Iron Whale

4.6
1034 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The menu by executive chef Charles Collins 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.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1034 people are saying
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FrancesD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just “good”, nicely presented though. The halibut special was excellent but over priced compared to other menu items.
Desserts were a disappointment.

JH
vipJessicaH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back soon.

JC
JaneC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always great! This is our go to spot in Asbury. The atmosphere is great and you always feel welcomed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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Carol
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Lala54
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good here. The place has nice ambiance and service is good.

JS
vipJosephS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, friendly staff, delicious food and drinks. Will definitely be back :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

new years eve

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vipMaryG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AmandaL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service was excellent! Will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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DeliaE
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MAHALO
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!
🙏🏻👍🏼🙏🏻

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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👏👏👏
Sincerely J’dub

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Chris4shore
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JA
JustinA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was fast, efficient and friendly

JJ
vipJerseyJaney
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative cocktails, delicious dumplings, and entrees to die for (halibut special & rigatoni collins). Topped off with a yummy warm apple cookie with cannoli cream!

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LauraineA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch. Great drinks. Ambiance was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ChristineS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CarolH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Other than the turkey was dry….the rest of the meal from salad to dessert to sides were delicious.

JA
JoAnnM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner. Service was outstanding. Top Notch restaurant on AP boardwalk.

LR
LouR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GMoney44
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

No chicken wings , no blue cheese dressing. :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

CL
vipCoreyL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pumpkin soup was out of this world, but it was very filling, so remember that when you order your entree.

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New2NJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very enjoyable meal. Blue cheese spread with the bread was a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was very good, waiter was very forfetful

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KatieO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant week menu was perfect!
Large portions and delicious!

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ConbonCD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Entrees were very good. Tacos were disappointing. Atmosphere was very good. Loved the round table in the corner where we were seated.

ML
MoniqueL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was terrific!

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 4.6 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.