Best of Monmouth Restaurants & Food Readers’ Choice Awards

We turned the spotlight on you to tell us which restaurants and food shops are the best of the best in Monmouth County.



Bakery

1. Sugarush
37 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.414.9044
experiencesugarush.com

2. The Flaky Tart
145 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.2555
theflakytartnj.com

3. Confections of a Rock$tar
550 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.3510
coarock.com

Bar Food

1. The Globe
20 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.842.5572
thegloberedbank.com

2. Barnacle Bill’s
1 First St.
Rumson
732.747.8396
barnaclebillsrumson.com

3. Twin Light Taphouse*
128 Bay Ave.
Highlands
732.872.1345
twinlighttaphouse.com
*temporarily closed for renovations

Breakfast

1. Turning Point
multiple locations
theturningpoint.biz

2. Hudson Café
25 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.872.2300
thehudsoncafe.com

3. The Flaky Tart
145 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.2555
theflakytartnj.com

Brunch

1. Molly Pitcher Inn
88 Riverside Ave.
Red Bank
732.747.2500
themollypitcher.com

2. Turning Point
multiple locations
theturningpoint.biz

3. The Mill
101 Old Mill Rd.
Spring Lake Heights
732.449.1800
themillnj.com

Burgers

1. Dauphin Grille
1401 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.774.3474
dauphingrille.com

2. Barnacle Bill’s
1 First St.
Rumson
732.747.8396
barnaclebillsrumson.com

3. Jonnie G’s Food on the Go
732.531.5321
jonnie-g.com

Butcher

1. Monmouth Meats
112 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.741.5292
monmouthmeats.com

2. Sickles Market
1 Harrison Ave.
Little Silver
732.741.9563
icklesmarket.com

3. Sabatos Prime Meats
113 Leonardville Rd.
Belford
732.787.9119
sabatosprimemeats.com

BYO Restaurant

1. Drew’s Bayshore Bistro
25 Church St.
Keyport
732.739.9219
bayshorebistro.com

2. Dish
13 White St.
Red Bank
732.345.7070
dishredbank.com

3. Brandl
703 Belmar Plaza
Belmar
732.280.7501
brandlrestaurant.com

Candy

1. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe
1100 Highway 35
Middletown
732.796.0115
suzisweetshoppe.com

