Highlands is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,005, reflecting a decline of 92 (-1.8%) from the 5,097 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 248 (+5.1%) from the 4,849 counted in the 1990 Census. It is the home town of film maker, director, and comic book writer Kevin Smith. The eastern part of the town is built on a high bluff that overlooks Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean, from which the borough derives its name. Atop this bluff are the Navesink Twin Lights.
Things to do in Highlands
4.5 based on 290 reviews
5:30 reservations. Got seated at 6:15. Understandably holiday I get it. Had a Sangria at the bar where service was great.
Finally seated and was then informed our Turkey selection on a fixed menu was white meat only no dark meat left. Having been here twice before on such an occasion one time I got an entire leg. The next second servings. This time around no second servings. Could barely get the server to get us a round of drinks. And when desert came out I substituted my pie for a scoop of ice cream and was Charged for an ala mode? When asked well then I’ll bring the pie home I was told I substituted. Was not going to argue over $3.00 not it’s the point.
When I got home and reviewed my cc charge I was charged three adults. I have two children one 11 and one 12. Yes he 12 looks like he is going on 18 but informed the service of this prior. My fault for not “reading” the entire bill I guess I Focused in the ice cream no pie charge lol. Well the Turkey was like a salt cured ham. Who could mess up veggies and potatoes they were good. But the lack of service. Seeing everyone else get pie and their ice cream and offered coffee which we were not and the lack of a dark meat selection just ended out visits to this establishment and the surprise adult charge. $180 bucks plus the tip and oh forgot the over cooked bacon scalloped wrap shrimp that my son wouldn’t even eat I forgot to mention. This is was one star visit. Our server we do not know but she signed the back of our receipt with and h or c. Older woman who apparently was just going through the motions and basically didn’t give two cents. Would have walked out as soon as we were informed of the lack of selection. But on a holiday evening we decided to go a different route and was very disappointed. Two extra stars added for our previous visit and the bar tenders and hostess who were nice and accommodating as well as the ambience. Other than that take a pass. Sorry.
4.5 based on 151 reviews
This restaurant has aged so well...like fine wine. The service is so professional and amazing. From the waitstaff to the bussers- every guest is treated like a VIP.
The food is terrific. This time we had our standby grilled octopus with beans. Perfectly grilled and oh so tasty. A special homemade pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and was delicious. For dinner we had the special veal chop parm. This dish is the best and perfect to share.
All in all, Anjelicas is a great restaurant. It's gets really busy so even with a reservation you might have to wait....but it's totally worth it!
5 based on 60 reviews
This is a great place to pop in for a cup of hot chocolate or IIrish coffee and something sweet to get you through the afternoon. The staff is friendly and efficient. They also serve sandwiches until late afternoon. I recently learned that they will soon be offering oven-fired pizza and beer in the evenings. Be sure to try the apple tart or gluten free chocolate cake. Both are rich and beautifully presented.
4.5 based on 86 reviews
We were in the area and were in the mood for oriental food so we Yelped and this restaurant came up; we are quite happy!!! The ambience, décor and service were enjoyable, welcoming and friendly. The waitress was very personable and offered her recommendations; my meal started with fried pork as an appetizer which turned out to be okay... not exactly what I had envisioned but tasty nerveless, it consisted of strips of pork meat which had been fried not to a crisp but to the point that they were a bit chewy; the side sauce was spiced just right! As an entrée, I had the Jumbo Shrimp in Garlic which came with Mali Rice and Mixed Vegetables, the sauce with the right amount of garlic and spices and the perfectly cooked shrimp and vegetables went so well!! This dish won me over!!! My husband and I shared the Thai Ice Tea and the Green Tea Fried Ice Cream. Delicious meal!! Restaurant absolutely on our list of repeats!!
