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About 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.

3410 Rt 37 East
Toms River, NJ 08753
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Bridge St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 270-1180

Website:
http://www.aquablukitchen.com/

Entertainment:
Visit http://aquablurestaurant.com/events/event-calendar/ to view our weekly events.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Consider Aqua Blu when planing your next special event. Aqua Blu can accommodate parties up to 200 people. Weddings, fundraisers, small dinner parties, birthdays, showers...we do it all at The Blu.

Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (5)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (2)
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Quick Bite (2)
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Romantic (2)
Tapas (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Cozy (1)
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Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

Anthony is one of the best restaurant mangers I’ve come across. He’s always on top of his new and committed clients. The food service and decor is perfect. Thank you

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Ate in the bar area and waited for the entertainment. Was very disappointed in the music. We thought it would be oldies and it was more contemporary. We did not have a full dinner but the appetizer I think they called butcher block. Enjoyed that immensely. Nice meats and cheese with olives and great sliced bread. We also had the pizza but that was served to us cold. Was never in the dining room so can not review that. Should be a less expensive house wine available.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were a party of 5 and it was our first time, and had a great time. Tyler was our server and made some great suggestions. We had the octopus, lobster bisque, shrimp tempura, calamari and oysters (2 different types) appetizers.
I had the swordfish that was perfect, others had the crab cakes, short rib, chicken Marsala and Brodetto.
Topped it off with Espresso, Cheese cake and Chocolate cake.
Definitely going back!

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve: Fabulous male waiter (teacher)! Great drinks, terrific food choices (local scallops), lovely ambiance, and "the best" chocolate cake--made at Aqua Blu...my very particular mother-in-law couldn't finish hers and had it wrapped to take home! Staff is very accommodating. Have been there several times for special occasions. Again, we were very well pleased! Thank you Aqua Blu!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Aqua Blu is an excellent restaurant offering impeccable service food and ambiance. Very attentive to your needs and requests. Excellent cocktails. Highly recommend. Never felt rushed even though it was Christmas Eve.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I had Xmas eve dinner and we are regulars here. As always everything was great, food, staff, service. We love it here!

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful evening as usual! Beautiful place, staff and food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Waitress excellent; tables far too close food preparations, broken glass upon my dates chair when we arrived, food better than average, had several wait staff less than 3 feet behind us for the whole meal, disappointing dessert menu, expensive cocktails were well prepared, for upscale price, you get a paper placemat. Likely a one time visit for us, and kinda disappointing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food, service and ambiance were A1, top notch. A very enjoyable dining experience. Our waitress, Gabrielle, was very helpful with choosing a wheat free dinner. And when we learned that the cheesecake has wheat in it, the manager replaced our dessert with the creme brûlée.
Next time I’m out east I look forward to another memorable yummy dinner at Aqua Blu!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food is very good...Three things were disappointing. The head & facial hairs of the chef & staff needs to be covered, it was a turn off. Second, our waiter while polite, does not know how to work the room as any good waiter would. Had to flag him down on numerous times. Need covers on their oil bottles. Our waiter put his thumb over to shake while having a bandaid on. Totally unsanitary & unappetizing. Need to train wait staff better.

Tags: Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The sirloin steak was absolutely the best steak I have ever tasted.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a great meal. Bronzino and veal Milanese was excellent. Great service.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Perfect meal with great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a lovely evening. We started out with cocktails at the bar & then went to the dining room for dinner. Appetizers were absolutely delicious. Nathan was our waiter and he was very attentive and didn’t rush us. Our entrees were delicious...We will definitely be back and highly recommend the restaurant. The manager, Anthony, made us feel very welcomed and our anniversary dinner very enjoyable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waitress was outstanding! She was efficient, appropriate, knew how to open and pour wine, but wasn’t overbearing. The food was good but we could’ve used salt and pepper on the table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a fantastic experience at Aqua Blu! It was the perfect place to take my out of town guests for a delicious meal. The entire staff was extremely welcoming and attentive and the food and cocktails were amazing. You can always count on a delicious meal in a great atmosphere filled with friendly faces. Thank you Aqua Blu!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice atmosphere. Great cocktails. Great food. Service was prefect. Pretty establishment . Highly recommend. Not to many like that in our area. A little local gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always a great meal, excellent waitstaff and delicious food.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

