The Ultimate Lobster Lovers Guide for a Jersey Shore Lobster Dinner (Updated August 2022)

The Ultimate Lobster Lovers Guide for a Jersey Shore Lobster Dinner (Updated August 2022)


(Updated August 2022) 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

The Boondocks Fishery & Grill – Red Bank

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. https://theboondocksfishery.com/

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant – Long Branch

Chef’s Colossal, Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant

Dine oceanfront with Rooney’s Chef’s Colossal stacked with 6 Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, 6 Middle Neck Clams, 6 Bluepoint Oysters, 6 Chef’s Choice Oysters and topped with a 2lb chilled lobster. Other lobster menu items include the Lobster Bisque, Lobster Mac-A-Rooney and the Angry Lobster 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

Klein’s Fish Market & Waterside Café – Belmar

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 Steamed Lobsters that range from 1-2lbs with larger lobsters available in their market! 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/

Toast Red Bank / Toast Asbury Park

Lobster Benny, 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 and Lobster Roll. Every once in a while they also have Lobster specials including the Lobster Benny! 517 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 776-5900 & 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 224-1234 https://asburypark.toastcitydiner.com/

Mar Belo – Long Branch

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 Spanish mashed potatoes for just $39.99. 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

The Pour House – Tinton Falls

Monday Lobster Night, The Pour House

Mondays mean the Lobster Night at The Pour House. For just $24.99, feast like the king or queen you are on a 1.25lb. 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/ 

Mister C’s Beach Bistro – Allenhurst

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/

Molly Pitcher Inn – Red Bank

Lobster Roll, 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  Lobster Roll served with celery, Boston Bibb and Mayo is an upscale treat best eaten by their pool! 88 Riverside Ave., Red Bank (732) 747-2500 http://www.themollypitcher.com/

The Oyster Point Hotel – Red Bank

Lobster Rolls / Lobster Bisque, The Oyster Point Hotel

If you’ve ever dined at or heard of the Pearl at The Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, then you know how innovative and upscale their menu is. On their new dinner menu, you’ll find two lobster options, the Lobster Rolls served on a toasted garlic roll with old bay chips and slaw and their take on the Lobster Bisque with fresh tarragon and port wine. Put on your best dinner attire and head to the Pearl for one of the best meals you’ll find overlooking the Navesink. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-747-2500 https://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/

Charley’s Ocean Grill – Long Branch

Seafood Papardelle, Charley’s Ocean Grill

If you’re heading home from a long day at the beach in Long Branch, be sure to stop at Charley’s Ocean Grill and try the Seafood Papardelle filled with clams, mussels, shrimp, half lobster, and pappardelle pasta. Choice of: scampi, fra diavolo or al fresco style. It’s a summer vacation all year round when you dine at Charley’s. 29 Avenel Blvd, Long Branch 732-222-4499 https://www.charleysoceangrill.com/

Beach Tavern – Monmouth Beach

Lobster Roll & Lobster Towers, Beach Tavern

Beach Tavern’s menu is filled with Lobster dishes you didn’t know needed until you tried them. Spoil yourself (you deserve it) with a Lobster Roll filled with Maine Lobster, a Lobster Cocktail or one of their Towers served with either a half or whole Lobster with all the seafood fixings. 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach 732-870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/

Oyster Creek Restaurant and Boat Bar – Leeds Point

Eastern Shore Pasta Dish, Oyster Creek Restaurant and Boat Bar

Not only does Oyster Creek have some of the best sunsets over the marshes in Atlantic County, but they’re menu items featuring an array of delectable seafood items make it a must visit for a Jersey Shore lobster dinner. With seven lobster options ranging from a Lobster pasta dinner, to Lobster sushi rolls, to a 1 1/4 lbs. East Coast Lobster (regular or stuffed), the only downside is not being able to eat them all at once. 41 Oyster Creek Road, Leeds Point 609-652-8565 http://www.oystercreekinnnj.com

The Atlantic House – Atlantic Highlands

Lobster Roll (Seasonal), The Atlantic House

The Lobster Roll is a seasonal menu item at The Atlantic House  only available during the summer time, making it an item you can’t pass up when you visit. Its also the perfect dish to pair with one of the many flavors of Margaritas on The Atlantic House’s cocktail menu. If you happen to find yourself at The Atlantic House in the Lobster Roll off season, don’t worry, their menu is filled with other fantastic seafood dishes like the Grilled Salmon and Fish & Chips. 67 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands 848-300-2408 https://www.theatlantichousenj.com/

