The convenience and experience of dining in a well-regarded restaurant is always a treat. Whether you enjoy eating out for the change in atmosphere or for a new type of food or cuisine, the wide array of options in Long Branch are bound to meet – or even exceed – your expectations. With so many outstanding locations to choose from, here are VUE’s top Long Branch restaurants to help you decide the best dining destinations for you.
Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
For all those seafood lovers out there, Rooney’s is a perfect lunch or dinner spot with a breathtaking view of the ocean. With a raw bar and tons of both classic and unique menu items from the sea, you can’t go wrong with any of the dishes you decide. It is also good to know that Rooney’s changes their menu frequently to give guests different choices for each of their returning visits. If you decide you are going, everyone says to save room for a slice of their key lime pie if it is on the menu.
With this restaurant, be prepared to introduce your palette to the flavors of fine French cuisine right here in New Jersey. Also located on the beachfront, Avenue’s elegant restaurant and lounge offers a relaxing environment to eat along with a large selection of international wines. Consider trying one of their delectable appetizers such as escargot, steak tartare, or grilled octopus, as well as delicious entrees including boeuf bourguignon, organic Wild Isles salmon, and the lobster roll.
This one of our top Long Branch restaurants brings you Italian food made only with high quality ingredients coming from local farms. Chef Trama has an impressive culinary history, working with chefs like David Burke and Charlie Palmer. His passion and experience shines through every plate that leaves his kitchen, so you will definitely want to add Trama’s to your must-do list for dinner.
Charley’s Ocean Bar & Grill
From crab and artichoke dip, fattoush salad, and tuna pizza to mahi-mahi tacos, seafood pappardelle, and shrimp scampi, Charley’s has tons of popular menu staples that will surely fulfill all seafood cravings. You will have to make multiple trips here to try everything you actually want, since no one can only visit Charley’s once. We recommend requesting a seat on the second floor or on their front porch to make the most of watching the waves while dining.
McLoone’s Pier House
Right on the Long Branch boardwalk, McLoone’s couldn’t be closer to the water. Take in the incredible view paired with their high-end American food and perhaps some live music performances. With so much to offer, visitors here will not be disappointed.
Mar Belo is a valuable mention on our top Long Branch restaurants list because it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the culinary stylings of Portugal. It is hard to beat their chic theming and Portuguese/Spanish cuisine. Consider trying the picadinho de vaca or bacalhau minhota for lunch as well as the red snapper over shrimp risotto or mariscada for dinner.
Known best for their romantic setting with stunning views of the Atlantic, Sirena Ristorante serves its diners authentic, upscale Italian food. With a blend of ingredients that are homemade, locally sourced, or sent to Long Branch from Italy, the menu selections are guaranteed to be fresh, signature dishes. Don’t visit without getting a taste of the shrimp al’ arrabiatta appetizer, the linguini vongole or veal chop parmigiana entrees, and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
Located inside the Wave Resort, 100 Ocean makes a great addition to our top Long Branch restaurants. The restaurant’s design carries out the same modern style of the hotel, and its American/Mediterranean menu items are fantastic for the summer. Start your dinner with the tuna with crispy rice and cilantro or whipped eggplant dip paired with zucchini chips. We suggest either the semolina rigatoni or the scallops as a main course.
Sabor Do Brasil
The first thing that must be said about Sabor Do Brasil is that if you leave here hungry, it is your own fault. Their Brazilian barbecue and buffet selections will take care of your desire for new flavors, and their pizzas and sandwiches are perfect for lunch. Needless to say, the quantity and quality of food is definitely worth the price.
Another restaurant adjacent to the Jersey shore, 656 Ocean’s kosher steakhouse and bistro has a range of food options to please everyone in your dinner party. Guests will be pleased by the menu including aged steaks and creations from their award winning sushi chef. Plus, being attached to the only kosher sports bar on the east coast, Stingers Bar & Grill, there is a good balance of choices between fine dining and casual eats.
It is always a pleasure to share our take on these 10 top Long Branch restaurants. Thanks to our list, finding your must-try restaurants in the area is made easy. When indulging yourself in some of the best that Long Branch has to offer, we hope our insights on the most acclaimed qualities and dishes from each of these spots will serve as a great guide. Now, put this list to work and use our favorite dining experiences to go and have some more of your own!
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