Val’s Tavern in Rumson has been a Jersey Shore institution since 1942. It is a very comfortable tavern in the truest tradition and one that I have frequented quite often. Owners Chris and James Smith have continued the tradition of providing retreat to family and friends with great service, great food and a comfortable atmosphere.
They are great hosts and down to earth guys who love to supervise and please their friends and family and all who come into their establishment. They are a big part of why Val’s is so comfortable. I like to see them when I get to Val’s.
Val’s serves up a variety of tasty offerings. Val’s pizza is great – it’s a thin crust with a nice sauce and their signature pie is the lobster pizza which you can get on medium or extra heat.
They have great pasta dishes, burgers, wraps, steaks, chops, and sandwiches. Their salads are fresh and large, and the drinks are carefully prepared by knowledgeable bar staff. I like the staff at Val’s, they are attentive and fun to interact with and make your experience so enjoyable.
After the pandemic, Chris and James decided to refurbish the restaurant and bar and open it up. What a job they did! It’s pleasant and spacious with well-appointed decor that has a hint of the beach while maintaining the comfort of a true Jersey tavern.
The place is popping for Rumson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 12. I encourage you to take a trip to Rumson and visit Val’s Tavern.
It’s a casual experience that offers full service in providing great food, a friendly staff, wrapped in a fun atmosphere that will make you want to come back. Stay in for a meal and a cocktail and enjoy the comfort of a real New Jersey tavern.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 Weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.
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