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Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails
Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails

Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquablukitchen.com
  • Phone: (732) 270-1180
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Aqua Blu can host special events for groups of almost any size. A semi-private area offering views of the open kitchen can be reserved for groups of up to 80 guests.
    The private Rustic Room can accommodate up to 60 guests, and is ideal for both intimate celebrations and high-level business gatherings. The Aqua Blu Banquet Room is also available for large-scale receptions and seated events of up to 140 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Cathy Varriale (732) 270-1180
  • Entertainment: Visit http://aquablurestaurant.com/events/event-calendar/ to view our weekly events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bridge St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails
Owners Vincenzo and Caterina Varriale redefine hospitality by welcoming you to their newest venture, Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails. This one of a kind bar and restaurant offers an eclectic variety of dishes, uniquely vibrant and friendly service in a chic yet sophisticated atmosphere. Our menu offers a seasonal modern twist on American cuisine influenced by international fare. The invigorating space is made up of multiple dining rooms, three full service bars and a lounge. The restaurant is situated at 3410 Route 37 east Toms River, NJ, right at the foot of the Seaside bridge. Please join us for extended Happy Hour, daily specials and weekly entertainment.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We were very disappointed. The first time we went the service and food were outstanding. This time it was very different. Our drinks were weak and had to be sent back. The service wasn't great and the short ribs were over cooked and tasted bitter. We weren't the only ones with issues we saw several people sending food back to the kitchen. After the second experience I don't know that I would return."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I really love this place, I been there for lunch and dinner with my friends and I cannot ask for anything more. The food is Great!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Took our boss out for Birthday Dinner-8 in the group-everyone loved the food! I have reservations for 3 out of the next 5 weeks! Love it Love it Love it."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I had made a reservation for 4 people at 7:30. My party and i arrived early, we were told that the people at our table were just finishing up their desserts. We did not sit down at our table until after 8. Why have a reservation if we still have to wait over 30 minutes to sit down. The best part was they kept telling us there were no more tables. Guess what when they sat us down RIGHT NEXT TO US is an EMPTY table for 4. After that, the service was just awful. We had to constantly flag down our very flustered waiter. For all our inconvenience, they took 2 whole coffees off our bill. Pretty looking place and the food was good, but the service in the front and waitstaff were awful. We will not return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food and service were great. We ate in the dining room. The bar area has great entertainment but tends to be a little loud. Only disappointment is that the dining room has no view of the water."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Good food and service. Monday night special was a great value!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised when we went to the restaurant the first time. We didn't know what to expect, the food was delicious, from the beginning to the end! We liked it so much, we went back with my parents and they loved it too!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been here several times over the past year, since it reopened after Super Storm Sandy, and once before the storm. The food is always good. They have a wonderful variety of oysters, a different fresh hummus each day, a beautiful selection of olives. A very eclectic menu and daily specials. The servers are knowledgeable and service is prompt. The large bar attracts different people from the diners in the dining room, which can sometimes get noisy."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Took the family for dinner here to celebrate my birthday beings I wanted to try something new. The restaurant sits on the Barneget bay so I expected the restaurant to have big windows overlooking the bay. Well, there were no windows and dining room was very dark. Not at all what I expected of a restaurant near the water. Our server was nice but service was very slow. We had 6:15 reservations and the restaurant was really not that crowded...we waited a long time for our entrees. The server kept apologizing saying the kitchen was backed up. Food was good but not sure if I would go back there for dinner. The bar, however, was very crowded so I think it caters more to the bar scene than to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking forward to dinning at aqua. We enjoyed our appetizers of the board and caprese. My husband had the braised beef and it was burnt which affected the rest of the food on his plate. I had the hangar steak and was perfectly done at medium. All and all, the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "There were four of us in our party. We all enjoyed everything we ordered. Food was delicious, menu extensive and the service was professional, friendly and well paced. We tried their sunset dinner menu and were very pleased with the cost of our meal. Overall, we'd recommend this restaurant and plan to go back in the near future."