Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant

4.7
3224 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant is a unique dining experience since Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, a unique dining experience since 1995, has a picturesque location on the famous New Jersey Shore in historical Long Branch. A huge bi-level outdoor deck brings diners even closer to the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. The decor is truly designed to give patrons a sense of closeness to the sea.

Rooney’s provides innovative, diverse dishes with the concept of fresh seafood at the heart of its cuisine. The menus at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant continually change to offer a different dining experience at each and every visit to this exciting oceanfront restaurant. The stylish architecture, relaxed setting and creative menus make this year-round oceanfront restaurant a favorite on the Jersey Shore

It's a big ocean...someone has to embrace it.
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ScottA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location, the food and the service are all outstanding! We had a great time cant wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was perfect at Rooney’s! 5 stars across the board!

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JamesE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eaten here many times. Never disappointed. Waiter was pleasant and easy going. Helped us customize some of the dishes more to our liking.

My favorite oceanside restaurant.

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vipBarbaraG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Staff was remarkable- so friendly & helpful

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JohnH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were bugs on the ledge of the window and wood rotting in the corner. Food was fantastic service was awesome drinks were a little weak.

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vipLikes2eatndrink
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooney’s never disappoints! It’s a must go to every time I’m in Long Branch.

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vipDaniF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was very slow, drinks orde

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vipKathiR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! Must order the shrimp for an appetizer, they’re huge and delicious. The staff is very friendly. Parking on site. Great views of the beach.

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vipFoodielouie
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We notified restaurant that it was a birthday nothing. I had Asian salad there were five tiny cubes of tuna. My brother had yellowfin tuna overcooked my husband stuffed flounder he said it was delicious but small portion.
The location and ambiance I guess make up for small portions and large prices. Service was very good and we had a lovely table in the shade overlooking the ocean. We will return since there are very few locations that seat you that close to beach. Raw oysters were great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Nice outdoor seating. Server was friendly and nice but service was not good. (ie. Server forgot my drink, didn’t bring us bread like the other tables, didn’t give us a steak knife or ask if we wanted pepper with our food. Dropped the check abd completely disappeared. After waiting 15 minutes we walked to the front where we waited for someone to run my card.

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NancyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not to be missed. 5 star all around.
We were a party of 3 and all our meals were perfect. We are on vacation and returning again tonight.

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Rissa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for my birthday. Staff couldn’t have been nicer especially our waitress. Had a great table by the open window. Food was terrific! Couldn’t have ask for a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Extremely accommodating. Scallops and skirt steak delicious. Halibut was a bit dry , over cooked. Brought new piece without hesitation and was excellent. View is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The day was great...the folding windows were open looking right at the ocean..Our meal was wonderful the fish was so fresh..the service excellent.

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viphowardpo
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Rooney's several times and it never ceases to be a great experience. We ate outside and had a great view of the ocean on a beautiful day. All the food was great and service was excellent.

AJ
vipAJC1
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food and service was good. The problem was with their management team standing in the dining area using walkie talkies to communicate with the hostess stand about open tables. It was non stop and quiet loud and distracting. It was like listening to an episode of Cops. Most restaurants that use that kind of system at least have earbud in as to not to bother the guests, but not here. Will probably be back but they should address their communication strategy.

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Jewels6907
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Great place overall! Thanks for a great dinner!

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ShaneA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is exceptional. Always a favorite.

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vipWonderfulOwl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The hostess was a bit rude when we didn’t get to our table quick enough because we were settling our bar tab. The bar was less than attentive, had to flag a bartender down and the bar back was rude when asked to help with getting the bartenders attention.
Mind you, no one was busy assisting other clients at this time.
Our server at dinner was lovely though.

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ChadG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and oceanfront location. Definitely recommend.

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Amanda
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, seated right away at reservation time. Food amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a window seat and the view was amazing! One of the best oceanfront dining closest to us! Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent except for one the hostesses at the entrance who was quite rude

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MaryZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were excellent. Great View. A must visit spot when going to Long Branch or the surrounding area. Manager was very hospitable as was staff.

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SharonR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting and view was beautiful. Even for a busy Friday night, I still felt like I enjoyed an intimate fun dinner with my family to celebrate my birthday. The food & drinks were wonderful, literally everything was so good. Nicole was awesome, such a sweetheart. I love the water & the view of the ocean from the restaurant. I will certainly be back!

