Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails

4.2
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666 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Owners Vincenzo and Caterina Varriale redefine hospitality by welcoming you to their newest venture, Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails. This one of a kind bar and restaurant offers an eclectic variety of dishes, uniquely vibrant and friendly service in a chic yet sophisticated atmosphere. Our menu offers a seasonal modern twist on American cuisine influenced by international fare. The invigorating space is made up of multiple dining rooms, three full service bars and a lounge. The restaurant is situated at 3410 Route 37 east Toms River, NJ, right at the foot of the Seaside bridge. Please join us for extended Happy Hour, daily specials and weekly entertainment.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.4
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4.1
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3.9
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Valentines dinner date....Sandra our waitress was the best, very informative and pleasant all around....I had the Valentines tasting special, a little smaller than other tastings I’ve had, but the food was absolutely delicious....my wife had the pasta and meatballs, the homemade pasta was absolutely awesome and the meatballs were fantastic, as she said, “It was to die for”. The prices for their menu were very reasonable. The tables could use table cloths as they are a little weathered and sticky and the lighting could be a little lower in the main dining area. All in all our visit was great and we will most definitely be visiting again.

KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening for Valentine’s Day. Food and ambiance were amazing. Will definitely be back soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every aspect of the meal oysters, butcher board, grilled romaine. We both enjoyed our main dish filet mignon and bronzino. Hazelnut Affogato topped it all off! Then after dinner espresso martini while listening to music by JSoull...perfect!!!!

S
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restuarant was very open. The staff was very attentive. Portions sizes were large. As I don't like broccoli rabe they were able to substitute it for brussel sprouts that were much better choice. The potatoes were smooth and tasty. My wife's short rib was excellent. Cocktails were good.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and service. Very noisy because of large table behind us with young children. No fault of restaurant tho. Lack of parking. Waited 20 minutes for a spot

s
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has definitely come up the ranks in recent years. Love the open kitchen concept in the dining room and the hushed feel of the bar area. Food lovingly prepared and good attention to detail. Plates come out appropriately hot (or cold) and details such as refilling water glasses and offeriing pepper mill and such are excellent. Service above par and overall experience is quite pleasant. Will be returning to this space to try more of the inventive dishes on the menu, and maybe even order a bunch of the creative and interesting sounding appetizers with cocktails vs. traditional dinner options.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I have been dining at Aqua Blu for several years. I have never been disappointed with lunch or dinner in the past. Last night was a different experience. We were six for dinner. Three of us liked their entrees. Three of us were thoroughly disappointed with our entrees.

All six entrees had a beautiful presentation. At the same time, my entree had little if any taste. A second entree had the same response. The third bad entree was way too salty.

This was a very disappointment especially in light of the prices. I doubt we will be back to dine.

DR
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was impressed with the menu in the dining room that was different and of Gourmet quality. I was always used to eating in the bar and the bar menu. It was terrific. My veal chop was perfectly cooked and served over a lentil and roasted cauliflower side dish It was spectacularly delicious. The meal was only overshadowed by the service. Nicholas was an exceptional attentive yet non intrusive wait staff.

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Had Short Ribs, Salmon and Rigatoni dishes. Rigatoni was very good. Salmon was somewhat tasteless (Brussel sprouts were saving grace on that dish). Both servings of Short Ribs -- ribs were okay, sauce not a good match with ribs (too sweet); mashed potatoes served under the ribs were cold.

C
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food taste was very good, service was also very good. The prices are slightly inflated and the $50 steak was definitely not worth it. The Salmon and Short Rib were excellent.
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M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn't find a single fault, even if I wanted to.
Everything was right on.

LO
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal. From apps to dinner. This is our go-to place for get together with friends. Never disappoints!

PS
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been two years since we were here last. Still wonderful. Food is delicious, service is impeccable. Tiny bit pricey but worth every cent

IF
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice for a romantic dinner. Just the right lighting and music. Mussels in tomatoe sauce was outstanding. Very different and tasty. Skirt steak and branzino were delicious. Service was excellent It was my husband's birthday and they brought out dessert with a sparkler and sang happy birthday. Pricey but worth it.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food excellent as well as service. We had visited on the 1/2 price pasta and 1/2 price bottles of wine night, it is a great deal, portion is large and the bread with the olive oil is delicious.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

expensive..food awful ..had to send back app ..no taste

V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server Nicholas was very attentive. The food was delicious and the decor was lovely. We definitely would return.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The service was good. The ambience lovely. The food was good. It was restaurant week. I would have preferred different food than what I ordered but everyone else enjoyed their meal. I would return.

DB
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went on restaurant week and thought the food was pretty good. although our waitress seemed to be rushing us a bit she was polite and did a great job would definitely go again I think the happy hour is great value as well

JP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was cold. Not worth money. The polenta was like soup it was not firm. It was terrible.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We enjoyed our 3 course Anniversary dinner during Restaurant Week at the Shore. Initial service was a little slow. The dining room wicker chairs were less than comfortable. All meals and drinks were great. It was our first time there, we will plan to go again.

l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Although the ambiance was very different than we expected (something seems lacking), the food was very good. We happened to go during Jersey Shore Restaurant Week and it was a great value, good choices offered and the appetizer, entree and dessert were all delicious. It was nice and quiet but there were not many people there early on a Sunday night, so it is difficult to know if the dining room would be noisy if more full of people dining.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Visited because of the Restaurant Week special menu. Nice selection. Found it too noisy for my liking. Probably need to move farther away from the bar area.

M
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

We felt very rushed as our waitress greeted us by saying we had to put in our entire order at that time, BUT she was rushing us....um ok.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Ocean county. Service ,ambiance and food always great. Never disappointed!

F
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service!

OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was average but good. The price was not justified by the quality of the meal. Server was very good but overall very rushed. There were plenty of open tables so we did not understand the Rush to move is on.

OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very impressed with food! The service was great and meal was served perfectly! Will be back!

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Tom's River. Hostesses were very pleasant, server was very attentive and made our dining a great experience.

SS
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner on a Tuesday night , 3 of us to celebrate a birthday. Ordered 2 appetizers, one was mussels which was amazing, the other broccoli Rabi. Also very tasty. Entrees were plentiful. The only problem was the wait staff was very nice , but scarcely around and the resturant was not crowded.

PC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Your food was excellent but quite overpriced. Will probably not go again

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Dining room was nice and clean and our server was very friendly and was always checking in asking how everything is or if we needed anything. Drinks and appetizers were great. We had the shrimp scampi and caprese salad which was good. As far as dinner went I ordered the bone in rib eye which was supposed to be 18oz but only like 2.5 ounces were edible. I asked for medium came out rare. Two tables around me also had to send food back because of it being under cooked. Overall it’s getting a 2 out 5. The executive chef needs more training or they need to find someone that can cook a steak properly.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Always a good time

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed meeting Sal😉. Food delicious especially the octopus 🐙

F
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but smiles all around for our party of 6.

LS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing we were very happy with the food, service, drinks etc. Was a very enjoyable time. I will definitely be back soon.

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have been here twice before. Had a good meal both times. Expected the best and got disappointed. Off season is not the time to go.

JH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was awful terrible and barely edible
Awful and awful bread was great

TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistently good. Never had a bad meal and something for everyone on the menu.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service and excellent entertainment by Gerard E.