L.A.'s Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 635 Route 72 E

    Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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  • 609-978-6565

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If your looking for some good drinks and nightlife look elsewhere. This review is not biased from one experience but several. I believe in seven chances I suppose. After tonight however I draw the line. As someone who enjoys some good music and a drink I expected a decent evening however I was met with over 3 dozen obnoxiously drunk 20-somethings. One of which was even disobeying security, falling, and screaming as loud as she possibly could. Moments later getting into her car and driving (to a different parking spot for whatever reason but driving none the less). All while being "observed" by security. Upon leaving was greeted by the aroma of illegal druguse from a group of "kids" which included that of said security. Along with service? They had apparently "run out" of Ginger ale from the previous weekend and instead offered a limited wine selection. Mind you this was all upon my final visit ... I personally suggest checking out any other of the local bars/clubs besides here ... unless its your kinda place of course.

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★☆☆☆☆

If your looking for some good drinks and nightlife look elsewhere. This review is not biased from one experience but several. I believe in seven chances I suppose. After tonight however I draw the line. As someone who enjoys some good music and a drink I expected a decent evening however I was met with over 3 dozen obnoxiously drunk 20-somethings. One of which was even disobeying security, falling, and screaming as loud as she possibly could. Moments later getting into her car and driving (to a different parking spot for whatever reason but driving none the less). All while being "observed" by security. Upon leaving was greeted by the aroma of illegal druguse from a group of "kids" which included that of said security. Along with service? They had apparently "run out" of Ginger ale from the previous weekend and instead offered a limited wine selection. Mind you this was all upon my final visit ... I personally suggest checking out any other of the local bars/clubs besides here ... unless its your kinda place of course.

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WOW! Probably one of the best restaurants I have been to in years! I have to admit I was skeptical about trying LA's because it used to be Fabians a while ago ... and it definitely WAS a dump. But we tried it for the 1st time last month (been back 4 times since), and we were shocked at how good it was! Not only was it an amazing menu, but there were so many dinner specials it took us 15 minutes just to pick. I ended up with the Filet Mignon, and it was perfectly cooked! My husband had the baby back Ribs and ended up taking home half of it because there was so much there. The meat was so tender .. it was falling off the bone! The server was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable, and during the meal the Manager (Vicki?) stopped over to check on us ... and was so nice to talk to.

I highly recommend LA's, and we are picky eaters. This is far from the typical "Fridays type' of restaurant. Try it ... get hooked like us! lol

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★★★★☆

WOW! Probably one of the best restaurants I have been to in years! I have to admit I was skeptical about trying LA's because it used to be Fabians a while ago ... and it definitely WAS a dump. But we tried it for the 1st time last month (been back 4 times since), and we were shocked at how good it was! Not only was it an amazing menu, but there were so many dinner specials it took us 15 minutes just to pick. I ended up with the Filet Mignon, and it was perfectly cooked! My husband had the baby back Ribs and ended up taking home half of it because there was so much there. The meat was so tender .. it was falling off the bone! The server was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable, and during the meal the Manager (Vicki?) stopped over to check on us ... and was so nice to talk to.

I highly recommend LA's, and we are picky eaters. This is far from the typical "Fridays type' of restaurant. Try it ... get hooked like us! lol

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It is funny ... I read some of the reviews and have to laugh! This is one of the best restaurants I have been to in a 30 mile radius! The place is clean, the service is excellent, and the food is to die for! LA's was recommended to me by a friend 2 years ago, and we (my husband and 3 kids) have been frequenting the place ever since! You cannot beat the pricing for the portion sizes, and the friendliest staff I have encountered! Try the Chicken Cordon Bleu ... unbelievable! For those who, in my opinion, are MAKING UP STORIES ABOUT LA'S ... not sure where you have been ... but it is definitely not the same place we go to!

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★★★★☆

It is funny ... I read some of the reviews and have to laugh! This is one of the best restaurants I have been to in a 30 mile radius! The place is clean, the service is excellent, and the food is to die for! LA's was recommended to me by a friend 2 years ago, and we (my husband and 3 kids) have been frequenting the place ever since! You cannot beat the pricing for the portion sizes, and the friendliest staff I have encountered! Try the Chicken Cordon Bleu ... unbelievable! For those who, in my opinion, are MAKING UP STORIES ABOUT LA'S ... not sure where you have been ... but it is definitely not the same place we go to!

