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About Coastal Blue

Welcome to Coastal Blue, an upscale-casual, eatery inside of the beautiful Icona Diamond Beach. The seaside chic meeting place offers tastemakers a unique dining experience, featuring culinary delights with a local flair only the south Jersey shore can claim. Our thoughtfully crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner menus often rely on locally sourced products for creations using shrimp, scallops, Angus beef, summer fruits and greens. Whether feasting inside the airy dining room or on the moonlit patio, Coastal Blue offers a sweet finish to the palate that few restaurants can match: a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean.

9701 Atlantic Avenue
Diamond Beach, NJ 08260
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
8:00 - 11:30 AM ~ Daily

Lunch:
12:00 - 4:00 PM ~ Daily

Dinner:
4:30 - 9:00 PM ~ Sun-Thurs
4:30 - 10:00 PM ~ Fri & Sat

Lounge:
Until 11:00 pm ~ Sun-Thurs
Until Midnight ~ Fri & Sat






Cross Street:
Rochester

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 224-1124

Website:
http://www.coastalbluenj.com/

Parking Details:
Limited on-site spaces. Some on street parking available.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Coastal Blue Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Late-night Find (3)
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Casual (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Waterfront (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Cozy (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pleasant surprise. We simply wanted a quick bite later in the evening. What was to be a light and uneventful meal, ended up being a delight. Food was fresh, ingredients good, and value was nice. Cheerful and bright space with good lighting and lots of windows to look toward the ocean. Server was excellent. She was friendly and knowledgeable. We went to the bar after the meal. The bartender was personable and lots of fun to talk with. Highly recommend.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour, Casual, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very enjoyable evening with delicious food and great service. For starters we had the caprese salad and fried calamari. For our main two of us had salmon, crab cakes and steak we were all very pleased. The chief even walks around checking to make sure everyone enjoyed their meal. Best food in the Crest. We have eaten here 7 times in two months. Martini's are also great. Atmosphere is delightful. After walked down by the beach bar "bungalow 7" and enjoyed the amazing view. Really love this find.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went off-season so it was quiet and relaxed. Nice, modern décor and out of the touristy crowds in Cape May which is only minutes away. Service was very cordial and on top of things. Nicely presented food and moderate prices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My husband and I had a very lovely late breakfast here. The meal was delicious and the server was very friendly, even served us complimentary mimosas as we were celebrating our anniversary. I'd definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

A great Tuesday night for my husband and I in the company of our daughter, son-in-law and two year old grandson. He loved his cheeseburger and "mootched" some couscous and salmon from his Mom-Mom.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Truly enjoyable. Ocean view, great food. Laura, our server was fun, friendly and efficient.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Fabulous dinner...excellent service start to finish to go along with the wonderful food and cocktail offerings. Can't beat the ocean view to top it all off. Well run restaurant with a great attentive staff and very special food. Not just another shore restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Coastal Blue was right near the water -- we had an outdoor table and the night was great -- food was good and the server was attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We ate outside. Laid back atmosphere with a more upscale menu. Scallops, Short ribs, and burger were all liked.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 31, 2017

First night staying at Icona Resort at Diamond Beach and dinner was fabulous- I had the monk fish special with lobster risotto and the dish was perfection!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Food was exceptional! Our server was very friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend to others. One tip though if you want reservations call don't use opentable. It was clear we could have come much earlier than opentable was giving us options for.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Our new favorite spot. Terrific food and excellent service. Tilefish was great. Tuna was perfect.

Thad a nite cap at the bungalow 7. Wow- it's the best beach bar around.

Was a first time. Heading back on Saturday with a group of friends.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We always sit outside which is definitley more casual but the inside decor is gorgeous. Food always great and it's never too crowded that you don't have to wait long.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We ate outside this time which was more elegant than indoors but the service was a bit lacking as it didn't appear anyone knew who was supposed to be managing which tables. Food was good but pricey for what it was.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

My overall experience was not good. We had reservations for 7 people outside. They put us at a table for 5, we finally move inside to a table big enough for 7 and we get drinks which end of having a bug in one of them. We order dinner and my daughters filet does not come because another server took it and gave it to a different table so her food came 5 minutes after ours. We had reservations for 7:15 and did not get our meal until 8:30. For 7 of us the bill came to $311 management did not offer to take anything off the bill. Bad management not worth the money

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great service and attention to detail. Very impressed with all of the staff from the moment you walk up to the hotel Icona. Food was wonderful and specially drinks were so good. Really enjoyed our dinner at coastal blue. The honey cake for dessert just topped off the evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Organic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 1, 2017

