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The Edge Restaurant, Jackson, NJ: A Dining Review

The Edge Restaurant, Jackson, NJ
The Edge Restaurant
109 N County Line Rd
Jackson Township, NJ 08527
(732) 408-3343

The Edge Restaurant:
Rated the best upscale restaurant in northwestern Ocean County

Edge Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Classic American with Latin & Asian Influences.

Price: Expensive

Food Quality: 2 stars - Above average. While the menu is well executed and creatively prepared, healthy ingredients such as wild caught seafood and meats raised free of growth hormones and antibiotics, are not likely to be available.

Service: 1 1/2 stars - Wait staff --- friendly, willing to please, but improvement is needed in acquiring a knowledge of the menu and wine list.

Ambiance: 4 Stars - Unrivaled, upscale, stunning, contemporary chic, with an air of romance - not found in neighboring communities

Overall Rating: 2/12 Stars - Restaurant classification: Contemporary Casual Dining  (* Note - See below restaurant classification for details)

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

Noise Level: Moderate to loud

Dress: Business Casual

Recommended For: Millennial diners who enjoy upscale dining in an attractive, chic setting with an extensive bar menu

Not Recommended For: Cost conscious diners who enjoy a casual family style setting, -- or upscale diners who prefer fine dining amenities, with a healthy menu committed to sustainable food sources

Recommended dishes: When available, The Pork Chop, double cut w/ braised cabbage / mango salsa; The Prime Delmonico Rib Steak w/ wilted spinach / chimichurri sauce; and The Pappardelle Bolognese w/ root vegetables / porcini mushrooms / parmesan.

Liquor: Vibrant, full service bar, with a large variety of specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list, single malts, blended, whiskies, and 25 bottles of beer with an additional 12 beers on tap.

Edge Restaurant Review

The Edge Restaurant, opened in October, 2019, is a welcome addition to the northwestern Ocean County dining scene. It's a popular spot with upscale millennial's who value stunning ambiance and decor with an excellent specialty bar menu. The setting is ideal for meeting up with friends or a date, for drinks and a bite to eat.

The setting is so magical that even if the food was terrible (which it isn't), you'd still tell all your friends to go.

The Edge restaurant with it's unrivaled decor and ambiance, stands apart among the many mediocre restaurants in northwestern Ocean county

The restaurant is located in a newly constructed stand-alone building with high exposed ceilings. It's an ideal setting for a stunning spacious multi-level interior that combines reclaimed timber that pre-dates the 1930s,  with brick walls, steel, leather, and light-colored hardwood flooring.

The centerpiece is the custom built, large rectangular bar constructed with polished Latin American hardwood resting on a elevated platform with a grouping of large screen TV's suspended from the ceiling and centered over the bar. There is seating for 16 at the bar with additional seating in plush lounge chairs and high-top tables.

The main 125-seat dining room surrounds the bar area and features a large cascading waterfall, a fireplace, and an attractive stone communal table. Wooden tables are set sans linen, surrounded by black, comfortable chairs.

As a note of caution, this review needs to be taken in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic with restaurants of all kinds being struck hard --- many having closed down, and others struggling to survive, and with some of the surviving and more prosperous restaurants having made changes to adapt to the "new normal."

In recent months, the Edge restaurant has undergone a complete turnover in both the kitchen and wait staff. The kitchen turnover includes the executive chef, with the new chef being the 3rd executive chef since the Edge Restaurant opened in October, 2019

The menu has also experienced some changes with a lesser commitment to the quality of ingredients used. Daily specials are no longer available.  This includes limited sustainable food sourcing and an absence of healthy ingredients such as wild caught seafood and meats raised free of growth hormones and antibiotics

The turnover in wait staff while friendly, and willing to please, has not yet received sufficient training, or time to grow into their new environment.

As an example, during a recent visit, the ordering of wine proved to be a bit of a hassle. The server was friendly and upbeat. but inexperienced. When asked about the availability of California chardonnays, she said yes, but was unable to offer any information on the selections. She had to leave to consult the bar staff and return with notes on a piece of paper about the available chardonnay wine selections.

The ordering of food also proved to be a bit less than smooth. When asked if the salmon entree was wild caught she had to again leave to consult the kitchen staff for the answer, only to return to let us know the salmon was farm raised, and there are no wild caught sea food dishes on the menu.

Menus are available on-line, OR Scan coded.

During the warmer months there is outdoor dining on the patio covered with a huge tent.

For diners who enjoy a high-end beverage package, The Edge Restaurant, features a large variety of reasonably priced domestic and international wines offered by the bottle and half bottle, and by the glass. There is also a good selection of single malts, blended and Japanese whiskies, specialty cocktails, bourbons, rum, and 25 bottles of beer with an additional 12 beers on tap.

Not recommended for children.

The Edge has a semi – private dining area for up to 50 people. that can accommodate sit down dinners or cocktail parties.

Reservations, taken on-line, are recommended.  The Edge restaurant is open five days/week for dinner only, Wednesday ~ Thursday ~ Sunday: 4:30-10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday: 4:30-11:00 PM

* Description of Restaurant Classification - Contemporary Casual:

  • Ambiance is trendy, chic with Instagram-worthy decor.
  • Chic, trendy ambiance with a casual atmosphere and a casual dress code.
  • Has an approachable, more casual menu.
  • Not intended to be chef driven. Chefs credentials are less than other other upscale Chef-Inspired Fine and Casual Dining restaurants.
  • Menu items are priced lower than other upscale restaurants.
  • Uses lower priced ingredients than other upscale restaurants with less or no emphasis on local seasonal farm-to-table produce, wild caught seafood, & organic products.
  • Has a large alcohol menu with a large variety of lower – medium priced specialty cocktails, imported and craft beers, and wines. Centerpiece is often an attractive bar and lounge setting with a vibrant crowd.
  • Table service tends to be less professional than other upscale restaurants with staff having a limited knowledge of menu items, though friendly and attentive.
  • Patrons tend to be Millennials and post-Millennial Gen Z.

The most popular upscale restaurants in New Jersey, classified into three categories; Chef-Inspired Fine Dining, Chef-Inspired Casual Dining, and Contemporary Casual.
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(updated; August, 2020)