About Us

A few words about us

Blu Grotto Ristorante consists of a beautiful conservatory dining room, 3 large outdoor decks and an open air Beer Garden.
Blu Grotto will serve modern and classic adaptations of regional Italian favorites, hand made and imported dry pastas, fresh seafood and prime steak. The restaurant will also feature a deep and eclectic wine list and artisanal cocktails, all served in an environment that has to be seen to be believed.

What are we offering

Blu Grotto is proudly serving modern adaptations of classic, regional Italian fare.  Locally sourcing as many ingredients as possible, Blu Grotto believes that the Italian method of serving what is freshest and comes from closest to where you live makes for the best possible ingredients.  Our beverage program consists of artisanal cocktails, extensive beer and by the glass wine offerings and a deep wine list by the bottle that has perennial favorites as well as esoteric wines from around the world.

Upcoming Events

Sinatra Red Sauce Sunday

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
2 Seatings
4:45pm and 7:15pm
For Reservations 732-571-7900

Served Family Style

Mussels & Clams Posillipo * Baked
Eggplant Parmigiano * Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese * Crab & Asparagus Salad

Primi
Fusilli with Vodka Sauce * Pasta Fagioli * Spaghetti Alio Olio * Ziti with Sausage Ragu

Secondi
Veal Chop Parmigiana * Chicken Savoy * Steak Pizzaiola * Tuna Caponata

Dolci
Tiramisu * Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

$50 per guest plus tax and gratuity

Includes soft drinks, coffee and tea and one glass of house red or white wine
No substitutions please

Prime Rib Wednesday

(Every Wednesday Dinner)

First Course- Choice of:

Tomato Salad, Shaved Red Onion, Smoked Blue Cheese, Chianti Dressing

or

Baby Wedge & Poached Shrimp, Grated Egg, Radish, Dressing Louie

Main Course

Roasted Bone in Prime Rib, Carbonara Creamed Kale, Natural Au Jus

Dessert

Nonna’s Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

$50 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Call 732-571-7900 for Reservations

Our Team

James Corona

James Corona

Executive Chef

Chef James Corona is a Batali and Bouley alum who is lauded for tapping into modern Italian cuisine with a soulful yet minimalist approach. Chef Corona showcases high-quality ingredients on each plate without complicated additions.

Jennifer Perri

Jennifer Perri

Assistant General Manager & Events Director

Jennifer has honed her craft at some of the best restaurants in NJ. She has worked previously as a dining room captain at Elements in Princeton and Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen in Morristown. She has great attention to detail and a strong work ethic. These are the traits that have gotten Jennifer to where she is today in this industry.

Elvin Kehres

Elvin Kehres

General Manager

Elvin has had quite an illustrious career in the restaurant industry. From dining room captain at Fromagerie and Frog and the Peach to manager of the Stage House and Ryland Inn in North Jersey, Elvin has lived and breathed fine dining for some time now. Most recently Maitre’D at the venerable Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi in New Brunswick, Elvin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team here at Blu Grotto.

Amalio Rodriguez

Amalio Rodriguez

Bar Manager

Amalio is our creative bar manager here at Blu Grotto. Through his career he has worked with many talented individuals who have all added to his knowledge of sprits, beer, wine, and hospitality. Now with Blu Grotto, he will continue to create great cocktails while maintaining a familiarity to our guests.

Zuppe e Insalate

  • Zuppa Del Giorno
    MP
    Daily Soup
  • Baby Iceberg Wedge
    14
    Poached Shrimp/Radishes/Egg/Dressing Louis
  • Farro Panzanella
    12
    Beefsteak Tomato/Roasted Peppers/Hazelnuts/Pecorino
  • Kale & Romaine Caesar
    10
    White Anchovy/Parmigiana Crisp/Classic Dressing
  • Fennel & Orange
    10
    Baby Arugula/Sicilian Olives/Pistachio/Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Old School Chopped
    12
    “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” / Chianti Vinaigrette

