Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails

4.3
894 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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 family friendly atmosphere. Our menu offers a seasonal modern twist on Italian cuisine. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 894 people are saying
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caringone
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was good. The soup was delicious. The service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner and service was excellent.

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vipKathleenK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Especially enjoyed our server, Michael, I believe, and will ask for him on our next reservation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Fixed menu for a 7:30pm Christmas Eve and they run out of oysters, calamari, filet mignon before we sit. I felt bad for our waitress. Her managers/owner put her in a bad spot.

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DawnS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Won't do this again! This place is pretty and the ambiance was nice. It was very festive, we were there for Christmas Eve dinner. I won't take that away from them. However...... They are touted as a water side restaurant, when in fact, they are NEAR a Boat Yard, which is NEAR the water. If you peek through a window past the parking lot, you might see passed one of the winterized dry docked boats to the water. Along with that, the dishes, on the select menu were hit or miss. It seemed like the Chef, was great at the pasta meals, but the sea food, not so much. My Husband ordered baked clams and out of the five of them, two were bad! I ordered a Shirmp Cocktail, as did my Mother (who was sitting next to me) There were only two shrimp per cocktail ( they were HUGE though, but tough ) when they brought them out, they placed ONE dish with FOUR shrimp in front of my Mother. They told me that my shrimp were on her plate! Only ONE lemon, and ONE cup of sauce! For my entre'e, as well as my SIL, we ordered Chicken Marsala. Well the dish was a quater of a roasted chicken, on a pile of mashed potatoes, which tasted instant ( to me ) and BARELY any Marsala sauce. To end on a good note, the Server was Lovely.

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LindaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I did not know that it was a limited menu. We all order steak which was like luke warm. I asked for mine to be made hotter it came back the same way. One of the steaks looked like it was cut into.The baked clams did not taste good. The desert choice was uninteresting. Very disappointing dinner that I was looking forward to. Took the left over meat for my dogs.

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food nicely prepared and presented. Drinks were well made.

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Scooter
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love Aqua's eclectic menu. The food is always delicious and Kathy and her staff are always quick to please!

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RobertG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there. The food was great and the service was fantastic

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GerardO
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Parking a problem due to event going on. Not very crowded but service was excellent. Food very good. Dessert- mini cannolis were perfect end to evening. Would recommend to others.

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Maria
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu and unlimited mimosa option!

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vipMoJafar
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michael our server was excellent. Great cocktails and meals. Steaks were cooked to our preferred temperature and were tasty.

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MaureenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The hostess was rude and completely disrespect. While she was seating me I asked if there was another table. There were several empty tables for 4 people but she said they were reserved. I told her I had a reservation and would like another table. She said she could not do that and walked away.

My party sat; however I was very unhappy with the table’s location. I went back to the hostess and asked if she could accommodate us. Her response “I guess so” with total attitude and moved us to another table.

All the other tables were still empty when we were through dining.

The hostess was a very incompetent and inexperienced young lady and should be schooled in hospitality.

Our waitress was lovely and the service was wonderful.

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SB00
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place as always. Fun atmosphere, food delicious, waitress was great!

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LoriR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was great! Noise level(music) to loud. Lovely dining but, would have loved to be able to talk during dinner.

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vipCHUBE
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

MY TABLE WAS READY AS REQUESTED
ORDERED DRINKS CAME OUT QUICK
HAD ABOUT 5 DISHES FROM THE BAR MENU
ALL WHERE EXCELLENT -CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL WERE THE BEST
I HAVE EVER HAD -TRY THEM
CHUB-E FROM BRICK

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vipSallyH
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food & music!

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vipAndy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I have noticed a pull back in the value of what is offered for the price. Although the food is good the portions are very small and don't offer anything else to accompany like soup or salad. I ordered Salmon this time, which was good, but tiny and only accompanied by a little rice. The time before that I ordered the scallops, and was served 4 scallops over a bit of corn hash for $36. Not a good value at all..

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vipJoeD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My wife and I went last night for the first time. Overall good experience and good food but pricey.

Loved the service and the server. The dining area was lacking in ambiance, kind of like a large dining hall suitable for weddings and events. Doesn’t detract from the food or service but somewhat loud and open.

We enjoyed the food but not the pizza we had for an app. Delicious fried provolone app and our meals were very good. Just be ready to spend, there is value but like I said a bit pricey.

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LisaM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Menu is very limited, only one special and the food was average.
Menu is pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We started with the butcher block with meats and cheeses, roasted peppers and olives was delicious. We a had scallops with grilled corn and roasted red pepper salad and orechiette pasta with pesto and hot sausage. Also delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and was helpful with dinner selections. The only draw back is this restaurant is a bit pricey. But the food is good, so for a special occasion it is worth it.

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vipJordan
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!! Blown away. Oriecci pasta was the best I ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and fast service. Fast delivery of food and drinks. Nice drink and plate presentation. Great tasting as well. Highly recommend

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vipMallory28
Orlando
60 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks & food were great! Waitress was so nice too!

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mARYW
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service will definitely be going back

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vipDonnaV
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere service excellent. Rock shrimp app tastful . NY strip $55 . Going downhill here on steaks . Mashed potatoes bland too . Good quality meat BUT tasteless, no char horrible. I have eaten this years here - never again . Sad . Stick with their Italian choices. This is a great place for TOms River . Have always supported & will continue. But not sure what is or who is in kitchen !!!!!

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MKJC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall, not a great experience. Food was okay, overpriced. I reserved here to take my parents to a waterfront restaurant and I could not believe that there was no water view at a waterside restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average dining experience. Nothing special about the food or service but a bit expensive given the food quality. Dessert inedible and waited far too long for a simple preparation

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MichaelW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

loved the live singer and slow dancing romantic for sure. nice roomy seating a very good night will be back asap on wed evenings

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BethN
Atlantic City
42 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service is always really great! Thank you

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CrisG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

I was disappointed in the atmosphere or lack of. Big open noisy room more like a wedding hall. No windows or water views despite being on the water. Huge bar which looks like a happening meet up place. Our server was great and present. Excellent warm crusty bread. My sons Moscow mule was mostly ice so he ordered a martini up. Our appetizer came out before we ordered dinner and our food which was out so fast it was almost like a speed diner dinner. With all the complaints about service and wait times I will give it that both service and waiting for food to come out was not an issue. We did not eat off paper plates and they had bus people clearing tables which seems to be something that’s been lost in the pandemic. Food was good but overpriced.
Not our style but Certainly appeals to many as it was packed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Food was cold and tasteless. Waiter was inattentive and rude.So sad we would never go back again.

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vipBettyR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great but the noise level horrendous. The choice of “music” better suited to a nightclub.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and place. Great waitress!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding. They like much of the hospitality industry are suffering from a staffing shortage but you can tell they care and are doing their absolute best to keep their guests happy.
Be patient, be kind and most of all support this great restaurant.

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SallyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dood is always good, staff is very pleasant, service is excellent.

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AnnetteC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love dancing here on wednesday nights!

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KelliannK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aqua Blu is one of our favorite spots to dine when we are in the Toms River area. The staff is always welcoming and kind and the food is absolutely delicious every time.

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tray
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mussels and scallops were very good!

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vipElizabeth
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met our friends to catch up , the only reservation I was allowed on open table was a high top but when we arrived early our hostess Bianca was so nice and changed our seating to a regular table. Our waiter Juan was great as well, very friendly and professional. The burger special was delicious, as well the white Cosmo drink.
Definitely will be back and recommend to others!!

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Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 4.3 stars by 894 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.