Food Quality: 1 1/2 Stars
Service: 1 1/2 Stars
Decor: 2 Stars
Overall Rating: 1 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars= Best in Class
Scenic Water front views
Noise Level: Moderate to high, depending on seating
Dress: Very casual
Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy fresh seafood in a casual environment
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more complex sea food preparation with more fine dining amenities.
Recommended dishes: When available, Locally caught lobster; Maryland style Jumbo lump blue crab meat cakes; and Shrimp scampi
Liquor: Full service bar. Bar scene is vibrant
Jack Bakers Wharfside is one of Jack Baker's six seafood restaurants in NJ, and is located next door to another of his restaurants, the Lobster Shanty.
Jack Bakers Wharfside is on the Manasquan Inlet with a good waterfront view, and if you are close enough to get a window seating during the dinner hours, you can watch fishing boats returning from a days fishing.
While the restaurant draws an older crowd, younger diners come during the warmer months to eat out on the more casual Patio Bar.
In the summer months you can enjoy dining outdoors overlooking the river on their deck.
The seafood is why you come to this restaurant as there is little variety of other food on the menu. They offer good, fresh locally caught seafood along with many farm raised seafood dishes, though prepared in a traditional, basic style.
Jack Bakers Wharfside doesn't accept reservations. Expect a long wait during the summer months; you can wait at the patio bar until called.
The Patio Bar also offers a casual grille, raw bar and cocktails overlooking the Manasquan River.
After mid June, and later into the evening, the Patio Bar hosts local bands every Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.
(updated April, 2017)
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