A group of 10, had dinner useing the 50% off menu. A great overall selection of offerings.
Our server did an excellent job and added to a overall good experience. We get together once a month for dinner and will return .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

had a fun filled girls nite out, food was very good, service was excellent!!!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service and delicious food
Large specials to choose from
My favorite place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food. Always fresh and cooked perfect. The cocktails are always good too. Have been there a few times and will continue to go.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We have never been disapointed at Aqua Blu. Our server knew the dishes, and, even though the restaurant was very busy, he was friendly and attentive. This is a place to go back again and again. My only criticism was the noise level.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. Food was absolutely delicious and service was excellent. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is the 3rd time I've been there. The food was always good. Good fish dishes. I had the swordfish and my husband had the bronzino. He loved it. The restaurant is trendy, has a night life, but that doesn't interfere with the restaurant. The only thing I think is off with the restaurant is that they are on the bay in Toms River, but there is no bay view. So I think that they didn't lay out the building to take in that advantage. But the food is good and consistent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Always on Point!! Service, White Cosmo with Devotion Vodka my favorite, specials are always outstanding ! Thank you for being a gem in Toms River!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had a wonderful experience from the minute we walked into the door. The beach badge canvases were a wonderful visual upon entering. Laura our waitress was attentive, efficient and made the experience that much better. Our food was cooked to perfection, we loved everything. The drinks were perfect. We will definitely return and recommend it to anyone. Thank you for a wonderful evening, Lindsey and Jason S

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Probably some of the best Italian you can get in the area. Thursday nights = $10 burgers which are quite tasty.

Overall a very good experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Love Aqua Blue outstanding food and service !

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Always have a great meal here, be it lunch or dinner. Some of the specials are great deals. Always have had great service. Definitely try to get here when we are in the area.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Fantastic food in a modern, quaint ambiance. The service was quick and friendly, and the prix fixe menu was an unbeatable deal. $26pp for a full-size appetizer, entree, and dessert item for each? Can't beat it, especially with this caliber of food. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Dinner was absolutely wonderful!! Best meal we've had in a long time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Was disappointed that 2 of our four meals were just ok. The salmon was very overcooked and the surf and turf farm raised beef was very tough. The drink selection is very nice but the front bartenders need to be a little more communicative with their clients. The sparklers that they use to celebrate birthdays were very cute.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Our Go-To place at the Jersey Shore. We enjoy every meal.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Bad customer service I arrived 15 minutes late because of an error with time. They were rude and said I would have sn hour wait I asked for manager who said she would make accomstions. Since the hostess was so rude I left . I will never go back They lost a loyal year round customer As well as referrals. Plain rude

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

One of my Jersey Shore favorites..not as noisy as Atlantic Grill or Capriccio..not as upscale and overrated and overpriced as Charlie's of Bay head..good food, great service, even a nice bar area w music.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Service is extremely slow. Shrimp cocktail was very good. King Crab legs were ok.
Broccoli soup was left under the lights for 10 minutes, it's an open kitchen so I watched from our table. It was luke warm when it was finally brought over to me!
I was trying to be polite and didn't make a big deal about it but the same thing happened with my linguine w clams!
I watched it sit under the warming lights for at least 10-15 minutes!
I told our waitress and she said she has nothing to do with the line!
She looked annoyed when I told her the same thing happened with my broccoli soup!
She asked why I didn't say anything when it came out.
Here's the worst part-she didn't even offer to take anything off the bill!
Any reputable restaurant would be happy to take it off the bill.
I had high hopes for this place but unfortunately it was a huge disappointment!
It looks nice from the outside and even the lobby is very pretty but the cooks and the line chef do not have their act together.
We will not be back .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great food great service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food and service was excellent. The restaurant had multiple rooms with a décor that gave it a great ambiance. We were running 1.5 hours late on Saturday but the restaurant host accommodated us by moving our reservation to a later time. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant. The food selection was awesome as well as their service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

This is our 3rd summer dining here & honestly every year it gets better & better!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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