The Ultimate Lobster Lovers Guide for a Jersey Shore Lobster Dinner(Updated August 2019)

The Ultimate Lobster Lovers Guide for a Jersey Shore Lobster Dinner(Updated August 2019)


(Updated August 21, 2019) 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.

We went back to some of our long time favorite restaurants to see what lobster dishes they were putting together, while also sharing some of our new hot spots. 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 to Jersey Shore Lobster Dishes

jersey shore lobsterAngry 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 outdoes itself yet again. 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200 http://www.rooneysocean.com

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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 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. 115 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch 732-222-1121 http://tramastrattoria.com/

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Lobster Cobb Salad, Toast
When we think of Toast 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! 517 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 776-5900 & 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 224-1234 https://asburypark.toastcitydiner.com/

jersey shore lobsterLobster Roll, Sitting Duck Restaurant and The Pour House
With not one, but two locations, Mondays mean the Lobster Roll at the Sitting Duck Restaurant and The Pour House. 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! 640 Shrewsbury Avenue, Tinton Falls 732-842-4337 http://www.pourhouserestaurant.com/ 104 Myrtle Avenue, Long Branch 732-229-556 http://www.sittingduckrestaurant.com/

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Party Like a Lob*Star, The Boondocks Fishery (seasonal)
Owner Kelly Ryan knows how to party like a Lob*Star. At The Boondocks Fishery, it’s all about lobster… ok and other shellfish, but mainly lobster, ALL THE TIME! Our favorite is an order of two lobsters, corn, potatoes, and your very own lobster bib. Also, if you can fit it in, we also suggest Ryan’s delicious Lobster Mac N’ Cheese. 1 Wharf Avenue, Red Bank 732-747-7177.

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Lobster Fried Rice, Temple Gourmet Chinese
You’ve seen the pictures of this spectacular dish before. Brought to you only by Temple Gourmet Chinese, 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. 91 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-212-8858

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Lobster Night, Beach Tavern
Thirsty Thursdays are out the window. It’s now Lobster Thursdays thanks to Beach Tavern. 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. 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach 732-870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/

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Clam Bake, Klein’s Fish Market
Nothing says summer quite like a Lobster dinner at Klein’s Fish Market. 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. 708 River Road, Belmar 732-681-1177 http://kleinsfish.com/

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Lobster Waldorf, Bareli’s By the Sea
Available only at lunch, the Lobster Waldorf salad at Bareli’s By the Sea is a great addition to any day at the beach (or a fun lunch out). Crisp Romaine topped with crunchy apples, sweet raisins, walnuts, and plenty of fresh lobster meat will you feeling satisfied, but not weighed down. 1505 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake 732-769-5700 http://www.barelisbythesea.com

jersey shore lobsterLobster Special, Bum Rogers 

Stop by over the weekend at Bum Rogers and you’ll be pleasantly surprised that your favorite lobster dinner is on special. Fresh, local, and absolutely delicious – it’s a no brainer to stop here! 2207 SW Central Avenue, Seaside Park 732-830-2770 http://bumrogerstavern.com/home

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Stuffed Lobster, EvenTide Grille
Locals know that for an unobstructed view of the sunset during a seafood dinner (and Happy Hour), there’s no place quite like EvenTide Grille. Get your lobster on with the Stuffed Lobster. It looks good here… wait till you see it in person and you’re devouring it. 1400 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-530-1414 http://eventidegrille.com/

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Lobster Night at McDonagh’s Pub, Keyport
We might switch Thirsty Thursdays to Lobster Thursdays! At McDonagh’s Pub you’ll chow down on a 1.25 lb lobster served with slaw, chips, and corn on the cob (available from 5-10pm). While you’re there, you’ll also enjoy Irish Beer Night with live acoustic music, Car Meet, and Happy Hour – now that’s a great Thursday! 2 West Front Street, Keyport 732-264-0999 http://www.mcdonaghs.com

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Fresh Lobsters, Lusty Lobster

A local establishment since 1980, lobster lovers have been heading to Lusty Lobster for their fill of one of our favorite crustaceans for decades. Pick up a live Maine lobster for dinner that comes straight from their dock in Maine to Highlands or hire them for some catering – you’ll soon understand why their seafood is so coveted. 88 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-291-1548 www.bestlobster.com

