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Blue Water Seafood - Red Bank

Has anyone been to the Red Bank location?

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  1. Have bot been but was in Red Bank Saturday and the place was packed, fairly early sat 645, 7:00. SI possibly a good sign. We went to VIA 45 which was excellent.

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    1. re: angelo04

      We decided to try something different in Red Bank on Sunday night. We got seated upstairs quickly (@6:45) – the stairs are steep but décor was appealing. We had a honey-ginger-soy calamari appetizer - it was different and tasteful, but after a 3-4 pieces, the sweet honey taste was overwhelming. My wife ordered the Buffalo scallops and I had the Lobster Raviolis based on some other website reviews. The scallops were awful – overcooked and the sauce to over the top. The Lobster raviolis at $27 were very disappoint – essentially puree lobster in a pasta envelop without any lobster chunks – way over priced. In fact, the last one I ate was undercooked and cold inside.

      As the place got crowded, the diners and wait staff had a difficult time moving around upstairs – bumping our chairs repeatedly as we were seated in a center table - get a wall or corner table if you do venture in. In fact, the manager stopped by to talk to a neighboring table and his butt was essentially in my wife back for 5 minutes until she politely moved her chair into him. He got the hint. The place was extremely noisy. I found it interesting that the wait staff had to run the food up from downstairs creating more traffic on the steps. The place is a BYOB – I always thought at a BYOB you were only allowed beer or wine, but I saw one table pouring out a little flash of I think scotch and another serving from a small Absolut vodka bottle.s We should have gone to Belford Bistro.

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      Belford Bistro
      870 Main Street, Belford, NJ 07718

      1. re: stickman731

        Sounds like one for my 'Must Miss' List.
        Not to worry: It'll be gone in a few months.

        1. re: stickman731

          First, the food sounds awful. Seafood for folks who are afraid that it might taste like fish.

          Second, your experience sounds dreadful. I feel sorry for you.

          Third, it is illegal in NJ for an unlicensed restaurant to permit consumption of "spiritous liquor."

          1. re: stickman731

            NJ ABC regulations do not permit patrons to bring distilled spirits into an establishment, but it is up to the establishment to enforce the law.

            1. re: equal_Mark

              To be clear, the prohibition is statutory (N.J.S.A. 2C 33-27) and deals with consumption. You can read it here: http://www.nj-statute-info.com/getSta...

              ETA - Upon reflection, I thought it worth noting that, although the establishment is responsible for prohibiting the consumption, it's a shit move for a patron to put them in that position in the first place

              1. re: MGZ

                In other words, it's OK to bring a bottle of scotch into a restaurant provided you only intend to use it as a hair tonic? :-)

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  Just clarifying the point that drinking liquor in a BYO actually exposes the owner to criminal liability. It's a disorderly person violation. If you, or someone in your party, brought it in, fine. You don't have to run it to the car. But, as I said, it's a shit thing to drink it or let your guests do so.

            2. re: stickman731

              re the managers butt in your wife's back

              the manager, like the owner have no idea of how rude they can be - as this scene happens frequently

              this happened frequently in their EB location - so we stopped going there

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            1. Keeping the thread alive. A friend recently told me that she has been loving this place. Has anyone dined here recently?

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              1. re: fershore

                My daughter just had dinner there and enjoyed it very much. The menu is basically the same as the Blue Water in East Brunswick, but the prices are higher in Red Bank. You are paying for the Red Bank location and the venue in RB is much nicer ambiance than East Brunswick. The food is good in both places. I ate in the RB location over the summer and the Ahi Tuna was excellent and quite plentiful.

              2. We went about 6 months ago on the recommendation of friends.

                The Red Bank location can be crowded and the downstairs is noisy. The open kitchen is located at the back behind some seafood tanks, but you can still pick up cooking noise in the dining area.. We went early so there wasn't a crowd, but later as people started to arrive it got loud. Upstairs is supposed to be quieter. Decor is modern, if not a little flashy.

                It is also a BYOB but then the mayor and his flunkies in Red Bank have their head up their backsides when it comes to licenses. Rumor is it costs $ 125k under the table to transfer a license in RB. Not to worry, there is a small package store about two doors down on the corner of West Front Street with a fairly good selection.

                The wife ordered grilled scallops and I got a fried seafood platter with flounder, scallops, clams and shrimp. Service was good if a little obsequious. It was obvious they were working hard for tips, and made a show of opening wine and refilling glasses. Food arrived relatively quickly, but then we were early.

                My food was good, perhaps a little dry, and the portion was enormous for $ 25. My wife's grilled diver scallops, however, were BURNED. There was so much char on one side that they had an acrid taste, and were basically inedible. My wife doesn't like to complain, but I insisted. The manager after looking at her portion comped her meal. The scallops were served with a side stir fry that was acceptable, if not exactly crisp and the portion was large for $ 28 with 6-7 big scallops.

                We haven't been back so I can't say if things have improved, but that meal was a tremendous waste of good ingredients. Diver scallops are a great thing, and increasingly rare, so to see them torched beyond all recognition was truly sad.

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                1. re: vikingkaj

                  Avoid at all costs! This restaurant is terrible and the fish looks like it came out of the nearby Foodtown seafood case. Unappetizing...pretentious atmosphere makes the place an honest joke.