Iron Whale

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Seafood
The menu by executive chef Michael Dolan will feature inventive takes on seafood including a "Taco Bar," hence the title "Whale". However, it also will include a wide selection of meat presentations, or "Iron". With its Asbury Boardwalk location, outdoor ocean view dining will be a strong feature of the Iron Whale. Indoors will also house an open kitchen, a fireplace, along with a private meeting or party room. The Iron Whale promises to be another exciting addition to the already resurgent Asbury Park scene and will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner year-round.
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RC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food was delicious, and the servers were all very friendly. The seafood was very fresh and prepared exactly as ordered.

TF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Weekday post labor day so it was quiet. The shisito's were delicious and the tacos we pretty good. Beer list tolerated local's so was a little too corporate but they tried to squeeze them in. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

T
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room, food was good- ALMOST great. Calamari appetizer was standard, NY strip was very good, and shrimp with tagliatelle was great. Loved the strawberry shortcake. Service from Stephanie was WONDERFUL. Will certainly return.

OT
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Nice looking inside and outside space. Delicious food and friendly, attentive staff.

TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Our waitress Trisha was outstanding. Very pleasant and informative. Bill for lunch was a little overpriced but we were on the Boardwalk in Asbury so it's expected. Would go back.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good but, the calimari and my burger were not hot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

W
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were very good. Room was very loud. I think it's a great new addition to Asbury.

B
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu. Wonderful service. Food was tasty, beautiful to look at and nicely portioned. Good experience.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! Food was delish. The special 16oz cowboy steak was cooked to perfection!

MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service, nice views, energy and atmosphere. Overall great spot

D
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect location on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean.
We sat at a table outside and everything was perfect. Great service and wonderful food.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Good nice waitstaff

J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Once we got past an indifferent hostess, (we had reservations) the rest of our experience was good. The only hiccup being overly well done (burnt to a crisp) soft shell crabs, which were promptly replaced by the manager before our other entrée, swordfish, could get cold. Nice save! The wait and support staff were very attentive without being in the way.

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! I will definitely be back 👍🏻

J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Either they need to work on the recipes for the specialty drinks or the bartender did not know what he/she was doing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, service, and overall experience. Will definitely return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was overpriced and my meal was over cooked. Location on the boardwalk was nice though

J
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mahi mahi dish was excellent! Can’t wait to have again. French fries were lukewarm at best and on the soggy side, prefer hot and crispy. Waitress was friendly, but busy with larger parties, she did manage to
be attentive. Did like the fact that we were not rushed and had plenty of time between appetizer and main course. Decor is very nice, but noise level was very loud and with a couple of more people it would be difficult to hear an on going conversation. Would definitely recommend and we will go back, maybe fall or winter would be less noisy.

GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Crab toast appetizer was excellent. Service was great. We had two great experiences in the past two months.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere was outstanding both times I dined there. Would highly recommend it

SP
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We actually didn’t even sit down! When we walked in the hostess barely bothered to look up. I told her our name and she proceeded to grab the menus, sprint to a horrible table in the middle of the room, threw the menus on the table and walked away (never uttered a word!)...with that kind of treatment, we walked out. If this is the type of person you want as a customer’s first impression of your restaurant it’s not a place we choose to spend our money. We are “locals” with an array of wonderful restaurants to choose from...such a shame this is off the list.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Came for brunch on a Sunday. Expedite started off rough, sat for 15 minutes without water or being greeted. Had to pull aside a busser to ask for a server and then it still took 10 minutes for someone to come by! Our server started off by saying that she was going to take our table because “our” server was busy. The restaurant was maybe 20% full.

That aside the food and drinks were fantastic and from that point onward service was unobtrusive and friendly. So overall a good experience.

