It’s no surprise the stars of Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives have been spotted dining at restaurants all around New Jersey given the majority of their homes are located in the Garden State. The Asbury Girl rounded up the restaurants where the celebrities have been seen or filmed in the Asbury Park area more specifically. Whether the sightings came from what’s seen on TV to pictures posted on social media, AG is spilling the stars’ go-to spots. Read on for your guide to where you can possibly spot the cast of Jersey Shore and RHONJ.
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Avenue | 23 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania partied at Avenue Long Branch in July to celebrate her cover of Bella Around Town magazine. The private party took place on the rooftop where there is a luxe pool, lounge area, and bar. Melissa Gorga’s husband Joe Gorga was also spotted here this summer. Located in Pier Village, Avenue is known for having an exclusive members-only beach club and is known as an elegant French restaurant that serves fresh seafood and high-quality food. Thierry Carrier, Avenue’s General Manager and Director of Operations, previously told The Asbury Girl, “It’s like being in Miami or Saint Tropez…People love it. They come down and they tell me, ‘Oh, I feel like I’m on vacation,’ or ‘We feel like we are somewhere in the south of France.’”
Berkeley Bar Inside The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Housewives alum Caroline Manzo’s sons Albie and Chris have revamped the food and beverages inside The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. After the announcement was made three years ago, the boys took over the indoor and outdoor spaces, including the Blue Bar and poolside lounge to add their signature hospitality stamp. Located in the heart of the beach town, the historic hotel has been a part of the seaside community for over 100 years. With 257 pet-friendly rooms and suites, The Berkeley has become the largest hotel in Asbury Park and recently added a new Italian dining experience, Lorenzo + Mia’s.
Brando’s Citi Cucina | 162 Main Street, Asbury Park
Teresa Giudice got the biggest surprise last summer when bestie Jennifer Aydin and Teresa’s four daughters threw the Housewives OG a bridal shower at Brando’s Citi Cucina. The filmed special occasion debuted in a May 2023 episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. The guests enjoyed the Italian restaurant’s classics, such as fish, clams, steak, and meatballs. Brando’s is owned by executive chef Steve Botta, a Brooklyn native who brought his mom’s recipes to the seaside city. Customers here are graced with not only classic Italian food but also classic music from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli.
Gabriella’s Steakhouse | 447 NJ-35, Red Bank
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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Cabral celebrated her recent birthday — she turned 38 on August 21st — at Gabriella’s Steakhouse in Red Bank. The Italian Steakhouse opened in 2019, bringing a fresh raw bar, premium steaks, and classic Italian dishes to the local dining scene. The celebrity hot spot got a special visit from 50 Cent last month, as well as Jersey Shore’s Sammi Giancola who also celebrated her birthday back in March. From birthday celebrations and private events to DJ Thursdays and happy hours, there’s always something fun going on at Gabriella’s.
Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant | 1405 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park
In a 2020 episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation, the cast celebrated Jenni “JWoww” Farley’s divorce party at Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant before, of course, hitting up a drag show at the well-known gay nightclub Paradise. Jimmy’s is a legendary restaurant that was founded in 1982 by the late Jimmy Marrucca and his wife. The family-friendly eatery serves large portions of meals that are freshly made in-house. There’s a reason why Jimmy’s was named the “Best Italian Restaurant in the Metropolitan Area” by NY Channel 2 News.
Over Easy Kitchen | 2111 NJ-35, Holmdel
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The Jersey Shore meatballs — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Deena Cortese — along with co-star Sammi Giancola are seen getting brunch at Over Easy Kitchen in Holmdel during the September 7th episode of MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation. The girls attempted to help Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Angelina Pivarnick squash their beef. Over Easy Kitchen is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch until 3PM. There are two other locations: one in Marlboro and one in Fair Haven. From avocado toast and grilled steak and eggs to a bangin’ chicken sandwich and NYC-style reuben, there’s something for everyone.
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Patricia’s of Holmdel | 2132 NJ-35, Holmdel
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Jenni “JWoww” Farley and her fiancé Zack Clayton filmed their four-year anniversary dinner at Patricia’s of Holmdel. The elegant dinner was shown on the September 7th episode of MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation. The couple spoke about their wedding plans in which Zack seemed more eager to plan a wedding, but JWoww said she didn’t have a sense of urgency, especially after having gone through a wedding with her ex Roger Mathews. Luckily for them, whenever it comes to date night, they can visit Patricia’s which is close to their Holmdel mansion. Patricia’s has been delighting patrons since 2015 with the finest Italian cuisine. The BYOB Italian restaurant is owned by Frank Brusco, who partnered with executive chef Lenny DiMaria, to help come up with tasty signature dishes.
The Butcher’s Block | 235 West Avenue, Long Branch
If there’s one stop in Long Branch where the Jersey Shore frequently visits, it’s got to be The Butcher’s Block. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his wife Lauren have become regulars at the restaurant known for having a variety of meats and the best steaks in town (all of the steaks are aged in-house). Mike and Lauren celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary at Butcher’s Block as well as celebrated Mike’s birthday there in July 2020 with the rest of the Jersey Shore cast. Separately, the restaurant has a shop where customers can pick up or get prime meats delivered to their homes.