Bars and Restaurants

Once you've had your fill of the boardwalk Pizza, Cheese Steak, French Fries, Sausage Sandwiches and fried Oreos here are some good restaurants to try out. Some casual restaurant recommendations:  walk to are Spicy Cantina upstairs, Klees, Saw Mill, PJ's Place, Hemmingway's and Park Seafood (above Aztec or on North Boardwalk Kiosk).  Most all are walking distance from Shoreside Village.  Trip advisor also has information on them and many others.  


 

BARS 

The best two bars in all of Seaside are on your units roof and front deck.  You cannot pay for better people watching, drama and good times! They are also BYOB.

Bars on boardwalk from north to South (Build your own Bar Crawl):  You can walk to all of these!  A fun tipsy walk.

  • EJs Taphouse:  local bar with lot of pool tables, bands in back, on boardwalk. Shot and beer joint.  

  • Aztec:  On boardwalk, outside seating, I think pretty boring, only stop if on bar crawl or meeting folks walking in from Ortley Beach. Cheap beer joint.

  • Jimbos:  walk up and get a beer and shot, boardwalk food also served

  • JR’s / Marugas: family Restaurant in the day, nightclub at night,  Very young crowd 21-27 ($2 bud lights and blasting DJ and dancing)

  • Spicy Cantina:  age varies, younger late evening, This is the party you can see from the front decks

  • Midway Bar (next to Midway sausage stand):  Excellent place to have a beer and people watch on boardwalk, outside boardwalk seating, push the Stroller right in

  • Beach Comber (our favorite because of the Bands downstairs and rooftop partying)

  • Saw Mill  Great oval Bar, Beer selection, Pizza and food

  • Sand Bar - Frozen Drinks next to Sawmill on beach;  Nice outside Bar, sit in Adirondack chairs with toes in sand

 

Off of Boardwalk on / near Boulevard from North to South

  • Hooks – local bar, haven’t been too, some say it’s fun.

  • Hemingway's: You must go here!  Good for all ages, sophisticated older crowd, big bands, unique experience, not a bathing suit place, nice polo or button down

  • Jaxx Garage Bar and Grill:  Young kids 21-35  like this place, I’m 54 so never been there for night life

  • Riggers on the boulevard – Local Bar, newly renovated

  • Klees – Irish bar and family restaurant, good on Tap selection (Always a good time, acoustic guitars some nights

 

Restaurants a walk away

Click on the restaurant name to visit their web site- tripavisor also has reviews, “ignore the haters” most restaurants are O.K.  Some can be pricey check their website menu.   All seaside restaurants and Bars are very Kid Friendly.   After 10:00pm they start to “proof at the door”

 

  • Spicy Cantina $ - $$$** Mexican food ** go upstairs, sit by ocean.  On the Boardwalk, 500 Ocean Terrace.  If you are out late – after 10:00pm, go to the upstairs bar and have a drink and look over boardwalk. 

Cantina (upstairs) open Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Bar and Grill open Fri.- Sun. 11 a.m.

Entertainment: 8 p.m., Fri.- Take 2

 

  • The Saw Mill $ - $$ * South Boardwalk

One of our favorites for comfort food and a great Environment, a nice walk down the boardwalk.

“Jumbo Sawmill Pizza We started out with the best on the boardwalk, then we made the biggest! The 27" Jumbo Sawmill Pizza isn't just pizza - it's a Jersey Shore tradition. Ocean Views Enjoy an unobstructed view of the beautiful Seaside Park Beach and Atlantic Ocean, while the iconic boardwalk awaits rebuilding. More Than Just Pizza The Sawmill's menu offers boardwalk classics as well as a raw bar, sandwiches, burgers, salads, full plates, pasta dishes, and more.”

  • Maruca's at JR's  $ Boardwalk across street.  Some people say the best Pizza on the boardwalk, I'm a Three Brothers guys

601 Boardwalk 

Sun. - Thur. 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. 

 

  • Montes Cafe $  50 yards away on Boulevard, a super casual Mexican restaurant

609 Boulevard

Daily 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.

 

  • Jaxx Bar and Grill $$ on Sumner Ave just past the boulevard.   MUST HAVE BARBEQUE!!!!   Good bar at night, can have a beer on roof.   One block in and one block over.  Can order to go family meals or sit in and order some Brisket, pulled port, ribs and corn bread.  Nice meal to order is instead of grilling.  $80 family pack will feed the family of 10.  

 

  • The Beachcomber $  (good nightly hangout, check for Bands every night!, really cool hangout overlooking boardwalk)

On the Boardwalk – Bar boardwalk food.  100 Ocean Terrace & Dupont Ave

Open Daily 11 a.m. - 3 a.m.

