Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park

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578 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Blu Grotto Ristorante consists of a beautiful, all-glass conservatory dining room, three large decks and an enormous open air Biergarten. Blu Grotto will serve modern and classic adaptations of regional Italian favorites, hand made pastas, fresh seafood and prime steak. The restaurant will also feature a deep and eclectic wine list and artisanal cocktails, all in an environment that has to be seen to be believed. We also serve brunch every Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00PM.

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Please note that due to limited indoor space and the uncertainty of weather, indoor/outdoor seating is sat on a first come first serve basis. If you have a preference as to inside/outside or a specific area of the restaurant please call the restaurant directly at (732)571-7900 and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thank you in advance for your understanding and we look forward to serving you.

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What 578 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBobR
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

My recommendation comes with a caveat. The restaurant is very nice. The decor and scenery are outstanding. Seems to have a great bar scene. A to the dining. My wife and I shared an order of General Tsao's calamari. Very well sauced and tasty. For dinner with both had a ( $42)veal chop parmesan. The chop was enormous and very tender. But, it was overpowered by a rather bitter tomato sauce. It came with a side order of well cooked pasta which also had the same sauce. If we go again I think the bar and appetizers would be our choice. I really was disappointed. I have been looking forward to visiting Blu Grotto. but, was a bit unhappy with the food.

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JAMC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The 3/$33 deal for March was outstanding!!! Dinner was fabulous!!

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vipMrsdlf
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an enjoyable delicious meal. They never disappoint & the service is ALWAYS to perfection!

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vipeatoutoften
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The veal parm was delicious

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vipGaryK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday. Surprised with desert with csndle

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SusanK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place! The ambiance, the food and the service. The only reason we didn't give them 5 Stars was due to the bar. They didn't have a bourbon listed on the menu and the mixed drinks were just okay. We will differently be back!

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DianaC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent. It’s a beautiful restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was delicious! The room is sunny and warm and our service was very good! I enjoyed the eggs benny and the frittata was huge! The cheese station was awesome! Loved it!

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JMick
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious! The staff is very nice and friendly and the decor of the restaurant makes you feel like you are in a fancy and special place. It’s a great place for date night or small dinner party as they have a private wine cellar. We had a party of 12 in the wine cellar for my husband’s birthday and it was a great experience!

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mariov
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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JeanW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice low-key Valentines Day dinner. Filet was tender and cooked just right.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines day

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DeborahH
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've eaten at Blu Grotto many times and I always enjoy the food and service. This most recent visit didn't disappoint. It was Valentine's Day and the service and food was wonderful. If there was any complaint at all it would be that the holiday menu was not that different from the special menu they normally have yet it was about twice the price. I guess understandable since it was a holiday. Otherwise thoroughly enjoyed my cocktail and food and would recommend this restaurant.

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vipLunch
Miami
104 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

SALAD HAD TOO MUCH DRESSING. SHRIMP WAS TOO SPICY. CHICKEN WAS TOUGH. BUT DESSERT WAS MARVELOUS

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jennifers
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service was amazing, can’t wait to return

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vipLakota1098
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Overall it was a nice night out and good restaurant. The server seemed somewhat uninterested in our table and we started off being given Valentine's Day menus (on Feb 8th). Most of the food and drinks were very good, but the description of one of the specials totally didn't match what came out. I would like to see what the place is like in peak season so I would go back again.

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HalF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our reservation was at 5:30pm. Not to busy at this time on a Saturday night. The food was outstanding. The 3 course meal is a great special before 6:30. The tables were filling up after 6:pm. The waiter staff was pleasant and accommodating. Just a fantastic dinner out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fabulous meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places. The staff are extremely nice and treat regulars the way they should. Really a top notch place for dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place! Great food and employees. They go out of their way to assist you.

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chrism
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , great staff. Can’t wait to go back. Food was delicious.

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Kelvis
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent scene whether at bar watching game on on a date in dining room.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, food was great., service was excellent.

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vipAlisonR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant with great food! Love this place! Already have another reservation to introduce your amazing restaurant, to friends who've never been there!

