Restaurant Reviews

Wine & Dine

Each week, we’ll post a restaurant review of a Jersey Shore restaurant. Our reviews focus on places where we have had a great experience.
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Waverly Inn

Waverly Booth

Posted Monday, September 10, 2018

I have known about the Waverly Inn in the West Village, that was purchased by former Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Grayton Carter in 2006,  for some time, but for a long time it was almost impossible to get a reservation. In fact, if I [...]

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Posted Monday, May 28, 2018

Having just won TASTE Awards for Outstanding Restaurant – Italian and Best New Restaurant, we thought it high time that we give this much praised restaurant a try. Inside the decor is a cheerful “beachy” look and outside is a delightful rear patio lit by tiny [...]

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A Beach Bistro – The Poached Pear

poached pear

Posted Monday, April 23, 2018
Courtesy of Jersey Bites

Since opening its doors in 2014, the Poached Pear Bistro in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, has been serving guests innovative dishes featuring best quality ingredients. The restaurant provides an inviting experience in an upscale environment, where diners enjoy imaginative plates [...]

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A Return to Jimmy’s in Asbury Park


Posted Monday, February 5, 20118

It has been some time since we have been to Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant in Asbury Park. Why? Who knows? I guess you get in the habit of going to certain places and out of the habit with others. So, we went back this week and it [...]

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Russell & Bette’s

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Posted Monday, December 18, 2017

I think if you look up “cozy” in the dictionary, you just might see a picture of Russell & Bette’s in Rumson. This is what a neighborhood restaurant should feel like…warm, inviting and, yes, cozy.

This latest installment of the Marilyn Schlossbach Restaurant Group was the former [...]

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Albarino Tapas & Wine Bar – Shrewsbury

Albarino Bar

Posted Monday, November 27, 2017

From the Terra Momo Restaurant Group, whose restaurants include the acclaimed Eno Terra, Mediterra and Theresa Cafe in the Princeton area, comes their newest Albarino in the Grove West in Shrewsbury.

Albariño is the Galician name for the wine grape grown in Galicia, in northwest Spain, [...]

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The Pool Strives to Deal With Its Famous Dining Room

Francesco Sapienza for The New York Times

Posted Monday, October 23, 2017
By Pete Wells for the New York Times

The Pool is such an exceptional restaurant that customers may suspect there’s something wrong with them when they walk out feeling that something was missing. But they’re right. Eating there is like dating somebody who [...]

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Avra Estiatorio


Posted Monday, August 21, 2017

Avra is a wonderful Greek gem on the East Side at 148 E. 48th Street (there’s now a Madison Ave. location as well) and a favorite for seafood from the Mediterranean. The beautiful space is so cozy and warm you feel transported to a Greek [...]

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Vetri – Philadelphia


Posted Monday, July 3, 2017

Vetri may be the toughest table to get in Philadelphia, partly because there are only 10 tables, but mostly because everyone in Philadelphia wants to eat here. The time on the phone to get a reservation, however, is well worth the effort. This is a [...]

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Pascal & Sabine


Posted Monday, June 5, 2017

If Pascal & Sabine were in my neighborhood, I would probably eat there a couple times a week. Wonderful decor (who doesn’t like booths?), excellent bistro food, a very good wine list, a fantastic Sunday brunch with live jazz and a really enjoyable staff makes this [...]

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Lacroix at the Rittenhouse

La Croix

Posted Monday, May 22, 2017

Lacroix is the signature restaurant of the wonderful Rittenhouse Hotel, but it is as far from a “hotel” restaurant as you can get.

There’s so much to like here. Let’s start with Bar 210, sophisticated lounge perched above the dining level that offers an amazing list [...]

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Shipwreck Grill

Shipwreck Grill

Posted Monday, March 6, 2017

When you go for dinner in the middle of the week and the parking lot is full, the bar crowded and all the tables occupied, it’s a pretty good tip-off that the food is going to be good and the Shipwreck doesn’t disappoint.

It’s become kind [...]

