Bonefish Grill

Before my visit to New Jersey this past weekend, I was chatting with my sister about where to go for dinner, and she mentioned she had just had dinner with friends at Bonefish Grill and that it was pretty great. I had also heard from a few friends in the area over the years that they loved the food and drinks at Bonefish Grill, so we decided to go for it.

We had a large party, needing eight seats plus a sling for a baby carrier, and my mom made a reservation in advance as we knew Bonefish got pretty busy. When we arrived, things were running behind and our table wasn’t ready for about 20 minutes. The hostesses and manager were SO apologetic both before and after our dinner. The wait didn’t feel very long, but I definitely appreciated them, in a very crowded restaurant, taking the time to apologize.

fresh blueberry martini

Once we were seated, I took a quick look at the wine list and cocktail menu. The wine list didn’t have anything that caught my eye, so I decided on a fresh blueberry martini made with vodka, fresh basil, and homemade blueberry agave nectar, inspired by Violet Beauregarde. Smile

blueberry martinis

The drink was delicious. I loved the very fresh ingredients and the subtle sweetness of the blueberry agave. Unlike cocktails made with sweet bottled mixers, this was really refreshing. I had two.

We started with some appetizers for the table, a plate of coconut shrimp with a sweet, fruity dipping sauce.

coconut shrimp

And Bonefish Grill’s signature Bang Bang shrimp which are creamy and crunchy with a spicy kick.

bang bang shrimp

I actually liked the Bang Bang shrimp so much, that I ordered the Bang Bang tacos for my dinner, served with a side of greens.

bang bang tacos

Our meals were all great, very fresh, flavorful, hot, and everything was timed well. The service was absolutely perfect, and as I mentioned, the one tiny slip-up they had with the table timing was addressed a few times. I am looking forward to a return Bonefish Grill dinner. I just wish they would change the name. Smile

Do you have a favorite chain restaurant?

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  1. GirlyGreenGirl’s avatar

    I ate at a Bonefish in Palm Beach, FL and it was quite the experience! The waitress spilled a cup of hot coffee on my lap, luckily I was not burned. She felt awful, the poor thing, but then some hot shot manager came over acting like a jerk and said, “the dry cleaning bill will be coming out of her paycheck.” Completely inappropriate (and not helpful at all.) Later that night I got food poisoning, BAD. My husband almost rushed me to the hospital. I’m so glad your experience was better than mine! =P

    ~ GGG

    ps – they do make delicious martinis!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Oh no! That is awful!


    2. alicia’s avatar

      Your food looks great! I am also not a fan of the name ‘bonefish’, but I’m glad you had a good meal! My favorite burger joint in CT is turning into a chain – Plan B, and I do love panera and au bon pain for fast, casual soups and salads…..


    3. Leslie’s avatar

      Bonefish is a favorite chain of mine! I live in Birmingham, AL and chain restaurants are a big part of the restaurant scene here, unfortunately. That is not to say that we don’t have a plethora of amazing local restaurants. If you are ever in the area you must check out Highlands Bar & Grill, Hot & Hot Fish Club, The Veranda, Chez Fon Fon, Bottega Grill & Cafe, Ocean, 26 and GianMarco’s just to name a few. As a person who typically prefers locally owned and locally sourced restaurants, Bonefish does a great job with fresh quality ingredients and great service. Another chain favorite is California Pizza Kitchen. We have two locations both with patio’s which make for a nice outdoor dining experience.

      Love your blog, btw!


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thanks for your comment and for the recommendations. I have heard great things about Birmingham!


      2. Michelle’s avatar

        My favorite sit-down chain restaurant is Papa Razzi!


      3. Megan’s avatar

        I went to one of those in Florida! The Bang Bang Shrimp was really good. And I might have had that same drink too. I don’t think I really love any chains… but I like certain things at different ones.


      4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

        I like The 99. I think I’m on my own with that.


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