Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant

4.1
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
586 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Beautiful beachfront 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 the casual dining room 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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 586 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It's a nice atmosphere being on the Asbury Boardwalk. The food is good but nothing great.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good place

KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were seated in the downstairs section of the restaurant, the tableclothes and napkins showed wear, much like the rest of us after a long hot summer. We felt like the food was much more appealing than the environment. Blood orange martini was refreshing. Octopus appetizer was tender and delicious. Pork chop was an ample size, sides of potatoes and broccoli rabe were well seasoned and tasty. My husband enjoyed the veal with hot peppers and chips. I didn't catch the name of the house Cabernet but it was very nice.

CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the food and service, but inside was so loud we could barely hear each other. Outside it was way too windy and chilly. I was hoping to be able to eat outside but the weather just did not permit it sorry to say...otherwise we were very pleased with dinner.

JP
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch at Stella marina was great!!!.... we had an excellent time the food was fantastic the views spectacular and the Jill was amazing We enjoyed our visit.
Thank you.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner on the boardwalk which was delightful on a late summer evening. Our waiter was attentive. We started with their mussels appetizer which was tasty. The bread which was served to the table was not warmed which would have improved it significantly. I ordered halibut for my entree. It was overcooked and dry. A restaurant by the ocean should have perfected the cooking of fish. Disappointing. My dining companions fared better with pappardelle bolognese and veal nonno. They offer a nice selection of wines. Shared dessert was a delicious flourless chocolate cake.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good and sitting outside next to the ocean at sunset was beautiful. It has a nice vibe and a friendly, open atmosphere. The hostess who sat us was lovely and the service was generally fine. I was a little taken aback when, after I'd asked our server for a white wine by the glass recommendation, she said, they're all fine. Then, when the guy behind me asked the same question, I overheard her to say, Oh, the Sancerre is great. It's my favorite! Hmmm.

DS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were very good. It’s a little bit too noisy when you sit by the bar which we did.

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of seven for a triple birthday celebration. The food was outstanding. We had Caesar salad, beet salad, the salad special - Brussels sprouts with almonds, avocado, lemon vinegarette. Yum. Eggplant tower and clams were great. Papardelle with bolognese is a family favorite and did not disappoint. My husband had filet mignon and said it was delicious. I had a simple plate of spaghetti and it was excellent. Pasta was fresh and cooked perfectly. Since we had three birthdays in our group we had to have dessert - zabagione, gelato, affogato, apple budino - all were really good. I thoroughly enjoyed the ricotta and mascarpone cheesecake with e shortbread crust - light with just the right amount of sweet. Our server was attentive and friendly.

LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner reservations for six people, and as our table was being set upstairs we realized how loud it was. We saw the outside deck and plenty of tables available so ask to be moved out there, and they were more than accommodating. The weather was perfect the food was exceptional and we will be back!

EP
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

$20 to park the car in the lot next-door. Had to ask for two placesettings. Portions were small and expensive! Windows were dirty, could not even look through the glass.

H
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely excellent food! I had Pappardelle Pasta Bolonese and my dining partner had the veal Nonno. Both were exceptional: flavorful, with a good balance of "traditional" tastes and pops of unique blends of spices and accompaniments: creative, but not trendy. We shared the Mista salad, which was very good, and ended with an amazing Tartufo. The place was packed (Saturday night at the shore) and the service was challenged, to say the least, but the staff worked together well, they were friendly and cordial, and everything arrived at the proper temperature. A large party celebrating a birthday was seated nearby, and they were pretty loud at points during the meal: However this was not enough to take away from the dining experience filled with such outstanding food.

m
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was super slow and somewhat disorganized. And the food was just ok. Two of our party ordered the pork chop and both were overcooked. This was a disappointment compared to the last time we ate here. The location and view are terrific, but it's no longer on our top 3 list for best meals.

LC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always Stella Marina was wonderful. The food was delicious (The Branzino was especially good) and the service was great. We were there to celebrate a 90th birthday and everyone from the woman on the phone to the front desk to our servers went out of their way to wish my dad well and make sure we had a fun experience. I will definitely make Stella our go-to place for family celebrations.

MP
Philadelphia
192 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Veal bono was one of the most imaginative and tasty veal dishes I have ever had. Half bottles of Gaja! Meatballs were decent too! Our server Lauren was great. Glad we went and will return.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The server was great, the manager was excellent, but if your going to have expensive food, it should taste that way. the food was sub-par, and the hostess was rude as hell. Imagine having a table of five spending $340.00 which is fine, but to have the hostess come over and ask if we were done with our entrees, me being use to this at class restaurants was waiting for, and how was everything, instead she asked how much longer we would be so she could turn over the table. Mind you the wait for drinks and food is long, but we weren't in a rush. Needless to say none of us will go back for expensive sub-par food, and a rude hostess.........

JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat outside on the patio. Food was very good. Service was excellent. Chicken Milanese was delicious.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just O.K. Bathrooms were dirty. Servers had too many tables, no one cleared previous course. Much better options out there.