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vipDKDKfoodies
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Blu Grotto is a real local gem. The setting of the dining room and decor is beautiful and marries well with the upscale food choices. The prix fix lunch specials during most of the year are an actual bargain and are nicely composed. Would definitely impress any guests to the area - as long as the close proximity to a betting machine and TV's in the bar area for simulcast and live horse racing doesn't offend. The bar also overlooks two quite proper mini-golf courses. The restaurant sits on acreage owned by Monmouth Park

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vipDlnshoe
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We went there for New Years Eve. * If they don’t want to give decent service and provide a decent value, perhaps better to close for the holiday.
Made a reservation on Open Table. No mention of prix fix menu, but no problem. We get there at 915pm and there is a note on the menu that 6-9pm seating is $50. 7-10pm seating is $75.
For the extra $25, they gave nothing. No party favors, no champagne, not even coffee was included. Ok. Personally I have never seen an up charge for a later seating.
Person who waited on us was not dressed as a waitress. She seemed dressed like a manager or something else.
I have eaten there once before. Shrimp cocktail were huge. This time They gave us 3 small shrimp. Appetizer was good- Calamari.
We both had steaks - they were ok. No vegetables or starch included, just a steak. Felt like I was at a cheap wedding meal.
We ordered coffee, it arrived at 10:30 PM. Up until that time they were constantly asking us if we were done or we needed anything. Once we got the coffee we did not see a waitress or anyone for 30 minutes. Several times our waitress ran by our table never looked at us and kept going. Finally someone came by and cleared our plates. The people next to us had all dirty plates on their table for over 20 minutes as did we. The restaurant was not crowded at all. Very few tables. At 11 o’clock I asked for our check. I had to ask another manager. He brought it right away and took $20 off immediately. It was almost as if he knew something was wrong. Then it took another 15 minutes for someone to come by and take my credit card! We never spoke or saw the waitress again, she never came to our table again. I paid the bill and as we walked out the manager handed me a gift card for $50. That was nice but I really don’t know if we will go back there ever again. We were made to feel like we did something wrong and it was a holiday which they pretty much ruined it for us. And I felt ripped off for the $150 charge for dinner.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Let me first say that I am a BIG fan of Blue Grotto. Food is always of high quality and services is clearly important to them. So this review is specific to the pre-fix menu New Years Eve experience. For $75/per person I expected a bit more. Instead we got less. The dishes were selected scaled down versions of what they normally serve. For example, for the first course we chose the Caesar salad and it was smaller and did not have the delicious white anchovies they usually serve. We all ate every leaf. The second course (dinners) while delicious had little or in some cases no side vegetable at all. Bread did not come to the table so we had to ask for some. For desert, all dishes were small which I normally prefer (if we even order desert) but on this day we were still hungry. So I will be back to Blue Grotto for sure, but not when they have a pre-fix menu. This restaurant is well managed and I believe they read the reviews so I send this very respectfully for their consideration.

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MarieN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE having New Year’s Eve dinner at Blu Grotto. Food is fabulous and the ambiance is perfect!

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vipCARLOR
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food , service and ambiance. Well worth a visit

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Gary
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

My stay at the grotto was very relaxing. I was there meeting a few of my closest friends. The service was very good the food was very good and the ambience was set up nicely for Christmas. We stayed there chatting for about almost 2 hours and nobody tried to rush us out. I will absolutely go back there again

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vipBTP1
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Was there on Sunday night, and it was a lovely evening! Everyone enjoyed their dinner and our sever was outstanding! Such a beautiful setting!

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vipIraw
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice place with good service and decent food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Had a wonderful time!

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vipCakes
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Blu Grotto is one of our favorites. The food, service and ambiance are excellent. Good portions. Great menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Interesting ambiance. Adequate menu, Service is friendly and helpful.

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vipfoodfrommichigan
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and excellent services. This has been some of the best Italian food that my wife and I have had since moving to New Jersey. We would highly recommend going here and will definitely be back in the future ourselves.

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Mikey
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are very pleased the restaurant is excellent as well as the food.

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vipRumsonK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday brunch is excellent and a great way to spend time with your family. You can order a select number of items off of a menu which is served fresh and hot.

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ChristinaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a diamond in the rough the Blu Grotto is. Four of us went to brunch not knowing what to expect. We were greeted with beautiful atrium like seating. The grounds outside were amazing to look at through the floor to ceiling windows. You had the choice of eating off of the buffet and/or ordering off of the menu from the kitchen. We each tried something different off of the menu and tried most of the items on the buffet. We had a choice of complimentary bloody Mary's, bellinis, or mimosas. The price was all inclusive per person. We left full and pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. 5 stars!!

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