The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park

4.5
447 reviews
$30 and under
American
The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park is an oceanfront restaurant on the famous Asbury Park boardwalk. The restaurant is housed in the iconic Howard Johnsons building, and customers are treated to panoramic views of the ocean and the historic Convention Hall.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 447 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LizN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside,nice view of the beach, the service was great and so was the food

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vipSusan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great spot, and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came because it was Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. We’ve never been to this restaurant before today - man was it good!
My husband and I shared everything to get a little taste of everything we could. We both left stuffed and happy.
Would definitely go again.

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FrancesD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had such a pleasant experience at this comfortable, Oceanside restaurant. I had not been here in a few years and suggested it to some friends as a “halfway” point for us to meet. Some restaurants still are not offering full menus but was happy to see not only a full menu but also Specials! Three appetizers for five of us were plenty. I ordered short ribs which was tender and delicious. Only complaint was too many Brussels sprouts (which my friend was happy to add to her doggy bag). She had a large plate of soft shell crab. All of the meals were good with great portions!

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

We got off on the wrong foot because the Google listing for this restaurant says it opens at 10am on Saturdays but that was wrong; it opens at 11. We waited around for an hour because we had already paid for parking. When we came back, the hostess cancelled our Open Table reservation because we asked to be seated inside (it was completely empty and we were the only people there) instead of outside because of the weather. I only found this out later when I saw the email from Open Table saying the reservation had been cancelled. When we were finally seated, the waitress was very disengaged; the drinks were overpriced; the bloody Mary we ordered was pretty terrible (with wilted and bruised garnishes and very little flavor), and the appetizer we ordered was super bland. This is the second time we've been to this restaurant and we've been underwhelmed both times. We won't be back.

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Mike
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Normally one of our Happy Hour haunts, had dinner with my wife and enjoyed the food and service as always. Steve at the bar made our favorite Martinis - spot on as usual! Apps of the Fried Zucchini sticks and a bowl of Cheddar Ale Soup were great. My wife loves their burgers and I had the stuffed shrimp over Risotto - both were excellent. Cannot wait to sit at the bar again, but overall, the Ale House is worth checking out when in Asbury Park.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place, fantastic view. Menu has a variety for any tastes.

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DanielV
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were first time customers. The food was very good, but a bit over priced. The service was excellent !!!!

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Valentine
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food but they were understaffed that night.

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Foodies
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We had made a reservation in advance so was hoping to get a table by the window for a view. When asked if we can have our seats changed by window they said they were "reserved" which is what we did do. Anyway after that things went downhill. Food was good but for the price portions were very small. Attendant was ok did not come around for water refills or ask if all was ok. Other tables were being catered too not sure if they were regulars or not.
We didn't have dessert as we wanted to leave. Will not be returning.
Overrated.

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ElaineM
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had Easter dinner at The Robinson Ale House and it was a fantastic experience. The setting was beautiful, the service was superior and the food was delicious!

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Patsy
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

There was almost NO social distancing. The reassurance was way more than 50%
capacity. More like filled to 80 % capacity or more.
If I knew that I would not have eaten there!

Some food was not really very good.

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vipjerseyesq1
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The whole experience was great. Food was awesome. In fact, the key to our whole time there was our waiter. Friendly, chatty, on top of things. Just a great meal

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Matt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

Every time my family comes down to visit, we’ve taken them to a MC restaurant for lunch. The first time was Rum Runner and the lunch was awful. This was right when they re opened after covid so we cut them some slack and blamed it on that. However, this time we went to Robinson in Asbury and once again, the lunch was awful. Burgers weren’t cooked to our requests, and the overall food quality was terrible. Definitely not worth the 100$ lunch check. Not sure what’s going on with Mcloon’s restaurants and their lunch offerings, but I’ll probably stick to dinner from now on. Such a shame and embarrassment.

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CherylC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent and food was very good. We ate at lunch time on a Wednesday afternoon. The tables were safely distanced and there were plexiglass shields between tables. There were many options for my friend who must eat gluten free and the staff took her dietary restrictions seriously. This was my first visit and I will return!

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GaryG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We made in advance reservations and we were seated promptly. We waited at an outdoor table in rather cold weather for 10 minutes with nobody paying any attention to us at all.

It was not busy out there at all, so it was totally unacceptable, and we left.

The chilly temperature was certainly not their fault, but the lack of space heaters shows that they don't care about the comfort of their guests.

This is during a pandemic when outdoor dining was the only option for quite a while, so the modest heater investment is a must for any decent host.

How do you have such a valuable piece of property on the boardwalk and so little class? The answer is that the don't care about quality because the location will always be a draw.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another awesome Lunch at Robinsons! We bring our little dog Gypsy and the bring her a bowl of water and are very pet and people friendly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Sat at table for 25 minutes and we were never waited on. No waiter in sight. We ended up leaving... terrible service

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viplilpurpletoes
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The food and music didn't really match the decor. It would have been great to have healthier options on the menu--so much sugar, candied this and that and fried things. Seemed like a great menu for college kids trying to class it up but not so much adults.

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muckster
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food and magnificent views of the Ocean!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to have lunch in Asbury Park! Brought our little dog and the staff brought he a bowl of water. Very nice experience and will certainly go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Is was an execllent time

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, felt super spaced out and safe, and the food was excellent!

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SamanthaW
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We got there early for our 6pm outside reservation and we were able to snag a high top table inside by the bar. They take Covid safety very seriously which makes it extremely comforting and one of the reasons we will be back! There is plexiglass in between each table so you feel like you and your party are in your own private space. The drinks, atmosphere and food were fantastic too! Very happy with this experience. 10/10 recommend!

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vipGaryR
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great time. The service and food were perfect. Overall, we had a great night and we’ll definitely be back.

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lisan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. Felt super safe covide wise. Great time with the family

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vipJenniferR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated promptly even though we were early for our reservation. Service was fast and friendly without feeling rushed. Oysters for an appetizer were fresh and delish. We look forward to dining at Robinson's again.

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JosephN
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Early dinner was easy and seemed very Covid safe.

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! A little on the pricey side, but I do not mind paying extra for quality food!

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leg71
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great lunch on Sunday! Fantastic service, delicious cocktail and lunch. Everyone was following protocol for Covid. I can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Went on a Wednesday night for my daughters birthday. It was lovely, not crowded at all and the service was great. I thought the food was good also. We love this place in the summer obviously but it’s more enjoyable in the winter without all the crowds.

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BonnieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We recently dined here for Valentine's Day. We had a wonderful meal. We started with calamari since you really can't do that for take out. It was crispy and delicious. My girls each had the Ale house steak which was cooked to perfection. I had the short rib dinner which was so tender. My husband had the chili, lump crab meat appetizer and pretzels. We left with full bellies and happy hearts. The tables were all generously spaced apart. For someone who hadn't dined out in 11 months I felt very safe and would definitely go back.

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Rayankee02
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time!

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ad99
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

We went for Vday brunch with our family, was expecting to have pancakes or more breakfast food which they didn't offer. For the price it was just the basics, not great.

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vipTaraC
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Erika was a lovely server. So attentive and accommodating. Also, the restaurant does a great job at following covid protocols. We felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bartender, server, and host always great, as are the food and drinks, in nice atmosphere

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and service. Appreciated everything there

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JaneC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food our server was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great view of the ocean with a cozy atmosphere. Food and drinks were delicious! The staff was kind and helpful! Highly recommend.

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The Robinson Ale House Asbury Park is rated 4.5 stars by 447 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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