7:30 reservation. 8:45 still not seated. 9:00 seated. 9:20 server comes to table. 3 out of 4 appetizers were not available. 9:21 we walked out. Waste of a night and babysitter

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Horrible service and NYC prices...wake up waiter! Would not go again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We found this very disappointing considering Icona calls themselves a 4 star hotel. The lettuce in our salad tasted three days old and was wilted, the spicy tuna roll was actually tempura fried with hardly any tuna in it. The wait staff did not know the menu items when we inquired what some were and were pretty much inexperienced. The restaurant was also out of the special by 6:15 on a Wednesday night when it wasn't even crowded. While the decor is really nice, the lights are way too bright in there, no ambiance at all. All in all, this place is not worth the expensive price. We left and went to a more reliable local place for our actual dinner that had much better food.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great atmosphere and food. Afterwards go on the beach and have a drink at their Beach Bar great place for down the shore.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great experience and a certain stop whenever we are in town.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Was not impressed with the service or the food. We went there for lunch and dinner (we stayed at the hotel and didn't want to go out because it was raining). For lunch they forgot the sauce for the crab cake we ordered. For dinner I asked for a salad, which was served with a quarter of a whole cucumber. We ordered fried calamari and it seemed like only half the order was served. We also ordered drinks. My husband ordered an American mule and it wasn't to his liking. He then switched to Cabernet and it was served very cold. We let the waiter know and he said the wines had been left outside in the cold and that's why they were so cold. I wasn't about to sent the food back ( I never trust what can come back).

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was good. Somehow we never got bread when all the other tables did. We made reservations but people I guess they knew got seated before us even though their reservations were later than ours and we had arrived first

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Went for breakfast. Have has some menu changes since we were here last year. French toast was not as I remembered which is one of the reasons we came. 2 plain pieces of French toast...had to ask for syrup as this was not even brought to table. Husband's omlet was good. Overall, seems menu has been downgraded, food and service not as good. Maybe new owners/management hopefully they work out the Kinks

Tags: Cozy
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Very fresh and delicious food with good friendly service. Nice open out door seating area. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fabulous dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great food at the shore. Nice ambience. Friendly service. Good cocktails.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The service staff try but understaffed. The selections were few but I understand it's off season. The food was not worth recommending. Our last visit the food was really good but service was not good. Place has potential and not a lot of competition I think that's why it's still open. It also has the hotel guests.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Was closed. Never should have allowed us to make reservation and waste our party's time and gas.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Unfortunately, the restaurant was not open and we were never notified! We had brought a guest and were quite embarrassed and then had to find another place for dinner.

We are disappointed that we have not heard from the restaurant or open table. To date.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Love Coastal Blue. Great food and service. Never disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Fun, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Mac an cheese with bacon, not a regular menu item, was delicious. Caesar salad was nicely chilled. Seafood risotto was tremendous,. The flank steak was grilled perfectly, and nicely seasoned. Friendly staff was very accommodating.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Loved the beachfront location.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Excellent service and the food was very good. We had dinner and breakfast and both meals were delicious. The atmosphere was Elegant at dinner and when breakfast came around the atmosphere was casual and warm and friendly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Excellent dishes. Salmon in apple cider was the special of the evening and was delicious. The chocolate chip cookie dough dessert with ice cream and bacon was fabulous. Outdoor eating was romantic and very comfortable. The service was exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great choices for all diners. Great fresh fish. The filt mignon kebab was "like butter." The pork chop was mouthwateringly beautiful. It was tender and juicy. The Cesar salad was served "wedge" style with just the right amount of excellent dressing. The bread and seasoned butter was a nice addition. The cold water at the table was a nice treat for thirsty diners. Everything was fresh. The waitstaff professional and fun. Recommendations were spot on. Dining on the oceanfront patio was a lovely treat.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Very accommodating staff ,friendly and courteous . Food was pretty good ,but a little pricey ,also would of liked a few more choices ,next time I will pass on the cocktails and stick with the wine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Waitress forgot to bring our leftovers back out to us after going to get us containers. Pasta with chicken was average and I did not like that shrimp over risotto still had the shell/skin and tails in tact.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2016

We have been to this restaurant since it's opening. Food is always very consistent as is the service and wine. The location is lovely.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Had breakfast and dinner at this restaurant. Both were very good. My husband had a pork chop that he said was the best he'd ever eaten! Everything beautifully served and excellent service by our waiter. Can't wait to go back next summer!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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