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Il Giardino Sul Mare

2 Hollywood Blvd, Forked River, NJ 08731
+1 609-971-7699
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (18 reviews)
“veal” (7 reviews)
“banana flambe” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00 Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2 Hollywood Blvd, Forked River, NJ 08731
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is good, but the service is slow. Two waitresses for over 12 tables is a lot especially when there are large parties at a table.....If there was another waitress, it would have been fine.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank diana780
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Celebrated a friends birthday. The ambiance was nice. They took their time with taking orders and bringing out the food which was fine since there were 9 of us and we were chatting. Food was good but everything was way too garlicky. It totally overpowered...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ohappycampers
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Thanks Jerry, Dago, and Pedro for all making our 10 year wedding anniversary so special for my wife and 3 daughters. From the delicious food, the iced bottled champagne, the strawberry flambe, from the wonderful live music from April and her piano player, and great,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Odyssey574551
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Went there last week for yet another wonderful meal. Carpaccio and pork chop are not to be missed. But for the second time in my last 4 visits I could not have their fabulous banana flambe (yes, in ocean co). Last time the server who...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Fred K
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Have been there several times in past ten years. Have also been there for parties. Always good food and service. Takes reservations which is a great plus in season. Mostly Italian cuisine. But good selection of seafood also.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank funt0g0
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We had a large group and for most of us it was our first time. Jerry was very attentive and the food was excellent. Meals were on the large side and all of us took something home. If there was any negative, it was that...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jon T
Reviewed 8 September 2018

First let me say the only reason I did not give 5 stars is because we were in the same room as the piano player and it was so loud we could not hear each other unless we yelled. Now as far as the food...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mystify
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here on Saturday evening, August 25th and were able to get a reservation for 4 on the same day, which was a challenge in the Ocean County tourist area on a beautiful weather weekend. The drinks, apps and entrees were well prepared...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank TravelBuginBlue
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Il Giardino Sul Mare is a hidden gem off of route 9. Passing by you would never expect that the restaurant sat on a picturesque lagoon leading out to the Barnegat Bay. We ordered the seafood appetizer, large chunks of shrimp, calamari & scunguli in...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank onnembocs
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

I havent been here for dinner since 1999... Food was excellent. Calamari delicious very light. I had the zuppa di pesse another delicious meal. My son always gets chicken parm. Great size portion. He was very impressed with the place. He said he will return...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank bennie1970
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10 November 2018|
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Response from onnembocs | Reviewed this property |
I wrote directly to the restaurant to ask then and their answer was "yes,we do" So they do serve gluten free pastas. Nov. 11,2018
21 August 2016|
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Response from Dante1122 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have a small bar
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Hollywood Blvd, Forked River, NJ 08731
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Forked River
  • Phone Number: +1 609-971-7699
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