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The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park

269 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

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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.

Enjoy our fabulous ala carte Sunday Brunch starting at 10am every week offered in The Tim McLoone's Supper Club.

Please note that we do not accept reservations for our outside dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(732) 774-1400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
5th Avenue
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Please check our website for our Entertainment Schedule.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WGPHL (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

My wife and I had dinner there July 7th, and sorry to report, the food was awful. We had visited the Red Bank location the prior week, and everything was pretty good, especially the fish tacos. Fast forward to Asbury Park, where this time I had Swordfish. I am still sleepless at night wondering what it was that I gutted through out of amazement. Best description: a tasteless overly microwaved hot mashed granular pulp. Really sad for a place with so much potential. As a throw-in, service was very slow.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2017

Friends of Badlands get together for Light of Day supporting Parkinsons, excellent evening and meal.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

The meal was great. Fresh oysters and bread. The dinner was delicious. The service was wonderful. A perfect night out.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2016

The best venue for true S.O.A.P. and Jersey Blues music. Excellent menu, food and ambiance.

vipHungry (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2016

Drove down from Morris County for lunch and will happily go back. I went to Asbury Park as a child in its heyday and I'm happy to see after decades of tough times the area is going through a much-needed renaissance. I'm glad McLoone's is playing a part believing in this old beach resort town...

vipjtpockets (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

We were extremely pleased with all of the gluten free/vegan and additional modifications that the menu allows! We will be back!

vipVegasBaby1 (Miami)
3.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Very disappointed having been to the other properties... the food was cold on more than one dish

Nice (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

weren't thrilled at all with the menu this time around (and no specials) and only 3 out of 4 of us enjoyed what we ordered.

vipcmarzarella (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

It was ehhh...
Service was interesting. She kept asking us if we needed a refill (twice). We hadn't ordered anything yet.
The appetizer (crabcake[s]) only came with one. How is it possible that the menu is plural and we only get one? Still, it was good and i would've liked another.
The Caesar salad was water and the dressing was bland.
The place is well known for its burgers, which delivered.
Dessert tasted like any other Applebees/Houlihans/Fridays apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
I paid 100 bucks for the meal and I wasn't happy.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

We reserved a table on open table. It does not for outside tables. We were sent back and forth between inside and outside before we got seated. The steak was overdone. The vegetables and fries were cold. When I sent the fries back to get some hot ones, they reheated them! The waitress may as not have been there.

vipJosephA (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

We tried McLoone's Asbury Grille for the first time for a lunch date. We've been to many of the other McLoone's restaurants, but unfortunately the Asbury Grille did not meet the McLoone's standard. We thought the restaurant was in need of a make over and our server came up short. Our server was extremely blase' with little or no energy. When she addressed us, she was rarely stationary and spoke to us as she was walking by. It took her 15-20 minutes to take our lunch order (after we asked her twice to order), yet she didn't seem very busy. She was definitely not the top caliper that we've experienced at other McLoone restaurants such as Robinson's and the new Rum Runner.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

We sat outside with live music which was wonderful, I had the mex-Tex burger but the multi grain bun was bigger than the burger and service was not attentive.

GregoryS (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Family night out for the four of us. Food was good but portions a bit small. Waitress okay but often served by other staff.

JohnL (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 25, 2016

We throughly enjoyed our meal. The crab cake starter was a pure joy. I especially enjoyed the stuffed flounder with lobster roulade and extraordinary mashed potatoes. Dessert was a wonderful key lime pie with graham crust. wife loved her shell fish fetuccini. We have eaten at Mc'Loones on several occasions and have always come away more than satisfied.

norguns (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 25, 2016

Food and service was good but not over the top good. Location is great right on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean. It was pouring down rain the night we were there do we couldn't eat outside.

viplakota (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

I've been here a dozen times, but the past few times the quality had been lacking. Several times food has not come out as requested and they seem to be regularly understaffed since our servers disappear for long periods of time.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Short rib sandwich was great!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

The service was great, but the restaurant wasn't well kept. The fans had clumps of dust hanging off of them and there was an overall musty smell in the place. The drinks were perfectly made, but the clams smelled overly fishy and the buffalo clam dip had a hair in it. We paid 100 dollars for 2 drinks and 2 appetizers.

DonnaA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2016

Brought my out of town friends to show them around the places we used to "hang out" during my teenage years in 1960's. Grew up in Asbury Park & many memories collected on the beach & boardwalk.
One thing we thought unusual, however, was when we ordered no appetizers before dinner, our small plates were taken from the table (waitress specifically mentioned removing them). Left no convenient place to put down our oil dipped bread.
My friends & I have dined out together in many types of restaurants, from chains to very nice places in NYC, & have never had our plates removed.
We enjoyed our meals. Creative combinations and outstanding traditional dishes. Great job maintaining ambiance of former Howard Johnson's! Your restaurant helped show them what an amazing place AP was and is. Many thanks.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

It took a very long time for my food to be served. It was wrong and had to be remade. There was no offer of compensation for the length of time or error. The place was very loud. Happy hour was confined to bar area only.