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Waves on Main - A contemporary Coastal American Steak and Seafood

3.6
51 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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Waves on Main is a contemporary Coastal American steak and seafood restaurant. It is situated just blocks away from the beach and offers guests a comfortable, family friendly spot to relax and dine. Waves on Main offers breakfast with buttermilk pancakes, omelettes and other fare. Guests can dine on Maryland-style crab cakes with cilantro aioli, filet mignon or chicken marsala. Tasty appetizers and sandwiches are also on the menu.

Waves on Main hosts events throughout the week like Artful Thursdays. It offers discounts and catering services. This restaurant allows guests to bring their favorite bottle of wine or other beverage to pair with their meals. It also provides outdoor seating during warmer months for guests to enjoy.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Service: 5pm-9pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5pm-9:30pm Friday and Saturday, Brunch Service on Sunday 9a.m.- 3pm.
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Phone number
(732) 681-7680
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Guglielmi
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Catering
Whether your looking for the formal to the informal we can customize any menu to suite your needs. Our dedicated staff of catering professionals can help you plan your backyard bbq or sitdown wedding. Please call us for details.

An Artists Retreat , our Upstairs Lounge Seats 25 persons ,Custom Menus are Available , Our Chef Will Meet With You Personally to Discuss Yours,Our Staff Will See to your Every Wish
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
10th Ave
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Public transit
Belmar Train Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
3.7
ambience
3.5
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

I really love the presentation of the food, good service and fabulous food! A really great place!

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Enjoyed our meals. Would definitely go back again.

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2.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Restaurant not organized and overcharged me. Restaurant says Its BYOB and can make sangria if we bring wine. Ended up charging me for sangria because they didn't realize I brought my own wine for the sangria

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1.0Dined on August 28, 2016

appetizer tiny portion and overpriced, bitter taste in crab soup, fluke topping way to spicy and strong for such a delicate flavored fish. We are frequent dinners and long--time shore seafood restaurant patrons. We have a life time of comparisons. they can (and must do much better in order to stay in business.

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1.0Dined on July 16, 2016

They need to hire trained servers.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Food was great! Service excellent. BYO which is nice, in fact a local liquor store delivers right to your table. Biggest complaint - the air conditioning was broken and dining room was very uncomfortable. I would have expected the manager to come by and at least apologize but nothing.

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2016

We were extremely disappointed. Their website says "classy elegant" and it was anything but. We went for dinner early Saturday night and the A/C was barely working, so it was very warm. The hostess seated us and right away we noticed a very tacky stand with a mic where it looked like someone was performing. Right away I asked to be moved to the other end of the restaurant as we did not want to be near loud music. The host assured us this would be background music and very soft. It was NOT background music. I feel very bad as the performer seemed like a very nice guy and meant well, however he played very loud and then started going up to the tables and egging people on to sing. This was HORRIBLE. I felt like I was at a tacky bar on karoke night. Even our waitress was mortified. The cilantro rice had no cilantro and was soft and without flavor. They served steamed broccoli topped with spicy Velveeta like cheese. HORRIBLE. This was for a birthday dinner for my 80+ mother in law and we didn't stay for coffee because we all could not wait to get out of there. What a waste.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2016

We enjoyed a selection of fish dishes - fluke, salmon and swordfish - as well as the pork chop. All were cooked perfectly. The calamari app was excellent - and a surprising sweet chili sauce which is a nice change from the traditional fried with tomato sauce for dipping. A good value as BYOB and the meals including soup or salad. Wait staff were friendly. Definitely worth another visit.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2016

The restaurant was not crowded but the staff was very unhelpful and curt. The food was ok but would not return to this restaurant. There are so many better choices to dine in the Asbury area.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2016

4 of us (2 couples) had the worst dining experience. We called in advance and they said they would make sangria from the wine we brought. They didn't. The menu on line is their old menu so many items not available. Soup was brought to the table and we were told if it was cold they would MICROWAVE it. My filet mignonette was good but I was too upset to enjoy it. My coffee had unknown elements floating in it and I had to ask for a different cup. Even our waiter, Urie, who only works there once a week couldn't believe what was going on. The 4 of us thought about leaving with such a poor beginning but we stayed hoping it would get better. Bad decision on our part. Very disappointing costly experience .

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2016

The lighting was extremely bright in the restaurant, I would compare it to shopping at Costco which does not bode well for good ambiance. They did dim the lights at 9:00, but this was the time we were leaving the restaurant! The food had no flavor to it, and the steak was tough and chewy. The value was poor. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

My wife and I went to Waves for a test and were pleasantly surprised. The food was very good (we ate mostly seafood) and the BYOW policy controlled costs. The space was wide open and about 2/3 full on a Friday, mostly with small groups. We will return.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2016

Went to Waves on Main with a $15 off coupon that they sent in a Value Pak. Coupon was good on Wed (the day we went) and til June 30 (we went Apr 27). We sat down, they brought bread to the table, I showed the coupon to make sure it was valid, and they refused to honor it "that week" since it was Restaurant Week. The coupon had no restriction listed on it re not valid Restaurant Week, so how would a customer know that? Finally, after alot of nickel-and-diming us, the manager said he would make an exception JUST THIS ONCE! (as if we were doing something wrong) but we would have to order from the Restaurant Week menu, not the one on the back of the coupon (which is what brought us to this restaurant. The Restaurant Week menu was very pricy and 3-4 courses (much more than we wanted to spend and eat!). So they opted to let us walk out rather than honor the coupon and regular menu. Very bad treatment...especially in view of the fact that we were the only two people in the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Inconsistent. Bug in drink. Apology but no actions

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

The food quality was outstanding from appetizer to dessert .

