All 35 Restaurants In Asbury Park Rated From Worst To Best
Say what you will but Asbury Park is the town to be in at the Jersey Shore these days. There is a night life, a day life, food, drinks, and all with a view right near the beach!
Well, there are a whopping 35 restaurants to choose from in Asbury Park, so let's break down the ratings according to NJ.com.
35. Cielito Lindo
1206 Main Street
This BYOB restaurant looks pretty on the outside but supposedly has nothing good to offer on the inside. When suggesting what to try, they list the restaurant down the street. Ouch!
34. Kim Marie's Eat N Drink Away
1411 Kingsley Street
Another spot that was not given rave reviews. But there is one dish that you are suggested to give a shot: the pulled pork and cheddar grilled cheese! Just beware of the massive amount of grease.
639 Cookman Avenue
Their prices has increased while their once tasty pizzas are no longer nearly as good. Probably another one to steer clear of.
632 Cookman Avenue
It is a cozy Italian restaurant with just "okay" rated food. Apparently it is a tad pricey so you can get better food for your buck around town.
31. The Anchor's Bend
1300 Ocean Avenue
This spot right next to Convention Hall has a fun, outdoor bar perfect when the weather gets warm. This kind of spot is best to stop for a quick cocktail and to chow down on their daily specials.
Also known as a latin club, there is also a pretty legit Mexican and Latin American menu. Try the tacos de chorizo -- you get three tacos for just $7!
516 Cookman Avenue
This is the spot you should be hitting up for breakfast because their pancakes are fluffy and delicious. Their sandwiches and wraps for lunch aren't too bad either but I would so eat their red velvet pancakes for lunch.
28. Pop's Garage
1000 Ocean Avenue
Take a seat at their casual outdoor area which happens to be right in the middle of the Asbury Park boardwalk. There are some pretty tasty Mexican options including their guacamole, quesadillas, fish tacos. Pair one of those bad boys up with one of their margaritas!
27. Asbury Ale House
531 Cookman Avenue
This is probably one of the most popular sports bar in town with more than 50 beers on draft and all sorts of top-notch game day foods including burgers and wings that are worth coming back for.
26. The Speakeatery
705 Cookman Avenue
This is a popular sandwich joint that just added wait staff and additional seating! Head over for lunch because they have some of the best options in town.
25. Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Avenue
This vacation-inspired spot has a menu that specializes in seafood and sushi but there are also some American and Asian flavored options. However, they don't have the best cocktail menu available.
632 Mattison Avenue
This casual spot is perfect for a quick bite to eat before a night out on the town. They have reasonably priced Mexican food that is honestly, pretty addicting. The fish and pork tacos are a must try, and their tequila cocktails are pretty good as well.
23. Cross and Orange
508 Cookman Avenue
This spot attracts a middle-aged crowd but is refreshing because of the massive amount of natural light that keeps their dining room lit. One of their strongest points is definitely their cocktail menu!
22. Cardinal Provisions
513 Bangs Avenue
One of the best words to hear on a Sunday morning? BRUNCH! This spot is packed on weekend mornings and can truly derail your productivity for the day but it is well worth it. Try The Weird Hash, which has roasted vegetables, home fries, sausage, pecorino, sunny egg & herbs.
21. Brickwall Tavern
522 Cookman Avenue
A great spot for a burger and a beer. Their beer list is consistently changing, they have pretty good finger food, but oh my gosh try their Burger, Burger.
20. Robinson Ale House
1200 Ocean Avenue
This joint has really stepped up their game with better food and service all with an oceanfront view. I hear that you should try their lobster spinach dip.
19. At The Table
311 Bond Street
This spot is not very well-known to those visiting form out of town. It is not the best service but their soul food is worth the wait. Their classic golden brown fried chicken with a side of mac and cheese is the kind of meal that is speaking my kind of language.
