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Help finding waterfront restaurant, 60 people, great food?

What I'm actually looking for is an alternative to Whispers - the owner won't call me back so I won't be able to book there. It's a top-rated (for the area) food spot that happens to be on a very pretty lake.

I'm a little desperate and looking for alternatives. There's lots of ocean that would work, and a few more lakes, and hopefully some of the places have good food? Worth-driving-2-hours for good. Any traditional western cuisine - french, american, italian.

We're very open on location. Our date (in august) is set. I'll call to check availability, but could any of you make recommendations, please?

The ideal place is not tacky, near (if not on) the ocean or a lake, maybe it has light colors and high ceilings in the room that's meant to fit 60-ish people, and the food is unobjectionable if not to-die-for good.

All recommendations appreciated.

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    1. re: arpad

      The food's good? When were you there last, and what did you get?

      How was the service?

      1. re: FazaMonster

        I held a week long training event at Molly Pitcher, with breakfast and lunch provided, and fifty or so hotel rooms booked. The event ran wonderfully, and the food was very good.

        1. re: johnlockedema

          Alright, great, will put it on the list. Thank you.

      1. re: MGZ

        I would book Whispers but the owner/manager is an asshole. I'm now looking for replacements.

        1. re: FazaMonster

          In that case, you shouldn't have a problem finding a better choice for food and view. For example, Stella Marina, on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park has an upstairs space that is a very cool spot.

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          Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
          1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

      2. Check out Stella Marina in Asbury Park - It's right on ocean boardwalk. This trendy restaurant has a very large space including downstairs, upstairs and outside dining.

        Go here: http://stellamarinarestaurant.com/

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        Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
        1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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        1. re: JerzeyShore

          +2 for Stella. Don't forget the adage that the quality of food is inversely related to a restaurant's proximity to the water.

        2. Does anyone have opinions on Raven and the Peach?

          Or David Burke Fromagerie?

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          David Burke Fromagerie
          26 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ 07760

            1. http://www.leclubavenue.com/

              This is our favorite waterfront restaurant.

              1. Not truely waterfront, but the Shipwreck Grill in Brielle has wonderful food. Probably my favorite "shore" restaurant! Delish!

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                Shipwreck Grill
                720 Ashley Ave, Brielle, NJ 08730

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                1. re: Angelina

                  Good restaurant indeed, but if you are going to be able get them to do a private party for 60 in August you are either going to have to back a truck full of hundred dollar bills up the the deck or have some mighty compromising video of the owners.

                  1. re: MGZ

                    OMG, MGZ!!! You are sooo right!!! I totally forgot that part! :) I just kept focusing on Waterfront, Great food!

                    Thank you for clarifying!!! :)

                    1. re: Angelina

                      Back in the day when it was the (affectionately referred to) Horrible (Harbor) Inn, we were able to convince them to let us commandeer the deck for (often impromptu) private parties. The setting was wonderful - breezes off the river, just enough shade, even cheap drinks. The food, however, was unforgiveably bad. I recall once having a plate of fried "fresh" shrimp brought out where a dozen or so right out of the fryer pieces had been dumped on top of another dozen that were right out of the freezer. Dreadful. In fact, it was not unheard of for guys to sneak subs on the deck.

                      I just wish I could afford to bribe them to let us try it again with the present kitchen. It certainly has the fixings to make for a fantastic spot to pass a summer afternoon.