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The food here was very good. Service was okay but slow

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Great food and special service! Perfect experience!😎

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

The crab cakes were awesome.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2016

No waiter came to our table for at least 20 minutes. He did not know anything about the menu or specials. Meals came out before house salads.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I took my wife to Waves on Main to celebrate Valentine's Day. It was our 1st time. I decided to go after sending an email, via their website and Chef Mike called me twice personally to answer my questions. Great customer service. He told me during our phone conversation they were going all out for Valentine's Day and true to his word, they did. Everything was perfect from the minute we entered the door. The hostess handed my wife a rose and took us to our table which was elegantly set. They had live music that night as part of the package and I will say it was a perfect accompaniment to a wonderful dinner and an overall memorable experience. The package that night was a price fix for a 4 coarse meal. My wife chose shrimp cocktail as her appetizer. She received 3 jumbo shrimp cooked and chilled perfectly with a nicely balanced cocktail sauce. I was more adventurous and chose the jumbo crab martini. I was so glad I did (and so was my wife). I received a martini glass filled with jumbo crab neat in a light cilantro lime vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was just enough to taste a bit of cilantro without over powering the delicious crab. (I couldn't keep my wife's fork away) Next came the salad; my wife ordered Sweetheart Salad; it was well presented, crisp, delicious and enough for 2. I ordered the Classic Caesar, again, enough for 2. Caesar salad is one of my favorites and this was the best I've had in almost 30 years. My only disappointment was there were no anchovies accompanying the salad. For the main coarse, my wife ordered the 16oz. Strip Steak which arrived perfectly done to her liking, tender and flavorful. I ordered the Lobster Tail Cioppino, which was cooked perfectly in an arabiatta sauce with scallops, clams and taglioni and easily pleased this Italian's taste buds. For desert we chose the Triple Chocolate Bypass served w/ N.Y. style cheesecake for 2. It was a perfect ending to an exquisite meal. Thank you Chef Mike, we'll be back!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Food and presentation were excellent. The service… not so much. The restaurant was not full, but service was quite slow and seem disorganized. The wait between when we finished our appetizer and the arrival of our dinner was approximately 25 minutes. Others seated around us were brought bread upon being seated. but we were not until I requested some to go along with my appetizer (mussels in a seasoned broth with chorizo, which was excellent). By the time the bread arrived 10 minutes later, I was long finished with the appetizer but still hoping to soak up some of the broth. Unfortunately, as our waitress placed the bread on the table, another waitress grabbed my plate and took it away. Overall the wait staff seemed to be in a great hurry to clear the table off when they determined that we were finished with a particular course, but were not in any rush to get the food out.

Don’t let our experience frighten you off as the food was excellent, and the presentation was particularly elegant. But don’t be surprised if the service and the overall experience leave you feeling that some more work needs to be done here.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Was able to get a same day (Saturday night too) reservation for 4. Immediately seated to a nice table. Food: taste was excellent, portion sizes large, prices on the spot. Service was somewhat uneven as the waitress was nice but seemed a bit confused. Long time between salad and entree, but conversation was good and noise level was not a problem. Entrees of Tuna w/black beans and veggies, jerked Salmon and braised short ribs were all excellent. Appetizers were also good and large. Overall would repeat and recommend to others. Only suggestion is to turn off the music from the bar (no one was sitting at the bar, plus its winter and restaurant/bar has a seasonal liquor license so BYOB -- and no reason to be playing music).

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2016

Delicious food! Amazing service! You won't be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2016

I had a very enjoyable evening with friends. First time at the restaurant. I loved the atmosphere. Food was awesome. Service needs some help, seems there was only one server for the entire restaurant. Otherwise food was good, and the atmosphere was just as good. Definitely a nice neighborhood place to meet up with friends!

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2016

My first experience here and on the whole it was very pleasant. I came in for an earlier dinner before others started to show up. The three courses, chowder , Caesar salad, and pan roasted cod, ranged from good to very good. My one issue was with the cod. it was in a half inch or so of liquid which drowned the kale and white beans underneath the cod, as well as some of the fish, itself. I really wished it were dry as the cod was quite delicious. As my meal progressed, I noticed several families coming in; the restaurant seemed very kid-friendly, to me,

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Pros:
Ambiance
Food. .notably Coconut shrimp
Busboy/runner guy. I asked the waiter for 3 items that never showed up (water, doggie bag, dessert menu). Then eventually asked busboy who was great! He saved the meal honestly! Super friendly too.

