Marie Nicole’s – Superior Dining, Stylish Atmosphere

Since its debut in 2000, Marie Nicole’s has redefined seashore dining with an emphasis on hospitality, style, and superior cuisine.The Barnabei Family has achieved great success with their casual family dining ventures with Concord Café in Avalon, and now in North Wildwood with North End American Grill. For Marie Nicole’s, the Family sought to bring modern american cuisine to the Wildwoods.

Technically located in Diamond Beach, just over the bridge from Cape May, the restaurant’s location offers a quiet retreat from bustling downtown Wildwood. Diners can take a seat in the casually sophisticated dining room, complete with stylish furnishings and decor or relish the salty summer breeze on the terrace.

An eight year recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Marie Nicole’s offers an extensive and varied wine list to satisfy the palate of even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. The list includes options imported mainly from California and Italy, as well as wines from regions in France and Argentina. For selection guidance, follow the wine list’s expert cues. Marie Nicole’s clearly classifies wine list choices by categories such as “Soft and Fruity”, “Medium Bodied and Elegant”, “Robust and Spicy”, “Rich and Full Bodied”, and more.

In addition to the finest of wines, Marie Nicole’s offers an excellent Martini and Drink Menu. Sample the “Marie Nicole Martini”, made with pear vodka and ginger puree or the “Marie Nicole Rita” made with Patron Tequila, lime juice, agave, and a few other secret ingredients to make it simply perfect! For a post-dinner treat, be sure to try one of the sweet dessert martinis such as the “Berry Milkshake” or the “Cheese Quake”- made with a whole slice of their homemade cheesecake!

Voted “Best of the Shore” by both Philadelphia and South Jersey Magazines, Marie Nicole’s cuisine makes each visit a culinary journey. The “Starters” menu includes choices inspired by a range of regional cuisines and made with the freshest premium seafood and meats. The Grilled Lamb Lollipops, served with apple and cranberry chutney and the Crispy Fried Calamari with cherry peppers, capers and white wine remain diners’ favorites. Marie Nicole’s features a unique take on classic appetizer dishes like the Lobster Quesadilla. It marries the best of Southwestern and Jersey Shore cuisines and is topped with a toasted corn salsa.

New this season, Marie Nicole’s proudly introduces its Raw Bar Menu. The famous lobster and crab martini features avocado relish and mango aioli, while classics such as colossal shrimp cocktail get an upgrade with homemade cocktail sauce. The Raw Bar Menu offers fresh oysters and clams on the half, rotated weekly and shipped from various locations along the coast.

The Marie Nicole’s dining quest continues with unique twists on classic entrees. The Wasabi & Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna dish, served with stir-fried mixed vegetables, organic soba noodles, and ginger-soy dipping sauce, truly wows the taste buds. Meat and seafood dishes are cooked to order to satisfy each and every customer’s specific demands. The 10 oz. black Angus filet mignon is served with a merlot wine reduction while the grilled 14 oz. veal chop is stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella and served with wild mushroom risotto and sautéed broccoli-rabe.

The “From the Sea” menu offers a selection of the freshest in Jersey Shore seafood. The highly recommended jumbo lump crabcakes, served with whipped potatoes, roasted asparagus, and a spicy remoulade sauce, never disappoint. And don’t miss their Lobster Tail Special – stuffed with Jumbo-Lump Crabmeat and fresh herbs, topped with toasted breadcrumbs- it’s to die for!

This dining experience is not complete without a taste of the restaurant’s renowned desserts. Making a return this summer season is their homemade peach shortcake complete with mascarpone whipped cream. Marie Nicole’s offers a 3 course menu for $30 and is available at anytime. The 3 Course Menu includes soup or salad, an excellent dinner entrée, and dessert.

With fresh seafood, prime meats, fabulous martinis, and delectable desserts, Marie Nicole’s is a must-try in Jersey Shore dining. For a full dinner or apps and cocktails on the terrace. Discover these award-winning tastes daily from 5 p.m. to midnight. All major Credit cards accepted. On-site parking. Reservations Recommended.

9510 Pacific Avenue Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

By Megan Kummer