Howard's Seafood Restaurant

4.6
521 reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
What started as just a counter and a few tables has grown into a place where generations come together to celebrate summer at the Jersey Shore! Famous for the Original French Fried Lobster and award winning chowder, Howard’s has been serving Long Beach Island guests and locals for 70 year! Staying true to our family roots while keeping up with culinary trends. At Howard’s, we combine our love of seafood with a charming ambiance to make for a delicious and memorable dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 521 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipMarisolM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been going to Howard’s for 17 years and never a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent.

RJ
vipRobertJ
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Fried Lobster, flounder, lobster bisque and clams scampi.

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JohnK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and food lobster tails were perfect

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Howard’s is iconic to LBI. The best of everything, in every category.

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KellyV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Howard's is our favorite restaurant. Wonderful food and great service. Highly recommend.

DB
DonB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food always good - I felt it was pricier than it used to be. Broiled seafood platter and lobster bisque were very good - our waitress zoe was excellent - very attentive and sweet

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MarshaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I was disappointed with the crab cake however the fried lobster was excellent. Coleslaw was also very good. Our server, Zoe, was very friendly and helpful.

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JudithT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Been going to Howard’s every Fall on our annual vacation, ordering the fried lobster. This year the prices were up and the quality fell below acceptable. For over $48 entree, the salad was substandard, the melted butter, when finally served, was in a plastic container with lid. So tacky! The lobster didn’t taste as good as it did in the past. Very disappointed as Howard’s was always on the top of our “go to” list every year. I have another reservation for this week which I will cancel. Can’t keep blaming COVID for restaurant issues.

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JudyS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a delightful meal. The soups were so tasty. Our meals were delicious with very generous portions. It is nice that you can take advantage of the BYOB policy since the prices are not cheap. The only negative was that our group of 4 was seated right next to a very large group of about 12 and it was extremely noisy. Once they left it was much more pleasant.

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LizG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Service great even though they were super busy. Oysters great. Had broiled seafood combo. .. not so good. Shrimp overcooked. Scallops, 4 small, were good. Flounder was blah and you get a sliver of it. Crab cake ok. Kitchen didn't put much effort into making the dish. Expensive for what you get.

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KathieS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service. Delicious food!

MM
MichelleM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was professional and catered to our requests. The food was tasty and plentiful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food! Overall a great dining experience.

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sgnj
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was our first time to Howard’s. Since Howard’s is known for French fried lobster, our server recommended it to share as an appetizer and it was delicious. The scallops were good and a decent sized portion. We will definitely return.

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Harry
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was excellent as usual but the price of the food is higher than at comparable restaurants.

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BobL
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Chicken Breast was dry. Restaurant alittle more pricey. No more early bird pricing?

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

French Fried Lobster tail - a must!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

MK
MichaelK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice place, good food

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vipjazziesmom
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Server was very rushed. Seemed annoyed when we asked to refill our waters. One of us had the swordfish special. Should have sent back but we were with guests. The swordfish was paper thin…like a piece of sliced lunchmeat. Absolutely terrible. Swordfish is usually cut 1/2” thick…this was thinner than a deli sliced piece of ham

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On vacation love eating at Howard’s.

JM
JaniceM
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really like that Howard's takes reservations this year. Takes the mystery out of "will we be able to get a table? and how long will we have to wait?"

Seated promptly, server attentive, but not hovering. Shared an appetizer with other couple, calamari marinara. Everyone enjoyed their dinners, although the guys thought their swordfish was a little thin. Not rushed through dinner, nice relaxing evening. During the season, the noise level may be a little high, but on this Labor Day evening, it was quiet.

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Ginny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The blackened swordfish was simply delicious. Salad fresh and crisp. Raw clams and oysters were outstanding. Bread was warm and the piece of French fried lobster made you want to order more of it. Highly recommend this restaurant and wish there was one in manhattan

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PeteR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants on LBI!
Never disappointed, have been coming here for 20 plus years!!!

KA
KarenA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a delicious meal with top notch service! I’m so glad they started accepting reservations this year!

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John
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and variety are excellent. Wait staff friendly and attentive.

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rebeccaj
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

meals for my GF and me literally tasted great. I had the salmon and she had flounder stuffed with crab meat. I come as many times as I can during the summer. There a ton of restaurants on LBI but I choose Howard's. When something works, you stick with it.

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ChristinaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Food was very bland, not that great. Was hoping for better given the reviews and recommendations from others.

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BrianE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best seafood restaurant on all of LBI. The food is fresh, perfectly prepared and pleasantly presented. Service was friendly, professional and gracious. View is great - you can see the bay or marina inlet from most tables. Value is fantastic. Best of all - it is the best french fired lobster tail in NJ!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always our go to place with the whole family. BYOB is great

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Jeannek
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was very enjoyable as well as our waitress who expedited our food but not overly rushed

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DianeG
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Too Expensive! Prices have risen dramatically....

NC
NicoleC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Howard's is a great restaurant. It is a family favorite and we go there as often as we can.

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DonC
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Howard’s is consistently excellent from the welcoming hostess throughout the serving staff. The calamari with a Thai chili sauce appetizer was on the daily special menu and presented well. The French Fried Lobster is always excellent and is their signature dish. Well worth a visit.

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bruce
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

howards was outstanding vas usual....a little loud

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aprozy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Classic yet current. This restaurant never fails to make delicious food and allows us to enjoy a wonderful family night together. We depend on Howard’s to continue the legacy of great food with amazing service. Our family has been going there for over 40 years, we just love it.

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RileyH
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Friendly prompt service. Did not wait long for our meal. Would return.

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Kika
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Prices went up and unfortunately quality went down… clam chowder is still the best on the island and Alex - my waiter was great!

JD
JoeD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

French fried lobster did not disappoint as usually. Best on the Island

FAQs

Howard's Seafood Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 492-2319.

Howard's Seafood Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 521 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.