Now that spring has sprung across Ocean County it’s time to get back out on the water and enjoy a nice meal, some drinks and entertainment as the warm spring breeze blows across the Barnegat Bay, Toms River or Atlantic Ocean at your favorite waterfront watering hole and restaurant.
So, get out and do something different this weekend.
We often get spoiled by the beauty that surrounds us living here at the Jersey Shore where the shore’s scenic beauty is often just minutes away, or even completely overlooked as we carry on with our daily routine.
Now that it’s getting warmer out, it’s time to stop a bit and enjoy our surroundings once again.
Here are our picks for the top 5 waterfront restaurants in Ocean County:
Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill, South Seaside Park
Enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the pristine beaches of South Seaside Park in one of the best Oceanfront restaurants in the state. Local hometown chef, Executive Chef Mike Jurusz dazzles his diners with outstanding culinary creations. He traveled the country and worked for some of the most accomplished chefs, bringing everything he learned away back to the Jersey Shore and onto his menu.
Martell’s Water’s Edge, Bayville
Martell’s is a shore favorite whether it’s their Point Pleasant oceanfront tiki bar or their secluded Water’s Edge location in Bayville along the Barnegat Bay. This year, they are introducing “Whitecaps”, serving up American shore comfort food…with a twist of elegance. At Martell’s Water’s Edge, you can enjoy a drink or a meal from indoor waterside seating or on their bayfront outdoor deck.
Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille, Toms River
We all grew up going to the Lobster Shanty, but today, it’s Jack Baker’s Water Street Bar and Grille, located in historic downtown Toms River. There’s a perfect view of the Toms River and the occasional passing of the River Lady, a replica paddlewheel boat that tours the river daily in the warmer months. Baker’s Water Street boasts a festive atmosphere and great food. https://www.facebook.com/BakersWaterSt/.
River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar, Brick
Another old-time convert, the River Rock Rock used to be Peterson’s Riviera Inn, but new has replaced the old and the restaurant is once again bustling with life and entertainment. Located along the Manasquan River in Brick Township, the restaurant rocks all year long, but rocks on the outdoor patio overlooking their marina. Entertainment usually features Dj’s, bar bingo, trivia night and they have 44 large screen televisions located throughout the restaurant. https://www.facebook.com/RiverRockGrille.NJ/.
Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant, Tuckerton
Unlike most waterfront restaurants in Ocean County, Panini Bay is an Italian restaurant at the very southern end of the Barnegat Bay, overlooking the Tuckerton Cove. As expected from a waterside Italian eatery, you can find the freshest fare of calamari, jumbo shrimp and seafood dishes that can be found anywhere along the shore.
There’s our choice for the top 5 waterfront restaurants in Ocean County. It is certainly not a comprehensive list and you’re more than welcome to add your own in the comments section below. Got an idea for a top 5 list? Let us know in the comments!
Photos are by their respective restaurants.