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Where to Eat in Asbury Park

Sink your teeth into something delicious at these places in Asbury Park.

Every Summer I take a trip to Asbury Park with a group of my friends. It’s easily one of my favorite Jersey Shore towns to travel to, and it’s not too far from Philadelphia.

It’s no surprise why Asbury is such a popular spot. With a beautiful beach, local shops, live music venues (ie The Stone Pony), and tons of great restaurants, there’s plenty to do in this shore town.

friends eating burger and drinking beer at a restaurant in Asbury Park

When deciding where to eat, I know it can be hard to figure out where to go. Especially if you have the opinions of friends and family with you. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to eat in town. With my list, you’ll be able to find the perfect spot for everyone.

Best Restaurants in Asbury Park

  1. Pascal & Sabine
  2. Mi Cabana Restaurant
  3. Porta Asbury Park
  4. Brando’s Citi Cucina
  5. Talula’s
  6. Moonstruck
  7. REYLA
  8. Taka
  9. Homesick
  10. Barrio Costero

Pascal & Sabine

601 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 774-3395
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If you like French food, you’re going to love Pascal & Sabine. This local restaurant serves French comfort food and craft cocktails. With a modern theme and relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect spot to sit back and relax.

Pascal & Sabine serves a combination of small, shareable plates and entrees to choose from. We recommend the pork belly, madame smith burger, lamb tagliatelle, or Niman Ranch ribeye. Be sure to check out their cocktail and wine list, too!


Mi Cabana Restaurant

1600 Asbury Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 361-7900
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With a 4.9 star rating, it’s clear Mi Cabana Restaurant is a spot you can’t miss. This restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine prepared by their chef with 20 years of experience.

Serving classic Mexican and Latin dishes including a few vegetarian options, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here. Be sure to try the molcajete volcanico, arroz con pollo, el cubano sandwich, or vegetarian tacos. Don’t forget to grab some tres leches or flan on. your way out!


Porta Asbury Park

911 Kingsley St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 776-7661
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Craving some delicious Italian cuisine? Head over to Porta Asbury Park. Serving Italian food with an emphasis on wood-fired pizza, you won’t want to miss this place. With picnic table seating, bocce, and live music, there’s plenty to keep you entertained here.

Porta offers pasta and other entrees in addition to their well-known pizzas. Try out the Porta Porta pizza, pillow talk, carbonara, or pork milanese. They also offer some vegan pizzas. Make sure to sip on a cocktail while you eat!


Brando’s Citi Cucina

162 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 774-2222
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Hoping for some entertainment with your meal? Swing by Brando’s Citi Cucina. This local restaurant serves Italian cuisine in a modern interior. With movies playing above the bar, you’ll never get bored here.

Offering a fairly extensive menu, you’ll have plenty to choose from at Brando’s Citi Cucina. We recommend the gnocchi, white truffle pizzetta, veal chop parmigiana, or angry lobster. Be sure to order some dessert like the pistachio caramel ice cream cake or fried tortini!


Talula’s

550 Cookman Ave #108, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 455-3003
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When all you want is pizza, there’s no better place to stop than Talula’s. Founded by a local married couple, this restaurant serves everything from grain-free bowls to pasta, with an emphasis on wood-fired pies you have to taste to believe.

Talula’s menu has something for everyone’s taste including many vegan options. Be sure to try the beekeeper’s lament, it’s always sunny, rampage, rocket, mushroom ragout polenta bowl. Don’t forget to order a cocktail to complete your meal!


Moonstruck

517 Lake Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 988-0123
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If Mediterranean food is more your style, you’re going to want to try Moonstruck. This neighborhood restaurant serves American-Mediterranean cuisine in a white cloth table setting. With a full bar and live piano music, this is the perfect atmosphere for date night or a celebration.

Moonstruck offers a variety of tasty dishes including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Try out the penne veganesca, roast duck, grilled filet mignon, or grilled faroe island salmon. Make sure to order a cocktail to go!


REYLA

603 Mattison Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 455-8333
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Another spot serving Middle Eastern cuisine is REYLA. Serving shareable plates made from locally-sourced ingredients, it’s no wonder people love the food here. With cocktails and a regional wine list, you’ll also be able to enjoy a drink or two.

REYLA’s menu is complete with plenty of mouth-watering plates including vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. We recommend the veg kebab, lamb burger, eggplant, or shakshuka. Be sure to explore the wine list to find the perfect glass for your meal!


Taka

 660 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 775-1020
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Looking for a great spot to grab some Japanese food? We suggest Taka. This loccal restaurant serves Japanese cuisine with an inventive twist. With a full bar and chic yet casual interior, this is the perfect place for any occasion.

The menu at Taka offers delicious entrees and a vast array of sushi. Be sure to try the curry, NY strip, firecracker roll, or ebi salmon roll. Don’t forget to end your meal on a sweet note with some mochi!


Homesick

522 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 774-1264
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As this spot opened just this month, Homesick is a new restaurant you’ll want to try ASAP. This restaurant serves New American cuisine made from scratch. And with cocktail, wine, and beer, you’ll find everything you need here.

With small plates and larger ones, this is the perfect spot for any level of hunger. Try out the mascarpone grit cakes, disco snachos, breaded veal cutlets, or pesto pasta. Make sure to try the mud pie or blueberry thyme pie for dessert!


Barrio Costero

610 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 455-5544
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Rounding out our list of restaurants is Barrio Costero. Serving elevated Mexican cuisine, this restaurant is full of amazing food and drinks to try. With a hip vibe and modern setting, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed here.

Barrio Costero’s menu is pretty short, but just as tasty as other spots. We recommend the bacon tacos, fish mp tacos, skirt, or tofu steak. Be sure to sip on a margarita or another drink on the cocktail list!


Final Thoughts

After reading this list, it’s pretty clear that this Jersey Shore city is full of top-notch restaurants and food. Whether you have a specific cuisine in mind or want to try something new, I’m sure you know where you’ll go now.

Which restaurant will you try first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a Philadelphia local who enjoys checking out Philly's restaurant scene every chance he can. He grew up in South Jersey and now lives in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.