Tavern On The Bay

3.4
55 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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Casual
Tavern on the Bay is a contemporary shore restaurant located right on the bay, in Somers Point, just minutes from Atlantic City.
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vipBarbiL
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was awesome. Lobster bisque, filet Minon, garlic potatoes be green beans. All tasted awesome. View of bay gorgeous.

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vipseanc
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Absolutely awful. Food was all cold and tasted horrible. Expensive for what you actually get. Service was questionable. Never returning here again. Shame because it’s a great location. I should have known when the 2 restaurants across the street have 2 hour waits and this place was able to seat 8 of us right away in a dead restaurant that something was wrong… clearly the locals know not to go here.

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SPan
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Such an odd dining experience. We had a reservation on a Sunday evening in August. We were the only customers and we opted to be seated outside. In the middle of dinner, the music turned off and our waiter didn't know the wi-fi password to put the music back on. With no other customers, we dine in silence other than our own conversation for the rest of dinner. Most of the meals were actually pretty good although the three orders of steak came over very undercooked. One was sent back and still was pretty undercooked. I wouldn't go back.

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KellyJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Beautiful view. However they need to up their game with the food. Everything soaked in butter sauce, even the shrimp scampi which should have clam sauce. Bland flavors. They charge beyond what they deliver, and some items on the menu were not even served as listed! Needs a chef as fancy as the setting and they will do great! Loved the live music.

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Albert
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff are super friendly food is really good and the ambience was amazing. We will definately be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, everything was superb. Could be our newest “our place”! Thanks for making it special…

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MargeM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The view from the restaurant is beautiful; the dining room inside is pretty.
The food was sub-par; crab cakes had more cake than crab, scallops looked processed. Ran out of better quality chardonnay and tried to pass off cheap wine as what we ordered.

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vipJulia
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The views saved our dinner. The food was hit or miss. The service was… interesting. Will not go back.

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vipMikePCherryHill
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The fish we ordered was rubbery and not cooked. Our waiter said he’d have a new piece made. Twenty minutes later we were still waiting for it and finally told him not to bother. The scallops WERE fully cooked but had no flavor. The menu is pricey for very average cuisine:

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Very limited menu. Restaurant has potential for more creativity in menu. Table was sticky when we sat down. We used our own disinfectant wipes to clean table. Table was not set when we sat down. We accidentally spilled a glass of wine and bartender notified server. It took about 5 minutes for server to arrive. We cleaned table ourselves. Bartender did not charge for wine which was very considerate of him.
We would return for informal dining (sandwiches, etc). Nothing special about the dinner.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to eat, moderate pricing. Live music was a pleasant surprise

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was dinner and a show for our party of nine! From “Uncle Johnny” the piano man to the bartender to Anthony our waiter, it was so very entertaining. The service and food were great. Two crowd favorites were the Lobster Bisque and the Baked Stuffed Shrimp. Would definitely come back here!

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BillB53
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

For 7pm reservation, was ultimately seated and had a visit by a waiter at 7:30pm. Waiter was very funny, entertaining. Food was mediocre.
Great view of the bay. Would only go back as a last resort.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Deck was nice. Dining room mostly empty. Food wasn’t great.

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SandiN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was fine but it was way too expensive and not as fancy outdoors especially for what they were charging. Food was acceptable but not great

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vipSara
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place. I been there before when it was a kosher restaurant. They have change the menu to cater to all palates and is a pretty good menu. We choose to sit inside and had a beautiful view of the bay. But outside seating is available and it seem fun. Will definitely come back

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vipfoodlover47
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute spot! The view was amazing and so was the food. Alexa, our waitress, was incredible! Highly recommend, will be going back!

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RG3362
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Severe staffing issues! No cooks last night. They tried to serve dinner but it was a disaster. Do not go there until the issues are resolved.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place great service very attentive staff. Was there twice in the past few weeks and great both times.

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vipGrella
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Seems to have no oversight or management. Server had a dirty tee shirt on. Wine list has incorrect spelling of Frontera wine, calling it "Frontier"! Vegetables were cold. Only saving grace is that it's on the Bay and view is fantastic. They really need to up their game!

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KellieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful outdoors spot to dine. Great food! Server was nice but extremely slow. Waited over 40 after telling her we wanted check.

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vipAnneM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great host, server, and entertainment. Food needs a little work!

