The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park

4.2
550 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park is an oceanfront restaurant on the famous Asbury Park boardwalk. The restaurant is housed in the iconic Howard Johnsons building, and customers are treated to panoramic views of the ocean and the historic Convention Hall.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 550 people are saying
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NYC1perTripAdv
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my wife had a wonderful time last night our server Isiah was awesome the services we had was superb.


Will be visiting more frequently.

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vipJennifer
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal right on the boardwalk in Asbury Park!

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Sarah
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Isaiah was Fantastic… food was great. Will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Celebration for daughter’s band

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wineNdinegirl
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Burgers are always so good. I should have stuck with them. I ordered chicken Cobb salad and the chicken was like a hockey puck. Completely dried out, hard, and obviously had been just sitting around. The worst part was that kitchen had to cut it into slices, which had to be difficult, so they were aware how hard and dried out it was but still served it. Everything else was good, drinks, service, wings, and of course, burgers.

SM
SylviaM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There was a bit of confusion over our reservation with the indoor and outdoor hostesses. Once we spoke to the manager everything was good.
The food is always solid and fresh. The grill cheese bar was a new try for one of our party and that was good too.
Always like going to Robinson in AP as the waitresses are top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner , amazing prime rib burger and cheesesteak egg rolls.

WM
vipWendyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

We eat in restaurants about 3 nights/week. This was the worst experience we’ve ever had. The cheesesteak spring roll appetizer, tasted like a frozen product that they threw into a fryer. I ordered the seafood risotto. It looked like a bowl of sloppy soup. Very unappetizing! My girlfriend ordered a steak without any sauce or toppings. It arrived drenched in sauce so we sent it back. She ordered the steak medium rare. The second one arrived well done. We sent that back. The third steak arrived and was raw in the middle at which time, we asked for a check and left without either of us having dinner. The chef should be ashamed to send any of that food out of the kitchen.
The only positive thing was the nice waiter that served us and continually apologized and let us know that there were many complaints that night.

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RonaldE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

You know, something has been really bothering me for the past few weeks and I get more agitated every time I think about it...

I took a date to The Robinson Ale House in Asbury Park last month. The meal there was quite good. The waitress was very nice.

However, after I gave her my credit card she returned a few minutes later quite frantic saying that she lost it. This ensued with most of the server staff walking around with small flashlights looking all over the floor for my credit card which must have slipped off of her serving tray.

The manager came over and apologized, vowing that he would get back to me if the cleaning crew ended up finding the card overnight.

Meanwhile, I had to use another credit card to pay for both our meals.

I ask you ...what is wrong with this picture?

I can forgive the fact that the waitress accidentally dropped my card. However, the manager never offered to "comp" even one of the two meals for the amount of hassle I had to go through days following in replacing that card and updating all my personal vendors with the new information.

And the restaurant never called to follow-up on whether they found the card or not. I had to make the initial phone call the next day to inquire about it.

It just irks me that through fault of their own, they caused me a huge inconvenience and didn't offer to comp me for my meal(s) that evening. That shows a complete lack of class on their part and I am very surprised they not only allowed me to leave the restaurant in that manner, but never bothered to follow-up with me on the status of the credit card they lost.

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vipandrewg
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Horrible experience every time. At least they’re consistent.
Greg is a great manager who handles issues well. Jonathan has no patience and was unprofessional.
Stay away.
Open Table is welcome to call or contact me to discuss.
Very below par.
Many better options in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

For the prices, it’s very mediocre. Cocktail was undrinkable. Burger was tasty, place looked nice. But you can do far better in Asbury

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We've eaten here before and enjoyed it, but in Sat, the menu seemed very limited and all 6 of us felt that the food was much less than what we expected and what we remembered from previous visits

NM
vipNjMama01
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My first visit to this restaurant after having tried their other location in Red Bank. Service was excellent and we enjoyed both our app as well as our entrees. The short ribs were very good. Will definitely go back.

LJ
LancasterJay
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual meal outside on a pleasant evening in mid September. Burgers - beef and black bean - with fries or sweet potato fries filled the bill. Smooth fast service and good food on the boardwalk overlooking the beach.

JP
JosephP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food as usual and at a great value. Have not had a bad appy or dinner in many visits. Mixed drinks were a disappointment- weak. Service was very good and staff very pleasant

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bdgirl27
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Isaiah our server was fabulous! Personable, professional and very accommodating! Would request his area on return back! Lobster Mac n cheese definitely not worth $28! It was overpriced pasta. Hardly any lobster. Burgers, salad and apps otherwise good.

