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Old Bay Restaurant

61 Church St # 63, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1242
+1 732-246-3111
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good41%
  • Average28%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Seafood, American, Bar
$$ - $$$
61 Church St # 63, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1242
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was excellent with big portions. You can sit inside where there is AC, or outside on the patio. Inside, they have a good band. It was loud, but we like that. :) The service was good, and we'd go there again in the future.

Thank Cheryl and Del D
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Cheryl, thrilled you so enjoyed everything from our food and their plentiful portions to the live music. Cheers, and until next time! Anthony T., Business Owner

Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Downstairs on the left is a little private bar. Maybe 10 stools and a standing area. Not crowded and a bit quieter. It's on the way to the outside patio. Great place to just watch the game, chat with the bartender and chill after a...More

Thank Omni99
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Glad you've always enjoyed catching the game here over some beers and our fried shrimp po boy -- cheers! I also appreciate your feedback about those fries, and hope to make it up to you on your next visit. Until then, Anthony T., Business Owner

Reviewed 24 January 2017

My bartender Gabby was very professional with a great attitude. Her smile brighten the entire room. The food was plentiful and delicious.

Thank SonnyLee2014
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

Thanks for shouting Gabby out -- she's a rockstar! I'll be sure to pass your kind words along, and all of us here hope to have you by again. Cheers, Anthony T., Business Owner

Reviewed 26 December 2016

We have been here a few times over the last few years. When we come for dinner we go on the early side, so it is rarely crowded at that time. I just read recent reviews which did not give high marks on the wait...More

Thank dosacquas
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2016

We always look forward to having you by for a meal, and I'm so glad that you've always been pleased with our service and that pork chop entree. What's more, it's great to know that a meal with us is a highlight for you both...More

Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Use to love this place but then they hired new waitress and that too terrible ones sorry but had bad experience 6 months back and thought will never come back. My friend convinced me to try it again and I agreed. Went there and stood...More

Thank dcookd
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

This is obviously concerning, and I'm so sorry that we dropped the ball on service the last two times you've been by. You're right, we're known for our friendly and attentive team, so it's really disappointing if anyone on the team was off-putting. I can...More

Reviewed 13 November 2016

Very pleased with the appetizers and drinks. The mini shrimp and crab cakes were delicious and the crab spinach dip. The entrees were just okay. I had the dreamboat sole which is stuffed with corn bread and shrimp wrapped in lobster sauce. The side was...More

Thank CulturedBlackPearl
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2016

While I'm glad that our appetizers, drinks, and service were all hits with you, I'm disappointed that our entrees didn't pack the same punch. I want each and every dish to be just as flavorful, so I'm sorry that you weren't a big fan of...More

Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Across from very old cemetery...1700's, a lot of history here. Feel like your in orleans....drinks,food & staff OUTSTANDING...lots of fun & music...will be going back when we are in the area!!

Thank Joan C
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

It's great that you so enjoyed our New Orleans vibe, Joan, and that you were a fan of our food, staff, music, and more! Until next time, Anthony T., Business Owner

Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Second stop on our bar crawl. Love this place, great atmosphere. Not your typical run of the mill bar. Had outdoor seating as well as inside a big plus. We tried the potato pancake pizza. Excellent would order again. This place was either first or...More

Thank berky11
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

It's great to hear the vibe and pizza were such hits! That means more to us than you know, and we'd love to see you back again someday! Take care, Anthony T., Business Owner

Reviewed 7 October 2016

The food here is pretty good but the waitress was mean. She talked to us in a nasty way. It diid not even seem kid-friendly even if they did have a kids menu.More

Thank Matan O
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2016

This is concerning, Matan, as you should always get friendly and respectful service from us. This is the first time I've heard this feedback, though, so I can assure you it isn't the norm. While it's not an excuse, it sounds like you caught us...More

Reviewed 29 September 2016

Had not been to Old Bay in years. I liked when they were open for lunch. Went there one weeknight with a few friends. The beer selection was good. We ordered a variety of food--special of the day salmon (good), wings, some sort of chili...More

Thank mizlori
Tommy B, Manager at Old Bay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2016

I'm glad you got a chance to check us out again, Lori, however, I wish we had made a better impression here. While I'm glad you loved our beer selection, salmon, and burger, it sounds like you weren't as pleased with our credit card policy....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 Church St # 63, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1242
    (Neilson Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  New Brunswick
  • Phone Number: +1 732-246-3111
  • E-mail
The Old Bay restaurant is New Brunswick, NJ's premier New Orleans-style restaurant. Join us for amazing food, drinks, and entertainment today! Our dinner menu features gourmet Fresh Creole and Cajun cuisine, steaks, and seafood. Our award-winning draft beer list features 22 taps pouring the finest micro-brewed, imported, and domestic beer you can find! Enjoy a drink from our full bar; a hurricane or a mint julep will nicely compliment your meal. We have got a specialty drink for everyone! After 10pm, our restaurant transforms into a sophisticated nightlife sop with outrageous drink promotions and the best live entertainment in town. We have multiple festivals, events, and specials with tons of food, entertainment, and fun. It's never too early to plan for Mardi Gras - we always have the biggest and best celebration around. Join us for an amazing meal, fun drinks, and a crazy night soon!
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