Spring at the Jersey Shore: Amazing Eats, Treats, Family Fun and More

Spring at the Jersey Shore: Amazing Eats, Treats, Family Fun and More


Spring into… well, spring as we venture out of our homes and into the world to enjoy all of our favorite Jersey Shore restaurants and businesses. April brings us a month full of brand new spring dishes (check out Porcini’s below), as well as plenty of fun events, deals, and Jersey Shore Easter brunches and dinners to choose from.

We’re so happy that spring is here that we couldn’t help to make our own list of Spring things to do at the Jersey Shore. For many chefs, spring is all about new menus featuring items like fresh mushrooms, asparagus, and beautiful pea shoots. There’s also the thrill of summer just around the corner, which is why Easter is that holiday where we celebrate with food, but also with tickets (just check out Jenkinson’s below).

So, if you’re like us and already busting out the flip flops, you’ll really enjoy our ode to spring. There’s plenty of things to do and eat from now until June!

Jersey Shore Spring Dishes, Events, and Easter Brunches (and Dinners!)

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Porcini

Porcini is welcoming spring the best way they know how – with a some spring inspired dishes like their homemade Mushroom Ravioli. These ravioli are filled with Porcini mushroom blended with mascarpone and Romano cheese, and served in a Parmesan cream broth with spinach. This dish is filled with their namesake – so there’s no way it’s not our of this world! 168 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-291-3080 www.restaurantporcini.com 

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White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa

Brunch by the sea? Not too shabby for an Easter event. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet (two seatings 11am and 2pm) at White Sands Oceanfront Resort where the Crystal Ballroom will be filled with enticing brunch items like sliced turkey and lamb, tortellini, stuffed flounder, eggs, and plenty of desserts like their carrot patch brownies. Kids will also have the chance to take photos with the Easter bunny and go on an egg hunt. $36.95 per person, $12.95 (children under 10). 3349, 1205 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-899-3370 https://www.thewhitesands.com/

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Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits

Not in the mood for a full brunch? Why not head to Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits for a special a la carte Easter brunch from 10am – 3pm. For just $16.99 you’ll get to choose from one of their delicious brunch items like Philly Cheese Steak Omelettes and Brioche French Toast (you’ll also get a cocktail!) You can also reserve your spot to have dinner with the Easter Bunny on Monday, April 15th where you’ll dine and watch a kid’s movie from 6-8pm. 84 Broad Street, Keyport 732-497-5555 https://www.oldglorynj.com/

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Proving Ground

Brunch and a view, that’s what the Proving Ground promises (and delivers). Hang out there on any given Sunday and pep yourself up from the weekend with dishes like Chicken and Waffles,  Biscuits and Gravy, and the PG Benny (Filet Mignon with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Poached Eggs). Add on a boozy beverage like their PG Ultimate Bloody Mary Flight or the O’Champagne for a crowd – Happy Sunday folks! 56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands 732-872-2266 https://www.theprovingground.com/

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Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant

As the weather gets nicer, why not spend a day at Rooney’s Oceanfront where you can enjoy the beach (without being a little chilly!) On Easter, bring the family to enjoy an a la carte dinner menu featuring some Easter classics like roasted and stuffed leg of lamb. (Reservations recommended). Not to be outdone for Jersey Shore spring festivities, they’ll also be hosting “Cinco by the Sea-O” featuring a fun filled day of live music and plenty of traditional Mexican cuisine. 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200 www.rooneysocean.com 

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Want to spend Easter the way a true Italian would? Why not head to Blu Grotto where you can enjoy an Easter brunch featuring Italian interpretations of all your brunch favorites like Italian Frittatas, Eggs in Purgatory, Carved Porchetta, French Toast Souffle, and so much more! You’ll even receive a complimentary Blu Grotto Bellini to help you wash it down. If dinner is more your thing, they’ll also be open with their normal dinner menu from 3:30 – 9pm. Reservations are suggested. $35 per person for brunch (11am – 2pm). 200 Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport 732-571-7900 http:/blugrottonj.com

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The Molly Pitcher Inn

Continually voted one of the best Sunday brunches around for decades, the Easter Brunch at The Molly Pitcher is no exception. Treat your family to an exceptional display of seasonal items and specialities like carved turkey, leg of lamb, poached salmon, oysters and clams, and of course – their waffle station. Reservations are required. 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank 732-747-2500 www.themollypitcher.com

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Oyster Point Hotel

Not to be outdone by its sister hotel (see above), The Oyster Point Hotel will also be hosting their brunch (11:30am and 2:30 seatings) featuring an assortment of classic breakfast items like omelettes and waffles, fruits of the sea, a seared crab cake station, peking duck station, as well as plenty of sweet treats – and so much more. Adults $57.95 (includes choice of one Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Champagne), children $24.95. Reservations required. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-747-2500 www.theoysterpointhotel.com

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Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe

Ever since opening their doors this year, Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe in Red Bank has made us quit any resolutions we had of skimping on sweets. Way too delicious to pass up, they’re making old school desserts like cannolis, Sfogliatelli,  Meltaways, and more only way they know how – from scratch. They also have savory items like Foccaccia, sandwiches, and plenty of bread to go around any spring table. 86 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-212-8802 https://alfonsospastries.com/

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Neapoli

Not only available on Sundays, Neapoli also offers their brunch and lunch menu from Wednesday through Sunday (the perfect excuse to celebrate midweek!) Bring your own bottle of champagne to cheers to a brunch menu that offers everything from a classic omelette to an Italian Breakfast Skillet. 10 Wallace Street, Red Bank 732-741-1321 neapolinj.com 

