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Feb 11, 2011 09:40 AM

Recommendation for an off-season Saturday night dinner in Spring Lake, NJ

I'm looking for a nice place to have dinner in Spring Lake
Many of the restaurants mentioned on the board aren't open in the off season, and I'm not from NJ so I'm a little lost.
The most important factor is the quality of the food, price and atmosphere are less important. The type of food doesn't matter either, so long as it's delicious and open during the off season.

I saw some posts about Vivere and a NYTimes article, all from 2008

Thank you in advance for any advice!

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  1. Whispers has outstanding food and service. Get the chilean sea won't be disappointed.

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    1. re: maryanne06

      Please don't

      Chilean Seabass
      Chilean seabass is severely overfished and is rated “Avoid.” In addition, most Chilean seabass in the U.S. market come from boats that are fishing illegally and using unmodified bottom longlines. This unmodified fishing gear hooks and drowns thousands of seabirds each year, most notably endangered albatross

      1. re: carlylecat

        Chilean sea bass is *not* actually sea bass. It's true name is Patagonian toothfish. It was given the other name as a marketing ploy because it was felt it wouldn't sell with its proper name. Now, obviously, it's overkill.

        Real sea bass -- and there are several varieties -- are far super in taste, imo, than this imposter.

      2. re: maryanne06

        I'm not sure if Vivere is even open. The chef (and I thought owner) left and opened Via 45 in Red Bank. That being said, I wasn't too impressed with the restaurant on the one occasion I tried it back in 2008. Sorry, but I don't have a recommendation for you as nothing in that area has ever impressed. I can't however speak for Whispers (which is generally considered to be a good restaurant) as I've never been. The Island Palm Cafe was good but they closed last year. Good Luck.

        Via 45
        45 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ 07701

      3. What about the Black Trumpet?

        I have not been in the new location, but I just loved the few meals we had there. Wonderful service as I recall. The halibut was always a favorite of mine.

        Black Trumpet
        7 Atlantic Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

        1. Few restaurants along the Monmouth County shore close completely during the off-season. Many, however, do cut their days of operation. In March, from Thursday to Sunday, you should be able to have dinner at any restaurant you like.

          If you need to stay in Spring Lake proper, Black Trumpet and Whispers are your only choices. As noted, Vivere and Island Palm are no more. The Mill is in Spring Lake Heights about a mile west of the beach. The quality of the fare at all three places is quite comparable; note that only The Mill has a liquor license.

          If you are willing to travel a mile or two, there are several restaurants in Belmar (one town north of Spring Lake). Based solely on the quality of the food, I think Casa Solar is the pick of the litter. Manasquan is two towns south of Spring Lake and is where Remington's is located. Remington's has a liquor license, an interesting seasonal menu, and has impressed me with some very tasty bites.

          Black Trumpet
          7 Atlantic Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

          Casa Solar
          1104 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

          1. I'll second MGZ's Remington's recommendation. We've had several nice meals there. We especially enjoyed the pulled duck quesadilla and crispy calamari apps, and the fish stew and Canadian salmon entrees.

            Just a mile or so south of Remington's, in Brielle, is The Shipwreck Grill. It is one of our favorites. It has a bar and nice wine list. Even off-season, reservations are a good idea.


            Shipwreck Grill
            720 Ashley Ave, Brielle, NJ 08730

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            1. re: missybean

              Whispers is a great choice off season. It is also, BYOB, so you can bring a good bottle of wine and not be gouged by the restaurant.