Less than two hours south of New York City, Ocean Grove provides a taste of the Jersey Shore. This historic seaside village offers a mix of restaurants – from sidewalk cafés to romantic bistros. Whether you’re visiting in the spring, summer, or for the holidays, a trip to one of the best Ocean Grove, NJ restaurants will have you coming back for more! Here are our favorites.
Top 5 Ocean Grove, NJ Restaurants
1. SeaGrass Restaurant
Located on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, SeaGrass Restaurant boasts some of the freshest seafood available. It’s festive nautical decor pairs perfectly with dishes like baked East Coast cod, seared scallops, and New England clam chowdah. And since the eclectic menu changes with the seasons, SeaGrass always has something for everyone. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine!
Local Tip: The chefs at SeaGrass are happy to create vegetarian or gluten-free dishes for those with dietary restrictions. All you have to do is ask!
2. The Starving Artist at Days
The Starving Artist at Days on Olin Street is an Ocean Grove classic. Guests can choose from a variety of breakfast and lunch staples like omelets, pancakes, salads, and wraps. (A post-lunch ice cream cone is also mandatory!) Enjoy your meal inside or on the lovely garden-facing patio in the summertime.
Nagle’s is a local institution that has been serving up ice cream and American eats for decades. It’s set in a renovated pharmacy and is the perfect place to bring the family. The turkey club sandwich is the most popular menu option, and the chef reportedly makes over 200 a day! St. Lenny’s salad is another great choice with pears, walnuts, and cranberries. Feel free to dine at Nagle’s old-fashioned soda fountain counter or at a table outside.
With soft lighting, flickering candles, and beautiful ocean views, this romantic bistro is perfect for date night. Diners will find everything from shrimp scampi to filet mignon on the menu. Be sure to ask your server about the seafood ravioli of the day! Bia is open for dinner from Memorial Day until the end of September.
5. Ocean Grove Bake Shoppe
Craving something sweet? Head to the Ocean Grove Bake Shoppe. This charming café makes their own muffins, pastries, cakes, and cookies. There’s even a specialty coffee bar! The Shoppe is open year-round.
Book Your Stay at the Inns of Ocean Grove
After a delicious meal, head back to the Inns of Ocean Grove and relax! The Ocean Plaza Hotel and The Ocean View Inn are within walking distance of the best eateries in town. We are also just minutes from Asbury Park with its many restaurants and nightclubs. No matter what the season, our hotels provide the perfect setting for family vacations, romantic getaways, business travel, and more. View our accommodations to see what’s available and book your stay today!
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