“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”

And that is our promise to you.  We take your reviews of our restaurant in earnest, they aren’t just a means for us to bask in our glory, but instead to ensure that your experience at Blend on Main is so memorable that you can’t wait to return.

It is our opinion that nothing is static. We are either continuously improving the experience at Blend on Main or heaven forbid heading in the other direction.  We gather reviews feverishly to ensure that if we can’t achieve perfection we come as close to it as humanly possible every time you visit.

“We held a 70th birthday party for my Mom in late March 2015 with about 30 people. We shared the large room with a baby shower- and there was a beautiful fireplace in the middle of both parties, and the separation gave us enough privacy, but they looked like they were having a great time too! The room had excellent lighting and great ambiance- the staff couldn’t ask enough times if we were happy or what else they could do. BYOB allowed us to have a table setup as a bar- they supplied the buckets, glasses, it worked great. The food was awesome, we selected the lobster bisque, my favorite was the crab cakes and the sundae desert was well received. Plenty of parking- and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend!”

– Patty V

“I experienced two occasions at Blend on Main, both creative and tasteful! Chef Lou and his wife Tara are on top of customer service. We had my daughters bridal shower brunch on a snowy Saturday morning without a hitch. Chef provided a calm and inviting atmosphere even though 7 of our guests could not arrive due to the weather. The warming fireplace was just what we needed! The menu was timely and delicious! I was treated so professional and with grace I decided to bring two business associates for lunch, exceptional! And that experience gained the support of two more pleased customers. The cobb salad is delicious! French toast, flat bread pizza special and the drunken donuts to die for! Pack your bottle of wine or champagne and stop by Blend on Main, a great addition to our shore community. We are looking forward to sitting at the umbrella bistro tables when the warm weather arrives.”

– Linda S

“We had a fantastic dining experience. The service and food were excellent. We will definitely be visiting Blend again. Our compliments to all involved.”

– Ken Smith

“Great meal, good service. As we are local, we will be back and will bring our friends. I also like that you send weekly menus to my email.”

– ellen griesser

“Food, preparation, presentation and service was excellent. I have lived in Monmouth County all my life and the Blend is one of the top 5 restaurants on my list.”

– Norman Mirne

“My wife and I dined at the restaurant the second week of September, 2014. We were impressed the second we walked into the restaurant. The décor was very tasteful and the fireplace added a great touch! The staff was extremely polite and very attentive. The food was magnificent……My wife had the scallops and was totally satisfied with the presentation and taste. We are looking forward to returning as soon as possible……..and have been suggesting Blend to all of our friends.”

– Allen G.

“We truly enjoyed our dinner experience! Everyone was friendly and professional and of course, the food was exceptional. We’re definitely bringing our friends soon!”

– Janet L.

“Hi“`I just wanted to let you know–my husband, myself–my sister and her husband had dinner at your restaurant last week. It was absolutely wihtout a doubt ” TERRIFIC”–not only the food was excellant from begining to end–the waitress was also so very pleasant and very informative..Being in our own business for over forty years–it is always nice to extend positive thoughts in any regard. From appetizre to dessert( RING DING)–it was perfect. Cannot wait to return which I am sure will be very soon“ Thank You again–for all you have done“`and I am sure will continue to do so. Sincerely, Fran”

– Fran F

“My husband and I had a great dining experience. It was a cozy atmosphere and the service was great! The food from the appetizers, entrees to the dessert were all unique and delicious. We will be going back!!”

