Best Restaurants in Monmouth County 2020

Dining Lifestyle

Over 10k VUE readers helped vote for their favorite bars and restaurants in VUE Magazine’s best restaurants in Monmouth County 2020 list, spanning 21 different categories. The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions are listed below.


CATEGORIES


BEST BAR
BEST BREAKFAST
BEST BRUNCH SPOT
BEST BURGER
BEST ASIAN CUISINE
BEST COFFEE SHOP
BEST CUBAN FOOD
BEST COMFORT FOOD
BEST DELI
BEST DINER
BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT
BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN
BEST HEALTHY RESTAURANT
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
BEST PIZZA PLACE
BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
BEST STEAKHOUSE
BEST WATERFRONT RESTAURANT
BEST WINE BAR
BEST WINGS


BEST BAR


WINNER

Watermark
800 Ocean Avenue, Second Floor, Asbury Park | (732) 455-3447
watermarkap.com

RUNNER-UP

Tommy’s Tavern + Tap
Locations in Sea Bright and Freehold
tommystavernandtap.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Metropolitan Cafe
8 E Main St Freehold
|(732) 780-9400
metrocafenj.com

Asbury Park Distilling Co
527 Lake Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 455-3935
apdistilling.com


BEST BREAKFAST


WINNER

The Buttered Biscuit
700 Main St, Bradley Beach | (732) 807-4069
thebutteredbiscuitcafe.com

RUNNER-UP

Toast
Locations in Montclair, Red Bank, and Asbury Park
toastcitydiner.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Meemom’s
Locations in Wall Township, Middletown and Brick Township | (732) 359-8544
meemoms.com

Turning Point
Locations in Brick, Cherry Hill, Hoboken, Holmdel, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlton, Moorestown, Princeton, Sea Girt, and Westfield
theturningpoint.biz


BEST BRUNCH SPOT


WINNER

Blend on Main
152 Main St, Manasquan | (732) 223-0030
blendonmain.com

RUNNER-UP

Over Easy Kitchen
Locations in Holmdel and Marlboro |
overeasykitchen.com

HONORABLE MENTION

My Kitchen Witch
29 Beach Rd, Monmouth Beach |
(732) 229-3033
mykitchenwitch.com


BEST BURGER


WINNER

The Committed Pig
168 Main St, Manasquan | (800) 908-4960
thecommittedpig.com

RUNNER-UP

MJ’s Restaurant Bar And Grill
Locations in Matawan, Spotswood, Tinton Falls, Middletown, and Neptune| (732) 269-7764
mjsrestaurant.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Sergio’s Restaurant and Burger
110 A Brighton Ave, Long Branch |
(732) 222-304
sergiosrestaurantandburger.com


BEST ASIAN CUISINE


WINNER

Teak
64 Monmouth St #64, Red Bank | (732) 747-5775
teakrestaurant.com

RUNNER-UP

Taka
660 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 775-1020
takaasbury.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Crown Palace
1283 NJ-35, Middletown | (732) 615-9888
crownpalacerestaurant.com

Mizu 36 Asian Cuisine
145 Monmouth Rd #9, West Long Branch | (732) 963-9898


BEST COFFEE SHOP


WINNER

Rook Coffee
Locations in Manalapan, Freehold, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Red Bank, Little Silver, Big Oakhurst, Little Oakhurst, Long Branch, Wall, Monmouth Medical Center, and Point Pleasant
rookcoffee.com

RUNNER-UP

Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co
Locations in Asbury Park, Holmdel, Fair Haven, and Monmouth Beach
booskerdoo.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Red Light Coffee & Espresso Bar
642e Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft | (732) 219-9111
redlightcoffee.com

Inkwell Coffee House
665 2nd Ave, Long Branch | (732) 483-0444
theinkwellcoffeehouse.com


BEST CUBAN FOOD


WINNER

Cubacan Bar & Restaurant
800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 774-3007
cubacanrestaurant.com

RUNNER-UP

Cuban Cafe
1007 Memorial Dr, Asbury Park | (732) 807-4444
Facebook

HONORABLE MENTION

Havana Tropical Cafe
300 Shore Dr, Highlands | (732) 708-0000
Facebook


BEST COMFORT FOOD


WINNER

Modine
601 Mattison Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 893-5300
modineasbury.com

RUNNER-UP

Kim Marie’s Eat n Drink Away
1411 Kingsley St, Asbury Park | (732) 774-6666
kimmarieseatndrinkaway.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Simply Southern
817 Belmar Plaza, Belmar | (732) 243-9259
simplysoutherncomfortfoods.com

Jameson’s Southern Cooking
652 NJ-35, Neptune City | (732) 775-4699
Facebook


BEST DELI


WINNER

The Speakeatery
705 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 898-9456
thespeakeatery.com

RUNNER-UP

Pop’s Butcher Shop
175 Monmouth Rd #7, West Long Branch | (732) 571-7677
popsbutchershop.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Taste of Italy
4060 Asbury Ave, Tinton Falls | (732) 922-9393
tasteofitalymarket.com

Fred and Murry’s Deli
4345 U.S. 9, Freehold | (732) 462-3343
fredandmurrysdeli.com


Taliercio’s
500 NJ-35 #7g, Red Bank | (732) 576-1888
taliercios.com


BEST DINER


WINNER

Marlboro Diner
143 U.S. 9, Morganville | (732) 851-7200
marlborodiner.com

RUNNER-UP

Red Bank Diner
179 Broad St, Red Bank | (732) 741-4791
redbankdiner.com

HONORABLE MENTION

All Seasons Diner
Locations in Freehold and Eatontown |
allseasonsrestaurant.net


BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT


WINNER

Pascal & Sabine
601 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 774-3395
pascalandsabine.com

