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The Best Places In Monmouth And Ocean County To Take Dad This Father’s Day 2024.

Lots of people think Father’s Day is a holiday designed by greeting card companies to rake in cash. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The story behind how this day became a holiday is a tale of determination by one woman and a decades-long fight to get dads the recognition they deserve.

How Father’s Day Came About

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, It was May of 1909, when a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, heard a Mother’s Day sermon by Reverend Dr. Henry Rasmussen in her hometown church and thought a similar day should be set aside to honor fathers. Her own father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised six children as a single parent.

On June 6, 1910, Dodd approached the Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) with her petition outlining the idea for an annual observance, and she received overwhelming support. Spokane’s held its first Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 19, 1910, with moving speeches by her own pastor and those from other area churches.

To read the rest of the story on the history of Father’s Day, see the Farmer’s Almanac.

If you’re lucky enough to still have dear old dad in your life, show him how much you love him by taking him out to eat on Father’s Day. Lots of dads like being the grill master, even on Father’s Day, but you must insist dad take it easy and allow you to do all the work. Make a reservation at a good restaurant for Brunch, Lunch, or dinner.

Here are some of the best places in Monmouth & Ocean County to take dad and the family this Father’s Day, June 16,2024.

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  • SeaGrass Restaurant - 68 Main Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

    I prefer a restaurant with a bar, but if I’m going to a BYOB place, it’s because the food is fresh, well made, and creative. Seagrass is all of those things. 

    Open on Father’s Day for lunch 11:30 – 3:30 and for dinner from 4pm-9pm.

    Try the Crispy Calamari Salad –  arugula, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, spicy lemon vinaigrette. Then there’s the Crispy Calamari appetizer. It’s not served with your basic marinara, it’s served with a flavorful ginger soy dipping sauce.

    Choose your entrée from a well crafted menu that includes a plethora of fish, chicken, meat, and pasta options. I love the Long Island Duck Breast with the raspberry glaze. Call for reservations: 732 869 0770.


  • Morningstar Cafe - 1001 Fischer Blvd Suite 5, Toms River, NJ 08753 Located in Fischer Bay Plaza

    Father’s Day is fast approaching and what better way to say “thank you!” to your dad than a delicious brunch here at MorningStar Cafe?  All Day Brunch items include: Chicken & Waffles, Frittatas, Build You Own Omelettes, Breakfast Quesidillas and more!

    Call or text 732-232-0558, or DM directly to book your reservation! We will fill up FAST!


    Whipped blueberry cheesecake croffle

  • Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant - 100 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    Open for Lunch and Dinner on Father’s Day. They have a Sunday Buffet Brunch. If weather permits, make a reservation to sit on the outdoor deck. The view is lovely and the food is fantastic. Grab one of their fabulous Pomegranate Martinis and toast your dad.

  • Donovans Bar & Grill - 1900 NJ-70, Manchester Township, NJ 08759

    One of my favorite stops in Ocean County. Very warm and friendly. Billy never fails to greet Bruce and I every time we walk in the door.

     The wings, potato skins, steak bites , and the jalapeno poppers are all good choices for an appetizer.

    The bar pies are bangin’ and the burgers are also a solid choice.

    They have Irish dishes like Shephard’s Pie, and Bangers and Mash.  Decent selection of beers, and the bar is always hoppin’ . Dad would love this place if casual dining is his choice.


  • B2 Bistro + Bar - 1250 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753 Various locations including Red Bank and Bayville, NJ

    Open from 10am – 9pm on Father’s Day. You’ll find some of the best wings in Ocean County at B2.  I especially love the Scarpariello wings. Choose from burgers, sushi, steaks, fish & chips, salads, and more.

  • Cardinal Provisions - 513 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    Brunch in Asbury with daddy in a relaxed setting. It’s a brick-walled brunch spot serving breakfast, sandwiches & creative plates. People often mention their unusual take on chicken & waffles, the chicken and dumpling soup, and those incredibly creative sandwich offerings. My Brunch choice would be the smoked salmon, with beet-horseradish cream cheese, red onions, capers and  herbs on an everything bagel.

    The Best Places In Monmouth And Ocean County To Take Dad This Father’s Day 2024 - Chicken & Waffles From Cardinal Provisions Asbury Park

  • Carribbean Pete's Island Grille - 2 Point Rd, Waretown, NJ 08758

    Located in the Key Harbor Marina overlooking Barnegat Bay. Breathtaking views and excellent food are all you need to take care of dear old dad

     This place is BYOB and has recently become my new favorite place in Ocean County.

    Open from 12 noon to 7pm on Father’s Day. This hidden gem brings all the tropical vibes of the Florida Keys right to New Jersey. With delicious seafood dishes like coconut shrimp, jerk wings, and conch fritters, it’s easy to forget that you’re not actually dining seaside in Key West.

    So grab your flip flops and head over to Caribbean Pete’s for a taste of island life without having to leave the Garden State.”

    This Jersey Shore Restaurant Just Topped My List Of Best Places - Conch fritters with Key Lime Dijon

    Conch Fritters with Creamy Lime Dijon



  • Meemom's Middletown - VariousLocations including: 1383 NJ-35, Middletown Township, NJ 07748 - In Middletown Plaza

    Breakfast or Brunch is always a delight at Meemom’s.  The Deans Of French Toast University offer up over 20 options that include seasonal favorites. If you’re watching your weight, choose one of their Fit Specials. Gluten Free? No problem, they have gluten free bread, along with egg dishes, pancakes, and more.

  • Zano’s of Brooklyn Bros - 360 US-9, Waretown, NJ 08758

    Open 11am- 6pm on Father’s Day. This place has the best marinara sauce I have ever had. That’s saying a lot considering I grew up in a neighborhood with many Italian immigrants. The food here is excellent and so is the service at this family owned restaurant & market. Next door you have Manzano’s Brick Oven Pizza.

    Zano Bros. has everything you could possibly need for a good Italian meal at home as well. Expert catering and unbelievable subs.

  • Mizuki Hibachi Asian Bistro - 2007 NJ-35, Wall Township, NJ 07719

    Open 2pm- 9:30pm on Father’s Day.  Allie loves this place! She wrote: “Been coming to Mizuki for years and have never had a bad thing to say about it! Food is amazing and staff is so fun and friendly. Mizuki is perfect for family celebrations or even just a casual sit down dinner. Takeout is great as well and is always so efficient. Beautiful place and always very clean. Great service too. Everything is always presented nicely and sushi is plated beautifully. Wish I could give more than 5 stars solely for their hibachi rice. Well done, Mizuki!”  I’m sold!!  

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