Well well well……I have recently come back to Chowhound after a hiatus and I have made a few posts or observations etc. However when I went to search for one of my all time favorite restaurants locally (Monmouth County/Red Bank area) I was shocked to find relatively little information or posts about it. So I figured I would change that and pay homage to one of my consistently favorite dining experiences.
The Raven and The Peach in Fair Haven NJ on River Road has been consistently one of my all time favorite fine dining restaurants. I have been a frequent customer of theirs I would say for the past 10 if not 15 years and I do not think I have ever had a bad meal there. The wine list is extensive….the food quality and preparation is always excellent and the frequently changing menu options keep things adventurous and “fresh” for a place I like to frequent often.
On a Fri or Sat night….with the piano player or sometimes lounge singer…there are few places I would rather be than in a large booth at the Raven and the Peach. In my opinion it has the best ambiance of any restaurant I frequent and it reminds of what fine dining use to be.
Prior to it’s closure La Fontana in New Brunswick was my all time favorite dining establishment. While it had scaled down the OVER THE TOP service they provided in the early 90’s where each table had a 3-5 person wait staff……(I really do miss that place) but ever since La Fontana closed The Raven and The Peach has been on the top of my list!!!