NJ
vipgleeNJ
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Waited for awhile before a waiter came to us. Several tables that came later got served quickly. My chicken meal is average but the lobster roll is ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food and service were great. The place is very loud. This app has now lost 2 reservations on me, and both times the restaurant was willing to accommodate my wife and I. Call them directly for reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthdays are made for robinson ale house!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our server was hit with a large party of 8 and us within minutes of each other and she spent all night trying to keep up. I also suspect she had tables inside as well. The food was okay but it was definitely over priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was fair. Food was ok.

BG
BarbaraG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious and the service outstanding. Plus, what a beautiful view of the ocean.

CV
ChrisV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was ok, had to send back some fish that didn’t taste right. Service was very good, staff very friendly and attentive. Dining room very warm, like AC didn’t work.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was hysterical! The food was amazing ! It just took a long time for the bar to serve drinks. A very long time. My only gripe! I will absolutely come back

MR
MRhappytum
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails are delicious. The menu had options for vegetarians, which is very appreciated. The service was perfect and the food was delicious. I will definitely come back again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hostess and manager were very kind and accommodating!!!

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bigeaterfromclark
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic late Saturday afternoon in Asbury. Our server was wonderful, gave us great recommendations and was attentive to all of our needs. Cocktails were fantastic. My mojito was spot on. Very good tap beer selection. My steak sandwich was delicious. The shrimp guacamole is a must get for the table.

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Anthony
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent attentive and paid attention to detail. Food was perfect. We will be back again

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vipRich
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Quality service in a great atmosphere.

BA
BigAL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. I had the NY Strip, cooked perfectly to my liking. Met my expectations for the price paid. Wife had a pork chop also wonderfully cooked and prepared. Service was also very good after a slow start, the waitress wound up to be super. Only negative was that the sound level was indeed "energetic", but I knew that going in so I hung in there and savored the food more than I indulged in quality conversation! Were it not for the noise, this is a 5-star restaurant.

CG
ChristinaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess sat us immediately upon arrival. Our server, Tara was excellent. We got the cajun swordfish and pork chop. Both dinners were super delicious. The cheesecake was rich, creamy and so worth the calories!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Pretzels were soggy in butter. Ruben bread was soggy. Steak sandwich was overdone and chewy. Onion rings were greasy and soggy. Salad was good but it was served with no dressing and took 20mins for the waitress to get dressing. Bill was $200 and we won’t be coming back.

JB
JillyBeans
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Good restaurant for just cocktails and appetizers. I wouldn’t waste my money on the entrée dishes. Also the crowd can get noisy once the evening gets going.

JT
vipJohnT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was really good as was the beer selection. It’s a great place to sit outside and take in the sounds and sights of Asbury. Importantly our server Julia was EXCELLENT- attentive, very nice and service with a smile. Well done Julia!

NJ
NJElaine
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Robinson's in Asbury, have been to Red Bank many times pre-COVID. The food seemed better then I remember. We did have one issue with the lobster dip appetizer - it was watery - but they took it back and took it off our bill. For appetizers the cheesesteak eggrolls were our favorite, we also enjoyed the calamari and buffalo shrimp. Three of us got burgers for dinner, one the airline chicken, all were good. Cocktails were excellent, as was the service. We sat outdoors with a view of the beach, it was lovely.

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SueW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Inside was cool and relaxing. The meatloaf was light and delicious. Fried zucchini for appetizer was excellent.

BG
BG495
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fish not that good

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It was our anniversary and our 1st time there and it wasn't a great experience. The drinks we got were great and the cheesecake rolls were delicious! However, our service wasn't that good. We did wait a really long time between our server ordering drinks and apps to seeing her all after we finished our drinks and 1 appetizer. We never got a chance to put our dinner orders in as we waiting there for an hour for her to even come to see us to get our order. It was busy I get it but not too crazy. What is crazy, is how she didn't even check on us after we received our appetizers. It was probably about 15/20 minutes after we were done when she came by asking if we liked our meal and we didn't even have dinner yet. We left after that without ordering dinner. Place is really nice on the water but we left unsatisfied.

MM
MichaelM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was very good, thank you…

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The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park is rated 4.2 stars by 550 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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