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Jul 12, 2009 06:34 PM

Dining options in and around Belmar NJ

Will be visiting the Belmar area often this summer and am looking for some restaurant recommendations. Would like some casual and more upscale options, as well as those with water views and a bit of nightlife. Any cuisine is fine and willing to venture to surrounding towns.


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    1. Some Suggestions In Belmar

      Matisse - More Upscale - Waterview

      Boom Burgers - Casual

      Kaya's Kitchen - Casual Delicious Vegetarian Food

      Hope this helps.

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      1. re: shabbystorm

        Not that I usually disagree with Shabby but I would pass on Matisse and drive up to Asbury Park and do Stella Marina for the waterview (its more than casual but I wouldn't classify it as upscale).

        1. re: bgut1

          And start with a cocktail upstairs at Watermark.

          1. re: white light

            I agree with the Watermark recommendation. It is the "real deal" when it comes to well made cocktails.

      2. in the opinion of this belmar resident.... most of the dining options in town are very disappointing. kaya's just ok... connolly station is lousy... don's pizza king is good, for pizza... I can't suggest Viva's with 100 percent confidence, but it's not nearly terrible... boom is really pretty good but IMHO possibly the best food in Belmar can be found at 10th Avenue Burrito (forget Surf Taco)...

        good choices in bradley beach, spring lake and if you follow RGR's advice and drive up to Asbury, give Langosta Lounge and Taka a shot

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        1. re: aklein


          LOL! You are confusing me with bgut1! Trust me. We don't look anything alike! I've never been to Lagosta Lounge or Taka. In fact, I can't remember the last time I went to Asbury Park.

          1. re: RGR

            Too funny. I had thought that maybe I missed a post that had been removed by the Mods.
            You're right R. I don't think anyone can get us mixed up! :)

            1. re: bgut1

              sincerest apologies, hope neither of you were offended!... never met either of you and, to be honest, your opinions are so in tune and within a few comments on many boards, my brain just saw rgr instead of bgut1... this is getting scary!

              SO, to clarify: If you follow BGUT1's advice and drive up to Asbury, give Langosta Lounge and Taka a shot

              1. re: aklein

                No apologies necessary. I am in fact honored that you confused me with my good friend RGR. We were just having a little fun with the mistake.

                1. re: aklein


                  I agree with my pal, bgut, that you don't need to apologize. It is quite easy to see why your mind played that trick on you since, as you say, he and I do see eye-to-eye in our commentaries most of the time.

                  Hey, the next time there's a Hound get-together, you should come and meet us in person. After that, I guarantee you will never again confuse one of us for the other! ;)

                  1. re: RGR

                    Agreed. The more the merrier.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Speaking of Hound get-togethers, am I to understand the Atlantic Highlands event has been canceled?

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        Not to my knowledge, Mark. I did notice that the post about it is no longer pinned at the top of the board. However, I have not heard anything from seal to indicate that the get-together is off.

            2. This was one of those posts that was on Tri State then moved to Mid Atlantic.
              Normally I would not answer a question for the jersey shore but did not want it to go unanswered.
              Definitely follow the advice of BGUT1 AKLEIN and RGR below they know!

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              1. re: shabbystorm


                My experience in Belmar is actually very limited as we don't do much dining in Shore towns. But I would definitely recommend Boom Burger.

              2. The suggestions to go to Asbury Park are right on...the Boardwalk has Stella Marina and Longosta and there are others in town that are good and fun.