Tuesday, April 12, 2016



No vacation is complete without fantastic dining!  If you are on Long Beach Island enjoying the many things this marvelous destination has to offer, at some point you will likely find yourself in the town of Beach Haven, near the southern end of the island.  This historic beach town is jam packed with things to do, from bike rides on its dedicated bike lanes, to outdoor water sports like Standup Paddleboarding and jet skiing, to some of the best beaches in New Jersey, to amusement parks and arcades, water slides and mini golf, and lots of local business and artsy shops. One of the absolute best things about this town is that you can walk to everything!  With all this to do, you will soon be wondering where the best spot is to get a bite to eat.  There are many amazing restaurants in Beach Haven, NJ scattered around this thriving beach town.  From classy to casual eateries, all accept a relaxed dress code suited to the laid back island style.

This list is compiled from the critiques of over twelve hundred guests who stay each year at The Island Guest House Bed & Breakfast Inn at the Beach (www.theislandguesthouse.com), located in the center of Beach Haven. Who better than a local Innkeeper of twenty years for expert advice?  Most of the restaurants are pet friendly (as are some rooms in the B&B), and either serve alcohol or you can bring your own.  Guests of the Inn also like to walk out to dinner so they can have a drink if they choose and not worry about driving.

Browse this list of 10 amazing restaurants in Beach Haven, NJ to help you decide which one you want to try first!


Carmen's Unique Beach Cuisine
122 Bay Ave, Beach Haven
(609) 848-9650
Open for dinner

“Mediterranean flair, combining local seafood and produce”
We are so happy to be partnering with Carmen's restaurant this year.  The owners Joanne and Peter just stood out in the crowd to us.  Her effervescence is contagious and you will see her greeting guests and checking up on tables to make sure everything is alright.  They know how to make a customer feel special, which can be hard in a busy resort town restaurant.  When they invited us for a complimentary dinner so we could first hand see if they were someone we would recommend to our guests, we knew that we would! 

Outside Seating? No
Pet friendly?  No

Buckalew's Restaurant and Tavern
101 N Bay Ave
Beach Haven, NJ
Open 11am to Midnight

“Seafood, steaks, chops and classic comfort food”
Guests chose Buckalew's for several reasons.  They are open late for food, good music and libations and the perfect place to go whey you arrive in the evening after a long trip to the shore and need a close place to walk out to and relax.  The sports bar side has booths around the perimeter of a large bar full of locals and visitors.  There is a more formal restaurant side also. Good sushi! They are open every day and have porch seating as well.

Outside Seating? Yes
Pet friendly?  Since the porch is small, when it is crowded it is too tight for large dogs.  But they have a bike rack right next to the porch that dogs can be tied up at so they are very close to their owners.   If you feel your dog would be ok with that, they are welcome. 

Black Whale Bar and Fish House
100 N Pennsylvania Ave
Beach Haven, NJ
(609) 492-0025
Open 3 - 10pm

“Outstanding seafood and steaks and fantastic cocktails”
Located close to the bay in the heart of Beach Haven.  The casual atmosphere includes brown paper on the tables that the servers write their name on.  I love the Oyster crackers in the bowl with the horseradish to put on top at each table!

Outside Seating? No
Pet Friendly?  No

Barry's Do Me A Flavor
309 Centre Street
Beach Haven, NJ
(609) 492-8259
Open 11am to 10pm
Even though the name says ice cream shop, Barry's has excellent food also.  There is lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Our favorites are Chicken Parmesan, and the dinner special of the day; (Pot Roast on Fridays), and their Fish Tacos.  They serve everything in either baskets or the round tin foil containers that you can put a lid on when you leave, so it is nicely casual. It is just a few minutes away when you walk and there in not a long wait.

Outside seating?  Yes
Dog friendly? Yes

Beach Haven Fishery
2115 Long Beach Blvd
Spray Beach, NJ
11am to 9pm
Open 11am – 9pm
This is a great place to go pick up some of the freshest seafood and bring it back to the Inn to eat in the garden.  You can also sit at the picnic tables outside.  Everything is served in foam take out containers with plastic ware.  A favorite thing that guests do is pick up their meals, bring it back to the Inn’s garden, and we get them set up with dishes and silverware.  Add a bottle of wine and you have the perfect private dinner!
Outside seating? Yes
Dog Friendly? Yes

Casual Eateries

Pearl Street Market
229 Pearl St
Beach Haven, NJ
Open 6am - 8pm

Sandwiches and salads can be enjoyed while basking in the sun on our brick patio or taken “to go”.  Wonderful cheeses, spreads, and specialty foods all ready to take for an evening snack in the garden or on the front porch, or to pack up for the beach. 

Pearl street market is a favorite destination for those who bring their dogs to the Inn.  The 5 minute walk past Bicentennial park is the perfect route for Fido, and they welcome dogs at their outside seating.  

Outside seating? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes

The Woo Hoo
211 S Bay Ave
Beach Haven, NJ
11am – 10pm (6pm Sunday)

Burgers, Sammies, Salads.
A new addition to the center of Beach Haven. Lots of brightly colored picnic tables, and they offer takeout. It has been awhile since anyone has had this place open, so give the Woo Hoo a chance to become a favorite.

Outside Seating?  Yes
Dog Friendly? Yes outside

Chicken or the Egg
207 N Bay Ave
Beach Haven, NJ
(609) 492-FOWL
Open every day..24 ours in season.

“The Chicken or the Egg is an Island tradition.” 
Located in the center of town, people flock to the island the day the "Chegg" opens on April 15 each year.   Bring your 6 pack and plan on ordering their wings; they are famous for their different sauces from mild to “Ludacris”. They have been featured on several TV shows for the quality of their foods and their level of spice in their sauces! 
You can order take out or sit in.

Outside seating?  No
Pet friendly? No

Slice of Heaven Pizza
610 N. Bay Ave
Beach Haven, NJ
(609) 492-PIES
Open every day 11am to 10pm

“Amazing pizza!” 
Really one could just stop there.  For 20 years we have enjoyed wonderful New York style pizza compliments of Anthony and Dominic.  I am in love with their sauce!   Mark loves the subs, cheesesteaks, and the real onion rings.  It is located right in the heart of town, next to Fantasy Island amusement park.

Outside seating? Yes
Dog friendly?  Yes outside

Living On the Veg.
2513 S. long Beach Blvd
Long Beach Township, NJ
(609) 492-4066
11am – 7pm

"Wonderful, creative, delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine"
They have great salads and juice bar, and are committed to providing fresh, organic cuisine. Take out or picnic tables outside.  The go to place for the health conscious, or even if you aren't.  Great juice bar.  Since we cater to health and wellness conscious guests all the time, we always recommend them, and the guests just rave about the food. 

Outside seating?  Yes
Pet friendly? Yes

Come Stay at The Island Guest House Bed & Breakfast Inn at the Beach!
After experiencing the many attractions and restaurants in Beach Haven, NJ, come to The Island Guest House Bed & Breakfast at the Beach. (www.theislandguesthouse.com) for some rest and relaxation...and the best homemade breakfast each morning! Think Cheese Blintzes with strawberries and whipped cream, or tomato basil Quiche.  We use fresh local produce, with herbs and some offerings directly from the garden.  Mark and Joanne are experts at helping to plan your best vacation ever!  Check our availability today to book a vacation you will never forget.