The Old Bay Restaurant

Almost without exception, North Easterners who have dined in New Orleans will testify to the fact that service in a fine restaurant does not have to be stuffy or condescending to be considered good. At some of the most renowned eateries in southern Louisiana, professionalism and friendliness coexist, and make for some very happy customers.

The Old Bay has endeavored to duplicate this service philosophy wherever possible. Servers, Bartenders, and Hosts are encouraged to express themselves when dealing with patrons, rather than recite standard lines. Food and wine tastings are held periodically to ensure that the staff will be able to help in the selection of the often unusual menu items. Employee morale is considered by management to be a top priority and, as a result, many of the service personnel who started with the restaurant are still part of the team.

The "Atmosphere", when used in conjunction with the word "Restaurant", is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "the pervading mood or spirit" one encounters at a particular dining establishment. During the early stages of the restaurant's creation, its designers made several research trips to New Orleans in an attempt to duplicate that rather elusive quality of atmosphere which is unique to some of the oldest of the French Quarter's renowned bistros. The results of their efforts become apparent the moment you are greeted. The entrance doors and windows, wrought iron railings, gargoyle wall sconces, and other elements of decor all blend to take you back to another place in another century.

Our History

The Old Bay Restaurant has been open since May 1987 and is New Jersey's premier New Orleans-style restaurant. Our dinner menu features Louisiana Southern Comfort cuisine, steaks and seafood. Our award-winning draft beer list features 24 taps pouring the finest micro-brewed imported domestic beer you can find.

After 10pm, The Old Bay transforms itself into a sophisticated night spot with outrageous drink promotions, huge craft beer selection and the best live entertainment in central New Jersey. See our entertainment and promotions calendar for more details.

We occupy the former National Bank of New Jersey constructed in 1857. The interior design of the restaurant was a result of numerous trips to New Orleans, and countless hours of conceptual, layout, and architectural work. In 2004, the interior of The Old Bay was completely renovated with additional bar seating and a decor that reminds one of Mardi Gras!

Outdoor Dining & Beer Garden

Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather on our outdoor patio! Our outdoor patio is open seasonally for fun, food and drinks from April through October.

The outdoor dining and beer garden area is fully covered, so the rain will not stop the fun! Come out and relax after work for happy hour with friends or enjoy your dinner and drinks outdoors on the weekend. The area is also available for intimate group gatherings.

Please contact us for more information at (732) 246-3111.