Price: Moderate - Expensive
Food Quality: Well-executed menu, though creativity is substandard, the overall quality of the dishes is a notch above other popular Italian restaurants in the northern Jersey Shore.
Service: Depending on host(ess) sporadic attentiveness and friendliness
Ambiance/Decor: Stunning, scenic oceanfront, beach views, with seating near the fireplace in the colder months.
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four-star Rating System from 1/2 stars= poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who value trendy, ambiance, and scenic beach/ocean views with above average good Italian food
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer dining in a quieter, traditional, red sauce, southern Italian, or a BYOB restaurant serving huge portions
Recommended dishes: When available, The Ipoglosso seared halibut with fingerling potato, shimeji mushrooms, haricot verts, clams, miso fumet, and pea shoots; The Veal Chop Milanese with arugula, cherry tomato, capers, onions, and grana padano; and The Pappardelle Bolognese with beef, veal, pork ragu, and mascarpone
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant
Sirena Ristorante is a classical Italian restaurant with awesome, scenic oceanfront, beach views, located in the charming Pier Village section of Long Branch.
It's popular with diners who come to enjoy an upscale Jersey Shore Experience.
The view of the ocean by diners can be seen from most tables in the large, airy dining room on two levels, and from the bar area with its own cozier ambiance. The interior is bright and open with tables set with white linens surrounded by blonde wooden, cushioned dining chairs, and dark wooden bar stools in the bar
For a cozy, romantic dining occasion, asked to be seated at a table along the windows. On a frosty winter evening, ask to be seated next to the fireplace.
During the warmer months they have outdoor dining on the deck overlooking the beach and ocean.
Owned by chef turned restaurateur Joseph Cetrulo, who also owns Stella Marina and Cubacan restaurants in Asbury Park, under The Trinity Hospitality Group. The son of Italian parents, Joseph Cetrulo honed his culinary skills in Europe during the mid-90s through 2005 with several restaurants in Italy
The preparation of the food is good, but not much better than other nearby Italian restaurants. Though creativity substandard, the menu is well executed using quality fresh seafood, meats, and pastas, whether sourced locally, imported from Italy, or made in-house.
While most menu items are expensive, for the budget conscious there are many entrees that are moderately priced.
The wine list is extensive.
During the peak hours, depending on seating, the noise can get to be loud.
During the warmer months there is outside boardwalk dining with great boardwalk ocean front views. Great for people watching.
Sirena is open seven days/week for Lunch and Dinner, including Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
Garage parking across the street is your most convenient option for parking. If you choose to park at the garage, you may find that it has an unusual automatic payment system that can take people while to figure out. Allow additional time to get through the parking system if you have a reservation for dinner.
(Update: January 2023)
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