Fresh off the Boat

There’s nothing worse than so-so seafood at the Shore. Here are 11 options that won’t leave you high and dry.

Crab Cake Hotline

Plain and simple, you get a delicious filler-free crab cake—whether it’s atop a Caesar salad, on a sandwich, or as an accompaniment to flounder, sea scallops or jumbo shrimp.

$14.95-$20.50. 348 W. 96th St., Stone Harbor, (609) 741-6051. Takeout only: 115 E. 17th St., North Wildwood, (609) 523-2400.

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The Crab Trap

The baked crab imperial is a must. For something a little different, go with the gussied-up crispy crab cakes with chardonnay-cream sauce.

$18.95-$39.95. 2 Broadway, Somers Point, (609) 927-7377. 

H&H Seafood 

You can eat in or take out most of the steamed-to-order menu items. If you want the all-you-can-eat crabs, you’ll have to nab a table on the dock and dine there.

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Market prices. 956 Ocean Drive, Cape May, (609) 884-4555.

Hooked Up Seafood

Much of the Hooked-Up menu features just-caught fare from a commercial fishing boat docked out back.

$12.95-$23.95. 1044 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, (609) 522-2722. 

Mike’s Seafood & Raw Bar 

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Mike’s isn’t shy about spice. For proof, sample the Shrimp or Scallops from Hell, or the shrimp in Jamaican jerk sauce. You’ll also find traditional preparations at this 100-year-old landmark.

$12.99-$38.99. 4222 Park Road, Sea Isle City, (609) 263-3458.

Oceanside Seafood

Don’t miss the jumbo lump crab cakes—a house specialty. Those with a serious crustacean craving can start with the crab Florentine. $13.95-$27.95. 2489 Dune Drive, Avalon, (609) 368-2114. 

Oyster Bay Restaurant & Bar

Oyster Bay Restaurant & Bar

Lobster, shrimp, scallops, Gruyère cheese, and lobster sauce make the Oyster Bay’s seafood potpie the ultimate comfort food.

$25-$45. 615 Lafayette St., Cape May, (609) 884-2111.

The Pier House

Mediterranean accents can be found in everything from the Mahi Mahi Plaki to the whole bronzino.

$20-$44.50. 1327 Beach Ave., Cape May, (609) 898-0300.

Quahog’s Seafood Shack

Quahog’s Seafood Shack

This popular spot definitely goes the extra mile—all the way to the Amazon—for its BBQ Pacu Fish Ribs Dinner.

206 97th St., Stone Harbor, (609) 368-6300.


Global flavor profiles—like ginger and spicy Penang curry—gently elevate the freshness of the seafood without overpowering its delicacy.

1035 Beach Ave., Cape May, (609) 884-7000. 

Spadafora’s Seafood

Spadafora’s features family recipes made with the freshest catch from its own fish market. Splurge on the Supreme—shrimp, scallops, flounder, deviled crab and lobster tail.

$11.99-$24.95. 843 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, (609) 398-6154. 

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