A summer at the shore means it’s time to head out on the water. With beaches, bays and even more waterways, South Jersey is a boater’s haven. Many area restaurants let you leave your car at home, with their dock and dine options. So, if you’d rather have the sea breeze in your hair than your seat in a car, drop anchor at the following restaurants.
Gilchrist Restaurant in Gardner’s Basin proves that the journey is as important as the destination.
“Boating to breakfast adds to the experience. It makes breakfast more of an event. We are so lucky that we can offer that,” says Mike Barham, owner. Gilchrist serves breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
For more information call 609-348-8278 or go to Gilchrist Restaurant.com.
Back Bay Ale House next door serves up a distinctly Key West vibe with its sunset cocktails, outdoor dining and unique menu. Back Bay Ale House serves lunch, dinner and drinks from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
For more information call 609-449-0006 or go to BackBayAleHouse.com.
The marina at Gardner’s Basin can accommodate approximately 20 boats. There is no charge to dock for the day. However, if you decide to stay overnight, it’s $1.50 per foot plus $5 for electricity.
Located at 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-833-1037 or go to ACAquarium.com.
Live entertainment and luxury yachts dominate the scene at The Deck at Golden Nugget. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks, The Deck is the perfect summer destination to head to by boat. It will be open daily beginning June 14. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Located at 600 Huron Avenue in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-441-2000 or go to GoldenNugget.com.
Wonder Bar, located on the bay in the heart of Atlantic City, is the perfect spot to pull up to by boat. It serves lunch, dinner and a late-night menu, as well as offering bar service. With regular live entertainment and family-friendly dining options, Wonder Bar is a crowd-pleaser. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Located at 3701 Sunset Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-344-8888 or go to WonderBarACNJ.com.
Luciano Lamberti Restaurant and Sunset Marina is the only restaurant in Ventnor, Margate or Longport that you can get to by boat. Currently in its 19th year, Lamberti’s is a popular boater’s destination, offering casual, al fresco, Italian fare for lunch and dinner and a full-service bar. People come for the food and stay for the sunset, of which they have a “perfect view,” says Owner Joe Lamberti. Lamberti’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located at 9707 Amherst Ave. in Margate. For more information call 609-487-6001 or go to LucianoDining.com.
Baia invites you to arrive by boat, have dinner then dance the night away. This spot features outdoor casual dining, indoor intimate dining, multiple decks and a packed entertainment schedule, including their popular Reggae Sundays. Baia serves lunch, dinner and offers a full-service bar. It is open daily for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m., but the bar stays open later. It is also open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11 a.m.
Located at 998 Bay Ave. in Somers Point. For more information call 609-926-9611 or go to BaiaRestaurant.com.
Crabby Jack’s is located on the bay behind the Crab Trap. Open daily at noon for the summer season (weather permitting), Crabby Jack’s offers live entertainment seven nights a week, a summer fare menu and a full-service bar.
Located at 2 Broadway in Somers Point. For more information call 609-927-7377 or go to CrabbyJacksNJ.com.
Mott’s Creek Inn Deck and Bar in Galloway will bring out your inner pirate. This casual eatery and bar is off the beaten path and offers beautiful views of South Jersey’s waterways. With a jam-packed, live entertainment schedule, Mott’s Creek is a fun destination. Open daily from 11 a.m. to close. The deck is child and pet-friendly.
Located at 200 E. Mott’s Creek Road in Galloway. For more information call 609-652-1555 or go to MottsCreekInn.net.
Oyster Creek Inn may be just outside of Atlantic City, but it’s a world away. Deep in the Pine Barrens where the trees meet the sea, you’ll find this well-established eatery. Oyster Creek serves dinner daily (4 to 9 p.m. and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays) and lunch noon to 4 p.m. Fridays to Sundays. Oyster Creek Inn also features a sushi bar 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays and a crab room noon to 9 p.m. Fridays to Sundays. With sweeping views of the water and live entertainment, Oyster Creek is the perfect place to cruise to by boat and take in the serenity of life on the water.
Located at 41 Oyster Creek Road in Leeds Point. For more information call 609-652-8565 or go to OysterCreekInnNJ.com.