We have a summer home in Spring Lake and eat out often. Here are our favorite establishments in the area, which are all "Bring Your Own Bottle" restaurants, offering fantastic food and the ability to choose a great bottle of wine at a local shop, thereby decreasing your dinner costs and increasing the wines or beers you can enjoy! Our children are  teenagers who are accustomed to dining out and these places are appropriate for them.... but they are NOT appropriate for young children, unless specified.

"Whispers" in the Hewitt Wellington Hotel, Spring Lake: Elegant, delicious food with outstanding service in an intimate, somewhat formal dining room. Jackets NOT required. But we would not wear jeans here. Reservations usually needed in advance. No children's menu. http://www.whispersrestaurant.com/

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"Island Palm Grill", Third Avenue, Spring Lake: Neat ,Caribbean-influenced restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Children's menu at lunch. Bustling and convenient, with very good food and reviews. You can pick up a bottle of wine from the Bottle Shop across the street. Closed Mondays.Reservations recommended. http://islandpalmgrill.com  

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" Brandl's", Belmar: Cool decor, sophisticated and amazing food. My favorite is the "Lazy Lobster", over asparagus risotto with vanilla bean cream. My husband loves the buffalo tenderloin. Reservations usually needed in advance. No children's menu.   http://www.brandlrestaurant.com/ 

"Red's Lobster Pot", Point Pleasant Beach: Fantastic, very casual place to eat lobster, steamers and shrimp on the dock, or sit in the very tiny restaurant at top for more complete, finer meals. Very crowded on weekends; more fun during the week. But often worth the wait on the weekends, since you can sit and drink your beverage of choice (that you bring) as the fishing boats dock ...and the sun goes down. No childrens menu. Not appropriate for children.  http://www.redslobsterpot.com

"The Parker House", Sea Girt: THE gathering place for young and young-at-heart diners and partiers. Right across the border from Spring Lake and a block from the ocean, The Parker House is an institution with a restaurant upstairs, a tavern/dance floor/club downstairs and an outdoor patio  that serves  very inexpensive lobsters, steamed shrimp and filet mignon sandwiches all day (as well as drinks). http://www.theparkerhouseonline.com/2...