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K C.

11 August 2019

My husband and I went there on a Thursday.  The food was delicious and the view from the outside deck was very peaceful.  The waiter was very friendly as well.


Jake A.

11 August 2019

I've only been to this restaurant once but I wanted to write a good review to displace some of the unfair and occasionally ludicrous negative ratings Shari's has gotten. We were met by a host as soon as we walked in, and the waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. My wife got the chicken and I got the spare ribs, and both were absolutely delicious. I can tell you right now that my wife only orders chicken at restaurants, no matter what restaurant that it is, and she said this was one of the top 5 she's ever had. Sure, it's a bit on the pricey side but 1st of all it's kosher which raises the price, and 2nd of all you're paying for a beautiful view over the Bay in a gorgeous historic tavern. Service and food were both great and if I had one complaint, the music was a bit noisy, but the patrons at the bar seemed to be enjoying it so who am I to complain?Note that being a kosher restaurant means no dairy or shellfish, so don't be disappointed if your onion soup doesn't have cheese on it. More...


Jeff Wolf

7 July 2019

Very nice, food great, service good


James S.

10 May 2019

When the restaurant became Shari's this winter it was closed for renovation. I was amazed at how perfectly the dining room had been refreshed. It is immaculate and has the air of a REAL 5 star. The million-dollar view of the marina has not changed either.The food has been excellent , and I have been there several times.  The cheeseburger is amazing. The steaks are amazing.  I can't get enough of this mushroom soup they have. I cant describe it, you just have to try it. I will certainly be back. More...


Pat A.

2 May 2019

We were looking for a place to have a drink and stumbled upon Sheri's Tavern on the Bay. Beautiful view and Chris the bartender was amazing! We had an appetizer that was awesome - tuna nachos! Yummm! We will definitely be back!!!! More...


Raina T.

24 February 2019

The food and the ambience are top notch. It's hard to find a kosher restaurant that is beautiful and delicious, but Shari's is a rarity. It's has all the attributes that you want in a restaurant!!! A must try More...


Mama O.

23 December 2018

I was so impressed  by this place !!  We went in with very low expectations for 2 reasons : 1) the negative reviews & 2) it was 1 of the only places with last minute reservations available on a Saturday night in August. Luckily we were pleasantly surprised ! Everything was wonderful! Food, atmosphere, service. We'll be back. Love the views!! Especially at sunset ! More...


Larry G.

25 August 2018

We had dinner at this legendary eatery with an amazing view the other night. Try the salmon and have a drink at bar. It is one of the hidden "premier" summer restaurants at the shore and definitely worth the trip over the bridge.


David G.

24 August 2018

Tavren By The Bay offers a great view and delicious meals!I really enjoy coming here when I am down the shore.It's a great place to take your date or just unwind and enjoy a cold one while watching the sunset.The staff is very friendly and offer great service.5 stars More...


Hector D.

24 August 2018

The owner was was personally attentive to our group. The food was amazing the bang the bang shrimp and crab balls were awesome. Great atmosphere. Beautiful view! Will definately come back again. More...


Connie S.

20 August 2018

We attended a party at this restaurant.  The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!  Jerry and the entire staff was very attentive and fun.  They added to the success of a wonderful party.  We plan to return for a dinner. More...


Andres T.

17 August 2018

I went in there the other day and got one of the best tasting steaks I have ever had. The view was great as well. Very nice atmosphere , the server was nice and didn't bother me like a lot of other spots I go to


Star S.

7 July 2018

Amazing food with amazing service. The owner was around checking on things and the lead chef came out to check on our food! Everyone at tavern on the bay went out of there way to make sure we had an amazing dinner for my best friends birthday! They knew we were celebrating a birthday and made it special! More...


Jerry C.

4 June 2018

I love going to tavern on the bay  Beach bar and restuaurant every summer  so  always so nice clean and clean . I rather eat at tavern  then anywhere else  in somerpoint.   Best and most important is the very big deck that has ocean and bay views.     I came in for memorial day weekend and the place was alive and packed just like bay festival .   Keep up the good work  I love the new menu and  can't wait for summer 2018 at tavern. More...


Krista R.

2 June 2018

We were extremely hesitant bc of the 2.5 rating but were looking for something on the water. We were pleasantly surprised by the food, atmosphere, and great personality of our waitress Barb. Everything was just perfect!!


Caitlin T.

