Busch's Seafood Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 87th St

    Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

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  • 609-263-8626

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Those who have been coming to Townsends Inlet for many years will remember fishing off Johns Pier, the post office at
Sweetmans, cheesesteaks from the Charcoal House, and the arcade where all the teenagers would hang out on the corner.

While much has changed over the years, and many of these businesses have been replaced with condos, one thing that hasn't changed is Busches. Visiting this iconic restaurant today is really no different than a visit 30 years ago. The destination still has the best seafood, the best menu, and the best staff, many who have worked there as long as I can remember.

I've heard that Busches is closing after 127 years. While I'll be sorry to see it go, I'm glad to have 30 years of summertime memories that I can lean on to remember the place. I'll take the next 30 years to calculate just how many clams they served me at the service bar, or how many beers (sodas earlier) I drank in the lounge. How many "Eastern Shores" they served me or how many times those same leftovers found their way to the cooler on the boat the next morning. How many family gatherings, how many she crab take-outs, and how many times I ducked into the lounge for some air conditioning after a hot day on the beach. How many Phillies games, golf tourneys, tennis matches, and even World Cups we watched on that little lounge TV. How many correct trivia answers at the Larry show, how many after dinner dances, how many times we popped in just to see who was there. Ultimately, It'll probably take me 30 years to calculate how many dollars I spent there!

It was a place to dine, yes, but for me and my family, it was a place to gather, a place for family, and a place where we felt like family. I'm glad my kids had the chance to experience this shoretown landmark. Busches will truly be a place I miss, but I'll forever be thankful for the memories. She crab soup anyone?

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★★★★★

Those who have been coming to Townsends Inlet for many years will remember fishing off Johns Pier, the post office at
Sweetmans, cheesesteaks from the Charcoal House, and the arcade where all the teenagers would hang out on the corner.

While much has changed over the years, and many of these businesses have been replaced with condos, one thing that hasn't changed is Busches. Visiting this iconic restaurant today is really no different than a visit 30 years ago. The destination still has the best seafood, the best menu, and the best staff, many who have worked there as long as I can remember.

I've heard that Busches is closing after 127 years. While I'll be sorry to see it go, I'm glad to have 30 years of summertime memories that I can lean on to remember the place. I'll take the next 30 years to calculate just how many clams they served me at the service bar, or how many beers (sodas earlier) I drank in the lounge. How many "Eastern Shores" they served me or how many times those same leftovers found their way to the cooler on the boat the next morning. How many family gatherings, how many she crab take-outs, and how many times I ducked into the lounge for some air conditioning after a hot day on the beach. How many Phillies games, golf tourneys, tennis matches, and even World Cups we watched on that little lounge TV. How many correct trivia answers at the Larry show, how many after dinner dances, how many times we popped in just to see who was there. Ultimately, It'll probably take me 30 years to calculate how many dollars I spent there!

It was a place to dine, yes, but for me and my family, it was a place to gather, a place for family, and a place where we felt like family. I'm glad my kids had the chance to experience this shoretown landmark. Busches will truly be a place I miss, but I'll forever be thankful for the memories. She crab soup anyone?

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Born and raised in a neighboring island community, Busch's was a destnation for our family twice every summer, way back in the early 60's. They knew us, our parents and us 5 kids. Back then, I was just a small child, and we ate this stuff, fresh seafood, before our teeth came in. We always got big wire baskets of steamers and a lobster platter. Dirt cheap back then. I'm sure Dad got out of there for under $75. I vaguely remember lobster dinner for under $8. We always went when they opened for the season and then when they were ready to close for the season. They knew our family, although I can recall being a little scared of Ann Busch (the no nonsense matriarch) without reason, but it kept us on our best behavior. This was before they added "the back room" and it was always packed, and folks "dressed" for dinner. My parents always slipped away from us to go there alone or with friends, and we were always upset when we foud out where they had eaten. There was the telltale lobster "doggy" bag in the fridge, and there was no mistaking where they had been when we sneaked a bite.

Watching the changes through the years was interesting. The steamers used to fill the basket, and it seemed that they did not count how many, they just added them until the basket was full. Then one year there were 18 clams, no more no less. The prices started climbing each year, although the quality of all the food was always superior. Fresh and always served piping hot. The menu has remained basically the same, except for prices.

As we kids grew, it became more of an annual outing due to cost, and as we all went our own ways, it was still a huge treat to get the phone call that our parents would like to take one of us for dinner there. We each took a turn over the summer, and then began taking our own families there for an annual splurge. They had another place in Florida in the winter, and in our travels as young adults, we dined there. Same excellence.

Our tastes changed from the steamers and lobster to the crab au gratin, or a huge platter like the Eastern Shore, or one of the number dinners, but the food remained the same. Delish!

We have moved far away, but will always have fond memories of Busch's and our favorite waitresses,and yes, especially Ann Busch, who ran the dining room with an iron fist. Sorry to hear the legacy will be gone, but the best things in life eventually end. We have never found a place anywhere comparable in quality. Goodbye to the best she crab soup on the planet!

