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“Didn't Hate but Don't Love”
Review of Gazebo - CLOSED

Gazebo
Price range: US$5 - US$25
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Dining options: After-hours
Description: American style casual cafe located in Schooner's Wharf Beach Haven, NJ. We are a seasonal establishment now under new ownership as of the 2016 season with an all new menu.
Reviewed 18 October 2013

If you are looking for a quick meal, this is a great place. We have eaten here a couple times over the summer before hitting up Fantasy Island. They are located at Bay Village on the bay side. We normally get the cheese steaks which are good. We had the sushi here once and I didn't care for it. Great views of the bay and perfect place for sunset. Place is a little disorganized and very busy. So if you are looking for a quick bite to eat w/OK food, this will do just fine then. Great place for kids since you eat outside and not formal by any means.

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Thank erick4k
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We were hopeful (on a warm sunny Friday afternoon that started a fantastic LBI weekend) when a fellow visitor recommended this place to us as having the best seafood on the island. Unfortunately, the opposite turned out to be true. Although, in fairness, the fried flounder and calamari seemed fresh, crisp, and oily within an acceptable range, the French fries were limp and white, the cocktail sauce was frozen in the small cup served with the seafood, only plastic or paper plates and utensils were available, the wait staff was completely ignorant and clearly could not have cared less, and the man whom we perceived to be the owner or manager badly misrepresented the food and, we suspect, actually recommended certain items to get rid of them. The fried shrimp was barely edible, over browned and hard, but the softshell crabs that the owner recommended so highly were not even edible. The first one served was clearly burned to the point of being hard and brown all the way through (we suspect that they had been previously fried and then refried for us). The second one served to replace the first was just slightly less burned and so inedible that even my restaurant-tolerant son only picked at it and left it on the plate. When the manager/owner rose from the table where he was chatting with friends in order to process the bill asked me how the meal was, I described the condition of the shrimp and crab, which he proceeded to dispute. When I offered to remove the full plate of food from the trash and show him what we'd discarded, he refused and offered to reduce the bill by $1, insisting that he was charging less than the price it was worth (the bill for two was $32--the iced tea he offered to "brew fresh" never came at all). Since only counter service was available we left no tip, but no tip was deserved from either the food or the service. It is hard to understand how a place as bad as this stays in business. This experience proves the value of a service such as TripAdvisor.

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1  Thank carpathianarts
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

What looks like your typical beach town counter service restaurant where you may not expect great food, but you expect to get it quickly and for it to be some level of quality, is disappointing even by those minimal standards. The food took forever to come and the "persona" pizza we ordered was about the size of a standard slice but it cost $8.95. The sweet potato "waffle fries" were just round pieces (no waffling). Both were clearly not made in house, but bought commercially to be heated up in house (making the delayed service even more mind boggling). Don't waste your time with so many other burger and pizza joints within the area.

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1  Thank JHT48310
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Strolled in here while staying in Long Beach Island to grab lunch with my wife and two kids. It sits within the village shops near the Water and Amusement Park nestled within the shops at the end. The menu is loaded with all sorts of choices from sandwiches to dinners to Sushi?? Very strange to have a Sushi bar inside a sandwich place or what looked like one.

Settled on a few sandwiches and drinks which added up to over $40 for three?? Outrageous plus the food was pretty bad. The Reuben Sandwich was mushy and hard at the same time and tasted terrible. I could not even finish it was so bad. The fries were overcooked and the cole slaw was warm and nasty. The grill cheese my son had looked disgusting. Plus the wait time for all of this was forever and the service was slow and annoying. The outside tables were falling apart and about to tip over and the lawn chairs were cheap and tacky. In all this place needs to upgrade or shut its doors since it claims it is family owned and has been there a while, but ditch the Sushi and start putting money into your main menu and maybe you will gain repeat customers. The funny thing is they have a Tripadvisor sitcker on the front door!

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1  Thank lip89
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

More expensive and the food was just alright. I should have just stayed home and grilled a burger myself. The sushi on the other hand, was a bit better.

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Thank islandbeachgrrl
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