After several weeks of intense competition and thousands of votes, we have a winner of Restaurant Madness 2017!

2017's Best Restaurant at the Jersey Shore is...

Crab's Claw Inn
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This Rt. 35 eatery is open daily, year-round, serving up plenty of fresh seafood whether it's crab legs, whole lobster, steamer pots, chowder, broiled, baked, or grilled fish of all kinds, and even tuna nachos! (Plus, plenty for non-seafood fans too!)

The casual atmosphere makes it an easy choice for families and groups, and is always a hot spot during the busy summer season.

The bar offers an extensive list of beers from around the world, and plenty of local craft brews too. There's also a solid wine list, and a rotating list of seasonal specialty cocktails to keep everyone happy!

Congratulations to the owners and staff of the Crab's Claw Inn!

A job well done to former champ Drew's Bayshore Bistro in Keyport, our Restaurant Madness 2017 runner-up, and to all 64 of the amazing local restaurants who participated in this year's Restaurant Madness!

The Crab's Claw Inn is located at 601 Grand Central Ave. (Rt. 35 North) in Lavallette. Open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 732-793-4447.