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East Coast Lobster, Oyster Creek Inn
Not only does Oyster Creek Inn 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. 41 Oyster Creek Road, Leeds Point 609-652-8565 http://www.oystercreekinnnj.com

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Lobster Night, Mar Belo Restaurant 
We’re telling you, Thursday nights were made for lobster. At Mar Belo you’ll dine on your choice of broiled or steamed twin 1 1/4lb. lobsters and mashed potatoes for just $29.99. If you’re looking for something a bit spicy, their Angry Lobster (pictured above) is also a huge hit. Reservations are recommended because this deal goes fast! 611 Broadway, Long Branch 732-870-2222 http://www.marbelorestaurant.com

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Lobster Rolls, Mister C’s Beach Bistro
Delivering panoramic ocean views, with al fresco dining, and a menu full of fresh, local seafood, it’s no wonder locals flock to Mister C’s for their lobster fix. Yes, there’s the classic 1.25lb lobster that comes with all the fixings, but we tend to gravitate towards the double Lobster Rolls. Ocean Place and Allen Avenue,  Allenhurst 732-531 3665 http://www.mistercsbeachbistro.com/

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Seafood Paella, 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. Marlin’s Cafe offers two 8oz. broiled lobster tails served with drawn butter and a side of garlic mashed potatoes and baby leaf spinach – a classic choice, but the Seafood Paella is never to be overlooked. Packed with mussels, shrimp, scallops, clams, calamari, red peppers, diced tomatoes, creole rice, and topped with a delicious 4 oz. lobster tail. Eat it outside on their new patio for a true summer experience. 1901 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-714-8035 http://www.marlinsnj.com

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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 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! 88 Riverside Ave., Red Bank (732) 747-2500 http://www.themollypitcher.com/

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Lobster Mac & Cheese, Graze Restaurant
This classic combination is a worthy addition to your meal at Graze Restaurant. Not your average mac and cheese becomes even more extravagant with hefty chunks of lobster that’s topped with garlic Parmesan breadcrumbs. 151 Markham Place, Little Silver 732-747-9988 http://graze.restaurant/

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Lobster Tails, Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe

Here us out before you think we’re nuts. No, this dessert may not have come from the sea, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. The Lobster Tails from Alfonso’s are everything you’ve dreamed of in a dessert (and are pretty even on our scale to the real deal). A mammoth sized pastry filled with cannoli cream or French cream is the perfect ending (or beginning) to any dinner – lobster or not! 86 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-212-8802 https://alfonsospastries.com/

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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. Their Block Island Roll is the perfect substitute for that trip. 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. 26 West Front Street, Red Bank 732-383-5664 https://www.26westonthenavesink.com/

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Stuffed Brazilian Lobster Tails, Bahrs Landing
For over 100 years, Bahrs Landing has brought together a waterfront family dining experience with the freshest local seafood around. Although there are plenty of dishes that are worthy of your attention, we can’t help but favor the Twin Brazilian Lobster Tails stuffed with crabmeat. It gets us every time. 2 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-872-1245 http://bahrslanding.com

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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 and read their blackboard specials. We fell in love with their Clam Bake that’s packed with all of the classic fixins in the perfect little pouch, but seriously, you can’t go wrong here. It’s a simple fish market atmosphere that delivers the seafood goods. 415 Broadway, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-295-9400

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Fresh Lobster, Point Lobster Company
Looking to cook your own Jersey Shore lobster dinner? One visit to Point Lobster Company 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. 1 Saint Louis Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-892-1718 http://www.pointlobsterco.com

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Lobster Anything, Shore Fresh Seafood Market 

Yet another option for those who can’t decide whether they want to eat out or eat in. At Shore Fresh Seafood Market you can do either with confidence. Take some of those lobsters home for a treat or hang out and let them do the cooking for you! 57 Channel Drive, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-899-0909 and 703 Bridge Ave #707, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-899-1300 https://www.shorefreshseafood.com

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French Fried Lobster, Howard’s Seafood Restaurant (Seasonal)

It’s a classic (for LBI locals at least) for a reason. Every summer, when Howard’s Seafood Restaurant opens their doors, it’s the French Fried Lobster that gets people excited for the warm months ahead. Share with the table, hoard them for yourself – we won’t judge either way. 13500 Baltic Avenue, Beach Haven 609-492-2319 http://howardsrestaurant.com