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Iron Whale, Asbury Park, NJ

Iron Whale

4.7
4.7
1476 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 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Street Parking
  • 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

What 1,476 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monmouth

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Monmouth

    Seafood

1,476 Reviews
  1. KarenH

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful visit to the Iron Whale Food was delicious and the service was wonderful !

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  2. Teri

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food quality was excellent!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been coming to the Iron Whale for a couple of years both for brunch and dinner and it keeps getting better and better. The food, the ambiance and the service is excellent. Becca our server this visit was amazing. She made recommendations and was very obliging when i asked to modify the dish i ordered. She was very attentive, professional and very kind. We enjoyed our evening and will definitely be coming back. 😊😊😊

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  4. LisaT

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iron Whale is one of my favorite restaurants. Its views, menu, and service make it a charming retreat after a day of visiting the shore. The Caesar salad is one of the best I have ever tasted and the raw bar is always well-stocked. There are few sure-things in the restaurant world--but this spot is an exception. I always know I will have a great meal and great service everytime I visit.

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  5. Jklemp812

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere was absolutely fantastic! Definitely will be back!

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  6. Karijana

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iron Whale never disappoints. Whether it’s the wait, the food, the staff, the ambience… top tier experience every time I dine. Plus I have a plethora food allergies (i.e. Celiac) and I manage to feel extremely safe when I dine. It’s the perfect spot if you want to budget and grab a burger or flat bread, or treat yourself to some real fine dining. The attention to detail in their food is the same whether it’s the cheapest or most expensive menu item. Forever one of my favorite restaurants in New Jersey.

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  7. DawnS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For a Monday night we received the royal treatment and delicious food. Loved the lighting in the space and the background music was excellent.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The noise level in the rear dining room was extremely loud due to the patrons in the adjacent tables. The server and management were more than accommodating to move our party to a quieter area in the main dining room where we were able to have a conversation and enjoy a great time out with friends.

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  9. magkins

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Luv the liveliness at this time of year in an otherwise dreary season. The service was great and the food had a fun flair ….. as did the cocktails ! In “ off season” the restaurant was alive and full of locals as opposed to the in season crowd So that in itself speaks volumes for the Iron Whale ! Definitely would recommend to friends and family !

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  10. EdwardW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great spot with great service and being that it is February, it was easy to get a table for a last minute business dinner. The food was presented well and tasted even better. All of the staff I was in contact with were very friendly, helpful, and pleasant. The dining room filled up quickly but I was still able to have a normal conversation with my associate without having to raise my voice. I’d definitely recommend coming here for dinner.

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  11. Suss

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here, really nice place, excellent wait staff, and very good food!! We will definitely be back!!!

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  12. MariaM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Conar was very good . Very personal and quick

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  13. JohnC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, good food, exorbitant drink prices ($18 for a glass of wine?)

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  14. CertainCeliac

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place more and more every time we go. Service is outstanding. The kitchen knows how to shift for a gluten allergy. The menu is so diverse. Every thing here is on point.

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  15. Kat1mcd

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Surprisingly, excellent ervice and food for a boardwalk resteraunt. I believe it is a McCloones resteraunt, which is a reliable indicator of quality.. We sat at a table, side by side, facing he bar, excellent for people watching. We ordered all the courses and we're pleased with everything. The cocktails were amazing, get yourself a Macron Martini for desert!

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  16. David

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent crab cakes. Great view of boardwalk and ocean.

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  17. DJHC

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to the Iron Whale. Our cocktails were outstanding and the food was delicious. Jared, our waiter, was so attentive and enthusiastic about the menu choices. He was the best waiter I’ve encountered in a very long time. We will definitely be back!!

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  18. NJNewbie

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit there and we will return. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food (we both chose evening specials) was delicious.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server Brandon was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. An enjoyable and relaxing meal.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance! Food was good and service was even better!!

