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Where to Eat in Point Pleasant Beach

Grab a bite at these Point Pleasant Beach spots.

With the beach, boardwalk, and more, there’s so much to see in Point Pleasant. There’s also a booming restaurant scene in this city. Being so close to the ocean, this is the perfect place to grab some of the freshest and most delicious seafood you’ll ever have as well as other delectable meals. I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to eat in town so you can try them all.

young couple eating brunch at a restaurant in Point Pleasant Beach

From seafood restaurants on the waterfront from breakfast spots on the boardwalk, there’s so many beautiful spots to enjoy a meal with friends or family. Some of the spots on my list even double as markets, so you can bring the tastiness home with you. Keep reading to learn a bit about each place!

Best Restaurants in Point Pleasant

  1. The Poached Pear
  2. Berritazza Cafe
  3. Spano’s Ristorante Italiano
  4. The Shrimp Box & Outside The Box Patio Bar
  5. Red’s Lobster Pot Restaurant
  6. Wharfside Seafood & Patio Bar
  7. Spike’s Fish Market & Restaurant
  8. Ark Pub & Eatery
  9. Atlantic Offshore Eatery
  10. The Food Shack

The Poached Pear

816 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 701-1700
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Looking for a refined, upscale spot for date night? Check out The Poached Pear. This local restaurant serves American cuisine with creative twists. As a BYOB, this is the perfect place to save a few bucks, too.

The Poached Pear serves a fairly extensive menu with plenty of delicious choices. We recommend the veal vol au vent, parmesan and toasted almond crusted halibut, vegetarian basil pesto risotto, or duck breast and foie gras. Be sure to bring along your favorite bottle of wine!

Berritazza Cafe

506 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 206-6334
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Searching for a casual spot for a quick meal? We suggest Berritazza Cafe. Serving salads, acai bowls, and more, this local restaurant has everything you need for a little pick me up. And with a 4.9 star review, it’s clear people are leaving this spot happy and full.

The menu at Berritazza Cafe is straightforward with simple yet tasty options. Be sure to try the Belgian waffle, avocado fresco, a pastry, or a build-your-own acai bowl. Don’t forget to grab some coffee as well!

Spano’s Ristorante Italiano

719 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 701-1600
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Craving some Italian cuisine? Head over to Spano’s Ristorante Italiano. This cozy, local restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine that is sure to make you feel better on a bad day. As another BYOB spot, you’ll be able to bring along your favorite drink.

Spano’s Ristorante Italiano has every Italian classic you could dream of including pasta made in-house daily. Try out the mafalde bolognese, cavatelli con burrata, chicken francaise, veal parmigiana. Make sure to bring that wine you’ve been saving!

The Shrimp Box & Outside The Box Patio Bar

75 Inlet Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 899-1637
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With over 2,000 reviews on Google, it’s no surprise The Shrimp Box & Outside The Box Patio Bar is a popular place to grab food in town. As the name may suggest, this local restaurant serves seafood. Located on the waterfront, this is a beautiful dinner spot.

With a long list of items on the menu, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. We suggest the garlic shrimp and broccoli, grilled Mediterranean salmon, grilled honey glazed salmon, or lobster pasta. Be sure to complete your meal with some wine or a cocktail!

Red’s Lobster Pot Restaurant

57 Inlet Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 295-6622
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Much like the last spot on our list, Red’s Lobster Pot Restaurant offers delicious food and beautiful views. Located on the waterfront with outdoor seating, this restaurant provides classic seafood dishes and great service.

The menu at Red’s Lobster Pot Restaurant offers a raw bar, pasta, entrees, and more. Be sure to try the lobster ravioli, shrimp francaise, twin lobster tails, or a lobster roll. Don’t forget to grab some cake or pie for dessert!

Wharfside Seafood & Patio Bar

101 Channel Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 892-9100
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Keeping with theme of water views and seafood is Wharfside Seafood & Patio Bar. This local restaurant serves fresh seafood in a casual spot great for any occasion. With over 1,500 positive reviews, you’re bound to enjoy yourself here.

Wharfside Seafood & Patio Bar offers salads, sandwiches, a raw bar, and even a few non-seafood items. Try out the side splitter, orange glazed salmon, wharfside pasta, or apricot chicken. Make sure to grab a peanut butter bombe or dark seas for dessert!

Spike’s Fish Market & Restaurant

415 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 295-9400
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Doubling as a restaurant and market, Spike’s is the perfect spot to enjoy your meal and grab some food to bring home with you. This casual spot serves up classic seafood dishes and is quite popular among locals.

After you look around the market, take a look at the menu from which we recommend the lobster roll, king crab, cajun shrimp, or crab cake dinner. Be sure to try one of many pies offered at Spike’s Fish Market & Restaurant!

Ark Pub & Eatery

401 NJ-35, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 295-1122
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If you’re looking for a spot with more of a bar-like vibe, check out Ark Pub & Eatery. This local spot offers great food and drinks in a rustic and inviting space. Hundreds of reviews rave about the food, atmosphere, and service here.

Though their menu has seafood entrees, they also offer classic bar food as well if you’re hoping for something else. Be sure to try the pizza burger, pesto grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella, reuben burger, or the Ark open steak. Don’t forget to grab a drink or two before you leave!

Atlantic Offshore Eatery

212 Channel Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 206-6958
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Another restaurant and market combination is Atlantic Offshore Eatery. Open from early morning through night, this is the perfect casual place to grab some delicious seafood dishes as well as some fish from the market.

Atlantic Offshore Eatery serves all of the classic seafood meals as well as a couple of unconventional ones. Try out the shrimp po’boy, lobster roll, baja style cod tacos, or lobster mac and cheese. Make sure to visit the market as well!

The Food Shack

1000 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 714-7425
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Last but not least on our list is The Food Shack. This neighborhood restaurant is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch. Located on the boardwalk, this spot also has a gift shop, so it’s really a one-stop-shop.

The Food Shack transitions from breakfast to lunch at 11:30, so plan accordingly. We recommend the high tide, french toast, lobster grilled cheese, or buffalo chicken wrap. Be sure to sip on some fresh-squeezed orange juice while you eat!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, this Jersey Shore town is full of more than just waterfront views and the boardwalk. With so many restaurants serving up amazing, fresh food and beautiful settings, you’ll want to try every spot on my list.

Which spot are you most excited about? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you drop us a line and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a local foodie who enjoys checking out the area's restaurant scene every chance he can. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.