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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
apple fennel slaw | jalapeno thousand island | french fries
vegetable couscous | local honey | red pepper vinaigrette
porcini dusted | shiitake mushrooms | corn | balsamic butter sauce
Planned to meet some friends in Asbury Park for lunch and decided on Iron Whale because we had been to many of the other restaurants along the boardwalk and thought we’d give this one a try. Four of us split two appetizers, the calamari which was crispy and cooked to perfection, and the lemongrass chicken dumplings which had a light flavor, not overly doughy like some dumplings. The clam chowder was delicious too, and was a good pick for a chilly day. All meals were enjoyable, the short rib grilled cheese, salmon fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and tuna melt which was a little spicy. Finished off with crème brûlée, peanut butter chocolate brownie, cheesecake, and chocolate torte.
Food was just “good”, nicely presented though. The halibut special was excellent but over priced compared to other menu items.
Desserts were a disappointment.
This has been our favorite restaurant for some time. Tonight we felt rushed and the food came out really fast. We were not finished with our oysters and the entrees were arriving. Very unusual.
The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.
Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back soon.
The food and service are always great! This is our go to spot in Asbury. The atmosphere is great and you always feel welcomed!
Always great food and service
Conor provided great service! He has waited on us in the past, and is always really good. A bit noisy, and perhaps the tables were a tad close together considering the new omicron wave. Overall, great experience.
Food is always good here. The place has nice ambiance and service is good.
Food was excellent drinks excellent service was good but I think they may have been understaffed due to covid so we'll give them a pass.
Have been here a few times and we have always enjoyed it. This past time service was great in particular, very friendly and attentive. Diners were appropriately spaced apart as best they could and we felt very comfortable. Nice choice of wines. We all enjoyed our dinners I only have a couple suggestions. The Kale Salad was hard to eat. The Kale was mature thick and tough, not baby Kale by any means. The salad also lacked dressing so I could not eat it easily. The server brought more dressing and that helped. But they should re-think that salad. My steak was perfectly cooked and delicious. The mushroom reduction was good but needed more flavor.... not salt, but paired with caramelized onions would have made it a home run. Next time I will ask if they could do that for me. My wife LOVED her Swordfish dish. We will be back to try it again.
Beautiful ambiance, friendly staff, delicious food and drinks. Will definitely be back :)
The food is always fresh and delicious here . The decor is nice check out the ceiling it reminds you of the skeletal bones of a whale. Fun and large roomy bar you’ll love it here
new years eve
New Years Eve had a great dinner! Our server was excellent and the food was amazing. We tried the baked oysters, pumpkin soup, clam chowder, short ribs, cedar plank salmon and the peanut butter panna cotta. All delicious and great portions!
The food was incredible and the service was excellent! Will definitely be going back!
Our service was great as we had a great server. There were some issues with some of the food we received, like the risotto was still undercooked the couscous was a little under seasoned.
Food and drinks were total winners! Loved our waitress. Went to the bar after and has some of the best drinks ever! Can’t wait to come back.
Cuisine seasoning memorable, portions priced well. Our server, Nancy, very accommodating & friendly. Scottie, the Manager, very welcoming conversation. Chas Collins, the Executive Chef, humbly informative & appreciative. We’ll be back!!!
Excellent food and atmosphere, but the best was the outstanding attentiveness and service provided by our waiter Connor, as someone that has been in the restaurant industry for my entire life I have to say he could of been the best waiter ever, and anywhere👏👏👏
We always love dining at the iron whale! The food is consistently delicious, love the vibe , wait staff is very good and the drinks are awesome. And music is just across the street , what more could we want in a restaurant!
Food was good. Service was fast, efficient and friendly
Creative cocktails, delicious dumplings, and entrees to die for (halibut special & rigatoni collins). Topped off with a yummy warm apple cookie with cannoli cream!
Great brunch. Great drinks. Ambiance was amazing.
Food and service was excellent. Just didn’t like the raw bar structure. If the minimum is 8 pieces, set a price in lieu of $4 each but the total was the cost of 7 just seems odd
The meal and service were excellent and the environment was lovely. It was a family style Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu. The value was excellent. There was an abundance of side dishes. Sides and main dishes were refillable as often as desired.
Had a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner here. Food was great & plentiful. Service is friendly and fast. Loved our table for 6. View of the ocean and plenty of room @ our table. Zero wait time for our table. Really enjoyed. Did not know what to expect. Exceeded our expectations.
Other than the turkey was dry….the rest of the meal from salad to dessert to sides were delicious.
Excellent Thanksgiving dinner. Service was outstanding. Top Notch restaurant on AP boardwalk.
We had a WONDERFUL waitress named Lisa. The food and drinks were of good quality. When we walked in the place was jumping with good energy. We made an 8:15 pm reservation on OpenTable since we were going on a Saturday night. Other tables began to finish up by 8:45.
Excellent food and service. We will be back.
No chicken wings , no blue cheese dressing. :(
Had an amazing dinner with my family here for my birthday. I ordered a Manhattan Up with Sagamore Rye and it was made to perfection. The blue point oysters were beautifully presented and crab cakes tasted amazing!
The pumpkin soup was out of this world, but it was very filling, so remember that when you order your entree.
A very enjoyable meal. Blue cheese spread with the bread was a favorite.
Food was very good, waiter was very forfetful
The restaurant week menu was perfect!
Large portions and delicious!
Entrees were very good. Tacos were disappointing. Atmosphere was very good. Loved the round table in the corner where we were seated.
Our waiter was terrific!
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 4.6 stars by 1034 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.