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The Anchorage Tavern

Guy Fieri visited the renovated, more than century-old Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point, where you can feasted on plump oyster shooters.

Plump oyster shooters.
Plump oyster shooters.
Photo by Ken Schlager

The Anchorage Tavern
Somers Point
823 Bay Avenue  
609-926-1776

Open: Lunch and dinner daily

Price: $$

Style: Historic tavern featuring seafood and pasta, maritime touches, a large bar area, two pool tables and a separate, Victorian-style dining room. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Scoop: The three-story building—originally a hotel—dates to the late 19th century. After a 2006 fire, the front section was rebuilt true to the original. Among Anchorage fans:  The Food Network’s Guy Fieri, who visited in February 2015 for a segment of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The Menu: Seafood gets top billing, but chef/owner Don Mahoney populates the diner-length menu with his “favorite dishes from everywhere.” Appetizers include plump oyster shooters and crispy, sweet clam strips. Large chunks of beer-battered grouper were served as an entrée over a generous house salad.  Crab cakes were  fresh and meaty. Mahoney’s recommendation: Shrimp fra diablo, with eight jumbo shrimp sautéed and served over linguini.

Heads Up: The 10 tables on the all-weather veranda provide a wide-angle view of Great Egg Harbor Bay.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    American - European - Italian - Seafood
  • Price Range:
    Moderate
  • Ambience:
    Historic tavern featuring seafood and pasta, maritime touches, a large bar area, two pool tables and a separate, Victorian-style dining room.

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