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Gateway Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Soups, Seafood, Pub
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227 W 8th St, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-4604
+1 609-494-1661
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Howell, New Jersey
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Stopped here a couple of times and found the the burgers and fish all fresh and tasty. Very large bar area with lots of seating. Excellent home made creamy mushroom soup. We sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly. Wait staff takes your order and they are very knowledgable of the menu and ingredients. Parking is my only... More 

Thank Beth M
Doylestown PA
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Worst clam chowder in the USA billed as the best of the shore, totally horrific. It was a puddle of roux as thick as cottage cheese with no taste and some large chunks of chowder clams. Not even a hint of a cream finish or any taste whatsoever. The $22 sirloin was a joke too...tough as nails. All of us... More 

Thank Willbooth
Barnegat, New Jersey
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

I like everything about the Gateway. The food quality and the large portions will bring me back. Friendly service in a comfortable bar/restaurant atmosphere.

Thank Jerzejoe1
Manahawkin, NJ
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166 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

Meal was good. Prices were cheap. Music venue rocks! The New England Clam Chowder is worth getting in a bread bowl for future notice.

Thank qtdesignz
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

The bar area has a restaurant with tables and booths for dining. The food is OK, Hubby loves the clam chowder, and since we live close by, will pick up for take out or stop in for a quick burger, salad or sandwich. This restaurant used to be very nice "in the day", but the focus now is the bar.

Thank Suzabelle13
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Tried dinner here recently and I doubt we will be back Food was greasy, waiter less than attentive, and while the musician was setting up, the competing noise was brutally annoying. We have been coming here for years, but doubt we will return. Guess it's time to find a new burger, salad and beer joint

Thank gourmetjason
Toms River, New Jersey
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76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2016

We stopped by Gateway after dinner elsewhere to grab a drink and listen to Chris Fitz play. Good service and venue for a local band. The bartenders are friendly and attentive.

Thank DownShore888
Saratoga Springs
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

I stopped in during my annual trip to LBI. It was a Saturday night and the musical performer was just setting up. There was a little bit of confusion at first as to who's station I was at so it took a while for someone to come over. However, once that was cleared up the service was outstanding. On Saturday... More 

Thank Brian N
Brick, New Jersey
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

The New England clam chowder is a must if you stop at The Gateway. It is the only thing that keeps us going back. The other food is subpar compared to the chowder and sushi. The prices are a little on the high side for the quality. The staff is very good too.

Thank JerseyJen411
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2015

We stopped at the Gateway Restaurant tonight on our way off the island (LBI) to pick up chowder for my mom at home. Trying to "eat healthy", I ordered the broiled seafood platter. Everything seemed fresh, but very bland. The chowder, on the other hand, phenomenal! My advise, get the chowder.

Thank Cheryl K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Soups, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 W 8th St, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-4604
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Long Beach Island  >  Ship Bottom
  • Phone Number: +1 609-494-1661

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?