Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant

4.5
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1311 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant is a unique dining experience since Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, a unique dining experience since 1995, has a picturesque location on the famous New Jersey Shore in historical Long Branch. A huge bi-level outdoor deck brings diners even closer to the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. The decor is truly designed to give patrons a sense of closeness to the sea.

Rooney’s provides innovative, diverse dishes with the concept of fresh seafood at the heart of its cuisine. The menus at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant continually change to offer a different dining experience at each and every visit to this exciting oceanfront restaurant. The stylish architecture, relaxed setting and creative menus make this year-round oceanfront restaurant a favorite on the Jersey Shore

It's a big ocean...someone has to embrace it.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
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DH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience at Rooney’s! The food was delicious, the view unbeatable and our server, Ralph, did an excellent job meeting our needs and taking care of us.

DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This restaurant has a little bit of everything, Ocean view, bar (indoor and outdoor) and good food. The also have a private parking lot. We have gone to the restaurant several times and always order the "Fishboard," which is a choice of fish, cooking method, sauce and 2 sides. We enjoy both the indoor and outdoor bar (in the Summer) with a beautiful Ocean view.

CG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed the shellfish. It was fresh, clean,,cold and nicely served. The filet mignon and broccoli dinner was served cold. Returned to the kitchen and served cold again.

SP
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rooney's is REALLY NICE. We moved to the area last year. We go out a lot. Rooney's is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is so fresh and delicious. The Angry lobster is amazing. The staff is so friendly and happy to be there. Our go to spot.

JF
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great meal.

LM
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great ocean view and lots of choices!
We loved the appetizers especially the lobster wraps.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The service was good and the food was great.

r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving Dinner with plenty of options. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive.

NS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delish! We enjoyed all the thanksgiving favorites

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The food was just so, so. Limited selection. Not like in prior years. The shrimp were small. The desert table was very limited and not very good. I liked the bisque soup. The food could have been better.

RR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Was overpriced for a restaurant staffed with mostly immigrants speaking spanish in your face.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our fourth Thanksgiving that we spent at Rooney's. A selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes are available ,buffet style, as is the raw bar. Everything is delicious, the lobster bisque is especially decadent.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving... food was awesome huge selection. Raw bar outstanding. View unbeatable saw himpcack whales during our meal!!!

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We were here for the Thanksgiving buffet. The food was delicious and well prepared. The raw bar alone was probably worth the price, but the dessert table was a little on the skimpy side. Service was good, but of course, the place was mobbed so it was on the leisurely side. They didn't attempt to put extra tables in to squeeze the most out of the day, so it was nicely laid out with a beautiful view of the boardwalk, beach and ocean. We plan to go back for the Sunday buffet in the future.

SW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Had Tuna and developed nausea flushing (turned bright red) headache abdominal cramps typical of Scombroid Poison went t the ER was confirmed.

w
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Rooneys is a good seafood restaurant with a great location on the Atlantic Ocean. The service was okay with some delays to get drinks. The apps that are non seafood are not worth the price. 4 Ribs for thirteen dollars is ridiculous.
We had lobster, Trout, flounder, halibut and all were prepared as ordered. One perplexing item is their unwillingness to substitute a side . Its a bit nickel and dime like when your dropping $400 for five people. Do not order coffee. it sits in a big carafe apparently and it is not good. Try cappuccino instead. Its not a memorable experience but consistant for seafood.

J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is always fun. It makes dining out a pleasure. The view is spectacular and the menu is very good. The food is excellent and the service a pleasure.

KT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and very attentive staff! Truly a enjoyable evening!

NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought a friend from Ohio. She loved it all; the food, the view and the service!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

During the week restaurant is quite, great views of boardwalk and ocean, food was great as well as the service, no complaints! Would recommend.

JP
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great Sunday brunch. Would go again. I prefer Rooney’s off season.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

W. Courtney was a phenomenal waiter!

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Randi, was FABULOUS -
Food - DELICIOUS.
View - on point.

A beautiful day.

J
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing dinner. In the area for parents weekend at Monmouth University.

Thank you!

y
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I was surprised with how much I was satisfied with the food and the service. Food was good, and the staff is very professional, and attentive. I would recommend Rooney's to my family and friends.!!!!

LM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Rooney’s this past Saturday night. Everyone was so friendly, the restaurant and the surrounding views were beautiful, and of course the food was delicious!

LF
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is incredible. We went with chargrilled and molinari oysters, with lobster bisque for appetizers. Then we had their chopped salad topped with a piece of blackened salmon and a pan seared rainbow trout in a cranberry and apple cider sauce with brussel sprouts and carrots. Homemade bread pudding for dessert. Our waitress was perfect. Looking forward to having our company's holiday party here next month.

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. Delicious lunch with friends. 100% worth the drive.

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This restaurant doesn't disappoint. We take friends there often as the view is wonderful as is the service and the food.

GW
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Now is the perfect time to dine at Rooneys - the beach traffic is gone so it is much easier to obtain a reservation. Rooneys is a treat for lunch or dinner and now the brunch buffet is back - run do not walk to Rooney’s for a quality experience

MP
Philadelphia
206 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Food not as good as our first visit. The surf and turf at $71 + 12 for crab stuffing was average at best.

G
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

The overall experience was good however the entree special was only fair. The halibut was way overcooked and lacked any flavor. I will return to Rooney's to give it another try.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Service very slow but worth the wait. Excellent meal. Our waitress was very nice and extremely helpful. I just don’t know what it took 3 hrs to order eat and leave. Very long...

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Live music in the bar way too loud. After ordering off the specials menu, our waiter came back to tell us they weren’t serving specials. My side order was missing. Waiter very nice and brought it out right away. The meal and cocktail very good. Good outweighed the bad.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent variety of food and deserts. Service was great also. I will definitely return for Sunday Brunch. Great value

BE
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Rooneys is my GO TO for so many things. Specifically the Sunday Brunch. We had a bad rain storm, and water came thru the ceiling and the windows. This was unfortunate, but we still had a GREAT time.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

We were really looking forward to dinner at Rooney's...so many " stories " about how wonderful it is...maybe it was an off night...server was inattentive and somewhat rude, drinks were forgettable and food was mediocre at best...crab bite app was DEFINITLY the crab stuffing they use in other dishes, formed into "bites" and served with a dipping sauce...artichoke and calamari were the best part of the meal...$400 for 4 of us (only 3 cocktails)!!!!...expected a much better experience. Dont think we will be back but also dont think they will miss us...

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Rooney's for our first wedding anniversary. We were staying in the area overnight and were looking for a good restaurant to dine in. We chose it due to the reviews. Our dining experience was excellent. Since it wasn't crowded and a little bit early for dinner @ 5:45 pm, we got to choose where we sit and picked a table with awesome views of the oceanfront. Our food was delicious although the risotto was a little bit salty for my taste. It's a little bit pricey but it was worth it. The staff is friendly and our server was attentive. My husband and I are planning to go back one day just for dinner. It's an hour and 15 min. drive but it's worth a trip if you're looking for some good food and nice ambience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Terrific meal , beautifully plated in a spacious setting directly on the oceanfront ! Great experience, looking forward to going again soon

AD
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very good. Our waitress Mia was awesome. Especially loved the ambiance. We will definitely be going back again.

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