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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pasta was soupy and drenched with cream. Service was overwhelming- no one left you alone. Too many servers with not much to do. Find another place, this one was overrated

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 June 2021

We visited for an early dinner. The eggplant parmigiana, veal francaise, and chicken parmigiana were outstanding. The cold antipasto was OK, but not many things that we like. Their bread was warm and fresh. Coffee was good. We didn't have room for dessert. The service...was excellent. They also cater!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 28 May 2021 via mobile

Not nearly as good as in years past. Can’t put my finger on it but something has changed. Maybe a new chef, but they’ve lost their edge. A recent Friday night, only 50% capacity. When’s the last time you saw that. Apparently others agree. Too...bad, I used to like this place but there is a lot of competition out there. Maybe they should go back to coupons?More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 7 May 2021

We recently moved to Toms River and have started to try out some of the local restaurants. Il Giardinello was highly recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. They serve traditional Italian-American cuisine in a comfortable, casual dining room. The food was excellent,...the service was good and, most notably, the portions were hugh. For most people, I would think that the entrees are large enough for two to share. The prices may be a little high; but, not relative to the amount of food provided. Overall, good quality and a good value. I look forward to returning.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 12 March 2021

We made a reservation for 3 couples and had a very good experience. Everyone enjoyed their meals, servers were prompt, professional and friendly. A great environment, byob, we will be back.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 30 January 2021

This is the best Italian restaurant in all of New Jersey. The food is absolutely delicious! The food is fresh and the portions are huge. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I love the fact that I can dine here and feel like I'm in...an upscale restaurant without paying upscale prices.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 1 January 2021 via mobile

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to Italian food! I’m a transplanted New Yorker living in the South and came to Toms River to visit relatives - and had this incredible treat eating this food. EVERYTHING was outstanding! We had their special...green bean salad, sautéed spinach with garlic, veal parmigiana, linguini with seafood and short ribs. I was in heaven after being away for so long! Each dish was prepped to perfection. Can’t comment on ambiance or service since this was takeout. Open up a good bottle of red and indulge with this menu!! Just Wow!!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 22 November 2020

Started off with the fried calamari and tortellini soup. Should have stopped there. Calamari was from a bag from restaurant supply. Soup was tasteless and I thought I was eating the water they cooked the tortellini in. The chicken marsala was orange and tomatoe based??...Never had tomatoe based marsala sauce before not bad just not marsala. Maybe they should talk to the chef(if there was one in the kitchen) and revisit what Italian cuisine should be.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 24 October 2020 via mobile

The quality of the food at this restaurant was excellent. The atmosphere is very quaint. It is in a house off the bay. The Risotto dish with grilled chicken was very good. Veal Marsala was excellent. The Zuppa di pesce was very good. It had...a nice variety of shellfish, the sauce was so tasty. Normally we have appetizers, but opted for dessert instead. The Tiramisu was a good choice as well as the chocolate cheesecake. We enjoyed cappuccinos with our desserts. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for quality food in a quaint atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 24 August 2020

Il Giardinello is a true hidden GEM. I had antipasti, the veal classico with ziti and the chocolate dream dessert. It was so well prepared and delicious I was blown away. Really can't wait to eat here again next time we visit the area!!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Response from dinerdon | Reviewed this property |
Elegant is a relative thing. It is well decorated but there are more elegant places but you will pay a premium. I like the décor. It has tablecloths and is much nicer than a "pizza Parlor" atmosphere. The staff are... More
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No but if you go online they have discount coupons.
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Response from mikekU902TX | Reviewed this property |
I think it is ok for children. I would advise calling first though as I had heard it may have been sold since my last visit
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Frequently Asked Questions about Il Giardinello

Yes, Il Giardinello offers takeout services.

Il Giardinello is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4