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The 16 Best Restaurants in South NJ Everyone Should Try

Over the last few years, the dining scene in South Jersey has exploded with some new hidden gems speckled in with all of the old time go-to classics that have been around forever. Don't cook tonight but instead treat yourself to some fine dining establishments in the South NJ region in New Jersey. We have done the work to show you the best of the best in South Jersey. We hope you enjoy our diverse choices of restaurants, taverns and pubs.

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The Blue Pig Tavern Website | 609-884-8422
200 Congress Pl., Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
The Blue Pg Tavern Best Restaurants in Southern NJ Distinctive restaurant in Cape May, NJ The Blue Pig Tavern List of Great Restaurants in Southern NJ
At Blue Pig Tavern in Cape May, NJ, you are invited to enjoy casual dining and American comfort food that surpasses all the rest. This casual Southern NJ restaurant allows you to dine al fresco or by the fireplace with a delicious farm-to-table menu featuring fresh produce, herbs and eggs from their own Beach Plum Farm.

Much loved by local Cape May, NJ residents and visitors alike, The Blue Pig Tavern is the go-to restaurant near the shore. On their menu you will find a wide variety of dishes, including shrimp cocktails, beer battered shrimp, chicken noodle soup, a variety of salads, Beach Plum Farm vegetable rigatoni and even a great selection of burgers. Whether you are ordering from the restaurant's raw bar menu or their entree menu, you are guaranteed fresh food that tastes delicious.

They only use the freshest ingredients!
The Ebbitt Room Website | 609-884-5700
25 Jackson St., Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
The Ebbitt Room Guide to the Best Restaurants in Southern NJ Sophisticated dining near the beach The Ebbitt Room Best Restaurants Using Fresh Ingredients in Southern NJ
Discover a farm-to-table, farm-to-glass philosophy at The Ebbitt Room! Be delighted by a dining experience of artisanal cocktails and farm-fresh classic American cuisine, featuring the freshest ingredients from the restaurant's very own Beach Plum Farm.

As one of Cape May, NJ's favorite restaurants near the beach, The Ebbitt Room prides itself on delivering wholesome, fresh food to their guests every day. In their dining room, you will be able to enjoy a sophisticated and casual atmosphere with meal options chosen from either their early seating or prix fixe menu. They also have a bar and lounge on premises that are open nightly and provide guests with small plates, appetizers, some desserts and, of course, a selection of great drinks.

Complimentary valet parking is available
The Rusty Nail Website | 609-884-0017
205 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
The Rusty Nail Legendary Southern New Jersey Restaurants Legendary restaurant in Cape May County NJ The Rusty Nail Casual Beach Restaurants in South NJ
As a highly recommended restaurant by local residents, The Rusty Nail, Cape May's legendary "hang out" for life guards and surfers after hours is back and better than ever. They feature an indoor/outdoor ambiance, live music, and their own take on beach vacation cravings.

This Zagat rated Southern NJ restaurant features daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options with breakfast, lunch and dinner from 5 - 10pm. Whether you are stopping in for the first time or you are a longtime, loyal patron of The Rusty Nail, you are sure to love the great selection of food they have to offer. On their menu, you will find beachfront favorites such as oysters on the half shell and BBQ clams, house specialties such as Land and Sea fajitas and loaded fries and even a variety of pasta dishes.

Longtime local favorite
Joseph's Restaurant Website | 609-965-2111
72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215  Southern NJ
Josephs Restaurant Southern NJ Restaurants Located at Wineries Italian classics in an upscale atmosphere Josephs Restaurant Cool and Classy Italian Restaurants in Southern NJ
Imagine a gourmet Italian meal, prepared from scratch, using only fresh ingredients. Add a unique selection of Italian and French wines and unique liquors to complement the meal, and have this experience set in the gorgeous Tuscany House at the Renault Winery.