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La Dolce Vita

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Posted Monday, February 20, 2017

La Dolce Vita is a delightful oceanfront restaurant in Belmar serving lunch and dinner every day.

Outside is a canopied patio with about 20 tables which can be closed in during inclement weather and is a delightful place to enjoy the beach beyond and people watching [...]

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Charlie’s of Bay Head

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Posted Monday, February 6, 2017

Charlie’s of Bay Head was probably the most eagerly anticipated new restaurant opening in recent memory. We said in an earlier post that if the food, drink and service were as good as the stunning design, it would be a home run. We finally got [...]

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Aretsky’s Patroon


Posted Monday, January 30, 2017

We have said often that the best dining experience is when food, ambiance and service come together to create a magical experience. That doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, but it did this week when we visited Arestsky’s Patroon in NYC.

Two of our favorite authors, [...]

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Spanish Olive


Posted Monday, January 9. 2017

On a stove in Havana sat an empty soup pot.   Nearby, a cookbook, generations of family recipes, lay untouched- an artifact too risky to bring on the journey to freedom.

In 1962, Roberto and Rosa Gonzalez decided to flee communist Cuba in search of a better life [...]

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Brennan’s Steakhouse


Posted Monday, January 2, 2017

Sometimes we find a restaurant that defies all logic. Brennan’s Steakhouse in Neptune is just such a place. They have no website and no real social media presence. They don’t offer coupons and they don’t advertise.

Yet, when we walked in mid-week at about 6pm, the dining [...]

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Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park


Posted Monday, November 7, 2016

In a somewhat unlikely place, Monmouth Park, Blu Grotto Ristorante is a freestanding restaurant with a beautiful, high ceiling conservatory dining room with lots of windows and French doors that open onto outdoor decks. The dining room is bathed in shades of blue and tables are [...]

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Tuscany Restaurant & Bar


Posted Monday, October 17, 2016
We’ve driven by this restaurant a hundred times, but it was just recently that we tried it for the first time. Boy, have we been missing something. It’s warm and cozy, the owners and staff are delightful and the food was delicious. We ran into some [...]

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Rebirth of Fine Dining – Fromagerie Re-Opens

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Posted Monday, August 28, 2016

Thanks to Paul and Enilda Sansone (he of the Sansone auto dealers) one of the Jersey Shore’s iconic fine dining restaurants has re-opened in Rumson, a year after David Burke, the previous owner, closed it down. We have always been a fan of Fromagerie going [...]

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Maria’s Italian Cuisine – Manasquan


Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

There’s one in almost every town. A place that seems to have been around forever (1969 to be exact) where locals flock and visitors have made it a “must stop” when in town. There’s a noisy vibe, particularly in the bar, that tells you everyone is [...]

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Ama Ristorante, Sea Bright


Posted Monday, July 25, 2016

Ama Ristorante in Sea Bright is one of those restaurants that seems to “have it all”.  A warm Tuscan decor countryside murals and a wood burning fireplace, stunning ocean and river views and with Executive Chef, Chuck Lesbirel behind the helm, equisite food. Lesbirel brings [...]

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Beach Tavern

Beach Tavern

Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

You have to appreciate when someone decides to open a restaurant and really spends the time to develop their concept. Such is the case with the Beach Tavern in Monmouth Beach. Adjacent to the space occupied for years by Sallee Tees, the Beach Tavern is everything [...]

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Forget Brooklyn, Neptune is the New Hipster Nabe

GT Burger

Posted Monday, May 2, 2016

The Grand Tavern is in a warehouse district in Neptune and if you didn’t see the sign, you might think it was just another warehouse. But hidden behind the unassuming building is the Shore’s coolest new opening since Pascal & Sabine. Interesting since owners, Paul Holzheimer [...]

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Scarborough Fair Shines

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Posted Monday, April 4, 2016

The best dining experiences are those when food, ambiance and service come together to create a special night. Such was the case recently when we ate at Scarborough Fair. Located on five acres in Sea Girt, the 1800’s building has been restored from its farmhouse origins [...]

