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Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park

4.5
4.5
919 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Blu Grotto Ristorante consists of a beautiful conservatory dining room, 3 large outdoor decks and an open air Beer Garden open Thursday-Sunday

Chef James Corona’s Menu consists of Modern adaptations of Regional Italian Classics, hand made and imported dry pastas, fresh seafood and prime steak. Chef Corona believes that the Italian method of serving only the freshest and locally grown, makes for the best possible ingredients.

Our beverage program consists of artisanal cocktails, extensive beer and by the glass wine offerings and a deep wine list by the bottle that has perennial favorites as well as esoteric wines from around the world.

Please be Aware, Reservations made outside on our Deck are weather dependent

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Beer Garden, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 571-7900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    James Corona

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Perri - Service and Events Director: (732) 571-7900

  • Neighborhood

    Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Cross street

    Oceanport Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking lot entrance is located off of Port au Peck Avenue.

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit limited access during race season. (Monmouth Park Station)

  • Entertainment

    Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10pm, during the warmer months.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 919 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. F

    Fuzzy9

    Atlantic City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience at Blu Grotto was excellent as usual. The wait staff is always attentive and the plating of our food was so appetizing. The General Tso’s calamari was delicious as was our shrimp scampi and salmon. Thank you Casey for another wonderful dinner.
  2. d

    dianem

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    The food was extremely average and over priced. The bread was cold but the dipping oil was delicious. But the most disappointing part was the service. Our waiter was inefficient. We had to ask for everything from more water to a dessert menu and the check. Overall extremely disappointed
  3. F

    Fuzzy9

    Atlantic City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, our dining experience was exceptional. The wait staff is professional yet friendly. The shrimp scampi was prepared differently than I have had it at other restaurants and was certainly memorable. We can’t wait to return.
  4. JC

    JessicaC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was very nice. The great waitress. First time I’ve been there in the day light not as romantic. A bit pricey
  5. F

    Fuzzy9

    Atlantic City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to the Blu Grotto, it gets better and better. The food is amazing and the service is perfect. Don’t miss the tartufo dessert. It alone is worth the trip.
  6. s

    susanmf

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful deck and fabulous weather. Food was delicious, service perfect. Save room for desert.
  7. e

    earlk

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Eat inside. The band was not even wedding band quality. Pretty place, bathrooms nice and clean. Food good. Service suffered. They sat 4 tables at once one was a big party so we really didn’t see out waitress. I always hate when they ask you if you dinner was ok and it is at the end of the meal.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Sitting outside on the patio with the band playing was really a fun evening
  9. M

    Mellie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal tasting meal and impeccable service. I felt like a princess and loved all the blue comfy chairs!
  10. F

    Fuzzy9

    Atlantic City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, we had a wonderful dinner at the Blu Grotto. The service was excellent and the food totally enjoyable. We highly recommend the salmon!
  11. RW

    RonW

    New York Area

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently consistent! Over the years I have found that Blue Grotto has only continued to improve upon it's food and service. The prosciutto and melon never disappoints. The lobster and pasta with a spicy sauce was excellent. The wine list is reasonable and if a band is playing a table outside is a must. Will continue to return.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Service was poor. Food for 2 of the guests wasn’t that good. Portions were very small for price.
  13. c

    christianm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Conservatory and ambience, the service and food outstanding in my estimation the best restaurant in Monmouth County,
  14. S

    Seenitall5

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place a hidden gem great food fantastic bar amazing deserts
  16. F

    Fuzzy9

    Atlantic City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening at the Blu Grotto. Not only was the food preparation excellent but the plating was as well. The chicken Milanese special was unique and the pork chop entree was too large to even finish. The service was perfect as usual.
  17. MD

    MariaD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The appetizers were delicious and made us look forward to the entrees which were unfortunately disappointing and flavorless. We didn't even bother with desert In our opinion we would only recommend The Blu Grotto for appetizers cocktails and ambiance. By the way Martini glasses were to small
  18. r

    roberts

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and my server was outstanding, only complaint was that music a little to loud, other than that will definitely go back!!!!
  19. DB

    DoreenB

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always it is a wonderful dining experience! Everything was excellent!!
  20. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent and the service is very good. The outdoor seating is great especially when there is beautiful weather. If you go to the track this is the place to celebrate a fun day.
  21. TN

    TomNJ

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful room. Excellent service from Bryan and the others. Delicious food. Will definitely return.
  22. JB

