The Ivy Stone Diner in Iselin has been on my to-do list for a while. As most people know, I like seafood a lot. Growing up in Virginia Beach, you’re never far from seafood. The Ivy Stone Diner and Lounge, claims to have the “the best seafood” around.
I met my friend, Christine, for lunch. We arrived around noon, and there were only two other parties in the restaurant.
The Ivy Stone Diner is having a major identity crisis. Is it a diner? A nightclub? A bar? It’s a very fancy restaurant with minimal features that make it a diner. It’s nice, but the ritzy chandelier or moonlit bathroom sink hardly classify it as a diner.
It was clear the server was extremely new. He was nice and refilled our beverages when we asked. For only two other parties in the restaurant, the food came out very slowly. I felt like I’ve been to many other diners, much more crowded that the food came out quickly. It was borderline slow for a buddy restaurant let alone a diner with three parties.
The Ivy Stone Diner has a small menu. It more resembles a bar than a diner. There aren’t a lot if breakfast options. Since they are well known for their seafood, I ordered salmon and a Greek salad. I was shocked when I tasted the salmon.
For my salmon, salad, coffee the cost was $21. It was more on the pricy side for the quality of food and size.
Summary/Would I come back?
The Ivy Stone Diner is interesting and not the usual “diner.” It’s not a bad stop, just a very ok restaurant.
Questions for you:
Do you like seafood?
Is your area known for anything?