About Nicholas

160 Hwy 35
Red Bank, NJ 07701
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Restaurant Nicholas, New York Times 4 star, Gayot's top 40 restaurant in America for 2011/12, Zagat's No.1 Pick for Food, Service, Most Popular & Wine List for 2005-2012, offers New American Cuisine set in a sophisticated serene environment. Nicholas also hosts Bar N, a more casual alternative where no reservations are required. Chef/Owner Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa operate this intimate 4-star jewel located just minutes over the bridge from Red Bank's downtown area.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm
BAR N MENU HOURS (food available)
Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30-10:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays-5:30-11:30pm
Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
Bt. Navesink River Rd & Pine Street

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 345-9977

Website:
http://www.restaurantnicholas.com/

Catering:
Restaurant Nicholas will tailor a party to your needs from 15 guests to 250 guests. Restaurant Nicholas not only takes care of the cuisine & service, but will also arrange the planning of table, linens, flowers, tents, etc. for your important affair.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking available as well as street parking and a private lot.

Public Transit:
Red Bank train station

Executive Chef:
Nicholas Harary

Private Party Facilities:
Our private dining rooms are the ideal location for both large and small occasions. With two connected rooms, we can accommodate parties of 10 to 60 people. For daytime events, we offer two separate rooms for a maximum of 120 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Casey Emilius: 7323459977x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
3-Course Tasting Menu- $80
4-Course Garden Tasting Menu- $80
6-Course Tasting Menu- $100 $160 w/ wine Children's Menu- $32
1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1000 point tables

Details
Sun 5:30PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

Tue - Thu 5:30PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 10:30PM

Nicholas Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.8

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4.4

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Favorite Restaurant

Dined on April 24, 2016

The food, service, and atmosphere is second to none. Thoroughly enjoyed dining here and look forward to the next visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Best quality service I have ever receive ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

Best quality service I have ever received at a restaurant

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

i have always wanted to try Nicholas. I ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

i have always wanted to try Nicholas. It was not what I expected. Portions were very small.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

What a culinary experience! Taste and pr ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

What a culinary experience! Taste and presentation. Perfect birthday celebration..

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Special Dining Experience

Dined on April 10, 2016

This a great place to dine especially for special occasions. Although a bit pricey it's well worth the money. Great wine list that includes affordable bottles. And the staff provides outstanding service without being intrusive. They even came up with a pair of reading glasses when I left mine in the car.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Another Excellent Meal at Nicholas!

Dined on April 9, 2016

Nicholas never fails to please and this time was no exception. For starters, I had the Hand Rolled Orecchiette with Spring Pesto, Fennel, Lemon Crème Fraiche. The pasta was perfectly prepared and the sauce was perfect - light and fresh. My wife had the Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras and it too was excellent. For the main course, I had the Slow Braised Short Ribs which were serve with polenta, braised escarole and an oregano chimichurri and again I have nothing but good things to say about it. However, the star of the night was my wife's Panko Crusted Halibut. The fish was crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside and would have been enough to warrant a rave review, but the Spring Pea Risotto may well have been the showstopper. The risotto was creamy and rich and like the spring pesto in the starter course was full of spring freshness. We intended to share one dessert but our head waiter seemed determined to convince me to order two so I agreed. When they brought out the desserts I understood why. We had mentioned that we were celebrating our anniversary so the desserts were specially prepared with a decorative header with Happy Anniversary on it. Just another example of the top notch service provided by all of the staff at Nicholas.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Outstanding Cuisine & Service! Decore a Bit Dated.

Dined on April 9, 2016

This was our third time here in about 7 years (three kids later making it difficult to come as often as we'd like)! The food and service is incredible and quite honestly, perfect. Such a well thought out amd seasonal menu. When dating, we ate out all over Manhattan's best restaurants. The quality and taste here is just impeccable! With that said, for such perfection, I believe the dining room could use a bit of a makeover or updating. Particularly the wall color, carpeting and furniture fabric. So well kept and clean, etc. But colors and all just look outdated. For fresh, high end, outstanding and current dishes, the dining room one eats it in should feel the same. Those three things would be such a simple and big improvement if as well thought out of an update as the menu. Looking forward to our next dinner experience at Nicholas!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

1st time diner. Quiet enjoyable evening. ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

1st time diner. Quiet enjoyable evening. Attentive service coupled with 2 different terrific fish dishes for my wife and I. 3 course meal was definitely the way to go. Loved the Juliana Layla white wine. Look forward to our 2nd visit in the future.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent

Dined on March 25, 2016

Excellent all around, each course was perfectly done. Crispy Octopus was incredible. Seared black bass with a mussel sauce was perfect. Poached butter lobster was out of this world delicious. FYI, t he food here is very very rich in nature so expect smaller portions

