Best Year-Round Restaurants on Long Beach Island

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The numerous tourist attractions and white sandy beaches of Long Beach Island, NJ, make it such a busy destination during the summer months. But while most visitors flock LBI in mid-May all the way through October, many restaurants are open year-round, offering a great culinary experience.

The Essence of Long Beach Island Dining

Long Beach Island’s bustling food scene is complimented by stunning sunset views. Whether oceanfront or bayside, waterfront dining in LBI is always about delicious food in a relaxing setting.

Seafood Extravaganza

It’s no secret that Long Beach Island is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the Jersey Shore. It’s a haven for seafood lovers, who are treated to fresh catch of the day specials and weekly dinner specials with lobster, crab legs, and surf and turf.

Comfort Food Classics

Besides seafood, American classics like burgers, pizzas, and wings are a staple at many LBI restaurants. Plus, of course, all-time favorite desserts, like New York-style cheesecakes.

Savoring International Flavors

Culinary creations from countries all over the world may also be enjoyed at many restaurants in LBI, from Asian cuisine to Mediterranean fare.

This article enumerates all the best Long Beach Island NJ restaurants that are open year-round.

Must-Visit Restaurants

If you ask the locals, September and October are the perfect months to visit LBI. But whether you come here during these months or any other time of the year, these restaurants in Long Beach Island are open to serve you delectable meals.

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The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House

The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House is popular for its premium Angus steaks, hand-shucked oysters, amazing drinks, and lively atmosphere. Seafood lovers will be pleased to know about their impressive oyster selection, with offerings from both coasts.

Must Try:

  1. “The Black Eye” – 14 oz. rubbed down NY Strip steak grilled with black seasoning and smothered in our jumbo lump crab and gorgonzola cream sauce with house-roasted sunrise peppers.
  2. Fire Roasted Jumbo King – 1 1/4 lb of true Jumbo Alaskan king crab finished on our wood fire grill with shoestring fries and OC slaw.
  3. Old Causeway Lobster Tails – Two South African lobster tails egg battered and finished with diced tomato caper sauce, served with roasted asparagus.

Reviews:

“I recently dined at The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster house it was casual yet high-quality steakhouse that exceeded my expectations. The inviting atmosphere seamlessly blended with a top-notch dining experience. The star of the show was undoubtedly the perfectly cooked steak and lobster, showcasing the establishment’s commitment to quality. Beyond the food, the vibrant bar scene added an extra layer of enjoyment, and the live music enhanced the overall ambiance. This steakhouse strikes the ideal balance between casual dining and culinary excellence, making it a standout choice for those seeking a memorable and relaxed evening out in LBI.”
Ericca Jane Rios Stylist

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Tucker’s Tavern

Inspired by the best American taverns and English pubs, Tucker’s Tavern is LBI’s favorite neighborhood bar and tavern. Its creative gastro-pub menu features fresh-caught local seafood, chef-crafted daily specials, and tavern favorites with a twist.

Must Try:

  1. Lobster Fra Diavolo & Crispy Calamari – Shrimp, house-made linguine, long hot pomodoro, toasted garlic, sherry peppers, blistered tomatoes, lemon-basil aioli, grilled baguette.
  2. Filet Mignon au Poivre – Black truffle steak wedges, haricot vert almondine, brandy peppercorn demi.
  3. Local Flounder Piccata – Creamy crab orzo, lemon-caper butter, petite salad.

Reviews:

“Rooftop deck is so nice. Had the Tuna Tacos and Calamari, wife had a Tucker Burger. Drinks all solid. Service was great quick and on point. What else can you say, it’s LBI with a nice Bay view , so don’t expect dollar menu prices and it’s not better up North . Looking forward to the chowder fest coming up should be a blast. Will be returning for sure soon.”
Mapleleaf Enterprises

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Black Eyed Susans

A popular choice among Harvey Cedars locals for celebrating special occasions, this place is constantly packed with families and friends coming together to enjoy good food as they cherish their milestones in one of the best LBI restaurants on the water.

