As a Jersey shore native I have to review some places down the shore, especially since that’s usually where I am if I am not in NYC or North Jersey. I spent the weekend with my boyfriend Jason and instead of going to the usual or having dinner at home we decided to check out Artisan’s and little did we know we were in for a great, filling meal!
Artisan’s Brewery & Italian Grill (1171 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753)
Here’s what I thought of it:
Customer Service: 4.5 — We went in around 1:30/40 so it was kind of an off time to come. It was slow at times but you also have to keep in mind it was Sunday afternoon. Other than that it was excellent. The service was quick and our bartender knew our drinks orders well and was very informative. The staff was also very friendly too.
Atmosphere: 5– I loved the atmosphere, it made you feel right at home and had a traditional italian style to it. It works very well with the kind of restaurant it is. There is also a lounge/bar area & a dining hall which can be used for receptions.
Food/Drink Quality: 5– The food was excellent and unique. We got the calamari with the spicy balsamic glaze on the side and it was wonderful and unlike any calamari sauce I’ve had. I definitely want to get it again. There special was half off any pizza, which comes to about $5 and change. The pizza was huge but didn’t disappoint. I even had leftovers. A couple ordered a burger while we there so Jason got the Artisan’s famous burger. He loved it, I even snuck in a bite and it was great. The way they season the meat is delicious. We were both filled to the brim between our drinks and food and I haven’t been that full in a while.
Price: $– Depending on what you get it can get a bit pricey. But they have specials almost every night and the pizza for $5 was great. Get a pizza and two beers and you have a cute little date. They also have beer & a brew night on Tuesday which I want to go to. You get a burger & a brew for $8.95 which is perfect for a date night too.
Final Score: 14.5/15 — Over all, I had a great experience at Artisan’s. You can have a great meal for a great price if you choose. The staff is attentive and the food is unique. It’s nestled right near the Ocean County Mall so it’s a great place for movie & mall-goers to go and grab a bite! I definitely want to come back for Burger & a brew night!
Holding my sample of their light beer from the brewery inside Artisan’s
The delicious homemade pizza I ate!
Happy Eating everybody!
– Small Chick 🙂