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Bonney Read

4.6
4.6
1013 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located in downtown Asbury Park, NJ in the historic Steinbach building, the Bonney Read is a classic American chowder house, cocktail and raw bar.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 455-3352

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    James Avery

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for pricing.

  • Private party contact

    info@thebonneyread.com: (732) 455-3352

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross street

    Cookman and Bangs

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,013 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Seafood

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  1. ND

    NickDanger

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Never had anything less than a very good meal here. Excellent drinks. Few restaurants are so consistent over time. One complaint: in NJ it is legal to tack on a credit card surcharge only if you disclose it up front. We saw no indication until we saw it on the bill. They're not the only restaurant to do this. We'll still be back but the industry needs to address this.
  2. k

    kenwhysee

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Perfect seating near an open window- nice weather, nice evening meal
  3. DG

    DanielG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious! We had the rib-eye special and some seafood starters. We also had dessert and it was THE BEST vanilla ice cream I have ever had!
  4. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress Izzy was top notch!!! She was knowledgeable, attentive and very personable. The atmosphere and food were good but she made it a “great” experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Service was quick.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Our son wanted a seafood dinner before he is off to his freshman year at college so we decided on The Bonney Read. We had a reservation and sat right away. However it was almost. 15 minutes before someone came over with water and to take a drink order. I don’t think she was our server but she ended up taking care of us the rest of the night and did a great job. The appetizers were good, the teriyaki steak tip special appetizer was delicious and the salad as well and plenty to share. My husband order3 the mussels for dinner and they were very good and a huge portion. My son had the Cajun shrimp which he devoured. I ordered the fresh catch of the day, Mahi, and was disappointed. It was over cooked and a bit fishy. Overall we were happy with the experience and will return.
  7. PP

    PhillipP

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waitress was slow. Waited 10 minutes for her to greet us and caught an attitude when we told her we’d like to not be rushed. Shrimp cocktail was served before our drinks. The bus boy cleared our salad we were still working on. The wait staff congregated outside behind our table. The hostess sat down on the curb and chatted with 2 waitresses beside our table. Some of the steamed clams had been forced open, we didn’t touch them. The crispy fish tacos were far from crispy, they were oily and heavy. The only thing enjoyable was the dinner rolls. We won’t be returning.
  8. p

    puravida

    New York Area

    121 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and the best service!!!
  9. NJ

    NJElaine

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Great location, nice space, nice raw bar and menu options, good drinks and decent seafood. I say decent because it was basic seafood, nothing fancy or upscale. Service was mixed... hostess talking with coworker and took a bit to acknowledge us. Waiter was attentive but had to ask busser to have appetizer plates cleared. Table had some crumbs on it when we sat. Bottles of tap water for the table were warm. I thought the bill was high for what we got (close to $400 after tip for lunch for 5 with 8 drinks, 3 apps, 1 small plate, 2 orders or tacos, fried clam strips, a lobster roll) but prices probably up with inflation. Annoying that we asked for more bread with the mussels appetizer, and they charged us for a side of bread.
  10. DM

    DianeM

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful as usual! Restaurant is our favorite in Asbury Park! Our guests from north Jersey agree!!
  11. DD

    DianeD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, drinks and service! We will definitely be back!
  12. JA

    JessAdams

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good quality food fairly priced. We sat outside on the sidewalk which was not pretty but quieter than inside.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always!
  14. SW

    SaraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic!! Best fish tacos I’ve ever had. The Frosé is amazing!
  15. MM

    MiMiR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service at Bonney Read was amazing! We shared many small plates and everything was delicious and fresh. We chose to eat outside, since it was so loud inside. The outside seating was comfortable and we were able to enjoy our meal and hear each other. We will definitely be returning again soon.
  16. JA

    JoeA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelle was a great server! We for the fried clams and oysters for appetizers, and then had the crab legs boil. It’s work to eat but our daughter loved it!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere! Also great service! Kim was our server and everything turned out perfect because of her!
  18. MM

