If you live down the shore, you hear this question all of the time...

Where Do You Eat?

We are fortunate to live in an area with world-class restaurants in Atlantic City's casinos and countless highly popular establishments in the shore towns, but for us locals, we know you don't always have to drive towards the ocean to get a tremendous meal.

Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, late night or pre-dawn, there are numerous places that we know are out of this world yet many other people will drive right by.

Large group of friends having fun and drinking beer at a restaurant

The Best Restaurants Down the Shore

To build a list of the best local South Jersey restaurants as determined by locals, I first turned to the Atlantic County Eats Facebook group, which is where well over 25,000 people exchange pictures of food and look for restaurant recommendations.

There was certainly no shortage of opinions there.

Beyond that, I scoured Google reviews and the like.

Disco fries on a diner menu in New Jersey - Photo: Chris Coleman
Disco fries on a diner menu in New Jersey - Photo: Chris Coleman

Local Places Picked by Locals

So, if you are from out of the area, these are some of the places that those native to South Jersey like to go to. If you live down here, chances are you've been to many of these restaurants.

Some are hidden gems, some are out of the way, and some are quirky little places, but regardless, all 29 restaurants that are listed below are worth visiting.

Restaurant dinner place setting
Brian Jackson

Be Sure to Call Ahead

Keep in mind that many restaurants may have different operating hours depending on the time of year and/or staffing levels, so it's best to call ahead.

And if you want a truly local experience, keep scrolling for our list of the best restaurants in every single Jersey shore town up and down the coastline.

The 29 Best Local South Jersey Restaurants as Determined by Locals

If you want to know where locals eat in South Jersey, this list will point you in the right direction.

The Absolute Best Restaurant in Every Single Shore Town in NJ

Hungry? Let's dive in...

Gallery Credit: Chris Coleman

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