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The Octopus's Garden

771 S Main St, West Creek, NJ 08092-3120
+1 609-597-8828
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good23%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“lobster” (12 reviews)
“salad” (21 reviews)
“potatoes” (8 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
771 S Main St, West Creek, NJ 08092-3120
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

Getting Back to Where it Was, Good Food and Good Value, it did slip for a while when the new owners took over but it seems that they listened to customer reviews and actually took action. Food was very good, lobster special was very good...More

1  Thank Steve K
BobS3894, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Steve, I'm glad to hear your previous concerns have been resolved. Moving forward, we'll pay special attention to that blue cheese dressing -- thanks for the feedback. I'm hoping you'll make it back our way soon for more lobster! Take care, Bob Schmid, General Manager

Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Really 3.5 Food was ok The fried lobster tail was awkward-they fried it in its shell! The shrimp vegetable pasta sauce was watery. Service was ok but it was LOUD! Price before tip $155 and byob! Stay on LBI you’ll pay same price.More

Thank shsails
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

We touched base on Yelp, but I wanted to respond here, as well. Again, I apologize about the misunderstanding with the fried lobster -- I wish everything had been more to your tastes. We'd love another chance to show you the great food and service...More

Reviewed August 9, 2018

more upscale, somewhat out of the way, nic atmosphere, good service foodabove average but notup to two years ago, menu nicelt variedMore

Thank 424barnesk
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

I'm glad your experiences here have been pleasant. Sorry you feel the something wasn't up to par -- next time, we'd be happy to point out some of our favorites prepared by our amazing new chefs. Thanks for the feedback. Take care, Bob Schmid, General...More

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Bob was fabulous... so inviting and pleasant! Turns out he’s from our home town Marlton. He came over and checked on us and was so welcoming when we got there ! The restaurant is beautiful and so clean! Service was outstanding! Our meals were 5...More

Thank acasshughes
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Thank you Ann & Frank! It was a pleasure to meet you both. Welcome to the neighborhood -- I hope we're your special place for years to come. See you next time. Thanks for the review, Bob Schmid, General Manager

Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

Excellent service by Silke, she was so attentive and sweet!! Great seafood, enjoyed very much! It was our first time dining here and it was wonderful, Thank you Silke and to Chef, owner and management! Jutta

Thank juttap1
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2018

I'm thrilled your service and food both made for a great first visit! Thanks for your kind review. We look forward to a great experience next time, too. Have a good one, Bob Schmid, General Manager

Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This is still one of the best seafood restaurants in the area after the change in ownership. However, there are some subtle changes that I do not like. In the past you received a fresh loaf of high quality bread and olive tapenade, a real...More

Thank Mikippo
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

I hear you about the bread and crab cakes. However, these new recipes came with our wonderful new chefs -- their culinary choices may not be the same as previous ones, but we think they're just as tasty. It's a shame you're not as big...More

Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

Our party of four arrived right on time for our reservation...we were seated by a gentleman who I assume was the owner...he was very cordial and led us to a comfortable table by the window...our server Samantha provided us with excellent service...attentive without being intrusive...we...More

Thank Rookieoftheyear
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

A great dining experience and professional service is always the goal. I'm so glad your family enjoyed their crab and fish dishes. We also serve a wonderful selection of Sharrott wines, but you're welcome to bring your own. Thanks for the review! See you next...More

Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

There is a new owner , he has help to increase the menu for the good . If you a great meal go do it we are sure you will be please with the food ,service and atmosphere. Tom and Carol Greenbrair Jersey ShoreMore

Thank Thoms A
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2018

Tom and Carol, I'm so pleased that you both enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere. We've been working hard to increase our menu variety as well as the quality of service. So knowing how much you enjoyed the changes is most encouraging. Hope to see...More

Reviewed May 8, 2018

- It is stated that the french onion soup is the same recipe as the Dutchman's. Not even close. Have had thee Dutchman's at least 30 times and it is great. Here, fair at best and nowhere near the Dutchman's - Filet mignon was dry...More

1  Thank tripleJ366
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Seafood is our specialty, so it's great that you enjoyed the tuna filet. The onion soup is actually made by the Dutchman's chef so I am not sure what the problem could have been. I do appoligize and sincerely hope you come back and give...More

Reviewed March 4, 2018

My family and I have been dining at the Octopus’s Garden for many years. We have shared many great family memories at this restaurant. Therefore, I’m very “protective” and find it difficult to say anything negative. I will mention that since the new owners have...More

1  Thank dcocco102
Bob S, Owner at The Octopus's Garden, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

We've tried to offer more options and still maintain a great atmosphere, so I'm glad your family enjoys the restaurant just as much as before. The vegetable tempura appetizer is availible upon request on slower nights. We only ask you make your request along with...More

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Questions & Answers
Earle F
April 21, 2017|
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Response from Bob S | Property representative |
Hello Earle, Thank you for your question! Our dessert menu does change from night to night but the desserts that are served here on most nights are New York Style Cheesecake, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Black and White Cake... More
Catherine E
April 6, 2017|
Response from Bob S | Property representative |
Yes we do have a quite extensive kids menu. You may see it at: theoctopusgardenfishhouse.
Vincent G
December 29, 2016|
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Response from Bob S | Property representative |
Hi Vincent, We do serve Early Bird entrees from 4:30-5:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. If you go to our website you will find our complete and updated Early Bird, Vegan/Vegetarian, and regular... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 771 S Main St, West Creek, NJ 08092-3120
    (Mayetta Landing Road)
  • Public Transportation: NJ Transit on Rt 9 stops in front of restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  West Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 609-597-8828
  • E-mail
The Octopus’s Garden has been serving fresh, local seafood in an elegant environment since 1977. While we’ve expanded our menu over the years, we’ve never wavered from our commitment to flavorful ingredients, from-scratch preparation, and beautiful presentation. We partner with local farmers, seafood markets, and butchers to source the freshest and most sustainable local fare for a truly farm-to-fork experience. Whether you’re a seafood lover or a vegan, we welcome you join us for an incredible meal that celebrates the best this community has to offer.
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