Whether you like it or not, it’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to put on your party hat and get together with friends, family, and coworkers over delicious food and possibly some high quality alcohol as well. To make your holidays that much sweeter, we’ve put together some of the ultimate restaurants that just happen to offer delicious Jersey Shore catering. So whether you need trays delivered to your house or you want someone else to do the hard work of hosting the entire party (from a party of five to 150), we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is to RSVP yes!
Jersey Shore Holiday Catering
You know what makes a holiday party award winning? A Cheese and Charcuterie Platter from everyone’s favorite cheese-monger at The Cheese Cave. Steve will create a custom platter that fits your preference – heavy on the goat, light on the cow – that is just as delicious as it is to look at (host tip: they make great centerpieces!)
550 Cookman Avenue #104, Asbury Park
Nothing says holidays quite like a festive dessert and with the help of Kimmie Massi of Confections of a Rock$tar you’ll have one that will rock your guests socks right off! Choose from a display of cupcakes that range from Gingerbread with Maple Buttercream to Eggnog with Spiced Rum whipped cream, and of course, a Chocolate Cupcake that’s stuffed with hot chocolate mouse and whipped cream. Add on a display of Peppermint Bark or Peppermint, Gingerbread, and Hot Chocolate Macarons and it’s a very sweet ending to any event you’ll be hosting!
612 2nd Avenue, Long Branch
Serving the area for over 15-years, The Marketplace is your go to for local, organic, and creative dishes. With their customized menus and full service catering options, your Jersey Shore holiday party guests will be treated to Short Rib and Polenta Hors d’Oeuvres, Seafood Boils, Cheese Boards, and more. They take care of every detail… every time. Oh and for those last minute get togethers, give them just 48 hours notice and they’ll drop off a dinner platter for six or more guests straight to your door. Choose from BBQ, Fish, Roasted Chicken, and more – you can even take all the credit!
110 Schanck Road, Freehold
When you invite your guests to a Jersey Shore holiday party at iPlay America, you can guarantee that they’ll reply yes, maybe even a h*ll yes! From galas to corporate outings of all sizes, they have a space for you (even fancy spaces!) Think of it as a day to treat your employees, friends, and/or family to a day or evening of fun and food. With tons of different packages and menus available, including their all new holiday menu, there’s definitely something that will suit your budget and idea of a great time.
104 Myrtle Avenue, Long Branch
What’s better than a cannoli? An entire Cannoli cake! At Sitting Duck, that’s just what they’re offering. Fourteen slices of a Cannoli Cream Layer Cake that will go perfectly with your holiday spread. With a price tag of just $39, you better get your (double) order in soon.
Mister C’s Beach Bistro
Allen Avenue On the Ocean, Allenhurst
Yes, there are countless options when it comes to picking a location for your holiday party, but seriously, there’s no better way to make an impression than with the backdrop of the ocean. No matter where your guests turn, the ocean will remain front and center, making it the perfect “decoration” for any party. If you’re just looking for some delicious food to go, Mister C’s Beach Bistro also offers platters to take home. You can always stop for a drink before you head home!
Three locations (Middletown, Aberdeen, and Englishtown) give you three opportunities to turn your next party into a memorable one. In addition to their catering menu packed full of Italian specialities, they also have Holiday Specials including Lobsters Oreganata, Fruita Di Mare, and Linguini with Homemade Crab Sauce, holiday roasts, and a number of a la carte and appetizer platters. If that’s not enough, there’s a homemade Christmas dinner for 12-15 people for just $299 and a huge in-house bakery! Now that’s a deal that’s straight from Babbo Natale.
Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Avenue N., Long Branch
No matter the size – a close knit party of 20 to everyone in your phone book, Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant will help set up the perfect holiday party… in an ocean front room of course. If you’re looking for an even more intimate dinner, they’ll even help you create a special menu just for the occasion. Talk about service!
Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties
510Route 35 South, Pt. Pleasant Beach
732-701-0001 ext 4
With two locations and a ton of experience, Joe Leone’s is the place you have on speed dial when you need delicious, proportional, and a la carte Jersey Shore holiday catering. They’ll handle everything from menu selection to portioning recommendations, and rental and staffing services referrals.
168 Bay Avenue, Highlands
Let your guests in on this not so secret restaurant that has wowed the taste buds of everyone who has stepped into their doors. Their intimate dining room is the ideal set up for a private event, featuring customizable menus that will fit all budgets, and a BYOB policy complete with a self-serve bar area. If you want to take the taste of Porcini home with you, envision trays of stuffed mushrooms, a buffet set up full of fresh pastas, and absolutely no stress – they cover all the bases (perfectly seasoned and al dente we might add!)