RUNNER-UP

Avenue Le Club
23 Ocean Ave, Long Branch | (732) 759-2900
leclubavenue.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Cé La Vi
16 Monmouth St, Red Bank | (732) 747-0076
celavicafe.com


BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT


WINNER

The Greek Spot
1013 NJ-35, Ocean Township | (732) 531-7770
thegreekspotnj.com

RUNNER-UP

Greek Eats Authentic Rotisserie
519 NJ-70, Brick Township | (732) 451-2776
gogreekeats.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Simply Greek
Locations in Long Branch and Holmdel
simplygreekeats.com

Lemon
3475 U.S. 9, Freehold | (732) 761-0900
lemonnj.com


BEST HEALTHY RESTAURANT


WINNER

Good Karma Cafe
17​ East Front Street, Red Bank NJ | (732) 450-8344
www.goodkarmacafenj.com

RUNNER-UP

Twisted Tree Cafe
609 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park | (732) 775-2633
twistedtreecafe.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Local Urban Kitchen
1805 NJ-35, Point Pleasant Beach | (848) 232-3451
localurbankitchen.com

Seed to Sprout
Locations in Avon by The Sea and Fair Haven
seedtosproutnj.com


BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT


WINNER

Mangiare Tu
600 Main St #3, Bradley Beach | (732) 869-0700
mangiaretu.com

RUNNER-UP

Undici
11 W River Rd, Rumson | (732) 842-3880
undicirestaurant.com/

HONORABLE MENTION

Sirena Ristorante
27 Ocean Ave, Long Branch | (732) 222-1119
sirenaristorante.com

Nonna’s Place Ristorante Italiano
108 Lacey Rd #17, Whiting | (732) 716-0002
www.nonnasplacewhiting.com/


Birravino
183 Riverside Ave, Red Bank | (732) 842-5990
birravino.com


BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT


WINNER

Reyna’s
4057 Asbury Ave, Tinton Falls | (732) 922-2011
reynasmexicanrestaurant.com

RUNNER-UP

North of the Border
176 Monmouth St, Red Bank | (732) 747-6555

HONORABLE MENTION

El Meson
40 W Main St, Freehold | (732) 308-9494
elmesoncafe.com

El Rancho Mexican Restaurant
Locations in Long Branch, Little Egg Harbor Township and Freehold


BEST PIZZA PLACE


WINNER

Pete & Elda’s Bar / Carmen’s Pizzeria
93 Summit Ave, Neptune City | (732) 774-6010
peteandeldas.com

RUNNER-UP

Gianni’s Pizzeria
Locations in Little Silver, Red Bank, Colts Neck, Oakhurst and Neptune
giannispizzeria.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Federici’s Family Restaurant
14 East Main Street, Freehold | (732) 462-1312
federicis.com

Zoni’s Coal Fired Pizza
287 NJ-35, Red Bank|(732) 219-8800
zoniscoalfiredpizzanj.com


BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT


WINNER

26 West On The Navesink
26 W Front St, Red Bank | (732) 383-5664
26westonthenavesink.com

RUNNER-UP

Cuzin’s Seafood Clam Bar
130 S Main St, Marlboro Township | (732) 780-2526
bestclambar.com

HONORABLE MENTION

The Bonney Road
525 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park |(732) 455-3352
thebonneyread.com

Klein’s Fish Market
708 River Rd, Belmar|(732) 681-1177
kleinsfish.com


BEST STEAKHOUSE


WINNER

The Butcher’s Block
235 West Ave, Long Branch | (732) 795-3903
thebutchersblocknj.com

RUNNER-UP

Char Steakhouse
33 Broad St, Red Bank | (732) 450-2427
charsteakhouse.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Danny’s Steakhouse
11 Bridge Ave, Red Bank |(732) 741-6900
dannyssteakhouse.com

Prime 13
710 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach |(732) 202-6483
prime-13.com


BEST WATERFRONT RESTAURANT


WINNER

Klein’s Waterside Cafe
708 River Rd, Belmar | (732) 681-1177
kleinsfish.com

RUNNER-UP

Proving Ground
56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands | (732) 872-2266
theprovingground.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch | (732) 870-1200
rooneysocean.com

Marina Grille
905 NJ-35, Belmar | (732) 894-3211
marinagrillenj.com


Salt Creek Grill
Locations in Princeton and Rumson
saltcreekgrille.com

EvenTide Grille
1400 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright | (732) 530-1414
eventidegrille.com


BEST WINE BAR


WINNER

Albariño
508 Broad St, Shrewsbury | (732) 852-2640
albarinorestaurant.com

RUNNER-UP

Blu Grotto Ristorante
200 Port Au Peck Ave, Oceanport | (732) 571-7900
blugrottonj.com

HONORABLE MENTION

The Wine Loft
32 Laird St, Long Branch | (732) 222-7770
thewineloftnjpier.com


BEST WINGS


WINNER

Beach Tavern
33 West St, Monmouth Beach | (732) 870-8999
beachtavern.net

RUNNER-UP

Jersey Shore BBQ
811 Belmar Plaza, Belmar | (732) 894-9009
jerseyshorebbq.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Claudie’s Chicken
417 NJ-35, Red Bank | (732) 450-0007
myclaudies.com

VUE Magazine’s Best Restaurants in Monmouth County 2020 list was a group effort by all of our readers to help celebrate the great dining and drink options of 2020. Here’s to 2021!

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