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: New American

Price: Expensive

Food Quality: The menu is well executed and above average in quality and inspiration compared to other western Ocean County restaurants, though it remains a notch below the overall quality of food compared to other high-end restaurants in the eastern Ocean County, Jersey Shore area.

Service: Mixed, though most of the Wait staff are friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable

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

Overall Rating: 2-1/2 Stars - The best upscale restaurant in northwestern Ocean County, driven by stunning decor and ambiance.

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

Noise Level: Moderate to loud

Dress: Upscale 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 Filet Mignon with mashed potato / baby carrots / au poivre sauce; The Smoked Korean Baby Back Ribs, ginger rub, cole slaw; and The Pappardelle with cherry tomatoes / asparagus / fresh mozzarella / toasted crumbs.

Liquor: Vibrant, full-service bar, with a large variety of popular specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list, single malts, blended, whiskies, and 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 dining patrons who value stunning ambiance and decor, with an excellent specialty bar menu, and live music. 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 were terrible (which it isn't), you'd still tell all your friends to go.

The Edge restaurant with its unrivaled decor and ambiance, stands apart amongst the mostly lackluster restaurants in northwestern Ocean County.

The restaurant is set 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 an elevated platform with a grouping of large screen TVs 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.

The Edge Restaurant is owned and operated by Phil and Louise Cornick and supported by General Manager Jose Acosta-Leon, Executive Chef Bernado Veliz, and Assistant Manager Karolis Sukys (Karl).

The Kitchen serves a limited, non-seasonally changing menu. Compared to other neighboring western Ocean County restaurants, the Edge Restaurant dishes are well executed and above average in quality and inspiration. However, compared to other eastern County, Jersey Shore high-end restaurants, they are a notch below average in overall quality and inspirational dishes. High-end, healthy ingredients such as wild caught seafood and meats raised free of growth hormones and antibiotics, are not likely, or rarely used.

Recent improvements have been with the bar menu, especially with specialty cocktails and the wine list, and in expanding the area surrounding the bar to introduce a dance floor, and live entertainment, to become a draw for more active patrons, who are looking for more than an alcoholic beverage to accompany their dinner.

Recent improvements in wait staff have also been made, especially in knowledge of the menu and attentiveness.

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.

* Description of Restaurant Classification - Upscale 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 November 2022)