This comprehensive list of 2020 Monmouth County restaurants was curated through input from our readers and social media fans. We hope their recommendations will serve you well. Have a tip on a new restaurant opening or a suggestion for a restaurant we should try? Share it here.
Some of the more popular towns in Monmouth County for dining are Red Bank, Freehold, Asbury Park and Long Branch, but there are smaller, quieter towns with some great gems too, like Rumson, Manasquan and Spring Lake.
Monmouth County also encompasses a generous amount of waterfront property, so if you are looking for a destination with a water view, you may just find it here.
We hope you enjoy these restaurants by category for your dining adventures in Monmouth County. You can check out our latest restaurant reviews for Monmouth County here.
Romantic Monmouth County Restaurants
Looking for a special place to take that special someone? Ultimately, a romantic restaurant should provide the opportunity for intimacy. The lighting, seating, music, and yes, even food, can all add up to a romantic night out. Here are our picks for places that will make for a great date. If you have a suggestion for this list, please submit here.
Avenue, Long Branch
Moonstruck, Asbury Park
Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park
Raven and the Peach, Fair Haven
Restaurant Nicholas, Middletown
Jersey Shore BBQ, Belmar
Local Smoke, Red Bank & Neptune
Surf Barbecue, Rumson
Are you are craving something sweet like a steaming stack of pancakes or something savory like a pile of bacon, or maybe both? Hey, isn’t that what breakfast out is all about? These Monmouth County restaurants will not disappoint in the deliciously decadent department.
Avenue, Long Branch
Cardinal Provisions, Asbury Park (Brunch Sat/Sun. Breakfast/Lunch Mon-Friday)
Meemom’s, Wall Township
Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank (brunch). Their holiday brunches sell out quickly every year.
Project Brunch, Manalapan – Enjoy Brunch 7 days a week. From outrageous milkshakes and over the top waffles to healthy omelets, avocado toast and eggs every which way you can imagine.
Toast, Asbury Park, Red Bank
Best Burgers in Monmouth County
B2 Bistro + Bar, Red Bank
Bar A, Lake Como
Harpoon Willy’s, Manasquan
Barnacle Bill’s, Rumson
The Committed Pig, Manasquan
Monmouth County Pizza
If you’re in New Jersey, you are in the land of great pizza and Monmouth County has its fair share of outstanding pizza places. You will find your very traditional pizza joints and the more experimental establishments. It just depends on what your pizza craving is at the moment.
B2 Bistro + Bar, Red Bank
Federico’s on Main, Belmar
Medusa Stone Fired Kitchen in Asbury Park
Pete & Elda’s, Neptune
Porta, Asbury Park Read Our Review
The Brothers, Red Bank
Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, Sea Bright
Vics, Bradley Beach
Zoni’s Coal Fired Pizza, Middletown Read Our Review
Monmouth County Seafood Restaurants (not only seafood)
New Jersey and fresh seafood go hand in hand. With 5 commercial fishing ports to our name, there are plenty of places to go to enjoy fresh caught New Jersey seafood. Whether you are searching for fresh Jersey flounder or mouthwatering mussels, you should be able to catch something to your liking at any of the following Monmouth County restaurants.
Bahrs Landing, Highlands
Catch 19, Red Bank
Klein’s Fish Market & Waterside Cafe, Belmar
Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant and Market, Belmar
Navesink Fishery, Atlantic Highlands
Restaurant Diomede, Little Silver
Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, Long Branch
Seagrass Restaurant, Ocean Grove
Shipwreck Grill, Brielle
The Bonney Read, Asbury Park
The Inlet Cafe, Highlands
Monmouth County Steak Houses
There are not a lot of choices for traditional Steak Houses in Monmouth County. If you are in Southern Monmouth County you can pop over the Manasquan Bridge into Point Pleasant Beach where you will find two of Ocean County’s top Steak restaurants, Prime 13 and Shipwreck Point.
Char, Red Bank
Neil Michael’s Steak House, Hazlet
Vegan / Vegetarian Monmouth County Restaurants
Seed to Sprout, Avon Read our Review
Waterfront Restaurants in Monmouth County
One of the big attractions in Monmouth County is the many miles of waterfront property. Whether you are looking for an ocean view or a lazy, riverside lunch, Monmouth County has got you covered. If you have a favorite waterfront Monmouth County restaurant that didn’t make the list, send us your suggestion.
Bahr’s Landing, Highlands
Inlet Cafe, Highlands
Kleins Waterside Cafe, Belmar
McLoone’s Pier House, Long Branch
The Marina at Oceanport, Ocean Port
Waypoint 622, Brielle
Cajun / Creole Restaurants
If you are looking for a little of that Cajun / Creole spice and traditional NOLA fare or just a place to celebrate Mardi Gras, there are a few fan favorites who have been delighting guests for years. It seems fitting that all of the restaurants listed are located by the water.
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport
Clementine’s Restaurant, Avon-by-the-sea
Rajin Cajun, Belmar
Latin / American Restaurants
Casa Comida, Long Branch
Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, Manasquan
Barrio Costero, Asbury Park
Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, Spring Lake