Fare: American Tavern
Price: Inexpensive - Moderate
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Excellent burgers, one of the best in the area.
Most of the other food on the menu while good, doesn't come up the the quality of their burgers.
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy good burgers or affordable food in a casual, unpretentious atmosphere.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer dining in a more formal upscale setting with an eclectic menu.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Classic Cheese Burger with American,Cheddar Sauce; The Fresh steamed lobster; and The Shrimp Scampi Baked in Garlic.
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced beers, wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
Barnacle Bills is a waterfront tavern with a nautical theme serving very affordable tavern food with many decent seafood selections. They are also known for serving one of the best burgers in the Central NJ area.
Located on the dock overlooking the Navesink River, the restaurant looks like a ship moored on the water.
Barnacle Bill's attracts people from all walks of life including families with kids, boaters, high income, attractive millennials, and couples in their 60s and 70s.
The interior is rustic and somewhat dated with a lively bar scene with large flat screen TV's. They have a good selection of beers.
This is a place that is usually packed on weekends and evenings, so expect a wait for a table. The food is average tavern food, though served at a very reasonable price.
However, the Classic cheddar burger, their signature burger, is one of the best in the area. The burger, weighing about 10 ounces, is cooked behind the bar on a open-flame grill. It is prepared with a cheddar cheese sauce mixed with beer and placed on a Kaiser roll, and served with potato chips.
The service is friendly, though not overly attentive.
(updated: November 2023)