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Trama’s Trattoria

At Trama’s Trattoria, they’re all about featuring seasonal items. Now that spring is in full spring, that means items like Soft Shell Crabs are back on the special menu. There’s something about eating a dish that came right from the ocean and is right in season (oh and seasoned perfectly!) 115 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch 732-222-1121 www.tramastrattoria.com 

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Bombay River

It may not be your traditional Sunday brunch buffet, but this spring, you definitely need to reawaken your tastebuds after a long hibernation with the help of Bombay River. Unpretentious and relaxed, this Red Bank restaurant combines the familiar elements of the Far East with inspired international flavors. If you’re really craving that buffet, be sure to check out their Saturday and Sunday lunch buffet available from 12 – 2:30pm. We promise, they’ll be lamb (and no green stuff!) Adults $16.95 per person, $9.95 per child. 90 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-530-1598 www.bombayriver.com/index.php 

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The Marina at Oceanport

All off season – aka local’s season – The Marina at Oceanport has been hosting daily weeknight specials. If you haven’t had the chance to check them out yet, be sure you do before April 30th! We’re talking great deals on burgers, desserts, and more! 10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport 848-456-4396   http://marinaatoceanport.com

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Klein’s Fish Market

When Sunday comes and you’re looking for a brunch that includes plenty of seafood items, head to Klein’s Fish Market. Running from 11am – 3pm, you can eat till your heart’s content, while also enjoying $4 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s as well as $2 Bud Light and Miller Light drafts. $32 per adult and $12 per child (10 and under). 708 River Road, Belmar 732-681-1177 www.kleinsfish.com

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Bareli’s By the Sea

(Open for Easter and then officially open for season in May) Since we’re at the shore, why not enjoy a Jersey Shore Easter buffet that is right on the shore? Bareli’s By the Sea will be offering their traditional Sunday brunch on Sunday. Enjoy relaxing views of the ocean, bright sunshine (fingers crossed), and delicious food all in one place. 1505 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake  http://www.barelisbythesea.com/

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Joey Harrison’s River House

Take the entire family to an Easter Sunday Brunch and Egg Hunt in one place – Joey Harrison’s River House. With three seatings (10am, 1pm, and 4pm) that include a breakfast, dinner, and dessert buffet featuring items like traditional scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, an omelette station, salmon, penne vodka, and the crowd favorite carving station, there’s plenty the entire family will love. $33.95 per adult, kids 12 and under $14.95, under 5 free. Reservations recommended. 361 E Lacey Rd., Forked River 848-210-2499 https://jhriverhouse.com/

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Van Holten’s Sweet Shop

This Spring, Van Holten’s Sweet Shop is stepping up their game with creative chocolates like these white chocolate covered deviled eggs. Or go classic with any of their delicious chocolate creations. From fudge, to candy apples, nut brittles, and plenty of vegan and gluten free items there’s plenty in store to choose from for every spring shower and event. 802 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights 732-830-2220  https://vanholtenschocolates.com/

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Monmouth Park Racetrack

Hop on over to Monmouth Park on Sunday, April 14th to hang out with the Easter Bunny a week early. Start with a delicious brunch in the private Turf Club, then take family photos with the Easter Bunny, which will be followed by a private Easter Egg hunt (no need to battle the crowds!) Tickets are $40 for Adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets include a full brunch, photos with the Easter Bunny, and a private Easter Egg Hunt. 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport 732-222-5100 www.monmouthpark.com

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Lucky Leo’s

Everyone can get in on the fun at Lucky Leo’s! On April 13th from 10am – 1pm, they’re inviting you to enjoy Bagels with the Bunny. Enjoy bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, and a drink, a $5 Play Card, pictures with the Easter Bunny, contests, crafts, and plenty of giveaways (including the grand prize – Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg) all for just $12 per person. 2507-315 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights 732-793-1323 http://luckyleos.com

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Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe 

Stock up on bunnies this spring at Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe where they are welcoming one of the cutest Easter rabbits, Izzy B! She’s almost too sweet too eat… almost! They’ll also have plenty of Easter ducks and some of your favorite chocolate items like Molasses Honeycomb Sponge, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and of course truffles galore.  1100 State Route 35, Middletown 732-796-0115   https://www.suzisweetshoppe.com/

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Panini Bay

Reopening on April 4th, Panini Bay will once again become the place to dine on the water. Featuring breathtaking views of the bay, it’s just one of the many reasons to dine here – the food is on top of the list too! 101 Parker Road, Tuckerton 609-294-4281 https://paninibay.com/

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The Rum Runner

Spend your brunch hours enjoying all the food that The Rum Runner has to offer during their Easter Brunch. Displays of raw bar, salads, and more, an omelet and waffle station, leg of lamb and roast beef carving station along with gourmet stuffed french toast, and pastries will definitely fill you up. Or reserve your table for Easter dinner a la carte featuring a Mojito Rubbed Rack of Lamb. Brunch is $45.95 per person and $14.95 per child (ages 3-12). Reservations required. 816 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright https://www.mcloonesrumrunner.com/

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The Asbury Hotel

The Asbury Hotel is upping the ante on their standard brunch provisions in beautiful Asbury Park. Think made-to-order Omelette Stations as well as two create-your-own drink bars – Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. In addition to breakfast, the Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance at 1pm, with an Easter Egg Hunt to follow in the Southbooth at 1:30pm (prizes included!) Seatings at 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM. $40 per person and $15 for kids under 5. 210 5th Avenue, Asbury Park 732-774-7100 https://www.theasburyhotel.com/