GG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was friendly and thorough in spite of how busy the restaurant was. Ordered two apps - the clams and the calamari. Both were delicious with a kick of spice. Main courses for the table included the pork chop, shrimp tacos and a burger. No complaints from the table! All enjoyed are meals. Shared 3 desserts including fudge brownie a la mode, key lime pie and crime brûlée- delicious.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for the first time for dinner last weekend. The place is in a great location and has amazing views and ambience. The service was also excellent. However, the food needs some fine tuning. The Moules Frites appetizer was fantastic, as was my Mahi, but some dishes were lacking. Overall, we enjoyed it and would definitely come back.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Ocean views. We went early before a concert. Try the fish sticks. And cedar plank salmon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu selection, food pairings, kitchen preparation, presentation, decor and most importantly service staff were all top-notch. Excellent list of wines and beer in addition to non-alcoholic beverages. Most surprising was the availability of choices at a variety of prices, which is easier on the wallet. Definitely will be back for another visit.

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went to the Whale with a party of 5 on a Sunday. The restaurant was not especially crowded. We sat outside which is always a fun experience. The service was OK not bad but nothing special. The food was average at best. I had a steak that was ordered medium and came out more blue then medium and the seasoning was not great. We also ordered the chicken dish and boy was that spicy. Overall it was just OK

M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, we were very pleased after trying this new establishment. First, our waiter, Justin, was very pleasant and quite entertaining. He made suggestions re:food, and we were happy with the choices. Scallop app was delicious. Ribs were tender and tasty. And the fish sticks were WAY better than the freezer stuff of our younger years. Linguine/clam sauce was tasty but a little salty due to the pancetta. Crab cakes were fine. Milk and cookies were a fun treat. The dessert special, raspberry bread pudding, was delicious. Can’t wait to go back for tacos and burgers. Just make sure you go when there’s nothing going on at the Stone Pony or you’ll be looking for parking forever.

t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at the Iron Whale again did not disappoint. Cocktails were excellent.The apps and food were delicious and cooked as described . Cudos toMadison our server she was on point and very gracious. Also earlier in the day when I arrived at the beach with my family and forgot to put ice in my cooler,I approached the manager and he graciously helped me out a real gentleman. You have a steady customer and I am looking forward to bringing other friends and family to the Iron Whale.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, unique decor. Very delish scallops entree. Cowboy steak special was very good and plentiful. Filet Mignon was cooked right but needed more sauce, flavor. Calamari appetizer was very good. Will definetely be back!

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service from Lisa- everything was delicious. Try the beet salad!

SJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I would probably recommend for lunch, just not dinner. Appetizers weren’t bad, nothing out of the ordinary. The entree special of the night - soft shell crabs was so over fried it was like tree bark. My fault for not sending them back. My wife’s salmon was burnt. Dessert was excellent though. Love the ambiance.

P
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and our server was excellent! (Sorry I don’t remember her name)

KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Myself, boyfriend, my father, and his girlfriend went to the Iron Whale on a beautiful Tuesday night in August to celebrate my Masters Degree completion. Excellent cocktails, service was impeccable, and everything we had was delicious. Scallops app, scallops dinner, clam app, jerk shrimp app, grouper special, and crab cake app. Pricey but lovely night out.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside, tried several items and the food, service and atmosphere were wonderful!

TB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. This place was amazing. The food, the scenery, the service was all top notch. You must try this restaurant. I will definitely be back!

H
Raleigh
63 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service was quite good at Iron Whale. We did, however, had to ask for a couple of 'replacement oysters' as two of the 6 we ordered had no oyster in them (just a shell). But the waitress gladly replaced them and apologized for the error. The ambiance is great as you can look out the window (or actually be on the Boardwalk) and watch people while eating at the restaurant. A quick step off the beach and you're in the restaurant. Great location!

AD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Iron Whale has a lot of potential. The ambiance is great and food was good, however, the service and hospitality could use some work. The first experience at the host stand should be extremely accommodating and welcoming, it was not. The service service was just okay. I believe if we hadn't taken our time with placing our order, all meals - appetizers and entrees -would have arrived at that same time or with nearly no time in between. As predicted, this happened to the guests seated next to us. Specials should be read earlier then when guests are expected to place their order.

I don't typically write reviews, but I believe this restaurant can be really excellent with some superb hospitality training.

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good ( not spectacular ). I personally think it was overpriced.

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