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Another great dinner

Dined on March 23, 2016

I had the pork tortellini appetizer that was fantastic. I also had the filet mignon that was prepared to the perfect temperature. My client raved over the octopus appetizer and the braised suckling pig. The homemade breads were plentiful and they constantly came back to see if you wanted to try a different one or wanted more of the sane. A little on the pricey side but well worth the money.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Hard to believe that Nicholas is a drive ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Hard to believe that Nicholas is a driveway turn off Route 35--elegant yet simple, sophisticated yet approachable, exotic yet familiar. We had the chef's tasting menu and each course offered myriad ingredients that were complex in flavor yet recognizable. The service was professional but congenial. The interior matched the cuisine in every way -- creative, surprising, and beautiful. From the breads to the amuse bouche, to the main courses and dessert, we were delighted. A special restaurant and one without pretense!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome

Dined on March 8, 2016

This was not just a wonderful meal-it was a true dining experience. It was a birthday celebration for my husband and he thanked me 3 times as he truly appreciates good food and wine. He knows the hard work that goes into such a wonderful experience. The staff was efficient without being noticed. A keeper !!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best pasta I've ever tasted!

Dined on March 6, 2016

My husband and I are foodies. We've been to all the iron chefs restaurants in Manhattan. Nicholas surpassed our expectations by offering the most delicious homemade pasta we have ever enjoyed. So lucky to have this gem 5 minutes from our red bank home. Loved it!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Lovely from beginning to end.

Dined on February 28, 2016

We came here for our birthdays after hearing about it from friends for years. Bit of a hike for us, 45 minutes....but so worth it! Food, service, loved! To be honest, I really think their decor needs to be updated, BUT, everything else more than made up for that. Go!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

We had a fabulous dinner and the service ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

We had a fabulous dinner and the service was exceptional! I would highly recommend this for a special occasion too.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

You don't need a special occasion

Dined on February 21, 2016

From the moment we arrived -the amuse bouche to the last bite of the coconut souffle - this is a gastronomical experience! Don't miss this outstanding restaurant. Turnip soup with honey and shaved chocolate; hand rolled cavatelli with braised oxtail; Potato Gnocchi, Fried Shallots, Smoked Poblano, Cave Aged Cheddar Crème; Dover Sole! All cooked to perfection, each flavor, each bite - wonderful. A beautiful room with exceptional service. Can not wait to go back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience1
service5

Food and service was wonderful. My husba ...

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Food and service was wonderful. My husband and I both had 3 course meals and loved it. I would change the spaetzle recipe because it was very rubbery . The decor and overall feel of the restaurant was boring and stuffy. We were seating in an area that felt like it was for parties and kept away from the main dinning area. No manager came over to see how we were, the waitress we had was nice but again everything was just boring. The the price and quality of food I would have expected more!

food5
ambience5
service5
value2

Eager for us to leave

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Obviously we "stayed too long" as they came near our table pretending to look around but it was quite evident what the reason was. Lost a few points with us.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4

We have been in Nicholas restaurant many ...

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

We have been in Nicholas restaurant many times before but sadly this is the last time we went there.Even though the food is undeniably very good the hospitality is not.

food3
ambience2
service4
value1

Value for money? No.

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

This was my disappointment with Nicholas. Food was good, but by no means worth the price paid.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Impeciblex

Dined on February 13, 2016

For a special occasion, v-day, a bit pricey, but will be back for sure. We would like to try the standard menu.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful service, delicious food, beaut ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Wonderful service, delicious food, beautiful setting

food5
ambience5
service5

Food superb service first class

Dined on February 12, 2016

Food superb service first class

food5
ambience5
service5

Such a lovely evening at Restaurant Nich ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

Such a lovely evening at Restaurant Nicholas. We've been wanting to come here for a while and my husband surprised me with an early Valentines reservation. We did the tasting menu without wine pairings and chose to order a bottle of something we both enjoy. The food was wonderful, the signature suckling pig dish and the Arctic char were the standouts and the citrus dessert was amazing. Such a refreshing way to end a big meal. The service was outstanding, completely professional and knowledgeable without any air of pretentiousness that you sometimes find in a fine dining setting. We will certainly make the hour long drive back, it was really that pleasant of an evening.

food5
ambience5
service5

Dining in this restaurant was a real tre ...

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

Dining in this restaurant was a real treat. The dining room was beautifully decorated, and the volume of table chatter was reduced due to the acoustic tiles on the ceiling, so it was very each to have a quiet conversation at the table. The service was extraordinary, from the welcome to the detailed explanation of each course. I had ordered roses for the table for my wife (35th wedding anniversary), and they were waiting on our table when we were seated. The menu was explained, and the selections were plentiful. The scallop appetizer I selected was delicious, and our dinner entries of lobster and short ribs were out of this world. They also brought special selections from the chef for us to enjoy, which were unexpected and wonderful. The desserts were to die for, and completed a truly wonderful meal. They asked about the event we were celebrating, and they brought decorated dessert plates out with a beautiful "Happy 35th Anniversary" scroll made by the chef. A total home run!!

