Iron Whale

4.4
803 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 803 people are saying
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaulC
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Menu changed from last time. I was there. Food was just ok

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vipEvanA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent experience at Iron Whale this past weekend with some out-of-towners. From the food to the service to the ambiance- - they were very impressed. Highly recommend for dinner if you are in the area.

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MarkH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The host was not as helpful as she could have been but our server was terrific

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Our waiter was great, the food and drinks were expensive and only ok.

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MarielaP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and views of the beach! There are options for all including Vegan/Vegetarian.

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SusanG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John our waiter was Fabulous. I think they should name a special after him! On the boardwalk great scene, great staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is solid ... love the food

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Ricki
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very pleasant and the food was delicious, it was a little pricey but we would definitely go back.

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JamieF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Connor my server was absolutely wonderful. The busing staff was also attentive.

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rebeccam
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I rely on customer ratings to choose restaurants to eat at so please believe me when I say this is an unbiased account of the food. We ordered the Roy Boy cod fish tacos. The soft corn tortilla should not be the strongest flavor in the taste profile for this dish. The sauce, which was ample, was flavorless, As was the fish. I still can’t believe the flavorlessness of the dish. The calamari appetizer was good but not great. The peach salad looked great but again, lacked flavor. The fresh peach was sour. How is that possible? It’s peach season. The meal was underwhelming to say the least. If you enjoy eating out at nice restaurants you should skip this one.

Again, no sour grapes here. Just an honest assessment. 3 people with $180 price tag. Overpriced and under tasty!

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vipMary
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch at the Iron Whale was delicious. We went there for an impromptu birthday meal. The staff were friendly and professional. Service was excellent. The cocktails were delicious...the raw bar was fresh and plentiful... the shrimp tacos were excellent. I strongly recommend this restaurant and will definitely go there again when visiting Asbury Park, NJ.!

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SarahK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First of all, LOVE the location, vibe, food, and server!!! Best tuna appetizer and crab cakes I’ve ever had. Knocked off a star because service was really slow. The server was excellent it just took forever for order food drinks to arrive but when they did WOW! Will definitely items be back.

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TNgrl
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great menu, yummy drinks, I recommend APPK. Salmon was perfectly cooked and seasoned.

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PeterF
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It took too long for our server to acknowledge us after being seated, but after we found our waiter things improved. At first we were skeptical about the menu and some odd combinations, e.g., pork chops with a sweet bbq sauce, Mahi with mushrooms? but ultimately we were happy with our apps and mains. The dumplings were crispy, which seemed odd, but were very good. While the service is the weak link, the food was better than we expected. The menu is not well written, sometimes too generic, in other instances not helpful in understanding menu items. Despite the hiccups we enjoyed our dinner.

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JennaS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Burger and ravioli were delicious. Spare ribs too. Sat outside and had a great view

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DavidS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good portion size, great service. Very minor issue - could have used a few more peaches in the peach salad. All around, great dining experience, and we have been here a few times. On our list of go-to places in AP.

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Amyd
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated at 4:35 and no one had come over to our table until about 5:10 when I had to table a hostess that we had been waiting. The menu was difficult for everyone at our table to load because the WiFi was simply non existent. Our waitress was very apologetic, lovely and provided great insight into items on our menu. The food was good but nothing super impressive the drinks were just ok. I had ordered lobster Mac n cheese which everyone’s favorite thing.

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vipCasey
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Like the place, little pricey but it's on the boardwalk. Nice menu selections.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Delicious food. Attentive staff

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LoisW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outdoor seating under the umbrellas is quite nice.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Seating for two was only available on same side of table , with opposite side being standing room for the bar. This meant you say on same side as your date, making difficult to comfortably eat and speak . Very awkward setup .

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PaulD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and environment! Highly recommend!

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

restaurant was extreamly load for a lunch reservation, hard to have a conversation at our table. the waitress filled our water glasses the took a open bottle from a table that had been recently dined at not even cleaned yet and gave it to us. very expensive. very small portions

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vipJudyP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food, service and location here. My only small complaint is this: my husband asked if fries could be subbed for the salad that came with his sandwich and was told yes, however we got charged for the French fries. That is not a sub, it is a side order and If we had to pay for it, he should have still gotten the salad too.

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vipRaymondC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Under staffed. Food is good but not worth the poor service.

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vipRoxee
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

YAY! Back in business. We dined outside and it was lovely. Jeff, our server, was attentive and helpful. The salmon taco was cooked to perfection. The only thing I'd change would be the sauce. I'd like to have it on the side and since there are 3 tacos it would be fun to have 2-3 small containers of sauce ... offering different flavors. We'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was excellent and the food was amazing. The entire staff was so attentive from the moment we walked in to check-in for our reservation until we left after dining. Iron Whale is a staple for us whenever we visit Asbury Park and they never disappoint.

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vipCarol
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my 24-year-old to the Iron Whale for his birthday. They gave my party of 5 a table looking right out at the ocean. The view, food, and service were excellent. They even put a candle in his dessert. It was a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent but the service was a bit disappointing. I asked several times before hand for a candle in the desserts as it was my friends 30th birthday and they failed to do so. We kept having to ask for utensils to eat the seafood properly as well. Service unfortunately didn’t match the price. Food was tasty though. Wine list was very limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dining experience with excellent service. The managers, Brian and Jonathan were great and very funny as well. They really made our family dinner a memorable experience. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress was very nice. She gave our kids paper from her notebook and couple of pens so they draw something while waiting for the food.

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vipLauraS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I did not expect the IW to be as good as it was! Great salad and fish. Intriguing decor. Comfortable tables and chairs. Will definitely go back.

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vipNaureenF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, from appetizers to dessert, was fantastic - as was the service and ambience. Will definitely look forward to coming back soon!

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vipnoelle
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went to Iron Whale Saturday night. Food was good, service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The food and drinks were wonderful and our waitress was the sweetest woman. The restaurant was experiencing some technical issues with their food ordering system at the time of our visit but we still had a great time.

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HaydenY
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best dinner my husband and I have ever had. We ordered the hummus starter, I got scallops and vegetable cous cous, my husband ordered clams and linguine, and we had the NY cheesecake and vanilla creme brulee for dessert. Every single bite was AMAZING. Fresh and delicious. The drinks were spot on too. I HIGHLY recommend visiting the Iron Whale if you're in the area!

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vipPhil
New England
61 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - service and food were awesome!

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Nubi
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great restaurant, great everything. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipRudyV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was good. Like that they had glass partitions in between the tables.

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BASK
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

the food was good but it was over priced. The service was quick.

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 4.4 stars by 803 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.