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Charley's Ocean Grill, Long Branch, NJ

Charley's Ocean Grill

4.4
4.4
493 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Charley’s Ocean Bar & Grill is a seaside restaurant with ocean views, quality meals & cocktails. Our distinguished menu and atmosphere are inspired by a beach-life attitude, offering all patrons a “local summer” experience, all year round! Originally a speakeasy that dated to the 1930 pre-prohibition era, Charley’s is a part of Jersey Shore history and has always been a part of Long Branch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (732) 222-4499
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Charley’s caters to private parties and events for any occasion. Our private party room on the second floor comfortably seats up to 100 guests and has private elevator access, private handicap accessible bathrooms, a private bar, outdoor deck and unparalleled views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Our private party room is perfect for holiday parties, birthday parties, reunions, anniversaries, christenings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvas, rehearsal dinners, small weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, baby showers, benefits & fundraisers, networking and team building meetings, corporate events and staff parties. Our staff works closely with you to customize the options for your special moment and deliver an unforgettable experience. Please contact us at 732-222-4499 or at events@charleysoceangrill.com to book your next venue.
  • Neighborhood
    Long Branch
  • Cross street
    Marion Pl
  • Parking details
    Private parking and street parking available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 493 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monmouth

    Hot spot

493 Reviews
  1. Srg1

    New York City

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tuna pizza and the sweet potato fries are fantastic.

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  2. Diane809

    New York City

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the tuna pizza which is a must have. Ordered Blackened Salmon- Blackened refers to spicy seasoning, not overcooking the fish. What I received was burnt Salmon which I should have sent back but was honestly full from the pizza. Just disappointing.

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  3. Biztravlr

    New York City

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Worth the drive down for mid afternoon dinner . Always a good meal

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  4. EileenS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drink were excellent, service was outstanding!

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  5. DianeS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charley's is always a great place to go, great food, nice people and beautiful place. Love it!

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  6. JosephB

    New Jersey

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed in my meal. I though my lemon chicken was overcooked.

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  7. TomD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great night!! Looking for a special place to visit with family and Charley’s is perfect! Live music was fantastic! (A bit loud). Food was great decorated beautifully.. just a perfect night ! Thanks Charley’s!

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  8. RalphM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Music was way to loud, food was ok, drinks were great. Service slow at first but picked up after appetizers.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing waitress at Charley’s. Super sweet and attentive. Our appetizers were delicious (tuna tartare and pirogies)!! Our drinks were perfect too!! It went downhill with our meals. My husband had the lobster tacos and I had the shrimp ravioli’s. The lobster tacos had a weird spice in them (I could get passed that) and it was super fishy. Like inedible fishy!! The shrimp ravioli was terribly fishy too and the grilled shrimp on top was overcooked. I’m so disappointed!!! It’s a cute place! The wait staff and hostess were all so nice! I didn’t even complain to anyone. Just paid my bill and left.

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  10. MaryannP

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy Charley's. They are always accommodating and friendly!

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  11. Bunknjo

    New York City

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service excellent. Nice, casual atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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  12. Biztravlr

    New York City

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a walk in the beach, Always a good meal in pleasant surroundings

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  13. Marta

    New York City

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jennifer, our waitress was fabulous! She was prompt, attentive and witty! Food is always good and ambiance is relaxing and inviting…,

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  14. FeedUrBodyRight

    New York City

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were hungry having skipped lunch and Charley’s did not disappoint. We shared the Blackened Chicken Salad, while my guest had Chicken Tacos and I had Lobster Tacos (with the meatiest filling ever). We shared the Key Lime Pie. My White Sangria was delicious and my guest had white wine. They were accommodating (weekday - but busy) and sat us outside with a view. Definitely returning!

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  15. Galiciagirl

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish sandwich with the fries is very good. We also had the fried calamari which was also excellent. Very good service.

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  16. KimR

    New York City

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks, food and friendly service. Accommodating and we enjoyed conversation after dinner without being rushed. This is a hidden gem at the beach!

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  17. Biztravlr

    New York City

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to take a ride down to Charley’s for an afternoon meal. Always a good experience. Great menu selection in a casual unrushed environment with good service

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for lunch! My boyfriend and I stopped by after the beach. Awesome lobster tacos.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Burgers were very good although not cooked to order. Would try again. Service was very good.

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  20. JoeC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would highly recommend Charley's, the food was great and our server was fantastic!

