Best Waterfront Locations & Good Eats

Harborview restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Harbor View Restaurant

A relaxed waterfront deck setting filled with views of the marina and good vibes.  Harbor View is the place if you’re dropping by to sit outside for a casual atmosphere or if your craving some quality surf ‘n turf.  This is a dog friendly place too.  From a London broil sandwich to hand rolled sushi, this is one of our favorites!   This is a quality overall experience for a very affordable price.  

What I like most:  You can stroll in wearing flip-flops with the family.  Kids adventure seek on the docks and parents enjoy the many beers on tap.

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Beach Creek restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grill

Tucked away on the bay in the center of Wildwood and among the many boats, the waterfront location and atmosphere will not disappoint.  The menu is geared towards seafood & steak with a hint of Italian influences.  It’s a perfect location for ‘date night’ or to treat the family to a quality dinner on the island.  This is an upscale establishment, and the location never comes cheap. 

What I like most:  The central location on the island and expansive outdoor deck.

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Two Mile Landing restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Two Mile Landing Restaurants

Nestled on the bay along the long, dusty ride from Wildwood Crest to Cape May you will see a waterfront site on the right.  You can dock your boat or roll in by car.  There are two restaurants with water views galore.  One caters to upscale dining and the second is a somewhat casual crab house.  It can be pricey depending on which one you choose, yet the atmosphere is hard to beat.  

What I like most:  The location truly makes you feel like you are within a fishing community.

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Coolest Vibe

Mudhen brewery in Wildwood, NJ

Mudhen Brewing Co.

If you’re looking for a brewery with decent food to hang out with friends, this is your place. The interior design is cool with rustic brick walls, large stainless steel vats, and very tall ceilings.  There is an outdoor area also with tables and small games.  The wait times during dinner hours can be over 1 hour, so plan accordingly.  

What I like most:  The home brewed beer and one of fave entrée – Isle of Man Salad.

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Dogtooth restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Dog Tooth Bar

“Around here it’s a way of life!” Known for an eclectic menu and positive vibes, Dog Tooth Bar & Grill is a little slice of family-friendly bundled up in a surf shop atmosphere. With an American menu boasting flares of Asian and Mexican-fusion, tourists and locals alike flock here to kick off the weekend. 

What I like most:  It’s very simple and the menu accommodates just about everyone

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Coastal Blue restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Coastal Blue

An upscale contemporary and well-appointed restaurant located within Icona Diamond Beach Hotel.  The experience is very upscale for the island.  Offerings are geared towards seafood and creative twists on comfort food.  Parking is somewhat of an issue unless you mind paying a valet fee.  This is more of a couples retreat versus a family night out.  Can be very pricey.

What I like most: Food quality and service is on point.  Great place for a date night!

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Local Favorites for Pizza

Poppi's restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Poppi’s

This location is the Mercedes Benz of pizzerias.  Eclectic decor and rustic ambiance compliment local, farm-fresh ingredients for the highest quality, authentic brick oven pizza this side of Jersey Shore. Menu was developed by the renowned World Pizza Championship Gold Medal winner, Chef Giulio Adriani.  There is the option of dining in or outdoors. Be prepared to spend $ for an exceptional handcrafted pizza.  

What I like most:  The outdoor canopy seating and the pizza is truly delicious.

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Goodnight Irene's restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Good Night Irene’s

Great neighborhood pub feel and over 90 different beers to choose from.  Having a brick oven and hand tossed pizza is the perfect recipe for happy parents & satisfied kids.  Restaurant is very kid friendly with a shuffleboard table to occupy time during the wait. For the most adventurous adults, there is an outdoor beer garden area with live entertainment.  

What I like most: This local watering hole checked the boxes for both cool vibe and favorite for pizza.

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Sam's Pizza restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Sam’s Pizza Palace

A Wildwood tradition since 1957.  Located in the middle of the boardwalk, this is a great quick stop for quality pizza in the middle of amusement pier mayhem.  Prices are very reasonable and the service is fast.  The wait could be a long one if you arrive at peak dinner hours.  

What I like most: The convenience and how fast the service is.

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Hidden Gems for Seafood

Rick's Seafood restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Rick’s Seafood

Everyone passes the little red shack on the left as they’re driving into North Wildwood for a festive weekend.  This is a storied seafood shack cooking crab, shrimp & clam platters, and soups.  Recommend ordering for takeout since the outdoor seating is very, very limited.  Be prepared … the wait times for takeout can be over 1.5 hours, so get your order in early.  Overall, very good quality and moderately-to-high priced.

What I like most:  Seafood is always fresh and the kids in there work their tails off.

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Most Kid Friendly Restaurant

duffers restaurant in Wildwood, NJ

Duffer’s

If one location includes a restaurant, an ice cream parlor, an arcade and miniature golf, it has to earn top marks in the kid friendly category.  With over 35 homemade flavors of ice cream made on premises, dinner and dessert takes on a whole new meaning.   The staff is extremely friendly and recognize kids are the crux of their business.

What I like most:  Eating a burger and then challenging your kids to arcade games that became extinct 25 years ago.  Nevertheless, its great family fun for everyone!

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