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Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 20/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Coastal Blue is an upscale-casual eatery. The seaside chic restaurant offers tastemakers a unique dining experience featuring culinary delights with a local flair only the south Jersey shore can claim. Our thoughtfully crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner menus often rely on locally sourced products for creations using fresh seafood, Angus beef, summer fruits and greens. Enjoy a creative culinary excursion with a twist on traditional comfort food and contemporary cuisine. Our fully stocked bar and electric signature cocktails will truly create the Aloha experience. Whether feasting inside the airy dining room or enjoying a refreshing cocktail at our outdoor bar, Coastal Blue offers a sweet finish
PRICE RANGE
US$12 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free off-street parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been frequenting Coastal/ICONA for years and have always enjoyed our experience. Not last night. We both ordered the NE Clam Chowder, bowl. First, the “bowl” is now a glorified cup, but the price at $12.00 still reflects big bowl pricing. The soup should...be called “Potato Soup with a Clam”, cause that’s what we got. Very disappointing. Next, I ordered the $45.00 Ribeye. Mistake! Coastal/ICONA are striving for 5 Star pricing and ratings while serving 1 Star Diner food. At $45.00 you anticipate a nice juicy, thick, Ribeye. What you get is a typical Diner breakfast steak. Again, very disappointing. The only saving grace and why we gave them 3 Stars was their Wait Staff. This is where Coastal/ICONA still earns 5 Stars. Their staff was very attentive to our needs and provided very personalized service. Excellent! On the way out the Restaurant Manager actually asked us how our meal was. He seemed surprised when we told him about his 1 Star food, but also agreed the Ribeye needed improvement. He did take notes, so let’s see if anything changes. We will return out of loyalty, but this will no longer be our go to at the Crest until their 5 Star pricing reflects a 5 Star meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 9 February 2020

My husband and I found Coastal Blue last summer on our mini trip to the Crest to celebrate our Anniversary. We loved it so much we came back the next night and again this past weekend (February) for an early Valentines' stay! Staying at the...ICONA with our favorite restaurant downstairs for dinner and breakfast? Just pinch me....More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 19 August 2021 via mobile

My partner and a friend of ours had dinner there last week. We ordered a bottle of Chardonnay, and our young constantly-distracted-looking waitress just plopped the wine bucket, bottle, and glasses on the table and scurried away. She didn’t even show us the bottle, open...it, or distribute the glasses. So I opened the bottle and poured it. Our friend took one sip and made a face. When I looked at the bottle, it wasn’t the wine we had ordered. In fact it wasn’t even Chardonnay. We summoned the waitress once we saw her again, she apologized and scurried away. Then a different waitress brought the correct wine and poured it. When we ordered our food, our friend asked if one of the dishes was spicy. The waitress assured us it was not. About 20-30 minutes later she came back and said indeed it was spicy, so our friend ordered something different. Next our appetizers came. My salad was supposed to feature pineapple, but the dish definitely wasn’t pineapple-forward. I couldn’t even tell there was pineapple in it. It was basically a huge plate of lettuce with some pine nuts and a dressing with a horrible paste-like consistency. It was probably the most unappealing salad I’ve ever eaten. While two of us were only half way through our appetizers, our entrees were brought out and foisted upon us, despite the fact that we were clearly not ready for them. No apology for the timing. The entrees were good but nothing terribly memorable and overpriced in my opinion. We won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

They have really nice outdoor seating and are friendly to big parties. We sampled most of the menu over two visits and loved all of it! Service was excellent thought they were missing some menu items and beers when we went. Reservations recommended, and valet...parking is available if it's packed (which can be the case on the weekend). Would happily visit again!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 4 August 2021 via mobile

Sebastian was exceptional! Went with my girlfriend 8/3/21 for a late night drink. Bar seemed to be closing soon. Sebastian made us feel right at home. He made us the best espresso martini we ever had. And stood with us having amazing conversation. We are...staying for a few days at my girlfriends beach house across the street and we will be coming back every night to hang with him. Also have recommended going to the bar for Sebastian to a bunch of friends. Thanks SebastianMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 1 August 2021 via mobile

The tuna roll was a delicious appetizer, followed by a scallop and crab risotto entree. Husband had bronzini and he enjoyed his dinner also. Cocktails were perfect and valet parking was extremely helpful since I just had knee replacement. We will be back

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

This place does t get a lot of attention, but it is very good… food selections are delicious, a bit pricey but worth it… and they take reservations which is a plus… salads are huge so share, otherwise you’ll fill up before your entree!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 25 July 2021 via mobile

Had a great family meal at coastal blue!. Enjoyed everything we ordered. At the end of the night, Alex recommended carrot cake for two.. it was delicious and we could afford it!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 10 July 2021

This was our first visit and we are unlikely to return. Started off poorly - with one of our two tables wobbly - post on base not secured, so a wedge was no help. Appetizers were the better part - lobster bisque was nice; tuna...roll had great flavors but hard to find the tuna; grilled watermelon was decent. Fish tacos were mostly flavorless, and what flavor was there was odd. Eggplant rollatini was not cooked enough.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 8 July 2021 via mobile

We arrived after the website said no reservations needed and found we needed reservations. Took a while as no Hostess at back deck due to staffing shortages all over, understandable. The Manager, an older gentleman was very helpful and allowed us a table early as...someone was very late already. Servers were rushed and order was wrong. Had the swordfish tacos which needed a bit more lime or pickle slaw. OK meal. Overall, may return but have to save up for that with the family. Very clean and well maintained.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill

Yes, Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill offers takeaway services.

Yes, Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5