Joseph's Restaurant is located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ on the Renault Winery premises and prides itself on offering guests the highest quality food and wine pairings in the Southern NJ area. Their menu, complete with Italian favorites such as bruschetta, pasta, seafood and Black Angus steak, cannot be compared to others. When you choose a dish off of this menu, and a wine from Joseph's Restaurant's menu of house-made wines, you are guaranteed excellence. The owners of the restaurant strive to satisfy each customer and when they see that many of their patrons return time and time again, they only work harder to keep the menu fresh, interesting and, of course, delicious.

Great wine and food pairings
Di Paolo's Ristorante Website | 856-299-4645
28 S. Broad St., Penns Grove, NJ 08069  Southwest NJ
Di Paolos Ristorante Best Restaurants with Italian Cuisine in Southern NJ Enjoy Italian favorites in a cozy environment!
Di Paolo's Italian Ristorante is a Salem County NJ favorite because they serve authentic dishes that were inspired by family heritage and recipes.

Wanting to provide every guest with a dish they will enjoy, Di Paolo's Italian Ristorante provides patrons with a variety of menus and great meals. On their dinner menu, you will find healthy portions of traditional Italian entrees, including homemade pasta, veal and chops. If you happen to be dining on a budget but still want to indulge on this Southern NJ restaurant's cuisine, order off of their $10 menu. On this menu, you will find a handful of mouthwatering options including a jumbo lump crab cake sandwich, prime rib sandwich, burgers, Italian chicken cutlets and even a pizza large enough to feed two people! They certainly try to cater to everyone's needs and, if you love their food so much you want them to cater your next event, they'll do that too! Click here for details.

Homemade cooking prepared by someone else!
Emily's Ocean Room Website | 609-399-1000
719 E. 11th St., Ocean City, NJ 08226  Southern Shore Region NJ
Emilys Ocean Room Casual Restaurants in Ocean City NJ

A great restaurant in a beautiful hotel Emilys Ocean Room Best Restaurants for Families in Southern NJ
Emily’s Ocean Room Restaurant is located on the lobby level of the historic Flanders Hotel on 11th Street and the Boardwalk in Ocean City, This casual restaurant is open year-round and serves breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner in season. The menus change with the seasons and offer a full range traditional breakfast menu and some signature additions including fresh house-made quiches, house-made soups, and specialty sandwiches.
The restaurant hosts specialty nights including: All You Can Eat Crab Legs, Steak & Seafood Night, and Prime Rib & Family Night.

Emily’s acts as a private dining room on the first floor and is the place to house private parties and special events. Let their professional staff assist you in creating a memorable experience.

For more information on The Flanders Hotel, click here.

Room service is available during business hours!

Curtin's Wharf Restaurant Website | 609-386-4594
501 E. Pearl St., Burlington, NJ 08016  Southern NJ
Curtins Wharf Restaurant Best Restaurants on the Water in Southern NJ Riverside restaurant in South NJ!
Open seasonally, Curtin's Wharf Restaurant located at Curtin's Marina is a great summertime restaurant where you can relax, grab a few drinks and enjoy great American cuisine with your closest friends or family.

The restaurant is located along the water in Burlington County NJ, offering patrons a beautiful view as they enjoy their food. Classic dishes you will find on this waterfront restaurant's menu include both cold and hot sandwiches and wraps, appetizers such as onion rings, mozzarella sticks and French fries and even a variety of salads. While their food is not upscale or fancy, patrons love the flavor and enjoy that all options are inspired by the fresh and waterfront environment in which Curtin's Wharf Restaurant is located. For questions regarding their opening and closing dates for the season, call 609-386-4594.

Live music performed regularly!
Geraghty's Pub Website | 609-386-1121
148 W. Broad St., Burlington, NJ 08016  Southern NJ
Geraghtys Pub Coolest Restaurants and Pubs in South Jersey Casual restaurant and pub in Burlington
Geraghty's Pub is one of the newest Southern NJ restaurants and pubs. They are a modern pub serving top quality food in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. Featuring both traditional bar food and unique meal selections on their restaurant menu, Geraghty's Pub gives you the opportunity to dine on everything from chicken wings and salad to gyoza, house chille, ki rolls and much more!