12 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Looking for that perfect, show-stopping boneless pork roast to grace your table or maybe some cold cut platters for the office holiday lunch party? Well, all you have to do is head to Monmouth Meats. From crown roasts of lamb to stuffed pork chops, antipasto platters, buffalo wings, and more, they’ve got the meat, now you just have to show it off.
Reels at Pier 281
281 Princeton Avenue, Brick
Set on the banks of the Metedeconk River, Reels at Pier 281 offers event space for up to 70 guests. Combine that with a menu filled with the freshest seafood and juicy steak dishes, a relaxing atmosphere, and a BYOB policy, they’ll help you turn your holiday party into a reality.
1072 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
Dive straight into the holiday party season with the help of DIVE! The private upstairs lounge is the ideal spot to host a festive party where they do all the work, all you have to do is mingle, eat, and well, be merry! From cocktail style parties with passed hors d’ouerves featuring everything from crispy and sweet Bacon Wrapped Dates to Chicken Avocado Wontons, to open bar packages, and much more, expect to create the unforgettable.
Marina at Oceanport
10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport
From an intimate table of ten in their cozy fireplace room to fifty in the main restaurant, Marina at Oceanport can host your holiday bash this season. Their pre-set private party menu has everything your guests would want from a party, but if you’re just one of those people with a vision, you can also work with their Chef to create a unique custom menu to fit your personal needs. As for holiday catering, Marina at Oceanfront is not leaving you out in the cold this season. With the help of their General Managers, they’ll create a custom menu that will wow your guests and take you out of the kitchen and straight into the party!
Marlin’s Bar & Restaurant
1901 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach
When you come to Marlin’s Bar & Restaurant, you know you’re going to have a good time. Why not give that same vibe to your guests this holiday season? They can host events for up to 150 people whether you want a customized menu, buffet, and/or open bar, they’ll make sure it’s built around your tastes. As if that’s not enough, bring the fun (and deliciousness – is that word?) home for the holidays. With the help of Marlins, you’ll feast on everything and anything from pasta to poultry, beef, pork, and even vegetarian options making every guest happy and full – and that’s no easy task!
Bay Pointe Inn
1 Willow Street, Highlands
Let everyone know just how “in the know” you are when you invite them to a holiday party at Sandy Hook Bay Marina’s newest restaurant from award winning restauranteur, Joe Amiel’s Bay Pointe Inn. Featuring sweeping views of the Sandy Hook Bay and a lit up Manhattan skyline, they’ll host parties from 10-60 guests, customizing menus of fresh fish, prime aged steaks, house made desserts, and an international wine list.
800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
How can you beat classic Italian food for a holiday party? Pair it with some rich red wine, maybe some bubbly, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking Asbury Park’s boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. Choose from a variety of options from lunch parties served family style featuring dishes like Barbitola (roasted heirloom beets with ricotta salata) to four-course dinner parties complete with Poached P.E.I. Mussels, to a Cocktail Hour complete with Hors D’Oeuvres of Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp, and stations of pastas and raw bars – you’ll soon be known as the hostess with the mostess.
800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
The nation of Cuba may be open for business, but Cubacan has been bringing the Cuban flavor to Asbury Park for years! Show your guests how Latins have way more fun with bright flavors, rich textures, and strong drinks, complete with music that will make you Samba well into the evening. Now that’s a party we can get behind!
Kim Marie’s Eat and Drink Away
1411 Kingsley, Asbury Park
With a name that wants to have you “eat and drink away,” can you think of a better group of people to cater your next event? They’ll deliver a hot deluxe buffet with professional servers and bartenders or drop off a la carte items – it’s all up to you.
Louie Linguine’s Kitchen
5119 Asbury Avenue, Tinton Falls
Remember that party that you have to throw? At Louie Linguine’s Kitchen you’ll get the best of both worlds (including the Old World) with homestyle Italian cooking in a private dining area (or via special delivery to your specified location).
The Molly Pitcher Inn
88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
Classic. Sophisticated. Delicious. If that’s what you want your guests to remember, look no further than the Molly Pitcher Inn. From its holiday themed exterior to its award-winning dishes, this Red Bank establishment is sure to impress your guests. And since it’s the season of giving, they’re even giving something back when you book any holiday party. For every 20-40 guests, you’ll receive complimentary vouchers to their award-winning brunch for two; 41-60 guests gets you brunch for four, and over 61 allows you to take the whole family out with brunch for six.
The Oyster Pt. Hotel
146 Bodman Place, Red Bank
Just like it’s sophisticated sister, The Oyster Point Hotel is a luxurious waterfront location perfect for any holiday gathering. Also like it’s sister – book a holiday party and get anywhere from two to six vouchers to The Molly Pitcher Inn’s award-winning brunch overlooking the Navesink River. Talk about the perfect way to spend a Sunday during the holidays!
