The Best Seafood Dives Coast to Coast
New Jersey's Best Seafood Dives
We scoured the coast—and filled our paper plates—to find the New Jersey seaside dives with the tastiest dishes.
Klein’s Waterside Cafe, Belmar
What to expect: Sit on the patio overlooking the Shark River and enjoy steamed lobsters, the clambake, or the shrimp or flounder Français.
Check it out: 708 River Road; 732/681-1177 or kleinsfish.com
Oyster Creek Inn Restaurant & Boat Bar, Leeds Point
What to expect: At the end of the road on Great Bay. Delicious snapper (snapping turtle) soup, broiled scallops, broiled shrimp, and applesauce.
Check it out: 41 North Oyster Creek Road; 609/652-8565 or oystercreekinnnj.com
Allen’s Clam Bar, New Gretna
What to expect: Good, inexpensive fried seafood. No frills, no alcohol (bring your own), no credit cards.
Check it out: 5650 Route 9; 609/296-4106
Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant, North Cape May
What to expect: When the frozen-drink menu dwarfs the food menu, you get a pretty good idea that people have fun here. We recommend the clam chowder and the glorious sunsets over Delaware Bay.
Check it out: 91 Beach Drive; 609/886-5529 or harpoonhenrys.net
Spike’s Fish Market Restaurant, Point Pleasant Beach
What to expect: Nothing fried and everything fresh; it’s a seafood market as well as a restaurant.
Check it out: 415 Broadway; 732/295-9400