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Whispers Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.whispersrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (732) 974-9755
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Krug
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Private Room
  • Catering: Contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: No parties larger than 8 accepted on weekends.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicholas Bruno (732) 974-9755

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Ave.
  • Public Transit: Spring Lake stop on the Jersey Shore Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Whispers
Located inside the historic Hewitt-Wellington Hotel. Whispers has a Victorian feeling to it with crystal chandeliers, silver service, white linen table coverings and elegant fine dining. Whispers serves modern American food with an creative touch. Featuring select wines from Old York Cellars as well as the BYOB option.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I will say that the food was incredible. However their wine list as very disappointing and only had wines by the bottle and from one nj winery. I suggest you do the permitted BYOB!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The Lobster from the daily special were very good. All of us enjoyed the dinner and the dessert."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Went for date night. Quiet inside although the ambience is a little dated. I was happy with their NJ wine selection. Food was SO on point (except we both thought the burr blanc sauce was super salty). I'm still dreaming about the cookie dough cake dessert and the ahi spec! Our server definitely opened our bottle of wine ON the table and didn't allow either of us to taste it first, but he said he was new so it was forgivable. Firing of courses was great- we weren't rushed and we weren't waiting too long, either. I asked for a latte but was informed that they push a button on a machine (as opposed to using a true capp machine), so no foam wasn't an option; however, it still tasted yummy, so I got over that, too. All in all, a gem of a find :)"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had the lazy lobster which was superb. It was $45.00 but we are from NY so that was cheap. Highly recommend. We also had the halibut and that was great. We brought our own wine which was nice. The waiter was friendly and helpful. Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dinner was great as always. New server was super attentive. It was a terrific meal No complaints"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The resturant was lovely......the table was set with crystal and china. A special occasion resturant. The food was amazing. We had the lobster special and a steak special. Both were truely delicious. Our servers were very attentive and polite. Would definitely return to this resturant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dinner was delicious as always. It's a very pretty atmosphere and very inviting to share special occassions as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Friendly service. Excellent food! Romantic ambiance."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in our recent visit to Whispers. I recall a more elegant dining experience, which this was not. Flip flops, shorts etc We were looking for an elegant date night experience. The service was very slow, one server rushing around perspiring my salad was not brought with my husband's so I said forget it. In this area and in the past they did require at least jackets for men. Way tooooocasual. I realize this is the Jersey Shore, but where is the fine dining?"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Poor service.Food not up to par.Did not honor request for main dining room.Would not go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The menu had a lot of fish choices(I am not complaining about that) but none of them appealed to me. They did have a lobster special which was fantastic. They also give a lot of food. We will def be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at Whispers this past Saturday evening. The service was spectacular and the food was superb! It's a little on the pricey side but well worth it. Highly recommend dining here just book early it fills up quickly especially on the weekends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Just celebrated our 27th anniversary at Whispers as we do every year - The food, service, and room are all perfect and we have never had a bad meal in all these years. - Rich & Maryellen"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellent selection of dishes and very attentive service. Appreciated the selection of New Jersey wines. A bit too loud"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "One of the best meals I've had out in a long time. And BYOB"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been to Whispers several times but this was a major disappointment. We had a reservation close to 8 and we were seated very promptly - perhaps 5 to 10 minutes after our reservation time. However, something must have been wrong in the kitchen for it was beyond slow and the presentation of the food sloppy. It took close to 30 minutes for the appetizers to come out after ordering. They all tasted very good but literally looked as if the food was quickly tossed onto the plates; a bit sloppy. It then took over 45 minutes for our dinner to come out. We were told the dinner was being plated and it still took another 20 minutes. So the food was overcooked, dry and again poorly presented. For >$230 for 3 people that is inexcusable. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very romantic Food is always good Best bring your own in the area Would not miss an evening there when staying in Springlake "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food was excellent was my wife's cold meal was replaced. No excuse for the cold meal as we were the first meal of the service. Chef should have come to table."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food and service are impeccable. Expensive, but worth every penny. Remember it's byob. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was good. Preparation excellent. Prices over priced. 100. 00 for 2 w/out tip and byob. Very cold a/c not regulated. Ambiance extrmely "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The special appetizer treat from the chef was a nice touch. Same with the freshly baked roll. Candlelit table was romantic, but there were some loud guests whose conversation took over the whole room. Food was very good. There were quite a few specials which all sounded delicious."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The best part of the evening was the dessert course - ultimate cookie cake and apple cobbler. Both were delicious! The crab cake first course and the lobster crab soup were good as well. Aside from these four items we were underwhelmed by our dinner. The tuna tartare was served too warm and the cut of the tuna made it chewy. The lobster crepes were bland, the cinnamon addition to the tomato on top of the swordfish overpowered the other flavors, and the cous cous served with the lamb was overcooked and the lamb itself had an odd flavor. It is unlikely that we will return."