Harpoon Willy's

4.3
909 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 909 people are saying
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CJL1214
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was poor, waited 15 minutes for waiter to show up and another 15 for a drink. Food came out wrong for my wife and I had absolutely cold garlic mashed potatoes. They did take my wifes dinner off the bill and my Salmon was very good.

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EmilyA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I’ve been told by several people to give Harpoon Willies a try, but after trying several other places in the area, this one just fell short especially for the price. Mediocre food at best with high end prices. The server was pleasant, drinks were okay and the atmosphere was eh, but we won’t be going back. There are plenty of places in the area that have fantastic food, service and ambiance. Go to amendment 21 or River rock. You’ll be much happier.

CE
vipCindyE
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our server was pleasant and start off in a timely manner,

We were seated outside and there were large gaps where he was nowhere to be found. Couldnt get a drink , extra napkins etc.

This was our first time here and we won't be back.

Prices are way too high to put up with that.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good. Great place. Been coming here for over 20 years

JC
JaneC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outside seating is great, food and drinks are very tasty and the staff are helpful and friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

1st wedding anniversary

MM
MandM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best roasted steamers in town. My absolute favorite...also ordered the scallops over mushroom risotto and it was delish. Our server was very attentive as well. Good service.

RL
vipRobinL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor view of marina very pretty. Food was good I had the Gnocchi and chicken dish..yummy

DS
DeniseS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

After a very long wait in a mostly empty dining room Two burgers arrived completely raw and one burnt. Our waiter was very inattentive spending most of his time socializing at the bar. Despite our complaints the restaurant did not reduce the bill. Won’t be returning.

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vipdonnagabes14
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the servers, fun place to be, great food

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Noname
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was cold and not good tasting at all

SL
SusanL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service always good. Windows could be cleaner. Also would like to see French onion soup as an appetizer.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Service was outstanding. Will return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good time. We enjoyed everything, especially picnic dining outside and the water view. The clam appetizer is a must!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were efficient and attentive. Food was great.

JC
JohnC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Scallops for an app were terrible. $22 for 6 (what looked like) bay scallops and cole slaw was a bit disappointing.

Halibut was amazing. However, potatoes (garlic) wasn’t very tasty. Not to mention, the carrots were served on the verge of being raw.

Server definitely had an attitude with almost everything. Even wouldn’t let people pass her as we were ordering.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant is ok. We only had appetizers so I can’t comment on entrees to be fair. Food was decent, loved the Brussels Sprouts!! Our waitress was so sweet and worked her butt off all night. Like most restaurants and hospitality businesses these days, they are very short staffed. This young woman came back to the table as often as she could to check on us. She really did a great job of keeping the place going all night. Kudos to her!!
I would go back again. It was lively, they have live music and outdoor seating weather permitting. It’s on the water so setting also nice.

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brianl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always consistent, we like it here. Server Willie was excellent.

JW
JoanneW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal and drinks. Waitress was great but the food too a little too long to come from kitchen. The website said it was taco and tequila night. The tacos were very good but our waitress said there were no special tequila prices. Need to fix your website.

KO
vipKevinO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Hummus platter was served with sour feta cheese that no one deserves to smell or attempt to eat

Wings and clams were good, as was the coconut curry soup

Chicken Milanese and Tuna dinners were not good, but the sea bake and tomato halibut were decent

I would rate it decent, but for $80 per person there are better options

DP
DeniseP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice but noisy. Good food but slightly pricey for what you get. A seventeen dollar veggie burger served on toast? I’d try it once and then decide. Waitress was friendly and attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived we were seated in the bar area. We requested a change of table due to noise level. The young hostess didn’t seem to understand that we could swap tables for another table with a reservation at the same time. Eventually she did seat us outside the bar but it did take some time.

JK
vipJanineK
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always love going to harpoons. Very lively atmosphere by the bar!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Had a great Time. We Sat Outside, it was very nice... Food and Service was great. I will definitely be back soon.

SA
StaceyA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My salmon was amazing but the sirloin steak sandwich wasn't. We sat outside so noise wasn't too bad but inside was too loud to have a conversation. The only aspect that set this apart from any other regular restaurant/diner was it's place next to water. However don't plan to have views as you eat since parking is set next to water. Service was somewhat sluggish but friendly

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pjkdiner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great "date" at Harpoon Willy's. Particularly nice to sit by the river. We arrived a little early for our reservations. Would have been nice to be able to have drinks outside while waiting for our table. Otherwise a great experience.

TM
TomM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and servers did a great job. Reservation was on time and table location was perfect. Will enjoy returning again

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful staff!

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vipGrace
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went after the beach for casual lunch. Very good service and food. A great “go to” place!

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Debra
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not worth the price... The food was not bad but nothing spectacular. I thought it was pricey for the quantity and quality given. will not be going back

LP
LizP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently great, as is the scenic outdoor setting. Our server Willy made it an even better experience with skillful service and a very hospitable vibe.

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donnad
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice lunch pick. I would try dinner/drinks, since the view is great and the place has a nice feel.

The hostess and server (Willy, ironically) could not have been more accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, etc

AB
AnnaB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table with a water view, as requested. Our food was delicious. I asked for my chicken to be blackened--no problem. One of my friends loves seafood and ordered the scallop special--delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

17-20 bucks for a burger now. Place is not what it used to be.

TM
TonyM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good... service excellent...I feel a bit pricey

DD
DebraD
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!! Our waitress was great and the food delicious!

BV
BenVerona
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a nice, typical shore bar and restaurant. Food was excellent and portions were large! We ate dinner outside at picnic tables, so it was quiet and relaxed; inside it was noisier and busier. Our server, Jack, was excellent as well and took good care of us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great service. And the food was excellent.

CM
CMWNJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not great this visit. We sat outside, service was very slow. Chef refused my request to substitute cole slaw instead of broccoli (geez, give me a break!). Meals were was just ok even though we ordered from the daily specials. And, overall expensive especially for the experience. Won’t rush back here, and when we do it will be for burgers or basics.

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You can order delivery directly from Harpoon Willy's using the Order Online button. Harpoon Willy's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 223-8880.

Harpoon Willy's is rated 4.3 stars by 909 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.