Nothing hints at a celebration, quite like a Jersey Shore lobster dinner. Just saying, “I’ll have the lobster, please” makes you feel a little bit more regal. For Jersey Shore lobster lovers, there are plenty of ways to get your lobster on whether you’re going for the traditional Old Bay steam or you want something that takes your favorite crustacean to new levels. Our ultimate Jersey Shore lobster lover’s guide is packed with our favorite lobster dishes in Monmouth and Ocean County. Now it’s your time to try them all.
A Guide Jersey Shore Lobster Dishes
Lobster Palooza, The Columns
The Columns (601 Ocean Ave, Avon-By-The-Sea (732) 988-3213) is a seasonal favorite at the Jersey Shore that everyone recognizes. Luckily, their active season is also lobster season. Join them for Lobster Palooza every Thursday, featuring live music at 6:30pm. Lobster specials start at just $14.95 — can’t beat that!Angry Lobster, Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
Dine oceanfront with a 2lb, 3lb., or an even larger lobster (by request) that has been pan roasted in its original shell with olive oil, garlic, basil, and of course hot pepper flakes (to make it angry!) Served with a side of broccoli rabe and raisin fennel bread, Rooney’s Oceanfront (100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200) outdoes itself yet again.
Black Spaghetti Lobster Fra Diavolo, Bareli’s By the Sea
Updated with a brand new modern menu, Bareli’s By the Sea (1505 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake 732-769-5700) is still featuring the culinary flair of Chef Robb Welch, but with even more delectable Jersey Shore lobster dinners. Try their Black Spaghetti Lobster Fra Diavolo that’s tossed with a spicy lobster tomato sauce and shaved bottarga, the Parmigiano of the sea! There’s also the Seafood salad (pictured above), which is a great dish to share before you gorge yourself on lobster.
Angry Lobster, Trama’s Trattoria
We’re going to let you in on a little secret. If you call ahead to Chef Pat of Trama’s Trattoria (115 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch 732-222-1121) and let them know that you want the original Angry Lobster for dinner (many others have copied off of his culinary sourcery), he’ll make it just for you. It’s not on the menu and once you’re there, you’re screwed. But since we’re so nice, we wanted to keep you in the loop.
Lobster Cobb Salad, Toast
When we think of Toast (517 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 776-5900 & 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 224-1234) our first thought is pancakes. Or at least breakfast in general. But they have some awesome lunch items on the menu, like their Lobster Cobb Salad. If you can convince yourself to pass on the Red Velvet Pancakes, this salad is worth it!
Lobster Roll, Sitting Duck Restaurant and The Pour House
With not one, but two locations, Mondays mean the Lobster Roll at the Sitting Duck Restaurant (104 Myrtle Avenue, Long Branch 732-229-556) and The Pour House (640 Shrewsbury Avenue, Tinton Falls 732-842-4337). They also have a Lobster Night For just $18.99, feast like the king or queen you are on a 1lb. steamed Maine lobster or 6oz. lobster tail that comes with all the fixings from soup to salad. Check their website for details!
Party Like a Lob*Star, The Boondocks Fishery(seasonal)
Owner Kelly Ryan may have opened up a second location of her popular restaurant in Key West, but that doesn’t mean we’re not counting the days until her return back to the original The Boondocks Fishery (1 Wharf Avenue, Red Bank 732-747-7177). We can’t wait to Party Like a Lob*Star once again! Two lobsters, corn, potatoes, and your very own lobster bib. If you can fit it in, we also suggest Ryan’s delicious Lobster Mac N’ Cheese.
Lobster Fried Rice, Temple Gourmet Chinese
You’ve seen the pictures of this spectacular dish before. Brought to you only by Temple Gourmet Chinese (91 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-212-8858), this one of a kind Jersey Shore lobster dish is a feast for the senses. Perfectly fried rice topped paired with a 1½-pound lobster. It’s Chinese food that has been escalated to the next level.
Lobster Night, Beach Tavern
Thirsty Thursdays are out the window. It’s now Lobster Thursdays thanks to Beach Tavern (33 West Street, Monmouth Beach 732-870-8999). Spoil yourself (you deserve it) with a 1lb. broiled or steamed lobster served with all the fixings including drawn butter, Old Bay fries, and a view over the Shrewsbury River all for just $22 bucks.
Clam Bake, Klein’s Fish Market
Nothing says summer quite like a Lobster dinner at Klein’s Fish Market (708 River Road, Belmar 732-681-1177). To take it up a notch, order the clam bake. It features a stack full of clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and of course, an entire lobster. As the days get warmer, sit outside on the large deck where you can watch the fishermen haul in the day’s catch as you haul in your own.
Lobster Bisque and Lobster Roll, EvenTide Grille
Locals know that for an unobstructed view of the sunset during a seafood dinner, there’s no place quite like EvenTide Grille (1400 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-530-1414). Get your lobster on with the creamy Lobster Bisque and the Lobster Roll that has more Maine lobster than bun, just the way we like it.
Lobster Night at McDonagh’s Pub, Keyport
We might switch Thirsty Thursdays to Lobster Thursdays! At McDonagh’s (2 West Front Street, Keyport 732-264-0999) you’ll chow down on two 1lb lobsters, corn on the cob, McDonagh’s infamous chips, and coleslaw for just $24.99 from 5-10pm. Not only is that a great deal, but you’ll get an extra side of live Irish music (starting at 7pm) and drink specials including $4.50 20oz drafts of Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp, $4 Jameson shots, and $6 Carbombs. Turns out the Irish love their lobsters!
