A Local’s Guide to Jersey Shore BYOBs in Monmouth County

A Local’s Guide to Jersey Shore BYOBs in Monmouth County


Okay, we admit it – we’ve been here before (twice). What can we say? We’re suckers for a delicious Jersey Shore BYOB restaurant. It’s like eating in, but with better food and no need to do the dishes. So we’ve done the work and have compiled an insider’s guide to some of our favorite Jersey Shore BYOBs. We’re sharing where we want to go when we can’t part with that full-bodied Cabernet or that six-pack of craft beers from a local brewery.

From dinner to lunch and even brunch, we’ve found that a good glass of bubbly and booze paired with delicious dishes make any hour of the day a little more special. Oh, don’t worry, we didn’t forget our friends in Ocean County, they just get a separate list.

Now back to Monmouth County BYOB restaurants, they may lack the liquor, but they’re not lacking in the flavor. Whether you’re craving a frozen margarita or a classy bottle of Brunello, there’s a Jersey Shore BYOB restaurant that’s ready to make your meal complete. So stop at your local liquor store (Little Silver Bottle Shop has quite a selection) and head out into the evening. Just because you brought your own doesn’t mean it won’t be the best meal of your life.

An Insider’s Guide Jersey Shore BYOB Restaurants in Monmouth County

cheese caveThe Cheese Cave, Red Bank
14 Monmouth St, Red Bank
732.842.0796

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!

Drew’s Bayshore Bistro
25 Church Street, Keyport
732.739.9219

We simply cant get enough of their VooDoo Shrimp! We’ve been to Drew’s countless times over the years and his shrimp make to their way to our table every time! Grab your favorite bottle and be prepared to take on Chef Drew’s cajun inspired menu. Just make sure you leave enough room for dessert – it’s decadent!

monmouth county byoGraze Restaurant
151 Markham Pl, Little Silver
732-747-9988

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.

monmouth county byoPatricia’s of Holmdel
2132 NJ-35, Holmdel
732.275.0234

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 in the know locals!

Porcini, Highlands
168 Bay Ave, Highlands
732.291.3080

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.

Temple Gourmet Chinese, Red Bank
91 Broad Street, Red Bank
732.212.8858

Upscale Chinese food made with the freshest 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! Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy some of the best Chinese food you’ll ever have!

Toast, Red Bank and Asbury Park
45 Monmouth St, Red Bank
732.224.1234

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).

Whipped, Red Bank
6 Monmouth St, Red Bank
732.747.0076

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.