Food and drink specials Mon. - Fri. from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Bands: i.e. Fri.- Moon Doggie, Sat.-Shorty Long

 

  • Hemingway's Cafe $$-$$$

612 Boulevard

Thursday open 4 p.m.. 7 p.m. free Texas hold’em, free line dancing, TAP pool league. All night happy hour

Fri.-Happy Hour 4-7 p.m

  • Klee's Bar & Grill (three blocks away) $-$$

    • This is locals Favorite!  Great family restaurant and bar,  Opened as a Bar in 1933 after prohibition was repealed. 

    • Great comfort food, burgers, bar pizza, steaks, wraps, chicken , salads, great appetizers

    • Great Family Environment located at 101 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

    • Website: http://kleesbarandgrill.com/menu/ 

 

  • PJ’S Place (3 blocks away)  $$ - $$$

101 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

This is a hidden Gem in plain site, now on the Boardwalk.  Sit outside or inside, not fancy but food is executive.   Burgers, chicken, shrimp, lobster, etc.. Think of the type of special place you would see on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.    People call it a comfort food place but just check out the menu. Sometimes lobster,

https://www.facebook.com/PJs-Place-569902813124959/ 

  • Genevieve's  exclusive, make reservation, $$$-$$$$

113 Boulevard

Open Thur. - Sun. at 5 p.m. BYOB

Outside patio now open

  • Park Seafood Restaurant $$$-$$$$  above Aztec hotel on North Boardwalk (there is also a small Park Seafood on south boardwalk

I have not eaten here but friends say it is very good.

  • Heavy Reel Brewing $ Brew onsite,  walk 50 yards on Blain ave to Boulavard and order a good brew or test a flight
    613 Boulevard

Open: Fri 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

  • Hook's  $ Local Bar, some adult games pool table, ping pong, bar food

1320 Boulevard 

Thur. 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

  • Jimbo's Bar and Grill *Boardwalk  $

715 Boardwalk

Open Fri, Sat, Sun from 11 a.m.

 

1415 Boulevard

Open Fri. 5 p.m. for dinner, Sat. & Sun. 12 p.m. for lunch and dinner

 

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  • Hemmingway's Café (half block away) $$-$$$

300 foot walk towards the Boulevard from the complex car gate

Website: https://hemingwaysseaside.com/

Hemingway’s Cafe is just a cool place to have dinner, drinks and enjoy the premiere nightlife of the Jersey Shore with live entertainment, some of the greatest local DJs and bands, and the largest dance floor at the Jersey Shore.

What happening now:  http://hemingwaysseaside.com/upcoming-events/

 

Here are some restaurants a very short drive away:

  • The Dock Outfitters (must go for sunset)  $

    • Burger, hotdog and Fries place 

    • 5 Route 35 South (on the south bayfront)

    • Open Thurs. thru Sun. 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch

  • Bum Rodgers Crabhouse $$-$$$

    • 2 mile drive or Uber into Seaside Park.  You must eat here once during your stay.

    • Website: http://bumrogerstavern.com/

    • Sit in the back patio, beautiful place, great shore vibe, Very nice at night too.  I love the Shrimp and Scallops Quesdilla!!  Good surk and turf and plenty of tap beer.

    • From their site:  Crab, Lobster, Clams, Oysters, Fish When it comes to fish, you can choose from grouper, flounder, mahi mahi or mako shark. We also serve steaks and burgers. A local butcher supplies our custom-cut steaks and fresh Black Angus beef. You can pair your meal with the more than 30 draft beers we keep on tap. We rotate our local craft beers seasonally.  Music and entertainment at the bar.

  • Xina (over bridge in Toms River) $$-$$$

The best Sushi and Chinese on/near the Island. Different than the normal Chinese Restaurant. Make a reservation days in advance as they fill up quickly, even weekdays.  You can also get to go. 

3 mile drive over Bridge into Toms River, immediate over bridge, first place to right

http://www.xinarestaurant.com/menu 

 

  • Teresa's Osaka Asian Bistro $$-$$$  1801 Rt 37 East | Toms River, NJ 0875

    • Teresa's Osaka Asian Bristo - Toms River, NJ | 7329293900 (japaneserestauranttomsriver.com)

    • Great Sushi, Asian Fusion and Japanese Restaurant Teresa’s Osaka Asian Bistro has a knack for combining traditional and modern, eastern and western, and this niche is what makes us unlike any other place out there.  Nice dining inside, outside and very Take-our Friendly

  • II Giardinello Ristorante  $$$ - $$$$  1232 NJ-166 | Toms River, NJ   https://www.ilgiardinello.com/

    • At Il Giardinello, dishes enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy inspire the menu, giving their cuisine its’ authentic Italian flair. From appetizers to desserts, thoughtful presentation and extraordinary taste define the Il Giardinello dining experience.  Take-out available.

