Quick Bite

A Bayside Treasure in Beach Haven

Bird & Betty’s on Long Beach Island is a storied destination for lunch or dinner, drinks and entertainment.

bird & betty's

STYLE

A bayside restaurant/bar and live-music venue serving seafood, pizza, elevated entrées and cocktails. Hanging plants and pops of yellow punctuate the large bar and sun-drenched window seats. Outdoor seating includes a covered patio and the coveted upstairs deck (with gorgeous sunset views).

THE SCOOP

A welcoming, casual-chic spot with a colorful past. Formerly the Ketch, it began as the storied Acme Hotel, which once boasted a Prohibition-era trap door concealing the booze. Half a century later, Clarence Clemons stopped by to perform. Now owned by three families under Tide Table Group, it pays homage to Bird and Betty Clutter, who bought the Acme in 1956 and pioneered live music throughout the island’s earthier 60s and 70s.

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THE MENU

Seafood starters such as shrimp toast and ceviche are offered alongside wings and meatballs with fresh mozzarella. Hearty sandwiches, among them blackened mahi-mahi or fried chicken, and specialty pizzas—pillowy and lightly blistered to perfection (pictured)—comprise the more affordable options. Indulgent entrées include oven-roasted lobster with pork belly, smoked tomato cannelloni with short rib, and rib-eye with truffled artichokes and Parmesan cream.

HEADS UP

You may have to park a few blocks away—the lot fills up fast.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    American
  • Price Range:
    Moderate
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