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Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park

4.5
4.5
873 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Blu Grotto Ristorante consists of a beautiful conservatory dining room, 3 large outdoor decks and an open air Beer Garden open Thursday-Sunday

Chef James Corona’s Menu consists of Modern adaptations of Regional Italian Classics, hand made and imported dry pastas, fresh seafood and prime steak. Chef Corona believes that the Italian method of serving only the freshest and locally grown, makes for the best possible ingredients.

Our beverage program consists of artisanal cocktails, extensive beer and by the glass wine offerings and a deep wine list by the bottle that has perennial favorites as well as esoteric wines from around the world.

Please be Aware, Reservations made outside on our Deck are weather dependent

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2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Beer Garden, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 571-7900

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    James Corona

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Perri - Service and Events Director: (732) 571-7900

  • Neighbourhood

    Long Branch

  • Cross Street

    Oceanport Avenue

  • Parking Details

    Parking lot entrance is located off of Port au Peck Avenue.

  • Public Transit

    NJ Transit limited access during race season. (Monmouth Park Station)

  • Entertainment

    Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10pm, during the warmer months.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 873 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Romance

  • New Jersey - Central

    Special Occasion

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  1. v

    vickih

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night with delicious food. Our server luz was amazing! Live music made the night even more fun! Can’t wait to go back!
  2. MG

    MaureenG

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent the day at the track and had a leisurely dinner after. Ambiance, food, service - all exceptional. Would recommend and will return!
  3. SF

    SuzanneF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The band was so loud I couldn’t hear. It almost ruined what would’ve been a nice peaceful evening. Not necessary to have loud rock music in a fine dinner g establishment. Don’t people talk to each other over dinner anymore?
  4. MT

    MariaT

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Chef is quite talented and the staff very attentive. Definitely do over !
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The band at the beer park was so loud we had to leave. Unable to have a conversation at all. Ruined what was a special occasion. The management would only move us indoors not to another outside table that was not near the band. Very disappointed

    Blu Grotto at Monmouth ParkResponded on June 26, 2022First, I'd like to apologize that your experience was not up to your expectations. We do let people know through the "things to know before you go" that we do have bands outside Thursday through Sunday. We also recommend an indoor reservation for those that want a quiet experience. There was nowhere to move you where it would have been any quieter for you which is why we offered you an indoor table. Had there been an area where we could do that outside, we would have gladly moved you there.

  6. C

    Cindy

    Atlantic City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The ambiance and service were wonderful too!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Father’s Day
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Father’s Day
  9. PR

    PeteR

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner. Food is always good. Not the cheapest place and can be loud but always good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere for dining and the downstairs was a really fun atmosphere. It was our first time here and can’t wait to return.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Strip steak was grizzly and over cooked. Branzino fish was half size, meat on meat cheese app was grey looking sent back….
  12. MA

    MARE

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Brian, our waiter, was wonderful!
  13. JS

    JacquelineS

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I made a reservation on the deck hoping to hear the band and try the new sushi menu. They do not serve sushi in the restaurant or restaurant deck. Only the lower level. Sad.
  14. v

    vampira

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful inside, lovely outside. Had dinner after the races. Fried artichokes were delicious. Enjoyed everything
  15. G

    Gpbrooklyn101

    Atlantic City

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice place / staff , great food and vibrant dining room, definitely worth trying
  16. C

    Christophers

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Waitress was nice and friendly and I believe she did all she could. However from the beginning as soon as we sat it took while to get our first round of drinks, our appetizers came before the cocktails. Second round of drinks didn’t come by until after dinner was served, and then the end only half the order was taken for the final round of drinks. Overall, very busy and the waitress and staff seem overwhelmed and unprepared for the crowd.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely gathering of dear friends before the band really started playing… wonderful atmosphere and wait staff was absolutely wonderful and food was yummy!!! What a great way to start this summer! Thank you BluGrotto!
  18. DC

    DonC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is amazing and the food and service were excellent. Not an everyday place to go, more of a special occasion, expensive but worth it.
  19. F

    Fuzzy9

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blu Grotto could not have been better. The appetizers, entrees and dessert all exceeded expectations. The service was prompt and professional. We can’t wait to return to this beautiful atmosphere for another wonderful experience.
  20. P

