Portuguese Fisherman

4.8
544 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 544 people are saying
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GraceC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, I have been eating there for quite some time

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DavidP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food best place around no questions

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Portuguese Fisherman. Not easy to find really good Portuguese food in this area but this spot does it. Highly recommend!

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SteveJ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall it was good. Service was great. Was seated on the second floor which is just an open.room banquet hall. Prefer the 1st floor ambiance.

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SCOTTB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You can have a good meal all the time every time at the fisherman. They go out of their way to make your dinner a good experience.

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vipmurrays
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

service and food ALWAYS far above the average restaurant in the area. Many of us frequent flyers at the Fisherman are local family people and the only great way to enjoy great food is to be surrounded by family and friends.

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Reniel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and have been going frequently on Saturdays! The manager and staff always treat you with respect and always attentive to make you feel at home. Their food and sangria is AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Second time at this restaurant and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious!! Service was great as well. This is a hidden gem, our new favorite place. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent

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MariaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, staff are very kind and courteous

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Thersab
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the waiters were wonderful. The sangria was excellent. I know cuz I drank a gallon or 2 of it.
Thanks for everything guys.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience, really great food, service and all around atmosphere!

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Cupcake
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We received so much food for the money. Food very tasty and the Servers were on the ball. I would go again.

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JulieM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its our family go to place for sunday meals and family events. Never a disappointment.

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JerryM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

THE food was the highlight. everyone enjoyed. servers were courteous and did a nice job
would defiantly return

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vipToydiva
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I enjoyed my Paella, but we would have enjoyed more of those yummy Spanish potatoes.

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RoseS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is fantastic! You cannot make a mistake! We had calimari and shrimp in garlic appetizers for the table, I ordered the Branzino, grilled whole -- it was a stretch for me--but I loved it, it was grilled to perfection with the filet intact, flaky and delish! Even while observing all COVID regulations, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, our waiter was a gem, so responsive and genuinely friendly. Also, due to COVID restrictions, seatings are for a 2 hour limit. We had seven people, appetizers, entrees, and desert and coffees, all within that limit-- the waiter and kitchen keep it all moving without anyone feeling rushed or pressured. The family style service, with bread and salad starters is wonderful--but you might find you're leaving with half your dinner. Which you will enjoy the next day. Serving size is very generous, drinks are perfectly crafted, and the price is unbelievable for the quality, quantity, and service value. You have to go. You also really, really, must make a reservation.

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MichaelR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. My go to lunch spot in Middlesex. Great staff. Specials are great!

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We first come in and aren’t greeted for about 10 min. Then we have to go outside to go upstairs(I understand its the only entrance). Get upstairs and it felt like a bat mitzvah, pop music blasting from a dj station, huge LOUD tables. The smoke detectors were constantly beeping, change the batteries! The seafood was good, but the steak, vegetables and rice was terrible. Dry, and bland are an understatement. Service was good at first, attentive and asked how everything was frequently, but once larger tables got there, we were ignored. On the reservation, it asked if there was a special occasion, I marked that it was a birthday(a milestone birthday that I wanted to make special) but there was extra mention there was a birthday or anything..maybe that’s my fault for assuming it’d be done.

I’m just generally upset with the evening. We drove an hour each way because it was recommended by a friend. Normally I wouldn’t care, it’s covid, I’m sure things have changed, but for the money we’ve spent, it makes me very upset, to the point where I’m writing this review.

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ShalondaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the ribeye served on a clay dish it was just as good as the first time. Also the red Sangria was good as well

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible, cold food since they have to run back and forth to different buildings. Very weird , they basically were putting patrons in their catering hall which was another building you had to walk out too and walk up. Def not the atmosphere we’re hoping for.

I hate to leave bad reviews but for $130 a lot was left to be desired for.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waiter was pushy asking for our main meal before we had appetizers.Unprofessional

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vipmurrays
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a frequent flier here, I am always more than pleased. Never go wrong by eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Service was great too...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Food was on point. Little busy but to be expected.

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vipBrittanyM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Lunch for a healthier option. Seafood and service was excellent and I love their octopus!

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RayD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding dinner! Service was excellent and great Sangria!

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vipStuartS
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food for a good price. Highly recommend.

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vipChristopherD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding as always with plenty to bring home

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DominiGringo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were thoroughly impressed with this restaurant and will definitely return. Price was very reasonable and very low in my opinion for the quality when compared to pricier restaurants where we had similar dishes. Kudos to the chef and staff.

COVID guidelines made us feel safe but not oppressed. My only complaint was I had to go back to the car to get my phone to see the menu that required you to get it via QR code. I was not ready for that but appreciated the use of technology to manage safety.

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vipAlexK
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent as well as the service. I would definitely recommend The Fisherman to anyone.

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vipG1313
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Took my family out for Valentine’s Day. Mark the owner greeted us at the door. Our table was ready quickly. Followed all guidelines very careful!!! Food was amazing . Will be back soon... the clam apps were delicious The steak in the sizzling pan was cooked perfectly and the chicken and garlic was tender and flavorful. Desserts and coffees were on point as well. We never felt rushed it being a busy night!!! Thanks!!!

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Damaris
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant was great, the food was delicious, especially the mussels wow! Drinks were great and they even made a non-alcoholic mocktail for me since I’m pregnant! Best part of the experience was the service! Our waiter was amazing, made us feel very welcomed and was so accommodating and kind! I think his name is Tony! I would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day Dinner...ate upstairs in the banquet hall. Excellent service, food was delicious. There was good music. It was a nice dinner for two.

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AlexandriaC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience eating at the Portuguese Fisherman ! From staff to service to meal, it’s always a great time. Food will never disappoint.

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LINETTEC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, service was ok. Could of been a little more helpful with menuless help in what's good to order.

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RichK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt one of my top restaurants in NJ. Food and drinks are outstanding. Everyone that works there is fun and friendly. My wife and I go as often as we can.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food!!!!

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AnnC
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid evening, everything was great. The food delicious, the staff was attentive and friendly.

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Bun35
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I liked the nice open space we were in.

But they need to put more things on the menu for those like me with a stomach sensitivity.

I’ve lived here for 7 years, and I have only been there once before.

FAQs

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

Portuguese Fisherman is rated 4.8 stars by 544 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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