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Tavern On The Bay, Somers Point, NJ

Tavern On The Bay

3.3
3.3
108 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Tavern on the Bay is a contemporary shore restaurant located right on the bay in Somers Point, just minutes from Atlantic City.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 926-3500

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

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What 108 people are saying

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

3.3
3.3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic City

    Outdoor Dining

  • Atlantic City

    Scenic View

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  1. B

    Beautifulplace

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed eating Al fresco with a beautiful scenery. The food was very tasty and our server, Ellen, was personable and attentive.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The ABSOLUTE worst experience! I rarely leave reviews and if so, only positive. The horrific service was only negatively surpassed by the meal.
  3. KN

    KenN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent, Anthony our waiter was very friendly and attentive Overall would have been five stars, if the Extremely loud obnoxious party of 18 older adults would have shown some respect for others already seated for a nice dinner Would come back again
  4. DC

    DrCAV

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I enjoyed our first visit to this establishment on August 13,2022. We were greeted by Thomas, the maitre d as well as multiple staff members with extreme friendly smiles and respect. We were offered the options of indoor and out seating both with fantastic views of the water. Our food server Ellen was fantastic! She was extremely friendly and respectful,as well as entire waitstaff. The appetisers and main courses also were great and delicious ! For our family of four it was an enjoyable night out. Definitely will return to The Tavern on the Bay. Dr.CAV Dr. CAV
  5. PB

    PatB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice restaurant. Food & service were good. Views wonderful.
  6. AJ

    AudreyJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Our waitress was disinterested in making our dinner enjoyable. The food was mediocre and cold.
  7. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Enjoyed the setting and ambience but wished the food could have been better. Overall a nice atmosphere and place that seems to have open seating more than other places in Sommers Point. We would go again but probably for burgers on the deck.
  8. P

    Philly215

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Pulled up here for a midweek dinner Summer 2022. The place looks like it’s in decent shape from the outside, but something seems off as soon as you enter the lobby area. There’s a forgotten nature to this place. Empty boxes in the lobby that look like they’ve been there a while and are in no hurry to be cleared out of sight. Dusty furnishings and smudged windows that have been ignored. Doors with broken handles. Wobbly tables…We were seated by a guy who moved slowly and didn’t have great social boundaries. He talked way too much and we went from nodding along politely, to enduring it, to just being plain irritated. The waitress arrived and seemed competent and professional at first but then it took about 15 minutes to get our waters (there were only 2 other tables.) After ordering it took 50 minutes for our food to arrive. My seafood pasta had a fair bit of broken shell in it and the sauce had a metallic taste. My partner ordered lobster and was surprised that it was pretty good. We waited ten minutes for a salt shaker. The mashed potatoes and green beans looked pretty basic. We sat outdoors, which was nice, but the whole night just felt like one of those “restaurant rescue” shows waiting to happen…as if a British host was about to leap out of the bushes with a film crew to save the day any second. Not worth the weird interactions and slow service. Nice view of the bay, but…meh, hard pass.
  9. FO

    FamilyOf4

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    They are relying on their spectacular location, since the food and service have seen better days. Definitely believe all the reviews with few stars. The service was poor, though they were clearly trying. Our waiter was trying to be upbeat about the delays and flavorless food, but it was so over the top it backfired and came across as unprofessional. The food was flavorless and of poor quality. "Crab Cakes" is plural and yet there was only one small singular crab cake on the plate. We wanted to be sympathetic about staffing shortages, but they had plenty of staff for the small number of tables they had to serve during prime time. A place with this view should have been full.
  10. PM

    PamM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and helpful staff. Food was amazing. View was beautiful. Hidden gem in a busy little town
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good - some items seemed a little high in price. Beautiful location on the water. Great drinks.
  12. T

    Tiger

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at the restaurant at 7:30, sat at the bar outside for a drink and ordered some food around 8. We were served at 9:30. Management is non existent and they dont seem to have a chef. Just a bunch of people in the kitchen, but they all hang around the back smoking.
  13. GS

    GaryS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible experience I would avoid at all costs.
  14. DS

    DSMLS

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The worst service and dinner we’ve ever, ever experienced. Avoid this place. They are totally disorganized in every area. The food was tasteless. Once again, AVOID THIS PLACE!!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Waiter seemed to be inpatient with us , he verbalized he was very busy and we needed to put our order in now or wait . We ordered an appetizer that never came . We ordered a kids meal chicken fingers , the waiter said we are all out. 10 mins later he came back and we picked so pasta . Immediately after that all of our food arrived , they had chicken fingers dinner and our dinners were served . We never got our appetizer . Food was good service sucked
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were six of us and everyone had a fabulous time. The food was great, the view was spectacular and atmosphere was welcoming. There was live music and she was excellent. We will be going back again soon
  17. PJ

    PJ5225

    Philadelphia

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views of Ocean City bridge with incredible boats along the water. Excellent food and service. Dinner music was a nice touch. Definitely a winner.
  18. N

