Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill has quickly become the new standard for elegant, relaxed seaside dining here in Cape May County. Located on the shores of the Atlantic in the heart of beautiful Diamond Beach, Coastal Blue features modern American cuisine with a distinct Caribbean flare and characterized by local ingredients sourced daily.
Coastal Blue specializes in open-air dining and invites patrons to savor the sights, sounds, and salt air of the ocean side from their magnificent island trellis. Inside, the chic yet incredibly comfortable dining room offers seating for families, large parties, and couples alike. The restaurant’s bright and inviting interior was designed by renowned Travel Channel resort designer Blanche Garcia and is representative of the South Beach theme that makes the Hotel Icona experience so unique to our shore.
Here, the Chef presents a varied menu of contemporary classics and coastal favorites, including some of our area’s most premiere seafood selections. Though the Coastal Blue vibe remains casual, all dishes are prepared and presented in a fine dining style. The Coastal Blue Crab Cakes are just one of many Chef’s specialties and noteworthy signature entrees. They are broiled and include the most tender jumbo lump crab meat for a melt in your mouth taste sensation. The Gourmet Stack Burger has caused quite the culinary stir, demonstrating Coastal Blue’s impressive innovation. This “stackable” twist on an American classic features quarter pound angus beef, grilled medium, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion and is served on a toasted brioche bun. Diners are encouraged to add additional “stacks” for just $3 each. Diners seeking a romantic catered beach dinner in a more intimate setting are encouraged to inquire about Coastal Blue’s Chef’s Table located on Hotel Icona’s third-floor rooftop deck.
The Coastal Blue staff shares a single vision – the continued satisfaction and comfort of each patron. They remain focused on warmth, excellent service, and ultimate relaxation. The Coastal Blue dining experience should be a vacation in itself, and this staff attends weekly training sessions in order to assure such an escape. Coastal Blue is 100% kid-friendly and offers an exclusive menu of kid favorites including a Homemade Mac and Cheese.
Coastal Blue’s sprawling in-house bar has become a preferred meeting place for neighbors and friends, featuring a lively scene. Stop by daily for Coastal Blue’s traditional Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring cocktail, beer, and wine specials. Their Reverse Happy Hour, however, is the talk of Diamond Beach. From 10 p.m. to close, enjoy $4 featured beer as well as the $5 featured wine and $5 featured cocktail of the evening. When late night cravings strike, Coastal Blue’s Reverse Happy Hour answers with deals on BBQ Chili Wings, Braised Short Rib Nachos, Calamari Tempura, and more.
Make this modernist Margaritaville your destination to enjoy a lovely sunny day, to treat loved ones to a casual fine dining treat, or simply to marvel at the stunning shores of Diamond Beach.
9701 Atlantic Ave, Diamond Beach
(609) 224-1124, www.coastalbluenj.com