If you do not have time to eat, but you want to grab a quick drink, look at this Southern NJ pub's drink menu. You will find a great variety of bottled domestic, imported and alternative beers as well as craft ales, wheats and seasonals, stouts and even a list of fine wines. They have something for everyone and whether you are stopping in for the restaurant's great food or maybe just a quick drink with friends, you are sure to have a fun and memorable time.

Excellent beer and wine list
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant Website | 856-545-9009
13107 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees Township, NJ 08043  Southern NJ
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant Best Southern NJ Restaurants with Homemade Brews Fresh food and great beer in Voorhees, NJ
Located in Camden County, NJ, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is one of Voorhees Townships highly rated restaurants. This restaurant boasts an upscale, yet casual atmosphere where guests can dine on dishes of all shapes and sizes. On their menu, you will find everything from quesadillas and shrimp to crab cakes, filet mignon and salmon. Their brewhouse favorite dishes include BBQ glazed baby back ribs, beef stroganoff chicken pot pies and fish and chips. They also serve succulent burgers and delicious pizzas that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

If you are a fan of home-made brews, Iron Hill is the place to go. In addition to their amazing food, this popular Camden County restaurant is also a brewery. They make beer fresh on a regular basis, always introducing seasonal beers that capture even the pickiest drinker's attention. With over a dozen beers on tap at any given time, everyone will have something to choose from and, if you aren't a fan of beer, try their house brewed root beer! This awesome restaurant in Voorhees Township crafts their own root beer and it has been described as amazing!

A restaurant the whole family will love!
Mikado Website | 856-797-8581
793 E. Rt. 70, Marlton, NJ 08053  Southern NJ
Mikado Best Sushi Restaurants in Southern NJ Sushi and steak dishes to die for!
Mikado Japanese Cuisine of Marlton, NJ specializes in two things: sushi and steak. This authentic and unique restaurant in Burlington County serves NJ residents some of the classic sushi rolls such as the California roll, spicy tuna roll and even the spider roll as well as a few more unique rolls, including the bean curd sushi roll, mackerel with pickled ginger roll and futo maki.

If you are looking for steak, Mikado offers delicious hibachi with filet mignon, combination platters with chicken and NY steak and beef teriyaki. Other great selections they have on their menu include sashimi, tempura, curry and katsu. It doesn't matter whether you have been eating sushi your whole life, this is your first encounter with it or you simply want to try a new and exciting dish from the kitchen, this Southern NJ sushi restaurant will have a dish that pleases your palate.

Awesome dessert and drink menu!
Dock's Oyster House Website | 609-345-0092
2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401  Southern Shore Region NJ
Docks Oyster House Best Restaurants with Seafood in Southern NJ Fine dining in Southern NJ
Opened in 1897 with the aspirations of being one of Southern NJ's moat upscale restaurants, the tradition of excellence and fine dining continues today. Dock's Oyster House always serves expertly prepared food, provides guests with a sophisticated atmosphere and delivers customer service that surpasses all other restaurants in the area.

As a seafood restaurant in Atlantic City, NJ, Dock's Oyster House's menu is complete with every kind of fish dish imaginable. Their raw bar includes dishes with oysters coming from areas as close by as Cape May, all the way to Florida. Additionally, they offer classic dishes such as lobster tail, crab cakes and even pan sauteed red snapper. If you are a fan of fish and looking to try some of the most delicious seafood dishes near the Southern NJ Ocean, Dock's Oyster House is the restaurant to visit. Make a reservation to ensure that you have a place to dine when you arrive.

Excellent wine list available
Arugula Website | 856-589-0475
373 Egg Harbor Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080  Southern NJ
Arugula Upscale Italian Dining Restaurants in Gloucester County NJ An Italian restaurant that surpasses all expectations
Located in Sewell, NJ, Arugula, an upscale Gloucester County NJ Italian restaurant is where many people make their way for lunch or dinner. This restaurant only uses the freshest local ingredients, providing guests with a delicious meal that cannot be compared to anything else.

