With 130 miles of coastline, it surprises no one that New Jersey has a lot to offer in the way of incredible seafood restaurants. Whether you’re craving lobster tail or black sea bass, you know you’re in for a flavorful feast. For the freshest catch, here are the 10 best seafood restaurants in the state.
Step into history when you step into Dock’s Oyster House, a seafood restaurant open since 1897. This upscale, cozy eatery has been updated throughout the years, yet is still owned by the same family… and is on its fourth generation! In addition to having a popular raw bar, Dock’s Oyster House features a large menu of appetizers, soups and chowders, entrees, and even items that have been on the menu since its original opening like lobster tail and crab meat au gratin.
This cash-only, BYOB restaurant creates succulent, creative dishes from locally grown and caught food. Enjoy flavorful seafood meals both at brunch and during their elegant dinner. Brunch seafood fare might include options such as shrimp and grits, the Red Store Pancake, fish tacos, and a fisherman bowl. Dinner is also a fabulous affair with a menu that changes frequently based on what’s fresh locally, and all dinners are multi-course.
The owner of Hooked Up Seafood is a fisherman with decades of experience catching fish, and uses this knowledge to ensure that his restaurant serves the freshest catches. Dig into local seafood dishes, such as clam chowder, fish tacos, littlenecks, and fish of the day, in the casual atmosphere at Hooked Up Seafood. A few sides are also available on the menu to accompany your seafood main.
From starters to mains, the Diving Horse’s menu is packed with seafood dishes. Savor yellowfin tuna tartare with toasted coconut and jalapeno or opt for mussels and clams for a starter. For mains, you have your choice of four different seafood dishes off a tight menu, with highlights including the Hudson Canyon tuna and New Jersey fluke.
Mud City Crab House has been serving up casual fish dishes since 1999, with a focus on shellfish, soups, and massive seafood entrees. The menu is lengthy and offers vast seafood options including garlic mussels, crab cakes, fried oysters, scallops, fish, and more. If that wasn’t enough already, they have seafood pastas on the menu.
With sushi, sashimi, and numerous other seafood dishes on the menu, you know that the fish at Sagami Japanese Restaurant has to be the freshest. If that doesn’t have you convinced, the high ratings and fact that they’ve been open since 1974 has to have you at least curious. On the menu, you’ll find an array of sushi rolls, fried oyster, steamed and broiled salmon, tuna, and more.
Similar to the popular dining concept “from farm to fork,” H2Ocean practices “from hook to plate,” which means they source seafood from local fishermen and vegetables from area farms. Open for both lunch and dinner, fresh seafood features heavily on the menus. The dinner menu includes tender pan seared black sea bass, shrimp and crab bucatini, lobster, and even a raw bar.
Italian flavors play up the flavors of the ocean here at Rudy’s Seafood. You’ll be transported to the Positano coastline with zuppa di pesce, shrimp pasta, linguini with clam sauce, and capellini with crabmeat. If seafood doesn’t tantalize your palate, don’t worry as there are numerous land-based Italian favorites.
Pisces Seafood is a casual dining destination serving quality seafood sourced from local fish markets. The menu consists entirely of seafood dishes from starters to entrees. Their classic fish and chips is notable, made of fried Atlantic whitefish and served with tartar sauce. Also on the menu, you’ll find lobster, pan seared scallops, and flounder.
Taste creative, fresh dishes served in a homely atmosphere. Menu stand-outs include lobster mac and cheese, lobster, and jumbo lump crab pasta. In addition, they serve numerous non-seafood dishes for those who prefer meat and even vegetarians are well catered to. Do save room for dessert as the menu is heavenly.