Middletown Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Middletown

April 14, 2018 Janette Largent

Middletown Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 66,522, making it the state's 16th largest municipality, having seen an increase of 195 residents (0.3%) from its population of 66,327 in the 2000 Census, when it was the state's 17th most populous municipality, which had in turn declined by 1,856 (−2.7%) from the 68,183 counted in the 1990 Census. Middletown is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey.
Things to do in Middletown

1. Drew's Bayshore Bistro

25 Church St, Keyport, NJ 07735-1508 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 732-739-9219
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Drew's Bayshore Bistro

Reviewed By foodhiker - New Jersey

We picked this place on a recommendation for the Jambalaya and it did not disappoint. Ingredients are top shelf and flavor profiles interesting and well executed. The portions are HUGE - teenage boys couldn’t finish half of their Jambalaya dishes. The Nashville chicken has 2 boneless breasts and 2 biscuits. The shrimp and grits offers 10 nice sized shrimp with very rich cheese grits.
Pork belly appetizer was my favorite plate.
Service is very attentive but not hovering.
Voodoo shrimp is delicious and large enough it could be a main course for a smaller eater, but very rich.
Make a reservation-it’s not a large place.
We will definitely return!

2. Taliercios

544 Route 35, Union Square Mall, Middletown, NJ Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Seating Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch +1 732-576-1888
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 87 reviews

Taliercios

Reviewed By Janice G - Middletown, New Jersey, United States

We have use them for catering many events. In our area they are the best in taste, quality, quantity & service!

3. JBJ's Soul Kitchen

207 Monmouth St, Toms River, NJ, Red Bank, NJ 07701-1146 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 732-731-1414
Excellent
91%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 126 reviews

JBJ's Soul Kitchen

Reviewed By Diane F - Red Bank, NJ

The cuisine is delicious! Best salmon with wild rice and sautéed mushrooms that I have ever enjoyed! The butternut squash soup was heavenly! My friend's mushroom soup was amazing! And the blueberry crumb cake dessert was "to die for"! The service and the ambience are impeccable we will definitely return very soon!

4. Duck Donuts

1275 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748-2040 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast SGD 22 +1 732-671-3825
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts specializes in warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts. Choose from a variety of coating and topping combinations for your donuts, and then pair them with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. We also serve muffins, breakfast sandwiches, tea and more.

Reviewed By michellengary - Belford

These donuts are fresh, made to order perfection. There's one base donut and you pick the icing/glaze you want and choose your combination of toppings. The cinnamon sugar is like a big churro. My kids love the maple glazed with bacon. The donuts are warm and yummy and crave-able.

5. Patricia's of Holmdel

2132 State Route 35, Holmdel, NJ 07733-1002 Reservations, Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 66 +1 732-275-0234
Excellent
57%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 125 reviews

Patricia's of Holmdel

Family Casual Fine Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By Robert S - Holmdel

Reservation worked out great. Arrived, seated and set in minutes. Although very crowded on a Friday night, the trained staff showed great efficiency...all pleasant and professional (our waiter Kyle was tops). Food was fantastic, served hot and all six diners together. Veal special was terrific. BYOB is very appealing.

6. Nicholas

160 State Route 35, Middletown Township, Red Bank, NJ 07701-5908 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 52 - SGD 79 +1 732-345-9977
Excellent
74%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Nicholas

Reviewed By Rob K - Highlands, New Jersey

We had the Fall tasting menu, ordering one of both dishes so we could both have a taste of each dish. All the dishes were beautifully presented and by and large very tasty. (not hugely impressed by the vaunted Pumpkin Soup--it seemed bland.) The ambiance is very pleasant and the staff provided attentive service. Nahum was excellent and even the young lady who swept away the crumbs from the tablecloth was personable. If you want to impress a date or make a loved feel cherished, this is the place to go in the Red Bank area.

7. Belford Bistro

870 Main St, Middletown, NJ 07718-1022 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 732-495-8151
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Belford Bistro

Reviewed By JN1018 - New Jersey

The food here is yummy. If you plan on going try and get a reservation. We have not had much luck walking in and getting a seat.

8. Nino's Family Restaurant

16 S Main St, Route 9, Cape May Court House, Middle Township, NJ 08210-2234 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 37 +1 609-465-6300
Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 239 reviews

Nino's Family Restaurant

We believe that quality fresh products are to be prepared in a simple and unique way, then served with pride and friendly service resulting in customer satisfaction. Our philosophy is very simple - genuine food and fair price. We are often imitated, but never duplicated.

Reviewed By Carol Molinari M

We decided to try Nino’s again since it has been years!

Drove early from Cape May City and arrived about 5pm.

When we walked in there was a woman adding up receipts in the front. She didn’t say a word and we stood there for 7 minutes and no one came out to the hostess station. Finally she says, someone should be right out! Then we waited another few minutes. I could see my husband getting irritated so i kept talking ( about anything & everything) to him to keep him calm!

Finally an older heavyset woman comes out and with no hello or welcome she says take that table there and she points! Throws the menus over to the table and walks away! The place was empty only 2 tables seated. We looked at the menu and selected but no waitress. No bread, no water! Took maybe 15 min! We should have just left!

Anyway Customer Service does not exist here. Service is horrible. Once the server came she was pleasant but with an empty restaurant why the long waits??

Food was a large portion and ok but the place needs a Real Hostess! A front that can welcome and take care of customers! — without a nasty attitude!

Place could also use an update but most important !! A really good Cleaning!

9. Keyport Fishery

150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ 07735-1070 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner +1 732-264-9723
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Keyport Fishery

The Keyport Fishery is a historic seafood eatery located in downtown Keyport, NJ. Located across from the Raritan Bay, the Keyport Fishery's building has stood for more than seventy three years.

Reviewed By M8835GOmarkk - Old bridge, United States

This restaurant is a take out only one I had the shrimp sandwich The shrimp was very fresh and breaded well The platter included cole slaw, fries, tarter sauce and a lemon

10. Turning Point

2131 State Route 35, Holmdel, NJ 07733-1001 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 732-615-9000
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Turning Point

Reviewed By H8539QQsusant - Hazlet

went for lunch with two good friends for a birthday celebration and had a very relaxing, and enjoyable day. The food was very good, a little limited in choices but easy enough to find just the right lunch for that day. Prizes were moderate, no lunch bargains but the food was delicious, filling and not too expensive to enjoy without breaking the budget

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