Must Try:

  1. Gnocchi Lobster – Broccoli rabe, garlic, Calabrian chili, parmesan fonduta, lobster.
  2. Cacio e Pepe – Bucatini, parmesan fonduta, black pepper.
  3. Salmon – Broccoli rabe, kale, parsnip, beurre blanc.

Reviews:

“This absolutely one of the best restaurants on LBI!! You will not find a more friendly staff, service is incredible, food is more than delicious. Whether you are having a simple pizza or one of the amazing fish dishes. Chef Chris has a way of bringing out all of the flavors. The black garlic cesar salad is a must start. I highly recommend this restaurant, we go at least once a week.”
Dan Petrozelli

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Raimondo’s

This fine-dining Italian restaurant has served Long Beach Island over 30 years. Raimondo’s is one of the best seafood restaurants in LBI NJ, serving only the freshest assortment of meats, local seafood from Barnegat Light, and fresh produce from local growers.

Must Try:

  1. Flounder Francese – Local fillet over spaghetti, oil, garlic, and broccoli rabe tossed with colossal crab and béchamel.
  2. Scallop Risotto – Pan-seared jumbo sea scallops over a pancetta, asparagus, asiago risotto, chive oil, and micro herbs.
  3. Pollo Sorrentino – Breaded chicken cutlet layered with fontina cheese, prosciutto, and eggplant in sherry tomato pan sauce served with rigatoni marinara.

Reviews:

“Our favorite Italian restaurant on LBI. Never disappoints and the early bird is a great deal before 6pm. When we have out of town guests Raimondo’s is always 1st on the list.”
Frank Calabrese

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Salt Kitchen & Bar

Located in Ship Bottom, Salt Kitchen & Bar offers coastal casual dining with spectacular views of the bay. Eclectic dishes made fresh and locally sourced are prepared by Chef Nicholas, who is well known for preparing traditional dishes and adding his own flare.

Must Try:

  1. Mediterranean Plate – Dill and garlic hummus, harissa farro, pickled vegetables, romesco, marinated olives, flatbread.
  2. Lamb “Cheesesteak” Sliders – Port onions, stewed peppers, gruyere, harissa aioli, brioche buns, Espelette sweet chips.
  3. Grilled Octopus – Pork belly sweet potato hash, blood orange, and yuzu chimichurri, spiced pepita.

Reviews:

“If there was 6 stars, I would give it one more. Last night we had an event at Salt. The Director of the restaurant, Keith along with the lead server Laura and staff could not have been more attentive. We are a group of Local women, “The Jokers of Mahjong” who support our local restaurants. We had our Spring dinner and game night at Salt. Everyone raved about the food, service and atmosphere, their attention to details, patients with 60 women, was over the top. (and lets not even mention the beautiful sunset you arranged for us lol) We look forward to many years and events with Salt. I know I will now be a regular at Salt and the Hotel LBI. They have a wonderful happy hour at the bar in the lobby, with amazing food and a wonderful selection of wines. Thank you Keith and staff…”
Debbie Skipper

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Daddy O Restaurant

One of the popular LBI restaurants on the water, Daddy O is a casual bistro and bar with a stylish dining room, an outdoor garden patio and bar, and a rooftop deck with a scenic view.

Must Try:

  1. Manhattan Red2022 Chowderfest Champ! Local clams, smoked ham, mirepoix.
  2. Farms Pork Tenderloin – Brown butter-pumpkin spaetzle, honey nut squash, parsnip puree, cider molasses.
  3. Barnegat Light Scallops – Applewood bacon-sweet pea risotto, red pepper coulis, pinelands micro greens.

Reviews:

“Great spot for food and drinks. Didn’t stay here but looks nice. Pro tip: the roof top bar in first come first serve but apparently you can call for a reservation too. We took the Long Beach Island Shuttle here which is also clutch for kids and families at $5 a trip per person.”
Will Glass

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Kubel’s Barnegat Light

Located near the docks in Barnegat Light, this LBI tradition is known for American eats served in a comfortable setting with a fireplace and a full bar. Kubel’s has been a favorite waterfront dining spot among locals since 1927.

