3 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

301 Ocean Blvd.
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, 07716
United States

(732) 291-0224

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Reviews by jwc215:
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went to the final night of O-Fest 2006. It was a Sunday night. It was set up like a small Bavarian beer hall. There were a few tables on the side facing the German band, which was decent - quite old. (They threw in some American standards sung in traditional style and took quite a few breaks.) Some tables were along the side. The bar in the inner area was large. Not quite what I remember a true Bavarian beer hall being (from my trip there a few years ago), but not a bad replication. Getting there almost feels like Bavaria - you have to drive up a thin, winding road to the top of a mountain.
The inside is decorated in the Bavarian blue and white and had posters of beers that they did not offer (or were out of).
The beer selection was short. A few different weisses - HP (light and dark), Franziskaner, and even Aventinus. Beck's was the only O-fest - but, that is probably due to the lateness into the season (it being the last day of the O-fest and already near the end of November.) (Beck's was emphasized in advertising more than I expected - as it is not Bavarian). I was a bit disappointed when my Dunkelweiss came with a lemon wedge - but my fault for not saying anything.
The service was good - the waitress did make a mistake in the bill but apologized and it was easily resolved - considering how packed it was, the service was quick, efficient and friendly.
There was a nice assortment of food. I had the sauerbraten and was pleased. Everyone in the group (of six) was happy with the food.
It was a bit expensive, but a nice treat, anyway.
Worth stopping in if you want a weizen and good German food! (Not much time left - the waitress said they will be closing their doors forever in January.)

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Photo of BillyB
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nestled up in the Atlantic Highlands this authentic German hideaway is quite a treat. I had never heard of it before and was surprised to be invited to an authentic Octoberfest celebration there.
The atmosphere was great. They had an um-pah band and a beer hall style dining set up.
The beers on tap were all the typical German big names. Nothing rare but everything farely well represented: Spaten, Hakor Pschorr, Becks and(a special local treat) Ramsteins Octoberfest.
They had the traditional German dancing and the tapping of the ceremonial keg.
Some of the various sales reps from different companies talked about their beers and their place in the history of Octoberfest (not very informative).
The meal was fantastic! Appetizer: Potato Pancake, Soup: Beef Goulash, Salad: German Cucumber, Entree: Oktoberfest Sampler Platter: Pork Schnitzel, Rouladen, Wurst. Dessert was an Apple Strudel.
Everything was delicious! Service was a little crazy but what can you expect at Octoberfest?
Definitely a fun family stop. I plan on going back very soon!

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is a great beer "hideaway." It's up in the Highlands of NJ, and if you get a window seat, you can see the NYC Skyline and Verazzano Bridge in the distance. The building itself is kind of old, and that adds to the awesome atmosphere of the place. It feels like a Bavarian beer hall, and the bar is gorgeous.

They have a good selection of beers there, both on tap and on bottle. I wish I had taken some notes, but I remember seeing some various Hacker-Pschorr's, Jever, and some of the Ramstein line on tap (along with Coors Light, heh heh). Good selection of German bottled beer. Sure, they have Beck's and St. Pauli Girl, but they also have Franziskaner and various Hacker-Pschorr. They also have a Berliner Weisse and you do get a choice of woodruff, raspberry, or lemon/lime syrup to go with it. They also had other brands, but they really do focus on the German stuff here.

The food is great, but a little pricey. They have German and continental cuisine. They also sometimes have music and entertainment on the weekends. What else can I say, but I highly recommend this place.

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