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Our Favorite Restaurants in Tom’s River

Explore new flavors at these spots in Tom’s River.

Located on the Jersey Shore, Tom’s River is a fairly large township with property inland and right next to the coast. This spot is full of things to do and see, so it’s no surprise people visit this town from time to time. However, what is often overlooked is the restaurant scene in this community. I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to eat so you’ll have sort of a guide to cuisine in this town.

group of friends having a good laugh while eating lunch at a restaurant in Tom's River

Whether you’re craving some thing classic and easy or are hoping to try a new kind of cuisine, there’s ample spots for both on my list. From high-end, upscale restaurants to more casual, laid-back ones, there’s also a place for every occasion. Keep reading to learn more about each location!

Best Restaurants in Tom’s River

  1. Baladina Mediterranean Restaurant & Cafe
  2. Il Giardinello
  3. Shut Up and Eat
  4. Xina Restaurant
  5. Tardi’s Ristorante Italiano
  6. Bahama Breeze
  7. FAMISHED Eatery
  8. Royal Grill 37
  9. Flore Rosso Restaurant & Catering
  10. Villa Amalfi

Baladina Mediterranean Restaurant & Cafe

931 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (848) 224-4847
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With a 4.8 star rating, Baladina Mediterranean Restaurant & Cafe is clearly one of the most popular spots to grab some food in town. This local spot serves Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner. With great food, service, and an inviting atmosphere, you’ll want to keep coming back.

Baladina Mediterranean Restaurant & Cafe’s menu is fairly extensive, so there’s something for everyone here. We recommend the lamb kebab, falafel and hummus platter, gyro platter, or lahamb’ajeen flatbread pizza. Be sure to sip on a mint lemonade while you eat!


Il Giardinello

1232 NJ-166, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 286-9111
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In the mood for some Italian cuisine? Check out Il Giardinello. Serving authentic Italian food in a casual setting, this spot is perfect for any occasion. With an old-world feel and classic white-tablecloth look, it’s no wonder this is a popular spot.

There’s so many delicious plates to try at Il Giardinello, so you really can’t go wrong here. Be sure to try the chef’s special pasta, veal rossini, homemade manicotti, or shrimp francese. Don’t forget to check out their dessert options!


Shut Up and Eat

804 Main St, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 349-4544
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Feeling a little adventurous? Head over to Shut Up and Eat. This local eatery serves diner-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes. With a unique interior and servers dressed in pajamas, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind spot. This spot is cash-only, so be sure to come prepared.

The menu at Shut Up and Eat is incredibly extensive, so if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, try out the caramel, walnut, and apple waffles, fluffernutter stuffed french toast, Hawaiian burger, Miggie’s buffalo chicken wrap, or swiss, apples, and bacon grilled cheese!


Xina Restaurant

3430 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 279-6327
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If you look Japanese cuisine, you’re going to love Xina Restaurant. This local spot serves everything from sushi to traditional Japanese dishes. And with a BYOB policy, you’ll save a bit of money here too!

Xina Restaurant’s menu offers all sorts of tasty dishes and appetizers to try with friends or a date. We recommend the sizzling cumin lamb chops, orange beef, forever roll, or angry dragon roll. Make sure to try some milk pie or Japanese mochi for dessert!


Tardi’s Ristorante Italiano

931 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 270-2111
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Established in 1979, Tardi’s Ristorante Italiano is a well-liked spot in the community. Serving traditional Italian cuisine in a homey and simple setting, this spot is quite charming. They also have a BYOB policy.

You’ll find all of your favorite Italian dishes on Tardi’s menu. Be sure to try the chicken giambotto, grilled black angus prime sirloin steak, fusilli alla davina, or sole francaise. Don’t forget to grab a homemade cannoli or tiramisu on your way out!


Bahama Breeze

1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 736-7012
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In the mood for a vacation but don’t have the time? A quick trip to Bahama Breeze should do the trick. This chain restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine and tropical cocktails you have to try. With a beach theme, you’ll feel like you’ve hopped on a plane and landed on an island.

Though there are plenty of meat and seafood options, Bahama Breeze also offers vegetarian options and gluten-sensitive dishes. Try out the jerk shrimp pineapple bowl, Jamaican stuffed plantain bowl, jerk chicken pasta, or tropical fruit salad!


FAMISHED Eatery

3818, 1001 Fischer Blvd #5, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 998-8231

Though it’s located in a small strip mall, FAMISHED Eatery is a spot you won’t want to skip out on. This little restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches, and other classic American dishes. Reviewers love the delicious food and friendly service here.

The menu at FAMISHED Eatery is pretty modest, but just as tasty. We recommend the redux burger, caesar burger, chicken tenders, or any of the sandwiches. They offer chicken or chickpea patties for the sandwiches!


Royal Grill 37

10 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 505-9696
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Boasting hundreds of positive reviews, Royal Grill 37 is a wonderful choice for a meal. Offering Middle Eastern cuisine, this is the perfect place to try something new. With great food, service, and prices, there’s really nothing this spot can’t do.

Royal Grill 37’s menu is full of delicacies and even a few vegetarian and gluten-free options. Be sure to try the lamb gyro, tandoori chicken, mix deluxe, or deluxe veggie platter. Don’t forget to order some grape leaves or falafel on the side!


Fiore Rosso Restaurant & Catering

1825 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 255-3323
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Opened over four decades ago, Fiore Rosso Restaurant & Catering is yet another spectacular spot. This family-owned and operated restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine and is now in the hands of the family’s third generation.

Fiore Rosso serves classic dishes as well as more innovative ones, so there’s plenty to taste. Try out the Dannonell’s special, chicken papa, penne Nicky, or seafood Eden. Make sure to bring a bottle of wine as this spot is BYOB!


Villa Amalfi

1006 NJ-166, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 286-6044
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Rounding out our list of restaurants is Villa Amalfi. This local restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine and is quite popular among residents. With an Amalfi-themed interior, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Italy.

Choose from pasta, fish, and meat dishes to find your new favorite at Villa Amalfi. We recommend the gnocchi margherita, grilled Berkshire porkchop, scallopini saltimbocca romana, or granchi Mediterranean. Be sure to sip on a dessert martini or finish your meal with a cannoli!


Final Thoughts

Are you feeling hungry yet? I definitely am after reading my list. With so many diverse cuisines and flavors, it’s clear this Jersey Shore town is the one to beat when it comes to restaurants.

Which restaurant will you visit first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you tell us about it 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.