Blend on Main, Manasquan, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Blend on Main, Manasquan, NJ
Blend on Main
152 Main St
Manasquan, NJ 08736-3559

Blend on Main: Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American Bistro

Price:  Moderate - Expensive

Food Quality: Well executed, seasonal changing menu prepared with fresh farm to table, ingredients

Service: Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.

Decor: Upscale, with a beautiful stone fireplace in the middle of the main dining area.

Noise Level:  Moderate - High

Liquor: BYOB

Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars

Note: Four-star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a fine dining restaurant with substance and style, serving a well executed, seasonal menu, using high quality ingredients.

Not Recommended For: Casual family diners who enjoy comfort food, prepared with heavy sauces, served in large portions

Recommended dishes: When available, Their Prime Rib Night on Thursdays with prime rib of beef slow roasted ; The Original "Big Chop", 4 part process. pork, rib chop, brined, smoked, sous vide, char grilled; and The Gordon's Halibut, pan roasted Halibut, roasted tomatoes, provincal herb vegetables, whipped potatoes.

Restaurant Review

Blend on Main, located on the site of the Inn on Main Bed & Breakfast, and across the street from the Algonquin Theatre, is a popular high end, BYOB serving a well-executed, seasonal menu, using high quality ingredients. This is a restaurant with both substance and style

The restaurant is owned by Executive Chef Lou Smith, one of the top north Jersey Shore Chefs. Prior to opening Blend on Main, Chef Smith was the Executive Chef at Firefly American Bistro in Manasquan.

Chef Smith serves a well-executed, seasonal changing menu prepared with fresh farm to table, ingredients sourced from local purveyors.

As an example of his cooking techniques, he does not use pre-packaged beef or vegetable stock, instead the stock is prepared in-house using the excess from the fish to create the rich, savory stock that goes into many of his signature dishes.

The menu in addition to entrees and appetizers, includes a variety small plate options.

Blend on Main also serves USDA Prime beef, not often found in other Jersey Shore restaurants. USDA Prime is the superior grade with exceptional tenderness, juiciness, flavor and fine texture. It has the highest degree of fat marbling and is derived from younger beef. Their beef is is sourced from Allen Brothers, a leading supplier of high end restaurants, known for USDA Prime cut steaks, using grain fed, pasture raised beef

Mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and desserts are all made in-house.

Save room for desserts --- exceptional.

The interior of Blend on Main is upscale, done up with a beautiful stone fireplace in the middle of the main dining area, with tables set with white linen and dimly lit candles. There are large windows that face out to Main St that offer a nice vantage point for people watching.

The wait staff, dressed in black, is professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.

They are open six days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Serving a creative breakfast all day until 3:00 pm. Closed on Mondays

They are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Years Eve.

Note: All non-cash payments subject to a 2.9% processing fee.

Takes on-line reservations.

During the warmer months there is outdoor seating

Updated: March 2023

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