Harpoon Willy's

4.3
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387 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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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you like the energize atmosphere you like the food

a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

I
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was really mediocre.

JC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

LG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

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
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

j
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taylor (our server) was excellent knowledge of the menu and personality made dinner that more enjoyable.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

It was so noisy we could not hear our guests across the table.

SD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for a good price! Reservations are necessary to secure a table during peak hours, weekdays and weekends and it is a loud restaurant.

JJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great dinner with a nice view of the lake. Even though the restaurant was very crowded, our reservation request for a table with a view was ready when we arrived. The service was well paced and the food was cooked expertly. The asian brussel sprouts appetizer was excellent as was my chilean sea bass entree. We will definitely go back and bring friends with us.

H
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good we went for seafood and that is what we got. The restaurant was very loud. So loud we were not able to talk during dinner. We were sat directly next to the bar so that could have been part of the problem. The crowd was older, older than we are and we aren’t on the young side. It was too loud for us to ever go bad to again even though the food was good.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I had dinner at Harpoon Willy's on a Saturday night and absolutely loved it. I had the Day Boat scallops, which were pan roasted, and included mushroom risotto. They were probably the best scallops that I have ever eaten, and I am 76 years old and have had many scallops during my life. They were cooked perfectly, and the mushroom risotto that came with them was also outstanding. My wife had the lobster avocado wrap, which she said was delicious. The desserts were also excellent. I had a piece of cheesecake that was rich and creamy. My wife had the peanut butter mousse, which she loved. The dinner was about $71, plus tip (the service was outstanding), which was quite reasonable considering how much we enjoyed the meal. We had last eaten at this restaurant about two years ago. I had scallops then, and I still remembered how much I enjoyed them. Unfortunately, we hadn't gone back to the Manasquan area for a long time, which is why we hadn't gone back in a while. But my son just bought a house about ten minutes away, and we plan to go back often.

2
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible. Entrees came out within 10 minutes of our appetizer. Food was not good, certainly not worth the money. Won’t be back.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was awesome! Food delicious. My only minor complaint would be the tables/chairs were very close together .

g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food did not come out cooked as ordered (I ordered Tuna medium and it came out close to Well Done). Ordered two vegetables with one as a replacement to starch and got starch. had to wait until I was halfway thru dinner to get other vegetable. Server was friendly and attentive which was great as it was crowded. Overall, I think that they charge a bit too much for their main courses. Make no mistake, this is a BAR with tables to eat... they should not have $25-$30 Main Course meals... my Tuna was $28...was small-ish and not cooked per order. Seems like they try to take advantage of summer visitors, which I am not.. I am a local...

C
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lady friend brought me here for my 76th birthday. The oysters Rockefeller were excellent as was my hamburger. The service was excellent

NJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom here for her birthday lunch. Our first time eating here & enjoyed the food. Nice, personable dining room & bar. Definitely will come back to try their other dishes.

g
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great neighborhood spot to dine, lunch and dinner. Live entertainment is a plus.

v
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The noise level was terrible when my wife and I first arrived. It did improve later. The food was excellent as usual. In addition; the drinks never disappoint.

S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good. Casual, friendly, and consistent. A favorite spot.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came before crowds. Food good not great. Service very good.

JM
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, service and food. Neighborhood gem.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food, friendly service, but very loud.

RC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good seafood and drinks at the end of a beach day. Reasonable prices and convenient location. Nice setting on the river.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cannot say enough about the food. It was excellent. Seating placement could have been better. Our table was next to the drink counter at the bar so there was a lot of activity near our table all night. There were open tables for 2 when we were seated.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering there was a power outage and a full restaurant staff and service were great!!! Our food came out hot and fresh while power out and lights back on by dessert😊

AF
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and well priced. Our waitress was wonderful and the atmosphere was rustic and very homie. We enjoyed it very much,

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All was great! Food and service. A little too loud.

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