Feasts of the Seven Fishes in the Garden State

‘Tis the season for the Feast of the Seven Fishes! Several New Jersey restaurants serve up a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, while some make the concept their own by featuring a seven-fish appetizer or meal throughout December.

Editor’s Note: Be sure to make reservations and confirm the menu, as all details are subject to change. 

Spuntino, octopus, Feast of the Seven Fishes, Jersey Bites
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas


Enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes through Christmas Eve at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton. (This event can also be found at the Garden City, NY, location.) Enjoy a tapas-style seven-course menu, with optional wine pairing for each course. The tasting menu is $65 per person, or $90 with wine pairings. Dishes include cured salmon bruschetta, lobster fritters, mussels, crab cake, campanelle di nero (with shrimp and calamari), crispy octopus, and red snapper! 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton, NJ, 973-661-2435.


Christie's Feast of the Seven Fishes Appetizer, Jersey Bites


Christie’s Italian Seafood Grille goes all in this Christmas Eve with a seven-fishes appetizer. Enjoy baccala marinated with fresh basil, garlic, and roasted peppers, along with grilled marinated shrimp, calamari, sepia, octopus, and baby lobster tail—all grilled and marinated, topped off with clams oreganata. 2420 Route 9 South, Howell, NJ, 732-780-8310.

Catherine Lombardy, Feast of the Seven Fishes, Jersey Bites
Catherine Lombardy

New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s Catherine Lombardi, named in honor of co-owner Mark Pascal’s grandmother, will offer its regular menu, along with a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes. Dinner is $69.95 per person. (Two-person minimum; price does not include tax or beverage. Must be ordered by all persons at the table.) 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, 732-296-9463.

Penns Grove

Enjoy a seven-fish (and more) buffet dinner at DiPaolo’s in Penns Grove. Fish stations include baked baccala, fresh salmon, crab cakes, sautéed shrimp, fried shrimp, spicy red mussels, and garlic, olive oil, and white wine mussels. Additional stations include salads, pasta, carving stations, and more. 28 South Broad Street, Penns Grove, NJ, 856-299-4645. 


Enjoy Christmas Eve with a skyline view from Molos, in Weehawken. The restaurant’s regular menu will be available, and a Feast of the Fishes will also be featured. The four-course Feast of the Fishes is $65 per person. 1 Pershing Road, Weehawken, NJ, 201-223-1200.