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at bar and ordered the seafood fra diavolo and it was very very generous with the seafood! Enough for 2 to share. I choice not to share :)

KN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband has oral cancer and can only eat pureed foods. When we were there three years ago the server was very rude to him and swore we would never return. Well my brother was down last weekend and wanted us to go back to Stella Marina, which we did. Our server, Steve, could not have been nicer. When my husband asked for mashed potatoes as his dinner, Steve suggested he also have some gravy. Steve did not make a face or look down on him for only having mashed potatoes for his meal at a fine restaurant. Thank you Steve and because of your professionalism and the of course the delicious food, we will be back to Stella Marina.

SB
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The bartender Steve, was personable, knowledgeable and a lot of fun, when seated, our waitress Lauren was also outstanding. We will definitely be returning soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was amazing but our server was terrible. Our sparkling water exploded when he opened it and left the water puddled on the floor next you put table. The water was warm he offer no lemon or lime to go with the water. Never offer dinner rolls. There were long time frames between courses. he never checked on us. If we wanted something we had to get his attention. After dinner he never offered dessert menus and when we asked, he said that he offered us earlier and we declined. He looked like he was struggling to understand us. This was the second time we ate at Stella Marina and the food was excellent both times but the service was poor on both visits.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Stella marina is a favorite and love that they serve pretty late on weekends as we often sit down around 9 o’clock as folks arrive at the shore rather late on Friday. The food is generally great. The service is usually very good, but was way off tonight which was kind of embarrassing as I played the place up to my guests: thus the 3 stars for service.

C
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We've eaten here maybe a Dozen times over the years watching Asbury grow and become busier. This place has stayed consistent. It is a busy place with good food in an exciting people watching spot right on the boardwalk.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Very good oasta best in New Jersey I come every time for it

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for the review! We hope that you'll join us again soon!

Report
l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a beautiful Saturday afternoon which means they were very busy. The service was great. The servers were very friendly and did not rush you. The food was very good, we really enjoyed the whole day. My only negative would be that they don't have a private parking lot. I do understand its a beach town, but we had to pay $40 per car to park across the street. The fee is usually $25, but there was an event in the area and they raise the prices.

S
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud
Avocado crostini excellent ! Great service

TF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Over all the restaurant was very good. I had a veal shank with polenta and white asparagus, which was a good size and nicely prepared. My wife had bronzini fish which was completely deboned. Sat out on boardwalk and people watched. Server was very nice and polite, but did not follow up regularly. I would recommend!

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

Excellent meal
Service was good.
Always a bit noisy there but food is always great

BG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We sat outside. The service could have been more attentive

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

Service and food above average. Downstairs room very loud. Nice view of ocean.

a
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

too loud. food used to be better. Drinks was good. great bartender.
bread was good but came out cold;should have been heated.
all staff were very accommodating.

j
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Worst service ever from being seated to having order taken. There were tons of tables that needed to be cleaned when we got there for our reservation. They need to hire more bus boys as the hostess was clearing and setting only when we asked about our table at appointment time. They made us wait at bar for 20 minutes which had plates that needed to be cleared as well! After we were finally seated it took 15 minutes for a waiter to show up only after we said something to hostess. I feel sorry for the workers as the place is poorly managed.
Very loud, no lighting, dirty not the Stella Marina we liked years ago. Food tasted good only redeeming quality.

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

I wanted to the apologize for the issues you faced during your recent dining experience. We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest standards of service, and I am sorry that they were not met during your visit. I will be discussing your feedback with our managers and I hope that you will join us again soon. Sincerely, Management

Report
DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Unless you want to wait over an hour for the waitress to bring your drinks, skip it.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food is always great but when I went on Saturday the service was poor. Our reservation was at 8p and we weren’t seated till about 830. They also sat us upstairs and we waited 15 min just for water and bread. I normally sit downstairs where it is brighter and the service is better. Had I not been before, this would have been my first and last time here.

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for your review and I appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. I will be meeting with our servers to discuss these issues. We are known for our excellent food and customer service and we regret that we didn’t live up to those expectations. I hope that you will join us again soon. Sincerely, Management

Report
OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good food.

AD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was slow due to kitchen backup. A 3 hour dinner was too long.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

It took over 2 hours for the meals to come to the table after we were seated !
it was so bad that the manager had to comp our drinks which was only one alcoholic beverage one soda and everybody else had water
What a shame we were so looking forward to it as well

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

I want to extend my sincerest apologies concerning your recent visit. We are known for our excellent food and customer service and we regret that we didn’t live up to those expectations here. I will use this feedback when meeting with the staff to ensure this doesn’t happen again and I hope you will join us again soon. Sincerely, Management

Report
LI
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent!

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

So glad to hear you had a positive experience with us and hope that you'll join us again soon!

Report
EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal, great drinks, really enjoyed our early dinner/late lunch.

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for your review and we hope that you'll join us again soon!

Report
1
2
3
15

Tweets by Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant