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seafood dinner within 30 miles of asbury park area

That says it all--money no object a long as the food and dining experience is worth the price. A view of the water a plus but not a must.

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  1. Doris & Ed's in Highlands has been a standout for years. Food, service ambience top drawer. Prices to match. Worth it though.


    Also Shipwreck Grill in Brielle, one notch down from D & E.

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    1. re: menton1

      I disagree. Doris & Ed's is one of those places that has been hyped for years. Not that the food is horrible -- just not anywhere near good enough to warrant those sky-high prices.

      1. re: RGR

        I could not have said it better! Doris & Ed's is absolutely TERRIBLE! And those prices...please..do they think they are at Le Bernardin?

        1. re: Angelina

          As I said, I didn't think the food was horrible (though, of course, it could have gotten worse since we last went there many moons ago), Serving food that is not much past just o.k. is what makes the prices so obscene.

    2. Red's in Point Pleasant Beach:


      Good outside raw/steamer bar and great inside conventional seafood. It's microscopically tiny and doesn't take reservations, so get there early to beat the out of town/in town for the summer crowd.

      1. Ouch, I balk at the suggestion that Shipwreck is a notch below Doris & Ed's. In fact, I'd have to say the former is notches above the latter. Like RGR said (got it, RGR, not BGUT1!), D&E has been riding it's hype for too long now and raking in the dough.
        Shipwreck has excellent seafood; Langosta Lounge has excellent seafood, though not strictly a seafood restaurant. I'd even put Klein's in Belmar or Sunset in Neptune ahead of Red's and I don't even like Klein's (no relation), though their seafood market is without equal. And don't get me started on The Shrimp Box.

        The sad truth is that finding a purely satisfying seafood restaurant in the Shore area isn't as easy as one would think. Most of them think they can put up a "seafood" sign and cutesy picture of a fish and that's all there is to it.

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        1. re: aklein

          Hey, aklein,

          RGR here! ;) I actually have no idea what bgut's opinion of Doris & Ed's might be. I formed my opinion the very first time we tried it, as I said in my post below to shorebilly, probably going back 30+ years. We couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. What were we missing? So, over a long span of years, we tried it a few more times. Still couldn't figure it out.

          Most of the other Shore seafood places we tried way back when that are still with us today (for example, Bahr's) had food that was mediocre at best. So we just crossed them off the list.

          I think one is better off finding a "regular" restaurant that does fish and seafood well. An excellent choice is the Greek spot, Niko's Trapezi, in Long Branch. The Greeks have a way with fish and seafood, and Niko's is superior in that regard.

          1. re: RGR

            I keep forgetting to use my little emoticons when being sarcastic... should have written "RGR, not BGUT1 ;)"... just a little sarcastic knock on myself to be sure I wasn't mixing the two of you up again! But isn't it so disappointing that we live on the Jersey Shore and have a hard time talking about excellent seafood restaurants? It's depressing.

            I don't know what the big deal is about Doris & Ed's, other than the impressive and expensive wine list. I will have to consider Niko's, though I have reservations (as in, I don't want to go) about Pier Village... is that where Niko's is?

            Ah, well, I'll need to go back to Nevis and eat spiny lobster at Seafood Madness... but that's another show.

            1. re: aklein

              aklein - Niko's is located in Ursula Plaza, 444 Ocean Blvd in Long Branch. It's in the same shopping center as Amy's Omelette House.

              1. re: bgut1

                thanks, bgut
                is it in the old Dino's space?

        2. Although I haven't been to either in quite some time, I have always been partial to Shipwreck Grill in Brielle for a more upscal-ish seafood and Inlet Cafe in the Highlands for a more seafood shack like meal.

          1. Never had anything but excellent seafood at Navesink Fishery. BYOB storefront in Atlantic Highlands.

            1. I'll curb my disgust for stereotypes and simply note that the $35 Lazy Lobster special at Brandl in Belmar is more than worth it!

              1. So we went to shipwreck on friday night. We were lucky enough to get a seat on the patio, even though we were told when we showed up half an hour early for our reservation that it was an hour plus wait for a table outside. The resto reminded my wife and I of a seafood version of the classic steakhouses with more dark woodsy and dimly lit decor. As for the crowd, we summed it up as a meat market for the well-heeled 50 plus crowd. Really! We even chatted up a 60+ single guy waiting for his girfriend of the week to show up (he even managed to somehow tell us about the 26 year old he recently dated!). Anyways, aside from that show, which we found entertaining if not somewhat bizzarre, we found the food to be very good and overall were happy with the quality vs the price. The only gaffe of the night was they forgot the gorgonzola on the salad—but when it came back from the kitchen they certainly made up for it with quite a healthy helping of the blue stuff. The lobster ravioli with dry scallops were delish, and the chilean sea bass with lump crab meat was amazing. Aside from feeling somewhat weighted down from all the butter, no complaints. We will probably be back next time we’re down in the area. Thanks for all the suggestions...and no doubt the discussion will rage on!

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                1. re: remdog99

                  I just LOVE that place..Shipwreck. I found it a few years back here on the boards. I crack up at that "social scene" at the bar! ha ha! In the summer, I never go there on a Fri or Sat. night due to all the shore traffic. Sometimes, we just sit at the bar if they are way too packed and order a few appetizers, and they are so good!

                  That is great you enjoyed it remdog!!

                  1. re: remdog99

                    Most restaurants at the Shore with a large bar like the Shipwreck attrack a certain crowd...Shipwreck is not the only one for the "older" group. There are are also ones that attrack the 20's +, etc. I don't know why you found this so bizzarre. It has always been a part of the "Shore Scene".

                    1. re: SusieQQ

                      We find it fun to go watch Cougar Happy Hour sometimes. Another one is the Columns in Avon. Yuck!