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was my third time dining on Mother's Day. Reservations are honored with absolute precision--never a wait. The food and service are excellent. Not inexpensive but a good value. A new feature is that they now serve NJ wine. The Old York Road winery Malbec we ordered was surprisingly good!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Pricy but worth it! You won't be Dissappointed. If you don't do the signature lobster dish then you're cheating yourself! This is our new favorite place"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I can't say enough about "whispers". The dining room is quaint, cozy feeling and romantic. Excellent meal from Appetizer to Desert. Prices are moderate for such a great restaurant but overall they feel less because it is BYOB. A reservation is a must. This is a great place for any special occasion. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Saturday evening was our 2nd time at Whispers. Spending a special weekend at the Jersey Shore called for a special dinner - and that is what we had. The smaller room we ate in this time was just lovely - a bit less noisy and intimate. Our waitress, Ellen, was outstanding. She certainly added to our experience. The dinner options were varied, especially for this picky eater. My halibut was cooked to perfection. The lobster sauce, delicious, but the sauce a bit too rich and the swordfish (a chef's favorite) wonderful - none were disappointed. My dessert, with a candle!, was the best ever - chocolate graham cracker gelato! worth the trip just for dessert!! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious. Wonderful restaurant in a wonderful town"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We reviewed the menu online and made the restaurant selection based on menu, price and location. When we arrived, we found they had a special menu for Easter at one set price $75 pp + 20% gratuity + tax This was a big disappointment because we would have selected another restaurant if we knew it was at this price point. The food was good - we had to return the salmon because it wasn't fully cooked - definitely not worth the price they were charging. All-in-all, found the place a little stuffy for my tastes and I definitely prefer to dial in the gratuity based on service - not be told this is what you will tip for a party of 2. Will not go back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The restaurant was quiet and intimate. The food was very good and the chef accommodated my wife's dietary restrictions. The service was excellent. Although Whispers is limited to serving New Jersey wines and many of the patrons brought their own bottles with them, the wine we ordered, a dry white from Southern New Jersey, was a fine accompaniment to our meals."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Really nice place and great food for a dressy casual dinner out. Service is very good. Food is well prepared and fresh. There are not a lot if places like this in the area so it is a gem. And BYOB is a plus and they are very attentive with that."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Whispers is a beautifully appointed, well run dining venue located in a B & B across from the town lake. The wait staff is friendly, professional and accommodating . The menu is impressive but not too lengthy. There were a couple of specials in addition to the regular menu. It is BYOB but they have an arrangement with a local NJ winery to sell their wines by the bottle only to complement menu offerings. Otherwise, patrons are able to bring their own wine, beer, or cocktails. In the summer, there is a sushi chef on staff which creates another layer of offerings. We usually order some as an appetizer. There are 2 dining rooms, both beautifully appointed. The main dining room has all the windows and is overall brighter."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything was great. The atmosphere, the excellent and courteous service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The atmosphere is pleasant but there are annoying kinks.. No need for the waitress to tell us her name--we are not pals. The restaurant features American wines, not a bad idea, but nowhere are guests told they may bring wine, which we would have done. We found out was by seeing other guests with their own bottles Whispers on line says nothingt. We would have brought a nicer wine than any on the list. The food was well prepared, better than we anticipated, given the "My name is Desiree" start. Kudos to the chef for cooking my salmon slightly undercooked, which was perfect, and the accompaniment and sauce were delectable. My husband also enjoyed his Chilean sea bass bouillabaisse, not a classic bouillabaisse , but intelligently prepared."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Perfect restaurant - old world charm: excellent servers: food was very good"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We have dined at Whispers numerous times over the years and have never been disappointed. The restaurant is situated in a large Victorian house, so has old world charm. The cuisine, however, is modern and delicious. The subdued noise level makes it an excellent choice for a romantic dinner, or a meal with friends when you want to be able to talk, not shout. Service is professional and attentive. We love that it's BYOB!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A dinner at Whispers is always a special experience. Food is consistently terrific, dishes are interesting and service is always top notch. The intimate atmosphere always lends it a romantic air as well."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Thank You Open Table for the reviews of this incredible find!!! We have lived down the shore for 17 years but never knew about Whispers which is not a place that you would stumble across. It is in the most beautiful part of Spring Lake and its ambiance is amazing. You feel special just walking into the place. The name fits it well as this is a quiet restaurant. The wait staff was attentive and very professional and friendly. The tables were set meticulously with fine china and silver. The food was among the best we've had anywhere. You could drop this place in midtown manhattan or any high end district in any city. Everything we ordered was perfect. Don't think twice just go here for that special occasion or romantic evening."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I was supposed to cook a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day but I got stuck at work. It was Valentine's Day so I thought it would be impossible to get reservations anywhere. Thank God for Open Table because I just pulled up a list of restaurants on my phone and was surprised to see that Whispers still had openings!! I gladly booked and saved our romantic evening. Plus, I didn't have to cook. :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent meal and service. Would like to go back when the menu is not fixed and maybe less crowded. The local NJ wine was very good and eliminated the fact we forgot it was BYOB for all else."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Can't believe this restaurant has been kept a secret from this guy for so many years. Elegant, charming, and warm. Has everything you want in a romantic restaurant by the sea. How bout the most important element...the food. Superb. Perfectly cooked, delectable. Lobster crepes...what?! 3 thumbs up if I had a 3rd thumb."
    Dined on 2/1/2014