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Posted Monday, February 15, 2015

There was a time when Farmingdale was the gastronomic capital of the Jersey Shore. What you say? That’s right, back 20-30 years ago, The Farmingdale House was an upscale Italian restaurant with waiters clad in tuxedos and meals served from gleaming gold food carts. On virtually [...]

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Grandma’s Meatball

Grandma's Meatball

Posted Monday, January 18, 2016

This is not a restaurant that you go to for the view, the bar, the drinks or the wine list. It’s all about the food. A friend who is a real foodies stops in here once or twice a week.

The name does not do justice to [...]

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Robinson Ale House

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Posted Monday, January 11, 2016

“As part of the McLoone family of restaurants, the Ale House was designed by Tim and Beth Robinson-McLoone to provide a place for friends and familyto enjoy warm surroundings, good service and great food in the Robinson family tradition.

Mom Robinson was a wonderful cook who fed [...]

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Niko’s Trapeze


Posted Monday, January 4, 2016

I love the fresh flavors of Greek food; grilled meats and fish, olive oil, oregano, lemon and feta cheese taste so wonderful and you just feel so good eating it. Until our recent dinner at Niko’s Trapeze in Long Branch we had to travel to NYC [...]

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Cibo e Vino


Posted Monday, November 23, 2015

Located in the old Press building in downtown Asbury Park, Cibo e Vino is as close to an Italian trattoria as you will get at the Shore. The setting is reminiscent of a country farmhouse and the menu has a “cicchetti” or small plate style.

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Posted Monday, October 19, 2015

Local’s will recognize Yvonne’s from its days in Ocean Grove where it was a popular spot on Main Street. They’ve moved to Rt 35 in Neptune, same owners and chef, picked up a liquor license and added a sophisticated new space.

Serving eclectic European cuisine that includes [...]

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Simko’s Grill – Brielle


Posted Monday, October 5, 2015

Simko’s Grill in Brielle is kind of a jack of all trades. It’s a great place for drinks and apps, fun at Happy Hour, there’s a new sushi bar, the regular menu offers great food in large portions at a real value and there are private [...]

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A Reborn Matisse

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Posted Monday, September 28, 2015

New operators GM Bradley Silverstein and Executive Chef Michael Guglielmi have taken over Matisse in Belmar and they are off to a running start. The space remains the same for now with its trattoria like decor of arched columns, brick walls, hardwood floors and stunning local [...]

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Larimar – Spring Lake


Posted Monday, September 7, 2015

When the world went “casual” @ 2000 that trend began to affect the restaurant industry and we began to see many “fine dining” upscale restaurants go by the wayside. While few lamented having to wear a jacket and tie to dinner, the pendulum swung a little [...]

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Romance in Sea Girt

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Posted Monday, August 31, 2015

Scarborough Fair just may be the Shore’s most romantic restaurant.

Located on five acres in Sea Girt, NJ, just off Rt 35, Scarborough Fair’s 1800’s building has been restored from its farmhouse origins to show the stunning beauty of its natural elements of brick, wood, and [...]

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Pascal & Sabine


Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

If Pascal & Sabine were in my neighborhood, I would probably eat there a couple times a week. Wonderful decor (who doesn’t like booths?), excellent bistro food, a very good wine list, a fantastic Sunday brunch with live jazz and a really enjoyable staff makes this [...]

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Remington’s – Manasquan


Posted Monday, August 17, 2015


2012 renovations have made this local’s favorite even more inviting with a sophisticated bar area with high tops for a more casual bar menu and the regular dining room for the more formal menu.

This is a beautifully designed restaurant with large storefront windows affording great [...]

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Langosta Lounge Re-Visited

Langosta Lounge on the Asbury Park Boardwalk

Posted Monday, August 10, 2015

As we cherish the remaining days of summer, we thought we would re-visit one of the Shore’s favorite restaurants, overlooking the ocean and on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park.

