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Klein's Fish Market, Waterside Cafe, Grill Room and Sushi Bar

3.8
367 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Klein's Fish Market and Waterside Cafe is a bar, grill and sushi bar. The menu at Klein's is diverse, having everything from a perfectly grilled steak to a hearty pasta dish or a freshly prepared sushi roll. If diners are hungry, there is no better way to fill up than the combo platter, a massive plate of flounder shrimp and scallops, which can be prepared broiled, fried, grilled, blackened or Cajun style.

Klein's has three dining areas, but the most popular is The Waterside Cafe. This outdoor seating area sits on a busy dock, and diners can watch the boats come in or enjoy a beautiful sunset over the water. Klein's also has a specially designed catering menu and is an ideal place to host a special event.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00 pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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(732) 681-1177
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kent Partoll
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Public transit
Belmar Train Station
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
5.0
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

The Staff were superb - there was not a single thing that they missed or could have done better.
The food (*with the exception of the New England clam chowder) was very good. Plenty of well cooked , properly seasoned food for a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2014

The brunch is excellent if you enjoy a variety of sushi, meats, cheese, pastries. Every visit is a good one with a beautiful view if you sit outside area of restaurant. The pastry chef always has a whimsical surprise of deserts to compliment the buffet.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

great food and service. BEST Manhattan clam chowder.

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1.0Dined on October 8, 2014

The service was poor.
One bourbon was $16 ...ridiculous.
We expected great fish and it was overdone and bland.
We would not go there again

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2014

The food, service and outdoor seating were all excellent. Definitely recommend for any seafood lovers.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2014

I eat only in the outdoor area about 10 times each summer. On a beautiful evening, it is simply delightful. The service is attentive and personal. The menu is extensive and there's something for everyone.

I have only eaten in the indoor dining room once and have never gone back; the ambiance is terrible. It looks and feels like eating in a Howard Johnson restaurant.

Recently, I ate brunch there with 5 other people. Their special omelet was delicious; however, it was chaotic because we had to dodge busy waiters and walk down a narrow corridor adjacent to the kitchen.

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1.0Dined on September 27, 2014

most likely the worst food i was ever served i had the salmon special and when it came i actually asked the waiter if it really was the special it was very badly plated and tasted just as bad we will never be back

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

Great location when you want to be on the water; service was good; food is not gourmet, but fine - water location makes it worth the trip. Also had guitarist singing which made for a nice atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Food was Mediocre and came out barely warm. Good reservation thru Open Table on busy Saturday night. Honored. No wait.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2014

My meal was very good. I thought the price was a bit high. It is a nice place, but fancy at all. It was a good experience, but I would not write home about it.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2014

We were in town for only seven days. Went to Klein's the first evening and returned three more times. Menu variety allowed easy sollections. Fish fresh.

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2014

Our overworked server was excellent. Apparently much of the summer staff had just left for school, and the restaurant did not plan adequate replacements. The food was good, lobster/clam bake. The only negative was that they included scallops in the package that were completely overcooked. The lobster, clams and other seafood were well cooked and very tasty. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2014

Whatever the occasion this is a great restaurant to visit. The staff is friendly and the food is delicious! The view is breathe taking, great sunsets! Just in case you can't find a sitter, not to worry the kids will enjoy the menu and love watching the boats go by. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2014

The food here is amazing! I usually go every summer with my husband and in-laws. I always get the king crab legs because they are the best I have ever had anywhere. The other night I tried the crab artichoke bisque. Wow! The waterside view is so beautiful also. Overall a great place.

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2014

Although our waiter was outstanding, the food was mediocre, the table was off balance and the live music was far too loud. The music was turned down upon request, but we found it to be inappropriate during the dinner hour.

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2.0Dined on August 27, 2014

The food is average at best but we did have a great server. The view is also not very good. Basically you stare at a bridge and watch a NJ transit train roll through every now and then. Not worth the money.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2014

This is not the place to go for a very special sort of meal. It's more "down home" style cuisine, with a lot of the fish being served fried or just sort of the way good ole boys like it. The food is good but not sophisticated but you're sitting there on the water and the service is nice and it stays open late so who can complain. It's really very relaxing.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2014

Great food, gorgeous sunset on the outside patio & great service.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2014

Dined outside with friends. The seafood is fresh and delicious. Our server and his trainee were perfect.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2014

We had blackened swordfish which was outstanding and whole, fried Thai sea bass which was very good but could have had a little more flavor. Nice wines at happy hour prices made us very happy.

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2014

The brunch food was dry and old by the time we were there on the later end. The tables were littered with food, very sloppy presentation. If you are charging full price the entire time, I would expect the same quality.
The desserts and Bloody Marys were fantastic.
I would try again for lunch, no brunch. The view and location are awesome!