Wanting to ensure that everyone can enjoy one of these upscale Italian meals in Southern NJ, Arugula offers a number of menus with different price ranges. In addition to their regular dinner menu which features modernized Italian classics such as gnocchi, chicken marsala and scallops, the restaurant has specialty menus such as 3 for 30 Thursdays where three meals only cost $30 and a Sunday Family Dinner menu where you can get all of your favorite dishes in portions large enough to feed the whole group. Explore their online menu and decide which meal you want before stopping in for dinner!

Awesome BYOB restaurant!
Cafe Loren Website | 609-967-8228
2288 Dune Dr., Avalon, NJ 08202  Southern Shore Region NJ
Cafe Loren Best Seasonal Beach Restaurants in NJ Best coastal cuisine in South Jersey
Cafe Loren, open seasonally Thursday through Sunday from 5:30 until 9pm for dinner, is one of the best restaurants in Avalon to visit if you are looking for delectable seafood and coastal inspired dishes. They feature dishes such as tuna tartare, steamed clams, grilled lobster tails and even a decadent seafood bisque.

If you are a fan of the beach, but not seafood, this Southern NJ gourmet quality restaurant still has dishes for you! Some of their non-seafood dishes include goat cheese and beets, veal, short ribs, rack of lamb and much more! They have something for everyone and during their operating season, happily serve their guests with the freshest meats, seafood and herbs. To make a reservation or learn more about the restaurant, call 609-967-8228 or visit them online by clicking here.

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant Website | 856-914-9302
1155 Rt. 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054  Southern NJ
El Azteca Mexican Restaurant Mexican Restaurants in South NJ Delicious Mexican cuisine for the whole family!
El Azteca Mexican Restaurant is the premier Mexican food restaurant in Mt. Laurel, NJ. They serve a number of authentic dishes, including huevos rancheros, quesadillas fajitas, burritos, taquitos and much more! If you are dining with the family and worried that your little one will not find something they love, it shouldn't be a problem. This Southern NJ restaurant's kid's menu includes the selection of tacos, burritos and enchiladas.

For more price-friendly dining options, El Azteca Mexican Restaurant also offers a la carte dining options and combination dinners for less than $11. They even have vegetarian quesadillas, salads and enchiladas so everyone in your group can find a dish they enjoy. For more information about the restaurant's dining options, or to make an order, click here.

Authentic dishes with a twist!
Buddakan Website | 609-674-0100
1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401  Southern Shore Region NJ
Buddakan Best Restaurants with Unique Cuisines in Southern NJ Unique Atlantic City, NJ restaurant
Located in Atlantic City, Buddakan is a Pan-Asian restaurant that strives to give each patron the best customer service in the area. Each staff member is knowledgeable, friendly and always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the menu.

On their menu, you will find everything from steamed edamame pods and king crab tempura to hot and sour scallops, five spice duck breast and even pan seared sea bass. For dessert, this Southern NJ Asian restaurant features select items such as donuts, creme brulee, bread pudding and much more! From savory to sweet, they try to have something for everyone, making it a great place to head out for a family meal or a quiet dinner with your significant other. Call Buddakan at 609-674-0100 for more information, or to make a reservation for your group.

Relaxing restaurant with great food!
Viet Bistro Website | 856-825-5001
3849 Delsea Dr., Vineland, NJ 08360  Southern NJ
Viet Bistro Awesome Restaurants with Foreign Cuisines in Southern NJ Awesome Vietnamese food in Southern NJ
Viet Bistro, located in the Cumberland Mall in Vineland, NJ, serves some of the best Vietnamese food you can find. Their menu features items such as spring rolls, dumplings, noodle soups and more.

The restaurants signature dishes include delicacies such as steamed fish, curry, lemongrass and egg noodles. What makes these dishes mouthwatering and delicious is that the chefs prepare them in an authentic way that makes you feel as though you are eating dinner at a house in Vietnam. If you have had Vietnamese food before, you will appreciate this Southern NJ restaurant's use of strong flavors and the proper seasonings and, if this is your first encounter with this cuisine, you can be assured that it is authentic. Call the restaurant at 856-825-5001 for details regarding location and menu options.

Authentic flavors and seasonings!
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