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Il Giardinello

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1232 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753-2743
+1 732-286-9111
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 15:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Toms River, New Jersey
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have lived in the area for 30 years and this place has been consistently great. They have catered many a function for us. And we eat here often.

Thank BarbaraAcqua
Bayville, New Jersey
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568 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I usually do not go here because of the long waits encountered and they do not take reservations for small parties. However its crowded for a reason. I think its the best Italian restaurant that I have found in Toms River. The food is terrific, the waiters are excellent and professional, the owners are on site and oversee the operation.... More 

Thank dinerdon
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well done Italian food. The restaurant was full the whole time we were there- good indicator that the meals would be great, and indeed they were. The owner himself made his way to each table to check up on the meal. A real, old school, Italian restaurant

Thank Santini97
Hawthorne, New Jersey
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

ok, yea there are no reservations, but if you call ahead and give them some lead time they will put you on the list and estimate your wait. when inside, food is delicious and not your usual cookie cutter Italian. creativity and flare make it great.

1 Thank kenandkarenr
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious and authentic, which is a must for me when eating Italian. Good portion size, good people.

1 Thank Joe R
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was FANTASTIC! Paul NEVER finishes his dinner when we go out, and he ate his ENTIRE plate of chicken parmigian. I had the Alfredo, which was delicious as well. The mozzarella en corozza appetizer was TO DIE FOR! We will definitely be back.

1 Thank Jennifer S
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife has dined at Il Giardinello many times, I have been 3 times now and have never been disappointed. Their gravy is deep red, with well-simmered morsels of tomato, prosciutto or veal. The rigatoni has a great tooth and "feels" homemade, I don't know if it is. The braciole is - let's face it what braciole is NOT -... More 

1 Thank James L
Neptune, New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of our top ten favorites! The food is superb! Generous portions...you will be bringing home leftovers for sure. Impeccable service. Can't say enough. We have to drive a good distance to get there but well worth the trip. BYOB. Just love this place.

1 Thank Cookie P
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a sad situation for what used to be an outstanding local Italian restaurant. We think it might be that the coupons have taken their toll on quality, not to mention we recently got a mailing featuring a meal and a retirement income discussion at il giardinello. I have had to twice send back improperly cooked artichoke and the last... More 

Thank Dru S
Toms River, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I've been there a few times and have had a great experience every time. Their food is very good and the wait staff is very professional and accommodating. I've had several of their chicken entres and I haven't been dissapointed. My daughter and her boyfriend were also very impressed with the food and the service.

Thank Nilda W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1232 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753-2743
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Toms River
  • Phone Number: +1 732-286-9111

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