911 Kingsley Street
A casual pizza joint during the day, and a dancing party at night -- you have probably heard of Porta at one time or another. But from personal experience, try their Octopus (I know but just trust me) and their Nutella pie!
601 Mattison Avenue
This southern eatery just opened up this past January but seems to be hitting it out of the park. Head there for some smoked fried chicken and various beers that are available in cans (none are on draft) and their bourbon cocktails.
16. Frank's Deli
1406 Main Street
This spot has not changed in 50 years and there is a reason why. Small booths, cash-only, and family feel. They have massive sandwiches and a whole lot of pork roll.
15. Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten
527 Lake Avenue
Yes, they are known for their massive beer selection but their food menu is beyond underrated. There is bratwurst, weiswurst, and wiener schnitzels are all worth trying!
517 Lake Avenue
This spot is probably best when you are celebrating a special occasion. It overlooks the Wesley Lake, has staff in dress shirts, but there are several dishes that are to die for including their seafood linguini.
550 Cookman Avenue
This spot is always packed with locals and out-of-towners and has been reviewed by the New York Times. Try their sourdough pies, kale salads, and signature cocktails!
12. Barrio Costero
610 Bangs Avenue
This Mexican spot infuses Aztec tradition into their menu so it is suggested to order a few small plates and share so you can try as much as possible. And of course, their tequila cocktails should be right on the side.
11. The Bonney Read
525 Cookman Avenue
If you are a seafood lover, run don't walk. They have a killer happy hour (which lasts all night on Wednesdays) and a beautifully built bar that you can relax at. Try their whole Maine lobster roll.
10. Plaza Tapatia
707 Main Street
Their Mexican cuisine is impressive because of their massive amount of options. There are tortas, tamales, combination platters, specials, and seafood. Plus daily specials including half-off Sangria on Tuesday.
9. Medusa Stone-Fired Kitchen
711 4th Avenue
Looks like we have a new winner for the best pizza in Asbury Park! This is a BYOB joint has great locals vibe and I promise, you won't leave disappointed.
1405 Asbury Avenue
Paul McCartney was served here last year and the man has good taste. The vibe is old-fashioned but the huge portions of food are the kind of plates you dive head first into when no one is looking, or even if they are.
800 Ocean Avenue
There is a lively bar, a beautiful interior, and an outdoor seating area which is a huge plus as the weather warms up. They have a menu loaded with amazing options including their roast pork and beef dishes so reservations are strongly recommended.
6. Stella Marina
800 Ocean Avenue
This spot has an oceanfront view and you can even request to sit upstairs so you are outside in the sun while you chow down on their generous portions. Pasta, chicken, seafood, and a killer cocktail list. What more is there to ask for?
603 Mattison Avenue
Not the most decorated dining room but their Mediterranean menu is off the charts. Start off with some hummus and olives and then finish it off with the pork kabob and chop!
660 Cookman Avenue
The best move this Japanese spot ever made was to relocate to a larger restaurant that is smack-dab in the middle of town. They have a long list of fresh sushi and sashimi and has sensational cocktails to go with their killer entrees.
3. Pascal and Sabine
601 Bangs Avenue
This well-rounded European brasserie has been reviewed by every major critic there is around. There is a chic dining room, incredibly helpful staff members that can give you suggestions if you are not familiar with the fare, and martinis that will make you never want to leave.
2. The Restaurant at Hotel Tides
408 7th Avenue
This is one of the best kept secrets in town -- well was. Award-winning executive schef Julio Cruz is an expert with flavor and the entire staff treats you like family. But keep in mind that reservations are recommended.
And the Asbury Park winner is...
1. Brando's Citi Cucina
162 Main Street
A warm, family-friendly Italian restaurant where the staff treats you like royalty while serving some of the best food that you have ever had. This place is an 'osteria' which means "a place where the owner hosts his guests." Let's just say, they are hitting it out of the park with their epic chicken dishes, seafood options, and cocktail menu.
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Check out the original list with more details at NJ.com.
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