H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar

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$30 and under
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Seafood
H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar in Cedar Knolls “From Hook To Plate.” Our practices support all local fisheries and vegetable farms. Our Team prepares to impress! Proud Members of the Honest Fish Society promoting only seasonal, local fishing practices.
H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar is located in the heart of Morris County, New Jersey just off of Route 10 and minutes off Route 287 in Cedar Knolls. We proudly opened our doors for business on August 11, 2014 after extensive renovations to what was once Il Giordino Restaurant. The interior experience of H2Ocean is beautiful and sophisticated with just enough whimsy thrown in to make it comfortable and fun.

Specials

Lobster Mania Mondays

Enjoy a $29 Three Course Lobster Experience * Seasonal Salad (changes weekly) * Choice between South African Twin Tails or a 1 1/4 Whole Lobster * Served with chef's market vegetable & yukon gold whipped potato * Finished with a seasonal gelato (changes weekly) * Price is per person & does not include tax or gratuity

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 30, 2019

Ends: December 31, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-9:00PM

"Off The Hook" Happy Hour

$4 Craft Drafts, $5 FA~Q Wines, $7 House Cocktails * Shaken, or Stirred $8 * $1 Oysters & Clams on the half shell * $12 and under bar bites menu *Exclusive to the bar and raw bar areas only*

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 10, 2019

Ends: October 11, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:30PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

"Feast on the Seven Fishes" this Christmas Eve at the best seafood restaurant & raw bar in New Jersey.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Toast to the new year at H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1265 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to this restaurant numerous times and it’s always consistent! Food, service, always outstanding!

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. T

BG
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends. We came from Naples Florida to have dinner at H2Ocean

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Four of us were here for weekday lunch. The noise level which has kept us away from this restaurant at dinner time was low because there were few people there. The service was attentive and the food very good indeed. Will do it again.

DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and consistent

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A truly fantastic dining experience with outstanding seafood and top notch service. This restaurant is a hidden gem in Morris County. Never disappoints!

HB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food ok, but overpriced and slow service. Also, I asked to substitute the coconut rice side dish for the potatoes that came with the meal. I was told there would be an upcharge. Petty, but it couldn't be much I thought. I was charged $9 for a bowl that no doubt was simply scooped from some already prepared quantity.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would definitely visit again

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant surpassed our expectations! The seafood (oysters, tuna tartare, red snapper, salmon, tuna and scallops) was incredible. Our servers were friendly and attentive. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food is very good. My wife had the shrimp cocktail wilhichbwas only fair. Nice presentation but the shrimp were coated in something and were not jumbo. My sal.kn and her scallops were delicious. The service was a little off- seemed like someone was out sick in our section- the host was bringing food out of the kitchen. A very good place but not inexpensive

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The wait-table staff was very attentive and professional but the kitchen was very-very slow.

Food was good to very good but not great.

The place is very nice looking. It is decorated well and has a positive vibe. Our waiter was concerned that we had a good experience and was friendly but not imposing.

NY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun night live music we all enjoyed the Great fish options, I had the salmon, others had halibut and tuna. Loved the raw bar. Lively dining room on a Thursday night. We will be back soon. Great night

f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance. Wait staff famously attentive. Food was superb. I had the Halibut. Desserts were equally delicious. Nice drink and wine selection.
Will definitely do it again.

PW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. We had a wonderful evening, everything was delicious and service was excellent

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant... great food... excellent service and atmosphere

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were spending a romantic weekend together and found out about H2Ocean via Yelp. I made the reservations with a request for a more intimate table that was not too noisy. We arrived on time and were seated immediately at a table in the back corner of the restaurant that was more quiet and less intrusive. Our server was Erin who was very sweet and attentive to our needs. We had the Frito Misto and the lump crab for appetizers. They were both outstanding and I hate that we live so far from this place as I would love to enjoy them both more regularly. We both ordered fish (how can we go to a seafood restaurant and not order seafood). My wife had the seared Salmon and I ordered the seared Halibut. Both dishes were prepared very well and the presentation was lovely. Most importantly we both enjoyed our meals thoroughly. Throughout the evening Erin was attentive and really connected with us both. We ordered dessert even though we are not big dessert people and almost finished the chocolate pudding with whipped cream dish. We were just too full to finish it off.

