Famous Seafood Restaurant & Marina
In 1917, John “Jack” Bahrs, grandson of a ship captain, and
his wife, Florence, purchased a beached boathouse at the
current Bahrs location for their rental boats business and
started cooking chowder for their customers. The rest, as
the saying goes, is delicious history.
Jack and Florence’s two-story houseboat remains today
as the interior of Bahrs Landing’s main dining room and
reception area. Visitors in the early days arrived by steamer
or train, when the Central Railroad of NJ came from Jersey
City and stopped at Highland Station, just outside Bahrs’
front door, on its way to Long Branch. From the 1940s to the
1970s, Bahrs grew to a year-round destination, attracting
seafood lovers visiting from Monmouth Park, the Garden
State Arts Center and local beaches. Stars such as Frank
Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Ernest Borgnine and many more
have enjoyed lobster dinners at Bahrs. Today you can sail
in for dock and dine like Ol’ Blue Eyes did in his boat Roma.
FAMOUS FOR SEAFOOD SINCE 1917
RAW BAR AND TIKI BAR
2 Bay Ave, Highlands NJ | 732-872-1245
www.BahrsLanding.com © OpenStreetMap contributors
Bahrs was recently featured on Travel Channel’s Man v.
Food in host (and Monmouth County native) Casey Webb’s
Jersey Shore episode.
Since those days, the restaurant has been owned and
operated by Ray Cosgrove and now by his son Jay and
daughter-in-law Becky. Jay (aka the Lobster Boss) is the
fourth-generation great-grandson of the founders. Together,
they have expanded the facility to include Moby’s Outside
Deck & Lobster Pound as well as the original marina dockn
dine facility, the popular dockside dining area and tiki bar
and that still-famous chowder. The family and experienced
dedicated staff have served more than 12 million customers.
Bahrs Landing is considered one of New Jersey’s famous
landmarks as well as one of the country’s oldest familyrun
restaurants, specializing in catering to large and small
groups, friendly service and creating special memories for
you and your family.