Fare: New American with a Mediterranean influence
Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 3 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Well prepared, attractively presented eclectic dishes.
Casually elegant, romantic ambiance.
Value: Given the quality, though prices are high, the value is good
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent eclectic food and upscale, romantic ambiance.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer a BYOB with a casual menu.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Portuguese Clams appetizer: The Cowboy Steak; Sesame Grilled Tuna; and the Grilled Wahoo.
Liquor: Extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
Moonstruck is one of the best fine dining restaurants on the North Jersey Shore.
The restaurant is run by co-owners Luke Magliaro and Howard Raczkiewicz, who is also the executive chef.
The limited menu offers inspiring seasonal specials, artfully presented, and well prepared using fresh ingredients.
Located in a tastefully refurbished Victorian setting overlooking Wesley lake, the seating for 300 is spread amongst three levels of wrap-around outdoor porches.
The decor is a romantic ambiance of soft dark wood, candle-lit tables, fresh flowers and a fireplace. In the warm summer months you can dine outside on the porch overlooking Wesley Lake. The first floor cocktail lounge is attractive and cozy.
The attractive bar/lounge on the first floor is available to ease your waiting time.
The wait staff is well trained, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
In the warmer months, Moonstruck has outdoor dining on the front porches of the second and third floors. The setting is scenic overlooking Wesley Lake and the stately homes in Ocean Grove.
This is a great place for celebrating a romantic occasion
On street, metered parking is available, though during the summer peak season, you may have to walk several blocks to find a spot.
Moonstruck is not recommended for children.
Moonstruck is open with seasonal hours:
Off season Hours: Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday;. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5:00pm until 9:00pm , Fridays and Saturdays. from 5:00pm until 10:00pm
Closed for lunch. Closed for vacation from January 1 until Valentine's Day Weekend.
Summer hours (Mid - June to Labor Day), Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday;. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5:00pm until 10:00pm , and on Fridays and Saturdays. from 5:00pm until 11:00pm
Closed for lunch.
Happy Hour: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4 - 6 PM
(updated June, 2018)
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