Iron Whale

4.2
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144 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
The menu by executive chef Michael Dolan 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.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

On our website click on menus, click on holiday tab to check out our pre-fixe!!! Al la carte available as well! https://www.ironwhalenj.com/

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What 144 People Are Saying
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B
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and presentation. Food was consistently excellent. Service was pleasant and efficient. Delightful place to dine. Every time we go, we are pleased.

AS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We came here for our anniversary dinner. Overall, it was ok but I’m not sure we would come back. We went on a rainy and cold day, so the restaurant was empty. The food was ok, but did not meet my expectations. The waiter was pleasant and the decor was beautiful, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it.

CD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I believe everyone enjoyed their meals. Our server was courteous. He was semi attentive. I know we asked for a new bottle of water a couple times and it never came. Also the coffee was not hot at all.

OT
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from Lisa at lunchtime. Ambiance, music, acoustics were good, all at acceptable level for conversation at our table (and at weekend of “Zombiefest in Asbury Park, no less, so the restaurant was crowded). “Taco Bar” features of tofu tacos and cod tacos were flavorful, but salad appetizer of kale and Brussels sprouts Caesar was notably lacking Brussels sprouts. Tasty and homemade dressing, nevertheless. Give Iron Whale a try!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and a special strawberry cheese cake was prepared for my wife’s birthday. I highly this restaurant on the Asbury Park Boardwalk

NJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding!!! Food was delicious, however, only 4 small pieces of beets in their advertised beet salad. That was disappointing.

BC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing chef! The atmosphere is timeless and staff is great! Try the pumpkin creme brûlée!

SE
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience.

E
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely outdoor table in shade. Great crab dishes!

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were excited to eat here based on other reviews. The service was fantastic and very attentive. The food, however, fell below our expectations. My wife’s filet was undercooked. My NY strip was properly cooked and tasted good. The sides were average and would have benefited from better seasoning. We will give the restaurant another chance. It might have been an issue of a different cook in the kitchen.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu had a lot of good options for everyone in our group + great location, too!

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good selection....nice serv

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The bar tending and wait staff were all so nice. We had a great time at happy hour and then a wonderful dinner of mahi, swordfish and halibut.

RC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food was delicious, and the servers were all very friendly. The seafood was very fresh and prepared exactly as ordered.

TF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Weekday post labor day so it was quiet. The shisito's were delicious and the tacos we pretty good. Beer list tolerated local's so was a little too corporate but they tried to squeeze them in. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

T
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room, food was good- ALMOST great. Calamari appetizer was standard, NY strip was very good, and shrimp with tagliatelle was great. Loved the strawberry shortcake. Service from Stephanie was WONDERFUL. Will certainly return.

OT
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Nice looking inside and outside space. Delicious food and friendly, attentive staff.

TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Our waitress Trisha was outstanding. Very pleasant and informative. Bill for lunch was a little overpriced but we were on the Boardwalk in Asbury so it's expected. Would go back.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good but, the calimari and my burger were not hot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

W
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were very good. Room was very loud. I think it's a great new addition to Asbury.

B
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu. Wonderful service. Food was tasty, beautiful to look at and nicely portioned. Good experience.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! Food was delish. The special 16oz cowboy steak was cooked to perfection!

MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service, nice views, energy and atmosphere. Overall great spot

D
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect location on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean.
We sat at a table outside and everything was perfect. Great service and wonderful food.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Good nice waitstaff

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Once we got past an indifferent hostess, (we had reservations) the rest of our experience was good. The only hiccup being overly well done (burnt to a crisp) soft shell crabs, which were promptly replaced by the manager before our other entrée, swordfish, could get cold. Nice save! The wait and support staff were very attentive without being in the way.

d
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! I will definitely be back 👍🏻

J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Either they need to work on the recipes for the specialty drinks or the bartender did not know what he/she was doing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, service, and overall experience. Will definitely return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was overpriced and my meal was over cooked. Location on the boardwalk was nice though

J
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mahi mahi dish was excellent! Can’t wait to have again. French fries were lukewarm at best and on the soggy side, prefer hot and crispy. Waitress was friendly, but busy with larger parties, she did manage to
be attentive. Did like the fact that we were not rushed and had plenty of time between appetizer and main course. Decor is very nice, but noise level was very loud and with a couple of more people it would be difficult to hear an on going conversation. Would definitely recommend and we will go back, maybe fall or winter would be less noisy.

GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Crab toast appetizer was excellent. Service was great. We had two great experiences in the past two months.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere was outstanding both times I dined there. Would highly recommend it

SP
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We actually didn’t even sit down! When we walked in the hostess barely bothered to look up. I told her our name and she proceeded to grab the menus, sprint to a horrible table in the middle of the room, threw the menus on the table and walked away (never uttered a word!)...with that kind of treatment, we walked out. If this is the type of person you want as a customer’s first impression of your restaurant it’s not a place we choose to spend our money. We are “locals” with an array of wonderful restaurants to choose from...such a shame this is off the list.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Came for brunch on a Sunday. Expedite started off rough, sat for 15 minutes without water or being greeted. Had to pull aside a busser to ask for a server and then it still took 10 minutes for someone to come by! Our server started off by saying that she was going to take our table because “our” server was busy. The restaurant was maybe 20% full.

That aside the food and drinks were fantastic and from that point onward service was unobtrusive and friendly. So overall a good experience.

GG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was friendly and thorough in spite of how busy the restaurant was. Ordered two apps - the clams and the calamari. Both were delicious with a kick of spice. Main courses for the table included the pork chop, shrimp tacos and a burger. No complaints from the table! All enjoyed are meals. Shared 3 desserts including fudge brownie a la mode, key lime pie and crime brûlée- delicious.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for the first time for dinner last weekend. The place is in a great location and has amazing views and ambience. The service was also excellent. However, the food needs some fine tuning. The Moules Frites appetizer was fantastic, as was my Mahi, but some dishes were lacking. Overall, we enjoyed it and would definitely come back.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Ocean views. We went early before a concert. Try the fish sticks. And cedar plank salmon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu selection, food pairings, kitchen preparation, presentation, decor and most importantly service staff were all top-notch. Excellent list of wines and beer in addition to non-alcoholic beverages. Most surprising was the availability of choices at a variety of prices, which is easier on the wallet. Definitely will be back for another visit.

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