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The bar has a great bar and dj. the dining room is contemporary in decor and quiet enough for easy conversation. The food is a modern style of classic meat, poultry, salads and pasta. All with a tatty twist. Ask for Anthony, he's great."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great place awesome food. (Especially the desserts) the staff was always attentive without being pushy. Will definitely go back soon. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I had the crab cakes, oysters, and a filet mignon. The crab cakes were awesome! The filet was good too, but I did not like the broccoli rabe that came with it. It had a weird taste to it. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food and service was good. But too many employees standing around doing nothing. Food was delicious but a bit expensive"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great Sea Bass. Perfect bread. Good salad with just the right amount of dressing. Friendly staff."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "On the suggestion of a few friends, my family and I brought my Mom here for Mother's Day brunch. We were absolutely not disappointed. What an amazing spread they put out. My older daughter and I are vegetarian and there were plenty of yummy options available for us. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. It was pricier then other brunches by a few dollars per person but it was without a doubt, worth it. I would absolutely visit again and I have already spread the word to friends in the area that Aqua Blu is the place to go for a very classy and delicious brunch. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was good, Waiter was great but forgot my last drink at the end of the night. Food was excellent, portions were small for the price. Bread was awesome...the food came out hot as well as the bread....butter was cold :( No ice was serve with the water and/or wasn't asked????? One desert was awesome then other was mediocre (chocolate souffle) Ice cream scoop was too small with all the chocolate........they need some work in the dessert section..... I would go back....they did an overall good job especially for South Jersey these days...."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Honestly the best seabass I ever tasted. The salads were delicious. Service was excellent. Desserts were yummy too. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Service was awesome from the bar to the our server, Mike, at the table. All of our meals were fabulous, creative, perfectly prepared. The "white" lounge room near the bar was a place I'd want to hang out all night! My husband is pretty picky when it comes to his food, but he was extremely pleased with everything. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "All four of us had a splendid meal . The surprise was on us since the place is fairly large , split into four major section but this lay out still gives the impression of being a bit oversized to be considered romantic or cosy though the food makes up for it. We shall go back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My friends and I found this to be a great place to meet, talk and dine. We will definitely keep this in mind for a return visit."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had been to Aqua Blu for drinks a few times but never for dinner. We wanted to go there for the music & decided to give the restaurant a try. We were very happy that we did; the food was delicious! and Monica, our server, was great. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My date and I went here for a Valentine's weekend menu special they were having. The special menu selections were fabulous but you could also choose from their regular menu. I had scallops and my date had a filet and both were amazing. It was very quiet due to a slow February Sunday but I could tell that normally it would be a busy place. Great atmosphere with unique decor. Very clean. Waitress was great and bussing was instant. We never wanted for anything. Go try it!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I always thought this place was a bar/club so I stayed away because that wasn't my scene. I was looking to take my significant other somewhere different for Valentine's Day and happened upon a menu that really spoke to the food lover in me. I made a reservation and can say it was worth every cent. The ambiance was great with it fitting the theme of the night without being cheesy. There was a live singer, who was terrific, doing classic love songs. The food and wine pairings were spot on and I honestly couldn't have enjoyed my meal more. I left full, happy, and ready to return. Aqua blu I tip my hat to you for a great evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Looking to try a new restaurant and open on a Monday, found Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails on an internet search. After reading the menu online I made a reservation. What a smart decision......a quiet winter evening spent enjoying great cocktails, a delightful meal - the beet and friscee salad with goat cheese along with the most tender filet mignon - and outstanding service - thank you, Rich! From start to finish, I would highly recommend Aqua Blu for good food, good drinks and good time. With their location at the foot of the bridge into Seaside Park, the summer season is their peak.......but a marvelous gem anytime of the year."