10 Wallace Street, Red Bank
Located in the heart of downtown Red Bank, Gaetano’s can host parties up to 100. Exceptional food and outstanding service are always included no matter what party package you choose!
420 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury
Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Even during the holidays, we can’t say no to the stuff, which is why your guests will be over the moon to find out that you’ve gone a little chicken on them for the holidays.
1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
Ambiance, exceptional dishes, and a stellar view – that’s what holiday parties are made of at Ama Ristorante. Choose from the private dining room complete with a wood burning fireplace to the main room with seating for up to 80 very lucky guests.
Klein’s Fish Market
708 River Road, Belmar
On-site to off-site, throw a party featuring the freshest seafood at the Jersey Shore with the help of Klein’s. Their beautiful dining room overlooks the Shark River Inlet as well as the many boats that may have brought in your dinner. Now that’s sea-to-table.
660 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
Downtown Asbury Park, especially Cookman Avenue is a true hot spot and when you invite your guests to a party right in the middle of it, they’re bound to be impressed. Party with Taka in their private party room for up to 75 people.
Chef Mike’s ABG
24th & Central Avenue, South Seaside Park
Chef Mike not only knows his way around the kitchen, but he also knows how to throw a party. With his help, your Jersey Shore holiday party will be extravagant in all of the right ways. With hot and cold apps, buffet packages, and platters galore, there’s plenty to choose from to make your shindig memorable.
Whipped – A Creperie and Dessert Bar
6 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Throw a “get whipped” party with the help of Whipped! Their space in downtown Red Bank is perfect for up to 35 people or have them come to you. They’ll bring the crepes with all the toppings – oh mon ami!
Old Glory Kitchen & Spirits
84 Broad Street, Keyport
From sit down dinners to buffets and cocktail parties, the special events coordinator at Old Glory will help you plan the perfect holiday party in a very cool atmosphere.
123 E River Rd, Rumson
You know Val’s Tavern for being your favorite local watering hole, but did you know they also offer everything you need to throw the party of the year? Choose from a variety of comfort dishes and know that a Bloody Mary is always available at the bar before you head home to company (we know you’ll need it).
Via Roma of Toms River
2360 Lakewood Dr (Route 9), Toms River
If you’re going to throw a party and you’ve got some vegans and gluten-free guests, think of Via Roma as your savior. With plenty of trays and half-trays full of delicious food for everyone on the menu, no one will go home with an empty stomach.
Via Veneto Italian Ristorante
2410 Route 35 North, Manasquan
Throw a party… in style at Via Veneto Italian Ristorante. Host an intimate holiday party in their venue or let them come to you bringing trays of pastas, seafood dishes, and more.
91 Broad Street, Red Bank
Surprise your guests by putting something a bit unexpected on the table this year. Temple Gourmet Chinese is quite literally, the best Chinese food at the Jersey Shore. Fresh takes on classic dishes will give your guests plenty of reasons to be in the holiday spirits (and maybe loosen up a few belt buckles in the name of St. Nick!) Whether you’re bringing the party to Temple or bringing Temple to you, it beats any version of take out by a million.
Latitudes on the River
361 East Lacey Rd, Forked River
With a view like that, do we even need to convince you to host your event there? If we do, think of those waterfront views combined with plenty of remodeled indoor spaces and chefs that pride themselves in excelling in the kitchen.
40 1st Avenue, Atlantic Highlands
Located on one of the hippest up and coming streets at the Jersey Shore, Harborside Grill on 1st Ave offers a fun location to meet and great food to eat. Choose from buffet styles that cover all of your go to dishes.
Woody’s Roadside Tavern
105 Academy Street, Farmingdale
This neighborhood restaurant is just the place to host your upcoming Jersey Shore holiday party. At Woody’s Roadside Tavern, you can host your guests in a private party room with an extensive dinner buffet menu. Choose from dishes like Eggplant Rollatini to Stuffed Shells, and Beef Burgandy all for just $30.00 per person (and maybe throw in a Crabby Pretzel Dip for good measure – after all, your guests are on the nice list!)
Jersey Cookie Girl
571 Monmouth Road, Jackson
Cookie grahams to graham crackers, Jersey Cookie Girl will create custom cookies just for your holiday party. Personalize them with a name or special message and this edible work of art turns into a party favor that won’t make it all the way home!
45 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Let Toast cater your next event featuring their own comforting yet unique style of cuisine. From at-home brunch parties to parties hosted at any one of Toast’s three locations (Asbury Park, Red Bank, and Montclair), there’s plenty of peace, love, and pancakes to go around!