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Shark Fin Inn - Forked River

First visit to this place (which has been open about 3 weeks) for dinner last night...and we'll be going back again VERY soon. Great atmosphere (Key West style), great drinks, and excellent food. Everything we tried was fresh and beautifully prepared.

If you're looking for a casual, relaxed evening highlighted by great food and service, this is the place. Definitely worth trying.

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  1. Just passed this restuarant yesterday on Rt 9 going north. I was going to post and ask if anyone has ever eaten there. It does look like a place that would be in the Keys. I also saw an ad in the APP today mentioning its grand opening.

    I will have to try it and post my opinion.

    1. yes, just opened....and it is good? better than Cafferys? Which is less than 1/2 mile away?

      What defines key west food? Just asking.

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      1. re: Quine

        I'm also curious. What makes for key west food? I pass this place all the time and the parking lot has been full ever since it opened.

      2. Sorry, everyone...I meant that the atmosphere is Key West style. The menu has a lot of seafood, really fresh seafood, creatively prepared. Many of the dishes have an island flair...lots of citrus and unusual seasonings. The Island Rice that accompanied my crab cakes was fabulous...cooked in pineapple and tomato juices and accented with minced pineapple and dried cranberries. It sounds odd, but it's excellent.

        They also serve steak, chicken and pork dishes.

        We didn't try any of the special drinks but will do so on our next visit. They offer a few wines by the glass. We had the Twin Fin chardonnay...smooth, buttery, and only $4.50 for the glass.

        Definitely worth checking out. Starting today they're having a grand opening that will last the rest of the week...drink specials, Caribbean music, etc.

        1. Do they have a web site? if so what is it?

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          1. re: jhb842

            The web site is pretty much what you would expect...


            ...but it's clearly under construction. Not even a menu yet.

            1. re: ambrose

              I hate that. Come on restaurant owners its the 21st century!! Websites should be a given.

              1. re: bgut1

                Well, yes, but-----

                I suspect that people who check out restaurant web sities before going are in a distinct minority (I happen to be in that minority). Most people I know go to a new restaurant because of a review they read or because they heard about it from someone who ate there. These people have computers, they're just not as anal as I am!! (Yes, someone said that to me).

                The other thing is that some restaurants just don't bother with web sites. We were invited by friends to an Italian restaurant and I looked and looked for a web site. Turns out they don't have one because they feel they don't need it. Also turned out that I had one of the best meals I had had in a long time.

          2. I've eaten there on several occasions and the Mako Bites appetizer is delicious! I agree about the island rice.... very tasty/very different. The downside: Reservations are only accepted for 6+. There was only 2 of us & we waited over an hour on a Saturday night. Also, they have no sound system or one of those vibrating "thinga-ma-jig" that alerts you when you're table is ready. The hostess walked around the bar over & over again shouting names. A little annoying..... yes.... but it was well worth the wait. Oh... there house salad is one of the best I've ever had.

            1. Just finished eating at Shark Fin Inn in Forked River, New Jersey. Atmosphere was great, decor was Key West like. Drinks made you feel like summer was near; food was fresh and excellently prepared. Service was friendly and helpful. Between the atmosphere and the Reggae group that was performing, for the hour or so you forget it was only 45 degrees outside and all the boats are still shirked wrapped.
              I look forward to returning however, I predict long lines come this summer

              1. I have been there twice. Outstanding seafood. Fire and Ice cocktail appetizer is wonderful. Best seafood in the area without a doubt. Large portions, both times we made two meals out of our visit. Will be back there on a regular basis.

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                1. re: Quagmire58

                  Quagmire58, did you happened to notice if it is handicapped accessible? Bathroom, ramp? I have a friend in a wheelchair and she would really enjoy getting out to dinner.

                  Thanks in advance

                  1. re: Babs16

                    I finally made it to the Shark Fin Inn. What a grest rec. Very down to earth. There were 5 of us eating there Sunday night and each person raved about their dish. Ny husband had the crusted tilapia,my friend had the crab cakes, her husband ( doesn't eat fish) ordered the Inn Twin ( 2 filet mingons, that were cooked so perfectly that he could have used a butter knife to cut them), their daughter had a chicken dish and I had the most wonderful sea bass. It was so moist and flavorful that I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys fish and order it again in a heart beat.

                    The only disappointment was the PEI mussels. There were maybe 12 total and they were minute. I WOULD not order this app again.

                    We did call ahead for a reservation as my freind is handicapped. The rec is totally handicapped accessible.

                    We will dine there again very soon.

                2. Gotta Agree... This one will be on our list for return visits ... Great Fresh seafood.. I had the Crab & Lobster Bisque, the best I've had in a long time.... My wife had Flounder & I had the Seafood in Vodka sauce... Both were top shelf, very fresh & the Chef knows how to cook seafood.. One minor drawback was my Wife's Grey Goose Cosmo.. A little too much Triple-sec... But we went for the food not the cocktails...

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                  1. re: BobnBrick

                    I must agree with you Bob. We have eaten there several times and never had a bad meal, The Cosmos on the other hand were indeed a little heavy on the triple-sec.

                  2. They won Wingstock with their awesome wings. The home-made chips are great! The Porch Pistols play there, and you can walk right up to the stage and watch them - great show. Other great bands are there too, and they keep the volume right during dinner. The seafood is legendary, but I always get bar food. Great place in a cool town.

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                    1. re: tr_foody

                      sounds like you work there or own it

                      1. re: Quine

                        Wrong-o. I work from home. I'm totally sick of Seaside. I'm just tired of the Caffrey's thing. We need to get more decent places to hang out in Forked River. I want to hear original music and eat food that is decent.

                        1. re: tr_foody

                          Have you tried the Miracle Bar & Pub in Toms River on Rt 37?
                          great pub food...& live music most nights.

                          1. re: tr_foody

                            I don’t know whether they have entertainment or not but the Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown http://lighthousetavernnj.com has excellent food and their raw bar on the weekends is great.