Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park

4.6
794 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Blu Grotto Ristorante consists of a beautiful conservatory dining room, 3 large outdoor decks and an open air Beer Garden open Thursday-Sunday

Chef James Corona’s Menu consists of Modern adaptations of Regional Italian Classics, hand made and imported dry pastas, fresh seafood and prime steak. Chef Corona believes that the Italian method of serving only the freshest and locally grown, makes for the best possible ingredients.

Our beverage program consists of artisanal cocktails, extensive beer and by the glass wine offerings and a deep wine list by the bottle that has perennial favorites as well as esoteric wines from around the world.

Due to the current restrictions we ask all guests to please arrive on time and restrict their dining time to 2 hours for inside dining so we can accommodate dinners with later reservations. Thank you

Experiences

  • Knights Bridge Wine Dinner

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 1, 2021 only

    Knights Bridge Wine Dinner with John Bailey Wednesday December 1st 6:00PM $125 per person plus tax and gratuity Greeting Crostini, Buttermilk Ricotta, Nduja, Fennel Pollen Knights Bridge KB Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 First Course Seared Tuna Tataki, Edamame, Pistachio, Basil, Pickled Melon Knights Bridge Chardonnay Pont De Chevalier, 2018 Second Course 14 Hour Veal Cheek Ragu, House Made Garganelli Knights Bridge KB Red Blend, 2018 Third Course Tournedos Rossini, Filet Mignon Medallion, Foie Gras, Truffles Knights Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Dessert Cheese Course Wine Cocktail All wines will be available to purchase at special pricing 200 Port au Peck Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757 (by Monmouth Park Racetrack)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 794 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ceaser and the Eggplant parm were outstanding.

Friendly staff

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SusanW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blu Grotto was exceptional. Attention to detail started with Casey the manager , continued with Frank our wonderful bartendar and finally our waitress (sorry name i forget). The entire experience was first class from beginnig to end. Beautiful restaurant with delicious food. Wine list was also extensive and comprehensive.
I would highly recommend this restaurant and will be back. I also liked that it had a beautiful bar and plenty of parking! Can't wait to return again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Fabulous Meal!!!!! Can't say enough good things. I'm constantly happy with our evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the staff!

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MeaghanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Everyone in our family of 5 loved their dinner. From salads, to pastas to steak, everything was perfect.

KR
vipKathyR
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Restaurant Week menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Happy Hour and stayed for Dinner! The bartender mixed up some fabulous martinis for me and chose a great cab for my husband!

Upscale happy hour food! Followed by a really delicious Jersey Shore restaurant week menu!

I had the salmon tartare and Flounder Francaise and it was heavenly. I never expected it to be so good.
My husband had rice balls wth a truffle cream, YUM, and short rib over spaetzel. Again honestly so delicious! We want to go back their weekend.

So nice and great price!

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marys
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will gladly return‼️

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vipvirginiab
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests were very impressed with the food, service and decor creating a wonderful dining experience

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JulienneZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised! This was our first time there and will add this place to our rotation of places. The staff was very attentive, food from appetizers to dessert was amazing.

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vipSusanK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely adored this restaurant! Chef James should get an award for his imaginative and tasty dishes, plus he is so hospitable! Our server Ulysses was very attentive also. The ambience is so delightful, and you feel as if you are in a private chalet. Elegant yet cozy at the same time. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipUESGirlSmiles
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always delicious, exceptional service, great wine list!

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KaylaT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was very good. I would highly recommend.

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place. The service was quite good, the food as well as the atmosphere was A+... Just a bit on the expensive side. So for two people looking for a night out, which includes, food and drinks will spend anywhere from 100 to 150 dollars. With desert tacked on to your bill you will need to add another 30 bucks.

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Ladydn
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, Craft Cocktails, Delicious Food and Outstanding Service!

