Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant

4.3
1194 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Unique oceanfront dining is exactly what you will get at Stella Marina Bar and Restaurant. Found right on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey, it is the perfect spot for a lunch break or dinner after a day at the beach. Breathe in the sweet ocean air while dining on the boardwalk seating or enjoy a relaxed dinner in one of their two dining rooms at Stella Marina Bar and Restaurant.

The knowledgeable and friendly staff at Stella Marina Bar and Restaurant will be happy to help you with anything you may need. The menu is sure to have something for everyone from full entrées to sandwiches and salads perfect for lunch. One popular choice is the pizza figi: a pizza served with goat cheese, caramelized onions, dried figs and rosemary. Choose from the extensive wine and beer list or a cocktail to enjoy with your meal.

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
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
What 1194 people are saying
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MarcyM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Marina never disappoints. Beautiful setting with terrific service and tasty food choices!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with a view

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LindaR
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A late lunch for our Thanksgiving “dinner.” My spouse ordered the 4-course special for the day and I ordered an appetizer and fish.

Everything was DELICIOUS and plentiful. We had leftovers for today’s lunch.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good, my steak was not Rare as ordered but still good. A little pricy but nice environment.

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AngeloC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place.

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vipDjvall
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My wife and I have eaten here a few times before, and this time the overall experience simply was not acceptable. My wife ordered the pork chop and told the waiter it must be cooked well. She receive a pork chop that was raw in the center. The waiter proceeded to blame the kitchen as he advised them to cook it well...which you must do with pork.

I had the filet mignon which was ok, nothing special. Smothered in the house-made sauce. No steak sauce on site. The restaurant could buy 1-2 bottles of A-1 steak sauce for guests like me who like steak sauce with their $40 filet mignon.

Service, below what we expected but we understand the staffing issues Covid has created. So not going to negatively address this.

However, the hostess tried to seat a couple within 3 feet of our table to which I mentioned that there should be a 6-foot distancing. She sat them somewhere else.

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Bobbym
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, we had a good experience for lunch at Stella Marina. From start to finish the our waitress provided us with excellent service. overall, the food was very good but the special of the day, pasta with Sunday gravy, could have been better. the pasta was undercooked and there was not enough sauce to cover the pasta and meat. I say this as someone who grew up with an Italian grandmother who made pasta with gravy (red sauce) every Sunday for our entire large family. There was a large party seated next to us so the noise level was very loud because of all the hard surfaces in this restaurant. Conversation between the four of us was difficult at times.

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LJF4778
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Excellent food. Indifferent, poor service. Waiter didn’t do a damn thing and is lucky he even got the 20% we left him.

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vipSusanA
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Porcini Mushroom Ravioli has been my favorities for many many years. Still amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time. Great Food and Great Service

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AlexisB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Friendly staff and delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Have always enjoyed Stella in past, but this time was different. Meatball appetizer under cooked. Had pappardelle bolognese, portion good bit smaller than I’ve experienced in past and was not hot. Unfortunately, service was not good either - waiter seemed disinterested in being of service for some reason. For dessert, waiter just took order for 2 of us and walked away, had to call back to complete order. Passed out 1 menu for the 5 of us, dropped coffee with no milk, sugar, had to ask for spoons too. Just odd experience for this kind of a place.

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ValerieZ
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I should have listened to the reviews...over all I give it a 5 out of 10. It needs a lot of improvement. Go next door to Iron Whale instead.

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Burt
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The piped in hard rock music was extremely loud and made dinner conversation very difficult. Otherwise a good experience.

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MarianneB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food-great service and amazing view. One of my favorites

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vipMAGS
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Asbury boardwalk dining. Great atmosphere. Best fried calamari. Don't miss the "Sunday "Sauce."

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Disappointing. Service was slow and inattentive. I guess that they were short staffed but it doesn’t cover inattentiveness. Cocktails were average and were not cold. (Martinis). Food was ok but nothing exciting. Prosciutto de Parma and pecorino were the blandest I have ever had. Entrees we’re ok. Banana by Dino was the worst dessert I have ever had in a decent restaurant. It was a hockey puck with a blob of ice cream on it. The edges were so tough. It was basically a microwaved stale brownie. The server didn’t come back to the table until after the meal and I didn’t feel like making a fuss, so I just told him at the end. He said he was sorry to hear it was not good (it hardly got touched) and he didn’t not offer to replace or take of the check.
Ambiance was good, location is good, but there are many much better choices in Asbury and the Jersey Shore. We will not return. For $260 for 2 people I need to be able to say somethings was good. All of this was mehhh.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great food and excellent service! Would recommend the linguini !

