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Iron Whale, Asbury Park, NJ

Iron Whale

4.5
4.5
1285 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Intimate dining experience that showcases Asbury Parks trendy neighborhood. Located on the boardwalk, we showcase those stunning oceanfront views in every area of our restaurant. We feature fresh seafood, fish, and a raw bar serving the highest quality ingredients, along with our specialty craft cocktails and our assorted wine list. This new concept serves as the perfect dining destination for any occasion day or night. Iron Whale is open 7 days a week.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 361-5185

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Charles Collins

  • Private party facilities

    We have an ocean view private room that can fit parties up to 35 guests. Luncheons, business dinners, holiday parties, baby showers, birthday celebrations , rehearsal dinners.Go to our Iron Whale website and send your banquet inquiry today!

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Parking details

    Lot across the street is now open for free or metered parking out front!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,285 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We were seated at a table that was attached to a booth. The booth was so low & uncomfortable like you needed a booster seat. The service was great & the drinks were fantastic. I had my usual Linguini and Clams which was my favorite but they changed up the recipe & it was so salty. Portions were a little small. We go often so we will be back to give another shot
  2. N

    Nancyk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Lackluster food and just barely service. Overall a disappointment.
  3. m

    mkva

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and food was delicious. Drinks a the bar before dinner was fabulous.
  4. DT

    DianeT

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our evening. Food and service very good. Would recommend to others
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok, nothing really over the top. Steak didn’t really have much flavor to it, pretty bland. Pork belly appetizer was good. Pasta Collins (seafood pasta) came with a good portion size & was tasty. Service was good as well. Cool spot to eat/drink. Not sure I’d go back, wasn’t worth the price.
  6. CK

    ChrisK

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply put, I over ate. I rarely do but I did. Food was so good that I kept eating. Hit the food wall and kept eating. Stomach hurt all night but Ill do it again. I had the new england clam chowder with a side of bread for dipping, so good. Then I had the B&E organic chicken w spinach and potatoes, it had a lil kick of spice which was nice. Ate that. And washed it down with a fat tire beer. I’ll be back. That soup! So good. Excellent chiefs, servers, host, ambiance/atmosphere and on the Asbury Boardwalk.
  7. MS

    MeaganS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Unfortunately my scallops were cold/undercooked and I had to send them back - also my boyfriends burger was slathered with sauce when he had asked for no sauce. Nice place, however - good ambiance and clean restrooms. Waiter could have been more friendly.
  8. F

    Fred

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walked in on a very busy weekend, music festival in Asbury. The place was packed, and the staff was pretty busy, but everyone was smiling and friendly. Zach was our server and took time to explain the menu and talk about the cocktails and the specials. I went for a cocktail on his recommendation and loved it. He made sure all was well many times during the meal, and was quick with a smile every time he walked by. We had a great time, and really enjoyed the food as well.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I were in Ocean Grove for the weekend to celebrate his birthday and had dinner at Iron Whale two nights in a row. Our appetizers and meals both nights were very good. We sat outside, which was lovely. Chrissy (not sure about the spelling) was our server the first evening, and she was very knowledgeable, friendly and provided wonderful service. Connor was our server the second evening. It wasn’t terribly busy so we had more time to chat with him. He was also incredibly friendly and personable and put up with and perfectly accommodated my many food restrictions. His fabulous personality made our evening that much more enjoyable.
  10. LF

    LisaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had date night here. We had a 6pm reservation on a Saturday night & got seated right away. We opted to eat inside, but had a great view of the ocean. Our server was excellent. She brought our drinks out quickly. For an app, we shared calamari (I’m super picky with my calamari and it was delicious!). For our dinner, I had fish tacos & hubby had shrimp tacos. We shared a side of couscous. Everything was fresh, hot and delicious. Looking forward to our next visit!
  11. m

    manny

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I would say that at first our server was missing in action. Someone chases her down. Ultimately got claims app and while delicious, we had 8 baby clams (1 was not open so we didn’t eat it) for $16. A bit pricey…. Food is better than average but that’s target. Good set up and location. Just a place to grab a bite.
  12. BL

    BeccaL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Arrived early for our reservation was told to wait until our table was bussed, we were seated 15 minutes after our reservation time and only becasue I asked was the table bussed? I requested a booth and didn’t receive one. The salmon tacos jad no flavor, missed the mark with taste. I’m not sure we will return unfortunately.
  13. TB

    ThomasB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    They first sat us at a table right next to the bar where you each sit on the same side and face the kitchen. When asking the hostess to move they seemed annoyed. When we told the waiter we were moving they also got annoyed. The food was okay, not sure it was worth the money
  14. KN

    KimberlyN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had clients in from Cali. They loved the food how fresh and the variety of different dishes. The location was a hit also especially since it was a full moon that night.
  15. SC

