Updated July 2020: Things are strange right now, we can’t change that. However, it’s still summer at the Jersey Shore and that means it’s an opportunity to dine outside (ok, that’s a necessity). But, we’re taking it up a notch and focusing on those restaurants where you can dine with a waterfront view – whether it’s the Atlantic or one of the Jersey Shore’s many rivers, inlets, and lakes.
Our list of the best Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants have plenty of outside dining so that when it comes to living your best summer, you still can. These Jersey Shore waterfront restaurants provide the delicious food and salty air, all you need to bring is some great company.
So now it’s your turn to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. After all, it’s not summer at the Jersey Shore until you’re enjoying a cocktail on the deck!
Jersey Shore Waterfront Restaurants
Set in one of Monmouth County’s most beachy towns, Beach Tavern offers panoramic views of the Shrewsbury River with outdoor waterfront dining on their docks. Dine on everything from Towers of shellfish to burgers, pasta, and pizza. 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach 732-870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/
Embracing their oceanfront location, Rooney’s has been attracting diners for over 20 years with their delectable cuisine and one of a kind views of the Atlantic. Sit outside on their multi-tier deck or enjoy cocktails in their open air bar. 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200 http://www.rooneysocean.com/
Outdoor dining is the name of the game at Boondocks. Since opening, diners have flocked to this outdoor, waterfront restaurant for can’t beat ‘em “lobstah” dinners in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. 1 Marine Park, Red Bank 732-747-7177 https://theboondocksfishery.com/
Locals may have tried to keep The Marina at Oceanport a little secret, but word has gotten out. Sit back and relax with your dining companion on the open air deck while sipping on cocktails and snacking on some summer comfort food. 10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport 848-456-4396 https://www.marinaatoceanport.com/
Experience Klein’s Fish Market in the height of summer and you’ll quickly understand why it’s been a staple restaurant on the Shark River Inlet. For 88 years, Klein’s has served up the freshest seafood with tasty cocktails, the perfect stop for after the beach! 708 River Road, Belmar 732-681-1177 kleinsfish.com
Italian cuisine on the Barnegat Bay awaits you at Panini Bay. Chef and Owner, Ivar Johnson, perfectly creates Italian dishes inspired by local, fresh seafood that will excite your tastebuds. 101 Parker Road, Tuckerton 609-294-4281 https://paninibay.com/
Outdoor dining in the “Crab Room” has always been fun and this summer is no different. Sit outside at Oyster Creek and dive into a menu that’s packed with all of your seafood favorites, including sushi. 41 Oyster Creek Road, Leeds Point 609-652-8565 http://oystercreekrestaurant.com/
It may not be the ocean, but the view over Lake Lefferts is just as stunning at MJ’s at Buttonwood Manor. Offering classic American cuisine, it’s a great respite when you need a break from the salt air (and crowds!) with tons of outdoor dining. 845 NJ-34, Matawan 732-566-6220 www.mjsrestaurant.com
Sit outside with views of Barnegat Bay at MJ’s Restaurant in Bayville. With all of your favorite dishes, it’s a perfect opportunity to sit back and relax this summer. 905 Bay Boulevard, Bayville 732-269-7764 www.mjsrestaurant.com
Located between Cape May and Wildwood Crest at the foot of the toll bridge, Two Mile Landing Restaurant and Marina is a great vacation stop and local hang out featuring plenty of fresh seafood. Fish Dock Road, Wildwood Crest 609-522-1341 www.twomilelanding.com
Known for their stunning views of the sunset, Eventide Grill, located in the Navesink Marina has been home to some of the best summer dinners and drinks that we can remember. 1400 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-530-1414 http://eventidegrille.com
From their exceptional raw bar with ocean views to their outdoor bar that will keep you coming back for another cocktail, One Willow has it all. Rain or shine, there are plenty of outdoor, waterfront seating options that will turn your summer evening into an exceptional one. 1 Willow Street, Highlands 732-730-7770 https://onewillowhighlands.com