2. Sugarush
37 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.414.9044
experiencesugarush.com

3. Old Monmouth Candies
627 Park Ave.
Freehold
732.462.1311
oldmonmouthcandies.com

Cannoli

1. LaRosa’s Bakery
79 E. Newman
Springs Rd.
Shrewsbury
732.842.4324
ecannoli.com

2. Caputo’s Pastry Shoppe
444 Ocean Blvd.
Long Branch
732.222.3838
caputosbakery.com

3. Delfini
244 W. Front St.
Red Bank
732.212.9920
delfiniscatering.com

Caterer

1. Jacques Caterer
403 Route 36
Hazlet
732.495.2600
jacquescatering.com

2. Christopher’s Kitchen
165 Amboy Rd.
Morganville
732.491.3399
cateringservicenj.com

3. Mumford’s Culinary Center
33 Apple St.
Tinton Falls
732.747.7646
mumfords.com

Cheap Eats

1. Ocean Café
multiple locations
oceancafenj.com

2. Elsie’s Subs
74 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.741.7682

3. Cheese on Main
53 Main Ave.
Ocean Grove
732.775.1530
cheeseonmain.com

Cheese Steak

1. Bruno’s
165 W. Sylvania Ave.
Neptune City
732.988.3399
brunospizzasubsnj.com

2. Gianni’s Pizzeria
multiple locations
giannispizzeria.com

3. Jersey Mike’s Subs
multiple locations
jerseymikes.com

Chinese Restaurant

1. Temple Gourmet Chinese
91 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.212.8858
templegourmet.com

2. Little Szechuan
485 Prospect Ave.
Little Silver
732.842.3823
littleszech.com

3. House of Chong
500 Highway 35 South
Red Bank
732.219.8883
thehouseofchong.com

BARBECUE

1. LOCAL SMOKE BBQ
719 Route 35
Neptune City
732.455.8888
localsmokebbq.com

2. Jersey Shore BBQ
811 Belmar Plaza
Belmar
732.894.9009
jerseyshorebbq.com

3. Memphis Pig Out
67 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.5533

BAGELS

1. GEM’S HOUSE OF BAGELS
Multiple locations
732.203.1010
gemsbagels.com

2. Hole Lot of Bagels
1167 Route 35
Middletown
732.706.9300

3. Bagel Masters
661 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.224.0333;
bagelmasters.com

Chocolate

1. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe
1100 Highway 35
Middletown
732.796.0115
suzisweetshoppe.com

2. Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe
17 White St.
Red Bank
732.219.0822
redbankchocolateshoppe.com

3. Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe
97 Main St.
Manasquan
732.528.0006

Clams

1. Lusty Lobster
88 Bay Ave.
Highlands
732.291.1548
bestlobster.com

2. Lobster House
300 Mounts Corner Dr.
Freehold
732.677.3988
lobsterhousenj.com

3. Barnacle Bill’s
1 First St.
Rumson
732.747.8396
barnaclebillsrumson.com

Coffee Shop

1. Water Witch Coffee & Tea
67 Waterwitch Ave.
Highlands
732.784.8486

2. Rook Coffee Roasters
multiple locations
rookcoffeeroasters.com

3. No Joe’s
51 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.530.4040
nojoescoffeehouse.com

Comfort Food

1. Jonnie G’s Food on the Go
732.531.5321
jonnie-g.com

2. Red Bank Diner
179 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.741.4791
redbankdiner.com

3. WindMill
multiple locations
windmillrestaurantsusa.com

Cookies

1. The Flaky Tart
145 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.2555
theflakytartnj.com

2. The Scone Pony
305 Washington Ave.
Spring Lake
732.280.8887
thesconepony.com

3. Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
74 Oceanport Ave.
Little Silver
732.530.3337
yeoldepieshoppe.com

Cupcakes

1. Sugarush
37 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.414.9044
experiencesugarush.com

2. Cupcake Magician
54 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.530.5700
cupcakemagicianonline.com

3. Confections of a Rock$tar
550 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.3510
coarock.com

Diner

1. Broadway Diner
45 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.224.1234

2. Americana Diner
1160 Route 35
Shrewsbury
732.542.1658
americanadiner.net

3. All Seasons Restaurant
176 Wyckoff Rd.
Eatontown
732.542.9462
4135 Route 9
Freehold
732.625.0330

Farmers’ Market

1. Sickles Market
1 Harrison Ave.
Little Silver
732.741.9563
sicklesmarket.com"

2 Delicious Orchards
320 Route 34
Colts Neck
732.462.1989
deliciousorchardsnjonline.com

3. Galleria Red Bank Farmers’ Market
2 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
732.530.7300
thegalleriaredbank.com

