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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (5)
Romantic (4)
Authentic (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

Have eaten here in the past & food & cocktails have always been good. Limited variety on menu but everything we’ve had as been very good. Prices are on the higher side so can only go there occasionally. Enjoyed special dining options in the past but not available when we were there last visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We love going to Aqua Blu. Their food is always tasty and well presented. A little pricey but so worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Wish it was listed as pix fix menu

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Kinda disappointed that there was a limited menu. If I would have known that, I probably would've chose someplace else.

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food3
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Easy to share appetizers and everyone’s meal was tasty, from seafood to steak.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was impeccable. Anthony, the manager, is a Gem and always makes us feel extra special. Great food, the butcher block is a must for sharing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What a great surprise. This was a first time visit to a restaurant that has been open a few years. We had heard mixed reviews but people had been consistently speaking well of Aqua Blu so we gave it a shot. There are few really good American restaurants in the area, but based on this first visit this is now on the list. I had perhaps the best prepared piece of swordfish ever which could not have been plated or presented better. Grilled polenta with carrots and turnips accompanied and it was fantastic. My wife had a pasta dish but I was too enthralled with my own meal to taste. She was very pleased as well. The dining room was very pleasant with a nice open kitchen. For a dinner out on a cold February night off-season, it could not have been nicer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was great!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Nice atmosphere to talk and the food was very good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent, Michelle was a pleasure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Our service was great. Waitress was great. Friendly. And fast with my drink. Very very good!! The food wasn’t good. The calamari was very chewy. The marinara sauce was Paste. The sweet potato was TOO sweet, so
Much so my husband couldn’t eat it. The bread was the best part. Sadly, we won’t be back. It was our wedding anniversary dinner. No one asked. And we were disappointed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was really good. My steak was well cooked. Server was very nice and put up with us well! Everything was easily customizable for my lactose intolerant friend and food was all delicious!

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 13, 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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food4
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (New York Area)·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 24, 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 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 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 10, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 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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