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Monmouth Beach Restaurants to Try This Summer

Taste the flavors of Monmouth Beach at these places.

Monmouth Beach, a small town on the coast of New Jersey, is an inviting town with so much to do, see, as well as many people to meet. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or live in this spot, one thing you have to do is explore all of the amazing restaurants the town has to offer. I know it can be tricky to find a place that pleases everyone in your party, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to eat with some details about the menu and atmosphere.

group of friends having a wonderful time at a restaurant in Monmouth

With all of this information at your fingertips, you’ll be able to find the perfect restaurant in no time. From French food, to seafood, and more, there’s plenty of cuisines to try and explore. Keep reading to learn a bit about each location!

Best Restaurants in Monmouth Beach

  1. Gianna’s Italian Restaurant
  2. 2nd Floor Restaurant
  3. Cuzin’s Seafood Clam Bar
  4. My Kitchen Witch
  5. Pascal & Sabine
  6. New Monmouth Diner
  7. Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
  8. Harvest
  9. Undici
  10. Beach Tavern

Gianna’s Italian Restaurant

122 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732
Phone: (732) 769-6377
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In the mood for some Italian food? Check out Gianna’s Italian Restaurant. This local restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine from pizza to pasta. With a 5 star rating, it’s clear this is a spot you have to try ASAP.

The menu at Gianna’s Italian Restaurant is full of tasty dishes to try. We recommend the eggplant parmigiana, lobster ravioli, angry grandma pizza, chicken vodka wrap, or rosina panini. Gianna’s is closed on Sunday and Monday, so be sure to stop by Tuesday through Saturday!


2nd Floor Restaurant

71 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Phone: (732) 443-7399
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When you’re looking for a a refined spot for a fine dining experience, we suggest 2nd Floor Restaurant. This local restaurant serves up Italian cuisine with a focus on seafood. Housed in a cozy spot, people love the intimate and spectacular dining experience.

2nd Floor Restaurant’s menu is pretty modest, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in flavor. Be sure to try the hanger steak, mom’s roast chicken, shrimp and grits, or house made ravioli. Don’t forget to grab a drink or two from the bar!


Cuzin’s Seafood Clam Bar

130 S Main St, Marlboro, NJ 07746
Phone: (732) 780-2526
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With over 1,200 reviews on Google, there’s no doubting that Cuzin’s Seafood Clam Bar is a popular spot to grab a meal in town. This spot features seafood, of course, as well as a lounge and outdoor bar. Seeing as the restaurant offers a inviting and relaxed atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home here.

Serving a wide range of dishes with seafood as the primary focus and a few non-seafood options, there’s something for everyone at Cuzin’s Seafood Clam Bar. Try out the lobster club, shrimp puttanesca, lemon sole, or prime filet mignon!


My Kitchen Witch

29 Beach Rd, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750
Phone: (732) 229-3033
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Feeling nostalgic? Head over to My Kitchen Witch for your next meal. Serving comfort food with a home-cooked and healthy approach, there’s no problem you can solve by eating here. With great food and even better service, it’s no wonder this place is rated so well.

My Kitchen Witch serves breakfast and lunch as well as dinner on Fridays. We recommend the bewitchin’ bowl, wickedly witchy french toast, merlin sandwich, or sabrina sandwich. Be sure to grab some bottomless coffee or tea!


Pascal & Sabine

601 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 774-3395
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When you’re craving some French food, there’s no better spot to go than Pascal & Sabine. You’ll find French comfort cuisine as well as craft cocktails at this little restaurant. Housed in a modern brasserie with a laid-back vibe, this is the perfect place for lunch with some friends.

The menu at Pascal & Sabine features small plates and entrees so you can share with your company or keep your food to yourself. Be sure to try the cacio e pepe agnolotti, local black bass, Niman Ranch ribeye, or madame smith burger!


New Monmouth Diner

1887 NJ-35, Middletown Township, NJ 07748
Phone: (732) 671-1316
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If diners are more your style, you’re going to love New Monmouth Diner. With a 1950s theme and classic American and Greek cuisine, you’ll find everything you could ever want here. Open from early morning to late night, it’s a perfect stop no matter what time it is.

There’s so much to choose from on New Monmouth Diner’s menu, so even the pickiest of eaters should be able to find something. Try out the florentine benedict, Nutella and banana crunch french toast, the calvert panini, or spanakopita. Make sure to grab a shake after you eat!


Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant

100 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Phone: (732) 870-1200
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Hoping to really take in the charm of Monmouth Beach? Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant is the place to go. This local restaurant serves seafood centered cuisine. With a two-level deck featuring views of the ocean, this is the perfect space to admire this town’s beauty.

Choose something to eat from the raw bar, small plates, or full entrees at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant. We recommend the lobster mac a rooney, low country creole, salmon burger, or a fish board!


Harvest

83 Main St, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Phone: (732) 919-3276

As the name may suggest, Harvest is all about locally-sourced ingredients. This local restaurant serves up New American cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, so you can count on it being tasty. With a 4.7 star rating, it’s obvious this spot has done well for itself.

There’s plenty of dishes for vegetarians and meat eaters alike at Harvest. Be sure to try the quinoa Thai vegetable, rosemary chicken, steak sandwich, or veggie burger. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a napoleon!


Undici

11 W River Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: (732) 842-3880
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If you like delicious food and wine, swing by Undici next time you’re hungry. Serving Tuscan cuisine including house-made pasta and a long list of wines. With a farmhouse-style interior this spot is perfect for any occasion.

Undici’s menu is full of your favorite Italian dishes that you’ve been craving. Try out the asparagi e guanciale, vitello milanese, coniglio, or ravioli. Make sure to grab a couple of glasses of wine – there’s so many to choose from after all!


Beach Tavern

33 West St, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750
Phone: (732) 870-8999
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Completing our list of restaurants is Beach Tavern. Another waterside restaurant, this spot is the perfect relaxing location to sit back, eat, drink, and enjoy your company. This restaurant serves surf n’ turf as well as cocktails.

Stop by for lunch or dinner at Beach Tavern, both of which are amazing. We recommend the fish n’ chips, fluke milanese, lobster roll, or pork chop paillard. Be sure to grab a drink from the cocktail list, too!


Final Thoughts

So, the next time you need to find a place to eat in this Jersey Shore town, you’ll know the best spots and even what to order. With so many tasty places, you may just have to take a trip to each one.

Which spot are you most excited to try? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you mention it below 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.