Cons:
Horrific service. He wouldn't even make eye contact with us. He literally did not look at us from the time we ordered til 3rd course. The ONLY reason I tipped a proper amount is bc I am assuming he tips out to the busboy and kitchen staff, who did great.
Over 45 min between appetizer and soup.
2 servers for entire restaurant on new years eve.

Suggestions:
Get rid of waiter
Promote busboy
Lock side door. Table was right next to it and despite sign saying to use front door, people kept using it. It was like 35 degrees out.
Warm the bread. $55-65/ per person....please warm the bread.
Remove extra place settings from table. We were 2 people at a 4 person table. Ice bucket hardly fit. .this is why!

I think this place will be great like matisse was, but give it a few months to get into a groove before you go!

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Very quiet, very bland inside. Service was great. Food was very good. BYOB is a plus. No major complaints, will come back.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

Waves in Main , in Belmar, (formerly Matisse- We were told new chef.) was wonderful ! Food presentation was lovely and delicious . The staff was very nice and very attentive. Never had to ask for a thing. I had scallop shrimp combination over risotto. My husband the halibut, which he said the best he has ever had. We both had a Caesar salad but could have shared it as it was a large size and also delicious, ( we will do that on next visit so we can add an appetizer). I highlyrecommend this restaurant. Nice casual atmosphere.Will be going back and considering have my next special occasion there.
PS: It is a BYOB but a local liquor store will deliver should you forget .

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

This is a new restaurant in the space that Niccio's once had. It has been redecorated very well. Almost no one was there when we went for an early dinner, so it was quiet. The service was excellent and friendly, and the chef/owner came out to talk to us. I marked the food at 4 stars because the crab cakes had mustard seeds in them, and this gave them an odd taste. This unusual addition to a crab cake could usefully have been mentioned in the menu, I believe. In general, though, the food was quite good and showed care in its preparation.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

great.great.great. great food, great atmosphere, great people. crab cakes were awesome. banana foster boat for dessert awesome. BYOB great and awesome. restaurantweek menu had tons of choices. Since its new, Best of luck on the new restaurant and we will be back.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

went during restaurant week and the value was superb. the entrees came with veggies and potatoes and the desserts were scrumptious.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

We had 5 people all ordered different apps and entrees everyone raved about the food,
Pork Chop spicy and excellent, Chicken, steaks, crab cakes and scallops were all enjoyed.
Then banana fosters for desert was exceptional but too much food

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Went for restaurant week. Happily surprised all around. All dishes for the two of us were tastier, larger and more well presented than the menu description foretold. Clam chowder app was "2nd best ever" by one on a perennial chowder search; they didn't scrimp on the shrimp. Chocolate cake dessert was a tasty work of art. Also mind sauce on the cod might be sweet to some but I found it a tasty combination. Recommended an we'll be back.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2015

My friend & I like to try new restaurants during restaurant week. We were very happy with our dinner. Many of the participating restaurants over a very limited menu & that is one of the main reasons we chose Waves on Main. Everything was great!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2015

This was my first visit to Waves on Main during Restaurant Week. This location had previous tenants, however dining a Waves on Main is a pleasant experience. The hostess, waitress, restaurant manager frequently checked with the diners. The menu offered a nice selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The food preparation was superb! This is a top notch restaurant not to be missed!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2015

Went during Restaurant Week and regular menu was unavailable, which I found different & somewhat limited. I had crab cakes which did have a good amount of crabmeat in them.
Both food and service were very good . BYOB.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2015

The food was amazing. It is great to see there is now a steak and seafood restaurant on Main Street in Belmar. BYOB Too.

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1.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Saturday night Restaurant Week. Technically, our first time there. It's BYOB with a wine list selection from a local liquor store that delivers to Wave. The atmosphere was disorganized, unfinished and very loud - not just conversations but obnoxious music and TVs. We waited to be seated about 15 min past our reservation time. We were then seated at a table, literally the first one going into the dining area at the pathway for all busboys and servers walking by to other tables. We watched EVERY one of them go by at least a dozen times, without any acknowledgement, contact or even water for another 15 minutes until we reached our patience level and we got up to leave. The manager who had shown us to the table saw us leaving and asked if no one had served us, apologized with no other comment and we left - disgusted. This restaurant has changed names, and presumably ownership and management, three times since Hurricane Sandy. Whatever has been done, it's not enough. Certainly not enough for us to drive almost half an hour for that kind of treatment. There are plenty of other much better options competing with them. So, we went to La Dolce Vita, also in Belmar at the ocean, where we have gone dozens of times, with no reservation, were greeted by Guiseppe who couldn't do enough for us. Great table, even by a large group who were gettng louder per glass of wine, we could still have a conversation. Great JSRW menu and fabulous Sicilian wine. Very different atmosphere fron Wave. Locals don't need to feel like we're being treated like down-the-shore summer transients. We want to feel welcome and expect to be treated as the valuable patrons we are. We wouldn't go back to Wave if it were free.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2015

we enjoyed the restaurant very much. the service was interested in us and very attentive. They actually cared about the place

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

1st visit, will return again soon! We went for restaurant week. Menu was varied, something for everyone, portions were more than adequate, and everything was delicious! BYOB was also a plus! Try it, you'll like it!

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