Disclaimer: I was offered a gift card for the Bonefish Grill by Tilson PR in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Last Friday night we went out to Bonefish Grill in Secaucus with Aldo and his family. It was so nice to take out his mom and grandma to dinner. I am also glad we got a chance to try out the Secaucus Bonefish Grill location, which was just a quick drive from Aldo's mom's house in Bayonne.
When we entered the restaurant we were greeted with the friendliest hostesses I have ever seen. We were walked to our booth and they helped us with our coats, which was very nice considering how many layers we were wearing (ugh, winter).
After we settled in and had a chance to look at the menu, our server, Max D., went through the specials with us and explained that all their grilled fish from the menu was fresh and never frozen. It was clear from the way he spoke that he didn't just memorize them and blurt them out to us as an obligation, but he actually really wanted to tell us about everything they had to offer us that night.
As we were making our choices, he brought us bread and a pesto olive oil (yum!), and told us all about the restaurant. Turns out the Secaucus location recently underwent a renovation. No wonder the place looked great! The restaurant had a great layout and looked very modern, which he said was a big change from the arches and columns they had before the renovation. The bar and the restaurant were separated by a partition that had these awesome carved lamps. Max D. told us that the lamps were made to represent the mangrove tree roots where the bonefish swims (did you even know there was a bonefish fish??). The 7 bones on the Bonefish Grill logo that was in the center of the dining room each represented a value that the restaurant operates by: respect, integrity, honesty, etc.
Max took our orders, and the drinks and appetizers came out very quickly. Mango and Blackberry Sangrias, Bang Bang Shrimp (their specialty!), and Lobster Stuffed Shrimp. I can totally see why they are famous for the Bang Bang Shrimp - it was deeelicious, and the portion was huge!
For the main course, Aldo and his mom got grilled Atlantic Salmon and Ahi Tuna Steak, both came with all kinds of delicious sides. They had a hard time deciding between all the signature sauce options, so Max D. offered to bring us all the sauces on the side. Win!!
Aldo's grandma ordered the Fontina Pork Chops with prosciutto and mushrooms, and I had one of the specials - Grilled Swordfish with Butternut Squash Ravioli drizzled with truffle oil, with a side of green beans. I knew the second I heard the words "truffle oil" come out of Max's mouth I was sold. You had me at ''truffle."
All the food was awesome. I am biased towards truffle oil and anything with butternut squash so I am going to say mine was the best, but in reality everyone really loved what they ordered.
We got to try all of the sauces, passed all our dishes around and tried each other's food, and even had some leftovers to take home with us. There is no way we would have any room for dessert.
And then Max showed us the dessert menu. Somehow we found room for the Crème Brûlée. How can you not?? We made the smart choice of sharing it between the four of us. Is that silly? Maybe. But we all really wanted just a little bit of something sweet at the end of such a wonderful meal. And the crème brûlée was amazing, it tasted like real vanilla instead of like sugary custard which you find in a lot of places.
As we were enjoying our dinner I was observing the tables around us (I was there to do a review, after all!), and I saw that not only did everyone's food look mouth watering, but everyone also got the same warm, wonderful service and attention as we did from each of their servers. I love it when there is a good vibe in the restaurant. We had an amazing night!
If you have the chance, stop by the Bonefish Grill in Secaucus and check out the new decor and the delicious food!