Jersey Shore Date Night Guide- Waterfront Dining

Jersey Shore Date Night Guide- Waterfront Dining


When you live at the Jersey Shore, you could still travel to Philly or NYC for date night, but why not stay local? Monmouth and Ocean County both have unique date night spots that rival any night in either of our neighboring cities.  We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite spots for date night and we’ll be posting them weekly in our Jersey Shore Date Night Series. This week we are diving into Jersey Shore waterfront dining spots where your meal or happy hour rendezvous will includes water views:

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Beach Tavern– Monmouth Beach

Atmosphere is everything at Beach Tavern. It’s located right on the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth Beach and it will have you feeling like you’re at a beach bar thousands of miles away. Call ahead and inquire about the seafood tower- you won’t be disappointed. The sunsets are breathtaking here so you’ll want to plan accordingly. Beach Tavern. 33 West Street Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750. (732) 870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/

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Rooney’s Oceanfront– Long Branch

There are few spots at the Jersey Shore that have a better happy hour than Rooney’s Oceanfront. Once the summer crowd subsides, locals can finally hit Rooney’s a lot more easily. It’s one of the most ideal oceanfront date night spots in our book. Rooney’s Oceanfront, 100 Ocean Avenue North Long Branch, NJ 07740. 732-870-1200. http://www.rooneysocean.com/

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MJ’s Bayville– Bayville

MJ’s in Bayville is one of the area’s newest waterfront dining experiences. During the warm summer months, guests are invited to pull up by car or by boat to enjoy a few drinks on MJ’s patio. When the weather cools off, cozy up inside with your date and check out the ocean views from the comfort of the bar. There are almost always specials going on so be sure to check them out when you go. MJ’s Bayville, 905 Bay Boulevard, Bayville NJ 08721. 732-269-7764. http://www.mjsrestaurant.com/Bayville

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The Proving Ground -Highlands

Sporting both bay and ocean views, the Proving Ground has it all for a Jersey Shore date night. Enjoy a creative cocktail during happy hour here or mix it up with a Sunday brunch date. On cool nights, sit out by their firepits with a glass of wine-weather permitting. The Proving Ground, 56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732. (732) 872-2266. https://www.theprovingground.com/

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Mister C’s Beach Bistro– Allenhurst

Mister C’s is your classic Jersey beach bar serving up original cocktails and the freshest seafood while you take in spectacular ocean views. The emphasis on using fresh ingredients definitely shows when you dine and drink there. Not big on seafood? Their steaks are some of the best you’ll find around. It’s a great spot for a casual date night and happy hour drinks. Mister C’s Beach Bistro. Ocean Pl & Allen Ave, Allenhurst, NJ 0771. https://www.mistercsbeachbistro.com/

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Pearl at Oyster Point Hotel– Red Bank

The Oyster Point Hotel is the perfect spot for a mini “staycation”. Get a room at the Oyster Point Hotel to make “date night” an all night event. Begin the night at the bar with happy hour drinks at Pearl before moving to the dining room. Dress to the nines for an elegant dinner overlooking the Navesink River. It’s a well deserved date night you won’t forget. Pearl at Oyster Point Hotel, 146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ 07701. (732) 530-8200.
http://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/

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The Marina at Oceanport- Oceanport

The Marina at Oceanport is one of those places where you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous water views. Come by boat, by car, or by bicycle. The food is incredible and there’s almost always some kind of live entertainment happening. It’s the best kind of date night spot with elegant cuisine and an upscale casual atmosphere that’s perfect for a weeknight date. Marina at Oceanport, 10 Riverside Avenue
Oceanport, NJ 07757. (848) 456-4396.
https://www.marinaatoceanport.com/

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Klein’s Fish Market– Belmar

If you’re craving seafood, you won’t find any fresher than Klein’s Fish Market. Enjoy the freshest seafood you’ll get anywhere in Klein’s waterfront dining room. Watch boats come and go and the sunset every night while you enjoy favorites like Lobster Mac and Cheese. Klein’s Fish Market, 708 River Road Belmar, NJ 07719. (732) 681-1177. http://kleinsfish.com/index.asp

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Eventide Grille– Sea Bright

EvenTide Grille is one of those spots regulars make a point to hit right at sunset. Sunsets over the Shrewsbury River at this neighborhood spot are legendary and can be viewed from most indoor tables when the colder weather comes. It’s a great spot for a casual date night and live music. EvenTide Grille, 1400 Ocean Ave
Sea Bright, NJ 07760. (732) 530-1414.
http://www.eventidegrille.com/

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Molly Pitcher Inn– Red Bank

If your significant other appreciates a romantic waterfront dinner in Red Bank backed by outstanding cuisine, the legendary Molly Pitcher Inn should be put on your to do list. Use their link below to view their different dining menus. The Molly Pitcher Inn, 88 Riverside Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701. (732) 858-5310. http://themollypitcher.com/

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Sirena Ristorante– Long Branch

If you’re looking for the perfect romantic spot for date night, Sirena Ristorante is it. With classic Italian food and breathtaking views, Sirena Ristorante’s wine list alone will keep you coming back. Indulge on insanley delicious seafood dishes and save room for some legendary desserts. Sirena Ristorante. 27 Ocean Avenue Long Branch, NJ 07740. (732) 222-1119. https://sirenaristorante.com/

