Charley's Ocean Grill

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102 reviews
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American
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  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Outdoor Eating
Charley’s Ocean Bar & Grill is a seaside restaurant with ocean views, quality meals & cocktails. Our distinguished menu and atmosphere are inspired by a beach-life attitude, offering all patrons a “local summer” experience, all year round! Originally a speakeasy that dated to the 1930 pre-prohibition era, Charley’s is a part of Jersey Shore history and has always been a part of Long Branch.
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KS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice location. food is fresh, very good menu choices.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was not cooked . Ordered the crab and artichoke dip, it came out cold. We asked to have it reheated. I believe it should of been taken off the bill considering we just asked them to reheat it. The fish chowder has changed from it's original recipe, where now, it contains an actual chunk of the fish. I ordered the rib eye steak (Sunday special) to be cooked medium rare, and it came out medium well. I always loved coming here, but cannot say the same anymore.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE ate outside on the deck. It was a perfect night for doing so. Our waitress was fabulous. Overall, great night all around.

DZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great selection food tasty and comes out hot. Good portion size and waitstaff helpful with recommendations.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by Charley’s on our way home from the beach. We arrived ahead of our reservation but the host easily accommodated my party, even seating us on the patio outside. Our waitress, Cynthia, was delightful. She made the dining experience even more enjoyable. Three of us had the sesame crusted salmon and the other person enjoyed cod. There was nothing left of our plates. We started with the tuna pizza which was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would come back

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food, good service, you cant really see the ocean from the dining room. unfortunately had a crying baby next to us, oh well. still very good overall

LD
Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We made reservations arrived slightly early they took us in right away. We sat outside. It was beautiful. The food was sort of pricey but they gave a you a lot and it was delicious. Place was spotless and the waiter was very attentive. Definitely will go back.

TJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was ok. Rawclams came out dirty and were still stuck to shell sent them back 2x manager couldn’t have been more nice in addressing the situation and knocked off some money on the bill. Waitress was great. Food I thought lacked taste. I’d give them another try but won’t be running back.

JS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the deck, the ocean breeze was delightful. Our waitress was top notch, as well as all the wait staff. Food was delicious, with many gluten free choices.

OT
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great restaurant with a varied menu from fish to beef to middle eastern type menu choices. The wait staff is very attentive and the food is great. There is something for everyone.

R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly at our reserved time. Our waitress, Elizabeth, was friendly and helpful. The food arrived quickly and was delicious.

G
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Would not recommend for dinner.
Manhattan clam chowder was brutally vinegary.
Paella seafood was tough to chew, chorizo was edible, rice was overcooked.
Hamburger was blah, calamari crispy.
Prime rib sandwich was ok.
Shrimp dish way too spicy for our friends.
Next trip we will try the bar area as it looked lively and upbeat....our bar food probably will taste the same there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiter messed up friends order. After discussing food allergy for 10 minutes and forgot her vegetables.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service, prices are decent compared with other restaurants nearby. We keep going back to this place all the time. Seafood is always very fresh and delicious.

DA
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food happy hour was good great view ocen

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ribs were tough

RK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Absolutely recommended to friends- I always go there with friends who like non pretentious good food, with a varied menu.

The service is very accommodating. My friends wife send back a piece of plain broiled tuna ( off menu) which came out exactly as described ( it looked perfect to me) and she changed her mind for whatever reason. They took it back, no hassle and offered to make her whatever she wanted.

I had the tuna special and loved it.

I enjoy this local gem and will return soon.

SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find for our last-minute dinner plans. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. So many things I wanted to try! Terrific value. Will definitely go back.

E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took our sons when they visited from out of town. Love sitting on the porch. Seafood is fresh and well prepared.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server took 25 minutes to bring us menus and was very absent the whole meal.

DZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great oysters and food came out hot and tasty. Good portion so no room for dessert!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a great family experience worth good value and service was very good

CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience for my husbands birthday. Our waiter was very attentive and quick, we all enjoyed our meals.