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Marshall
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the location of Rooney's and the ease of parking. Our first time back since start of Covid and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was just all good and felt like old times

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Acero
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I can only rate the outside dining area, which was amazing. The view and breeze off the water were perfect. Our waitress was outstanding. Drinks were great! Unfortunately, the food did fall short a bit. The calamari was great. The seafood and chips was too sweet and I personally don't care for corn tortilla chips. I ordered the seafood creole, the rice was undercooked and the overall flavor of the dish lacked the authentic flavors of creole. The pork chop was overcooked and the sauce was too sweet. The manager did remove the seafood creole from our bill but questioned me as if he was annoyed that I had the nerve to send it back. I think they need to revamp their flavors and not be afraid of adding a little spice to some dishes.

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foodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great, and Halibut was delicious!

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BeachVisitor
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting out on the lower patio and seeing the ocean. Great for outdoor dining.

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JuanB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had been for brunch but not for dinner. We had our reservation and checked in about 10 minutes early. I noticed there were two empty high tops in the bar area and asked if they were available and the hostess said yes so we asked to take one. Being across from the bar which had 2 bartenders and maybe 6-8 people sitting at I figured one bartender would wait our table or come for a drink order. The other high top was seated and we waited to be greeted. The restaurant was packed, and just coming out of Covid restrictions, so I figured they may still be a little short staffed. About 5 mins of sitting with not even the bartenders acknowledgements and 10 servers passing us on the minute still no acknowledgement. A man who I thought might be the bar manager came by and asked both our tables if we had been helped. A floor manager then came by and said he would work on getting someone over. Our waiter came by and asked for a drink order and being we hadn’t had been in for dinner I asked what he enjoyed most off the menu. He made his enthusiastic suggestions and said he’d return with our drinks. We went with his suggestions and started with the delicious short rib appetizer and lots of that warm Brooklyn baked bread. We did a surf and turf ( not on the menu) combination, the steak needed a little salt, which I never add salt to my food. The lobster, sadly,was slightly over cooked. We make garlic butter instead of drawn butter at home which adds a ton of flavor to lobster, the lobster needed that or just a little salt. We cook a lot at home to our tastes so going out is a nice break. I applaud the staff and teamwork I saw there with what looked like no empty seats. We took the majority of our main courses home, and we’ll be back, but maybe post beach season.

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vipRandyW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A bit pricey for the portions and sides that came with it and quality was so-so. My wife had the halibut and was a bit dry and I had the shrimp fra diavolo and sauce was just ok and very small past portion. Otherwise all was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the service, food and ambiance.

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DianeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooney's is my favorite restaurant at the Jersey Shore! Always fabulous from the moment you sit down to the moment you finish your meal. The only negative thing I will mention is that special requests for tables should be honored when one is making a reservation.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. It’s best to make reservations because there was a nice buildup of people waiting.

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vipSteveS
Miami
74 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and good food with lovely views of the ocean.

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vipPalatePleaserSeeker
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The grilled oyster appetizer was amazing. We all enjoyed it...even the first-time oyster eater and non-seafood guest. We all had different fish entree: monkfish special, halibut, salmon, and branzino, and we all shared a taste with each other. Every single entree was equally amazing...fresh, prepared to perfection, and delicious! Planning a return visit soon.

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Sonrisas
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We joined 2 other couples for lunch with an oceanview. We sat on the patio which is not quite indoors but not outdoors either. Our server was very friendly and informative. She was so helpful when 2 wanted to share a dessert. She plated them separately for each one. We had 2 orders of calamari for our appetizer. 2 people had the stuffed flounder, 1 had the lobster mac n'cheese, 1 had the creole type dish, and 1 had the flounder sandwich with an upcharge for the fries. I had the Cobb salad with grilled shrimp which was tasty but not presented as I expected it to be. It was more like a chopped salad. The Cobb salad typical ingredients were there but the pieces so so small you never got a full flavorful bite of each one. A good variety of beers from what I heard our server mention. Moderately priced. Seems like you are paying for the oceanfront location and slightly above average food. We laughed a lot and enjoyed our lunch.

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AlejandroA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood, great service and view. Too noisy though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great seafood, service and view.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great highly recommend

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Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3224 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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