Fare: Contemporary New American - Light Fare
Price: Inexpensive - Moderate
Food Quality: 2 Stars
Service: 1 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the best restaurants in Western Ocean County for scenic outdoor, casual dining.
During busy periods; service can be slow; On site parking is limited
Noise Level: Moderate - High ( depending on seating, can get very loud when music is playing)
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a scenic, outdoor patio dining ambiance with a casual, light fare menu.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer upscale, trendy ambiance, with a full entree menu.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Jackson Signature Sandwich with grilled or Panko Crusted chicken, mozzarella, roasted peppers, and basil pesto (their side of triple potato salad is excellent); the Thee Zing with Orange Teriyaki grilled chicken on skewers, over a spring mix of walnuts and mandarin oranges; and for dessert, the Bavarian Creme with raspberries.
The White Butterfly Cafe is one of the best restaurants in Western Monmouth and Western Ocean Counties for scenic outdoor, casual dining. Great outdoor dining ambiance!
The cafe is the creation of co-owners Michelle Katz and Michael Kafton, and general manager Kat Schadt. The cafe is mainly outdoors and part of the complex that features a contemporary gift boutique shop.
The featured attraction is their scenic outdoor garden dining patio.
Open during from Spring (mid March) through Fall (late November), weather permitting. Gas operated patio heaters are used throughout the garden patio to extend the opening in Spring and fall.
The outdoor garden patio, nestled against a backdrop of tall trees, has a European style ambiance with flowering plants, shrubs, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, fire pits, umbrella covered tables, and patio couches.
On most nights there is live music to accompany your dinner. The garden patio comes alive with live entertainment with Karaoke and Open Mic on Tuesday Nights, Live Music every Saturday, and occasionally on Thursdays & Fridays
They serve a light fare menu using fresh ingredients of bruchetta, salads, cheese boards, soups, sandwiches, smoothies, and a few entrees.
Many of the chefs and wait staff are recent Jackson High School graduates, some from the culinary school. On busy evenings the service, often times can be slow.
Their hot and iced coffees are excellent! They use premium, sustainable grown, aromatic, Italian Lavazza coffee.
During the extended Spring to Fall seasonal hous, The White Butterfly Cafe is open Monday – Thursday: 8 AM – 9 PM; Friday & Saturday: 8 AM – 11 PM; (Kitchen closes at 10); and Sunday: 8 AM – 6 PM.
They are Child friendly with a Kids Menu.
They welcome hosting parties for large groups. The garden patio makes the perfect back drop for a special occasion.
(updated: August, 2017)