Crudo

  • Oysters
    12
    Mignonette/Bourbon Cocktail Sauce/Lemon
  • Tuna Tartar
    12
    Asparagus/Capers/Bottarga
  • Beef Tartar & Beets
    12
    Cured Egg Yolk/Pickled Mustard Seed/Horseradish Aioli
  • Hamachi Crudo
    12
    White Gazpacho/Smoked Paprika Oil/Thai Basil
  • Beef Carpaccio
    12
    Celery Root/Apple/Shaved Parmagiano

Antipasti

  • Mediterranean Octopus
    18
    Nduja Potatoes/Pesto Siciliano
  • Short Rib Meatballs
    14
    Tomato Sauce/Creamy Polenta/Whipped Ricotta
  • Shishito Peppers
    12
    Smoked Sea Salt/Sherry Vinegar
  • Shrimp Cocktail
    16
    Bourbon Cocktail Sauce/Lemons
  • Posillipo Clam Toast
    14
    Chorizo-Fennel Soffritto/Toasted Garlic Bread
  • General Taos Calamari
    14
    Toasted Sesame/Scallion/Calabrian Chili
  • Bone Marrow & King Krab
    24
    Pickled Ramp/Celery Gremolata/Basil Breadcrumbs
  • Hand Stretched Mozzarella
    14
    Prosciutto di Parma/Tuscan Melon/Basil/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Roasted Oysters
    14
    Seaweed Butter/Pancetta/House Kimchi
  • Stuffed Piquillo Peppers
    16
    Lump Crab Meat/Goat Cheese/Saffron Aioli

Primi

  • Mezzi Rigatoni Norma
    18
    Caramelized Eggplant/Tomato/Ricotta Salata
  • Garganelli
    19
    Classic Ragu Bolognese/Shaved Parmigiana
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
    20
    Pesto Genovese/Pine Nuts/Parmigiana
  • Lemon Fettuccine
    26
    Lobster/Peas/Truffle Cream/Lobster Bottarga

Secondi

  • Grilled Swordfish
    30
    Cauliflower Siciliano/Salsa Verde/Crispy Panelli
  • Scottish Salmon
    28
    Whipped Parsnip/Pancetta Brussel Sprouts
  • Pork Chop & Peppers
    28
    Broccoli Rabe / Hot & Sweet Peppers
  • Spice Seared Tuna
    30
    Smoked Eggplant/Black Garlic/Chickpea Caponata
  • Pekin Duck Breast
    34
    Umbrian Lentils/Swiss Chard/Blueberry Mostarda
  • Herb Roasted Chicken
    26
    Zolfini Beans/Sausage Calabrese/Black Kale/Tomato
  • Diver Sea Scallops
    30
    Charred Broccolini/Maitake Mushrooms/Marcona Almond Brown Butter
  • Short Rib Pizzaiola
    28
    Wild Mushroom Farrotto/Shaved Parmigiana

Bisteca

  • Veal Chop Saltimbocca, 16 oz
    40
    Prosciutto/Sage/Fontina Crusted Polenta/Porcini/Marsala
  • 28 Day Dry-Aged NY Strip, 14oz
    38
    Roast Cipollini Onion/Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes
  • Bone-In-Filet Mignon
    60
    Creamed Garlic/Charred Broccoli/Truffled Sauce Diane

Contorni

  • Tuscan Herb Fries
    6
  • Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes
    6
  • Mushroom & Hot Cherry Peppers
    8
  • Creamy Polenta, Pancetta, Peas
    10
  • Spinach, Pine Nuts, Raisins
    10
  • Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Garlic, Pepperoncini
    12

Our Lunch Menu

$25 Three Course Price Fix Menu (Ala Carte Pricing Shown)