food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Good food but does not accept Visa Gift Cards

Dined on February 7, 2016

Food was excellent, service was good. Don't anticipate paying with visa gift cards. For some reason they do not accept them, even though they work like regular visa credit cards.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The Best of The Best

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

Our experience at Nicholas was exquisite. The food and service was exceptional. Our server , Frank and his staff were attentive and informative without being intrusive. A true fine dining experience. My wife and I have dined here for special occasions and to splurge about 5 times a year. We were thrilled to host our two adult children and their spouses for my wife's birthday and their first visit here. It raised the bar for them as they were blown away by the experience. Three had the Chef's Tasting Menu, two had lobster entrée, one had octopus app and veal entrée. The food was spectacular. Nicholas was so gracious as to give an informative tour of the kitchen to my daughter and I after our meal. So grateful to have this gem in our neighborhood.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Nicholas

Dined on February 6, 2016

As always a wonderful experience. Wait staff tremendous, food exquisite... did it for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. My wife and I will eat here two or three times a year in the dining room, however, the bar is a great place to eat at a fraction of the cost. Sign up for the Nicholas emails and get the latest wine discounts. Ask for "Table 42" if it's your anniversery as it is very cozy with a great view of the dining room.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Best...

Dined on January 31, 2016

This is really upscale restaurant....but beware,as once you make reservation you cannot cancel as I tried to cancel and was told they will charge $100 to my credit card...I was not aware of it when I reserved!

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

I took a friend for her birthday. We hav ...

Dined on January 30, 2016

I took a friend for her birthday. We have been before and if course we had another fabulous meal. We both had the tasting menu and as always it did not disappoint. I had the oysters and the taste just exploded in your mouth, my friend had the best salad and the flavors popped. My gnocchi was delicious, I mean really delicious and the soup was a 10! We both had the Arctic Char, the skin was crisp and the fish with the beans was great. I had the short ribs in polenta and oregano chimichri and polenta... to die for.....she had the suckling pig , it was wonderful. We both finished with Devils food cake, with Mexican hot chocolate ganache, marshmallows and cinnamon ice cream. It was to die for. The wine was fabulous, because Nicholas only has the best! Our experience was second to none and can't wait to go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful Truffles

Dined on January 22, 2016

The truffle tasting menu was wonderful. I'll be back for Truffle Week every year (as well as multiple visits in the interim).

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Truffle menu shouldnt be missed. Althou ...

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

Truffle menu shouldnt be missed. Although real truffles dont really taste like the fake truffle oil most of us are used to they actually are quite bland, just to manage expectations. Meal was still incredible.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Rated #1 in NJ for a reason

Dined on January 16, 2016

We have been to several of the top rated restaurants in NJ and all are excellent, but Nicholas stands out. We did the black truffle tasting menu. It was outstanding, presented beautifully, and worth every penny. Service was imbecible. Thank you all for a wonderful evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Truffled

vip
Dined on January 13, 2016

Great truffle dinner. All the courses were delicious and very creative as would be expected from Nicholas. One of the best special dinners I have had here.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Cocktails...

Dined on January 1, 2016

We enjoy our cocktails very much, so when a BAR does not have the Classical ingredients for a GIMLET, our tastes sour. And the Vodka selection is limited too !! Tell Nicholas not to forget the Classic Cocktail, as he tends to favor the Wine Cellar over the cocktail menu !!

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience3
service2
value1

NYE

Dined on January 1, 2016

Rushed out! Three courses in 30 minutes. We were very disappointed and probably will not return unless it is to sit at the bar for a hamburger!

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great place for Special Occasions

vip
Dined on December 29, 2015

Menu is expensive without a doubt, hence we go to Nicholas only for special occasions. BUT it is well worth every dollar!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service2
value1

Birthday bust! Should have just gone into the city

Dined on December 27, 2015

We went to Restaurant Nicholas for a birthday celebration dinner for six and it was just...meh. We opted to stay in New Jersey (instead of going into the city) based on Zagat's favorable rating but I'm just not sure this place even comes close to similar ratings in NYC. It seems like they are really trying in some respects but it just doesn't come off as fine dining. The menu sounds good but is clearly overly ambitious since most dishes were either 'flat' or 'almost great', according to our party's comments. The wine list is good but pricey. In a nutshell, it just didn't live up to our expectations for a special event, especially given the hefty (NYC-comparable) price tag.

food4
ambience5
service4

Normally a 5 star experience all around, ...

vip
Dined on December 25, 2015

Normally a 5 star experience all around, this time for Christmas Eve, we felt like things had degraded a bit, experience seemed rushed, food very good but not the usual "outstanding". Hope they're not slipping...

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Had the 6 course tasting menu for Christmas Eve.

vip
Dined on December 24, 2015

As usual, every plate was an explosion of flavors. The complementing wines were perfect. A special meal...as is always the case at Nicholas.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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