Belmar Dining GuideAnne Marie's & Mike's Favorite Places around Belmar, New Jersey
Oh where do we start! We are constantly surprised and amazed at how many great restaurants, pubs, outdoor venues, dessert places and entertainment options there are just walking distance from our Inn in Belmar. No matter what your favorite type of food, beverage, dessert or music there are a many outstanding options. Below are some of our favorites:
9th Avenue Pier
One of Mike & Anne Marie’s favorite hangouts is a great place to grab a few drinks with friends and family. From light salad to delicious seafood, you’ll love the menu. Enjoy spectacular sunsets from the pier and live, local entertainment all summer long. Drive, walk, ride a bike (maybe even a tandem!) or boat to one of the best locations in town. They even have their own boat slips! View website
Tenth Ave Burrito
It’s not fancy, it’s just great food at a great price. Featured on the Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives, Tenth Ave Burrito is the spot in Belmar for Mexican food. Try the fish tacos! The prices are very reasonable and they have a great outdoor bar area and offer fabulous local, live entertainment. View website
Klein’s Fish Market
What great atmosphere! If you like outdoor dining on the water you will love Klein’s. They have a large deck overlooking the Shark River at Main & 5th and feature great seafood and a wide variety of beverages as well as local entertainment outside all summer long. A fun place to go and relax, have a drink, some great food, fun entertainment and spectacular views. View website
Brandl serves the finest and innovative American cuisine. They offer fresh fare like steak tartar & perfect egg, and fresh oysters harvested in local waters. Brandl’s lazy lobster (Anne Marie’s favorite) and crab cakes are legendary, or try the 24oz. ribeye for the heartiest appetite. In Pyanoe Plaza just two blocks from the Inn Brandl is also BYO. View website
Perhaps the best kept secret in town. Family owned and operated for 18 years, Dave and his family serve up some of the best Italian food in the area. The meals are plentiful, the soup is the best around and the service is second to none. And, it’s a great spot for families and groups. We promise you won’t leave here hungry. Federico’s is also BYO. View website
If you like vegetarian cuisine then this is the place. The meals are made fresh and per order using only the finest organic ingredients. Enjoy delicious cuisine in the newly renovated dining room with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Be sure to try the fresh vegetable juice and smoothie bar. Kaya’s is also BYO. View website
La Dolce Vita
If you want to eat near the ocean and enjoy fabulous views matched only by great food and ambiance make the short walk or drive to La Dolce Vita. Less than a mile from the Inn, La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations who invite you to experience their passion for Italian cuisine and culture. Owner Giuseppe Salpietro brings authentic cuisine, traditions and customs with a goal to make every customer feel like part of their family. Visit the website.
Stepping through the door at Ragin’ Cajun is like walking into the middle of someone’s living room. The intimacy of the dining room and open kitchen lets you know the dishes are prepared especially for you. A night at this tiny restaurant is like going to a dinner party with fifty of your closest friends.
The knowledgeable staff will translate words like “jambalaya,” “etouffee” and “gumbo” guiding you through the menu until you find the perfect dish. There are many outstanding gluten free options as well. And, don’t be surprised to find some fabulous local, live entertainment to add to your dining experience. You can even eat outside on the front lawn and watch the glorious sunset while dining. Ragin’ Cajun is also BYO. View website
Beach Haus Brewery
Belmar now has it’s own brewery downtown on Main Street! A short walk from the Inn on the corner of Main & 8th you can take a tour of their facility, learn a bit about how each unique brew is made and then head upstairs for a few samples. They even have a one-of-a-kind outdoor deck on the second floor overlooking downtown where you can relax and enjoy the summer night while sipping a cold one.
Co-founded out of a garage around the corner in Brick NJ by two high school buddies Brian Ciriaco and John “Merk” Merklin in 2007, the owners used their interest in home brewing, a passion for craft beer and a love of the Jersey Shore as their main inspiration in their effort to put Jersey Shore on the Craft Beer landscape. View website
We love sea food so Mr. Shrimp has quickly become one of our favorite places to go. The menu is extensive and everything is excellent. The fish is fresh and prepared to perfection. And, the prices are very reasonable and Mr. Shrimp is one of many BYO restaurants in the area. View website
The Avon Pavilion is a BYOB beachside restaurant located on the boardwalk in quaint Avon-by-the-Sea. In 2014, after being destroyed in hurricane Sandy, the Avon Pavilion was completely rebuilt to include a chic, modern beachfront dining space with a spectacular ocean view. Guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in a lively, picturesque Jersey Shore setting. View website
Strollo’s Ice Cream
A visit to Belmar is not complete without a stop at Strollo’s on Main and 5th. This may be the best Italian Ice ever! They offer so many different and original flavors it’s unbelievable. And, the soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt along with hard ice cream is out of this world. Be sure to have this on your to-do list when you come for a visit. View website
At the Marina Grille, sunsets are always in season. They serve fresh, innovative food and drink in a gorgeous and comfortable setting. The menu includes fresh seafood and an extensive raw-bar along with a diverse appetizer selection, burgers, and wood-fired artisan pizzas. Whether you are dining, enjoying a cocktail or listening to great music you will definitely enjoy the natural beauty of the Shark River Marina.
Located at Main Street and 8th Ave about three blocks from the Inn, the Anchor Tavern features wood fired rotisserie chicken, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and live music. Recently renovated Anchor features brand new bar and dining areas both inside and out making it a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike. This fresh and lively atmosphere will easily become one of your go to place in Belmar!
In the Twisted Tapas kitchen every menu item is made to order and with the freshest ingredients bought locally on a daily basis. The food speaks for itself with favorites such as calamari in a sweet chili sauce, firecracker shrimp and of course a huge pretzel braids served with beer cheese and stone ground mustard. And, the ambience of their outdoor patio is the perfect vibe for an amazing night. It’s also BYO!
Just steps from the beach La Terrazza is a family-run restaurant offering upscale Italian fare, casually refined decor & a beach-facing patio. Whether you wish to simply enjoy a cocktail at the outdoor bar or dine on our terrace with unobstructed ocean views you can’t help but feel like you are sitting on the shores of Italy. Enjoy their authentic cuisine, from Brick oven pizzas, homemade pastas and fresh Mozzarella made on premises from scratch.
Jersey Shore BBQ
Some of the best BBQ you will ever taste! JSBBQ takes pride in their distinctive process from which all great BBQ is cooked – time and patience. All their meats are hand seasoned with a custom blend of spices, known as ‘dry rub’. Then, the seasoned meats are placed in the smoker where they baste in the smokey wood fire for hours. This creates the unique taste symbolic of Jersey Shore BBQ. Only four blocks from the Inn JSBBQ is also BYO!
From Momma’s Meatloaf to the delicious seafood, fried chicken and lip smacking desserts, you will surely be in for a Southern treat when you arrive at Simply Southern located in the Belmar plaza. They use only fresh ingredients in their home-cooked and piping hot meals that will never let you leave here feeling hungry. Only four blocks from the Inn Simply Southern is also BYO!