5 based on 10 reviews
There are so many places to get coffee....and THEN....there is treasure! If you aren't in a hurry, want to meet nice locals and more...if you don't want to be in a chain gang....come here! Staff are friendly and great to hang with....the local talent is beyond compare, you will wish you lived here. VISIT soon!
4.5 based on 71 reviews
Chef Chris Atamian is preparing some of the best Italian-American cuisine at the Jersey Shore. Utilizing local ingredients such as freshly caught seafood and Jersey tomatoes, a meal at Porcini Italian Trattoria is sure to impress. Our BYOB is cozy and welcoming with candle light on every table. So pick up your favorite bottle of wine and call Porcini today for reservations!
Food is not just food--especially when you go to a restaurant to eat. There has to be some aesthetic pleasure surrounding the cuisine--the experience should be complete and pleasurable to all senses. The food here is wonderful. The chef has such a deft hand at everything he touches--huge flavor that doesn't slap you with it's fabulousness. I cannot recommend the culinary delights here enough...THAT SAID...the restaurant resembles the breakfast room at a Comfort Inn. I understand that perhaps the owners care more about food than how the room looks. Or maybe they ran out of money and ran to Marshall's for their decor. Offensive? NO. Evocative? No. Welcoming? No. Overhead lights blaring off of shiny tables does not make for a charming atmosphere. Just a few sweet touches would make this place a GEM--because the food and service were stellar.
3.5 based on 376 reviews
Our group comes here every year for a Christmas luncheon and we always have a great time! First of all, the river/bay view is lovely. The restaurant itself is quaint. The food was so delicious! The meal begins with wonderful biscuits and Cole slaw. Then, everyone loved their clam chowders, whether they were New England and Manhattan. Delicious and full of clams!! Next was the entree; my scrod was wonderful and plentiful accompanied by tasty potatoes and vegetables. I heard great things about the broiled seafood platter, chicken, and beef dish as well!I didn't have dessert but my friends were all raving about the pumpkin cheesecake and Frosty cake. I am going to make a point of visiting again soon- the service was also wonderful- warm and welcoming!
4 based on 174 reviews
Undici, replete with ancient stone, wood, tile and plaster, is a faithful recreation of a Tuscan farmhouse. The rustic cuisine is curiously reflective of its surroundings. Every effort has been made to source the best of the best ingredients and formidable skill has been required to lovingly assemble them.We also pride ourselves with our extensive and carefully chosen wine selection of over 300 wines, and with our Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
My husband and I have eaten at this restaurant on at least 20 occasions as the food and service have always been good however it will be a long time before we ever return. They just seem to have a horrible time with honoring reservations. On average they have had the table that we requested 1 out of 5 times. This last time was the worst. It was a lovely evening with music playing outside where we requested a table. When we checked in they told us our table was not ready. We asked when it would be and they really had no idea as whoever was at our table had just gotten desert, so we guessed it would be at least a half hour before they actually left. As it was already 8:45pm we opted to sit at the bar for dinner. The food took forever to arrive and when management asked about our evening we told them what had happened and that it had happened almost every time we came there. The manager just walked away and apparently told our server to offer us dessert. Nothing makes us angrier than when management does this. Why would I want to extend what has already been an unpleasant evening? Perhaps ask what could be done? Offer to take something off the bill? Offer a glass of wine? But please don't offer dessert!
4.5 based on 86 reviews
Our first time dining here. Was seated at the time of our reservation at a very nice table for 2. Food was excellent and huge portions. Prompt and attentive service.Our servers Trevor and John were exceptional, pleasant and friendly. On top of anything needed. Only drawback is the dining area is small and loud, but the food and service lets you overlook this. The owner and chef Ronnie definitely appreciates your business. Will definitely make this a regular stop for us.
4 based on 129 reviews
A very popular and crowded restaurant with an busy bar scene. It caters to locals and the adjacent marina. Go early since there are no reservations or be prepared to wait for a table. Dining at the bar is an option as well. Menu is a variety and offers blackboard specials.
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