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "excellent selections on the menu & bar and wine lists. One of the few places in Toms River where I can ask for a Chopin martini and the bartender *knows* how to serve it without question! You'll not find oysters more fresh or a more congenial waitstaff and in the several times I have dined there, with and without guests, there has never been a question of the quality of food prepared by this kitchen. Whether you're seeking a relaxed but more congenial bar than your typical "mall stop", a formal business lunch, or romantic evening in formal attire (or not); you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Our server Alyssa was excellent! The oysters of the day (Naked Cowboys) were delicious. We always order their calamari, which they serve with a smoked marinara (order two sauces!). We both got the fish (Chilean Sea Bass & Salmon) which were both served over spinach and potato. The espresso dessert choice was a new option for us, and we both enjoyed!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The service was great and food very well prepared. I had the sea bass and my boyfriend had the linguine. The cocktails and oysters were wonderful as was the chocolate soufflé dessert. The only thing that I can complain about is the ambience. For the prices, I expected something different. The music from the live band from the holiday party in the other room was too loud (and not very good, I might add) and I almost felt like walking out. There was a room further away from the party room and they should have used that room for the evening."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I was meeting a couple of other people there the night I went. I was waiting for about 15 minutes, but was never offered a drink. Dinner was alright. The bruschetta appetizer was good. The rice balls were just OK. For dinner I ordered the orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. While I enjoyed it, it was a little flat. Extra parmesan cheese or salt would've made it better. Dessert was AWFUL. We went for restaurant week, so I ordered an included dessert, chocolate soufflé. The server said it would take 10-15 minutes, which was fine. In actuality, it took more like 30 minutes. When it finally came, it was burnt and the center fell and was oozing all over the place. It wasn't worth the wait for that. I won't be back."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Went there with 8 people for dinner during Restaurant Week. They had a great menu with nice selections. We recommend The Butcher Board for an appy. Unbelievable assortment on one dish. Then the Branzino was excellent along with the Chocolate Souffle. The group singing, Jukebox Legends, sang everything from Old Blue Eyes to the Black Eyed Peas. Great entertainment. We all danced the night away."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Food and service was exceptional. First visit and we will be back. Down side noise level gets up there later from bar area and we had a table near us cursing which we continually heard like they were sitting at our table"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I have been here before and liked it very much....I still have the same opinion....this time, we asked for the restaurant week menu and it was a steal for $20. I had the short ribs and they were delicious-very tender along with the rice ball and souffle. I will definitely return...."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Its was restaurant was very good food & great value"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Great food in a beautiful main dining room. Our server Michael could not have been more attentive."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I've been to Aqua several times - during the week and on weekends......the scene is always energetic and the food and services always great. The best thing about it is that its a bar scene of all ages.......so us over 50 married people dont feel so out of touch. Keep up the good work Aqua........"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "I have been to this restaurant a few times since it's opening. They have made some changes in their menu over time. The current one is a home run. The food was excellent. Full of flavor and prepared as ordered. The server was very attentive and pleasant."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Party of 4. Didn't need reservations on a weeknight as there were only 3 other tables occupied. After eating there, we know why. We had reviewed menu on-line so were aware of price range. Wish the food quality and service were worthy of the prices. We each tried a different appetizer and main course, and unfortunately, were disappointed overall. One of the meals ordered was supposed to include pasta but none was served, and it was one of the evening's "Specials". The excuse given by our server was that the chef on that night was not the regular chef! Really! Since the dining area had pretty much cleared except for us, the servers all stood around, chatting and watching tv. VERY DISAPPOINTED with the meal and service was mediocre at best."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "great find! being from NYC, I am a bit snobbish when it comes to food but had the shrimp appetizer-great; pasta w/clams and the cittara pasta which was quite enjoyable...chocolate soufflé was a bit hit. I would definitely go back and it was nice to see a hip restaurant with a great atmosphere and good food at the jersey shore."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Great drinks, food, ambience. Our waiter recognized that the four of us needed some extra time to get caught up and allowed us to chat without feeling rushed. Will recommend this to my family and friends. Good night out."
    Dined on 9/9/2013