    JudyB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had a light dinner as I had spent a hot summer day at Monmouth Park, outdoors. The chopped salad was just right and delicious. The truffle fries were fab as usual, although the portion is very large and in my opinion, more suited for sharing. I brought some home. I had a mocktail, the Category 1 and it was perfect for cooling off and rehydrating with delicious fresh juices. I did get dessert - the Italian cheesecake with blueberry compote - it was good, not spectacular - probably I just prefer NY style. My server was excellent, attentive enough, prompt and friendly. My only complaint would be the coffee, which was underwhelming and did not seem fresh; in addition the small mug was completely stained on the inside (?). Can't understand why that would be allowed to go out. All in all, my experience was positive, as it has been on the several other occasions I have dined at Blu Grotto.
  23. L

    Laura

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere is beautiful.Food never disappoints and service is wonderful. Try the black linguini with chunks of crab just outstanding!!!
  24. k

    ken29

    New York Area

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with the octopus appetizer and then had the Bronzino both were excellent for dessert I had the cheesecake and was really very pleased that the majority of the menu was gluten-free so rare to find. The service was outstanding and the restaurant is beautiful and we will be back again
  25. PH

    PaulH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place for an anniversary dinner. We truly enjoyed ourselves.
  26. CW

    CharleneW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    unfortanetly weather did not cooperate so could not sit outside
  27. SD

    SamD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Nice view of the track with multi level decks to enjoy the ambiance
  28. DA

    DeniseA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner on a Saturday night. Party of 4 at 7pm. We sat outside on the upper deck. Everything was perfect, including the weather, until the band started playing in the beer garden below. Although the music was entertaining, we could not hear each other talk. Even the wait staff had to bend down close to us just to hear what we were ordering. Our other option was the inside atrium room, which was just as loud as everyone's voices just echoed about the room, so we choose to stay put and welcomed when the band took a break. Besides the noise, our service and food was Perfect. We will definitely go back again, just not when the band is scheduled to play.
  29. JO

    JONLORI

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just awsome
  30. DG

    DianeG

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ordered the Berkshire pork chop & it was very dry & overcooked even though I ordered it medium so I sent it back. Ordered the pork chop again & it was raw inside!! I ended up with the salmon which was average. By now my husband completed his meal so I ended up eating alone. The manager never came to our table as requested by the waiter Brian,who was very good. We have dined here in the past & it was good. But we will hesitate to go there again as we did not have the fine dining experience as we had experienced in the past. Maybe something changed in the kitchen but it is not for the better.
  31. BS

    BarryS

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time at the blue grotto Ate outside on the terrace Excellent venue Brian our server couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful Had a great night with great band Highly recommended it
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was very good
  33. s

    societypaige

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the atmosphere of this place! Totally different from anything else, main dining room reminiscent of Tavern on the green all made out of glass. Gorgeous blue tufted banquettes everywhere. The food was delicious, the service was very good and they knew it was our anniversary and gave us a little split of Prosecco on the way out. Will definitely go back
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    It’s was my sons birthday and thought it would be nice to come here and celebrate with some family members. We have eaten here before and the food is usually pretty good so I’m not sure what happened this time. The stuffed zucchini flowers were bland and soggy. The pork chop was dry and over cooked. Someone else had the shrimp with pesto risotto, the shrimp was very mushy and the risotto was hard. With only 4 alcoholic beverages for a party of 7 it was hard to justify the over $600 bill for not so great food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was great. Very nice atmosphere.
  36. RA

    RalphA

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place! They were busy but managed to be good getting the food out.
  37. LH

    LaurenceH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service by our waitress was AWFUL. Inattentive, did not care we were gluten free, kept disappearing and rude. Other staff were wonderful. Food was not good, borderline edible. Grilled calamari tough, pork chop dry, eggplant parmigiana was tasteless and the cannolis was gritty and watery. WILL NEVER GO BACK!
  38. GF

    GreggF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food and live music. Loved the whole scene.
  39. AH

    AmandaH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We have been going to Blu Grotto for years. It used to be much better. The food is decent, not out of this world anymore. Drinks are outrageously expensive. Will likely try the Beer Garden next, as the last two times have been average at best. Server was very nice and attentive, and we always enjoy the ambiance.
  40. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Smoke & Mirrors in my opinion. Restaurant space is small and there’s not a great ambiance. Seating was very comfortable. I ordered my steak medium but it came out still moo-ing. You would think the waiter would have noticed that before even bringing it out. Filet Mignon was 62$ so I’m glad I didn’t order that. Calamari tasted like something you would buy frozen at a grocery store, and it seemed way over cooked. Overall, this place is over priced and totally not worth it. But I’m glad I finally got to try it out. Won’t be returning though.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park using the Order Online button. Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 571-7900.

Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park is rated 4.5 stars by 919 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park

200 Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oceanport Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Beer Garden, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking lot entrance is located off of Port au Peck Avenue.

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit limited access during race season. (Monmouth Park Station)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Corona

  • Entertainment

    Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10pm, during the warmer months.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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