    StevieC54

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and incredible food!!! Absolutely love this place and will be back soon!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Iron Whale was an amazing experience. I would definitely visit again. Our server, Gen was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable and professional. She made our experience even greater.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance by the ocean is fantastic, the food enjoyable, service was great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night out for anniversary
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, stylish ambiance, and an attentive server in Connor. Will definitely return!
  21. B

    Bamm

    New York Area

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, good food and service. Everyone loved their meal.
  22. DH

    DrewH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    Dry good as always, however my fish was way over cooked. The waiter offered me a complimentary dessert, but saw later it was on the bill.
  23. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Solid Entrees, wish there were more appetizers. A strong Raw Bar smell was apparent when you first walk in - but it did not permeate the dining room. Loves the Scallops and Linguini with Clams.
  24. CD

    ChuckyDiner

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday night holiday weekend, the place packed to the gills! Everything that comes out of the kitchen is perfect. Food was fresh and delicious. Kudos to all!
  25. RR

    RickROIC

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From our experience in Asbury Park, the Iron Whale is the best beachfront restaurant in Asbury Park hands down! Obviously, the ocean is the highlight of this scene; however, the ambience is amazing. A fabulous bar winds down the one side of the restaurant and it is abuzz with activity. Great cocktails with a wide variety of gins, my favorite hard liquor. The restaurant offers great and courteous service. The seafood was fresh, prepared beautifully. We both had the mahi, my wife had the halibut. Not cheap, but not exorbitant either. It was Labor Day weekend, so we did not expect econo pricing for a great experience, a beautiful restaurant, fabulous food, and outstanding service. Well done IW!
  26. JR

    JenniferR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    the food was underwhelming. The portions were very small . we got a pasta dish and it looked like it came in a cereal bowl . The food was ok.... and the service was good it was very chaotic. Not sure if we will go back . We were doing a birthday celebration and my husband was very disappointed with my choice .
  27. l

    lmbc7

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There were so many awesome sounding appetizers on the menu we decided to do only apps for dinner. Our server was super accommodating, letting us order two at a time. And each one was delicious, different and super flavorful . Iron Whale is an awesome spot with really high quality food.
  28. BG

    BbqGastrognome

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I had the Whaler, a seafood tower. Expensive, but comparable in price to other local tourist establishments. The crab salad was disappointing. The dressing did not meld well with the lump crabmeat. We enjoyed the blistered Shisito peppers, quite a tasty app. Our Waiter was fantastic and attentive. I'd go back to try other (less expensive) entrees as they looked interesting- or will do the seafood tower again if I get another financial windfall.... LOL. A special occasion meal.
  29. MC

    MaryC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant, over priced, but no more than others in same area. We sat at a table and had great service. Food was nothing to write home about. My appetizer of ribs were barely warm.
  30. L

    Lexi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Food was just ok, nothing too special. Medium rare burger was brought out well done.
  31. SC

    SusanC

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way. Highly recommend
  32. C

    Carol

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, view, service, and lively ambience were great.
  33. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great vibe! Delicious cocktails. Service was amazing! Appetizers were delicious, but the portion was very small for very pricy price. Calamari was the same as you would get a local pub but twice the price. Our Dinners were very GOOD! All 6 of us had different entrees and everyone really liked their meal.
  34. B

    Buffetjunkie

    Pittsburgh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful. The food was fantastic!!! We ordered the seafood rigatoni and the swordfish with vegetable couscous. My cousin and I asked if after making our dishes, would the kitchen split them in two separate plates so we could each eat half of each! They accommodated spectacularly!! Was so delicious. Then chocolate soufflé and key lime pie to finish off an amazing meal!
  35. D

    Diner13

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The pork chop and Mahi were very good. The oysters fresh and sweet.
  36. h

    heidig

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Service was exceptional!
  37. JP

    JudyP

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fred gave us very good service. Pork chop and chicken enterees were delicious. We sat outside with great views of the ocean, beach and passers by. All in all, exactly what we were hoping for.
  38. V

    Veee

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I asked to switch the side of my $34 salmon to risotto and was charged $7. We asked for bread and was charged $4 for about 6 small slices of bread. not a good value for the prices of dinner and $14 drinks.
  39. JW

    JWackrow

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Overall good experience. We wish we had a view of the ocean. Also the waitress misinformed me about my meal being spicy. Everyone else’s meals were very good. My husbands Halibut was perfect. We also felt the food was a little rushed. But over all it was a good experience and we will go again.
  40. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Really beautiful restaurant with great staff, the food just doesn’t live up to it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Iron Whale does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Iron Whale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 361-5185.

Iron Whale is rated 4.5 stars by 1285 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 11 times today
Google Map for Iron Whale

1200 Ocean Ave Unit 504, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-5778

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lot across the street is now open for free or metered parking out front!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charles Collins

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 361-5185

  • Private party facilities

    We have an ocean view private room that can fit parties up to 35 guests. Luncheons, business dinners, holiday parties, baby showers, birthday celebrations , rehearsal dinners.Go to our Iron Whale website and send your banquet inquiry today!

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