Price: Moderate - Expensive
Food Quality: 1 1/2 Stars
Service: 1 Star
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Excellent scenic riverfront views from nearly every seat in the restaurant and the outdoor patio.
Limited on site nearby parking during peak evening hours.
Noise Level: Moderate to excessively loud
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy scenic riverfront views with attractive, trendy ambiance in a high energy setting.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer high end, gourmet dining in a low key setting
Recommended dishes: When available, The Fresh Fish of the day specials; The Grilled 16 oz. Rib Eye; and The Baked Oysters Rockefeller
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
Opened in the Spring of 2017, the Marina Grille is off to immediate success, attracting patrons who enjoy scenic riverfront views with attractive, trendy ambiance. It's a good summer time experience for having drinks on the outside bar ---- watching the sunset.
Since this review takes place just weeks after it's opening, it can be considered a bit premature, especially with many of the start up service kinks having yet to be worked out.
Marina Grille is attractively set in a 12,000-square-foot facility with a huge outdoor patio with scenic riverfront views along the Shark River.
The restaurant is under management of the Chefs International restaurant group which also owns Jack Baker's Wharfside and The Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach, Baker's Water Street Bar & Grille in Toms River, Moore's Tavern and Escondido in Freehold, and The 9th Avenue Pier and The Anchor Tavern in Belmar.
Open year round, The Marina Grill features seating for approximately 500, which includes outdoor seating for 250 and two outdoor bars overlooking the Shark River. An interesting feature is the large glass garage doors that line the waterfront side of the building giving the restaurant the ability to "bring the outside weather inside" when the weather warms up.
There's a view of the Shark River from nearly every seat, both inside the spacious dining room and the huge outdoor dining deck with umbrella attached round and rectangular picnic table seating.
The menu is typical Jersey Shore with a variety of options including burgers, steaks, and fresh seafood with live lobsters that are locally sourced from nearby docks. Don't expect gourmet food ---- the kitchen runs a mass produced operation with little attention to creativity. The reason patrons come here is for their drinks and attractive and upbeat ambiance.
There is live entertainment on Friday & Saturday evenings.
Limited on site nearby parking during peak evening hours. You are likely to park at one of the many Marina parking lots.
The Marina Grille is open seven days/week, 11:30am - 2am
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm
(updated June, 2017)
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