Overall the experience at H2Ocean far exceeded our expectations. We got to experience a romantic evening out together enjoying an excellent meal in the right ambiance we were looking for with excellent service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

MW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only negative was that our reservation was reported to Open Table as a no show. That was disappointing.

EF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful ambience! Will definitely go back. Chowder is the best I’ve ever had!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Some of the best red snapper we have had.

KD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice atmosphere, but it was very loud and cold. Food was not worth the price and was cold from the AC pouring over it. The only thing I would recommend is their chocolate martini.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greatly pleasantly upon arrival and seated promptly for our reservation. Servers and owner Sylvie were friendly and attentive.
Food was delicious. There were 6 of us and surprisingly we all ordered a different entree. Everyone was happy! Deserts were delish!
We will be returning here for sure!

LR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely delicious meal from start to finish at this beautiful restaurant.
And they have the most amazing oysters!
Love how they prepare everything from the meatballs to the salad to the main dishes and desserts.

We’ve been here many times and each time the food gets better and better if that’s even possible!

n
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valet service was unsatisfactory to say the least. Attendant remained on his phone when I walked out. They proceeded to bring up the wrong car. 3 cars were brought up after I gave them my ticket. I had to ask for my keys so I could get my own car. They brought up my car and apologized but by then it was too late. Disappointing end to an otherwise good night.

P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lobster Mac n cheese was excellent. Scallops were good but not memorable. My date’s halibut was not as exceptional as she had remembered. Dessert was well executed- cannoli. Service started weak but improved. I will return.

JZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!
You have to try it and you will go back.

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Thursday night. Not as crowded and noisy as on some prior visits. Wait staff very good as always. Thai curry mussels appetizer was delicious as always. My wife and I both enjoyed the tuna entree-served black and blue, as we requested. Other guests enjoyed swordfish and grouper.
We'll be back.

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Monday Lobster Mania and took friends who have not been to the restaurant. All of them intend to go back again to try some of the other dishes. As always Syvlia's hospitality and Michael's food were the stars of the evening. Give it a try you won't be disappointed!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was excellent. I really enjoyed the food and service!

F
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server - Carlos - was great. Great menu selections. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nicely decorated, friendly and accommodating staff. Everything was very good, seafood was fresh and braised short ribs were delicious. My only complaint was the seared Ahi Tuna was not hot on the outside but I am very picky

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The waiter was a very unprofessional rude individual. Will not be going back for some time because of his smart remarks and comments to everything I asked for and requested. The ignoring of my requests put the icing on the cake. I have been in customer service and part of my career still includes customer service and no matter how bad my day is, my professionalism is always given to my clients. Either fire this person or Enjoy more upset clients. I’ll forever discuss this story with friends and family. Very unprofessional.

NF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I really love the way most items are prepared but I had a problem with the filet mignon this time. I asked for it rare. I know chefs tend to be afraid to do that so I emphatically stated that I like it rare. It came closer to medium. Everything else was fine.

SO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, even better than our first. Great salad, outstanding tuna!

r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I've eaten at H2Ocean before and it was good. This time, the salmon was too salty and overpriced. Prior to dinner, we went to Happy Hour and the food we ordered, although on the happy hour menu, was ridiculously high. We had 3 drinks, a dozen oysters, and one order of fries and the check was $74! Our dinner for 3 was over $300. Not worth it.

OT
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great and the location is quaint and unassuming. The only quibble I had was that the server was a tad slow but not obnoxiously so. I’d go back and recommend this place!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was fine service was unpolished and slow

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The manager John and server Dee made this a wonderful experience with timely service of beverages and all courses of dinner. The only improvement on the food would be not to serve hot grilled octopus on a bed of cold vegetables, but that’s my preference. AND it would be nice to have a current menu available online. Looking forward to our next visit. Thanks again John and Dee.

PN
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always top notch. Service this time much improved. Server very attentive throughout the meal. Past visits server disappeared after taking the order and runners did the rest. They were good but couldn't take additional drink order. Our server this time cam back multiple times (not to many), on a busy Saturday night that was impressive.

JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious lobster bisque!