Top 25 Jersey Shore Waterfront Restaurants

Top 25 Jersey Shore Waterfront Restaurants

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

Beach Tavern, Monmouth Beach

This stunning shore restaurant has scenic views of the Shrewsbury River to go along with some of the best food around. Go for either Burger Night on Tuesdays or Lobster Night on Thursdays plus some more of our favorite weekly specials! 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach (732) 870 8999

Harpoon Willy’s, Manasquan

Located right on the Manasquan River, Harpoon Willy’s is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood dishes or a burger and a beer while watching the boats go by. Maybe you’ll even catch some live music! 2655 River Road, Manasquan 732-223-2880

The Boondocks Fishery, Red Bank –OPENS MAY 17th

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! 1 Marine Park, Red Bank 732 747-7177

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. On Friday nights, take your sweetie for Date Night: $50 for two entrees, soup or salad, and a bottle of wine to share. 24th & Central Avenue, Seaside Park 732 854-1588

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. 1400 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732- 530-1414

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! 1485 Ocean Avenue Sea Bright 732 530-9760

Jack Baker’s Wharfside, Point Pleasant

Spend time on the Patio Bar, or sit inside – either way, Wharfside offers sweeping views of the water. Stop in for a drink, meal or some of the best seafood at the shore! 101 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach 732 892-9100

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. 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach 732 892- 0600

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. Feel free to wave to the boats as you dig into fresh seafood dishes and enticing sushi rolls. 708 River Road, Belmar 732 681-1177

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park
They say at Langosta, it’s where summer never ends. Being on the boardwalk on a nice winter day at Marilyn Schlossbach’s signature restaurant makes us wholeheartedly agree with that statement! 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park 732 455-3275

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 craving a Boardwalk specialty from cheesesteaks, to fresh cut French fries, or something more formal like lobster dinner & fresh crabs, Martell’s is the perfect place to hang out on a Jersey Shore beach day. 308 Boardwalk Point Pleasant Beach 732 892-0131

Mister C’s Beach Bistro, Allenhurst
Dine on the deck or dine inside – no matter where you sit at Mister C’s, you’ll always be just feet away from the beach! Their martini and cocktail selection is out of this world, so your best bet is to go for happy hour and stay for dinner. To take full advantage of this Jersey Shore oceanfront dining, be sure to attend one of their Full Moon Parties every month. On the night of the full moon, enjoy a prix fixe dinner, palm readings, and the chance to get some killer photos! Ocean Place and Allen Avenue Allenhurst 732 531-3665

MJ’s at Buttonwood Manor, Matawan

You’ll find MJ’s at Buttonwood Manor on scenic Lake Lefferts in Matawan. It’s a great place to enjoy pizza, burgers and steaks. Little known fact- Lake Lefferts was formed by the damming of Matawan Creek, home of the infamous Shark Attack of 1916 that is said to have inspired the film Jaws. 845 Route 34 Matawan 732 566-6220

Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank

Set on the beautiful Navesink River, The Molly Pitcher Inn, 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. 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank 732 747-2500

Off the Hook, Highlands
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! 1 Navesink Avenue, Highlands 732 872-2006

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. 10 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands 732 872-1424

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. Check out Thursdays on the Half Shell – relax with a cocktail and enjoy their new clambake inspired menu with a view of the river. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732 747-2500

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! 101 Parker Road Tuckerton 609 294-4281

Reels at Pier 281
, Brick
Newly opened Reels at Pier 281 has been turning out some of Ocean County’s best views & food! This BYO offers a wide variety of American fare and sushi. They’re also a dock and dine restaurant! 281 Princeton Ave, Brick 848 232-1361

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. 1600 State Highway 70 North Brick 732 840-1110

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
, Long Branch
If you’re looking for waterfront dining on Long Branch, look no further. We can’t decide which is our favorite thing at Rooney’s: the intimate dinner setting, the unbeatable Sunday brunch buffet, or the picture perfect view of the Atlantic. 100 Ocean Ave, Long Branch 732 870-1200

Martells Water’s Edge, Bayville

On any given day, Water’s Edge in Bayville takes you to your happy place right on the water. In the summer the offer live music 7 days a week, Take a seat at one of the many tables outside on their waterfront bar and grill or hang out at the bar where your favorite bartenders will shake up some drinks that go along perfectly with the weather. 125 Bayview Avenue Berkeley Township 732 269- 3000

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. 56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands 732 872-2266
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Oyster Creek Inn Restaurant and Boat Bar, Leeds Point
Fresh seafood literally right off the boat – that’s one of the reasons why Oyster Creek Inn has been attracting customers here by land and sea for many summers. Get your hands on Atlantic Flounder and Grouper with a side of NJ Day Boat Scallops and you really will feel like you’re home is where your boat docks. 41 North Oyster Creek Road, Leeds Point 609 652-8565