Where to Eat in Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City’s restaurants offer a variety in both menu and ambience selections. Being a family-friendly place means that there are options for families who wish to dine out without having to worry about little ones getting bored or bothering others, but there are also sophisticated establishments more suitable for a quiet night out. Singletons to seniors – and everyone in between – are certain to find something to satisfy their hunger. Here are the most sought-after dining experiences down the shore and our favorites for each category, including the best kid-friendly restaurants, coffee shop, ice cream and more. Bon Appetit!
Red, White and Brew (3602 Landis Avenue) Red White and Brew is a wonderful place to meet up with friends or family for great coffee or breakfast. Owners walk around filling drinks and chatting with their loyal customers. Sandwiches are also made fresh daily for those who wish to grab a lunch to go. Open daily 7 am – 1:30 pm.
Mary Anne Pastry Shop (108 44th Street) Mary Anne’s has been in the bakery business for almost 70 years, and have definitely perfected the art of baking like no other small town bakery. The business has been in the family for three generations and the tiny store is family-operated as well. They offer a variety of donuts, buns, cakes, and pastries baked fresh each day, from scratch and an original recipe. Open daily 7 am – 5 pm; 1 pm Sundays.
Rick’s Breakfast House (6114 Landis Avenue) Rick’s is a favorite breakfast spot. It’s location isn’t exactly scenic, but being in the Acme strip mall means parking is ample. Once inside, the restaurant is cheerful, the staff is friendly and the food is delicious. Open daily 7 am – 2 pm.
Steak Out (4005 Landis Ave) Steak Out is a long-standing favorite in Sea Isle. It used to be a popular gathering spot for the after 2 a.m. bar crowd, but now it is only open for breakfast and lunch. The food is delicious and the spacious wooden booths feature vintage photos of Sea Isle, so while you’re waiting for your food it’s fun to walk around and look at the pictures. Open daily 7 am – 3 pm.
Spinners (38th Street & Boardwalk) Spinners is a casual beachfront eatery that’s popular with the beach crowd during the day and the boardwalk crowd at night. Tables are available in the air-conditioned inside, or outside overlooking the beach and boardwalk. Serving breakfast, pizza, sandwiches, burgers and ice cream (and more!), Spinners has something for everyone in your party. The food is delicious too! Open daily 9 am – 11 pm.
DeNunzios, (Boardwalk). More than just a pizza shop, DeNunzios is a full-service Italian restaurant located on the boardwalk. The pizza is great, the food is delicious and they offer 18 flavors of Authentic Italian gelato. Seating is available al fresco on the boardwalk, at the large window overlooking the beach or in the cozy Italian-themed dining area. They deliver throughout Sea Isle, including to the beach. The free pizza dough tossing lesson keeps kids entertained. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.
McGowan’s Market Deli and Grill (3900 Landis Avenue) McGowan’s is a full-service market, deli and grill offering many options for breakfast and lunch on the go. Breakfast items are available all day. The menu includes freshly made sandwiches, subs, salads, burgers and steak sandwiches. The food is fresh and delicious, and can be made to order. The market offers a small selection of grocery and deli items as well. Its location is perfect for those on this end of town who don’t wish to travel through town to the Acme. Open daily 7 am – 8 pm.
Shoobies (4001 Landis Avenue) Shoobies is a family-friendly restaurant done up in 50’s motif with booths and soda fountain counter seating. The walls are lined with old records and vintage music posters, and while adults are reminiscing about their fave tunes from the past, kids are given an interactive placemat and crayons to keep them busy. On Friday mornings, character breakfasts are offered, featuring meet-and-greets with favorite children’s characters such as Disney princesses and Minions. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Open daily 7 am – 9 pm.
Bella Luna (25 John F Kennedy Boulevard) Bella Luna is the newest of Sea Isle’s few oceanfront restaurants. Situated across from Excursion Park, this 2nd and 3rd story restaurant provides a wonderful view of the park, the ocean and the heart of mid-town Sea Isle. Ask for a window seat and enjoy the lively outdoor scene as the sun sets. Inside, the atmosphere is upscale, European-style fine dining. The food is phenomenal -everything is prepared in-house and ingredients are locally sourced. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine to go with your romantic meal because Bella Luna is a BYOB restaurant. Open daily 11:30 am – 10 pm.
Mike’s Seafood – (4222 Park Road in Fish Alley) From the lines that form outside of Mike’s Seafood every night in the summer, there is no question that it is a favorite seafood destination in Sea Isle. Mikes serves lunch and dinner only and has a casual dockside atmosphere with picnic table seating. Here you place your order at a counter and pay, and servers bring your food when it’s ready. Mike’s is also a BYOB restaurant and has a seafood market as well. Open daily 9 am – 10 pm.
On the Water
Carmen’s Restaurant (343 43rd Place in Fish Alley) Carmen’s has been preparing delicious food from the land and the sea since 1980 with an impressively large menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a an open-air, dockside BYOB restaurant that provides the best views of the inlet and bridge into Sea Isle, especially at sunset. The tables are thick wood picnic-table style but the atmosphere is nicer, less rustic than other bayside seafood joints. There is a seafood market out front serving freshly caught delicacies. Open daily 8 am – 10 pm.
Sundaze (3708 Landis Avenue) Opened in the summer of 2016, Sundaze was the brain child of two former college roommates who sought a successful business venture, and ended up striking it big in ice cream. Sundaze features 32 flavors of ice cream including soft serve options, and ice cream-lovers can get their fill with milkshakes, waffles, cones, ice cream sandwiches and, of course, “sundaze”. Open daily 12 noon – 11 pm.
Yum-Yums Ice Cream (31 John F Kennedy Boulevard) Yum Yums Ice Cream is located in the heart of mid-town Sea Isle, right on JFK Boulevard and one block from the promenade, and their ice cream is delicious so it is no wonder they have long lines every night of the summer. The wait is worth it – there are over 50 ice cream flavors to choose from and a plethera of toppings. Every cone has a surprise gumdrop in the bottom. Go for (and finish!) the impressive 15 scoop Pig Trough and you’ll get your photo taken.Open daily 12 noon – 11 pm.
Marita’s Homemade Ice Cream (5912 Landis Avenue) Maritas often tops “Best Of” lists, but its location on 59th Street makes it a bit challenging for mid-town vacationers to get to it, especially in the high summer season when street parking is challenging. Nonetheless, their homemade ice cream is worth the walk, as evidenced by the long lines that can always be found in front of the iconic blue shack.Open daily 6 pm – 11 pm.
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