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this place is a joke, horrible service. Went there with some friends one night and walked right in, about 10 mins later some guy comes up to us claiming to be a bouncer and asks how we got in without getting our hands stamped, we told him there was nobody at the door so we just walked up to the bar. he gave us a dirty look, mumbled something under his breath, and made us show him our IDs (after we had allready been served) i think i had seen him smoking a cigarette outside when we came in, he probably had just gotten yelled at by his boss for not doing his job properly. Then we walked around and they have a back room with another bar, we thought it was part of the regular bar so we walked back there, once again there was no bouncer at the door, but sure enough some girl came running up and yelling at us and saying we had to pay $10 or leave the room, it didnt make any sense, there was nobody at the door, it was a room big enough to hold 100 people but there was only 5-10 people in there, and it was allready 1 am, why would anyone pay ten bucks to get into an empty room at a bar thats about to close.

basically, the staff seemed to be drinking and smoking with their friends all night and ignoring the other customers, none of the bouncers were at the doors, and nobody was wearing any sort of uniforms or identification, very weird staff. On the plus side, all but one of the bouncers/bar staff were scrawny kids, so you dont really have to worry about them getting out of line, it just would have been nice if they had been doing their jobs properly instead of interrupting us every 10 mins because they wanted to drink and smoke with their friends instead of doing their jobs

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★☆☆☆☆

this place is a joke, horrible service. Went there with some friends one night and walked right in, about 10 mins later some guy comes up to us claiming to be a bouncer and asks how we got in without getting our hands stamped, we told him there was nobody at the door so we just walked up to the bar. he gave us a dirty look, mumbled something under his breath, and made us show him our IDs (after we had allready been served) i think i had seen him smoking a cigarette outside when we came in, he probably had just gotten yelled at by his boss for not doing his job properly. Then we walked around and they have a back room with another bar, we thought it was part of the regular bar so we walked back there, once again there was no bouncer at the door, but sure enough some girl came running up and yelling at us and saying we had to pay $10 or leave the room, it didnt make any sense, there was nobody at the door, it was a room big enough to hold 100 people but there was only 5-10 people in there, and it was allready 1 am, why would anyone pay ten bucks to get into an empty room at a bar thats about to close.

basically, the staff seemed to be drinking and smoking with their friends all night and ignoring the other customers, none of the bouncers were at the doors, and nobody was wearing any sort of uniforms or identification, very weird staff. On the plus side, all but one of the bouncers/bar staff were scrawny kids, so you dont really have to worry about them getting out of line, it just would have been nice if they had been doing their jobs properly instead of interrupting us every 10 mins because they wanted to drink and smoke with their friends instead of doing their jobs

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This place is fantastic.....It looks like a dive bar when you go in, but i encourage you to stay. The food is so GREAT I cannot give it enough credit. Its like a gourmet restaurant. They have a great fun martini selection and its a great place for a good sit-down meal or just a fun place to hang out at the bar or in the game room. I definitely recommend it!

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★★★★★

This place is fantastic.....It looks like a dive bar when you go in, but i encourage you to stay. The food is so GREAT I cannot give it enough credit. Its like a gourmet restaurant. They have a great fun martini selection and its a great place for a good sit-down meal or just a fun place to hang out at the bar or in the game room. I definitely recommend it!

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Your comments were just way off base. I am a customer of LA.'s who happened to be sitting 2 tables away from you that night you created a scene. I also had the SAME dish you did, and have had it a number of times in the past. It is a fantastic dish, so good that I have even asked for the recipe! I heard the Manager say that she brought the food back to the kitchen and the chef and a number of others tried it because of your complaint. They all said there was nothing wrong with it! Again, had the exact same dish and I agree with them whole heartedly. The Manager was right not to take it off your bill, and the only reason I believe she took it off was because you got loud and obnoxious, embarrassing yourself, your table members, and the Restaurant. I just wanted you to leave! Please, Please do not come back to LAs ... especially when I am there. If you go to a restaurant and decide to try a new dish, and determine after trying it that you don't like it .... why should the restaurant pay? Get real lady ... it doesn't work that way!!!

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★★★★★

Your comments were just way off base. I am a customer of LA.'s who happened to be sitting 2 tables away from you that night you created a scene. I also had the SAME dish you did, and have had it a number of times in the past. It is a fantastic dish, so good that I have even asked for the recipe! I heard the Manager say that she brought the food back to the kitchen and the chef and a number of others tried it because of your complaint. They all said there was nothing wrong with it! Again, had the exact same dish and I agree with them whole heartedly. The Manager was right not to take it off your bill, and the only reason I believe she took it off was because you got loud and obnoxious, embarrassing yourself, your table members, and the Restaurant. I just wanted you to leave! Please, Please do not come back to LAs ... especially when I am there. If you go to a restaurant and decide to try a new dish, and determine after trying it that you don't like it .... why should the restaurant pay? Get real lady ... it doesn't work that way!!!

