The “Hidden Gem with a Sonoma Valley feel”
Our restaurant, 618, would not be here today if I had not met award-winning Chef Christopher Dutka through mutual friends, John and Wendy Bruzzese, on a cold and blustery day in January 2016. On that day, Chris and I shared stories of our past experiences in the food industry and found that we both came from two very different worlds of food. With that in mind, we realized how valuable our varying experiences could one day be to us. With our combined interest in all things food and a lot of hard work, 618 emerged from our hopes and dreams to brick and mortar reality.
On November 1st, we joyously celebrated our fourth anniversary. We are delighted to have the opportunity to reach such an important milestone in the restaurant business. We are happy to have successfully established that “something different,” type of atmosphere at 618 - "an impeccable culinary experience in the heart of Monmouth County."
At 618, we have diligently worked to provide dining experiences that fully comply and surpass the COVID-19 regulations including following strict sanitizing procedures, 25% capacity in all of our dining areas, utilizing HEPA filters throughout the building, touchless door openers on each door, mask-wearing by all staff at all times, staff temperature check taken at each shift, and our new heated All Season rooms providing fresh air circulation while dining.
As we look to the future, we hope to continue to provide our guests of new and old a place to enjoy an atmosphere with a modern rustic feel. Our guests will always be provided with our extraordinary service, our unique handcrafted cocktails, our meticulously prepared dishes, our signature Pat LaFrieda steaks, our fresh fish delivered daily, our farm-to-table produce, and our impeccable homemade desserts.
We are looking forward to opening new restaurants at some time in the near future. "Forno" will be coming to Old Bridge! Forno translated in Italian means oven so we thought this was a fitting name for our new Italian restaurant that will host custom-made ovens that will sear pizza to perfection in just 90-seconds. Look for an invitation to join us at our grand opening events!
We are grateful and humbled to celebrate our fourth anniversary. We would like to thank our guests who have become our family. Thank you for believing in us. You are truly the reason we are here today!
Thank you to our family and friends who have supported us during our 18 hour days and for understanding the countless events and milestones we missed in pursuit of our American Dream. We hope we have made you proud.
Thank you to our dedicated and professional staff. Your commitment, loyalty and love made us #1 on TripAdvisor. We are grateful to you.
We will continue to serve you, our valued guests, as our family and in the very same outstanding manner you have come to expect at 618 and soon at our other fine dining locations.