(Updated August 7, 2019) Ah, the summer. A time when the days seem longer as the weekends run into the workweek and the time spent by the water increases ten fold. For those lucky of us to have a boat or know someone who does, there’s nothing quite like grabbing a drink and some food at a Jersey Shore dock and dine restaurant on any given summer evening.
No matter what sort of shape your ship is in, these Jersey Shore dock and dine restaurants welcome you by land and by sea. Just tie off your boat and head on in or grab some food and hang out on your boat (you know you’re just making everyone jealous).
*Note: We have a hard enough time as it is picking out our favorites along the Jersey Shore, which is why these Jersey Shore dock and dine restaurants are listed randomly. You choose who’s best!
The Guide to Jersey Shore Dock and Dine Restaurants
Give the Dockmaster a call 30 minutes before you arrive (732-870-8999), and he’ll have you ready to come ashore to enjoy some killer food and drinks to go with it! We recommend going for Lobster Night on Thursdays, but you can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu – or their incredible view over the Channel Club Marina. 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach (732) 870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/
Easily one of the most popular spots to enjoy a summer sunset, Eventide Grille is also popular for boaters who enjoy the ease of docking their boat, drinking a cocktail and listening to live music, all within minutes. Located along the Shrewsbury River, just a short boat ride away from the Sandy Hook Inlet, Eventide Grille sets the record high when it comes to making the most out of your summer sunset (and giving you the most bang for your buck at Happy Hour!) 1400 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright (732) 530-1414 http://eventidegrille.com/
Proving Ground, Highlands
Looking to dine at one of the hottest (and newest) waterfront locales – by boat? Trama’s at One Willow is expertly combining waterfront dining, extraordinary flavors, and of course dock and dining in one location. Just be sure to call the Sandy Hook Bay Marina (732-872-15111 or VHF 7) to reserve a slip. 1 Willow Street, Highlands 732-730-7770 http://tramasatonewillow.com
Fancy up your three-hour tour with lunch or dinner at Panini Bay. Captains of boats big and small are welcome to tie off and take a break to enjoy Italian dishes that have left quite an impression on visitors. This historic waterfront restaurant is the perfect ending (or beginning) to your day out on the water. (Don’t forget it’s a BYOB – bring your own bottle and boat!) 101 Parker Road, Tuckerton (609) 294-4281 https://paninibay.com/[broadstreet zone=”54949″]
This Jersey Shore dock and dine will have you pulling up tiki side at Klein’s Fish Market and Waterside Café. See how your boat stacks up to the ones pulling into and out of the marina while you set your sites on that large yacht heading out into the Atlantic. Enjoy Happy Hour at the tiki bar, live music on the weekends, and the fruits of the ocean. 708 River Road, Belmar (732) 681-1177 http://kleinsfish.com/
If you’re looking for the best in fine dining on our Jersey Shore dock and dine list, the Molly Pitcher is certainly one of the best. As you head down the Navesink, radio the dockmaster on channel 9 and he’ll guide you in. Feel free to stay for two hours as you enjoy lunch, dinner or a drink. The same guidelines also apply to the Oyster Point. 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank (732) 747-2500 http://themollypitcher.com/
When you’re on a cruise, chances are you may not come back into the Navesink River to view the stately homes or the waterside restaurants like The Oyster Point Hotel. Veer off your ordinary path for some time spent lounging riverside, drink in hand, while you live the life you feel like you ought to be living all the time, not just on the weekends. Hey, we can dream! The Dock, Dine, and Stay package is probably the next best thing. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank (732) 747-2500 http://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/[broadstreet zone=”54949″]
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 exquisite cuisine every single summer. 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 http://oystercreekrestaurant.com/
Transport yourself to Key West right here at the Jersey Shore. The Pig & Parrot is the perfect spot to spend the day and evening. With dedicated dock and dine spots, it’s easy to follow the answer to all of life’s questions – WWJBD? 201 Union Lane, Brielle 732-528-7750 www.thepigandparrot.com
Located inside the Ocean Beach Marina, the Channel Marker Cafe is your go-to spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, especially when you’re cruising by boat. We’re partial to their brunch menu, but there’s no reason not to make multiple stops here on a hot summer’s day! 3245 Route 35 S, Lavallette 732-793-7559 www.channelmarkercafe.com
With plenty of public boat slips available, there’s no need to worry about parking your boat to enjoy some cocktails and delicious dishes at Marina Grille. Beautiful views of the Shark River are also included! 905 Route 35 South, Belmar 732-894-3211 www.marinagrillenj.com
Located right next door to their sister restaurant Marina Grille, 9th Ave Pier is the answer to the question – where can we grab a cocktail, some food, and live music on the water, especially when you’re in the water already! Use the same public boat slips and you’re well on your way to a great time. 905 NJ-35, Belmar 732-749-3800 www.9thAvePier.com
To enjoy waterfront dining at Waypoint 622, just make a quick call to Hoffman’s Marina (732-528-6200) to reserve a dock and dine slip. It’s well worth it for the views, seafood, and cocktails! 622 Green Avenue, Brielle 732-528-6665 https://www.waypoint622.com/
Whether you’re coming by boat, paddle boards, or kayaks (you can even rent them here!), Polly’s Dock and Clam House is home to a slip and some fresh clams right on the water. 112 N West Avenue, Beach Haven 609-492-2194 http://www.pollysdock.com
Recently opened summer of 2019, Parker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon is quickly making a name for itself as being home to some of the best sunsets in LBI as well as a equally stunning menu. It’s also one of our favorite Jersey Shore dock and dine locations. 116 Northwest Avenue, Beach Haven 609-492-1066 http://parkersgaragelbi.com
This family-owned establishment on the Shrewsbury River has been around for decades. They’ve got every kind of seafood imaginable on the menu, from raw bar items to lobster rolls, baked tilapia, and everything in between. 3 Cornwall St, Highlands 732-872-9764 http://www.inletcafe.com/[broadstreet zone=”54949″]
BeachWalk at Sea Bright, Sea Bright (reopening in late August/early September 2019)
This is definitely a place where you may not be a local, but you’ll sure feel like one once you dock your boat and sit down for some food and drinks. The Tiki Bar at BeachWalk is a new favorite of locals who just love to hang out by the water, listen to live music and really enjoy the lifestyle that so many others only dream about. 344 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright 732-842-8450 https://www.facebook.com/TikiBarAtBW/
With a name like the Captain’s Inn, you can be pretty sure that any captain is welcome to join in the fun where you’ll enter as a guest, but you’ll leave as a friend. Go casual with a drink and snacks at the festive tiki bar or kick it up a notch with riverside dining that includes everything from Coconut Shrimp to Maine Steamers and even a Crab Cake Panini. Yea, they’re going there and you should too. 304 E Lacey Rd, Forked River 609-693-3351 https://www.captainsinnnj.com/