22 April 2018

Came here for my bachelorette party dinner prior to going to AC. Caleb and Anthony went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. After a mishap at the Anchorage, where we were treated very rudely, I had a bad taste left in my mouth.  Caleb set a table for 9 with no wait. They went above and beyond to make us feel special here-- including a free round of drinks for the whole table! Food was delicious , entertainment great, and beautiful views of the bay! Thank you so much for accommodating a table of 9 last minute and making it a night to remember for us! We will definitely return! More...


Just Jacks M.

7 August 2017

Went to this place at almost 11:00 pm on a Saturday night.  Greeted by a young bartender named Greg.  We felt so welcomed and immediately want to stay as long as we could.  He made us two delicious martinis that were on their drink menu and made them very well. Chilled glass, side ice, etc.   Though we weren't too hungry, we ordered food just because it smelled so good in there. Had the beef nachos that was very very good, and the oysters rockerfeller, which weren't that good.  Still optimistic about the menu. There was a singer, Shaun, who was amazing and had the most incredible voice.  Was so happy that we found such a fun place to go to and at such a late time when everyone else is shutting down. We immediately made reservations for dinner next week. I will touch base about how we felt about the actual dinner next week. Looking forward to it though. More...


Cathy M.

16 July 2017

I read many of the reviews and our experience was much better than they indicate. We went on a very busy Saturday night in July. We were seated fairly quickly at a great table in the corner overlooking the bay. We were greeted promptly by our waiter JP who could not have been nicer or more attentive. The scallops and shrimp entree (with a fab risotto) was great as was the ahi tuna raw bar selection and the salmon was reported delicious also. We will go back for sure--maybe the start of a new tradition when we vacation in OCNJ! More...


Anthony F.

17 April 2017

I'm surprised by the low reviews. I'm a footy and I thought this place was good. I do have to say that the service was horrible.


Dee R.

27 October 2016

Give this place a chance.  If you haven't been in recent months or at all, its worth the trip.  Chef Paul has joined the team and revamped the menu.  Paul wants the clients to be happy and goes the extra mile to ensure that happens.  The food absolutely speaks for itself.  By pairing awesome meals with a one of a kind view, you have a great experience in store.  Also offering Happy Hour Sunday 1-7pm. More...


Lisa H.

5 October 2016

What a great place!!! The food, the atmosphere, the service, everything was perfect!! They had a live singer who sang Nora Jones, Dionne Warwick style music so we even got to slow dance after dinner. One of the most romantic date nights we have had in a long time!!!!! More...


Gary C.

30 August 2016

Nice place food was great pricey but I think they want to draw a certain crowd. I had the lobster tail which was perfect ! My wife had the salmon which she said she wants an IV of it ! Valet parking but you can park on the street. More...


Quentin H.

28 August 2016

This place was great.. When you first walk in, it's jaw dropping.. The service was 100%! The food was amazing and very flavorful!! And the manager was friendly.. I recommend this place over any thing! More...


Steef M.

16 August 2016

If you're looking for a sophisticated, yet laid back spot to get a great meal and have a drink, I cannot recommend Tavern on the Bay enough. We've been there many times for dinner, apps, and drinks, and have always had excellent service and a great time. We even held our wedding there!There are a lot of great things about Tavern on the Bay. First, the location is perfect. The dining area and outside bar offer awesome views of the bay and 9th street bridge. While they are busy during the summer, we have never had a problem walking right up to the outside bar and finding a seat. The bartenders and waiters, including Jeremy, Diane, and Barb are all fantastic. Chef Russ runs an excellent kitchen and everything I've eaten here has been delicious. The burgers are excellent, the steaks are perfect, and people are STILL talking about how great the crab cakes were at our wedding! Finally, the manager, Caleb, makes you feel like you are right at home. Not only does he run a great restaurant, but he is equally skilled at event planning. During the 5 months leading up to our wedding he made things so easy for us.If you've ever been curious about the white Victorian looking house across the street from the Anchorage, do yourself a favor and stop in one night for a drink and see what it's all about. I don't think you'll be disappointed. More...


Michelle P.

7 August 2016

Excellent food, drinks & dessert. Room to dock your boat or Waverunner. Outside bar overlooks the OC bridge . Beautiful views.


Heather D.

28 July 2016

Delicious steaks and sides! Had the Kobe beef nachos, Kobe tomahawk and garlic mashed potatoes. Wonderful dinner with a gorgeous view of the Ferris wheel at ocean city in the distance. Highly recommend for nights when you want to splurge. I took one star away because the steak knives weren't very sharp and made cutting the meat a bit of a struggle. More...


Kristen K.