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RB510
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience3

VAPE PEN in the kids markers! To say that this experience would be a memorable one would be an understatement... Upon being seated, my children were handed menus on which to color and a bin of markers/crayons. My 18 month old son picked out a "marker" and like many babies his age, he put it right in his mouth. A moment later he was coughing out smoke. Somehow a vape pen made its way into the bin of markers. As a mother I was horrified and sickened at the thought of what my baby just inhaled and whose mouth had been on this thing before his (poison control was called). The waiter immediately got the manager, Caleb. Caleb seemed to be "on something" himself and couldn't understand what happened. When he finally grasped what had occurred, his response was "things happen". I responded quite unfavorably and he then told me "your son will be fine, God's got him". No apology, no accountability. Caleb is nothing short of a joke and has no business managing a restaurant. We still ended up finishing dinner at the restaurant (though nothing was even taken off the bill)...but our waiter was friendly and apologetic and the food was actually good as well. Two days later I attempted to contact the owner to no avail. I ended up speaking again with Caleb who could not understand why I wanted to speak with the owner. Three days later and I have yet to hear from the owner. Either he hasn't received the message or he is just as bad a manager as Caleb. A horrible experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Restaurant looks nice with a beautiful view. It’s just poorly run which is a shame because there is potential there. Overheard the bartender telling patrons at the bar (whom he appeared to know personally) about how poorly run the place is. He also revealed that the cook got into a knife fight in the kitchen and was stabbed.

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BobB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, service was great considering they were understaffed. Outside deck needs some touch ups.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Our waiter Anthony aka Tony was great! We went with two little ones and he got there food and drinks ASAP. We got the little necks which tasted good but they were cold and then the crab cakes and shrimp scampi. The crab cakes were all crab and baked but the old bay seasoning was a little over powering. The shrimp scampi tasted really good. The outside ambiance could use a little sprucing up like the tables and chairs and over decor but nice view.

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Delicious
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We were seated at 8:15 for a 7:00 res. Resturant had empty tables but was very short staffed. Waiter did his best and tried to be accommodating. The food was bland and our spinach dip appetizer was more like spinach soup. It a beautiful property with a great view if only someone who actually know what they were doing would buy it. .

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MelanieS
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Server was very unaccomidating, bartender was very kind.

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MitchT
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Poor service, sub par food. Go down the street for better restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great steak. Service was impeccable. Restaurant very clean snd very neat with a lovely view of the bay and marina. Lovely for a date night. Will definitely go again. Highly recommended.

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vipMark
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this little place by accident, and so glad that we did! Didn’t even realize it was a restaurant, but so happy we decided to try it! Beautiful view on the outdoor deck right at the bay, the host was the nicest guy you could meet, very welcoming and sociable to us. Even though they were busy that night, the waitress was still incredibly sweet and very attentive, and to top it all off, all of the food we had was very very good…great ambiance, great service, great food…we will be visiting here again for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter 17th bday

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vipOdonrob
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Started off with a horrible Bloody Mary. Food just ok we just had soup and Angus Burgers.
This was the second time I went there in a week. The 2 servers that we had were very friendly but are in need of training. The outside deck has a great view of the Bay. This could be a great restaurant if they could get the staff needed training.

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vipJaylaw
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointed. Excellent views of the bay- food way overpriced and very average. Unfortunately will not be returning for dinner, but drinks and appetizers on the deck are still recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Upon arrival we were told that the room requested was unavailable and we're seated in the bar area. There were no cucumbers to be had for the Hendricks martini. The Caesar salad was out of a bottle. Crab cakes with a lot of filler. The swordfish special of the evening was so overcooked it was inedible and was returned. The replacement salmon with shrimp scampi wasn't awful, but the scampi sauce was just melted butter, no garlic or spices. The staff was apologetic. The chef might look for a different line of work.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 6 enjoyed dinner here to end our week at Ocean City. We were greeted and seated promptly. Tracey was wonderful as our server! She was friendly and attentive. Our table had a great view of the marina from inside the sunroom. The food was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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OMDx
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food but the servers were fighting for the lives once it got busy. Not their fault though.

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HarryM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Horrible, had a waitress who just talked down about the place, had shrimp apps in chili sauce for 22 bucks got 6 shrimp with teriyaki. $18 for wings??? Entrees were terrible.
My advice stay away

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was horrible service was horrible it was very loud I would never go here again

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vipcaty001nj
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation, and got there, and there were no tables available although many were unoccupied but they don’t have the staff to clear the tables. We waited for 40 minutes with no tables cleared even though they were open - so we just left as there was not even a host or hostess to give us an update on what was going on. Unfortunate and empathize that its hard to get help post-pandemic. But then don’t take a reservation at a time if you can’t handle it!!!

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Tavern On The Bay is rated 3.4 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.