The Boathouse Restaurant, located at the foot of the historic George Redding Bridge on the Wildwoods Yacht Basin, is proudly celebrating its 25th anniversary season. A family dining tradition since 1989, The Boathouse quickly became a prime destination for exceptional cuisine and unparalleled waterfront views. Today, The Boathouse continues in this tradition and invites diners to celebrate with the 25th Anniversary Sunset Specials nightly from 4-5:30 p.m. featuring entrees for two for just $25.
Utilizing the freshest ingredients from local vendors, combined with his high standards for quality ingredients, Executive Chef Joe Eisele has recently re-created the menu at the Boathouse that is sure to please every palate. A native of Cape May County, Joe has been at the Boathouse Restaurant for the past four years and has been cooking for nearly 20 years. He is a self- taught chef with a passion for food. From his Blueberry Glazed Salmon to his homemade She-Crab Soup, you will enjoy a delicious meal whichever entrée you choose. Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Joe’s mother is responsible for making the pies on the Boathouse’s dessert menu.
Open daily at 11:30 a.m., The Boathouse’s Marina Deck serves up lunch, cocktails, and good times. The Boathouse specializes in fruity, tropical drinks that just taste like summer. The Voodoo Bucket – made with Cruzan Pineapple, Banana, Raspberry, and Coconut Rums mixed with pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices – is a favorite for pairs who prefer cocktail teamwork. Fresh Mojitos, frozen drinks, and flavored martinis are favorites at the Boathouse Deck Bar.
Dinner kicks off at 4 p.m. and can be enjoyed until 10 p.m. inside the main dining room or on the marina deck. Start with seafood classics such as Clams Casino, Coconut Shrimp, and Oysters Rockefeller. New this season, the hot or cold Shellfish Sampler is perfect for sharing and offers a taste of the Boathouse’s several different offerings of “fresh catch”. Don’t quite have your sea legs? The Boathouse also features plenty of land-lover options, from Chicken Bruschetta to Filet Mignon. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection from the dessert menu, featuring a number of Chef Eisele’s family recipes.
The Boathouse’s spacious second-floor dining room remains the best kept secret in Wildwood. It can accommodate large parties with minimal wait time. This quiet, elegant space features panoramic views of the always scenic Yacht Basin. Request the second floor at sunset and you will not be disappointed.
Relax with a bite of lighter fare and signature drink in hand at during The Boathouse’s daily Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. The Marina Deck is also home to live daily entertainment by talented local musicians. On any given day, you can hear anything from smooth reggae with a distinct island feel to today’s hits. Check the weekly Entertainment Grid for the latest on The Boathouse’s entertainment schedule.
From delicious fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta dishes to the varied kid’s menu and fully stocked bars, there is something for everyone at The Boathouse. Featuring a prime location with free parking and boat slips, this Wildwood icon is a must-try.
506 W Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 729-5301, www.boathouseonline.net
By Meg Kummer