21 July 2016

Great gem we stumbled upon after visiting several spots that had nearly 2 hour waits. Very accommodating. Food was delicious. Most of our party had steak and said it was cooked perfectly. Also had the sushi grade seared tuna- excellent. For apps we had clams, bacon wrapped scallops and Kobe nachos. Took a little long for courses but we learned the chef was new and very meticulous. Honestly would rather have it prepared well than fast! We had two young children and the staff was very pleasant and accommodating with them while we waited between courses. Took several walks around the dining space to buy time! Overall happy we found this place and didn't have to wait. Sat on deck, great view! Highly recommended for a nice meal and would bet it would be better than some of those places we tried to eat at originally. More...


Pat E.

10 July 2016

We had a private luncheon here on the 4th of July, upstairs in a small banquet room overlooking the water. (The main restaurant was closed until dinner, so we had the place to ourselves) We had 4 young kids in the group which is why we wanted the private room - it was originally scheduled for the day before, so it was wonderful that they opened up to do our luncheon on the 4th!I had crab cake, it was very good; we ordered family style mashed potatoes, grilled Brussels sprouts (delicious!), spinach dip - also delish, my husband had scallops, also very good.It was a wedding celebration so we ordered a couple bottles of bubbly but we were served a bunch of splits - not sure how economical that was...The management was reluctant to allow us to order off of the regular menu because we had the private banquet room, even tho there were only 10 adults, they wanted us to go with a choice of 3, not sure why, but I convinced them to allow us to order from the menu and we would pay a room charge. It was good, & we look forward to going back ourselves and having a nice dinner on the water some night. More...


Jill G.

15 June 2016

On our yearly vacation in OCNJ we were looking for a restaurant to have dinner. Through Yelp we found this steakhouse. Very similar menu setup to a high end steakhouse (think Ruth Cris) with sides ordered separately. A party of 5, we ordered different entrees & shared 3 sides. Starters were the white truffle Parmesan fries which were amazing! Tasty and flavorful! My husband enjoyed the bacon wrapped scallops and my Dad, the clams casino. The only disappointment was my husband's ribeye steak. Considering the price and this being a steakhouse, it was a surprise that it was thin and over cooked. The other entrees including the Pork chop, scallops with risotto, roasted half chicken and the red snapper special were delicious. The highlight of the meal was the Brussels sprouts with bacon. Mashed potatoes and baked potato were also good. Prices are high but service was good, food was yummy and the view of the bay was lovely. More...


Jacqueline C.

4 June 2016

Chef Russ, JP and Dianne are so personal and accommodating. This place is truly a hidden secret.  They have it all.  The SERVICE is off the charts, FOOD, AMAZING and TASTY!!!! FUN atmosphere and ambiance.  Indoor, outdoor dinning.  Seats are comfortable, location a wow factor.  Love this place. More...


Herbert H.

14 March 2016

I stumbled in late one night, after too many gin and tonics down the road. I didn't think they'd be open, let alone serving anything, so the unlocked front door was a pleasant surprise, as was the bartender still behind the bar, cleaning some glasses. Don't get me wrong--this was definitely the end of the night, so it wasn't necessarily screaming "open for business." And the manager was sitting, there, rubbing his head, looking tired as heck, but when he saw me, he donned his best smile and did his best not to show his exhaustion. (I appreciated that.) He asked me what he could get me, and I said I could use something in my belly for heading home. He said "lemme see if anyone's in the kitchen."Turns out, the chef had left, but somebody was still in there, cleaning up. "Sammy" came out and said "Hey man...What can I get ya? You want something to eat? We don't have much, but I'll make you something."Make me something he did: THE BEST BLT I've ever had. It was on a big fluffy brioche bun, with thick-cut bacon, big juicy Jersey tomato and fresh, green lettuce. Absolutely delicious and exactly what I needed.I really appreciated him doing that for me, this guy Sammy. (Turns out, he's the owner, or son of the owner, or something.)Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "I'll be back!" More...


Faith C.

24 September 2015

Ate there last night with my boyfriend and since it's off-season we were one of only a few tables seated. Sat by the window with gorgeous views of the bay. I had the best pan-seared scallops I have ever tasted. They came with bacon and corn risotto and the whole meal was fabulous! The atmosphere was terrific and I would definitely return! More...


Bob N.

31 July 2015

Had a wonderful experience. Our waiter Michael U was very attentive, and made our 30th anniversary memorable. Food was outstanding. First time here we will be back


E M.