Antipasti

  • ZUPPA DEL GIORNO
    MP
    daily soup
  • Fennel & Orange
    10
    Baby Arugula/Sicilian Olives/Pistachio/Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Local Organic Greens
    8
    Seasonal Berries/Quinoa/Tomato/Ricotta Salata
  • Old School Chopped
    12
    “Everything but the Kitchen Sink”/Chianti Vinaigrette
  • Kale & Romaine Caesar
    10
    White Anchovy/Parmigiana Crisp/Classic Dressing
  • Mozzarella Caprese
    12
    Heirloom Tomatoes/Basil/Fresh Mozzarella
  • Fried Calamari
    14
    Hot Cherry Peppers/Marinara
  • Tuna Tartar
    12
    Asparagus/Capers/Bottarga

Secondi

  • Orecchiette Pugliesi
    22
    Italian Sausage/Broccoli Rabe/Chickpea
  • Mezzi Rigatoni Norma
    16
    Caramelized Eggplant/Tomato/Ricotta Salata
  • Garganelli
    19
    Classic Ragu Bolognese/Shaved Parmigiana
  • Pennoni Della Nonna
    20
    Vesuvius Tomatoes/Basil/Parmigiana
  • Spaghatini Vongole
    22
    Manila Clams/Toasted Garlic/Pepperoncino
  • Scottish Salmon
    26
    Fregola/Sugar Snap Peas/Jersey Corn/Basil Yogurt
  • Grotto Burger
    18
    Pat LaFreida Burger/Nueske Bacon Jam/NY State White Cheddar/Hand Cut Fries
  • Chicken Paillard
    20
    Arugula/Grape Tomatoes/Red Onion/Parmigiana
  • Skirt Steak
    24
    Tuscan Herb Fries/Roast Asparagus/Red Onion Marmalade

Beer Garden

Welcome to the Beer Garden!

Beer Garden hours:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Opens at 4pm
Sunday: Opens at Noon,
Food available at 2pm
Closed Monday – Wednesday

Bands & Entertainment:

Please look at our events page here for upcoming bands and events:

https://www.facebook.com/BGBeergarden/events/?ref=page_internal

Follow us on Instagram @blugrottonj

DRAFT BEERS

  • Asbury Park Brewing
    7
    Pale Ale- Asbury Park, New Jersey 5.1%
  • Stone Brewing IPA
    7
    India Pale Ale- Furuvellir, Escondido, California 6.9%
  • Ommegang Rare Vos
    7
    Amber Ale-Cooperstown, New York 6.5%
  • Goose Island Sofie
    7
    Saison/Farmhouse Ale-Chicago, Illinois 6.5%
  • Goose Island Matilda
    7
    Belgian Strong Pale Ale- Chicago, Illinois 7.0%
  • Troegs Sunshine Pils
    7
    American IPA-San Diego, California 7.0%
  • Full Pint Brewing Rye Rebellion
    7
    Imperial Stout-North Versailles, Pennsylvania 11.0%
  • Sixpoint Sweet Action Ale
    7
    Cream Ale- Brooklyn, New York 5.0%
  • Weihenstephaner
    7
    Hefeweissen- Freising, Germany 5.4%
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
    7
    Bourbon Barrel Ale- Lexington, Kentucky 8.2%
  • Keegan Ales Joe Mama’s Milk Stout
    7
    Imperial Stout-Kingston, New York  8.0%
  • Carton 077XX
    7
    Indian Pale Ale- Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 7.8%
  • Ellicottville Caramel Apple Cuvee
    7
    American Strong Ale- Ellicottville, New York 8.5%
  • Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
    7
    American Brown Ale-Newport, Oregon 5.2%
  • Kentucky Pumpking Barrel Ale
    7
    Pumpkin Barrel Aged Ale-Lexington Kentucky 10%
  • Stone Brewing Tangerine Express
    7
    Indian Pale Ale- San Diego, California 6.7%
  • Dogfish Head Sequence Ale
    7
    Sour-Milton, Delaware 4.9%
  • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
    6
    Grapefruit Hefeweissen- Frankfurt, Germany 2.5%

