For many of us in New Jersey, we’re only just beginning to dip our toes back in the water after about three months of essential grocery store trips and enjoying the occasional takeout order. If you’re looking to enjoy outdoor dining at a restaurant that’s worth your buck and time, we’ve got a few recommendations for you.
The Shrimp Box & Outside The Box Patio Bar offers outdoor dining in Point Pleasant, NJ. Their slogan reads: “We overlook nothing… but the harbor.” Their ocean view is special, but so is their sprawling food and drink menu. While this restaurant offers a wide range of seafood dishes, there is plenty for land-lovers, such as meat and chicken.
Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant of Long Branch, NJ is another top-rated Jersey Shore restaurant that offers a beachfront view and an extensive menu that offers everything from lobster to pasta to filet mignon. This is an ideal spot to get a little dressed up for with the family or friends.
There is plenty to love about the historic Bahrs Landing of Highlands, NJ, which began in 1917 with the Bahrs family supplying fishermen with everything from bait to rental boats to meals. Bahrs Landing is another iconic Jersey Shore restaurant offering an array of seafood and meats, as well as drinks.
The Rum Runner of Sea Bright, NJ is an iconic oceanside restaurant offering outdoor dining. The Rum Runner does not offer a sprawling menu but offers all of the essentials: seafood, steak, short ribs, burgers, tacos, salads, and more. The restaurant prides itself on being a favorite of Bruce Springsteen, who rehearsed in the banquet room daily leading up to his “Tunnel of Love” tour.
Porta is a popular NJ restaurant with locations in Asbury Park and Jersey City. However, the Asbury Park location is a few-minute drive from the beach. Porta recently launched a summer menu, which features seafood, pasta, pizza, and plenty more. Porta is well-known for its charming and well-decorated environment, as well as lots of photo-ops.
Wherever you choose to dine, the Jersey Shore offers endless opportunities for quality meals, drinks, and good times. Nothing beats a decent meal and ocean air in a beach town.