Food Quality: 2 Stars
Service: 1 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Scenic oceanfront/beach views
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy great ocean front ambiance, a lively bar scene, and fresh seafood
Not Recommended For: Diners on a limited budget who prefer a more casual, simple menu.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Pistachio Encrusted Salmon; "Ocean Jack's" Florida Grouper; and Rooney's Crab cakes.
Liquor: Two Full Service Bars. One indoors overlooking the ocean and the other outdoors open in the warmer months.
Rooney's Oceanfront restaurant, located in Long Branch along the northern Jersey shore, is a hit with seafood lovers who love good food with an awesome ocean view.
This restaurant is puzzling. They get very good grades with their ocean fron views, quality seafood, but fall off with sub-par service. While the wait staff is very friendly, they are understaffed and inattentive. It's a caliber of service you would expect in a low end chain restaurant.
The interior decor is very spacious, stylish, though not elegant, with an open view of the ocean from almost any table. Most of the tables are not set with tablecloths, and with the lively bar crowd and large TV screens, and the high noise level, the ambiance resembles a moderately priced chain restaurant.
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant is very popular with the 30-45 year old crowd who come out in groups of 4-6 people. It's not recommended for couples looking for a quiet romantic,dining experience.
Considering the very good quality of the food and the generous portions of the dishes, the food is reasonably priced, although this comes with a caveat. The menu selections range from moderately priced dishes to a huge jump in price with some dishes.
The Indoor bar scene is lively with large windows and skylights for an outdoor vibe.
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant also offers an exciting "Market Menu" of fresh seafood dishes. Be forewarned though, they are very pricey!
It's a fantastic place for a warm weather meal outside on the deck!
They are open seven days/week for lunch and dinner. On Sundays they offer a Buffet Brunch from 10:30 to 2pm with a raw bar, omelet station, carving station, seafood dishes, breakfast items, fresh fruit and breads, desserts and more.
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant is Kid friendly and they offer a child's menu.
(updated: January, 2017)
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