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Aug 21, 2009 06:40 AM

Looking for a "dock and dine" option within a two hour boat ride from LBI causeway.

Boating on the bay this weekend and we're always looking for a new place to dock the boat and have lunch. Any ideas?

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  1. There are a couple places on the north side of the Manasquan River, but the food is not 'hound-worthy. Sorry. . . .

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    1. re: MGZ

      yea the best i can think of is lobster shanty in point pleasant, but its nothing great

      1. re: boodie1821

        Please, please, please avoid the Lobster Shanty (Jack Bakers Lobster Shanty). The food (if you want to call it that), is absolutely horrendous, and the restaurant feels sticky and looks dirty. Seriously, one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to ANYPLACE!!!
        One suggestion, close to lBI is Antoinetta's in Cedar Run. Not much of a ride for you, as it's just across the bay, but the food is good (BYOB) and the dock is right in front of the restaurant. It's very pretty inside, as well.

        Il Giardino in Forked River is really nice, very good Italian. It's on the river, but I don't know if they allow you to dock there, It's worth a call to find out, though.

        1. re: mschow

          Second hand rec is the Pearl at the Oyster Point hotel in Red Bank. Friends mentioned they did the "dock n dine" thing there recently and enjoyed. I think that Boondocks is also a casual, BYOB option in nearby Marina Park.

          1. re: seal

            Somehow I don't think a 4 or 5 hour slog (one way) through 10 ft. swells kicked up by Hurricane Bill for a meal on the Navesink River is a good idea...

    2. Martell"s Water Edge Bayville, NJ Barnegat Bay
      Not great food but should be what your looking for.

      1. If you feel like heading north, There are 2 great places on the Forked River. Just follow th intercoastal north to the BB marker, the entrance to the river. Keep to the north and the first marina you'll cme to is Soutwinds. Southwinds Grille is a great place to hang out. There is an outside bar with sandwiches, finger foods and of corse cocktails. Live music on the weekends. The inside restaurant is a casual atmowphere with a fine dining menu. Try the Chilean sea bass. If you're at the outside bar, the chef is Pete and he's excellent. They monitor VHF channel 65. A little further up the river, also on the north side, is the Captains Inn, also an outside bar with sandwiches and music, and an inside restaurant with a HUGE menu. The duck is terriffic, Amanda is one of the waitresses at the outside bar. both are fun destinations, about an hour north of the causeway at cruising speed (25 knots or so) Have Fun!

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        1. re: rcherkos

          I agree...both of these spots are perfect...good food, relaxed atmosphere and fun to hang out...the outside bar at Captains Inn has a great grilled shrimp Caesar salad...and Southwinds makes an excellent rumrita. :-D We've found that Sunday afternoons are the best time for the outside bar at Captains Inn...way less crowded than Friday or Saturday.

        2. Oyster Creek Inn, Leeds Point NJ.

          See related postings via linked place listing.
          See also their website:

          Oyster Creek Inn
          41 N Oyster Creek Rd, Leeds Point, NJ 08220

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          1. re: njfreqflyer

            Thanks for all the great suggestions. We went to Captains Inn and enjoyed the live music and some drinks.