French Restaurant

1. Avenue
23 Ocean Ave.
Long Branch
732.759.2900
leclubavenue.com

/restaurant

2. Daniel’s Bistro
By the Sea
526 Main St.
Avon-by-the-Sea
732.775.4107
danielsbistronj.com

Gelato

1. Café 360
34 E. Main St.
Freehold
732.294.4722
mycafe360.com

2 Sicilia Café
128 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.383.8473
siciliacafe.com

3 The Corner Café & Bistro
10 Centennial Dr.
Long Branch
732.759.8480
thecornercafebistro.com

CHEESE SHOP

1. THE CHEESE CAVE
14 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.842.0796
cheesecaveshop.com

2 Sickles Market
1 Harrison Ave.
Little Silver
732.741.9563
sicklesmarket.com

3 Cheese on Main
53 Main Ave.
Ocean Grove
732.775.1530
cheeseonmain.com

CRAB CAKES

1. COPPER CANYON
51 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.8444
thecoppercanyon.com

2 Fromagerie
26 Ridge Rd.
Rumson
732.842.8088
fromagerierestaurant.com

3 Jake’s Crab Shack
500 Ocean Ave.
Belmar
732.894.3502
jakescrabcakes.com

Greek Restaurant

1. It’s Greek to Me
2128 Route 35 South
Holmdel
732.275.0036
44 Centennial Dr.
Long Branch
732.571.0222
itsgreektome.com

2 Niko’s Trapezi
444 Ocean Blvd. North
Long Branch
732.222.4600
nikostrapezi.com

3 Evan’s Greek Restaurant
8 Cliffwood Ave.
Matawan
732.566.9122

Ice Cream

1. Hoffman’s Ice Cream & Yogurt
78 Oceanport Ave.
Little Silver
732.530.3773
569 Church St.
Spring Lake Heights
732.974.2253
hoffmansicecream.net

2 Igloo Italian Ice
2005 Route 35 North
Oakhurst
732.531.5422
iglooitalianice.com

3 Crazees
2 W. River Rd.
Rumson
732.530.6543

Italian Deli

1. Nino Jr’s Italian Specialties
2005 Highway 35
Oakhurst
732.531.6644
ninojrs.com

2 Aleo Italian Specialties
642 Newman Springs Rd.
Lincroft
732.747.0111
aleocatering.com

3 Richard’s
155 Brighton Ave.
Long Branch
732.870.9133
richardsdeli.com

Italian Restaurant

1. Ama Ristorante
1485 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright
732.530.9760
amaristorante.com

2 Tre Amici
628 Ocean Ave.
Long Branch
732.571.8922
treamicinj.com

3 Pazzo MMX
141 W. Front St.
Red Bank
732.747.4551
pazzoredbank.com

Japanese Restaurant

1. Sono Sushi
1098 Route 35 South
Middletown
732.706.3588
sonosushi.net

2 Fuji
1093 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.544.8828
fujinj.com

3 Sawa
42 Route 36
Eatontown
732.544.8885
68 Ocean Ave.
Long Branch
732.229.0600
sawasteakhouse.com

Juice Bar

1. Yummy Good
7 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.219.5885
yummy-good.com

2 From Seed to Sprout
410 Main St.
Avon-by-the-Sea
732.774.7333
seedtosproutnj.com

3 Good Karma Café
17 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.450.8344
goodkarmacafenj.com

Kid-friendly Restaurant

1. Circus Drive-In Restaurant
1861 Route 35
Wall
732.449.2650
circusdrivein.com

2 Surf Taco
multiple locations
surftaco.com

3 Stewart’s
multiple locations
stewartsrestaurantsinc.com

Organic Health Food Shop

1. Dean’s Natural Food Market
1119 Route 35 North
Ocean Township
732.517.1515
490 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.842.8686
deansnaturalfoodmarket.com

2 Nature’s Corner
2407 Route 71
Spring Lake Heights
732.449.4950
naturescornernaturalmarket.com

3. Healthfair Marketplace
625 Branch Ave.
Little Silver
732.747.3140
healthfairvitamins.com

Gluten-Free Goodies

1. POSH POP BAKE SHOP
86 Broad St
Red Bank
732.219.7674
poshpopbakeshop.com

2. Good Karma Café
17 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.450.8344
goodkarmacafenj.com

3. Dean’s Natural Food Market
1119 Route 35 North
Ocean Township
732.517.1515
490 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.842.8686
deansnaturalfoodmarket.com

Scenic View Restaurant

1. SALT CREEK GRILLE
4 Bingham Ave.
Rumson
732.933.9272
saltcreekgrille.com

2. Ama Ristorante
1485 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright
732.530.9760
amaristorante.com

3. Cubacàn
800 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.774.3007
cubacan.net

Outdoor Dining

1. Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.3275
langostalounge.com

2. Inlet Café
3 Cornwall St.
Highlands
732.872.9764
inletcafe.com

3. Cubacàn
800 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.774.3007
cubacan.net

Oysters

1. Char Steakhouse
33 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.450.2427
charsteakhouse.com

2. Blue Water
9 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.530.1906
bluewaterseafoodredbank.com

3. Avenue
23 Ocean Ave.
Long Branch
732.759.2900
leclubavenue.com/restaurant

Pancakes

1. Amy’s Omelette House
444 Ocean Blvd.
Long Branch
732.222.1206
youramys.com

2. Toast
516 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park
732.776.5900
toastasburypark.com

3. Mariner’s Cove
712 Union Ave.
Brielle
732.528.6023

Pasta Handmade

1. Pastaio
1311 Third Ave.
Spring Lake
732.359.8177
pastaiospringlake.com

2. Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill
183 Riverside Ave.
Red Bank
732.842.5990
basilt.com

