When you’re in the mood for seafood, there’s no better place to go than Seaside Heights. Whether you’re looking for a casual spot to eat or a more upscale restaurant, you’ll find something to your liking. Here are some of the best seafood restaurants from Seaside Park to Lavallette.
Family Friendly Seaside Heights Seafood Restaurants
Sunset Seafood in Seaside Heights, NJ is a hidden gem among the Jersey Shore’s culinary scene. With its cozy atmosphere and beautiful views of the bay, it’s easy to see why Sunset Seafood is a popular destination to get your seafood fix. From classic dishes like fish and chips to specialties such as Hawaiian blackened tuna and lobster, there’s something for everyone here. The friendly staff make sure that each customer leaves with a memorable experience, having enjoyed their delicious meal.
Bum Rogers is in Seaside Park is a popular spot for seafood lovers. They serve up a variety of dishes focused on local fresh seafood. Choose from crab, lobster, clams, oysters and of course an abundance of fish. There’s grouper, flounder, mahi mahi or mako shark. You can pair your meal with the more than 30 draft beers on tap or one of the 60+ wines. Best of all, they often have live music.
If you’re looking for something a little more casual, try Park Seafood. Located on the Seaside Park end of the boardwalk, you can walk up and enjoy a variety of seafood options.. In a recent review, one happy diner commented: “Flounder Taco, New England Clam chowder, Fried scallops always delicious.”
Our sleeper award for most surprisingly good Seaside Heights seafood restaurant goes to Jimbo’s Bar and Grill. Walking by from the boardwalk it looks like your run of the mill boardwalk fare. They have that too their fish tacos are always a hit.
Ortley Seafood Market
If you are looking to eat in and make your own seafood, check out the Ortley Seafood market. This market has been in Ortley for over 40 years. They have all the seafood you need to make your favorite dishes at home. If the fish is not pulled from the local waters that morning, the owner is going to the Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx to pick out only the freshest fish. They do have a Clam Bar where you can sit down to enjoy homemade meals, soups and salads, or take them to go.
For A More Adult Seaside Heights Seafood Restaurant Experience
For a bit more up scale, check out the Lobster Dock in one of two locations, Ortley Beach or on the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights. This is the only spot in the area that serves a Maine lobster pot. The menu is small, but they have a variety of seafood items on their menu, including many lobster options. They have lobster cob salad, steamed lobster, lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese and more.
If you’re in the mood for some Italian-style seafood, head to PJ’s. They serve up classics like linguini mussels (or clams), mussels bianco and seared tuna. The dish we hear the most about though is the seafood paella. Everyone RAVES about the seafood paella. My personal favorite has not been on the menu as of late, but if you ever see the butter poached lobster over mushroom risotto … do not hesitate! We do bring our kids to PJs all the time, and it is kid friendly, but usually it’s mostly filled with adults.
Chef Mike’s ABG
Last but not least, do not miss Chef Mike’s ABG. Executive Chef Mike Jurusz has worked in the industry for 37 years. He is a Jersey native and a Johnson & Wales University graduate, and he has mad skills.
Most of the Seaside Heights seafood restaurants in the area are kid friendly, but definitely leave them home if you go to Chef Mike’s. More importantly, do not plan to get in if you don’t make reservations well in advance. The menu is extensive and offers something for everyone. While they are known for their seafood, they also have some delicious steaks, chicken and pasta dishes. To top it all off, this seafood restaurant is located directly on the beach and has outdoor eating options. Highly recommend the Lobster Bisque (below) – it was out of this world.
No matter what your preference is, there are sure to be many Seaside Heights seafood restaurants that will satisfy your cravings. So next time you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood, be sure to check out one of these local eateries. You won’t be disappointed!
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