Langosta Lounge, located on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park and overlooking the ocean, is one of the [...]

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Avon Pavillion

Avon Pavillion

Posted Monday, July 27, 2015

The Fishman family has operated the Avon Pavillion since 1989, surviving two rebuilding projects after devastating storms in 1992 and Hurricane Sandy. Through it all the restaurant has maintained its reputation as one of the best restaurants at the Shore.

Initially serving standard beach fare, the arrival [...]

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Salt Creek Grille

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Posted Monday, July 13, 2015

The first thing you notice about Salt Creek Grille is its stunning design, a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired craftsman building. In fact, SCG was a finalist in the 2015 TASTE Awards for Outstanding Design/Ambiance. Overlooking the Navisink River, the restaurant is an upscale, yet casual American [...]

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Brando’s Citi Cucina


Posted Monday, June 29, 2015

Whether you sit outside under umbrellas or inside in the stylish brick walled dining rooms, Brando’s Citi Cucina in Asbury Park is a comfortable setting for this very inviting restaurant. This is a true “osteria” where the chef and owner are one and the same and [...]

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River Market Cafe

River Market

Posted Monday, June 1, 2015

River Market Cafe
522 Bay Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

The River Market in Toms River was named in early 2015 as one of the top seven BYOB restaurants at the Jersey Shore. A lease dispute forced a recent relocation to Point Pleasant Beach on Bay Ave. opening a [...]

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La Terrazza Cucina Rustica & Bar

La Terrazzo

Posted Monday, May 25, 2015

400 Ocean Ave
Belmar, New Jersey 07719

La Terrazza Cucina Rustica & Bar is the more casual, laid back sister restaurant to the popular La Dolce Vita in Belmar. It just may be one of the Shore’s best places to hang out and enjoy great food and wine [...]

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Klein’s Fish Market and Waterside Cafe


Posted Monday, May 18, 2015

Corner of Main Street and River Road
Belmar, NJ

From 1924 when Ollie Klein sold fish out of the back of his truck to today’s restaurant and retail store run by Ollie Klein III, Klein’s Fish Market has embodied everything that a seafood restaurant at the Jersey Shore [...]

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Europa South

Europa South

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015

521 Arnold Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

In an area with a wide diversity of cuisines it is somewhat surprising that there are not more Portuguese and Spanish restaurants, two of the country’s most popular types of food. Thankfully, though, we have a great representative of that type [...]

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Rollins Named Executive Chef at 709


Posted Monday, April 20, 2015

709 Arnold Ave.Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Chef Roy Rollins recently returned to 709, Point Pleasant Beach as Executive Chef. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Roy’s first job was at Harpoon Willy’s in Manasquan and from there he moved to Restaurant [...]

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Maria’s Manasquan


Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

165 Main Street, Manasquan

Owned by the Bertucci family since 1969, until last year when they sold the business, Maria’s is still turning out authentic, reasonably priced Italian food in the heart of Manasquan.

It’s the mark of a good restaurant when they have a number of menu [...]

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Cross & Orange

Cross & Orange

Posted Monday, February 16, 2015

If success of a new restaurant hinged on the owners being nice guys, then the new Cross & Orange, in the old Ivan and Andy space in Asbury Park, would be well on their way. Brothers Bob and Chris Fahey have teamed with Chef Sam Byrne [...]

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Taka – Asbury Park


Posted Monday, February 2, 2015
660 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ

For the last 10 years, Taka has been the standard for Japanese cooking at the Jersey Shore and with their recent move to new digs on Cookman Ave. they now have a venue that matches their outstanding cuisine. The space, the [...]

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Catch-Red Bank


Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

We’ve been fans of chef Dominic Rizzo since his days at Remington’s in Manasquan. He is a talented guy with a keen sense of flavors and presentation. Schooled at the Culinary Institute of America, he did stints at Daniel Boulud’s three Michelin starred Daniel and at [...]

