Where to dine and drink at the Jersey Shore

Headed to the Jersey Shore this summer, and not sure where to eat and drink? Try these suggestions.


White House Subs

2301 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-345-1564, whitehousesubshop.net

$, L, D

Regular Jersey Shore visitors from all over the region know this is where to get the best hoagie. Still owned and operated by the family that opened the shop in 1946, White House Subs piles its submarine sandwiches high.


Quahog’s Seafood Shack

206 97th St., Stone Harbor, 609-368-6300, quahogsshack.com

$$$, L, D, BR, R

As seen on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” this seafood stop serves dinner during the week (including gluten-free options like the grilled salmon) and brunch on weekends.


Manco & Manco

8th Street and Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-399-2783, plus other locations, mancospizza.com

$, L, D

Ocean City’s boardwalk offers plenty of pizza parlor options, but there’s only one Manco & Manco, a Jersey Shore institution since the original restaurant opened in 1956. First-timers, go with the original cheese pizza, and see why Jersey residents swear by the addictive thin and crispy pie.

Bar fare

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar

2010 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-541-2799, wingcraftac.com

$, L, D

Opened in 2014, this restaurant and bar inside the Tanger Outlets has quickly established itself as a go-to destination for its variations on burgers and selection of craft beer.


Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

Locations in Cape May, Avalon, Ocean City and more; unclebillspancakehouse.com

$, B, L

This local chain of old-school breakfast diners sells omelets, creamed chipped beef and the regional side-dish favorite, scrapple. Naturally, it’s hard to go wrong with the pancakes — from buttermilk and buckwheat to chocolate chip and peanut butter.

Live music

Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grille

500 W. Hand Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-1062, beachcreek.net

$$, L, D

Beach Creek draws crowds for its nightly entertainment of live music and waterfront views from its spacious patio. Come for dinner and cocktails, or a beer with some oysters from the raw bar.

Crab house

Mud City Crab House

1185 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin, 609-978-3660, mudcitycrabhouse.com

$$$, L, D

Located a short drive west of Long Beach Island, this restaurant should satisfy seafood aficionados. Pick at crabs on the patio, or stop by the on-site fish market to take a fresh catch home.

Outdoor dining

Jack Baker’s Wharfside

101 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, 732-892-9100, wharfsidenj.com

$$$, L, D

Those in search of scenic views should try this seafood restaurant, whose patio overlooks Gull Island. Local live bands play the patio bar most weekend evenings.

Up all night

The Boneyard Bar and Grill

20 S. Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-3360, facebook.com/boneyardac

$, L, D

Don’t want the party to stop? This 24-hour bar has 18 draft lines and a menu of affordable bar fare, along with live entertainment — from live local bands to open-mic night and trivia — on most days.

Dining with BYO option

The Diving Horse

2109 Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-368-5000, thedivinghorseavalon.com

$$$, D, R

Sometimes, you want to supply your own booze. This bring-your-own-beer restaurant takes care of the rest with entrees like local fluke, short rib, swordfish and more.

Ice cream

Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream

9420 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor, 609-368-4631, springersicecream.com


A trip to the beach isn’t complete without homemade ice cream. This family-owned shop serves sundaes, milkshakes and more than 50 flavors of homemade ice cream, gelato and sorbet.


The Chicken or the Egg

207 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-3695, 492fowl.com

$$, B, L, D

Worth noting for its all-day breakfast, the Chicken or the Egg has also become a go-to restaurant for hot wings and its 17 different sauces. The ambitious (or crazy) can try the spiciest option — ludicrous sauce — just as host Adam Richman did on “Man v. Food.”

Kids’ fare

Margate Dairy Bar & Burger

9510 Ventnor Ave., Margate Cite, 609-822-9559, margatedairybar.com

$, L, D

Show the kids what a casual dinner out looked like in the 1950s at this long-running, neon-lit diner specializing in hot dogs and build-your-own burgers. Save room for a slushy or milkshake, and don’t forget the dog, either — the Dairy Bar sells gluten-free, locally produced treats for your pet.



1260 West Ave., Ocean City, 609-525-0767, picciniocnj.com

$$, L, D

Another Guy Fieri-approved Jersey Shore eatery, this Italian restaurant is known for its brick-oven pizza. Those looking for a quick bite can order half portions of select dinner entrees.

Fine dining

The Ebbitt Room

25 Jackson St., Cape May, 609-884-5700, caperesorts.com

$$$, D, R

Come for a cocktail and live jazz music on the weekends, or treat yourself to a three-course dinner (available Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays) at this classy Cape May restaurant.

Comfort food

The Arlington

1302 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, 609-494-8848, arlingtonlbi.com

$$, L, D, R

In the mood for comfort food? This quaint restaurant offers bacon mac and cheese, tamarind-glazed pork chop and a lobster roll, among other approachable offerings. If you fall in love with the house-made bacon, you can buy a pound to take home.


B = breakfast

L = lunch

BR = brunch

D = dinner

R = reservations suggested

$ = entrees under $15

$$ = $15-$24

$$$ = $25 and up

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