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

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

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

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

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

Jersey Shore Waterfront DiningJoe Amiel’s Bay Pointe Inn, Highlands
Award winning restaurateur Joe Amiel brings his newest restaurant concept to Sandy Hook Bay Marina. Indoor and outdoor dining for casual lunches, romantic dinners, and family gatherings. Featuring fresh fish, live Maine lobster, prime aged steaks, house made desserts, and an international wine list. Live entertainment, cocktails and dining at the BPI bar or dockside at the Captain’s Bar. All with panoramic views of Sandy Hook Bay and the Manhattan skyline. 1 Willow Street, Highlands, NJ.

Jersey Shore Oceanfront DiningCubacan, Asbury Park
Another chic spot in Asbury Park, right on the boardwalk. Sit out on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine, some creative Cuban cuisine, and a great spot for people- (and ocean-) watching at this Jersey Shore oceanfront dining destination. 800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park (732) 774-3007

The Boondocks Fishery, Red Bank (Seasonal)
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

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

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

jersey shore waterfrontThe Columns, Avon-By-The-Sea
One of only two Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants in the quiet seaside town of Avon, is a local landmark. A popular spot for off the beach lunches and post sun cocktails, The Columns has been luring locals and visitors alike for its can’t miss views from their wrap around porch to daily specials and live music. 601 Ocean Avenue, Avon-By-the-Sea 732-988-3213

Windansea, Highlands (Seasonal)
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

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

Jersey Shore Oceanfront DiningStella Marina, Asbury Park
Stella Marina is a great option for trendy dining in Asbury Park. Grab a specialty cocktail, a seat on the patio, and feast on delicious modern Italian cuisine. 800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park (732) 775-7776

oyster creek 2Oyster 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

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


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

Sirena Ristorante, Long Branch
Pier Village in Long Branch has so much to offer, it can be really difficult deciding where to eat. Head into Sirena, where you can enjoy some seriously good, high-quality Italian food, paired with a glass of wine or cocktail. Their patio seating is somewhere you may find yourself never wanting to leave! Check out their Happy Hour details here and weekly specials also! 27 Ocean Ave, Long Branch (732) 222-1119

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

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

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

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