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vipdeborahc
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Comfortable seating. Delicious food with good portions

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vipluvitalian
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always staff. And food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the ambiance to the food, this place is great. Service was excellent. I appreciated the way My Girlfriend and I were treated for her birthday. If available please sit in the round main section, your experience will be elevated.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A bit pricey but high quality food and preparation. Always a good meal at Blue Grotto. Love the Ceaser Salad with fresh white anchovy. YUM. Steak was cooked to perfection. Fish dishes also cooked perfectly and tasty. Delicious sides. Will be back! We will however, very much miss Allesandro who apparently has moved on. His service and charm straight out of Italy always making us feel like family will be a tough act to follow for his replacement!

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AlexB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and service is was the perfect amount.

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ElizabethC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food and cocktails were great- kind of pricey but still very good. The ambience inside the bar/dining room is amazing- very beautiful.

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vipklamb
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This was our fourth visit to BG in as many years. If you get seated at the corner 2 top facing the servers station asked to be moved . We did not and I regret that decision. We were the third table of the v evening to be seated . We got to hear the noisy kitchen in the lead up to service and one f bomb was dropped , two dish crashes were heard. All the servers were touching their face masks. One busser who was wearing only one vinyl food service glove on her left hand repeatedly touched her face w her right hand and used that hand to set silverware on tables. The food runner wiped his hands on his pant multiple times. Staff hygiene needs to be addressed. The food was ok. There are much better fine dining Italian restaurants in our area. Very expensive for what we were served. We ordered Pasta bolognese which was $32 and served in a glorified cereal bowl. The Caesar salad was $14 and the size of a side salad. You could eat just as well for less at a local pizzaria.

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GiladM
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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vipDidNotLuv
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was not as good as before. Calamari was too sweet. Fries were mixture of dried out and soggy. Not a fan of steak pizzaiola

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LindaS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice place
Excellent experience
Great food and service(Ulysses the waiter was great)

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Disappointed
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food never disappoints. Service is always subpar but once our server last night realized we were his table the service was excellent. Will always be a repeat customer, the food keeps us coming back.

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vipCakes
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back! Food and service exceptional!

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Stivacc
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A chic upscale restaurant in Oceanport with comfortable seating, pleasant architecture, great service by waitress Liz Murphy, and delectable food from the outstanding Chef & staff of Blu Grotto.
Will be back with friends as this will be an easy recommendation to anyone!

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JaniceB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining area looks like a huge gazebo! Lovely. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. The three of us each ordered a different entre and I can't tell you which one was best - they were all terrific. (yes we like to taste each others dishes!)

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vipDreamenti
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! Starting at pre dinner drinks at the bar through to dessert, everything is always high quality!

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vipgaryb
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience from service to food - great menu and great management - kudos to Casey

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AmericanFoodieCouple
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday celebration

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MelissaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT PLACE!! HAD AN AWESOME TIME AND OUR SERVER LIZ WAS FABULOUS!! THANKS SO MUCH!

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vipVinnyDe
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great date night place. Very cozy and romantic. Would definitely return.

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vipBri11563
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always good here. A little irritated that they made us pay for a $90 bottle of wine that was bad. I told them it was corked but because they poured for 6 of us and we each took a sip I would pay for it to be nice but they took me up on that. Will take a break from here for a while.

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vipkatecooks
Orlando
125 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a delightful dinner. Only complaint was a long wait for the check. Also 4 of 5 got water. We had to ask for the 5th glass to be filled. The food was exemplary. The plating was very attractive. The ambiance was lovely . Fortunately in the dining room you could not hear the loud “music “ coming from the Beer garden.

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vipMindyS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning customer

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vipnbfoodies
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first visit here.

My appetizer of the beet salad were wonderful. It was properly dressed so that it was not oozing. My boyfriend had the shoshito peppers and they were very good, but I think a bit overpriced.

For dinner I had the shrimp scampi. It was served over spinach with white beans. The shrimp were a very good size and cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had the pork chop and broccoli rabe. Again, everything was cooked perfectly.

All of the food was seasoned very well and tasted great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always fabulous food and service

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park using the Order Online button. Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 571-7900.

Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park is rated 4.6 stars by 794 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.

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