Bottles & Cans

  • Brooklyn Lager
    4
    Lager- 5.2%
  • Blue Moon
    5
    Witbier-5.4%
  • Corona Extra/ Light
    5
    American Adjunct Lager-4.6%
  • 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
    6
    Watermelon Wheat Beer-4.9%
  • Guiness
    6
    Irish Stout- 4.2%
  • Abita Purple Haze
    6
    Lager/Fruit Beer-4.2%
  • Purple Monkey Dishwasher
    6
    American Porter- 6.7%
  • Budweisser
    5
    American Adjunct Lager 5.0%
  • Coors Light
    4
    Light Lager- 4.2%
  • Miller Lite
    5
    Light Pilsner-4.17%
  • Possman Pure Cider
    7
    Hard Cider 5%
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
    6
    American Amber/Pale Ale-5.2%
  • New Belgium Glutiny
    6
    Gluten Reduced Pale Ale-6%
  • Owls Brewing The Blondie
    5
    Radler- 3.8%
  • Crabbies Ginger Beer
    6
    Ginger Beer 4.8%
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    4
    Lager- 4.74%
  • Heineken/ Light
    6
    European Lager-5.0%
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager
    5
    Lager-4.9%
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    5
    Shandy- 4.2%
  • Sixpoint The Crisp
    6
    German Pilsner-5.4%
  • Allagash White
    7
    Witbier-5.1%
  • Allagash Hoppy Table Beer
    7

Neapolitan Pizza

  • Margarita
    15
    Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Basil
  • Meat Lovers
    19
    Fennel Sausage, Salami Calabrese, Short Rib Meatball
  • Basil Pesto
    17
    Smoked Mozzarella di Buffalo, Ricotta, Grape Tomato
  • Norma
    16
    Roasted Eggplant, Mozzarella, Ricotta Salata, Basil
  • Quatro Formaggio
    18
    Four Cheeses, Prosciutto di Parma, Baby Arugula
  • Wild Mushroom
    20
    Garlic, Fontina, Truffle Oil
  • Puttanesca Siciliano
    16
    Anchovy, Olives, Capers, Tomato Sauce
  • Pepperoni
    17
    Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Local Honey

Hand-Stretched Mozzarella

  • Caprese Style
    12
    Jersey Beefsteak, Beyond Organic Basil
  • Burrata Mozzarella
    14
    Eggpant Caponata, Aged Balsamic
  • Caprese Style
    12
    Jersey Beefsteak, Beyond Organic Basil

Small Bites

  • Oysters on the Half Shell
    MP
    Mignonette, Lemon
  • Shrimp Cocktail (4/order)
    16
    Cocktail sauce, Horseradish, Lemon
  • Short Rib Meatballs (3/order)
    14
    Whipped Ricotta/ Tomato Sauce/ Crostini
  • Street Corn
    12
    Calabrian Chili Aioli, Grated Parmesan
  • General Tso’s Lamb Chop (4/order)
    18
    Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Scallions
  • BG Burger
    16
    Brioche Bun, NY State Cheddar, Neuske Bacon, Seasonal Pickled Vegetables
  • Market Greens
    8
    Grape Tomato, Cucumber, White Balsamic Vinaigrette

We do Cocktails

  • Moscow Mule
    10
    Devotion Vodka, Lime Juice, Honey, Ginger Beer
  • Cosmopolitan
    10
    Titos Vodka, Triplum Sec, Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice
  • Mojito
    10
    Cańa Brava Rum, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Goslins Dark Rum
  • Daiquiri
    10
    Cańa Brava Rum, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup
  • Mai Thai
    10
    Cańa Brava 7 Year Rum, Triplum Sec, Orgeat, Lime Juice
  • Margarita
    10
    Tequila Cabeza, Triplum Sec, Lime Juice, Agave

House Cocktails

  • La Tormentone
    10
    Nardini Aqua di Cedra, Lemon, Mint
  • Venetian Mai Thai
    10
    Nardini Mandorla, Blood Orange liquor, Orgeat, Lime Juice

