I may be a bit biased, but few states do beaches better than New Jersey. (Ocean City was voted best beach town in America by Coastal Living magazine.) We also have a top notch food scene. (New Jersey was ranked as the best state for foodies by Saveur magazine.) What could be better than combining the two for a true culinary delight? These 14 beachfront restaurants in New Jersey offer fantastic food and spectacular scenery, listed below from north to south.
1. Woody's Ocean Grille, Sea Bright
Steps from the ocean, this restaurant serves up the best in seafood and southwestern cuisine. You'll find a fun, flavorful menu and great deals like Baja Tuesdays - choose from sliders or tacos paired with a glass of wine or the signature Orange Crush for just $15.
2. Beach Tavern, Monmouth Beach
Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks at this sushi/seafood spot on the shore. Choose from spectacular small plates, a raw bar and much more. To dock and dine, call the restaurant 30 minutes before arriving by boat.
3. Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant, Long Branch
The crab burger here is almost as spectacular as the views and the tuna bruschetta is loaded with flavor. Enjoy outstanding happy hour specials (like 75 cent clams and select $7 appetizers) and live music 4 days a week.
4. Avon Pavilion, Avon-By-The-Sea
This BYOB joint is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pavilion also offers and old-fashioned ice cream parlor. The casual spot serves up American favorites from both the land and sea.
5. Playa Bowls, Belmar
Fresh, flavorful fruit bowls on the beach, could life get any better? Playa Bowls has several shore area locations including Belmar, Manasquan, Long Branch and Bay Head, along with a food truck. Can't miss menu items include the Nutella Bowl, Electric Mermaid and pretty much everything else.
6. Beach Bro, Manasquan
Enjoy delicious and nutritious eats at this beachfront spot. The menu may be on the smaller side, but it is big in flavor. Choose from Poke Bowls, Sushi-Ritos, Seasoned Fries and more. Vegetarian options are available.
7. Shipwreck Point, Point Pleasant Beach
Enjoy steak, seafood and more at this fantastic spot just steps from the ocean. The service, steak and crab cakes all stand out.
8. Jimbo's Bar and Grill, Seaside Heights
This retro spot on the Seaside boardwalk serves up a varied menu of comfort foods and more. Enjoy everything from pizza to steamed clams.
9. The Boat House Restaurant, Beach Haven
Open for dinner daily during summer months, this waterfront spot also offers a seafood market. It is also a popular place for weddings and take out. Try the crab guacamole and lobster mac n' cheese.
10. Landshark Bar and Grill, Atlantic City
Life's a beach at this Atlantic City hot spot. Enjoy American favorites by day and a booming beach bar at night. For a flavorful kick, try the Sriracha Crunch Burger.
11. Oves Restaurant, Ocean City
This casual spot on the Ocean City boardwalk offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and bike rentals. The varied menu serves up something for everyone at prices that will keep both your stomach and wallet full.
12. Twisties Tavern on the Bay, Strathmere
Legend has it that Al Capone dined here during Prohibition and countless others have come over the years to enjoy this casual eatery. Come for lunch or dinner at this top rated restaurant (by Zagat) and bop along to the beats blasting from the retro jukebox.
13. Mack's Pizza, Wildwood
Fancy? No. Fantastic? Yes. This pizza shop is a shore favorite, with loyal customers who keep on coming back. Will you be their next big fan?
14. Cabanas Beach Bar & Grill, Cape May
Enjoy lunch and dinner year-round, a hip vibe and family friendly atmosphere. Enjoy live music on select nights, a full bar, happy hour specials and a varied menu. Try the Jerk Chicken Sandwich.