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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.
Toms River, NJ 08753
Hours of Operation:
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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