– Robin

“I have been holding off writing this review for two reasons: firstly I wanted to check the consistency of the food quality (dined here 3 occassions and can’t wait to get back) and secondly I did’t want to share this restaraunt with others, Let me begin by saying that upon entering The Blend we were greeted with a warm welcome -once seated the wait staff were attentive ,available and knowledgeale- the food – fresh food that is freshly cooked by the chef with a lot of love. Whatever you order from the steaks to the duck to the halibut everything is tasteful and creative. The quality of the food shines–highly reccomend The only negative is it is a little noisy”

– Rich

“I dined at Blend with my husband and 11 year old daughter during the first week it opened. We were greeted by a lovely hostess. There is such a warm, comfortable feeling in Blend from the minute you walk in. We were seated by the double sided fireplace which was perfect on a chilly night. Our server was polite and knew the menu well when asked about different dishes. We ordered the Asian calamari as our first course and it was tender and delicious! We will definitely be ordering that again on a future visit. Next, we shared the Blend salad and we were not disappointed as it was another hit. For our main course I chose the filet mignon which was served with broccoli rabe and these amazing tater tots filled with Gorgonzola. My husband ordered the special surf and turf (filet mignon and crab cake). His crab cake was fabulous and full of lump crab. My daughter ordered the filet from the children’s menu and it was served with mashed potatoes. The filets were cooked to our liking, tender and delicious. Dessert was next and because we couldn’t decide between the ring ding for 2 and the drunken dough nuts, we ordered both. And, both did not disappoint. The dough nuts were served hot with a delicious jelly to dip. The ring ding was out of this world. Truly original and definitely worth every calorie. Will we be back? You bet!! Blend was a wonderful dining experience. A warm, comfy atmosphere with good service and quality, delicious food.”

– Tracey B.

“Blend has delicious, beautifully presented food. Their staff is well-trained and friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect for fine dining. If you’re local, you definitely have to try this place out. And, if you’re not, well then make plans and a reservation… It’s worth the trip!”

– Michael M.

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Top shore chefs share what’s on their holiday table

You know them as the faces behind some of your favorite restaurants, but for four local chefs, the holidays are about bringing great dishes to their own tables.

We asked Lou Smith of Blend on Main in Manasquan, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson, Dominick Rizzo of Catch in Red Bank, and Joe Leone of Joe Leone’s in Point Pleasant Beach and Sea Girt about the holiday foods they prepare for their families and what they enjoy this time of year. Here’s what they had to say:

Blend on Main joins Manasquan restaurant scene

At Blend on Main, the style and the substance is on the plate, not on the walls.

Manasquan’s newest restaurant is the culmination of one chef’s career, a mix of all the menus he has ever put together.

“That’s what American cuisine is,” said Lou “JR” Smith, chef-owner of the Main Street eatery. “It’s a blend of cultures.” …


Manasquan Welcomes a New Restaurant Downtown

Chef and Owner Lou Smith opened Blend on Main (152 Main St.) on March 1 with the intention of creating ‘the finest restaurant in New Jersey.’

Attached to the Inn on Main, Blend sits on the corner of Main St. and Rt. 71/Union Ave./Taylor Ave. in downtown Manasquan.

Blend on Main
Laurie Cataldo

The new restaurant is beautifully decorated, feeling nice and warm, and still elegant.

There’s a great fireplace in the dining room that adds to the cozy feel.

Blend on Main

There are plenty of large windows along Main St., which allows for great people-watching as you dine.

But let’s talk about what really matters…the food.

I got to sample some passed tapas-style goodies last night, and was really impressed with Chef Lou’s work.

One of my favorites was a play on onion soup in a bread bowl. This was served bite-sized, which a great caramelized onion flavor…I could have had 10 of them.

Blend on Main
Laurie Cataldo

I also loved the edamame dumplings, lobster mac and cheese, spicy gazpacho, and the house made macarons for dessert.

Not everything sampled is available on the regular dinner menu, but I’m certainly looking forward to going back to try several things!

Blend on Main
Laurie Cataldo

I’m excited to have another great option for fine dining here at the Jersey Shore.

Bonus: They’re participating in Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, so you’ll be able to try a 3-course meal at Blend on Main for only $30.14!

You can make reservations by calling 732-223-0030 or through OpenTable. It’s a B.Y.O.B., so come prepared, but there’s a liquor store just down the street, if needed. They are closed Mondays. Parking is available behind the building.

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