The Ultimate Local’s Guide to Jersey Shore BYOB Restaurants

The Ultimate Local’s Guide to Jersey Shore BYOB Restaurants


Jersey Shore BYOB restaurants are the best of both worlds. Not only are they rich in flavors, including everything from seafood to pancakes, but they’ll also make you richer, saving you some money on the alcohol portion of the bill. We hope you enjoy these restaurants as much as we do because even though they lack a bar menu, they make up for it elsewhere.

We’ve taken the time (and the pounds), yet again to comb through a number of Jersey Shore restaurants (even taking advice from our readers – thanks!) to come up with an updated Jersey Shore BYOB restaurant list that is sure to please every palette.

For the sake of geographic simplicity, we’ll classify the Jersey Shore as Monmouth and Ocean Counties for this article (take a look at our more in depth guide to Monmouth County BYOBs and Ocean County BYOBs). Yes, we know the Jersey Shore spans much farther south. Give us time… our stomachs are getting there!

An Insider’s Guide to Jersey shore BYOB Restaurants 

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Belmonte’s, Asbury Park

Walk into Belmonte’s any day of the week, and you’ll be greeted by a packed house, classic homemade Italian food, and all the sounds you would expect to come out of an Italian American kitchen. Get there early or prepare to wait, it’s well worth it! 632 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park 732-776-7500 www.belmontesap.com/



Blend on Main, Manasquan

Located adjacent to the Inn on Main, Blend delivers a creative fresh menu that was thoughtfully crafted by Chef Lou Smith. Their weekday prix fixe menu is a great opportunity to sample some of his creations. 152 Main St, Manasquan 732-223-0030 www.blendonmain.com



The Bistro, Red Bank

At The Bistro you’ll find outstanding dining, featuring a diverse menu featuring different pizzas, sushi, salads, all made from the freshest seasonal ingredients. Their Cracklin’ Calamri Salad and their Kobe Beef Burger are two dishes that always get ordered. 14 Broad St, Red Bank 732-530-5553 www.bistroatredbank.com

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The Cheese Cave, Red Bank

Gourmet cheeses sandwiches and charcuterie pair perfectly with wine or beer! Make sure you check out their $5 Friday deals, cheese tastings and lecture schedule. But be forewarned, their superior cheese menu will ruin any future non-Cheese Cave cheese experiences! 14 Monmouth St, Red Bank 732-842-0796 http://thecheesecave.co/

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The Chicken or the Egg, Beach Haven

There’s no need to choose between breakfast, lunch, or dinner here. Open late night, The Chicken Or the Egg is the ideal spot to bring a few beers to pair with their wings or some champagne to pair with the egg. 207 North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven 609-492-3695 www.492fowl.com

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Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport

Two words… VooDoo Shrimp! (We just can’t think of much more to say here. Everything on the menu is delicious – it’s Mardi Gras in your mouth!) 25 Church St, Keyport 732-739-9219 www.drewsbayshorebistro.com/

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Graze Restaurant, Little Silver

Ever since transitioning to Graze Restaurant, Chef Laercio Chamon Jr. (just call him Junior), upped his game, bringing world-class dishes to the Jersey Shore. Pair your favorite wines or ales with swoonworthy dishes featuring local ingredients including Duck Tacos and Stuffed Local Squid. 151 Markham Pl, Little Silver 732-747-9988 http://graze.restaurant/


Lentil Tree, Asbury Park

Don’t mistake the small storefront for small flavor. Lentil Tree hits big on Lebanese dishes, which is why lingering over a bottle of wine, while maybe even trying a Hookah for the first time should be on your to do list. 808 5th Ave, Asbury Park 732-455-5066 www.lentiltree.com/

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Mangia Brick Oven, Shrewsbury

Mangia e bere at Mangia Brick Oven where they’ll be happy to open your favorite Tuscan red as you dive into dishes that are broiled to perfection in their brick oven. There are even plenty of gluten free options! 1087 Broad St, Shrewsbury 732-579-9000 mangiabrickovenpizza.com/

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MonAlyssa Italian Restaurant, Pt. Pleasant

Not just your favorite pizzeria, MonAlyssa Italian Restaurant has been described by diners as a true hidden gem. All it takes is a few steps beyond the pizza counter and you’ll enter a world where the pork chops perfectly cooked every single time. 1635 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant 732-899-9199 monalyssarestaurant.com/


Monticello at Red Bank, Red Bank

With a prime location and an eye for fresh ingredients, Monticello is as close as you’re going to get to scenes from an Italian restaurant where you can bring a bottle of red and a bottle of white without breaking the bank! 69 Broad St, Red Bank 732-450-0255 www.monticelloatredbank.com/

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Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza, Brick

Bringing the entire family out for pizza and pasta doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be delicious. At Nino’s, it’s both, making the kids happy with over 18 versions of coal fired pizza and the adults happy that they don’t have to pay full price for their favorite drink. Just another reason to order another pie! 66 Brick Blvd., Brick 732-255-7700 www.ninoscoalfiredpizza.com/

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Oda House Jersey, Toms River

Have you ever had authentic Georgian dishes? We’re pretty sure you haven’t, which means you’re in for a treat. Let Maia at Oda House prepare some of the country’s dishes that are rich in flavor. Culinary points for bringing in some chacha to drink! 600 Mule Rd., Toms River 848-224-4584 odahousejersey.com/


