The Islander by Carolynne Van Houten and Matt Pais, Staff Writers (01/27/2006)    

When you’re looking for a good restaurant, whose advice do you follow? For most diners, the Zagat logo in a restaurant window is proof positive of a reliable choice.

The Zagat Survey was established in 1979 by two successful New York lawyers, Time & Nina Zagat. After informally surveying their friends as to which restaurants they preferred, they expanded the concept to provide a forum wherein thousands of people could offer feedback regarding their dining experiences. Based upon collective recommendations, placement in the Zagat Survey, with its signature slim burgundy cover, has become a restaurant’s mark of distinction. The Zagat Survey considers multiple factors in determining whether a restaurant qualifies for inclusion; food, décor, service and cost are at the top of the list.

With so many Shore eateries represented in the survey, Zagat saw fit to release a separate “New Jersey Shore Restaurants” guide covering Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Ocean County Locations in Zagat Survey’s 2005/06 New Jersey Shore Restaurants:

BayPoint Prime
1805 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-5400

Beignet’s Pub
618 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, (732) 830-1255

Blue
1016 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, (609) 494-7556

Broadway Bar & Grill
106 Randall Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 899-3272

Capt’n Ed’s Place
1001 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant, (732) 892-4121

Clark’s Landing
847 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant, (732) 899-1111

Crab’s Claw
601 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette, (732) 793-4447

Dennis Foy’s
816 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-0466

Diamond’s Oceanside
1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach, (732) 793-5555

El Familiar
1246 Route 166, Dover Township, (732) 240-6613

Europa South
521 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-1500

Fish Outta Water
8611 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, (609) 492-8340

Green Gables
212 Center St., Beach Haven, (609) 492-3553

The Grenville
345 Main Ave., Bay Head, (732) 892-3100

Harvey Cedars Shellfish Co.
506 Centre St., Beach Haven, (609) 492-2459 and 7904 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, (609) 494-7112

Heatwave Cafe
530 Main Ave., Bay Head, (732) 714-8881

Isohama
516 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 899-9927

Labrador Lounge
3581 Route 35 N., Normandy Beach, (732) 830-5770

La Spiaggia
357 W. Eighth St., Ship Bottom, (609) 494-3434

Makoto Japanese Steakhouse
297 Route 72 W., Stafford, (609) 978-9986

Mud City Crab House
1185 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin, (609) 978-3660

Olde Corner Deli
22 Central Ave., Island Heights,
(732) 288-9098

Pilot House
799 Route 70, Brick, (732) 920-8900

Plantation
7908 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, (609) 494-8191

Raimondo’s
1101 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, (609) 494-5391

Red’s Lobster Pot
57 inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-6622

Roberto’s Dolce Vita
130th Street and Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven, (609) 492-1001

Southwinds Grille
361 E. Lacey Rd., Lacey, (609) 242-2666

Spike’s
415 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-9400

Surf Taco
1300 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 701-9000

Sweet Vidalia
122 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, (609) 207-1200

Tesauro’s
401 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 892-2090

Tuckers Eating & Drinking Establishment
101 W. Ave., Beach Haven, (609) 492-2300

Yellow Fin
104 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, (609) 494-7001

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