3. Undici Restaurant
11 W. River Rd.
Rumson
732.842.3880
undicirestaurant.com

Pies

1. The Flaky Tart
145 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.2555
theflakytartnj.com

2. The Scone Pony
305 Washington Ave.
Spring Lake
732.280.8887
thesconepony.com

3. Delicious Orchards
320 Route 34
Colts Neck
732.462.1989
deliciousorchardsnjonline.com

Pizza

1. Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza
2105 Route 35
Oakhurst
732.695.6010
2 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
732.212.1700
tommyscoalfiredpizza.com

2. Porta
911 Kingsley St.
Asbury Park
732.776.7661
pizzaporta.com

3. 1st Ave. Pizza
75 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.872.1622
1stavepizza.com

Romantic Restaurant

1. Moonstruck
517 Lake Ave.
Asbury Park
732.988.0123
moonstrucknj.com

2. Nicholas
160 Route 35 South
Red Bank
732.345.9977
restaurantnicholas.com

3. Whispers
200 Monmouth Ave.
Spring Lake
732.974.9755
whispersrestaurant.com

Seafood/Fish Market

1. Klein’s Fish Market
708 River Rd.
Belmar
732.681.1177
kleinsfish.com

2. Lusty Lobster
88 Bay Ave.
Highlands
732.291.1548
bestlobster.com

3. Keyport Fishery
150 W. Front St.
Keyport
732.264.9723
keyportfishery.com

Sushi

1. Teak
64 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.747.5775
teakrestaurant.com

2. Red
3 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.741.3232
rednj.com

3. Izu Sushi
31 Montgomery Ave.
Long Branch
732.870.0807
izu-sushi.com

Seafood Restaurant

1. THE BOONDOCKS FISHERY
1 Wharf Ave.
Red Bank
732.747.7177
theboondocksfishery.com

2. Bahr’s Landing
2 Bay Ave.
Highlands
732.872.1245
bahrslanding.com

3. Shipwreck Grill
720 Ashley Ave.
Brielle
732.292.9380
shipwreckgrill.com

Steak Restaurant

1. CHAR STEAKHOUSE
33 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.450.2427
charsteakhouse.com

2. Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar
11 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank,
732.741.6900
dannyssteakhouse.com

3. Copper Canyon
51 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.8444
thecoppercanyon.com

Vegetarian Restaurant

1. GOOD KARMA CAFÉ
17 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.450.8344
goodkarmacafenj.com

2. From Seed to Sprout
410 Main St.
Avon-by-the-Sea
732.774.7333
seedtosproutnj.com

3. Kaya’s Kitchen
1000 Main St.
Belmar
732.280.1141
kayaskitchenbelmar.com

Tacos

1. Surf Taco
multiple locations
surftaco.com

2. 10th Ave. Burrito Company
801 Belmar Plaza
Belmar
732.280.1515
tenthaveburrito.com

3. Chilangos
272 Bay Ave.
Highlands
732.708.0505
chilangosnj.net

Thai Restaurant

1. Siam Garden
2 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
732.224.1233
siamgardenrestaurant.com

2. Bamboo Leaf West
2450 Route 9
Howell
732.761.3939

3. Kunya Siam
99 First Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.291.2397
kunyasiam.com

Wings

1. Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza
2105 Route 35
Oakhurst
732.695.6010
2 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
732.212.1700
tommyscoalfiredpizza.com

2. Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn
132 E. River Rd.
Rumson
732.530.2882
mollymaguiresblackpointinn.com

3. Boathouse Bar & Grill
1309 Main St.
Belmar
732.681.5221
boathousebarandgrill.com

 

 

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