Where to Eat in Ocean Grove: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Ocean Grove is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Neptune Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. It had a population of 3,342 at the 2010 United States Census. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean's Jersey Shore, between Asbury Park to the north and Bradley Beach to the south. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ocean Grove is noted for its abundant examples of Victorian architecture.
Things to do in Ocean Grove

1. Avon Pavilion

600 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1430 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 732-775-1043
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 294 reviews

Avon Pavilion

Beachside restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating, serving breakfast, lunch and a more upscale yet casual, gourmet dinner experience.

Reviewed By RickNewJersey - New Jersey

The food just screams average. The descriptions sound much better than what you really get. For example under Starters, we had the Baby Back Ribs. They aren't sold buy the full or half rack. They're sold by full or half "order." A full "order" is half a rack. The Mardi Gras Crevette tasted like it was pre-made and not fresh. We wouldn't try again... Too many other places to eat at.

2. Pete and Elda's Bar/Carmine's Pizzeria

96 Woodland Avenue at Route 35 S, Neptune City, NJ Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 732-774-6010
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

Pete and Elda's Bar/Carmine's Pizzeria

Reviewed By joe c

I went here on a recommendation for a work meeting. We had anti pasta salad, calamari, and split an XL pizza with pepperoni, black olives and cheese. Amazing ! The crust was on the thin side yet we plowed down a whole pizza and did not want to curl up in a ball and sleep afterwards.

The staff was great and welcoming. The place was full and everyone looked happy. This is a must if you are near by.

3. Moonstruck

517 Lake Ave, Asbury Park, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7107 Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 732-988-0123
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 579 reviews

Moonstruck

Reviewed By justblu - Bronx, New York

We dined here on a friend's recommendation.

We arrived after 9pm on Saturday night without reservation as the establishment does not take reservations on parties of less than 12.

We were quickly seated to a very tight, small table right out side the kitchen and not far from where the silverware is kept so all we would have been hearing while dining would have been the annoying noise silverware makes when dropped. Additionally, all the hustle and bustle from the wait staff coming in and out of the kitchen would have been a major distraction from what we thought should have been a romantic dinner.

We asked if there was another table available and within five minutes we were moved to the third floor. We asked if we could sit at a larger table with a pretty view of the lake. We felt it was a very reasonable request considering it was already well after 9p plus there were plenty of other 4 seat tables available. The host told us it was not possible because "at any minute they could many more customers come in".

The host proceeded to sit by a table where they very obviously celebrating a birthday and a young lady at that table clearly had had too much to drink because she very loud.

For appetizers we ordered calamari which absolutely tasteless and Portuguese clams with chorizo chili peppers. I grew up eating chorizo and fresh clams. These clams and chorizo were bland and completely devoid of taste.

Our entrees were Sesame seared tuna which wasn't bad other than it was unevenly seared and a bit too much wasabi. My boyfriend liked the Thai grilled salmon.

Our waitress was pleasant.

The owners of this establishment should pay more attention to the taste and quality of the food than they do to the décor. We won't be returning.

4. SeaGrass Restaurant

68 Main Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756-1319 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 732-869-0770
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 508 reviews

SeaGrass Restaurant

Reviewed By Bernadette P - Allamuchy, United States

Have eaten here several times always excellent. Last night clam chowder was tasty but not hot enough. Scallops with lobster and bread crumbs was disappointing. Lobster was over cooked and dry. Scallops were under cooked and fishy. Toasted bread crumbs were balls of butter and were not hot. The prime rib special was the way to go. Not sure I will go back. Service was mediocre.

5. Day's Ice Cream

48 Pitman Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756-2202 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Late Night +1 732-614-6245
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Day's Ice Cream

Reviewed By Heidi D - Lambertville, New Jersey

This charming ice cream shop, located off the beaten path in Ocean Grove, serves excellent ice cream. There are several options in town, and I've definitely come to prefer this one. Outpost in the Dunes food court, but the Pittman location has the most atmosphere. Expect a line, but worth the wait. Today we had two seasonal flavors -- the pumpkin (very good and just the perfect spice) and the apple pie (big chunks of apple). Try it -- you'll be back.

6. The Buttered Biscuit

700 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720-1013 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 732-807-4069
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 269 reviews

The Buttered Biscuit

Reviewed By E C - Princeton, New Jersey

Went with a group on a weekday for lunch and it was packed. Food is authentic homestyle cooking so you cannot go wrong with anything! One person in our group asked for the meatloaf recipe because it was outstanding! They are very stringent on the closing time so allow plenty of time if you want to get in.

7. Del Ponte's Bakery

600 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720-1052 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Vegetarian Friendly +1 732-869-1111
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Del Ponte's Bakery

Conveniently located right on Main Street in Bradley Beach, NJ. We specialize in cakes for all occasions, Italian pastry, cookies, bread and breakfast items. Open late for all your sweet tooth cravings!

Reviewed By dls1656 - New Jersey

Dessert last night was the highlight of the evening thanks to this bakery! The cannolis are great, as is their cream puffs - but those pignoli cream cookies? Wow - they are over-the-top delicious!!! We're sad and glad they're not located where we live - we'd be stopping there often!

8. Purple Glaze

516 Summerfield Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-6947 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast +1 732-361-5308
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 49 reviews

Purple Glaze

Reviewed By DAKC - Milford, New Jersey

Not a doughnut person. Walked over from the Grove to get a dozen over the holiday weekend for the kids. Worth the walk, worth the calories, worth the price. Like the donuts I got from the local bakeries in Newark back in the 60's as a kid.

9. Vic's Italian Restaurant

60 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720-1039 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 26 +1 732-774-8225
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Vic's Italian Restaurant

For more than 4 generations Vic’s Bar & Restaurant has been serving the most authentic and sought after Italian food at the Jersey Shore. Vittorio “Vic” Giunco opened Vic’s Tap Room shortly after prohibition was repealed in 1933. In 1947 Vic and his son John added our now famous thin crust tomato pie “pizza” to the menu. Vic’s is a family restaurant that has combined authentic Italian dishes and thin crust pizza, in a casual setting. All those who have visited Vic’s and enjoyed our homemade Italian specialties & dining experience know why Vic’s is the longest standing family owned tradition at the Jersey Shore. ​

Reviewed By Christine C - USA

Vic's pizza has been my favorite since I was old enough to eat pizza! The quality of the pizza has remained superior and the price is reasonable. Vic's also has great salads, sandwiches, pastas and entrees, with my favorite being their chicken parm sandwich.
The staff are friendly and very helpful whether you eat in or take out.

10. Brennen's Steakhouse

62 W Sylvania Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753-6733 Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 25 - SGD 38 +1 732-774-5040
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Brennen's Steakhouse

Reviewed By LuluKC - Brick, New Jersey

This is a local restaurant with great food & service. We went on a weekday and had the lobster & filet combo special. Fantastic! We took our friends who had never been there. They are definitely ready to go back.

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