Semolina Restaurant

4.9
1527 reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Semolina Restaurant is a farm to table, BYO dining establishment serving simple, casual cuisine. Owned and operated by brothers Chuck and Tylar Lesbirel, both formally of AMA Ristorante in Sea Bright. Semolina has a menu focused around the seasonality of fresh, local ingredients.

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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1527 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
Food
4.9
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

I thought the food was high level
Good quality and preparation
Noise level was fairly high
The service reasonably quick and high level

Their web site is very misleading!!

They said masks are required for all diners when not eating - no one enforced or recommended this

They said all staff were required to wear masks- no staff including kitchen staff were NOT wearing masks

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vipSusanH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious!!! Had the pork chop. It is truly another level! The servers are friendly and attentive. Been hare a few times and will continue to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not just good, outstanding!! Would not hesitate to recommend Semolina!

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Foodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every detail from service to each plate was simply Spot On! Fresh, creative, and an abundance of seasonal flavors created for each dish. Top 5 list !

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vipericar1023
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place ever

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vipGWDiner
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

A special occasion was almost ruined by parking shortage on a mild Friday night. Waiting for two people to meet us was stressful since the restaurant does not seat incomplete parties even when tables are empty. The threat of taking the table away after 15 minutes ratchets up the stress. I understand restaurants have business pressures but not so veiled threats by the hostess dampened our spirits on a 40th anniversary. Once seated we were told eat quickly. Fortunately the food and service once seated picked up our spirits. We shared 3 starters, three pastas(highly recommended) and an entree. We had room to try 3 out of 4 desserts paired well with cappuccinos. All in all dinner was completed in 90 minutes with minimal delay between courses. The wait staff were terrific! However the threats before seating because 2 of 4 diners were late still leaves an after taste. It is noted that at least one table of 4 people were seated more than 20 minutes before us remained at their table after we left? Do house rules only apply to newbies? Oh yes the extended diners included an infant who was very well mannered in an environment less conducive for anyone under 12. Would we return to semolina? Maybe but only on quieter nights! Btw the pasta is the star of the meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food amazing atmosphere and amazing service . Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

They rushed us out

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vipbb51
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service fabulous…menu choices extremely unique!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure, perfect food and service.

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vipBarb
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience1

Our table for two was under pressure to observe the 90 minute dinner restriction to the point that the bus people hovered over us to be sure they picked up our almost and clearly unfinished appetizer, entree and dinner plates. It was more than just annoying since the restaurant was 2/3 empty. I realize they have reservations coming but it would have required a small mob to take up the empty tables. The food was excellent as always but I was really disappointed overall. My guest was a local and could have been an ideal repeat diner. Oh well.

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ellenb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time and it was amazing!!!
Love the seasonal menu and the local sourcing.
Will most definitely be back.

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vipBabs1129
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We shared a pasta and a pork chop. It was delicious 😋

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KevinS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Semolina has always been good , now that tables increased inside it is really , really loud

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Edster
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Waitress wasn't so patient or friendly. She also was not so familiar with the menu.

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vipPalAl44
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We ate at Semolina's Saturday, 10/9/21. We had their homemade bread dipped in Olive oil. As an appetizer we indulged ourselves with their Buratta salad which had pastatio, and yellow berries adding a very nice texture and a sweetened taste to the salad. As an entree, I had Tuna served with a very interesting sauce and greens. My husband had Fluke with cherry tomatoes also with greens. The greens were very flavorful and added a real zest to the dish. Both entrees were excellent. For dessert, we had what seemed like chocolate profiterole with cannoli cream inside it which was delicious.
A lovely meal served in a lively but noisy atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable!

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vipCherylA
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nothing but delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding, meal was phenomenal. Semolina never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

Will never go back hostess was rude and had a horrible attitude! Food was good but not that good

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Marti
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is made with love and you can taste it on each bite. We wanted to be sad because our seasonal favorite was off the menu but every new thing we ordered refused to let us. The chicken - OMG! Right down to the kale salad was perfection.

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KMBW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely loved everything about it but noise level was high

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JennaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding! Took my girlfriends here for the first time and I've never seen them eat an entire plate of their food before! Well done!

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vipGregRay
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The food at Semolina is very good. The service staff is very professional and competent. The problem is that, from the moment we were seated, we felt rushed. It was as if they have a stop watch for your "allotted time" at your table, and are doing everything possible to make sure you are gone before the next group arrives.

This is no way to run a restaurant. Despite the good food, it is unlikely we will return.

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WilliamF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

90 minutes not enough time for us, but we did desert at Starbucks and all was good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best as always!

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Riceudding1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

the choices were good and the food was delicious

loved the bread but felt the pasta portion was a little small for a main dish

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PatriciaP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent. Paul and I had to give up our reservation to friends but I speak for them and we have had wonderful dinning experiences in the past. Hope to see you this coming week.

Pat Pritchard.

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vipStephG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in the Monmouth County area. The pork chop never disappoints and neither does the service. 12/10 would recommend.

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kellyk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was simply outstanding. We were running a little late as my husband's flight was delayed - thankful we were able to move reservation to 8 pm. It was a very special dinner as it was my husband's birthday. Our waitress was awesome - she was able to add one candle to the dessert and made the evening memorable. This is one of our favorite restaurants - we will be back for dinner on Sunday!!!

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JanisG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic experience

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JamesK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and presentation are outstanding. It never disappoints and remains a favorite place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is by far the best food in the jersey shore area. Farm to table. Creative menu. Great service

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PatO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable is the best description. I've been there twice now.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience2

Lovely evening! The food was absolutely delicious. The service was outstanding.

The dining room manager was extremely friendly and attentive. The waiter checked on us often though he was busy, he seemed to be able to give all of the tables the necessary attention.

The seating was a bit too close for my liking so I will return on a weeknight instead. Weekends including Fridays are crazy trying to get a reservation and it’s obviously a full house!

Delightful evening! La Semolina is checking all of the boxes. Amidst post-Covid dining that is of rare gem quality!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing farm to table

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ChrisS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We've always really enjoyed when dining there. This last visit was "over the top" outstanding - SERVICE, APPS, MAIN DISHES, DESSERTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was freshly made and delicious! Highly recommend the eggplant fritti as a starter, pork chops and Malfalde pasta. BYOB is definitely a plus too!

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irag
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The only regret I have about giving Semolina a great review is that it will only make it more difficult to get a reservation there!
Fabulous as always!

FAQs

Semolina Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1527 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.