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  21. PaulR

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If my chicken wasn't dry and overcooked (my fault for ordering chicken at a seafood restaurant) it would have been a perfect meal. The appetizers (pierogi, calamari) were delicious, the drinks well mixed, and the two seafood dishes top notch. Even the dessert and coffee was excellent. Our server was professional and personable and the owner available and cordial. Overall, the value was commendable. We will DEFINITELY add Charley's to our short list.

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  22. stevenf

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed at this restaurant. Eating on the deck makes it special.

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  23. VictoriaY

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Our waitress was wonderful! Food was fabulous.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was very nice friendly & accommodating. The new hostess was sweet. The other employee that was working with the new hostess was not friendly or professional. When we got inside we mentioned we had made reservations on open table and the way she responded was pretty rude. We understand the restaurant was busy; however, we were just letting her know we had made reservations. The hostess often sets the tone for the experience. The new hostess who I believe I overheard it being her 3 day and our server were both professional and friendly. However, the woman assisting the new hostess could have been friendlier and welcoming.

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  25. Nish

    New York City

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly love this place. Have had so many different meals, all great. This time it was Sicilian Shrimp, spicy and delicious!

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  26. mmd4

    New York City

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special Filet wrapped in bacon was excellent, tender and delicious. Go for the lava cake for dessert. Service couldn't have been better.

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  27. ArleneG

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very attentive waitress. She knew about items on the menu. We had delicious food and a beautiful view. Tuna tartare, shrimp raviolis and fresh fish. My only negative would be that there were a number of empty tables and the 2 of us were seated next to the large and very loud tables.

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  28. Skewman

    New York City

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    No table cloths. Food very average. Service was fine. Over use of salt.

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  29. TinaC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, great location, amazing cocktails and very good food. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was amazing.

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  30. TonyA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good apps, entrees were very average. Good atmosphere

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone loved their meals. Service was superb. Will definitely be back.

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  32. Nish

    New York City

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We found Charlie's last December and it has become our go-to place. Best bartender, James, friendly environment, great food, especially the lobster tacos!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped in for a late lunch. Pleasantly surprised that the food was amazing! Portions huge. Waitress very nice.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Honestly quite disappointed with the food quality. Grilled octopus was very good. Tuna tartare was lacking flavor. The oysters were a bit dirty. The seafood pappardelle was awful. Who serves this dish with red sauce and you must use your hands to break the claws. The taste was bland and the pappardelle was less than interesting. Very disappointed in the food experience. The waitstaff exceptional.

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  35. JoyceM

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly service. Menu included casual food and nice selection for dinner entres

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  36. Marco3

    Naples

    110 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Second visit to Charley's Ocean Grill enjoyed both times. Very good service both times food was better on first visit but still good and would recommend

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great appetizers that are super filling, we skipped the entrees! Service is friendly and attentive

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  38. UDELVisiting

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very good. Except the kitchen needed to slow down. Salads came before we can finish the appetizer and dinner came before we can even get half way through tje salad. Staff was very apologetic and many times over. That made it better! Noisy place because the bar and the seating areas are not separated.

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  39. Triestoeathealthy

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great meal at Charley’s Ocean Grill. It has a casual beach vibe and the staff is welcoming and attentive. The food is good and the portions plentiful. I had salmon and requested the Mediterranean preparation, which they readily accommodated. My dinner companion had the Cod Francias, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely going back.

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  40. hoboeater

    New York City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Kids mac and cheese is a $13 plate of warmed up Kraft Mac and cheese.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Charley's Ocean Grill using the Order Online button. Charley's Ocean Grill also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Charley's Ocean Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 493 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Charley's Ocean Grill

29 Avenel Blvd, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Marion Pl
  • Neighborhood
    Long Branch
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private parking and street parking available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (732) 222-4499
  • Catering
    Charley’s caters to private parties and events for any occasion. Our private party room on the second floor comfortably seats up to 100 guests and has private elevator access, private handicap accessible bathrooms, a private bar, outdoor deck and unparalleled views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Our private party room is perfect for holiday parties, birthday parties, reunions, anniversaries, christenings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvas, rehearsal dinners, small weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, baby showers, benefits & fundraisers, networking and team building meetings, corporate events and staff parties. Our staff works closely with you to customize the options for your special moment and deliver an unforgettable experience. Please contact us at 732-222-4499 or at events@charleysoceangrill.com to book your next venue.
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