    Pamela

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and service were amazing we will definitely go back. I had the tuna tartar special and the recommendation for the fusilli and lobster was spit on. The bread was amazing! Professionalism at its best…
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  22. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    We were a party of 8 so were seated outside. It was my husbands birthday and we had invited 3 other couples. The noise level of the music prohibited ALL conversation; we had to yell out our orders to our Server. Music was uncomfortably loud. We asked to speak to the Manager and the Assistant mgr. was only manager that was available and showed up at our table 30 minutes later. She was not accommodating at all and said parties of 8 can only be seated outside and said "look at that other table, they are enjoying the music"! We knew there would be music but no idea that it would be that loud and annoying. Band did not take a break for 75 minutes until we were almost done eating. Blue Grotto has been one of our favorite restaurants... not anymore, we will not go back. Very disappointed.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok. Not worth the price.
  24. WH

    WilliamH

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was not acknowledged! Hi
  25. A

    Alison

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the dinner everything was good. I had the branzino although tasty could have been a larger portion. The short ribs were good . Service was good.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The outside deck is great! I added extra people to my reservation & they were able to accommodate us, which was very kind. The food was good & the service was attentive. We will definitely go back again.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Mothers Day. Food was good. Would have liked I have been seated in the main area and not in the booth right at the front entrance. Service was excellent. Our server was Liz.
  29. J

    Jaclyn

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for three generations to celebrate Mother’s Day.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day. Everything was great!
  31. S

    Steinwock

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All in all very nice night. Good table, excellent waitress, food and drinks were good.
  32. MA

    MikeAnderson

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service!
  33. EM

    EdwardM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    went for the first time but it was raining quite a bit they have a wonderful deck right by the track. however we could not get out side to enjoy (spring showers). it was a special date married 44 years and the staff knew and really made it special. the food was great almost to much food per serving. really liked our wait staff top notch! very nice dining room what more can I say!
  34. B

    Buddahchar

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening with friends who had not dined at Blu Grotto previously. We all enjoyed our share appetizers of the calamari and cheese plate. What a great treat! We all enjoyed our entrees, the huge portion of eggplant parmigiana with pasta, and the linguine dish. The pastas were prepared perfectly. We also enjoyed your wine selection, ordering two bottles and appreciating the 20% discount on Wednesday evenings. We will definitely be back, as will our guests.
  35. RW

    RonW

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Blu Grotto was visited during Jersey Shore Restaurant week on May 1st. we went early, 5pm. the restaurant was quiet but busy. But we had a reservation and were seated promptly. The food we ordered was delicious. San Marzano tomatoes on toast with cheese , was very good. The toast was not freshly toasted, it was a bit hard, but the olive oil helped to soften. I had to request a steak knife to cut thru the toast. The fluke crudo was enjoyed and very good. I had the cod. It was cooked to perfection. and quite tasty. The partnering order was the steak strips that also was quite good. These were followed by the two desserts. Affogato and almond chocolate cake. the almond chocolate cake was expected to be very dense. Surprisingly it was lighter then expected, altho dense like, it was smooth and very enjoyable. I'd recommend this restaurant for most people, especially if they're going to the racetrack at Monmouth Park
  36. A

    Alwarzezp

    New York Area

    113 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Drinks were NG. The restaurant doesn’t seem to be as good as it used to be.
  37. J

    Jennifer

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience and made a birthday celebration very special
  38. d

    danas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my return to Blu Grotto after many seasons. I went during restaurant week, and I was quite pleased and impressed with the food, service and of course the luminous ambiance in the glass enclosed dining area. I cannot remember enjoying a meal as much as this! They even sent me on my way with some vanilla biscotti for the ride home. I was so full they were enjoyed the next day. Well worth the trip to this unique spot at Monmouth Park.
  39. g

    grandmacharlotte

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The conservatory is beautiful, calming and quiet for a lovely dinner at this time of year. The food is very good, but pricey. The main courses are way too much for my spouse and I to eat. It would be nice to offer smaller senior size portions. Drinks were excellent. Service is outstanding.
  40. l

    luvitalian

    Atlantic City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never get disappointed. Food. Drinks And service outstanding.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park using the Order Online button. Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 571-7900.

Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park is rated 4.5 stars by 873 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park

200 Port Au Peck Avenue Oceanport, NJ 07757

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Oceanport Avenue

  • Neighbourhood

    Long Branch

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Beer Garden, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Parking lot entrance is located off of Port au Peck Avenue.

  • Public Transit

    NJ Transit limited access during race season. (Monmouth Park Station)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Corona

  • Entertainment

    Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10pm, during the warmer months.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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