Our Favorite NJ Seafood Restaurants

Seafood is a given on virtually every restaurant menu, but some places pride themselves on providing a broad range of the very freshest catch. Here are some of our favorites, with a few words on what to expect. If none of these float your boat, there’s always sushi.

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Bahrs Landing
Highlands
2 Bay Avenue
732-872-1245
bahrslanding.com
Best seafaring decor; outdoor deck, water views; great buttermilk biscuits.

Blu*
Montclair
554 Bloomfield Avenue 973-509-2202
restaurantblu.com
Casual; BYO; chef/owner Zod Arifai a wizard with seafood.

Blue Claw Seafood and Crab Eatery
Burlington
1101 Route 130
609-387-3700
crabeatery.com
Fun and funky; BYO; all-you-can-eat crab dinners.

Blue Point Grill Princeton
258 Nassau Street
609-921-1211
bluepointgrill.com
Casual; BYO; stocked from owner’s fish market next door; good oyster selection.

Caldwell Seafood Market & Cafe Caldwell
390 Bloomfield Avenue 973-226-2031
caldwellseafoodnj.com
Small storefront; BYO; good selection of fish and shellfish.

Due Mari*
New Brunswick
78 Albany Street
732-296-1600
duemarinj.com
Upscale; Italian accent.

Elements*
Princeton
163 Bayard Lane
609-924-0078
elementsprinceton.com
Adventurous eating.

Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen

Montclair
183 Glenridge Avenue
973-744-0068
finrawbarandkitchen.com
Nifty newcomer; BYO; wood-burning grill.

Fin Atlantic City
Tropicana Hotel & Casino 2831 Boardwalk
800-345-8767
tropicana.net
Upscale; ocean views; oceanfront outdoor seating.

Fish
Asbury Park
601 Mattison Avenue
732-455-8181
fishasburypark.com
Upscale; lobster mac and cheese; low country shrimp and grits.

Klein’s Seafood Market and Waterside Cafe
Belmar
708 River Road
732-681-1177
kleinsfish.com
Casual; outdoor deck; excellent lobster roll; menu includes sushi.

Limani Seafood Grill
Westfield
235 North Avenue West 908-233-0052;
limaniwestfieldnj.com
Casual, BYO; Greek accents; menu includes caviar.

Maritime Parc*
Jersey City
Liberty State Park
84 Audrey Zapp Drive
201-413-0050
maritimeparc.com
Upscale; waterside deck; views of Manhattan; grilled oysters with leek and bacon cream. 

Milford Oyster House
Milford
92 Route 519 (Water Street); 908-995-9411
milfordoysterhouse.com
Upscale; large oyster selection.

Mr. Shrimp
Belmar
1600 Highway 71
732-681-7755
mrshrimp.com
Casual; BYO; also a seafood market.

Oceanos
Fair Lawn
2-27 Saddle River Road 201-796-0546
oceanosrestaurant.com
Upscale; Greek accents

P.F. Market
West Caldwell
1090 Bloomfield Avenue 973-227-1007
pfmarket.net
Casual; BYO; market and restaurant in one.

Ritz Seafood
Voorhees
910 Route 561
856-566-6650
ritzseafood.com
Casual; BYO; pan-Asian accents; great coconut-cream pie.

Seablue
Atlantic City
Borgata Hotel and Casino; 1 Borgata Way
609-317-1000
theborgata.com
Upscale; chef Michael Mina’s signature dish, 2-pound lobster pot pie.

Seabra’s Marisqueira
Newark
87 Madison Street
973-465-1250
njdiningguide.net/seabras
Casual; Portuguese seafood, including garlic shrimp and rice-and-seafood paelhas and mariscada.

Spike’s Fish Market and Restaurant
Point Pleasant Beach
415 Broadway
732-295-9400
Fun and funky; BYO.

The Clam Bar
Somers Point At Smith’s Marina
910 Bay Avenue
609-927-8783
Fun and funky; BYO; outdoor seating; fried clam strips a must.

The Lobster House
Cape May
906 Schellenger Landing Road; 609-884-8296
thelobsterhouse.com
Casual; wharfside views; light fare and cocktails served aboard the schooner American, docked alongside.

Varka*
Ramsey
30 N. Spruce Street
201-995-9333
varkarestaurant.com
Upscale; Greek accents.

*=A Top 25 critics’ pick in the August 2011 issue of New Jersey Monthly.

 

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