Jersey Shore Restaurant Week in Monmouth Ocean Counties Begins April 22

Do you know that restaurant you wanted to try but couldn’t find the time?

Now is the time, because Jersey Shore Restaurant Week begins Friday, April 22 and ends May 1. The annual Monmouth and Ocean County Meals Celebration features more than 50 restaurants, which will serve three-course prix fixe menus.

Here’s what you need to know.

How did it start?

This is the 13th year of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, which takes place in April and November to boost business during what is, for many Shore restaurants, the low season. The idea came from Brielle resident Jim Flynn, who was traveling for a vacation when he saw a sign advertising New Haven Restaurant Week in Connecticut. He knew the concept would work at the Shore.

How it works?

Participating restaurants offer three-course menus for lunch, dinner, or both, for $30.22 or $40.22 (the amount of change always corresponds to the year). Menus offer specialty dishes, restaurant signature dishes, and a mix of the two.

Reservations are not required specifically for Restaurant Week, but may be requested by individual restaurants.

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What’s new this year?

Each year brings new attendees, and for the first time five restaurants opened in the past year: The Black Swan in Asbury Park, David Burke’s Red Horse in Rumson, Smokie’s Craft BBQ in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township, Half Moon in Keansburg and David Burke’s The GOAT in Union Beach.

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What is on the menu?

There’s something for everyone, from casual burger dinner to fine dining. Dishes include chicken pot pie at Elbow Room Bar + Grill in Bradley Beach, lobster ravioli at Ohana Grill in Lavallette, vegan eggplant rollatinis at MonAlyssa Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Point Pleasant Borough, and horseradish-crusted tuna at Waterman’s Tavern in Brielle.

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And yes, there will be dessert! The Melting Pot at Red Bank will offer s’mores fondue, The Bonney Read at Asbury Park will offer key lime pie, The Breakers at Spring Lake will serve profiteroles filled with black raspberry ice cream and The Grenville Hotel & Restaurant will offer waffles. and ice cream.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit

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Sarah Griesemer joined USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey in 2003 and has been writing about all things food since 2014. Send restaurant tips to [email protected]

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