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Tess
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals ever. The Caesar Salad was a thing of beauty. The filet mignon and sauce was so good my spouse wiped the plate with bread to get the last little bit. The wine list included half bottles. Big deal if you are the only one drinking. The service while casual was attentive. My drink glass was not removed without my permission. Left better than 20% because everyone was so nice. And all this while looking at the Atlantic.

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vipduneroadgirl
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good service and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wanted to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and be by the water.

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carlc
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The first table was chilly. the second table was dark. Disappointed that they did not offer decaf espresso. Food excellent

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vipDmc321
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!! Made my wife’s birthday that much better

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vipRobinK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating two birthdays and our server,Brittany, and the entire staff was wonderful! We had so much fun , great food, great service !!!!!! Can’t wait to come back to Stella Mains again!!!

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viphhjc
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stella's is a reliable, go-to restaurant for us. We always take out-of-town guests here because of the view and the food is always on point. I had the pappardelle on this visit and it was outstanding. The oysters could have been shucked a little better, but they were good and cold.

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JoanB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We waited too long for water and bread. We had drinks first and the waiter came by twice commenting on the fact that we still didn’t have water and bread. One person didn’t order a drink and just wanted water. Then My daughter waited at least 15 mins for her drink which she finally decided to order because water still wasn’t there. Bad way to start a nice night out with my daughters who were home from college for the weekend. Barada was tasteless and bad presentation. Our waiter was good. Personable and friendly. Overall- lacking so much!

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vipMABPrinceton
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 30 mins for first round of drinks after waiting 20 mins for our already reserved reservation. Everything about this night was awful. Every course and everything they brought out. We didn’t eat much and spent over 500 dollars at this poorly ran establishment. I will never go back as this was my 4th attempt and every time is a waste of money. Clean house or close down. So many Better options in the area. Do not waste your money here. Tourist trap, not meant for locals who wanna support a successful business that is grateful.

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vipFoodfunlaugh
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested an outdoor table we were sitting on a second floor deck looking out over the water the restaurant was not crowded the night we were there it was absolutely perfect the service was friendly the drinks were delicious the food was delicious only wish I lived closer I’d go back more frequently we were there for an out of state wedding

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DonnamarieP
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great view of the beach from the outdoor seating. reserve outside !

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vipvickyf
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Realizing there is a shortage of wait staff we waited for over 20 minutes to place a drink order.
The acoustics are not great and it’s very loud.
The food was excellent.

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ThomasL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated by host at a nice table by window but then told by an assistant manager we had to move for another group with a reservation. We had a reservation as well and requested an ocean view table for our party two days before. He made us feel as if we did something wrong but we were directed to the table by his staff.
No apology was offered by him, and he explained that our table was needed for a group of 6. We agreed to move to another table which had an ocean view for only two of the four of us, whereas our initial seating provided a good view for all four of us. By the way, we chose this restaurant because we wanted an indoor table with an ocean view.

Our waiter apologized and when we made it clear we were not happy with the brusque nature of the manager, he offered to give us a round of drinks on the house. We could tell he was doing his best for customer service recovery.

Food was good but risotto was dry and required more sauce, which was provided upon request.

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vipCrangal
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Four of us had a lovely lunch outside looking at the boardwalk and the beach. Drinks were good and our entrees were very good. My only disappointment was there were only 3 scallops on my plate— another one would have been appreciated

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were outside, by our request on a breezy, beautiful night. Servers were excellent, very accommodating to our numerous requests (with elderly parents. Devon did a great job, and we enjoyed our meals. Meatball appetizer was delicious, sauce as well. Calamari was average, dinner of pappardelle was excellent. Also enjoyed the scallops caponata!

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Chris4shore
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice menu, great service and delicious food. Been here many times and will definitely be back again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server !!

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MaureenP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very over-priced for mediocre food. Drinks were not good and chicken that came with my salad was so overdone it was rubber. Server was good though, no complaints there

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ScottS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service at the bar before lunch was great. The table service was poor. Food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always!

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EileenM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was GREAT! Food is excellent. My only complaint is getting to the restroom is difficult especially if you have a baby carriage or someone who is handicap, as the elevator is not easily accessible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Unfortunately I can't give zero stars. Horrible experience. Food was cold and uncooked. Manager apologized, took no responsibility and threw his staff under the bus. One of his staff members came at me trying to start a conflict / flight. What trash. Will never go back. Poor management. Poor staff. Poor food. The manager actually told me he would fire both. Let’s see

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Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 775-7776.

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 1194 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.

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