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Today I had an awful experience at LA's. My family and I have eaten there a few times and had good service and food, but todays experience was awful enough that I will not return there. I order a special at the suggestion of the manager who visited our table at the beginning of our meal. Unfortunately when I received my meal, I had one bite and it had a very burnt taste and smell, I had another family member taste it and they said "thats disgusting." For the very first time in my life I had to send my food back. I have never complained about a meal ever, I am pretty easy to please. I told the waiter that I did not want anything else but he brought me out a new bowl anyway since he said i shouldn't have to watch everyone else eat. It still tasted burnt. Everyone at the table tasted it and said it tastes like SMOKE. He took the food back and then brought the bill which he said the manager refused to take my meal off because she felt there was nothing wrong with it. I asked to speak with the manager who came out and was immediately hostile towards me. I explained Iv never sent food back before but it was just awful. She said she had eaten my dinner and that there was nothing wrong with it and that i should just take it home. I said i would not take it home since I am not able to eat it due to its burnt taste. She continued to argue with me. If you return a product back to a store they return your money. Its not like I ate half and sent it back, I ate ONE BITE. I offered to pay for the salad I had eaten that came with my meal but Im not paying for the portion of the meal I did not receive. I just cant believe how nasty I was treated. She eventually took the bill back and the waiter informed us she agreed to remove the meal off the bill.

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★☆☆☆☆

Today I had an awful experience at LA's. My family and I have eaten there a few times and had good service and food, but todays experience was awful enough that I will not return there. I order a special at the suggestion of the manager who visited our table at the beginning of our meal. Unfortunately when I received my meal, I had one bite and it had a very burnt taste and smell, I had another family member taste it and they said "thats disgusting." For the very first time in my life I had to send my food back. I have never complained about a meal ever, I am pretty easy to please. I told the waiter that I did not want anything else but he brought me out a new bowl anyway since he said i shouldn't have to watch everyone else eat. It still tasted burnt. Everyone at the table tasted it and said it tastes like SMOKE. He took the food back and then brought the bill which he said the manager refused to take my meal off because she felt there was nothing wrong with it. I asked to speak with the manager who came out and was immediately hostile towards me. I explained Iv never sent food back before but it was just awful. She said she had eaten my dinner and that there was nothing wrong with it and that i should just take it home. I said i would not take it home since I am not able to eat it due to its burnt taste. She continued to argue with me. If you return a product back to a store they return your money. Its not like I ate half and sent it back, I ate ONE BITE. I offered to pay for the salad I had eaten that came with my meal but Im not paying for the portion of the meal I did not receive. I just cant believe how nasty I was treated. She eventually took the bill back and the waiter informed us she agreed to remove the meal off the bill.

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We go out to eat often, and the place highest on our list of places with great food, amazing choices and entertainment is LAs on Rt. 72. This place has gone from a Bar with a bad element (when it was Fabians) to become a 5 Star Restaurant with a FUN Bar which includes DJ's, NTN and amazing drink and apps specials. You need to try this place if you aren't convinced. The staff is fun too ... and they actually seem like they enjoy working at LAs.

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★★★★★

We go out to eat often, and the place highest on our list of places with great food, amazing choices and entertainment is LAs on Rt. 72. This place has gone from a Bar with a bad element (when it was Fabians) to become a 5 Star Restaurant with a FUN Bar which includes DJ's, NTN and amazing drink and apps specials. You need to try this place if you aren't convinced. The staff is fun too ... and they actually seem like they enjoy working at LAs.

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Do you love to play trivia and enjoy a good meal with friends? Stop by for a great sandwich at lunch time at LA's. This is right in the middle of the Manhawkin shopping area. It is a great place to stop late at night for snacks as well. Watch the changing signs outside for incredible dinner specials. They have a steak and crab legs special that is a great value. The meals are consistently good. The bar and wait staff are friendly and courteous.

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★★★★☆

Do you love to play trivia and enjoy a good meal with friends? Stop by for a great sandwich at lunch time at LA's. This is right in the middle of the Manhawkin shopping area. It is a great place to stop late at night for snacks as well. Watch the changing signs outside for incredible dinner specials. They have a steak and crab legs special that is a great value. The meals are consistently good. The bar and wait staff are friendly and courteous.

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