Block Island Roll, 26 West On the Navesink
No need to travel to a small island for the summer to get in on the flavors. 26 West On the Navesink (26 West Front Street, Red Bank 732-383-5664) is bringing the lobster to you with their Block Island Roll. Featuring a buttered, freshly grilled New England split top bun flowing with a generous portion of hand picked tail, knuckle and claw meat that’s been poached in white wine, butter, garlic, and shallots – their Block Island Roll may inspire those fancy Manhattanites to come here instead.
East Coast Lobster, Oyster Creek Inn
Not only does Oyster Creek Inn (41 Oyster Creek Road, Leeds Point 609-652-8565) have a to die for view, but they’re menu items featuring an array of delectable seafood items make it a must visit for a Jersey Shore lobster dinner. With five lobster options ranging from twin 4 oz Brazilian Lobster tails (regular or stuffed) to a 1 1/4lbs. East Coast Lobster (regular or stuffed) and a luscious Lobster and Shrimp Scampi, the one thing that sucks is not being able to eat them all.
Lobster Night, Mar Belo Restaurant
We’re telling you, Thursday nights were made for lobster. At Mar Belo (611 Broadway, Long Branch 732-870-2222) you’ll dine on your choice of broiled or steamed twin 1 1/4lb. lobsters and mashed potatoes for just $29.99. Reservations are recommended because this deal goes fast!
Lobster Francaise, Mister C’s Beach Bistro
Mister C’s Beach Bistro (Ocean Place and Allen Avenue, Allenhurst 732-531 3665) delivers panoramic ocean views alongside a menu full of fresh, local seafood. Chef Jimmy Vena’s Lobster Francaise makes regular appearances on their weekend specials. We’re also big fans of a grouper dish they serve with mango crust over wild black rice, heirloom carrots and lemon beurre blanc. If you havent been to Mister C’s, they also have a great indoor and outdoor Happy Hour and al fresco dining options.
Two 8oz. Lobster Tails, Marlin’s Cafe
This perennial favorite just gets better during the summer months, when the weather is ideal for a perfect Jersey Shore lobster dinner. Marlins Cafe (1901 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-714-8035 ) offers two 8oz. broiled lobster tails served with drawn butter and a side of garlic mashed potatoes and baby leaf spinach. Eat it outside on their new patio for a true summer experience. (Note to self, their Lobster Mac & Cheese is also worth every bite – just one of many reasons why it made it on our must do list for summer 2017!
Pumpkin Pappardelle with Lobster, Graze Restaurant
You may think… pumpkin and lobster? Do they really go together? Yes, they do… and one bite in you’ll ask yourself why in the world haven’t you had this amazing combination before now. In addition to lobster, Graze Restaurant (151 Markham Place, Little Silver 732-747-9988) adds in shrimp, mussels, and clams, all served in a truffle cream sauce. Oh it’s extravagant.
Marinated Lobster Salad, The Molly Pitcher Inn
The Molly Pitcher Inn is a culinary gem at the shore. Located on Route 35 in Red Bank, The Molly Pitcher Inn (88 Riverside Ave., Red Bank (732) 747-2500) offers great views of the Navesink River, as well as one of the finest dining experiences around. Their Marinated Lobster Salad served with a creamy avocado mousse, crisp red endive, and squid ink is an upscale treat!
Lobster Roll, It’s the Shack
From the masterminds of Asbury Park’s Cardinal Provisions comes It’s the Shack, where they serve up beach friendly cuisine like their (heavy on the lobster) Lobster Roll. Served in a hot dog bun with some light mayo and a sprinkling of chives, it’s all lobster, all the time. 537 Main Street, Manasquan itstheshack.com/
Wild Blue Salad, Luke’s Lobster
Honestly, it’s really hard to choose a our favorite lobster dish at the newly opened Luke’s Lobster (84 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-361-4171) in Pier Village, an already established cult favorite in Hoboken. They’ve introduced us to dishes like their infamous Lobster Roll and the Wild Blue Salad served with a chilled lobster tail and wild Maine blueberries. Not only will eating these put a smile on your face, but knowing that they buy traceable, sustainable seafood will leave you feeling pretty good about yourself too. This is our hands-down favorite lobster dish in Pier Village.
Hot Fisherman’s Platter, Bahrs Landing
Celebrating 100 years this year, Bahrs Landing (2 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-872-1245) not only has the view and a prime location just over the bridge from Sandy Hook, but it also has some of the freshest seafood around. We had a hard time picking our favorite lobster dinner, but if we had to choose, it would be the Hot Fisherman’s Platter because it has everything you could want – a broiled Brazilian lobster tail, sea scallops, jumbo shrimp, and fresh cod.
Blackboard Specials, Spike’s Fish Market
If you’re heading home from a long day at the beach, be sure to stop at Spike’s (415 Broadway, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-295-9400) and read their blackboard specials. We fell in love with Neptune’s Nest, a combination of lobster tail, clams, shrimp, mussles, and scallops all served in a roasted garlic cream sauce that we mopped up with Italian bread, but really you can’t go wrong here. It’s a simple fish market atmosphere that delivers the seafood goods.
Fresh Lobster, Point Lobster Company
Looking to cook your own Jersey Shore lobster dinner? One visit to Point Lobster Company (1 Saint Louis Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-892-1718) and you can make your dinner guest’s lobster dinner dreams come true. Lobster rolls? Check. 2lb. lobsters? Check. Seriously, they’ve got you covered.