Whispers
Whispers

Whispers

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.whispersrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7329749755x
  • 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 7329749755x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Whispers reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (78)romantic (66)fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (42)good for groups (7)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very nice restaurant for a special occasion. It was out 25th anniversary. It was a Monday night so the restaurant was not very crowded. Great food and service was very good. I will definitely go back.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    There were 12 tables taken on Sunday 9-14. There was only one server and an owner. After a few tables left, nobody cleared off the dirty tables. The owner left the poor lady server to handle everything. This is a very expensive restaurant. Obviously, it's quality is diminished, and we won't go back
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  • Specia
    Special
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We celebrated our friend's birthday at Whispers because it was such a special treat. The food and the presentation of the food was excellent although quite pricy. The BYOB was a plus. It is not a restaurant we would visit often, although we would if we could, because of the high prices. The service was great as our server couldn't be more attentive. It was a memorable night and I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    Pattycake
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was our first visit to Whispers. The food was excellent and the wait staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ollie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Wonderful waitress!!!! Food is absolutely delicious. Very romantic. Nice place to bring a Dallas Cheerleader or an Argentinian soccer player if you are so lucky as to be dating such a person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful and delicious
    Valdes22
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to Whispers on a Saturday night at the end of summer. The food was delicious and the waitress just delightful. She was informative and attentive - without being a nuisance. Our table was in a small room in this Victorian gem with a few other diners. The only complaint I have is there was a large table with a baby in attendance, who was very loud. When the parents finally started taking the child out for a walk the volume level in the place became acceptable. I don't know how the restaurant can stress that infants are not welcome, but maybe they should, or maybe there should be a special room for people with children as the town is a family resort area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I loved the Reidel stemware. This is our third time there, and I think the uniqueness has worn off. The noise level was louder this time, and someone (maybe the manager/owner) from the kitchen was (grand)standing two tables from us, and was loud and disturbing. I think he was making the rounds to visit tables, but when he reached this table, he was an unwanted noise. Our waitress seemed hurried and hassled. Otherwise, we enjoyed the food and wine (which we brought).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was spotty, but we weren't in a rush. The staff was, however, professional and very nice. The tomato and burrata appetizer was quite good with local tomatoes and excellent burrata. However, the house specialty lobster dish was heavy with mashed potatoes and a crab cake that was more bread crumbs than crab and had a fishy flavor. It was quite a disappointing composition. The lobster was overtaken by the other components.
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  • Outstanding
    Catman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food, romantic ambience and awesome service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    marepoVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our second year coming to this restaurant as we stayed at attached B & B. Food is remarkable, service impeccable, can not recommend highly enough! It is the best fine dining at the Jersey shore for sure...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place is one of the best places I have been to in recent years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great dinner
    enjoydiningoutVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed both the food and service. Even the wines were good as although they were NJ wines they were made from both NJ and California grapes. The menu was unique and the food prepared exceptionally. Servers know the menu well and explained the dishes. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Meal
    Pavlova
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a great dining experience...menu and specials were all very appetizing, and our meals were perfectly prepared and served prepared exactly as requested. Our server was exceptional...very accomodating and knowlegable about the menu. It was a delightful eperience. We dwere seated next a party of 6 who were celebrating a birthday, and they were very exuberant about their party....it made for a lively and noisey dinner, but it did not spoil our dinner. We would have preferred to have been seated in the quieter room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whispers
    FunkyFredVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great restaurant and food... only negative was we were in the small room which we loved until they put in two real noisy groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant, elegant, peaceful, quiet, the kind that is not easy to find in Manhattan. And the cuisine is a good as many in the city. We thought the food would be more complicated and fussy, but it was not exaggerated or pretentious. I shared a salad with my husband and had perfectly cooked rack of lamb over orzo and vegetables, while my husband had a thick veal chop with spinach that wasn't overwhelming the way it often is in Italian restaurants. We don't eat desserts, but we will next time. It was just a delightful, satisfying evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious dinner at a quaint place
    mydining
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Best dinner we had all week. The food was cooked perfect to our taste from the apps through desert. The ambiance was nice and quaint. A bit loud at times as more people filled the tables. The staff was friendy and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect.
    Stacysmom2
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was a perfect dining experience. The service was wonderful, from the hostess to our waitpersons. It is a beautifully appointed dining room with a view of well-manicured lawns and homes. And the food could not have been better. The chef's specialty is swordfish which was cooked to perfection as was the salmon with mustard sauce. The special dessert was a blueberry plum crisp with vanilla ice cream and was delectable. BTW, the portions are generous and the prices are fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Shore Delight
    LogisticianVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    As always, Whispers knows how to please. Its ambience is outstanding and its food is exquisitely prepared and presented, from the first to the last course. This time however, the service I have to rate as only very good as it was uneven. More attention was given to certain tables than others. (Due to some being regulars?). As a result we had to wait for our table to be cleared, orders taken, etc. This was highly unusual for this restaurant. It will not prevent us however from returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be . . .
    jspressVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    For nearly 20 years, Whispers has been our choice for celebrating my mother's birthday. This year the restaurant has a new chef, and the food was still good, but not outstanding as in the past. The menu is more limited. For example, there were 6 appetite choices—4 seafood, 1 cheese, and 1 vegan—but nothing with meat. The service was very slow, taking our party of 6 nearly 3 hours for apps, mains, and dessert—too long for a Monday night! And I let the restaurant know TWICE that it was my mother's birthday, but there was no candle in her dessert or even a "Happy Birthday" from the servers. And then, after all these years, the restaurant decides to add a 20% service charge to the bill. We will go elsewhere for my mom's birthday next year.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eeeehhhh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was extremely noisy, my lobster was rubbery and crabcake was mush I would not eat here again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Terrific BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fine dining on the NJ shore. Lobster special amazing. Service was outstanding as well (our server was Andrew)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    LewM
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food and the service were superb! The Halibut evening special and a menu option of Swordfish were perfectly prepared and delicious. The decor needs to be updated and an outdoor seating option on the porch would make for a 5 star experience. This restaurant is BYO which makes it very appealing. Our complements to the chef!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Unfortunately, our experience didn't match the great reviews we read online. We sat in the quieter, smaller room. There was a large group in the other room (or at least the noise level made it appear to be a large group); our server spent a lot of time servicing that room. My husband and I both felt overlooked at times, especially after our entrees were served. She never came back to check on our meal, which I feel is pretty standard with high-level restaurants. His medium steak was overcooked and my swordfish was bland except for the olives that were a part of the dish. The shared appetizer of burrata was delicious but I would still hesitate to recommend this place to others. Sorry...
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  • Very Good
    benton1220VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had an early dinner here on Friday night. We got to sit in our favorite table. We had the Mozzarella Burrata to start, then I had butter lettuce salad and as a vegetarian, I had a mixture of the sides in a nice entrée. I had the plum and blueberry clobber for dessert. My DH had the tuna which he said was excellent. Overall a excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmet food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service and food at this restaurant is excellent. It has a lovely atmosphere as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There is only a limited wine list and the selection was not very good. Extending the list or providing a full bar would be a good additionl. The food was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A Spring Lake beautiful staple!!
    Trish
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The entire experience was wonderful. Quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Sweet, friendly & accommodating wait staff. Perfectly prepared meals. On a Sunday night it was very busy but not frenetic! Vegetarian options would have been a bonus for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner 8-1-2014
    Doug
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Appertisers were excelent, Swordfish was over cooked, and soft shell crads were also excelent Service was very good
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arne
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent food ,service and ambiance. However, no liquor license is major negative factor. I seldom order chicken, but mine was superb, succulent and seasoned just right. My guest had the salmon...coked to perfection. Our dessert of mixed berries, was the icing on the cake!
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Katie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Whispers was an excellent restaurant. The service was outstanding. The food and the presentation was great. The noise level was high. It's a great Place for a Saturday night dinner. The wine list was small but you can bring your own bottle which is great. All in all a great dining experience.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back.
    Traveler
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Whispers is a small gem in a lovely hotel setting. It has it's own entrance and easy parking. The entire staff was wonderful. The food service was top notch and the food was inventive and great. We had a wonderful time and would go back in a heart beat. It is the rare restaurant that does not serve alcohol but allows you to bring your own wine and they happily serve it at your table. The atmosphere is welcoming with just the right level of noise. Thanks Whispers for such a lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Rarity at the shore
    BentleyGTCSpeed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After a while, you get tired of boardwalk food and shellfish bars. Whispers provides a lovely setting in an old inn. The menu is relatively small but is compensated by superb dishes and diversity: soft-shell crab, rack of lamb, steak. They have some New Jersey wine, but you're well advised to bring your own, not unusual at shore restaurants. They spread their seating so that the service is very attentive, and management does everything possible to respond to requests and make you comfortable. I'd like to see more of a uniform dress code (everything now from jackets to shorts and loud shirts, dresses to casual jeans). Parking can be difficult, meaning a couple of blocks of walking. But Whispers is well worth the effort and is a gem.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • 49th Anniversary Dinner
    BuscoBob
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Whispers is very small and they have the maximum number of table settings that they could possibly have in their main dining room; so it is very cramped and very noisy. It appeared to us that Whispers was a staple for the senior local residents. The wait staff is good but not great. My wife's place setting was short a fork; she requested some ice and the waiter forgot. We did not take advantage of their BYOB option and should have; we purchased a bottle of a New Jersey Pinot Grigio which was just okay. The entres that we ordered were good but no WOW factors. I was looking for a special place for our special date and Whispers turnout to not be that place.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went for our anniversary and had forgotten how special Whispers is. The waitstaff was attentive, the food was wonderful and the value fine. We will be back
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    Rich
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and I have eaten here a number of times and have always enjoyed our experience. The meal we had the other night was even more exceptional than usual. We'll keep coming back when we're in Spring Lake.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing from start to finish!!
    luvgoodfd
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A very fine restaurant enjoyed last weekend! Rarely do my husband and I dine in New Jersey where we a) love all the offerings on the menu and b) love everything from appetizer to dessert. I started with the lobster crepe which was overflowing with lobster (absolutely delicious), my husband had the special scallop appetizer (equally enjoyed) then we each had a salad. Mine the special baby kale with watermelon (I could eat this every day for the rest of my life!), his the baby arugula; excellent. Main course: I had the sushi grade tuna (I believe was a special offering?) and my husband had the Chilean Sea Bass. Both incredible! Dessert-flourless chocolate cake and blueberry plum crumble!! Everyone we know will hear about Whispers!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Having dined on numerous occasions , every visit to this gem is a pleasure. Service, food preparation and selection is outstanding.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Tuesday
    Lobsterlovers
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had a delicious meal with my wife. Delectable grilled octopus starter and lobster special(shelled over crab cake, spinach and whipped potato was rich and satisfying. Beautiful plating with friendly and respectful service.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old world charm
    Doc255VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great food in a wonderful setting. BYOB so you can bring your favorite wine or pick one from the winery they have an association with.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    NancyDancy
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.