Harpoon Willy's

4.3
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409 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Waterfront Dining on the Manasquan River. We at Harpoon Willy's pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere, fresh, delicious food, and great service. Our food, wine, and rotating craft beer draft specials are always changing, but our go-to favorites will keep you coming back again and again. The spacious bar with its spectacular views make it a great place to meet friends for lunch, dinner, or just to enjoy a drink, or you can spend a cozy afternoon in front of our dining room's large stone fireplace. Harpoon Willy's can accommodate small private parties and also offer off-site catering for your events.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was cozy. It is on the water. In the summer you would have a great view. The food choices were impressive and our meals exceeded our expectations. My cocktail was delicious!!! I would definitely go back . The service was also great

J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious! Scallops perfectly cooked, mushroom risotto was great! Highly recommend!

AA
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was like warm. Very noisy. Waiter never came to refill drinks, also spilled about a full glass of sangria on table ($33) a pitcher. Never replaced it. Pretty sure seafood was under cooked.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthdays. Food was great. Noise was not so great. Would go again but maybe hide in the back to avoid the noise + music.

b
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful. I chose the grouper. The waitress was hard to find since someone in our party needed ketchup. The restaurant should monitor children running through the dining room. That took away from the ambiance. We love Harpoons and can’t wait to return.

f
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal here. Great burgers.

DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

I love this place. Our meals were delicious there were only 2 drawbacks. The first was that we had to track down our server for our second glass of wine. The second was my carrot cake was not good. I make better carrot cake than that. It had no taste and did not have a cake like texture.

Don't worry though we will be back!

W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. I was happy we could finally get together with my family for my birthday.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was incredibly delicious, especially the Chilean sea bass. It was a bit noisy but we will definitely return!

B
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The hostess set the tone for the rest of the night. She was rude and not willing to accommodate any patrons that spoke to her. It’s clear she’s in the wrong profession and has no idea how to run the front desk. As for the food it is less than good. Everything we ordered was either cold or not how described and the lettuce looked like scraps you would throw in the garbage. I did go 2 times to give it a second chance but I would not go again. There are so many other choices much better.

GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pat is a great host/manager. Bar staff (Terry & company) great and personable as well as the rest of the service personnel are. Delicious food with a diverse menu, always a pleasure to dine there.

B
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a noisy bar/ restaurant. Great for groups nit families. Neighborhood type bar scene and pick up place- go and enjoy!

MS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great lunch and the service was excellent and our server was very accommodating. Food was very good and plenty to have some to take home. I have been coming to Harpoon's for 25 years and it is always great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service

SB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food was great and I loved the decor. Prices were a average, but you did get large servings. I wouldn't recommend going on a Saturday night though. Way too loud for me and my family.

j
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Duck salad not recommended by this diner tough no taste

FG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

good service good food good value
make reservations

TC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service and food good. Very noisy and dark.

h
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite local spot! Consistent in all aspects. Entertainment is a PLUS!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

So loud! I never received my “doggy bag” to take home.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

One of our favorite places. Food and atmosphere was as good as usual. Unfortunately our waitress's attitude detracted from the experience. Oh well, only negative experience that we ever had at Harpoons.

CB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noise was OFF THE CHARTS. You expect some walking into a packed house but DAMN! My filet was cooked perfectly, the lobster mac and cheese was out of this world. Server was friendly and very good despite being overwhelmed. Ambiance was cozy. I use the word loosely, my gf and I were shouting our entire conversation over dinner but somehow the place was still comfortable. Will definitely try again a little later in the off season.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our go to comfort place! Never let's us down! Bartenders and waitstaff are friendly and eager to please! Highly recommend this establishment. Food is consistently great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food lots of variety. Beautiful location overlooking the river. Staff was very friendly

BR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you like the energize atmosphere you like the food

a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great, love the atmosphere. Great for any occasion.

I
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was really mediocre.

JC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great fish great price always a reliable stop nice view Manasquan River

s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place had great food great service and great people. It started with the drinks and then the apps were off the hook! It just kept getting better from there. We had a lot of different dishes and they were all great! The short ribs were one of the favorites but the artichoke grouper was a hit as well!

WM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We visited HW to celebrate a birthday. We totally enjoyed ourselves; good food, good drinks, beautiful view of the Manasquan.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a nice meal here. But the restaurant is very loud and noisy. Very hard to have a conversation without yelling across the table. Food was fine. Nothing special.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely fantastic, and the food was even better. I haven't been here in 20 years and my recollection is that it is now even better than it used to be.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was mush. I’m mad I paid $25 for cat food. Sangria is orange juice.

LG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening. The food and service was excellent. I had the filet mignon and others had the scallops. The desserts were really scrumptious especially the tiramisu and banana chocolate cake. Only downfall was the noise level. Hard to carry on conversation but won’t let this stop us from going back.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Been here dozens of times. Normally pretty good. This visit was horrible. Sat down at 7:15 pm. Order appys and drinks. All good. Then ordered dinner and we were eventually served the burgers a 1 fish entree around 910 pm. Ate and then had to hunt down someone to take out check. Entrees were clearly rushed (after I politely spoke to a manager). Fish dinner was really bad. Hoping this was just an off night. Will try the place one more time

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

First off, our waitress was fantastic. We didn’t get her name as we could barely hear her. There was a large party of about 20 next to us which made for a difficult evening. They were very loud and even our waitress had trouble hearing our order. We had a reservation and were a little disappointed that we were sat next to such a large group. We had the hummus platter for an appetizer which had way too much hummus. It looked like it was just dumped on the plate with a big ladle. Our meals were just oaky. My son had the blackened grouper which was good. The crab cakes were a disappointment. I’ve had them in the past and they were always sautéed. This time they were fried and just okay. The seared tuna was just okay too. Not sushi grade. Overall, I was happy with their wine selection, including by the glass. A little pricey but for a good glass of wine I don’t mind paying. Overall, we probably will not be back in quite a while, if at all. The noise level alone is enough to keep us from coming back to this restaurant which is a shame because it’s fairly close to us.

k
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Harpoons about once a week, food is always good. Service can be a little slow at times depending on how busy they sre but overall its a great place.

AR
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

9 of us got together for a friends get together & also to celebrate August Birthday’s!!! We had a great time and everything was delicious!

B
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice table by the window. Food was good. Server was friendly & quick.
We all had a nice time.

PR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had requested a table by the window for our anniversary and was told they were for 4 people although we saw 2 people sitting at one and the table we adked for remained empty while we were there. The food was good, but Ive had better. It was very noisy and hard to talk. Our waiter was friendly but only checked on us once after we ordered.