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13201 Long Beach Boulevard
Beach Haven Terrace (LBI)
Hours: Mon–Fri, 11:30 am to 10 pm; Sat and Sun, 11:30 am to 11 pm. Bar open until 2 am. (Call for off-season hours.)
Style: You’ll feel on vacation the moment you enter. This popular seafood and crab house has no pretense, just friendly service, charming ambience and lusty food.
Don’t Miss: The steam pot experience. As in a Maryland crab house, servers cover the table with newspaper, put down a roll of paper towels and give each eater a bib, wooden mallet and claw cracker. Then comes the big, steaming iron pot, overflowing with potatoes, carrots smoked kielbasa, corn on the cob and your choice of seafood. The Crabby Combo ($39.99) has a Dungeness crab cluster, a snow crab cluster and a pound of clams; the Shellfish Pot ($32.99) has a pound each of mussels and clams and 12 peel-n-eat shrimp; the Maine Event (market price) has a whole lobster and a pound of clams. Still hungry? Beer-battered fish and chips ($19.49) is tasty, as is lobster ravioli ($23.99) in creamy seafood sauce. Meat lovers can dig into barbecued baby back ribs (half rack, $20.99). Daintier appetites will find the crab cake sandwich ($13.99) or mahi-mahi wrap ($13.99) just right. And there are grilled fish entrées, burgers, wraps and salads.
Heads Up: The bar draws a crowd, especially during happy hour, daily from 3 to 6 pm. Enjoy half-price just-about-everything, including appetizers.
The Scoop: Situated on LBI’s miles-long main drag, booby-trapped with overpriced, underwhelming fried-food vacation joints, Terrace Tavern stands out for its fresh seafood and those hearty, participatory steam pots.
13201 Beach Haven Terrace
BEACH HAVEN, 08008
This popular seafood and crab house has no pretense, just friendly service, charming ambience and lusty food.