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Buona Sera

Buona Sera

Posted Monday, December 29, 2014

50 Maple Avenue, Red Bank

Chris Mariani’s Buona Sera is a major part of the vibrant dining scene in Red Bank, offering real authentic Italian cooking in a wonderful setting with a soaring ceilings, ornate moldings, an antique bar and a mezzanine that overlooks the bustling main [...]

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Nonno’s Ristorante


Posted Monday, December 8, 2014

401 Main Street
Bradley Beach, NJ 07702

Does the Jersey Shore need another Italian restaurant? It does if it’s Nonno’s in Bradley Beach. This newly opened restaurant on Main Street is the brainchild of Nick Falco, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who most recently was the GM [...]

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Doolan’s Supper Club


Posted Monday, November 24, 2014

Who knew? Doolan’s Shore Club has been around forever and has been known as a good, reliable spot for weddings and banquets. But did you know they also have a very good restaurant in a supper club kind of atmosphere that makes for a very enjoyable [...]

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Shore Points Coastal BBQ

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Posted Monday, November 10, 2014

816 Arnold Ave.Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

We’ve been big fans of Ryan Barnhard since his days at Ryan Michaels in Brick. His latest venture is a BBQ joint with a twist. Here’s how they describe themselves: “We call ourselves a barbecue restaurant and offer many of [...]

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Firefly Oceanside


Posted Monday, October 13, 2014

Firefly Oceanside
1106 Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

New restaurants are always fun, but unfortunately, they don’t always live up to their promise. Not so with the new Firefly Oceanside in Point Pleasant Beach, now owned by the former owner of Bistro at the Beach, Mark Roth.  [...]

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Prohibition – Asbury Park


Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

This is actually a pre-review of the new hot spot in Asbury Park (in the Old Man Rafferty’s space on Cookman Avenue), Prohibition. Opened just a few days ago, they are still not serving their full menu, website is not up and they are still feeling [...]

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Fish Urban Dining

Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey!

Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

Fish Urban Dining
601 Mattison Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: 732.455.8181

Housed in a historic 1885 building in Asbury Park, Fish Urban Dining offers one of the most unique settings at the Shore and a drink and food menu that has captivated residents and tourists since its opening [...]

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Due Amici Brielle

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Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

Higgins Ave. Brielle

Du Amici is a local’s favorite, made so by excellent food and the family who runs the business. The owners make this a special place; Bobby in the kitchen or at the door, wife Rose making everyone feel special, and the sons behind the [...]

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Ohana Grill

Ohana Grill

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

65 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735

Who knew that the sleepy beach town of Lavallette was home to one of the best seafood restaurants at the Shore? But, it almost didn’t happen. Their first season was cut short by Hurricane Irene and in [...]

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Via Veneto-Manasquan

Via Veneto

Posted Monday, August 4, 201

2410 Rt 35 N
Manasquan, NJ 08736

Strip mall restaurants are not generally known for their decor, but Via Veneto has managed to transform their space in the Pier One center in Manasquan to an elegant and sophisticated restaurant. Soft gray walls, intimate lighting, leather booths [...]

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Danny’s Steakhouse & Sushi


Posted Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a firehouse, a bakery, a pizza restaurant and an Italian restaurant, but today after 38 years Danny’s is a steakhouse featuring prime steaks and top grade sushi. It is a testament to owner Danny Murphy’s ability to recognize changing trends in the fast [...]

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Theresa’s South


Posted Monday, July 14, 2014

Slightly off the beaten path on Rt. 35 in Bay Head, Theresa’s South may just be our “sleeper” of the year. We had been there before new owners took over and hadn’t been back since. It has become my daughter’s “go to” restaurant, so we finally [...]

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Temple Gourmet Chinese

Temple Gourmet

Posted Monday, July 7, 2014

Located in the heart of Red Bank at 91 Broad Street, Victor Kuo’s stylish Temple Gourmet Chinese sets the tone for outstanding Chinese food at The Jersey Shore. The elegant bistro, open for lunch and dinner, is warm and comfortable inside and through open doors and [...]