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Cubacan- Asbury Park

Transport to the warm beaches of Cuba for the evening at Cubacan. Sip on a mojito while taking in the ocean and boardwalk views at the bar. Order small plates at the bar to nosh on or move to a table in their tropical dining room. If you’re a fan of Latin food, this is the place to try- they put a modern twist on some of your favorite classics. Cubacan. 800 Ocean Ave Asbury, NJ 07712. (732) 774-3007. https://cubacanrestaurant.com/

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Stella Marina– Asbury Park

If you’ve strolled down the Asbury Park boardwalk, you’ve probably seen Stella Marina light up the south end of the boardwalk. Peering inside, it’s a warm and cozy spot for Italian food that’s a local favorite for special nights out. Stella Marina is one of our favorite waterfront spots if you’re willing to spend a little more for homemade Italian food. Split a bottle of red and plan to spend a few hours. Stella Marina. 800 Ocean Ave Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712. (732) 775-7776 https://stellamarinarestaurant.com/

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Oyster Creek– Leeds Point

Jersey Shore waterfront dining is inaccurate here. Oyster Creek is actually actually over the water. You can expect 360 degree water views and sunsets that “flood” the surrounding water with it’s reflection. The perfect spot for date night pictures. While the sunsets are certainly a draw, once you try the food you’ll be hooked. No frills fresh seafood is what they do best at Oyster Creek. Oyster Creek Restaurant and Boat Bar. 41 Oyster Creek Road Leeds Point, NJ 08220. (609) 652-8565 http://oystercreekrestaurant.com/

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Panini Bay– Tuckerton

Panini Bay is a hidden gem tucked away on Barnegat Bay in Tuckerton. Come by boat or by car. Open weekends in the off-season, Panini Bay will make you and your date feel like you’re on vacation. BYOB or try one of the Bellview Wines they carry. You can expect a quiet date night that feels a million miles away from any stress. Panini Bay. 101 Parker Road Tuckerton, NJ 08087. (609) 294-4281 https://paninibay.com/

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Boondocks Fishery (Seasonal)- Red Bank

Lobster (or Lobstuh) Nights here are legendary. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in the summer you can get 2 lobsters, corn and potatoes for just $27.95. Grab a bib and dig in with your date! This isn’t a date night where you want to wear your nicest clothes either. Roll up in shorts and flip flops and prepare to get buttery while overlooking the water. Boondocks Fishery. 1 Wharf Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701. https://www.facebook.com/LOBSTUH/

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Charlie’s of Bay Head– Bay Head

With two floors of incredible waterfront views, Charlie’s is a shore date night spot you have to try. We’re still raving to anyone who will listen about the homemade Chocolate Coffee Creme Brulee we had. The ambiance is perfect for an anniversary date or a “just because” date night. You’ll be looking for any excuse to come back once you try it. Charlie’s of Bay Head. 72 Bridge Avenue Bay Head, NJ 08742. (732) 295-1110 https://charliesofbayhead.com/

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Barnacle Bill’s– Rumson

We love a no frills dive spot- especially when it’s on the water. Barnacle Bill’s is the place for awesome cheeseburgers and live music every weekend. It’s the hangout spot you can see yourself hitting every weekend. Take a load off, relax and listen to some live music with your date. Barnacle Bill’s. 1 First Street Rumson, NJ 07760. (732) 747-8396. http://barnaclebillsrumson.com/

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Langosta Lounge– Asbury Park

Sure you could go to Langosta for dinner and have a great time, but the real fun starts late night. They have some of the most unique and eclectic live bands you won’t find anywhere else. Get there before the band goes on, grab a cocktail and take a seat. You likely won’t be sitting long before the music takes over and you’re dancing the night away. Now that’s a great date night. Langosta Lounge. 1000 Ocean Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712. (732) 455-3275. https://www.langostalounge.com/

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Trama’s at One Willow– Highlands

A newer addition to the Jersey Shore waterfront dining scene, you’ll find us at Trama’s at One Willow has the looks, the menu and the views for an exceptional date night. Chef Pat Trama’s menu has an emphasis on fresh seafood and we recommend the Lobster Rolls or some pieces from the raw bar. Trama’s at One Willow. 1 Willow Street Highlands, NJ 07732. (732) 730-7770. http://tramasatonewillow.com/

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Salt Creek Grille– Rumson

Sitting on the Navesink River, Salt Creek Grille is a cozy spot with some killer amazing eats. It’s perfect for those chilly nights when you just want a hot, homestyle meal. They make a great steak but their menu has a little something for everyone. Salt Creek Grille is one of our favorite Jersey Shore waterfront dining destinations. 4 Bingham Ave Rumson, NJ 07760. (732) 933-9272. https://www.saltcreekgrille.com/rumson/

Iron Whale– Asbury Park

Sitting on the Asbury Park Boardwalk next to Convention Hall, The new Iron Whale is a reinvented Jersey Shore waterfront dining spot with oceanfront views. Come winter, try to reserve a table near their fireplace and enjoy a menu that’s full of creative seafood dishes as well as meat entrees served on iron. Check their menu out using the link below. 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (732) 361-5185. https://www.ironwhalenj.com