A casual bayside seafood market and restaurant located in Sea Isle’s Fish Alley, with wooden picnic tables, charming nautical decor and hanging planters.
The Contis, one of the Italian families that helped make the docks and shanties of Fish Alley famous, opened a small fish house after immigrating to Jersey in 1943. First-generation Carmen Conti (the restaurant’s namesake) and his wife opened a seafood market in 1970. The restaurant, opened in 1981, is known for its “Carmen has crabs” T-shirts, which many guests wear when dining there.
Start with an order of Carmen’s steamers, then feast on the specialty: Alaskan king, snow, Dungeness, soft, blue claw and stone crabs. Equally good are the fried Jersey scallops (above), served with fries; clams casino; u-peel shrimp; whole lobster; and fresh-caught fish. If you don’t feel like eating seafood, choose from a variety of house-made soups, sandwiches, salads, chicken, steak and pasta dishes.
Carmen’s is open seven days a week only in the summer. Call ahead for the fall and spring schedules. The restaurant is closed during the winter.Click here to leave a comment
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