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Shipwreck Grill


Posted Monday, June 30, 2014

720 Ashley Avenue, Brielle
When you go for dinner in the middle of the week and the parking lot is full, the bar crowded and all the tables occupied, it’s a pretty good tip-off that the food is going to be good and the Shipwreck doesn’t [...]

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The Poached Pear Bistro

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Posted Monday, June 23, 2014

Restaurant openings are always exciting. The promise of a new place to dine and enjoy good food is always fun. Some live up to the hype, some do not. Happily The Poached Pear Bistro exceeds the early expectations.

Executive Chef and owner Scott Giordano is a graduate [...]

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Schneider’s Restaurant


Posted Monday, June 16, 2014

In a world where everything seems to change so quickly, it is comforting to know that some things never change. Schneider’s Restaurant in Avon, NJ, Monmouth and Ocean counties only authentic German restaurant has been serving time honored family recipes for over 50 years. “Mom”,  Theresa [...]

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Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant


Posted Monday, May 26, 2014

Oceanfront….raw bar….fresh fish…..Wine Spectator Wine list……live music…..what more can you ask for?

Since 1995, this unique dining experience has delighted locals and tourists alike. Executive Chef Greg Whitman, a graduate of The Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing and former chef at The Brielle Yacht Club [...]

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Chic’s Place

Chic's Place

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014

118 Norwood Avenue
Deal, NJ 07723

The very popular Mister C’s at the Allenhurst Beach Club was another casualty of Hurricane Sandy. It will be re-built but probably not until next summer and then given local bureaucracies, who knows what will happen to the space. Not to be [...]

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La Tapatia – Asbury Park

La Tapatia

Posted Monday, May 12, 2014

707 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ

It’s always a good sign when you walk into a Mexican restaurant and most of the patrons are, well, Mexican. It certainly speaks to the authenticity of the place.

We had not heard of this somewhat inconspicuous restaurant on Main Street in Asbury [...]

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Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty

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Posted Monday, May 5, 2014

Since 1955, Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Nestled on Channel Drive between the commercial lobster and fishing boats with stunning views of Manasquan River and inlet islands, this fresh seafood and steak house was [...]

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Langosta Lounge

Langosta Lounge on the Asbury Park Boardwalk

Posted Monday, April 28, 2014

1000 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ

Langosta Lounge, located on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park and overlooking the ocean, is one of the most popular restaurants at the Jersey Shore because it offers whatever may fit your mood; great cocktails, small plates when you are not too hungry, [...]

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Tre Amici – Modern Italian Bar and Restaurant

Tre Amici

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

115 Brighton Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 571-8922

Chef Matthew Zappoli may just be one of the most acclaimed chefs at the Jersey Shore. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and a veteran of kitchens in New York City, Las Vegas, [...]

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Ama Ristorante

Villa Amalfi

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood Cabana Club,
1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright,

Ama Ristorante was a popular BYOB restaurant in the Atlantic Highlands when the Stavola family purchased the restaurant in 2012 and moved it to the Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright. With stunning views of the [...]

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Tardi’s Ristorante Italiano


Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

931 Fischer Blvd.
Bellcrest Plaza
Toms River, NJ 08753


We have been fans of this family owned gem since they were on Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach.  We followed them to larger quarters on Broadway in PPB, and were sad when they closed and moved to Toms River.  [...]

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Blend on Main

Blend Exterior

Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

It’s always great to see a new restaurant doing well and if last night’s full house is any indication, Blend on Main in Manasquan is off to a roaring start. Located on the ground floor of the Inn on Main, the restaurant has a warm [...]

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Scarborough Fair

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Posted March 24, 2014

Located on five acres in Sea Girt, NJ, just off Rt 35, Scarborough Fair’s 1800’s building has been restored from its farmhouse origins to show the stunning beauty of its natural elements of brick, wood, and glass. Open and graced with an elegant high ceiling, brick steps [...]

