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Top 25 Jersey Shore Waterfront Restaurants

Best Of | Melissa Beveridge

The temperature is rising. The days are getting longer. And with that, long days at the beach and fun in the sun are just days away. Sitting inside for dinner and drinks just doesn’t sound like the way you would want to end your day at the beach or your day cooped up in the office. Instead, visit one of our top picks for Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants. We promise the only thing that out does the food are the views.

Whether you’re traveling by land or sea, these Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants know how to embrace the summer in all its glory. Watch as the fishermen head home for the night along Sandy Hook and Pt. Pleasant Inlet. Or catch the colors of the sunset as it sets on another great Jersey Shore day.

Now that we’ve found the best Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants in the area, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. After all, it’s not summer at the Jersey Shore until you’re enjoying a cocktail on the deck!

Jersey Shore Waterfront Restaurants – The Best of Monmouth & Ocean County

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1. Ama Ristorante, Sea Bright

Whisk yourself away to a night where you may start singing “That’s Amore” as you look over the Atlantic Ocean. It may not be the Mediterranean, but we have to say the food comes pretty close! Enjoy specials any day of the week, from a free bowl of Mussels with your entrée on Thursdays or a three-course prix fixe on Fridays. Whether you dine on al fresco overlooking the ocean wall or inside, there are ocean views from every table. Bon Appetite!

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2. Black Trumpet, Spring Lake

Set in the picturesque oceanfront town of historic Spring Lake, the Black Trumpet offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic in the Grand Victorian Hotel. Take in the landscape as you dine on dishes that feature the best seafood that New Jersey has to offer.

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3. The Boondocks Fishery, Red Bank

When you dine at Boondocks Fishery, you’re literally dining on the Navesink. Open from the spring to the fall, owner Kelly Ryan has perfected the art of making the perfect lobster dishes that you can enjoy in a casual and fun atmosphere. If you’re feeling like a “Lob*Star” be sure to join in on the fun every Tuesday and Wednesday where you can enjoy two lobsters, corn and potatoes for just $25.95. It’s a deal and a restaurant that’s hard to beat!

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4. Brielle River House, Brielle

Take in the astonishing views of the Manasquan Inlet as you relax at one of the two main bars on the deck of the Brielle River House. Enjoy classic seaside dishes while sitting out on the patio, or cozy up to the beautiful outdoor (and covered) Mahogany Bar where you can still get updates on your favorite team. Either way, you’ll enjoy unobstructed views of the Manasquan River.

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5. Captain’s Inn, Forked River

If listening to great music while drinking some cold ones sounds like a day that you want to be a part of, check in at the Tiki Bar at Captain’s Inn in Forked River. Hear the palm trees sway, watch the boats go by, and enjoy some delicious seafood dishes. You’ll feel like a captain that’s making it happen!

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6. Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar and Grill, South Seaside Park

If we’re talking about location, Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar and Grill hits it out of the ballpark. Just south of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and right before the picturesque Island Beach State Park lies Chef Mike’s ABG, a restaurant who’s sweeping views of the ocean come a very close second to the food. In the summer, take your drink and tapas on the beach and nestle in Jersey style.

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7. Cubacan Restaurant and Bar, Asbury Park

Cubacan Restaurant and Bar brings spicy Latin flavor to the Asbury Park boardwalk. Dine outside with the beach just steps away. Feel the ocean breeze as you take a sip of Cubacan’s perfected mojito. Order the Paella Valencia and you’ll feel like Cuba is just a (legal) trip away.

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8. Daddy O, Brant Beach

Feel like you’re on top of LBI this summer with a visit to Daddy O in Brant Beach where the rooftop bar offers unobstructed views of the Atlantic and the Barnegat Bay. From the perfectly stringed lights to the inspiring menu including one of our favorites the Grilled Pork Belly, Daddy O is a must this summer.

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9. Eventide Grille, Sea Bright

One of the best places to watch the sun go down over the water is at Eventide Grille in Sea Bright. Join them for Happy Hour all week long or for a dining experience that will have you wondering why you didn’t eat here sooner. After a day at the beach, you can hang out with friends, enjoy a drink (or two), and watch the sun go down on another perfect Jersey Shore day.

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10. Il Giardino Sul Mare Restaurant, Forked River

Il Giardino Sul Mare Restaurant features floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the lagoons in Forked River. Dine on great food at affordable prices as you watch the boats wade by. We also hear that the calamari is the best around.

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11. Jenkinson’s Pavillion, Point Pleasant Beach

Surely you’ve had pizza or ice cream from Jenkinson’s after a day on the boardwalk, but their ocean front restaurant serves some of the best sandwiches at the shore! Their beer battered cod sandwich, along with their french dip are among our favorites at the shore, and no meal at Jenks would be complete without either their PEI mussels, a burger or some little necks. Casual oceanside dining at its best.

