Iron Whale

4.5
953 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 953 people are saying
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chelseawilson
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was honestly amazing. everyone enjoyed their meal, the ambiance was so beautiful & our server was so sweet & a good time! we can’t wait to be back!

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JustinJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The halibut special is a true winner. Love the atmosphere and staff at the iron whale

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4charcters
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good. 2nd time here

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LancasterJay
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable outdoor dining experience. We especially enjoyed fish tacos (mahi and cod) and the mahi mahi main course and salmon entree. The salads are very large - and could be shared as a starter. Wine list is modest but some nice options.

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vipIleneS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very nice

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JerseyGirlAugust
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a picture perfect September weekend, we had a great late lunch at Iron Whale. Inside was perfect and our server Zack was attentive. I appreciate how everyone worked as a team to make sure we had water and always were attended to, even though the place was hopping. My friend was late due to parking so having appetizers of ribs and the chicken lemongrass dumplings were perfect to take the edge of her hunger and frustration. 2 excellent salads were on our table within minutes of ordering - kale with crabcake addition and the arugala with goat cheese were perfect. The ingredients were fresh and the perfect finish to a relaxing Sunday lunch.

Always a great meal!

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perfect
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was very helpful and friendly. We sat outside and the atmosphere was fantastic.

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MChristopher
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices, friendly staff and fine wine/cocktails.

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Lucille
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food & service were excellent. Our reserved table was directly across from the bar, which was extremely crowded & noisy. If I had a choice I would have preferred to sit in the other dining part.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always! Our server Nick was very attentive and accommodative. Tables are spaced appropriately apart. There was one major downside I saw yesterday that I have never seen before. the bus boy cleaning the table next to us with a wipe, used the same wipe to clean a utensil that he then put on the table for the next guests. It was rather disturbing. Covid or no Covid, this was a turn off. I did bring it to the hostess’ attention.

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JustinaS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Iron Whale! Delicious food and drinks and service was terrific!

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vipNoah
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice menu. Great selection.
We had lunch which we enjoyed.
We had the steak open sandwich and the salmon tacos.
Service was excellent. She was very busy but she was friendly and accommodating. Great attitude.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Group of 5. Requested a round table and they only had 2 round tables in the entire place. Was told we couldn’t have one because there were reservations for the tables. One table was empty the entire night. Very loud with bad acoustics. Could not hear everybody. Would not go back with more than a group of 2 persons.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and the service was excellent. I was disappointed not to have been seated outside, but I think that was due to being short staffed.

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PamelaP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied menu with delicious food. Excellent service too

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QuarterSlice
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Make sure you ask the price of the specials.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were all spectacular! Will definitely be returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Our server ,Taylor, was amazing but definitely seemed jaded, exhausted and expecting the worst from us. She’s an asset and I hope she knows her worth at your establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Just boring .. not awful , not great .. server was not attentive, robotic like .. never checked on us once , didn’t notice or care that we didn’t eat most of our food .. very mediocre

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decir

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PROMOGIRL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good drinks, good food, nice presentations! Will go back again

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Debra
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience are outstanding; only drawback was the location of the table. When we had requested a table that had the banquette seat that was empty, we were rather rudely informed " all tables are assigned and if we wanted to wait until 9:15 (our reservation was at 7:45) she would see what she could do to accommodate our request".

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! We certainly enjoyed our lunch on our weekend vacation! Thankk you!

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vipDaymondawg
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised with this restaurant.
I am adding this to our list of go to restaurants.
Thanks

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vipMarkE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent
Food loved it
Great view

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Karin
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Server was pleasant and attentive, drinks were great and I especially enjoyed the Espresso Martini! Everyone enjoyed their apps and 2 out of 3 main dishes were good. The Rigatoni Collins was very underwhelming and lacked flavor. My dining companions tried my dish and agreed. However, they both enjoyed their tacos. Overall nice experience and no need to complain about a dish that just wasn’t my taste. Loved seeing how lively Asbury Park has become!

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Rachelg
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I recommend eating at the bar. The service was quick and the food came out fast . I had the kale Cesar and the baked oysters. Kale was amazing and the oysters were fine. Fries were Luke warm but we had a nice time.

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DeniseS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was delightful. Definitely glad we made a reservation for my sister's birthday to be there, because by the time we were done, the place was packed!

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious stop. Excellent food and service. Leisurely lunch. I had sushi grade tuna served over rice. Outstanding! My DIL had the salmon sandwich that she liked very much. We both shared calamari as our appetizer. Been here before and never disappointed!!

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vipDanielB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My son loved the burger. Generous G&Ts

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vipNJPearls
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fish dishes were good. The server was attentive. Being by the water was great.

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vipBarbK
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another lovely evening at the Iron Whale - one of our favorite go to places in Asbury Park on the boardwalk. Our server knew we were going to a concert at the Stone Pony - he put in our orders and service was very good. Appetizers were the peppers, the olive tapenade and the dumplings - all delicious - Dinner was the peach salad with grilled tofu (not on menu - just ask) - the cedar planked salmon and the house salad with chicken - all were very good - our server was attentive - extra bread -
Restaurant was nicely full at 5:30 - you need a reservation!! Especially in season.

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jdskis
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service, would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice ambiance, a bit pricey for a mediocre chain restaurant type of food.

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vipKristinB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love their boardwalk patio dining. Great for people watching and enjoying the beach water view. The Fish Tacos are my favorite for light fare.

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vipDavidB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

While no issues with responsiveness or timeliness, the waiter had the table side manner of a gas station attendant.

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TamaraP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!!! I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!

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SaraRoseC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, outstanding service, and beautiful ocean views. Absolutely loved it!

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 4.5 stars by 953 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.