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Remingtons New

Posted Monday, March 17, 2014

2012 renovations made this local’s favorite even more inviting with a sophisticated bar area with high tops offering a more casual bar menu and the regular dining room for the more formal menu.This is a beautifully designed restaurant with large storefront windows affording great people watching. [...]

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Chef Mike’s ABG

Chef Mike's

Posted Monday, March 10, 2014

Whether it’s a beautiful sunny day and you can sit outside among the dunes or at the deck Tiki Bar, or a rainy, cloudy day when you can watch the waves crash on the beach, there may be no better setting to dine or drink at [...]

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La Dolce Vita- Belmar

La Dolce Vita

Posted Monday, February 24, 2014

La Dolce Vita is a delightful oceanfront restaurant in Belmar serving lunch and dinner every day.Outside is a canopied patio with about 20 tables which can be closed in during inclement weather and is a delightful place to enjoy the beach beyond and people watch…and [...]

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Posted Monday, February 17, 2014

I fell in love with Moonstruck back in the 90’s when it was housed in a cramped space storefront in Ocean Grove. The food was great, ahead of its time at the Jersey Shore, it was a BYOB, and the place had a kind of [...]

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Gerard’s Prime 13


Posted Monday, February 3, 2014

710 Arnold Ave.
Point Pleasant, NJ

Tucked away in a little shopping plaza just off Arnold Avenue, you’ll find Gerard’s Prime 13 by the firewood stacked outside its doors. The firewood fuels the wood fired grill that cooks the Angus prime and USDA prime steaks to mouth watering [...]

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Avenue – Pier Village


Posted Monday, January 27, 2014

Towering ceilings and lots of windows make this space seem somewhat cavernous at first glance, but then you notice the warming fireplace, the long stainless bar, the booths in the bar area, a raw bar right out on the floor and of course, the amazing ocean [...]

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Posted Monday, January 20, 2014

810 The Plaza
Sea Girt

Everyone has their “go to” restaurant…that place you don’t have to think about when you go out, you just know the food is always going to be good and the experience enjoyable. Fratello’s is one of those places for us.

A large bar (very [...]

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Drew’s Bayshore Bistro


25 Church St.
Keyport, NJ 07735 07735

I was recently reminded that Mardi Gras is coming up on March 4 and it brought to mind my trip to New Orleans last year. Perhaps no other city is “known” for so many different types of food and drink. Cajun and Creole foods both [...]

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11 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760

Host of the PBS show, Eat, Drink, Italy, Vic Rallo owns this gem in Rumson that is one of our favorites. There is so much to lie at Undici. First, the decor, fashioned after a Tuscan farmhouse, it is reminiscent of actual rustic tavernas [...]

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703 Belmar Plaze
Belmar, NJ


There’s two reasons locals love Brandl. The first is that the food is awfully good and the second is that everybody likes chef-owner Chris Brandl himself. We’ll talk about the food in a minute.

Brandl is one of those guys who never stops giving of himself and [...]

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The Mill

the mill

100 Old Mill Road
Spring Lake Heights, NJ

The Mill just may be the best all-around restaurant at the Jersey Shore. Whether you are looking for cocktails and apps, a luxurious Sunday brunch, a special occasion dinner or just a drink and some live entertainment, The Mill has it all. It serves [...]

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Shipwreck Point

shipwreck point

Point Pleasant

It is not often that a new restaurant hits the ground running, but the latest incarnation of their flagship and highly popular Shipwreck Grill from owner Bill Cleary and chef/owner Terry Eleftheriou did just that when we first visited.

Opening on a Tuesday, we went on Thursday, fully prepared to [...]

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Restaurant Nicholas


Located on southbound Route 35, just over the bridge from Red Bank, the austere, concrete building stands alone in an unlikely spot for a restaurant. The décor is minimalist; beige walls, beige and brown checkerboard carpeting, sparse wall hangings, modern ceiling design, an almost sheet like, flowing, window covering. Generally not my favorite style for a romantic restaurant, however the wonderful use of recessed and indirect lighting turns the room into an enchanting and very romantic haven. Continue reading

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