  • Tardi's Italian Restaurant - $$$-$$$$  931 Fischer Blvd | Toms River, NJ   https://www.tardisristorante.com/

    • Classic Italian prepared fresh.  serving the finest Italian cuisine prepared with the very freshest of ingredients. To ensure your dining pleasure our professional well-trained and courteous staff is at your service. The Tardi family asks for your indulgence as all our selections are prepared individually and require a few extra moments

 

  • Crabs Claw Inn (Lavallette, up Rt 35)  $$-$$$

The crabs claw in is right in downtown Lavallette, 2 miles north of Seaside Heights.  Not exactly "fine, elegant dining" but good, solid seafood and a lot of creative seafood dishes. Great place for kids. Huge bar and huge beer selection.  Recommend a reservation for dinner if after 5:00pm.   

601 Grand Central Ave.

Lavallette, NJ

(732) 793-4447

http://thecrabsclaw.com/coupons.html

 

  • New Capriccio by the Sea (Lavallette, up Rt 35)  $$$

Seasonal restaurant offering Italian-style surf 'n' turf such as baked clams, pasta & filet mignon.  A little pricy but always has a line, very good food.

2 mile drive into Lavalette

http://www.capricciobythesea.com/ 

 

  • Spicy Cantina (across street on boardwalk) $$

Known mostly for its Bar and it’s rum buckets,  it also has Good Mexican food.  Eat upstairs.  You can ask for a table overlooking boardwalk and beach. There is also a BAR up there if you want to have a drink and also get some views.   I like the lobster and shrimp Quesadilla.   For other comfort food you can sit downstairs to the left from ocean, get pizza burgers etc.  I like Spicy Cantina best for its bands and acoustic guitar players who play a lot during the day and happy hour.   Fresh Squeezed Marguirta’s $5 upstairs mon-Fri happy hour. $$

 http://spicycantina.com/

  • Ebby's Ristorante and Lounge $$$

Ebby’s Ristorante & Lounge brings a taste of New York’s famous Italian cuisine to the Jersey Shore. Located in Seaside Park, NJ, Ebby’s features an array of your homemade Italian favorites from Chicken Parmigiana and Rigatoni Bolognese, to classics like Linguini with Clam Sauce and Papparedelle Al Fresca all served in our comfortable dining room or in the outdoor dining area when in season. $$$​

Address: 2013 Central Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752

Phone(732) 830-4775

Ebby's Website

 

  • PlayaBowls $  (two on Boardwalk, one by Ferris wheel and one South by Sawmill restaurant)

Health food that tastes like desert.  My two favorites are:

Tropical bowl: pure acai topped with granola,Banana, pineapple, coconut flakes, Honey.

Electric Mermaid:  Pitaya blend topped with granola, kiwi, pineapple, mango, coconut, flakes, honey.  http://playabowls.com/

 

  • SURF TACO $

Definite order (call it in and pick it up or eat there).  Surf Taco is a chain of Mexican-Californian cuisine-style restaurants located primarily in the Jersey Shore area. The food served is also described as Coastal Cuisine. tacos, burritos, wraps, smoothies, salads, quesadillas, side kicks (extra chips and salsa, chicken fingers, etc.), and "tsunamis" which are oversized burritos of grilled chicken, rice, beans, jack & cheddar cheeses, lettuce, sour cream, & salsa wrapped in two extra large flour tortillas, served wet topped with guacamole, sour cream & Pico de Gallo.  ( about 1.5 miles from house, we usually drive)

 

  • FRY IT UP $

On boardwalk on block north. They fry everything, oreos, cheesecake, KoolAid, Zeppoles, twinkies, kitcars, cheese balls.  You name it and they fry it and it’s all good.   

 

Breakfast

  • Bobbers Family Restaurant $

5 minute walk – right on the Boulevard new block north of Waterpark.  This is throwback New Jersey diner.  Family owned.  If you want to have a sit down diner, side bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles, Taylor Ham Egg and cheese, etc.   May be busy on weekends.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bobbers-family-restaurant-seaside-heights

 

  • Ryan's Deli and Catering $

Great Bagels for South Jersey, nice seating area on the Boulavard, ride one of the Bikes over and pick up a TEC and Coffee. 

Great TEC breakfast Sandwiches (Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese)

Gym, Tan, Laundry and TECs

117 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Website:  http://www.ryansdeliandcatering.com/

Other Restaurants - Other favorites a few towns away

  • SPIKES Seafood (bring your own)  in Point Pleasant, NJ (25 minute drive). Ocean that day to table.

  • Spanos Italian Ristorante (bring your own) in Point Pleasant, NJ. At Spanos, try the Garlic Shrimp Appetizer -30 shrimp, enough for the table to share.

  • You also have the choice to go over the bridge on Rt 37 and go to a number of restaurants – Red Lobster, Margaritas, several Diners, Applebee’s, etc.