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1485 Ocean Ave, State Highway 36, Sea Bright, NJ 07760-2225 (Formerly Ama Ristorante Tuscana)
+1 732-530-9760
16:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is our Shore "Go to" place in the Seabright/Long Branch Area in New Jersey. I have worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for many years, and have spent the better part of a decade working side by side with a celebrity chef who is one of the judges on Chopped. So I sort of know my way around... More 

Thank larryvanore
Morganville, New Jersey
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pros - Food is tasty, service is consistent, salmon and sword fish were excellent Cons - Portions are small, Prices are high, limited seating by windows so make sure you get it when asking for reservations, very noisy at peak times, everything is priced a la carte, price fix menu only available from 5-6pm

Thank jerseyscouter
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a gift card and was told I couldn't use it because I did the fix prixe menu, meanwhile my date ordered an entree and app of the main menu. The food was mediocre. The mussels smelt fishy and for a fancy restaurant, it was very dark with no candle light. Will not return.

Thank Erica C
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This was a celebratory dinner with friends. Everything was perfectly prepared, and presented . We will be going back. The eggplant copanade was perfect, the fresh mozzarella caprese salad was creamy. My favorite was the shaved artichoke salad. My entree was the char , it was cooked perfectly

Thank Patricia B
Whippany, New Jersey
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207 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I didn't expect to like Ama Ristorante because we just happened to stop Sunday afternoon while driving around. The parking lot was full, so we figured it had to be good. A wedding reception was occupying one side of the restaurant, and we were seated at the other side. Our side was nice and quiet and we couldn't hear the... More 

Thank Carol C
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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303 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Four of us had an great evening at Ama's Ristorante. When you leave well fed, and happy, could you ask for more than that? The restaurant is on a second level, so the views of the ocean are great, even on a winter night. We began with the Nonna's Meatballs, and Caprese salads. The Rigatoni with sausage, and the Ribeye... More 

1 Thank JerseyBeachcomber
New York
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Sorry, but this place is just pretentious. The maitre d' said they had no coat-check (really? in January?); so ok, we went to the bar coat in arm, where we quickly discovered that the bartender had never heard of champagne cocktail (really) and didn't even have the simplest ingredient to make one (a sugar cube). Well, that was discouraging; but... More 

3 Thank DGustibus
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Ama is a delight! The bread is wonderful Italian bread...served warm. The menu isn't extensive, but something for everyone and the staff is very friendly and willing to help with your mean decision. The mussels are a must and pasta dishes very good.

Thank Sally O
Level Contributor
102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

My second time here. I feel like the first time was better. Calamari was chewy. Habit was not great & beans weren't cooked . Star of the meal was the polenta. Also wait Staff might want to invest in new shirts as our waitress was popping out of her shirt, Tacky! Also a nice plus. People were all friendly.

4 Thank Srgill72
Red Bank, New Jersey
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138 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Went here for restaurant week. Food not terrific, noisy, pricey wine list. My Caesar salad was awful - tasteless dressing, poor presentation and fishy anchovies. My char and my wife's salmon cooked perfectly. Char was served on a veggie bed with under cooked potatoes in a gray sauce with no taste. Simple sorbet for dessert -ok. Our friends had a... More 

3 Thank David_Laurie6

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$45
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, View, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1485 Ocean Ave, State Highway 36, Sea Bright, NJ 07760-2225 (Formerly Ama Ristorante Tuscana)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Sea Bright
  • Phone Number: +1 732-530-9760
With panoramic and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River, Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood offers guests traditional and newly imagined Tuscan classics in a warm, inviting setting reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. The imaginative and innovative cuisine, prepared by Chef Pat Trama, offers the finest and freshest ingredients paired with a hand selected wine list that features wines from boutique vineyards in Tuscany and throughout Italy as well as special American selections. Ama Ristorante is open year round to the public. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m, and Sundays at 4 p.m.

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?