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great food... great location... nice outdoor seating.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an awesome dinner. My mom was craving a stuffed lobster all day and although it wasn’t on the menu they made it with no problem and it was delicious. 😀

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food tasted fresh. The bar faces the water so maybe that’s the focal point is.

Wish a vegetable was included with the entree & not extra.

DM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Check your bill! When we received our bill or drinks which had been ordered of the cocktail part of the menu were $3+ more than the menu stated. Should have been $23 for the 2 drinksand they charged us $30. W were told they should have told us there was a new upcharge for the alcohol not on the menu.The food and service were ok njit perfect. Just be aware!

NJ
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Despite our server being over burdened with way too man tables at once, I would recommend Charley's Ocean Grill for the food alone. Once we got seated, it took at least 15-20 minutes for anyone to come over to us. While we were patiently waiting, there were, at least, two gentlemen that looked like managers walking around to make sure everything was running smoothly and yet seemed to totally disregard the fact that we were sitting there with our menus closed and without any drinks. We kept looking around also to see who would be able to at least get us some water. Then, when we asked for a certain condiment on the side, it took till we got the check to finally get it. So, while the location and food quality were great, the service was horrible.

TV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Our first visit this Season & yuck.... Sloppy raw bar. Oysters sobbing I could not put them in my mouth without gagging. I asked for a Medium rare prime rib cut. When it arrived I took one look at it & told the server that it was definitely not medium rare. Her answer... Yes it is I saw him cook it... um.. ok? I actually have photos if you'd like to see them. Thanks.

y
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Our server Clayton was very attentive, help us out with entrees. He was interactive with our 4 & 6 year old children which most servers usually aren’t. Great atmosphere, only thing is tables are a bit small for 4 people. Over all great experience, will be going back in the near future.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was terrible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Horrible food and bad service. Not servers fault, just not enough of them.

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family dinner here the other night. We absolutely loved it. Great views. Incredible service. We had mahi tacos, octopus salad (insane!!!), chicken parm, voodoo shrimp, Cajun fish bites, shrimp quesadilla, pasta and a few others meals. The quality for the price is fabulous. I highly recommend it.

D
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Our family of 3 ordered appetizers, drinks, and dinner. Drinks came then after some time, appetizers AND dinner together, except my dinner--it NEVER arrived! However, THREE different times waiters tried serving us other diner's meals before ours came.

It took some time to flag our waitress down to report my missing dinner and her response, "well, I turned it in"! By then, my husband and daughter were half-way into their dinners. Didn't bother reordering.

It's pricey, too, but if your order's not served.....

PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been going to Charley’s for years. It was our standard fallback place because if its consistency. Apparently that all changed when new owners took over last fall. Service is no longer very good and we felt rushed when our dinners were delivered before everyone had finished their appetizers. My husband’s meal was inedible. It was panko crusted soft shell crabs over fettucini with a too rich sauce. He left most of his dinner uneaten. When he told the server very nicely that it should be taken off the menu because all the parts didn’t work. She said thank you and told her manager. When the bill came, the item was on our check, so we paid it. Any other restaurant would have removed the item or at least offered a drink or dessert to compensate. Charley’s did nothing. We will not be returning.

R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant abuts Seven Presidents Beach. The dining room was light and airy, but there was no ocean view. I think perhaps they open the second floor in the summer, which would provide a view.
The food was excellent. I had an octopus salad, and the octopus was perfectly cooked with a nice grilled flavor. My friends had: fish tacos, tuna, and salmon dinners. Everyone was happy with their selection. My husband also had the fish chowder which had a wonderful flavor. There's a good drinks menu. The service was good. We will go again.

AS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for Mother’s Day. Menu was special for the day but plenty of choices. Surf and turf was cooked to perfection as well as the rack of lamb. Drinks were also different but excellent. The Dirty was a perfectly prepared dirty martini with a jalapeño kick. Dessert was chocolate lava cake. I was skeptical to try a new restaurant down the shore but Charlie’s was excellent I would recommend it

MD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went. there for easter. Limited menu. Everything was very good.

IP
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great waiter,, great pasta, great burger, ok prime rib but the bloody Mary’s and the ambience made up for it
Over all a great calue

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