Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

by Pat.

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Fourth of July weekend here at the Jersey shore was always hectic as usual–fireworks, a barbecue, grandson’s birthday, a bar so imagine how surprised and pleased I was when my favorite daughter (I can safely say that since she is my only daughter) told hubby and I to go out for a romantic dinner and she would cover it. Needless to say her father was delighted since he would get the pick of the menu. Needless to say so was I since I would be served NOT serving.

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Most locals here in Ocean County plan around the weekend–just too many tourists on the roads. However, since this was a weekday, the roads were clear. So off we drove to Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro adjacent to Pepino’s Pizzeria about a mile from the Seaside Bridge.

Recently renovated, Chris Roberts’s bright, clean atmosphere fits every occasion–casual, family, romantic. As observer me checked out entrees being carried out to other patrons, I knew this was the perfect place to dine. Ambiance good, everything (appetizers, soups, salads, steaks and chops, pasta and more) all generous portions attractively served. BYOB is allowed.

Immediately seated, our attentive waiter patiently answered all my many questions as he placed sweet water and fresh Italian bread hot from the oven and seasoned butter on the table. Our tasty ample salads (house and caesar) made with only fresh ingredients and no bottled dressing excelled. When we finished our first sodas, he had our glasses refilled in an instant without our asking. Now that is a good waiter, something we told the manager when he stopped to visit us and ask how our evening was going.

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Time to select the first course:

Beef Carpaccio–Hubby said he liked it enough to order this thinly sliced raw meat perfectly seasoned and served with served atop arugula again. That’s quite a compliment since he is a strictly meat and potatoes man.

Eggplant Rollatini–More tapas than beginning, my 5 star eggplant, ricotta, mozzarella and marinara could have been mistaken for veal.

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Next course:

Filet Mignon Bistro Style–Hubby’s description, “Eight ounces of angus with wild mushroom and potato hash as ordered, grilled to perfection.” I might add that he cleared the plate and wished there was more.

Blue Water Crab Cakes–My description, “Fresh, classic with corn & black bean salsa, equal to those served at my favorite Maryland haunts.” I must say that up until now, this particular entree previously served in other local restaurants has only been a disappointment.

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Final Course:

Note: Choices were hard as the endings selections were many, all fresh and made either by the chef or a nearby local bakery. Hubby had cannoli cake which he wouldn’t share even one crumb. I had tiramisu. This coffee flavored ladyfingers in cream dessert cannot be described as anything other than sweet, luscious, rich, decadent and served with cappuccino heaven sent.

Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro, Toms River, NJ - Restaurant Review – Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

Time to go home, hubby leaving a generous tip, told me he would like to return here again even though menu selections are a trifle pricey. Now that is quite an endorsement because my man is one fussy eater. Let’s face it though, you get what you pay for and quality costs more than fast food and take out. I like Chris Roberts’s innovative cuisine. Chris Roberts Italian Grille and Bistro is located at 2206 NJ-37W, Toms River, New Jersey. Open seven days a week, call 732-288-0111 for hours. Reservations are accepted but not required.

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29 comments

Pam July 6, 2015 - 4:57 pm

All that food looks so good. Especially those crab cakes.

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Liz Mays July 6, 2015 - 7:15 pm

That sounds like such a nice place, perfect for Independence Day weekend! That filet mignon sounds good!

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 6, 2015 - 7:35 pm

My goodness! If I ever get to New Jersey, I’ll be sure to stop by. That food looks spectacular!

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Marcie W. July 6, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Your entire meal looks outstanding! I am a sucker for Italian food, especially when it comes from the East Coast, so that eggplant and tiramisu would be my picks.

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Catherine S July 6, 2015 - 7:46 pm

What a great review. All of the food looks really good. I will keep this restaurant in mind if I ever visit NJ.

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Melissa Pezza July 6, 2015 - 7:47 pm

That restaurant looks fantastic! I can’t believe how yummy all the food looks. I think it’s time for a road trip to Jersey! We don’t live too far away.

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Brandy July 6, 2015 - 8:05 pm

This looks like such a yummy place to eat. I am glad you enjoyed it. What a fabulous deal and meal!

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Stefany July 6, 2015 - 10:59 pm

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Felicia July 6, 2015 - 11:44 pm

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Amanda O. July 6, 2015 - 11:54 pm

Those desserts look so decadent. The whole meal looks like it was fantastic.

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Veronica July 7, 2015 - 12:22 am

Wow! All the food looks amazing. They are making me hungry

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Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert July 7, 2015 - 4:08 am

I’d go crazy as a foodie if my hubby didn’t take me out to a nice meal once in a while!

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Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly July 7, 2015 - 4:38 am

That’s funny I wanted to hit Atlantic City this weekend for the holiday weekend, but opted to stay in the city and catch up on work instead. It is so funny you and your DD have the same running joke as me and my mom about being her ‘favorite daughter’. And when she is mad at me she says I am no longer her favorite and that usually makes us laugh and forget what we were arguing about!

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Kristi July 7, 2015 - 5:02 am

Looks like you had a great selection of food and a fabulous place to review. With a menu like that I would have a tough time deciding what to order!

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Christie July 7, 2015 - 8:39 am

Looks like you found a new favorite restaurant! I love finding smaller italian bistros to eat at!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore July 7, 2015 - 9:14 am

Ok I’m totally hungry now! I’m with your hubs on beef carpaccio with arugula. My favorite. Dessert would have been a difficult decision !

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Jeanine July 7, 2015 - 11:04 am

What a great review! That food looks amazing. I wish I was anywhere close to this grille!

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Stephanie July 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

I live in NY, so this restaurant isn’t that far away. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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Donna July 7, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Everything looks so delicious, Val! I love filet mignon but haven’t had it in years, now I’m craving one. 🙂 I’ve never used Restaurant. com before, but I’ll check it out!

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Chrystal | YUM eating July 7, 2015 - 12:47 pm

I love Restaurant.com. The restaurants around here are always changing so I am able to try new things for a discount. Cant beat that.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 7, 2015 - 2:17 pm

All of the food looks amazing! I would love to try the Eggplant Rollatini.

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Tess July 7, 2015 - 3:54 pm

I want to go there! Sounds like it has all my favorites.

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Kate K (My Mommy Brain) July 7, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Oh wow, that food looks amazing… now I’m starving. We like using restaurant.com to try out new places. It’s awesome.

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Leela July 7, 2015 - 5:33 pm

That all looks amazing!

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Beth@FrugalFroggie July 8, 2015 - 12:08 am

The food looks delicious. I love Italian food. Too bad they aren’t local to me.

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Rosey July 8, 2015 - 6:38 am

My favorite thing about restaurant.com is that it gets you out and experiencing places you might not normally go. Everything here looks amazing!

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Lisa Joy Thompson July 8, 2015 - 8:50 am

Your food looks absolutely delicious! Eggplant Rolantini is my favorite, but not many restaurants carry it. If I’m ever in your area, I’ll be sure to try Chris Roberts Italian Grill & Bistro!

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Shell Feis July 8, 2015 - 5:26 pm

That all looks DELICIOUS! Those desserts would definitely be hard to choose between!

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Cinny July 10, 2015 - 1:32 am

I’m looking at those desserts and thinking how much I want one right now. Their food looks delicious!

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