Top NJ Shore Outdoor Dining

Dining

The Summer is here- rolling white clouds, roaring blue waves and fragrant sea salt kissed air is calling all to the Jersey Shore. So, after a sparkling day in the sun- by the ocean or pool, VUE NJ has your guide for the top NJ Shore Outdoor dining.

26 West On The NavesinkRed Bank

One of the top NJ shore outdoor dining spots is 26 West. They offer Coastally inspired, locally sourced and sustainable New American dishes. As well as stunning views of the Navesink River in the beautiful Downtown Redbank. If you are looking to enjoy the views over a bottle of wine, cocktails or beer-get yourself a table at 26 West. 

The Bonney Read – Asbury Park


Cozied up in the heart of Downtown Asbury Park, in the historic Steinbach’s building, lies Bonney Read. They are best known for their worldly wine list and fine rums. Which, complement their unique seafood preparations inspired by classic chowder houses. 

Charlie’s Of BayheadBay Head


Setting on the lovely Twilight Lake, Charlie’s Of Bayhead’s expansive deck and lakeside patio offers elegant dining with breathtaking views. With their Contemporary American cuisine, worldly wine list, crafted cocktails and extensive beer list; it is a marvel anyone stays to enjoy their homemade desserts.

Inlet CaféAtlantic Highlands

Brother-and-sister-duo owned swanky patio restaurant and bar overlooks the beautiful Sandy Hook beaches. Additionally, they are best known for their fresh seafood selections and American fare. While upholding the high standards their parents set in 1966, which makes them a top NJ outdoor dining spot.

Langosta LoungeAsbury Park NJ Shore


Perfectly suited for the surfer, musician and artist in us all is Langosta Lounge. Located at the Asbury Park Boardwalk, they provide the perfect blend of city and sea with their creative cuisine. So, for the lovers of the sea, look no further.

Nettie’sTinton Falls

At Nettie’s-it’s all about the sauce! Nostalgic Italian cuisine like the kind your mother used to make, merged with innovation. Also, they offer farm-to-table and plant-based dishes inspired by Italy. So, enjoy Italian wines and inspired cocktails on the peaceful patio at Nettie’s. 

Pascal & SabineAsbury Park

Whimsically celebrating the simple pleasantries of life: good food and wine with old and new friends is what Pascal & Sabine do best. Located in the heart of Downtown Asbury Park, their modern French cuisine and espresso bar is sure to please the finest tastes. 

Proving Ground – The Highlands


This modern waterfront restaurant and bar offers a fresh, ever changing tide of innovative American Cuisine. Named and designed after Sandy Hook’s first US Army proving ground (which tested artillery and other materials). Like the original, Proving Grounds Waterfront Dining is constantly testing fresh ingredients to create contemporary dishes.

Marina GrilleBelmar

Overlooking one of the NJ shore top boat hubs, Marina Grille in Belmar is a perfect waterfront destination this summer. Also, their beautiful river view, and sea breezes accentuate their wonderful raw bar of shrimp, oysters and clams. Of course- no waterfront view is complete without a drink in hand. But, Marina Grille has you covered! From rum buckets and hand crafted cocktails, to beers and wine, your evening couldn’t be less than perfect.

Rooney’sLong Branch NJ Shore

Just steps away from the NJ shore, guests at Rooney’s can enjoy breezy oceanfront views while they sip specialty cocktails and enjoy seasonal seafood dishes. Their expansive bi-level patio is the perfect place to enjoy the NJ shore’s natural beauty, in luxury. 

Stella Marina Asbury Park NJ Shore

Nestled on the vibrant Asbury Park Boardwalk, Stella Marina, or “star of the sea” brings a taste of Italy to the Jersey Shore. Their cozy patio tables sitting just steps away from the beautiful Asbury Park Beach makes them a top NJ outdoor dining spot to sip Italian wine, cocktails or beer.

TeakRed Bank

Thriving in the bustling downtown Red Bank area is Teak, serving up a delightful fusion of Asian-American cuisine. Their comfortable outdoor patio or their posh rooftop is the perfect place to cozy up with a glass of Sake and a plate of Sushi.

While you are out and about in style this summer, enjoying some of the top NJ Shore outdoor dining spots, check out our Monmouth County Beach Club Guide  or an expansive VUE of the Best Restaurants in Monmouth County.

By Casey Bonagura

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