Panini Bay Waterfront, Tuckerton
Located at almost the southernmost part of Ocean County, you can dock and dine at this Tuckerton waterfront Italian restaurant featuring a creative menu by Chef Ivar Johnson. 101 Parker Rd, Tuckerton 609-294-4281 www.paninibay.com/

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Patricia’s of Holmdel, Holmdel 

Heads up to big eaters and gluten free diners, Patricia’s of Holmdel may become your new favorite restaurant. Just be sure to make a reservation, especially on the weekend, because this place is no longer under the radar, especially with hungry locals! 2132 NJ-35, Holmdel 732-275-0234 www.patriciasofholmdel.com/


Patrizia’s, Red Bank 
Known for their homemade breads, cheeses and pastas paired with select meats, and seafood in seasonally inspired dishes. You can bring your own wine or purchase a bottle from their wine list. For those who are truly hungry, their Family Style menu will have you waving your white napkin in defeat from too much food – no birthday needed! 28 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-741-5555 www.patriziasofbrooklyn.com/

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Peach Pit Café, Manasquan

The name is as cute and ripe as this breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Manasquan. Located within Blend On Main, Peach Pit Café is the daytime version of what Chef Lou wants to eat. Choose from a number of omelets, benedicts, and ”eggciting” breakfast sandwiches while sipping on a mimosa – all you have to be bring the bubbly. 152 Main St, Manasquan 732-223-4748 blendonmain.com/peach-pit-café/


Porcini, Highlands

One of our favorite places to eat is also one of our favorite Jersey Shore BYOB restaurants. This young culinary power couple has successfully transformed this small space into a pasta powerhouse. Don’t believe us? Go try it for yourself – and whatever you do, don’t forget to order the Pork Osso Bucco, which goes perfect with that bottle of Amarone. 168 Bay Ave, Highlands 732-291-3080 https://restaurantporcini.com/

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Red’s Lobster Pot, Pt. Pleasant Beach

This seasonal restaurant is a fixture at the Jersey Shore. Set along the docks of Pt. Pleasant, it’s a front row seat to seeing what the local fisherman are hauling in… and most likely was the same route your dinner made before it landed up on your plate. 57 Inlet Dr, Point Pleasant Beach 732-295-6622 https://redslobsterpot.com/


Reels at Pier 281, Brick

Sweeping views of the Metedeconk River are just one of many reasons to dine at Reels at Pier 281. Fresh seafood, excellent service, large portions, and the fact that it’s a Jersey Shore BYOB are just bonuses. 281 Princeton Ave, Brick 848-232-1361 www.reelsat281.com/


Senza Cucina, Bayville

Do not let the pizza fool you. Senza Cucina is way more than just a pizza date. You’ll feel like you’re “in the know” as you dine on classics like Linguini Carbonara and crispy Risotto Rice Balls. 333 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville 732-503-4470 www.bayvillepizzadelivery.com/

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Siam Garden, Red Bank

There’s no need to book a ticket to Thailand. Located in The Galleria, Siam Garden is not only a culinary exploration, but the décor feels like you’ve been transported to an exotic location – not one that’s a few minutes from your house. If you have a group, try and get the semi-private nook. It’ll help dampen the noise as you delve into your second (and third) bottle of wine. 2 Bridge Ave, Red Bank 732-224-1233 Siamgardenrestaurant.com/

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Taylor Sam’s, Brick and Red Bank

Breakfast, brunch, and lunch – Taylor Sam’s has it all. The only way to make that dish of Breakfast Pizza better is to pair it with some booze. (Hey you can have it for a late lunch too!) 1563 NJ-88, Brick 732-458-7267 http://taylorsams.com/

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Temple Gourmet Chinese, Red Bank

Upscale Chinese food made with fresh ingredients. Their Lobster Fried Rice is always a show stopper when it comes out of the kitchen, and their Black Bean Filet Mignon may just be the best filet at the shore! 91 Broad St, Red Bank 732-212-8858 templegourmet.com/


Toast, Red Bank and Asbury Park

Linger over a plate of Disco Eggs and a stack of Red Velvet Pancakes as you and your friends enjoy glasses of spiked OJ and grapefruit juice. After all, they’re motto is “Peace, Love, and Pancakes!” It’s a Jersey Shore brunch spot that is here to stay (luckily for us). 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank 732-224-1234 toastredbank.com

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Via 45, Red Bank

We’re not the only ones singing the praises of Via 45. If you haven’t had the chance to dine there, let the fact that you can BYO push you to make a reservation. Yes, you’ll need a reservation, especially on the weekend! 45 Broad St, Red Bank 732-450-9945 www.via45.com/


Via Roma, Toms River

We know your idea of Italian food may be dishes that are smothered with cheese, which is why Via Roma is the Italian restaurant for vegans. Seriously, you don’t even have to be a vegan to love the Vegan Stromboli and Eggplant Parmigiana! 2360 Lakewood Rd, Toms River 732-364-1980 viaromatomsriver.com

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Via Veneto, Brick

Friendly service, delicious classic Italian dishes that Italian home cooks approve of, and a location that makes it a mini secret, Via Veneto may soon become your family’s Sunday hangout. Kennedy Mall, 629 Brick Blvd, Brick 732-477-2618 viavenetoristorante.com/


Whipped, Red Bank

Don’t be fooled by the tagline “A Creperie and Dessert Bar.” Whipped has everything you need for a savory meal. Try the Cuban crepe: BBQ pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, BBQ sauce and pickles. They’ve also got a lunch deal and event space. 6 Monmouth St, Red Bank 732-747-0076 www.whippedcreperie.com/