Must Try:

  1. Barnegat Light Sea Scallops – Broiled with a lemon beurre blanc and topped with seasoned breadcrumbs.
  2. Kubel’s Shrimp & Linguine – Sauteed with garlic, fresh herbs, tomatoes, lemon, olive oil, and white wine over linguine.
  3. Kubel’s Crab Pie – A house favorite. Jumbo lump crab meat in a rich sherry sauce with herbs, spices, onions, and peppers. Topped with a puff pastry.

Reviews:

“We had our food trail (Anthony Bourdain’s) in NJ and went to Kubel’s for lunch. Restaurant receptionist is not that welcoming but the waitress is awesome, she went above and beyond to provide us with excellent customer service.

We ordered clam chowder, steamed clams and fried clam strips. We already knew what to order but one of them is no longer on the menu (fried clam strips). The waitress offered that they can make it for us and I’m so delighted.

It’s a 5/5 for everything that we ordered. Hearty soup, tasty and fresh clams! It’s “clam-azing”!”
Nic Vldz

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Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern

This Beach Haven restaurant is popular for its seafood and steaks. It offers an extensive beer and wine list. Enjoy your food and drinks accompanied by great local art and entertaining live music.

Must Try:

  1. Lamb Gyro – Hummus, tzatziki, lettuce, red onion, tomatoes.
  2. Chicken Pot Pie – Comfort classic, cream sauce, puff pastry.
  3. Harvest Bowl – Roasted Brussels sprouts, beets, sundried cranberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, chef’s rice, cranberry glaze drizzle.

Reviews:

“Went to Buckalew’s for lunch today. As opposed to normally going for dinner.
Christina was our server. She was really great.
Today I just had their Reuben sandwich with fries. Very delicious. Looking forward to going again the next time I’m in LBI. Next time, definitely dinner. Oh, the picture is of the take out order I took when I got home.”
Michael Robertazzi

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The Chicken or the Egg

The Chicken or the Egg in Beach Haven, popularly known as The Chegg, serves some of the best buffalo wings in town, along with local favorites like stuffed omelets, eggwiches, and peanut butter pancakes.

Must Try:

  1. Chicken Pot Pie – chicken, onions, carrots, potatoes, and peas in a supreme sauce with puff pastry.
  2. The Lumberjack Omelet – Fried chicken tenders, bacon, and pepper jack cheese, topped with country sausage gravy, served with a buttermilk biscuit. Buffalize it! Choose one of our 18 famous wing sauces, plus a side of blue cheese or ranch.
  3. Prime Rib – with mashed potatoes, vegetables, au jus & creamy horseradish sauce.

Reviews:

“I have been hearing about the legendary Chicken or the Egg for years now. This Long Beach Island staple is no joke. With an expansive menu, a wide variety of sauces, and a fun atmosphere, Chicken or the Egg is worth a visit. I didn’t know if it could live up to the hype, but I have been to the restaurant twice in the last few months and was satisfied by the experience both times. Not only is the food delicious (the perfect restaurant for a wing enthusiast or a lover of breakfast), the staff is friendly and the wait time is short. They run the ship like a well oiled machine. I definitely get the hype and will be returning next summer!”
Caleb De Jesus

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Conclusion

Long Beach Island, NJ, has so much to offer in terms of culinary experience. The Jersey Shore is known for its delectable food, and these LBI restaurants are open the entire year to deliver on that promise.

Whether you’re staying for the summer or visiting LBI during its off-season, you’ll definitely have an amazing gastronomic adventure!

If you have any questions about the area, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 609-467-4061 or send me an email at drew@guarinoteam.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

The months of April through June and September through October have generally cool weather with fun events, and LBI is not too crowded.

Yes, especially at restaurants like Black Eyed Susans where it’s always filled with families and friends celebrating special occasions.

Many of these restaurants accommodate dietary restrictions, including Kubel’s, Buckalew’s Restaurant & Tavern, and Raimondo’s.

Meal prices range from around $30 to as much as $100.

Family-friendly dining options in LBI include The Chicken or the Egg, Crabby Paddy’s, Uncle Will’s Pancake House, and Good Shore Donuts.