Open 6 days a week Tues-Sun
12:00pm Lunch & Dinner
Open Sat & Sun: 11:30am
Brunch, Lunch, & Dinner
Where are we?
By Boat: The big green roof!
By Car: Pull into Key Harbor Marina, we are by the pool!
Monkfish is available Sept. & Oct. for private banquet events! Click here for Banquet Menus
Call for reservations 609-488-5427
Our most popular dining times are between 12pm & 6:30pm, and the Marina in which we are located closes at 6pm. Therefore, our last seating during the weekdays is between 6:30 & 7:00 -- on the weekends, the last seating is around 7:45pm - we highly recommend reservations if you are coming around 7! We might not be able to guarantee a spot at that time! Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you at Monkfish!
Dock & Dine instructions: Drop off your passengers at the gas dock, tie up your boat across the way by the sign, and call 609-488-5427 for pickup (maximum 2 people, please drop off extra passengers at gas dock so they can walk right to the restaurant 20 feet away. Then we will pick you and one other person up so you don't have to walk all the way around.
We chose the name Monkfish because of the story of how the monkfish got its name.
Being a rather unsightly fish, fisherman gave it free to the monks at the monastery, thinking they could never sell a fish so ugly.
But what the monks knew is that it was the most delicious fish of all with a succulent taste of lobster.
So while the fishermen discarded this ugly fish to the monks, the monks went home knowing they were about to have a most delicious dinner.
Especially for 2021, Kelly and I have intended to practice the peaceful thinking of a monk, some days more than others. We love the message of the monkfish: look beyond the outward appearance of anything in your life to see the treasure of what's inside. (This is especially helpful if you have teenagers like we do!)
And the best part is, monkfish have been spotted in the Barnegat Bay!
We look forward to welcoming everyone to Monkfish Waterfront Grill!