Take any seat at McLoone’s Rum Runner and you’ll be immediately transfixed by the views of the Navesink River, boats, and gorgeous sunsets. Come for the delicious hand crafted dishes and stay for the natural beauty. 816 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-842-2894 www.mcloonesrumrunner.com
The Molly Pitcher Inn features an all new, all-day outdoor dining menu that will not disappoint. With views overlooking the Navesink River, you’ll enjoy items like buttermilk chicken and waffles and their famous pot pies. Or you can always just sip on a classic martini, because there’s nothing like enjoying a drink with a view! 88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank 732-810-0313 www.themollypitcher.com/
Outdoor dining at Pearl Lounge at The Oyster Point Hotel has never been as needed as it is this summer. With an expansive outdoor deck and panoramic views of the Navesink River, it’s a must visit on our Jersey Shore waterfront dining list! 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-530-8200 www.theoysterpointhotel.com
Reserve your table at the Channel Marker Café or head in to their Lobster Dock for some of the freshest, local seafood that the Jersey Shore has to offer. Located on the Barnegat Bay, there are plenty of summer evenings left to capture sunset views. 3245 Route 35 S, Lavallette 732-793-7559 www.channelmarkercafe.com
Lobsters, crabs, and waterfront views – it’s a summer trifecta at Inlet Café. With plenty of outdoor seating and fresh seafood, there are plenty of reasons that the Inlet Cafe has become a mainstay at the Jersey Shore. 3 Cornwall Street, Highlands 732-872-9764 www.inletcafe.com
In one of Long Branch’s brand new buildings resides one of Monmouth County’s newest (and most beautiful) dining options. 100 Ocean follows its name, sitting oceanside with American Mediterranean dishes. 110 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-795-6618 www.100-ocean.com/
Rooftop, oceanfront seating – you really can’t get better than the newly opened Iron Whale. Brought to you by McLoone’s, the Iron Whale will transport you to a seafarer lifestyle full of as much seafood as your heart craves. 1200 Ocean Avenue, Boardwalk, Asbury Park 732-361-5185 www.ironwhalenj.com
Ever wish you had your own waterfront tiki bar? Well, that may be in the cards, but in the meantime just head over to The Seafarer Bar. With sand underneath your toes, craft cocktails, beer, an outdoor grill and even Local Smoke BBQ, it’ll feel like your own background (kids are welcome until 8pm!) without the cleanup! They also have a large section of the property dedicated for weddings, birthdays and special events (email: firstname.lastname@example.org for info) 1 Atlantic Street, Highlands 732-861-1741 www.seafarerbar.com
Palm trees, salt air, and seafood, the Captain’s Inn checks off all the summer necessities. Watch the boats meander pastyou as your hang out in the all new Tiki tent or stop by after the beach to cool off with some refreshments and live music. 304 E Lacey Road, Forked River 609-693-3351 http://captainsinnnj.com/
Focusing on the Golden Age of Beach Haven, Parker’s Garage & Oyster Pavilion embraces the local community and beach lifestyle with amazing coastal creative food and original Parker’s sunsets. 116 Northwest Avenue, Beach Haven 609-492-1066 www.parkersgaragelbi.com
Located within the oceanfront LBI motel, The Sandbar is a mainstay for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re enjoying a refreshing mixed drink at the outdoor, covered bar or taking it up a notch with some sushi, it’s a great place to cap off a beach day on the island. 30 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven 609-492-1251 www.engleside.com
Blink and you may miss the turn for Mister C’s Beach Bistro. This oceanfront Jersey Shore restaurant never disapoints in views, dishes, cocktails, or service! Dine al fresco, just steps from the beach night night of the week. Ocean Place at Allen Avenue, Allenhurst 732-531-3665 www.mistercsbeachbistro.com
You’ll feel like a million bucks after dining underneath the stars on the Navesink River at Salt Creek Grille. Featuring fire grilled dishes, a wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, it’s a great date night out (especially when you’ve been stuck inside!) 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson 732-933-9272 www.saltcreekgrille.com/rumson/
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