Beer Garden Happy Hour

Thursday-Sunday 4:00-7:00PM

Beer Garden Happy Hour

Thursday-Sunday 4:00-7:00PM

$2 off all Draft Beer

$1 off Select Domestic Bottles

$5 Titos Mixed Drinks

$7 Titos Martinis

$7 Mixed House Drinks

$1 Oysters (6 Minimum)

Classic Mignonette

$10 Parmesan Edamame – Chilli Ponzu Sauce

$8 Fried Pickles – Smoked Gorgonzola Ranch

$14 Shrimp Cocktail – Cocktail Sauce

$12 Short Rib Meatballs – Whipped Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, Crostini

Wine Down Here

$7 Sommeliers Selection of Red or White

Parties & Events

For Party & Event Questions or Bookings, Contact: Jennifer Perri

JenniferPerriBluG@gmail.com

(732) 571-7900

Cocktail Hour

$20 Per Person – (1 Hour) Select 5

Mussels Braised In Beer

Meatball Sliders

Hot Wings

Bratwurst In A Blanket

Sausage & Peppers

Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders

Mac & Cheese

Pretzels & Pimento Cheese

Market Green Salad

Ceaser Salad

Fried Oyster Poboy

Peel & Eat Shrimp

Grilled Vegetable Antipasta

Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil

Mediterranean Spreads With Flatbread

Crostinis Tray

Each Additional Hour ($20 Per Person)

Beer and Wine Package

$20 Per Person – (3 hours)

Included in this package are 1 House White, 1 House Red, and Select Beer.

Standard Open Bar Package

$40 Per Person – (3 hours)

This package includes all Beer Selections 2 White wines, 2 Red Wines, and all call liquors listed below. It does not include specialty cocktails.

Vodka- Titos and Absolute

Rum- Cana Brava Rum, Goslings Dark Rum

Gin- Beefeater, Tanqurae

Tequila- Tequila Cabeza only

Whisky- Jack Daniels, Bullet Bourbon, Makers Mark

Three Course Menu Standard

$55 Per Person

1st Course

(Choice of 2)

LOCAL ORGANIC GREENS

seasonal berries / quinoa / tomato / ricotta salata

~or~

FENNEL & ORANGE

baby arugula / sicilian olives / pistachio / citrus vinaigrette

2nd Course

(Choice of 3)

GARGANELLI

classic ragu Bolognese / shaved parmigiana

~or~

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

zolfini beans / sausage calabrese / black kale / tomato

~or~

SCOTTISH SALMON

fregola / sugar snap peas / jersey corn / basil yogurt

3rd Course

(Chef’s Dessert Selection)

Three Course Menu Plus

$65 Per Person

1st Course

(Choice of 2)

FENNEL & ORANGE

baby arugula / sicilian olives / pistachio / citrus vinaigrette

~or~

OLD SCHOOL CHOPPED

“everything but the kitchen sink”

2nd Course

(Choice of 3)

NY STRIP

28 day dry aged / rosemary parmesan potatoes / cippolini onions

~or~

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

zolfini beans / sausage calabrese / black kale / tomato

~or~

SCOTTISH SALMON

fregola / sugar snap peas / jersey corn / basil yogurt

3rd Course

(Chef’s Dessert Selection)

Four Course Menu Standard

$65 Per Person

1st Course

(Choice of 2)

LOCAL ORGANIC GREENS

seasonal berries / quinoa / tomato / ricotta salata

~or~

FENNEL & ORANGE

baby arugula / sicilian olives / pistachio / citrus vinaigrette

2nd Course

(Choice of 2)

ARANCINI QUATTRO FORMAGGIO

saffron risotto / 4 cheeses / salsa rosa

~or~

GENERAL TAOS CALAMARI

toasted sesame / scallion / calabrian chili

3rd Course

(Choice of 3)

GARGANELLI

classic ragu Bolognese / shaved parmigiana

or

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

zolfini beans / sausage calabrese / black kale / tomato

~or~

SCOTTISH SALMON

fregola / sugar snap peas / jersey corn / basil yogurt

4th Course

(Chef’s Dessert Selection)

