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Il Giardinello

1232 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753-2743
+1 732-286-9111
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“veal” (36 reviews)
“braciole” (6 reviews)
“broccoli rabe” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00 Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
1232 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753-2743
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is without a doubt the best Italian restaurant in Toms River. Located in a strip mall, it is nonetheless quaint and clean. Only downside is that because of its popularity, there is typically a long wait.

1  Thank ACinNJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stay away unless you want to wait like cattle in a dimly lit hall in this restaurant that takes no reservations. Not taking reservations shows no respect for customers esoecially when they are expected to wait in a narrow dinly lit hallway. Mediocre foid, medicre...More

Thank 959Llawrence
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was amazing . The lunch portions were more then enough and the salad was delicious. Ended the meal with coffee and a cannoli. perfecto.

1  Thank 934garyy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am always happy to dine at this restaurant! It is my home away from home during the fall through spring. The food is superb and the service outstanding. Choose whatever you yearn for when you read the menu! You will leave happy! Great place...More

1  Thank Ginger1775
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Forgot to call ahead. . .they do not take reservations however you can call ahead 30 minutes. We arrived at 7pm last evening and were seated within 30 minutes. The restaurant looks outdated and maybe a throwback to the 80s. Also tables are quite close...More

Thank born2travel21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went with another couple for dinner. We were seated very quickly since we were there at the opening hour of 5pm. The restaurant fills up quickly after that with senior citizens making up about 90% of the clientele. Our primary issue...More

1  Thank WaltGrace2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The worst part of night was choosing which one of the great menu options to order. We were greeted and sat quickly. The restaurant nice and service was perfect. The food was DELICIOUS and portions plentiful. Everything I was told about this place was accurate....More

1  Thank smarcelus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Best Italian Restaurant service GOOD Vira the best Waiters thanks for you sevices bro' i coming back soon .

1  Thank JORGE C
Reviewed 8 August 2018

My wife and 2 children 7/9 stopped here on our way back to our hotel from Six Flags. We unknowingly showed up wearing inappropriate tee shirt shorts and flip flops but were welcomed warmly by the owner and seated promptly. Our waiter was very attentive...More

1  Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

My family and I have been patrons for years. The food is delicious! We have never had a bad meal. We even cater Christmas dinner from Il Giardinello. My favorite is the Calamari Fra Diablo, Veal with Mushrooms and Asparagus (I forget the menu name)...More

1  Thank Mary G
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10 June 2017|
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Response from dinerdon | Reviewed this property |
Elegant is a relative thing. It is well decorated but there are more elegant places but you will pay a premium. I like the décor. It has tablecloths and is much nicer than a "pizza Parlor" atmosphere. The staff are... More
2 November 2016|
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Response from geobartley | Reviewed this property |
No but if you go online they have discount coupons.
Antonio D
21 October 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
I think it is ok for children. I would advise calling first though as I had heard it may have been sold since my last visit
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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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