Portuguese Fisherman

4.7
741 reviews
$30 and under
Portuguese
Established in 1976, We are one of the oldest Portuguese and Spanish restaurants on the east coast. Attentive service, delicious authentic food, generous portions and refreshing sangria—these are the hallmarks of the Fisherman. Since our opening in 1976 we have consistently upheld the traditions of fine Portuguese and Spanish dining in central New Jersey.

A variety of fresh seafood and fish, as well as organic meats, all made with the finest ingredients available, await you at our tables. Our seasonal menu and daily specials include delectable dishes prepared to satisfy many tastes.

We invite you to visit us in the historic town of South River, New Jersey.

Support Portuguese Fisherman during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 741 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
Value
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RobertH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good service. First time there. Would definitely go BBC ack.

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vipSueD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Portugese food around , service was great everyone super friendly and helpful

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go to the Fisherman all the time. The food and service and atmosphere is outstanding!
Thank you for being awesome!

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JoaoF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , good service

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Incredible service, food, and drinks as always. The staff is always friendly and top notch service.

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KarenO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Everything was amazing Antonio best waiter ever! Great experience :)

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XMGNYZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, and nice staff and service. We are coming back soon! You should, too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks & dessert. Always our go to for a date night or just out with friends or a night out. Food is always spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food at this restaurant, with a reasonable price,
One of the best Portuguese restaurant in the area

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, sangria and service were BEYOND AMAZING!!

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KristinaK
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The hostess was welcoming. The service was great. The food was great. ill be defiantly returning.

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Qualityguy1
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food is always great. We look foward to going there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious. From sangria to shrimp in garlic sauce to our entres and desserts. Would highly recommend. Will definitely return .

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TheresaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were able to get a reservation for New Years Eve and so thankful we did. The food was excellent. We were in their private room which was not very crowded and was perfect. The staff were attentive and helpful. We were able to sit and enjoy our time there. The food is very good. The shrimp in garlic sauce is always delicious. As is the paella. We had the octopus appetizer that was very tender and delicious. I recommend the Portuguese Fisherman very much. You will not be disappointed.

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HJSlovesfood
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had an early NYE dinner. The food and service were great as always.

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SteveW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place,our absolute favorite

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Joey
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner

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Diane
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best of the best! Thankyou!
Merry Christmas and Happy new year to everyone!

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Eddie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food as usual! I do not enjoy large screen TVs with sports programs in the dining room as this is not a sports bar. There were TV sets at the bar as we entered and I feel this is where they belong. However every item we ordered was perfect, from a beautiful salad, paella and sangria as well. Portions are large so come hungry and dig in.

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backfixer
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food here at reasonable prices. A local favorite

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cynthia
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas lunch with our children

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RobertL
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good was fantastic as always and great price and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It’s a Bar people, the table was in an enclave of a staircase and it was right next to where the staff was wrapping the silverware. My wife and I walked around and it’s a big place. As we walked we saw a table that hadn’t been cleaned in an hour and the staff looked like they didn’t care either. That room smelled of moth balls mixed with raid. The waiter walked right up to my wife and daughter and coughed.

For the food, we ordered the kids the beef ribs from the Sunday funday menu, when the waiter asked us if we really wanted bones that should have been a warning. My wife and I ordered the whole fish and when that came looked like it had been frozen and thawed to cook. No tasted no seasoning. Our older daughter ordered the soup and she said it was gross as well.

For a fancy night out to this highly rated dump we wonder who eats here and likes the place. Whose rating this place as good!! Do they have taste buds? Or do they come just for the bar and drink specials?

Save your money and go elsewhere!!!

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LauraL
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Using opentable could not chose between sitting on the bar side vs the dining room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal and service is phenomenal

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RobertG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had not been back to the Portuguese Fisherman for some years. We went with friends. The restaurant was busy and we did have to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. The food was plentiful and tasty although I thought my broiled seafood combo could have benefited from a bit more spice or a light lemon butter sauce. As with any busy restaurant, holding a conversation was a little hard to do but we managed. We will return.

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Davids
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service.

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dianes
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food and great ambiance - paella was excellent

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vipMicheleS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service is always the best at the Fisherman. We never leave disappointed in anything when we visit there , and we go often !

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DennisO
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal, wonderful staff. Everything perfectly cooked.

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DavidN
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there..
Food was very good and lot's of it
OUR WAITER WAS GREAT!

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HollyW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner at Portuguese Fisherman was great! They never disappoint!

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time there, went with my daughter she and I both loved it, I had to pealla and it was awesome, I've been going for 30 years to a restaurant in New York City called Spain which had outstanding paella but unfortunately closed I am so happy I found a place nearby with paella that's comparable. My daughter has a New York strip Portuguese style and I have to say she's 8 many a steak at fine restaurants and she couldn't say enough about the steak at the Portuguese fisherman, needless to say we will definitely be back can't wait to make reservations.

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Bobbie
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. THE STEAK MELTED IN YOUR MOUTH WITH THE GARLIC BUTTER OMG IT IS TO DIE FOR. THE SANGRIA IS PERFECT TOO!!!

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vipGinaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best!!food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal and excellent service! Our go to place!

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JamesD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lively ambience
Great consistent service and excellent food! Our go to restaurant!

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vipamy3
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We haven’t eaten inside at a restaurant since Covid began and decided to try at PF. It was a wonderful experience- we felt safe and not on top of other people. As usual there, the food and service were excellent. We look forward to going back soon.

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was superb. We will definitely be back.

FAQs

Portuguese Fisherman offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 238-5188.

Portuguese Fisherman is rated 4.7 stars by 741 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 reservations at the moment.

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