Four Course Menu Plus

$80 Per Person

1st Course

(Choice of 2)

FENNEL & ORANGE

baby arugula / sicilian olives / pistachio / citrus vinaigrette

~or~

OLD SCHOOL CHOPPED

“everything but the kitchen sink”

2nd Course

(Choice of 2)

BURRATTA MOZZARELLA

strawberry marinara / smoked prosciutto / panelle fritti

~or~

GENERAL TAOS CALAMARI

toasted sesame / scallion / calabrian chili

3rd Course

(Choice of 3)

NY STRIP

28 day dry aged / rosemary parmesan potatoes / cippolini onions

~or~

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

zolfini beans / sausage calabrese / black kale / tomato

~or~

GRILLED SWORDFISH

salsa verde / lemon potatoes / roasted lemon

4th Course

(Chef’s Dessert Selection)

Standard Family Style
3 Course Menu

$45 Per Person

1st Course

(Choice of 2)

LOCAL ORGANIC GREENS

seasonal berries / quinoa / tomato / ricotta salata

~or~

KALE & ROMAINE CAESAR

white anchovy / parmigiana crisp / classic dressing

~or~

SHISHITO PEPPERS

smoked sea salt / sherry vinegar

~or~

ARANCINI QUATTRO FORMAGGIO

saffron risotto / 4 cheeses / salsa rosa

~or~

SHORT RIB MEATBALLS

tomato sauce / creamy polenta / pecorino romano

2nd Course

(Choice of 3)

GARGANELLI

classic ragu Bolognese / shaved parmigiana

~or~

PENNE PAPALINA

prosciutto / peas / parmigiana crema

or

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

zolfini beans / sausage calabrese / black kale / tomato

~or~

SCOTTISH SALMON

fregola / sugar snap peas / jersey corn / basil yogurt

~or~

PORK CHOP & PEPPERS

broccoli rabe / sweet & hot peppers

3rd Course

(Chefs Selection of Assorted Desserts)

Plus Family Style
3 Course Menu

$65 Per Person

1st Course

(Choice of 2)

LOCAL ORGANIC GREENS

seasonal berries / quinoa / tomato / ricotta salata

~or~

FENNEL & ORANGE

baby arugula / sicilian olives / pistachio / citrus vinaigrette

~or~

GENERAL TAOS CALAMARI

toasted sesame / scallion / calabrian chili

~or~

SHORT RIB MEATBALLS

tomato sauce / creamy polenta / pecorino romano

~or~

STUFFED PIQUILLO PEPPERS

lump crab / goat cheese / saffron aioli

~or~

SHORT RIB MEATBALLS

tomato sauce / creamy polenta / pecorino romano

2nd Course

(Choice of 3)

GARGANELLI

classic ragu Bolognese / shaved parmigiana

~or~

RICOTTA GNOCCHI

pesto genovese / pine nuts / parmigiana

~or~

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

zolfini beans / sausage calabrese / black kale / tomato

~or~

SCOTTISH SALMON

fregola / sugar snap peas / jersey corn / basil yogurt

~or~

NY STRIP

28 day dry aged / rosemary parmesan potatoes / cippolini onions

3rd Course

(Chefs Selection of Assorted Desserts)

Contact Us

Blu Grotto NJ

200 Port Au Peck Ave
Oceanport, NJ 07757, United States

(732) 571-7900
info@blugrottonj.com

 

Opening Hours

Tues-Thurs:
Noon – 10 pm
Fri:
Noon – 11 pm
Sat:
  5 pm – 11 pm
Sun:
  4 pm – 9 pm

Location

Located past the intersection of Oceanport and Port au Peck, towards Monmouth Train station. Our entrance is highlighted by a hand crafted arch.

Get in touch

Reservations

Order by Phone

Prefer to make your reservation via phone? Give us a call! You can contact us between 11am and 10pm ever day of the week. Our Phone number is (732) 571-7900