Highlands boasts more than 20 restaurants in just one half of a square mile! Highlands has been dubbed the “seafood capital of the east” thanks to its deep cultural roots in fishing and clamming. Because of its locality, Highland’s seafood is some of the freshest in the area.  Highlands also offers a lively nightlife scene, with plenty to do once the sun goes down.


Windansea 56 Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands, NJ (1 block)

Contemporary American cuisine is served with a side of breathtaking views.  Great waterfront bar with live music on weekends.

Inlet Café 3 Cornwall St., Highlands, NJ (1 block)

Everything from Key West salad with mango and crab meat to Maryland-style crab cakes. Waterfront dining.

Grimaldi’s 123 Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ (1 block)

The famous Grimaldi’s coal-fired brick oven pizza under the Brooklyn Bridge now 1 block from us! New York-style thin crust pizza.

Bahrs Landing2 Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ (0.3 mile)

Oldest family-run restaurant in New Jersey. Famous for its clam chowder and lobster bisque. Dockside dining.

Moby’s Lobster Deck 2 Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ (0.3 mile)

“Dock and dine”.  Casual spot. Carry your food to the outdoor dock and dig in (with a pitcher of beer if you wish).

The Chubby Pickle (Old Sugar shack) 23 Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ (0.3 mile)

Consistently draws a lively young crowd.  Good spot for drinks.

Chilango’s 272 Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ (0.5 mile)

Creative Mexican food and sumptuous margaritas.

Off the Hook 1 Navesink Ave., Highlands, NJ (0.5 mile)

Magnificent views of Sandy Hook, the Navesink River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Great food and laid-back atmosphere.

Francesco’s Pizzeria 279 Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ (0.6 mile)

Great thin crust pizza. Also offers an array of Southern Italian fare with plenty of seafood on the menu.

Sea Gulls’ Nest 100 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ (1.9 miles)

An ideal après-beach bar is the best spot for catching sunsets. Only bar in Sandy Hook.

Lusty Lobster 88 Bay Avenue, Highlands,  NJ – 2 blocks away

Pick up your fresh seafood and clams here and barbecue it on the grill.