Owner More 

NJ
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We have been here a few times over the last few years. When we come for dinner we go on the early side, so it is rarely crowded at that time. I just read recent reviews which did not give high marks on the wait staff. We have never had this problem, perhaps because it is not crowded when we... More 

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Thank dosacquas
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

We always look forward to having you by for a meal, and I'm so glad that you've always been pleased with our service and that pork chop entree. What's more, it's great to know that a meal with us is a highlight for you both -- that means a lot. Until next time, Anthony T., Business Owner More 

North Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Use to love this place but then they hired new waitress and that too terrible ones sorry but had bad experience 6 months back and thought will never come back. My friend convinced me to try it again and I agreed. Went there and stood at the door for at least 15 - 20 mins before the host noticed us,... More 

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Thank dcookd
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

This is obviously concerning, and I'm so sorry that we dropped the ball on service the last two times you've been by. You're right, we're known for our friendly and attentive team, so it's really disappointing if anyone on the team was off-putting. I can assure you that everyone here really does care about each customer, so I'll be sure... More 

New York City, New York
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74 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Very pleased with the appetizers and drinks. The mini shrimp and crab cakes were delicious and the crab spinach dip. The entrees were just okay. I had the dreamboat sole which is stuffed with corn bread and shrimp wrapped in lobster sauce. The side was a southern succotash and rice. The sides lacked flavor entirely. Didn't give me any sense... More 

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Thank CulturedBlackPearl
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

While I'm glad that our appetizers, drinks, and service were all hits with you, I'm disappointed that our entrees didn't pack the same punch. I want each and every dish to be just as flavorful, so I'm sorry that you weren't a big fan of the sole with the succotash and rice. I hope you'll give our entrees another chance,... More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Across from very old cemetery...1700's, a lot of history here. Feel like your in orleans....drinks,food & staff OUTSTANDING...lots of fun & music...will be going back when we are in the area!!

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Thank Joan C
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great that you so enjoyed our New Orleans vibe, Joan, and that you were a fan of our food, staff, music, and more! Until next time, Anthony T., Business Owner More 

toms river nj
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Second stop on our bar crawl. Love this place, great atmosphere. Not your typical run of the mill bar. Had outdoor seating as well as inside a big plus. We tried the potato pancake pizza. Excellent would order again. This place was either first or second on our ratings. Would go again next time for dinner.

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Thank berky11
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great to hear the vibe and pizza were such hits! That means more to us than you know, and we'd love to see you back again someday! Take care, Anthony T., Business Owner More 

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55 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The food here is pretty good but the waitress was mean. She talked to us in a nasty way. It diid not even seem kid-friendly even if they did have a kids menu.

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Thank Matan O
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

This is concerning, Matan, as you should always get friendly and respectful service from us. This is the first time I've heard this feedback, though, so I can assure you it isn't the norm. While it's not an excuse, it sounds like you caught us on an off night, so I'd love a second chance to make it up to... More 

New Brunswick, New Jersey
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106 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Had not been to Old Bay in years. I liked when they were open for lunch. Went there one weeknight with a few friends. The beer selection was good. We ordered a variety of food--special of the day salmon (good), wings, some sort of chili on potatoes. Burger was good. Didn't have room for dessert. Ancient credit card policy of... More 

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Thank mizlori
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm glad you got a chance to check us out again, Lori, however, I wish we had made a better impression here. While I'm glad you loved our beer selection, salmon, and burger, it sounds like you weren't as pleased with our credit card policy. We are an older restaurant, which reflects our current policy which we haven't received many... More 

Califon, New Jersey
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Went here for dinner with some colleagues after a training session. I had the shrimp Po'boy which was pretty good. The chips that came with it were blah. Okay beer selection. Atmosphere is nice, but we were stuck upstairs next to the business office. A little odd. Service was good. Others I went with said food was good but nothing... More 

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Thank Mountaineer22
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

While I'm glad you enjoyed the shrimp Po'boy, it's of course disappointing that everything else was just ok as you should always enjoy all aspects of your meal. I hope you'll consider giving us another try, as I'm sure we can show you a much better meal. Thanks, Anthony T., Business Owner More 

New Brunswick, New Jersey
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I have been here three times. Had seafood jambalaya, crawfish ettouffe and flat iron steak. I have never been to New Orleans myself so I cannot attest to the authenticity of the food here. But everything that was ordered on all three occasions was very good and they all came in sizable portions. The staff was pleasant, courteous and attentive.... More 

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Thank sweetdumpling
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this review

I love that you've been back three times already and that you so enjoyed the seafood jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. What's more, it's great to know that you're a fan of our service too -- thank you! I can't wait for you back again. Until then, Anthony T., Business Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Seafood, American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 02:00
Thursday
17:00 - 02:00
Friday
17:00 - 02:00
Saturday
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 Church St # 63, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1242
    (Neilson Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  New Brunswick
  • Phone Number: +1 732-246-3111
Description
The Old Bay restaurant is New Brunswick, NJ's premier New Orleans-style restaurant. Join us for amazing food, drinks, and entertainment today! Our dinner menu features gourmet Fresh Creole and Cajun cuisine, steaks, and seafood. Our award-winning draft beer list features 22 taps pouring the finest micro-brewed, imported, and domestic beer you can find! Enjoy a drink from our full bar; a hurricane or a mint julep will nicely compliment your meal. We have got a specialty drink for everyone! After 10pm, our restaurant transforms into a sophisticated nightlife sop with outrageous drink promotions and the best live entertainment in town. We have multiple festivals, events, and specials with tons of food, entertainment, and fun. It's never too early to plan for Mardi Gras - we always have the biggest and best celebration around. Join us for an amazing meal, fun drinks, and a crazy night soon!

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