    Ndlevchak

    Houston

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. The wait staff was not the best.I witnessed one being bothered by a customer’s request. Ours was not very attentive. The girl busing was very good. Lovely view.
  19. m

    maureeno

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We were only ones in restaurant. We started with lobster bisque to share. We told the waiter. He came with one spoon. We asked for another ( no spoons on set up) he asked why. ?? We're sharing. The bisque was some watery pink substance with no taste. I ordered muscles in white. The butter was already coagulated and everything cold. I just sent it back. It wasn't like that were busy, so I thought just ??leftovers. Yuck. I got a ceasar salad, I asked for extra parm cheese upon arrival. The waited said there was parm on it..I said thanks but I would like more. He said again, really, parm is on it. I smiled n asked for a little more. My husband stepped in and said," just bring cheese. Is that a problem ". As more people were entering the waited said okay, but I'm getting busy. WTF..he wasn't the only waiter, we were only people to start, not that many more came in. I guess, service, price and food is a big reason. We left feeling like we were robbed. The view was great, we did have cocktails n should stuck with that!! I would never recommend for food. But, for a view n overpriced drunks, not bad.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The host was nice but not efficient. Outdoor seating is gross. Tables are plastic cheap and mildew stained.
  21. C

    Cforeso

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Horrible service! Took 1:25 to receive our food (:25 for drinks). Main course and appetizers arrived at the same time. Waters did not get refilled. The mashed potatoes were so salty we could not eat them. Waitress was rude and had no intention of making our meal any better… when we said we no longer wanted the appetizer she seemed incredibly put out by having to take it back. The same thing happened to the table next to us. We will not be dining at this establishment again. Thomas the host was awesome, and the view is beautiful.
  22. CM

    CarolineMC

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was friendly- food was good - view was lovely.
  23. P

    Peggy

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    strange experience! Hubby ordered a Plymouth Gin Martini. Server provided martini. After 1 sip, hubby knew it tasted different than what Plymouth should taste like. Took another taste and still not right. Advised server and it was sent back to remake. Server returned to table to advise that "they ran out of Plymouth and just substituted with another gin....but I wasn't supposed to tell you".....Seriously! Can't rate the food as we immediately left.
  24. WS

    WilliamS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Somewhat of a "weak" menu, not many choices. Server service was not up to par. Had to repeat requests for things (lemons, ice, etc) and did get the second drink I requested. Food was good to excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Great location and friendly staff, but food was awful. The seafood pasta had absolutely no taste and the crab cake tasted like flour.
  26. BB

    BBB12

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We have been here before and absolutely love the view from the dining room. The service was great. Food came out quick with no delay. I felt the ribeye could have been a little thicker. It was tasty and cooked the way I wanted, it just seemed a little thin. The crab cake was quit good. The rolls were a little burnt this time. Usually not the case. My wife ordered a white sangria and they brought her a white wine with an orange in it. The server said the bartender didn't have the fixins so he made it up. Probably should have just told us in advance and we would have changed the order. Overall, a nice night and despite the minor hiccups we will be back for the gorgeous view.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible waitstaff. Very rude!
  28. b

    brianav

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Good not great at all a shame because it’s on the bay and could be so much nicer
  29. DT

    DawnT

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the mussels and I had the fried shrimp and my husband had fish. Great meal and we sat outside on the deck and watched the boats . Try their signature drink it was good. We enjoyed the food and experience. Wait staff was great. Thank you all
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    None of the food was really prepared in the kitchen. It’s restaurant depot frozen dinners. Not worth price. Property and views are lovely. It’s a shame that they made very little investment in the kitchen.
  31. t

    teeniegenie

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Ordered broiled scallops with garlic mash and asparagus. When the skimpy platter arrived, it turned out they were bay scallops and were so overcooked I couldn't chew them. Also, there was one small scoop of potatoes and 3 or 4 asparagus. My son ordered a seafood platter that was also very sparse. The other two platters were nothing to brag about either. The waitress removed my plate and told me she would relate my problem to the chef. The noise level in the place was so intense, the four of us could not converse. There are many other restaurants in Somers Point that are so much better. I will not return.
  32. AC

    ArthurC

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the crab cakes and filet mignon. Both were excellent and recommended menu entrees. Our waitress Ellen was very attentive throughout. We ordered drinks, entrees, dessert, coffee/tea and had an enjoyable evening. We will return to Tavern on the Bay.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Bday. Loud. Lots of bdays
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Felt like a bad joke- from the service to the “manager” to the food. Stay far far away.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The food was HORRIBLE, and FROZEN.
  36. D

    Donnag

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    The filet of two dinners was supposed to be cooked Pittsburgh style. Charred on outside & rare on inside for two orders. Both came out overcooked, second try was still bleeding. The bartender is also the cook, who wishes he wasn’t there. Unprofessional staff.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    No hostess at the stand upon walking in, waited 10 minutes before finding a waitress and then another 5 minutes until anyone came to the front. Views were beautiful on the bay but understaffed and very slow. Waited at our table for another 15 minutes and did not receive water or menus or even get acknowledged by waitstaff. Ended up leaving and going to another restaurant after over 30 minutes.
  38. JL

    JaLin

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful room and view. Drinks and service were good, but we were the only party there (a party of 16). Overall the food was just average. Crab cakes were tasty but some thought there was too much filler. The lobster bisque was delicious. The chicken and the mashed potatoes were overrun with garlic and inedible. All in all, "life is a matter of taste."
  39. L

    Lenny

    Philadelphia

    111 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Salty potatoes and not so great stiffed shrimp killed the meal. Caesar salad was above average - hot rolls were great. That’s it for this places- it defines an average meal period!
  40. CR

    ChuckR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    We were there for a birthday dinner for our daughter who turned 17. She had invited 5 friends that were going to pay for themselves. The restaurant's computer system did not allow for separate bills. Other than that little snafoo, the meal was great and the ambiance was spectacular!

FAQs

Tavern On The Bay is rated 3.3 stars by 108 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 14 times today
Google Map for Tavern On The Bay

800 Bay Ave, Somers Point, NJ 08244-2308

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Somers Point

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

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