Yesterday was Mom’s birthday as such it was here choice where to go to diner and her choice was The River House in Brielle. I have only been to the River House one other time and you guessed it that was last year for Mom’s birthday.
The place is beautiful on the water near the inlet. The menu is a true mix of things from Pizza to wraps and burgers to Steaks and Seafood entrée’s. I had a chicken sandwich…. I remember being disappointed in my steak last year so I just went basic and I received just that….a basic chicken sandwich. Around the table there were a few Salmon Entrée’s which were overcooked served with “risotto” which was horrible….there was an order of crab cakes (which mom said she enjoyed….but mom picked the place so she’s a lil bias) a burger with no complaints and a stuffed flounder which received the highest marks at the table however came with the same horrible risotto. Sushi earned praises and there was a turkey wrap….well you can’t really go wrong with a turkey wrap.
The place like many I sadly find on the water in NJ is truly geared towards their banquet/wedding facility upstairs the restaurant just seems like something they do with the downstairs room while people hang at the outside tiki bars etc. Their only interest seems to be in the 50k wedding packages and keeping the lights on the rest of the week so people know they are opened.
This really started me thinking what happened to true dining at the Jersey Shore. Even when people ask for advice on here for nice waterfront dining it’s always hard to come up with a place to fully endorse. My suggestions are always half hearted like “Go to The River House for the colossal shrimp cocktail, sushi or sandwiches stay away from everything else”. I can’t think of one waterfront restaurant from Monmouth or Ocean County I can give a full true endorsement to. (fine dining)
What happened to The Bluff’s of the world? (remember them in Bay Head?) How about the original Waters Edge in Bayville? I might be old fashion but boy what I would give to be able to have a go to water front restaurant that truly cared about dining first and left the Tiki Bars and Beer Buckets to Martel’s and Jenks.