Harpoon Willy's

4.5
729 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Waterfront Dining on the Manasquan River. We at Harpoon Willy's pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere, fresh, delicious food, and great service. Our food, wine, and rotating craft beer draft specials are always changing, but our go-to favorites will keep you coming back again and again. The spacious bar with its spectacular views make it a great place to meet friends for lunch, dinner, or just to enjoy a drink, or you can spend a cozy afternoon in front of our dining room's large stone fireplace. Harpoon Willy's can accommodate small private parties and also offer off-site catering for your events.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 729 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LynnB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Willies sea bake is an excellent choice and lets you stay within healthy eating guidelines. The only problem we encountered was the tails on the shrimp in the pasta dish. Makes eating it very messy despite its good flavor

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vipBandB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service5ambience4

The restaurant has a fabulous setting with broad views of the River. Our waiter was outstanding; great service from him & the servers.
Food was quite decent for he price, tho shrimp in the shrimp & pasta dish could have been larger.
Tables are well spaced with plastic dividers between those that could not be 6’ apart.
The primary reason for 2 stars is that the waiting areas were overcrowded, and there was absolutely no attempt to require masks while waiting. Was disturbing to have several boisterous groups not wearing any face coverings.

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JParla
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always very good but the prices are crazy, even for a burger. It was packed so obviously it doesn't bother anyone else.

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vipGmanandfriendsfromtexas
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Average food for a high price. And they have plexiglass hanging between tables which is a little ridiculous. Probably will not got back any time soon

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Offpit
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent. Great food, something for everyone . Miss my fig and goat cheese burger though.
Need to put the crab meat cocktail appetizer back on menu too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the river views especially at sunset. Enjoyed my meal. Wish they would improve the outside area looking at construction barrels takes away from ambiance.

Still very nice experience overall.

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SHEREOTH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Easter Sunday it was not mobbed so that was nice. Food came out quickly and the service was good & the food was great as always. I go there for Brussels sprouts especially. It’s nice that there are tables outside by the river for the upcoming warm weather. I will be back for that

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PeteC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. A little expensive from what I remember from prior visits, but the food was very good. I would go back in the future.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We sat at the bar (Sunday) Bartender was server. He overcooked my burger to the extreme. Never asked us once how our meals were. The steamed shrimp came out in a bowl of water? My wife,s Tuna was very good though. I would not go back, bartender was a hack.

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NancyH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was good. The singer Saturday night was great. The main issue was our seat. The people by us did not give us room between the panel. They kept banging into our seats.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I called to update my reservation and apparently no one wrote down the updated party size, but they still took care of us and were great

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ChristineK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . The view of the river was nice

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vipFircap
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have visited many times and always a good meal!

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IeshaG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and we loved it !!! I would definitely recommend

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BobM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Friendly and attentive staff. We have never had a bad meal there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place.

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CatherineH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! Very clean and felt very safe to be there! Glad I chose here for my first meal out in OVER A YEAR!! Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On Wednesdays they have a clam bake special with 20 clams!!! Only $15!!! Sooo good! We ordered 3!!!

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vipken29
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the coconut shrimp salad and we also had the lobster salad and our grandson had a great hamburger food was excellent the service was attentive the atmosphere was very nice and will visit very soon.

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LauraP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HWs is always fun and serves consistently good quality food! The risotto that came with the scallops was delicious, lobster salad had enough meat for two and the Brussel sprouts were yummy. Great deal on Sunday with half price mimosas all day!

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was over priced for the quality. We were also rushed be the server.

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TriciaB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the casual ambience @ friendly service ..fun place to meet friends ...

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Simba
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been coming here for a while now. Plastic partitions are up separating tables and are a little bit too close for comfort. Food is consistently good.

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vipChefWannie
London
39 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Local vibe

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DonnaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time there. Food and service were fantastic.

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StephanieM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

I've been to harpoon Willy's lots of times and always had a great experience, but this time was a terrible one. My husband and I each ordered soup, and I ordered the dinner special blackened scallops. I even reiterated that I wanted the blackened ones, because there are two other kinds on the menu. First, our server matt brings me an appetizer scallop. I told him I had ordered the blacked scallop special. He returns with another scallop dish, which was also NOT the one I ordered. At this point I told him just leave the scallops that I DIDN'T order and please bring me the 2 sides that come with the dinner special. By the time I got those the scallops I had left were cold and my husband was done with his dinner. Our server didn't offer to take anything off of the bill, or give us a dessert and he made sure to charge me for the more expensive entree that I never even ordered. Despite my other great experiences, this was enough to make me not want to come back. When you are paying 30$ a plate, you should get what you want and what you order.

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KathyP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Harpoon Willy’s. I don’t know what they put on the fish tacos but I can’t wait to go back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service!

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BrickBrad
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

You my have to wait to seat a short while, but it's worth it!

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DaveS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

One of our two hamburgers ordered rare was cooked med rare, fries were warm, onion rings were cold. Haven't been there in a while, and surprised that we were were not as satisfied as prior visits.

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vipiggy
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice staff and view. Food was very good and I will look forward to going back in the summer when I can sit outside.

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MelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was really good. We’ve been to this restaurant many times before. We were a little bummed only because they put us in the small side room instead of the main dining room but with Covid we didn’t have much choice to switch so we left it as is. Not a big deal.

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PeteR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance and view of the river. Good happy hour an daily specials.

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richard
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little pricey. Nice view of Manasquan river , really good food , and great service. There was only one waitress taking care of many tables but she was one of the best servers i've ever had. Looking forward to going back in warmer weather and sit outside.

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AmandaF
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but I wish we had a table by the window.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good , service was good also. Nothing else stood out.

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JohnE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As always atmosphere and food was great. The dining room is very cold though. Very drafty. I would try to sit where the fireplace is next time for sure.

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vipDawnS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as usual. Food was fresh and served hot. Our dinners were spectacular tasting. Our appetizer was clams on a half shell and they were fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is so welcoming and Genna was so personable and friendly, making the whole experience a perfect one.

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KatieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome. Food was delish. One of my favorite restaurants in the area!

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GregE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual. Love this place!!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Harpoon Willy's using the Order Online button. Harpoon Willy's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 223-8880.

Harpoon Willy's is rated 4.5 stars by 729 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.