    MeganM

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ultimate bloody Mary’s are the best in the world.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a great meal here!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great good and very cool space!
  21. MS

    MariaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Bonney Read is a must-try if you are in the Asbury Park vicinity. It is located downtown with a casual atmosphere and offer outdoor seating (weather permitting). The food is outstanding! I've tried many grilled octopus dishes but Bonney Read has one of the best I've had by far. They first braise it, then grill and flash fry and serve on a bed of chorizo hash - it is the perfect complement to the dish and so delicious!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The tables were too close to each other. The chairs had food crumbs.
  23. G

    Gigi

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had an Ultimate Bloody Mary which was like an appetizer with all the garnishes . Hubby ordered Clam Stew and I the blackened grouper. Both delicious! Izzy( Isabelle ) was such an awesome waitress. So adorable and personable. We had a great experience and enjoyed people watching out our window table seating.
  24. SA

    SalA

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our home away from home restaurant /bar. The freshest fish you'll get anywhere from clams to Tuna bolognese yes Tuna, to a variety of fish steaks. Oh did I mention the Ribs and Burgers. For a chowder house their meat dishes though few are as good as anywhere else.
  25. KM

    KeithM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place, best clams casino on earth, by far!
  26. MA

    MaryAnne

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh seafood, tasty and delicious Staff knowledgeable and friendly
  27. LR

    LuciaR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good and it place itself had a fun atmosphere
  28. AC

    AniC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and quantity and service and menu choice, nice cocktails. Price is slightly higher.
  29. AK

    AlekseyK

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant going almost every Friday in the summertime great food great people definitely recommend it
  30. a

    apqueen

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven't dined here in a few years, we didn't love it last time we were there (service and food quality were poor and price was high) so we were hesitant to go back. But we had family in town who wanted lobster and seafood and we couldn't figure a place to go so we took a risk. The risk paid off, the service was fabulous, the food was excellent. We were surprised and would definitely go back again.
  31. j

    joelk

    New York Area

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service of superb food and drink’s.
  32. c

    crease

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    It’s my go to restaurant in Asbury. It’s consistently good and a great value
  33. ML

    MissLo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Regular date for me and my husband
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kim our waitress was a rock star
  35. TF

    TeresaF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Visited on a Thursday evening for a special occasion and it was a disappointment. Some items not fresh. Ordered the Spanish octopus and I could not cut through it. Tasted one piece and could barely chew it. Waitress quessed it was tough, just by the look on my face. Buratta was not fresh. Bread toasted which usually means its not fresh( charged $3.50 for extra bread). My son's burger was dry. Coleslaw tasted sour. Everyone else said their dishes were good (grouper special, lobster roll (small portion). I had ceasar salad wirh shrimp. I got a bowl of lettuce wirh a couple of croutons and about 5 or 6 small shrimp ($24). Key lime pie tasted like freezer burn. Just a disappointment dining experience. But, the worst part is that by the time I got home I started feeling ill. Can't pun point, but I suspect the shrimp in my salad. Won't recommend
  36. M

    Mimi

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great time. Food was good. Price of oysters was shocking .
  37. e

    eatoutalot

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great! Food very good.
  38. k

    ken29

    New York Area

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I had the tuna and my wife had the salmon. Disappointed with the dessert choices . Nothing gluten-free. Service was attentive and our table was perfect. Somewhat loud however fun just not a romantic place but great energy and awesome bar.
  39. CJ

    CJBo

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous fresh seafood and our server Justin was great!
  40. c

    chuckie

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every thing was excellent up until the octopus! Cocktails, excellent, raw clams and steamed mussels, excellent, blackened fish bites, excellent! The octopus, $28 worth, was like eating dried shoe leather. Why even have it on the menu if you don't know how to prepare it? Almost ruined the whole meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bonney Read offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 455-3352.

Bonney Read is rated 4.6 stars by 1013 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today
Google Map for Bonney Read

533 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cookman and Bangs

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Avery

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 455-3352

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for pricing.

  • Private party contact

    info@thebonneyread.com: (732) 455-3352

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