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  21. TruthBeTold

    Philadelphia

    509 reviews

    4.0

    509 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and drinks are to be found at this nice staple of beautiful downtown Asbury Park. Their special “ Bacon And Bourbon “ Dinner sounds delicious as well .

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  22. CindyW

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinners were wonderful. Service perfect. Thanks for a lovely relaxing evening.

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  23. NJBakerGirl

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We visited off-season and the noise level was quiet and I can imagine on-season this being a very happening place. Nice atmosphere and the wait staff was efficient.

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  24. EnricoC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat. Food was delicious. Can’t wait to eat outside in warmer months.

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  25. paull

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is acceptable, service was excellent. Drink prices are steep

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  26. Dave

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the kind of place that takes care of its customers. Everything g is usually very good, but if, for some reason something isn’t up to snuff, they will make it right with a positive attitude and graciousness. One of my top go to favorite spots in Asbury.

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  27. dowood27

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere, service and food. Always good food!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the chicken lemongrass dumplings and tuna melt. Lobster BLT was a bit disappointing. Very good cocktails and vibe tho, plus gorgeous beach views!

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  29. ReyesQ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked into the restaurant until the time we left everyone understaff we’re wonderful. The staff was ready and willing to serve, and at one point we wanted to change tables due to a family member that is disabled, and cannot step up onto the first table the offer. This was immediately and when enthusiasm. After we were all seated, the young lady came back to check and ensure that we were happy. We ordered our food our server Nick was quick and made good recommendations. The food was warm and tasty in the presentation was excellent. I would recommend your restaurant to all my family members and friends without any hesitation and intend on going back. Thank you for your service.

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  30. JerseyGirl

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid choice by the beach with options for all dietary preferences. Great cocktails.

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  31. APB83

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was a total miss. Brussels sprouts were supposed to be blistered. They were drowned instead. Ordered a side of fries which arrived cold and soggy. Asked for a fresh batch and received the same ones that were microwaved for 30 seconds and thus even more soggy. The rest was adequate. Disappointing considering the location and space. The kids working there were bored to be there.

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  32. PatrickK

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tuna appetizer very good. Our table had the Mahi Mahi dinner, and separately the Mahi tacos. Enjoyed both very much.

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  33. JoanR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of 8 enjoyed a round table (for easy conversation) overlooking the ocean. Perfect for our lunch. We ordered a variety of menu options and each one was exactly as described and delicious. Two favorites were the short rib grilled cheese and the lobster BLT. Our waiter, Paul, was attentive, friendly and patient too! We'll come back for our annual Christmas lunch! Merry Christmas

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  34. JimR

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktail menu. Very nice ambience. Interesting menu. Very good service. The food was good, not at all disappointing, but not the kind of place I would leave and want to make another reservation on the way out.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance and service was excellent. Food was disappointing. The presentation of the food was on point, but the flavor not so much. There were 8 of us all ordering different entrees and no one had anything positive. The bread was stale. One appetizer (out of 6 different ones we ordered) was good - the shrimp. The wait staff however was excellent, attentive and great. The booth for a large party is perfect.

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  36. howardm

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food great. Service impeccable. Ambience nice. Table for 2 a little long. Was going to order drinks at bar but bartender couldn’t be bothered interrupting convo with buddies but didn’t matter because hostess had our table. Hostess and waiter top notch.

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  37. JeffreyC

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Oysters were great, Caesar salad fantastic, white wine delicious, but seafood pasta just ok, pasta was over done and sauce watery. Not worth the price.

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  38. patrickd

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid place and easy to get a reservation in the winter months for the locals. Summer here would be awesome outside but its so crowded nobody there anymore then...just ask Yogi.

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  39. BruceM

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good, varied menu. Quality of food and service is excellent. Always enjoy going there.

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  40. Hrima

    New York City

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good selection, great oarkingbout front, had the crab cakes, espresso martini, steak and burger All amazing Great stop

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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 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 361-5185.

Iron Whale is rated 4.7 stars by 1476 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • 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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