Charley's Ocean Grill

4.3
308 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 308 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience yet again! Very satisfied with the patience of our waitress. Thank you again! Will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance with beautiful views. The service was amazing. Our waitress was friendly and personable and made us feel like we were home! The food was appetizing and delicious. Highly recommend the brussel sprout appetizer.

JK
JackieK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great,,,noise was out of control. There was a large table of an extremely loud party behind my family of 4. We were trying to celebrate my sons 8th grade graduation. The entire meal from when we sat until we left was overwhelmingly uncomfortable. We all felt our experience wasn't what it should have been because that table was so loud. Their entire conversation was obnoxiously loud,,it wasn't just bits and pieces. It was so bad we couldn't wait to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience1

This place serves horrible food! If your kid orders Mac & cheese it’s straight from a box! Entrees are so blah. It also states its ocean side which isn’t the case. You can see partial ocean if you sit outside but it’s not a great ocean view like you would get at Rooney’s. Save your money and go to Rooney’s. This is the first and definitely the last time we’ll coming here. There are much better restaurants in the area. They need to hire a better chef.

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vipMgweisman
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Waiter appeared to be new. Some issues with food but everything straightened out except the lobster bisque was served luke warm. The others apps once the order was straightened out were ok. We’ve eaten here several times and last night was just an off night. It happens. Would try again.

MK
vipMikeK
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the porch with ocean breezes, good food and great friends. My party enjoyed the tacos, both lobster and shrimp. Spivey tuna roll was delish. Drunken clams however, were gritty.

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vipBiztravlr
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining there for me after a few hours at the beach. Excellent food selection , preparation and service.

MB
MarkB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Of the 3 of 4 entree’s only one was good. 2 specials The Monk fish & the stuffed pork loin were over cooked and dry. Fish tacos were also very dry. Calamari was a little rubbery. Drunken clams & crab dip were good. Recommend not sitting by the door by outside deck, every time staff opened the door a gust of wind blow menu’s off our table

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vipRosie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mel our waitress was fantastic! The food was great. We had the steamed artichokes, scallops and salmon. Allergies were addressed to perfection. Doreen, the manager, came over to see how our meal was and was so personable.
We will be back!

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HeidiC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Charleys!! Food is great and the servers are terrific

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vipamyh
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service. Tried the new Asian nachos.

MK
MarwanK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserve a table on-line, we were seated promptly when we arrived. Service was fast & waiter was courteous & pleasant .we would go back to it.

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GeorgeG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Merrall, couldn't have been more accommodating, friendly, and efficient.
She made our anniversary most enjoyable. She is an asset to Charley's restaurant.
The manager was very friendly and pleasant, checking in on us and making sure we had an enjoyable experience. We will definitely be returning to Charley's.

MR
MarkR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We sat outside which was nice. Had the crab cakes and the scallops. Main courses were good but the sides were not. The sides were served cold and did not taste fresh. The rice was clumpy and terrible. Service was somewhat inattentive and there seemed to be a lot of tension amongst the staff.

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vipAndreaH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Drinks were on point

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold.
Waiter was not emotionally there.
Waiter forgot to add a candle to the cake when we specifically told him it was our aunts birthday.

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groovychick
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends! Food was very good. Onion rings really good.

J
vipJeffmbigs
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Terrific NJ shore restaurant with some good American cuisine.

JG
JohnG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, excellent service and reasonable prices

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a get together with cousins on a sunny afternoon. Just drinks snd appetizers to share. The service was outstanding! Food portions were tasty and ample. We will go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find! You can see the ocean and the 2 outdoor decks have room for so many people. The atmosphere could be date, every day, special, or business meeting. It’s also on the North end of LB on the beach very quiet about half a mile from all of the loud noise / Ferrari party people. The food was delicious especially the mahi tacos and the village salad. Service was fast and everyone was attentive and friendly. We will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time. Will go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charley's was great. We originally reserved outdoor seats. We were too cold (they had no heaters on their patio). We snagged two seats at the bar. Service was friendly and fun. Food was excellent. Will be returning!

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RebeccaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Our experience at Charley's was a bit disappointing. There was a party of young girls that were extremely loud. The food was good, we did enjoy it, but we felt very rushed. The wait staff offered to take both our entree dishes and dessert while we were still eating. And the bill was delivered after only two bites of dessert. It would have been nicer if we had been allowed to enjoy our evening as there were many empty tables,we were there only 50 minutes in total.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice Restaurant by the water. Very warm decor and nice open dining room.

Somewhat of a limited menu and specials are also offered so should have something for all.

The French Onion Soup was very good as was the Seafood Tower.

The dinners were delicious as we had the Seafood Papperdale Fra Diavolo and the Ahi Tuna was cooked perfectly.

Dessert choices are nice but the star here is the apple cake! It is one of the most delicious cakes I’ve had!

This is good for everyday dining and a nice place to come from time to time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go here every time I visit Long Branch. The service here is wonderful, the food is very good and the prices aren't jacked up. It also has a very relaxing atmosphere. Charley's Ocean Grille is away from Pier Village, but right next to the ocean. Check it out.

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Ben445
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Overpriced. We came for our anniversary and were disappointed. Excellent waitress, the food just tasted diner quality.

TG
TerriG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Decent service, food was not of the quality I was expecting. Lobster Taco waste of money they were horrible. My husband ordered half dozen clams 1 of 6 were bad, while they did compensate I had higher expectations

LH
LH78
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The shrimp tacos and drunken clams were delicious!!

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Meli
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, food and service were all outstanding!

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vipsusang
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Tuna pizza was good. Mahi-mahi taco was inedible. Overcooked and dry. Like eating dried out fish sticks.

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vipStevenC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not the usual experience. The Tuna pizza was amazing as always and the dirty jalapeño martini was right on point. However, the entrees were cold right out of the fridge. We sent them back to be warmed up but still came back just as cold. Was a little disappointed as Charley’s has always been great and on point year after year.

AM
vipAimeeM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seated quickly, Attentive server, good food. Upstairs band was a little loud but overall a very good time.

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cathyb
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice time had once again. Our seafood special was delicious, service was great and safety protocols were in place. I highly recommend dining here.

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vipMimi18
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience. Clay is awesome! We love sitting near the bar, watching the Yankees , and

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!!! Great drinks and loved the change in weekly specials! Will be dining again soon

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was outstanding. Great staff 100%.

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BrunoS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service was great, restaurant was clean. Food: Quality and fresh...some plates are a little more pricey but you will not regret them. Went for mother's day which has a smaller selection, but everyone in my 5 person party enjoyed. Will return again.

DB
DeniseB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Wonderful service. ! Loved everything👍

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Bobby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First of all, I had a reservation for two. The hostess brought us upstairs to a table and we saw another table that was opened and asked if we could sit there. Even though we had a reservation, the hostess had to go downstairs and ask someone if we could sit at the table we requested. Then we sat down and they did not bring us any bread. My friend asked for some bread and they brought us cold basic French bread. Before our food came two workers went outside to the deck and brought in a large table and chairs. They had the door wide open while they were doing this and it was blowing in freezing air! My friend had to help them keep the door open, because they were struggling to get the table inside.
I was not impressed with my crab cakes and I think they were over priced for what I got. In addition, the music was playing, which is one of the reasons why we booked this venue, but it was so loud that I had to shout to my friend who was just across the table. It was only 6:30 pm and people were eating dinner, I could understand the music being loud if it was around 8:30, but at this time people were eating. Plus, the music was terrible! When I left, I thought to myself, "I will never come here again."

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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 4.3 stars by 308 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.