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Sep 29, 2008 02:41 PM

Harpoon Willy's in Manasquan, what was I thinking??

First off, I know I recommended this place many times earlier this year because I thought it was just so great, but as time has proven I was SO WRONG!

We went with friends over the weekend for a simple, casual dinner. It started off bad when we waited and waited by the hostess stand with no one to seat us. The wait staff just stared at us as if we were crazy. I saw the owner by the bar gabbing it up with a group of guys, but did not even pay any attention to the hostess stand or the people in the dinning room.

Finally we got seated. The waiting started again for a waitress. (We really should have just went to SHipwreck, but we figured that place would be mobbed.) So we stayed and waited. When the young, very unfriendly girl approaced tthe table, she simply wanted our order all together...drinks and dinner all at once. I said no..we want drinks first, then we will order. She made a ridiculous smerk on her face and took our drink order..well guess what more waiting!

Again, the owner never once looked in the dinning room. We were not the only table waiting for things, the table next to us, a couple, one had their dinner almost half eaten, while the other had no meal yet. Unbelievable!!

Anyway, to make this long story short..the food sucked. The lobster avacado sandwich was missing...the needed a microscope to find it. Fish tacos were loaded with gook! so gross. The sirlion was all grizzle, and the cheeseburger came out rare, when ordered med. well...fries were cold too. Never go to order 2nd drinks as the waitress never returned, only to give us the check without asking if we wanted dessert.

Case in point, I WON'T BE BACK! I don't care if someone says it might have just been this one night. The place clearly showed they were no longer that busy, bustling restaurant it was when they first opened in Jan. or Feb. They also coould make sure the ladies room is stocked with supplies...maybe the owner instead of chatting away with kids at the bar, maybe he should do this job??

Therefore, I take back everything I EVER said about this horrible restaurant!

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  1. "when they first opened in Jan. or Feb" is this the place that is right off rt 70? haven't they been there for a long time? or do I have the wrong place?

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    1. re: mbw1024

      Same place, but they changed owners this past year.

      I almost totally agree with the OP, just not to the extremes. When they first opened I thought it was very good... nothing jaw-dropping but still very good. However, each time I've been there since I think the food/service has gotten progressively worse. Last time we had take out from there we pretty much tossed it. For what they're charging, you're better off finding somewhere else.

      1. re: white light

        Thanks white light. Funny, one of my neighbors said the same thing when I told her my experience over the weekend. She said out of 3 times going, it kept getting worse each visit.

        I agree also, too overpriced for basically a bar/pub style atmosphere.

      2. re: mbw1024

        Yes, this is the place. Trust me, you are not missing a thing!

      3. Wow - this is sad to see. We have only been there for drinks in the past few months and had no idea the service and kitchen had deteriorated so badly.

        1. Hate to say I told you so everyone but when this place first opened up under new management I gave it a very bad rating. After a brief chat with the new owner who was trying to resolve my complaints about his establishment, I knew it was a lost cause. He was clueless and that was the first and last visit for me. I too will not go back again.

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          1. re: JerzeyShore

            You were so right Jersey Shore! I should have never doubted you. A lesson I had to learn the hard way :(

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            1. I'm really surprised. The only complaint I've ever had about the place is that the service was bad (and it almost always is), and that it's REALLY noisy. I've never had food there that I haven't enjoyed. Really quite surprised.