Bum Rogers Crab House & Tavern – Seaside Park

Lobster 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

Bareli’s By The Sea – Spring Lake

Angry Lobster, Bareli’s By the Sea

Available for lunch or dinner, the Angry Lobster at Bareli’s By the Sea is a great addition to any day at the beach (or a fun lunch out). The 2lb fresh lobster de-shelled tableside is served over black linguine and spicy red sauce. It’ll leave you feeling satisfied, but not weighed down. 1505 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake 732-769-5700 http://www.barelisbythesea.com

Used to Be’s – Mantoloking

Lobster Special, Used To Be’s

No need to travel to a small island for the summer to get in on all the flavors. Used to Be’s Lobster Special is the perfect substitute for that trip. Featuring two 4oz tails, a perfectly cooked baked potato and vegetables on the side. This generous portion of Lobster is enough to keep any one of us local for the summer. 287 NJ-35, Mantoloking 732-892-3770 https://www.usedtobesnj.com/

Porcini – Highlands

Stuffed Lobster Thermidor (Special Request), Porcini

If you plan on dining at Porcini in the Highlands and would like to make a special request for a birthday or anniversary dinner, just let Porcini know ahead of time when you make your reservation and they’ll do their best to accommodate. It’s not on their regular menu, but if you request Stuffed Lobster Thermidor for your next Birthday, Porcini will make sure that your request is as delicious as possible. 168 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-291-3080 https://www.restaurantporcini.com/

Trama’s Trattoria – Long Branch

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 sorcery), 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/

Bahrs Landing – Highlands

Whole Lobster / Hot Lobster Roll, 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 Whole Lobster stuffed with crabmeat and the Hot Lobster Roll filled with lobster meat poached in butter on toasted brioche. It gets us every time. 2 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-872-1245 http://bahrslanding.com

Point Lobster Company – Point Pleasant Beach

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

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

Lobster Sammie, Langosta Lounge

Locals know that if you’re looking for a view of the waves crashing onto the Asbury Park shoreline, then there’s no place to dine quite like at Langosta Lounge. Get your lobster on with the Lobster Sammie made with Atlantic lobster & lemon aioli salad, Applewood roasted bacon, butter lettuce, and mango mayo on a Hawaiian sweet roll. 1000 N Ocean Avenue at 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park 732-455-3275 https://www.langostalounge.com/

Cousins Maine Lobster – Asbury Park / Food Truck

Lobster Everything, Cousins Maine Lobster

Yet another option for those who can’t decide whether they want to eat out or eat in. Cousins Maine Lobster is offering a little of both with their Asbury Park location on the boardwalk and Food Truck that can be found all over the state including locations like Freehold, South Jersey and Trenton! From Lobster Tots, to Lobster Bisque, to Lobster Tacos, you can’t go wrong. If that wasn’t enough, you can also ship some of their Lobsters straight to your door all the way from Maine! 800 Ocean Ave N. Asbury Park 732-455-2939 https://www.cousinsmainelobster.com/

2nd Jetty Seafood – Sea Bright

Classic Coastal Steam Pot, 2nd Jetty Seafood 

A local establishment since 2017, lobster lovers have been heading to 2nd Jetty for their fill of one of our favorite crustaceans for years. Pick up a Steam Pot for dinner that comes with a 1.25lb. lobster, dozen clams, 1/2 lb. mussels, 1/2 lb. steamers, 1/2 lb. shrimp, 2-piece snow crab clusters, celery, onions, corn, potatoes, and chef’s seasonings. They’re also available to hire for some catering – you’ll soon understand why their seafood is so coveted. 140 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright 732-224-8700 http://2ndjetty.com/

Crabby Rick’s Shore Shack – Toms River (Normandy Beach Section)

Lobster Roll, Crabby Rick’s

Amidst an endless lineup of summer bungalows and seaside mansions, Crabby Rick’s blue and red shack is a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” type of place. Giving off only the best summer vibes, their menu is filled with seafood classics and the best lobster roll you’ll find driving down Rt 35. The Lobster is mixed with Crabby’s iconic spices and served on top a garlic roll with some nice greens. 3626 Rt. 35 North Normandy Beach 732-830-0700 http://www.crabbyricks.com/

Mystic Lobster Roll Company – Toms River, Point Pleasant Beach

All of the Lobster Rolls, Mystic Lobster Roll Company

If you’re the type of person that can’t decide on just one item to order when it comes to Lobster, then Mystic Lobster Roll Company is your place. They only serve one thing on their menu and if you guessed lobster, well, then you are correct. When ordering, you choose the filling. Maine, New England or Connecticut lobster that can be served in one of their seven lobster roll options, filled into one of their lobster tacos or topped on their lobster mac & cheese. 1174 Fischer Blvd. Toms River NJ 08753 732-503-4293 / 629 Arnold Avenue Point Pleasant Beach NJ 732-202-7663 https://www.mysticlobsterrolls.com/