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2.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Food is higher priced than it should be for the dockside restaurant that Kleins is. The food is good, not great. Prices don't reflect the casual presentation and overall EZ going vibe of the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on August 21, 2014

Unfortunately Klein's does not live up to its Shore seafood place to go reputation. This is not the first time that I've eaten there and for the price the quality of the seafood served is way under par. This last visit I ordered a 1 1/4 lb lobster which cost about $24.00. The lobster was like a tough piece of rubber and tasteless. My dinner companion ordered Spaghetti with Clams...super small portion of pasta. Can not recommend this restaurant unless you're looking for a nice view of the bridge over the inlet.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2014

If you love fresh fish and seafood and are able to enjoy a wonderful meal while look at fishing boats going off to catch local fish, you will love Klein's. You know you can count on everything being as good as it gets.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2014

The first thing that came to my mind was freshness. The seafood we all had was extremely fresh. The veggies were sauteed to order and al dente. The server was excellent and the view was outstanding. We were all extremely happy with our dinner experience.

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2014

I dine at Klein's several times a year and have enjoyed many lobsters there over the years. I have had brunch and lunch, but this was my first dinner. I ordered the clam bake, a dish I have enjoyed numerous times. In the past we were served cole slaw but that did not happen. I did not receive butter or lemon and the waiter was nowhere to be found. I asked a young man cleaning off a table to ask our waiter for butter. The food was lukewarm. Parts of the lobster, already open and cracked, were cold. The small dish for shells was not large enough. We barely saw the server again. His tip reflected the service. The review reflects the food. It is a long drive for me and this meal may force me to find a different source for lobster.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2014

My cousins were visiting from Ohio and Poland. . .so we had a large group, including tweens and teens. The wait staff was efficient and responsive to all requests. We enjoyed the wonderful service, great food and relaxing ambiance. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2014

The best part of our dining experience was how fast the food came! Our main course came within 10-15 minutes after we sat down.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2014

I like my food hot and while everything was very good, especially the lobster, all the food was lukewarm at best. As always, the server and manager are very quick to fix this, I'd rather have it right the first time. But we will always return because of the quality of food and amazing staff!

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2014

What you'd expect at the Jersey shore from a mid-range restaurant. Certainly not a place I would rush back to if I was not vacationing in the Belmar area.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2014

my boyfriend and I went for a drink and a sushi roll. sat on the deck overlooking the bay. great view of the water. very romantic. great service.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2014

Food was good, the waitress was professional and very pleasant. Our appetizer came late and the waitress apologized and didn't charge us. It was a beautiful evening and being able to sit outside was a plus. Also, the wait wasn't too long. Will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2014

Only go here for a drink and the nice view. Terrible seafood that is way overpriced. Service was uninspired. We had crab cakes that were undercooked and bland. King crab was not good quality. Go to the Inlet Cafe in Highlands if you want better seafood.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2014

My book club of 5 enjoyed happy hour appetizers followed by lobster dinners. Everyone was very pleased with food, atmosphere, value and service.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2014

I read the prior reviews before my wife and I dined here. Most of them warned about quality of food vs. the price, poor wait staff due to inexperience, and not offering dining points . Well....... it was all true. I did not listen to the reviews because, let's face it, most are written bu a disgruntaled guest; not the good experiences. Here, I have become on eof them; with good reason. I should have gone with my gut and listened to those reviews. I experienced the same situation that i read about where the appitizers and dinner came out with missing accompanyments . No lemon for the fish and clams, no drawn butter with the steamers and lobster. We had to ask continuoulsy for water refills. Not doing that again.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2014

With reservations I wasn't seated quick enough and also the service wasn't as good as I thought. Food could have been better....

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2014

A nice place to complete your City Island experience. The food is not great, but ok, I can't complain. I nice view of the marina if you can get a table outside.

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2.0Dined on July 3, 2014

though this restaurant is a mainstay- it is filthy. i sat outside- with a great water view- but also across from my table was where all the trays and unwanted food was dumped- and also food fell on the floor. leaving the restaurant you can see how dirty the kitchen is-
steamers were good and fish was fresh but i wouldnt go back. also the waitress staff is rushing about so much that it is not the least bit relaxing.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2014

We were a bit disappointed in Klein's. When we arrived they didn't have our reservation so we had to wait at the bar. That was nice as it was outside and there was music. The website had said it was 50% off sushi on Wednesdays. We were told that ended in April. We were then seated at the very far end of the dining area and could not hear the music. The food was average. I had a small plate of scallops with potatoes and spinach but when it came it was scallops with rice and no spinach. Ok but not great. We would have chosen the other section of the restaurant but it wasn't offered. We would not go there again.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2014

After placing our order, it took a very long time to be served. The portions that finally were brought out were unbelievably small, much smaller than in the past. Don't go here if hungry.

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