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12. Klein’s Fish Market, Belmar

It’s easy to score a table with a view at Klein’s Fish Market in Belmar where the deck offers many opportunities to soak in the sun and watch as the fishing boats haul in their catch. It’s not unlikely to wave to the boats as you dig into fresh seafood dishes and enticing sushi rolls.

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13. Martell’s Tiki Bar, Pt. Pleasant

There’s no place that we dream about as often as Martell’s where a day spent lounging on the beach ends with a frozen margarita. Take your pick of seats on Martell’s Tiki Bar pier that ends at the ocean’s edge. Whether you’re just gearing up for the rollercoaster or heading home to apply some aloe vera, Martell’s is a great place to rejuvenate.

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14. Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank

Set on the beautiful Navesink River, The Molly Pitcher Inn Restaurant, one of the most notable Inns at the Jersey Shore, offers an elegant dining experience with a side of salty water breezes. For a more casual setting, head to the International Bar that offers lighter fare with the same panoramic views. It’s a classic for a reason.

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15a. Off the Hook, Highlands
& 15B. On the Deck, Atlantic Highlands
At Off the Hook there are no bad days because everyday you can see the “Hook,” Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean just a short distance away. With views like these, it’s not hard to imagine why Off the Hook has been a local hangout in the Highlands for over 10 years and is considered a top choice for one of our favorite Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants. No trip to Off the Hook is complete without a pitcher of their red sangria!

If you’re looking for a breathtaking sunset, visit their sister restaurant – On the Deck in Atlantic Highlands. While you’re enjoying the view, be sure to order up some local favorites including the Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Taco and the Baked Stuffed Clams.

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16. The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank

When you’re looking for sophistication wrapped up in a cool atmosphere and sweeping views of the Navesink River, head to The Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. Power up your boat, set your sail, or just pretend you have a boat to ride as you enjoy waterfront dining at its best.

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17. Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant, Tuckerton

Whether you’re traveling by land or sea, Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant offers an opportunity to enjoy one of the best Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants that Ocean County has to offer. Tie up your boat at Panini Bay’s large dock, then make your way inside (or outside) to enjoy tasteful Italian fare. Don’t forget it’s a BYOB – B can stand for boat, but we also mean bottle!

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18. Pucker Lemonade and Beach Fries and Tony’s, Asbury Park Boardwalk

If you’re ever looking for that perfect cheesesteak and tart lemonade to fill you up and cool you down, visit Pucker and Tony’s on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Yes, you may have to wait in a line, but we’re telling you this boardwalk grub is absolutely worth it. Because sometimes you just want a good beach meal without any of the fuss.

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19. Red’s Lobster Pot, Pt. Pleasant Beach

When you’re in the mood for just really fresh, no nonsense seafood that’s straight off the boat, Red’s Lobster Pot located on the tip of the Pt. Pleasant Inlet is the place to go. You’ll feel like you’re in the know as you join the locals, ordering up plates of fresh Jersey clams and of course, lobsters.

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20. River Lady Cruises, Toms River

Set sail with River Lady Cruises in Toms River for one of the best Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants (it could be argued that we should we say on the water restaurant instead.) Take a two and a half hour cruise where you can enjoy a historical lunch, dinner, or some dancing. Whatever your speed, River Lady Cruises is the best way to get the summer started off on the right foot. Like the old saying says, start the summer on the water and end it on the water. (Ok, maybe we just made that one up.)

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21. River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar, Brick

Maybe you know River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar for their stellar Happy Hour, but did you also know it’s one of the most beautiful Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants in Ocean County too? Start or end the night at River Rock where you’ll enjoy casual waterfront dining all year long.

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22. The Dutchman’s Brauhaus, Ship Bottom

We really can’t think of that many places where you can eat some authentic German food while hanging out on an outside deck overlooking the Barnegat Bay. Get the full German experience in the Old World Dining Room overlooking the water or get outdoors on the large deck for cocktails while sipping a local favorite, the Super Mary.

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23. Water’s Edge, Bayville

On any given day, Water’s Edge in Bayville takes you to your happy place right on the water. Take a seat at one of the many tables outside on their waterfront bar and grill and maybe order up the Edge Burger, a fan favorite. Or hang out at the bar where your favorite bartenders will shake up some drinks that go along perfectly with the weather.

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24. Whispers, Spring Lake

Need to take your significant other out for a romantic date on the water? Make a reservation at Whispers in Spring Lake, located right next to Devine Park and only blocks away from the beach. It’s a night out that is sure to impress.

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25. Windansea, Highlands

You know it’s summer when Windansea opens their outdoor Tiki Bar and dining are. Whether you make your way to the patio by boat or car, you’re guaranteed a night that’s filled with great music, delicious food, and intoxicating views.

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