30 July 2015

Although the inside is gorgeous with stunning views, we decided to take advantage of the perfect weather to sit out on the deck. Our server, Joe, was prompt and efficient. We ordered the bacon wrapped scallops and tuna sashimi as appetizers which came very quickly after we ordered them. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but could have been either larger in size or come with more than just 4 to justify the cost. We didn't care for the BBQ sauce they served it with. The tuna was delicious. For our entrees, we had the crab cake and the scallops over bacon and corn risotto. Our sides were the spinach au gratin and roasted Brussels sprouts. The crab cake was large and made of large flaky pieces of crab without a lot of filler. The horseradish remoulade served on top of the crab cake was perfect and didn't overpower the taste of the crab. The scallops were cooked perfectly over again, and once again were in the small size for the price. The risotto was amazing and I could have just had a dish of that for my meal. Spinach au gratin was rich and creamy and oh so good. The Brussels sprouts were good and plentiful. The deck is the perfect destination for a summertime dinner. We'll definitely be back. More...


Maribel C.

13 July 2015

We walked into Tavern on the Bay on a Friday night,an upscale steakhouse. The outdoor bar was packed so we decided to sit at the indoor bar. A jazz trio was playing, the mood was relaxed and inviting so we decided to have a drink. I chose the Tavern on the Bay Breeze-mango vodka, coconut rum with pineapple and cranberry juices-very good! We shared several items from the bar menu-a wedge salad, Kobe beef nachos and the junior Kobe  burger. The wedge salad was small but had good flavor with the blue  cheese dressing . The nachos were tasty as well although I would have liked more jalapeños. The Kobe burger was 10 ounces and perfect for sharing -nice thick juicy burger cooked medium .We were not disappointed with our choices that night.The following night we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner so we came back to Tavern on the Bay. We sat at the bar again but we ordered from the more expensive dinner menu this time . There was a solo singer that night, Shawna.who had a lovely voice. We were greeted by the bartender Jeremy , known as "J", very personable and great at his job.We had the Octopus salad & Caesar salad to start, then we chose the 28 oz. Kobe Tomahawk steak (blue cheese and caramelized onion sauce on the side) with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus . ( we were sharing everything- no way I could eat 28oz of steak by myself) The octopus salad was delicious -octopus tentacles served over farro- small portion but so much flavor! Caesar salad was just ok-lacking the garlic/ anchovy flavor I love. The Kobe steak was to die for! We asked for it medium rare and was cooked perfectly ... juicy, tender ... I didn't need the blue cheese/ caramelized sauce on the side ... It was delicious as is! The garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus were good too. I would definitely return here for drinks and dinner. More...


S J.

7 July 2015

We arrived last night a little before 9 after having to walk out on our table at Bay Ave Sushi where we were simply never given our food after waiting for an hour and 45 minutes. So to set the tone, we were pissed walking in the door. We quickly got a table and the bartender walked over to make sure we got our drinks. Our waiter was a professional and was very good at his trade. We told him our situation and ordered three appetizers and the bisque, all of which were excellent and brought over in short order. Granted, the place was about half full but both he and the owner took the time to talk about the new restaurant and their story. They helped us salvage a disaster of a date night. More...


Nick D.

28 June 2015

Stopped here on the drive home from Cape May. No wait to be seated at 6pm on a Sunday. Sat out on the back deck with a pleasant view of the bay and Ocean City.The lobster bisque was well-flavored with good chunks of lobster. The Wedge salad was crisp and refreshing. We split a NY Strip steak with chimichurri sauce -- steak was done properly and the sauce was nice and balanced.Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Gave up my silverware with the salad plate and was presented with a new setup immediately. Always a positive - hate when places are stingy with the silverware. Final bill was a bit pricey, but the overall experience was positive. Would definitely return. More...


David L.

24 May 2015

My stomach is so happy.  Tomahawk Kobe steak was amazing.  Wife had maple glazed Salmon.  Very tasty.  Wine by the glass was well thought of.  Service was great.  Highly recommend. More...


Pamela H.

23 May 2015

Only stopped in for drinks on the deck but the service was FANTASTIC!  Ask for Jason. Solid bartender. Nice guy. Good conversation.


Eric F.

27 August 2014

Wow, what a wonderful place. We walked in blind after declining the 90 minute wait for 3 at Smitty's, and couldn't be happier with the experience. The view was stunning, and easily the best in Somer's Point. Drinks were reasonable, and the food was excellent. The calamari was so fresh, and the seared tuna app was perfect. For dinner we had the Blackened Salmon and the Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Both were absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended!! More...


Cara O.

27 July 2014

Tavern on the Bay is fabulous!!! Not only is the food superb, but the scenery of the bay is gorgeous.  My favorite dishes include the Salmon, Tuna, and Wedge Salad.  There is also a great drink menu. You can't go wrong with anything you order from this lovely establishment. There is only wonderful entertainment every night that most locals don't know about ;). More...