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Born and raised in a neighboring island community, Busch's was a destnation for our family twice every summer, way back in the early 60's. They knew us, our parents and us 5 kids. Back then, I was just a small child, and we ate this stuff, fresh seafood, before our teeth came in. We always got big wire baskets of steamers and a lobster platter. Dirt cheap back then. I'm sure Dad got out of there for under $75. I vaguely remember lobster dinner for under $8. We always went when they opened for the season and then when they were ready to close for the season. They knew our family, although I can recall being a little scared of Ann Busch (the no nonsense matriarch) without reason, but it kept us on our best behavior. This was before they added "the back room" and it was always packed, and folks "dressed" for dinner. My parents always slipped away from us to go there alone or with friends, and we were always upset when we foud out where they had eaten. There was the telltale lobster "doggy" bag in the fridge, and there was no mistaking where they had been when we sneaked a bite.

Watching the changes through the years was interesting. The steamers used to fill the basket, and it seemed that they did not count how many, they just added them until the basket was full. Then one year there were 18 clams, no more no less. The prices started climbing each year, although the quality of all the food was always superior. Fresh and always served piping hot. The menu has remained basically the same, except for prices.

As we kids grew, it became more of an annual outing due to cost, and as we all went our own ways, it was still a huge treat to get the phone call that our parents would like to take one of us for dinner there. We each took a turn over the summer, and then began taking our own families there for an annual splurge. They had another place in Florida in the winter, and in our travels as young adults, we dined there. Same excellence.

Our tastes changed from the steamers and lobster to the crab au gratin, or a huge platter like the Eastern Shore, or one of the number dinners, but the food remained the same. Delish!

We have moved far away, but will always have fond memories of Busch's and our favorite waitresses,and yes, especially Ann Busch, who ran the dining room with an iron fist. Sorry to hear the legacy will be gone, but the best things in life eventually end. We have never found a place anywhere comparable in quality. Goodbye to the best she crab soup on the planet!

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Landmark restaurant that gives huge portions. Their seafood raw plate and she-crab soup are wonderful. Too bad this will be the last year they will be open.

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Landmark restaurant that gives huge portions. Their seafood raw plate and she-crab soup are wonderful. Too bad this will be the last year they will be open.

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best lobster ever we only go there once a year because of the high prices. so 5 star food but overall 4 because of the price

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best lobster ever we only go there once a year because of the high prices. so 5 star food but overall 4 because of the price

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My aunt and uncle raves about Busch's after every visit there. We make the point of going every summer and was never disappointed. Fresh homemade soups are on my list always and the selection of fish is impressive. It is fun to see what the "catch of the day" is.

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★★★★☆

My aunt and uncle raves about Busch's after every visit there. We make the point of going every summer and was never disappointed. Fresh homemade soups are on my list always and the selection of fish is impressive. It is fun to see what the "catch of the day" is.

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It is traditional to come here when in Sea Isle, and it has been around forever. It is a bit overpriced, however.One of the big bonuses is that if you are staying in Townsend's Inlet, it has a package goods section -- very convenient!

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★★★★★

It is traditional to come here when in Sea Isle, and it has been around forever. It is a bit overpriced, however.One of the big bonuses is that if you are staying in Townsend's Inlet, it has a package goods section -- very convenient!

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Large portions of some of the best seafood down at the Jersey shore. Soups are homemade and all of the fish is from the local catch. A special baord is posted daily, but go early, as they often run out of the better items quickly. Waiter was very good.

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★★★★☆

Large portions of some of the best seafood down at the Jersey shore. Soups are homemade and all of the fish is from the local catch. A special baord is posted daily, but go early, as they often run out of the better items quickly. Waiter was very good.

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I have been going to Busch's since I was a child. It is one of the nicest (and priciest) restaurants in Sea Isle. Mention it to people who vacation in Sea Isle and it is either their favorite restaurant there or they think it is overrated. I fall somewhere in the middle of these two groups. I think the food is some of the best available in the area, but I think compared to restaurants elsewhere, it is slightly lacking. If you are vacationing in Sea Isle and are looking for a good meal in nice atmosphere, Busch's is your best bet, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to Busch's since I was a child. It is one of the nicest (and priciest) restaurants in Sea Isle. Mention it to people who vacation in Sea Isle and it is either their favorite restaurant there or they think it is overrated. I fall somewhere in the middle of these two groups. I think the food is some of the best available in the area, but I think compared to restaurants elsewhere, it is slightly lacking. If you are vacationing in Sea Isle and are looking for a good meal in nice atmosphere, Busch's is your best bet, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

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Typical busy Seafood house with a long tradition This is my in-laws favorite shore restaurant. Large facility but there is always a wait in season because it is so good. She Crab soup a specialty. Everything fresh and service is good even for large parties.

4
★★★★☆

Typical busy Seafood house with a long tradition This is my in-laws favorite shore restaurant. Large facility but there is always a wait in season because it is so good. She Crab soup a specialty. Everything fresh and service is good even for large parties.

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This two-bit fish fry is staffed by at the front desk by people that are mean spirited and do not know anything about customer service. They crowd you into undersized tables or lounge act tables from 1960! Three trips here in three different years and three horrible evenings. The best was when the waitress told me my FIL dinner was taking a 1/2 hour longer then the dinners she already served was due to it "being a thick piece of fish"! How thick could it be that it took a 1/2 longer to serve then the other dinners. We were done by the time he got his meal. Maybe she fell of the stupid truck but I didn't. I'm done with this tourist trap.

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This two-bit fish fry is staffed by at the front desk by people that are mean spirited and do not know anything about customer service. They crowd you into undersized tables or lounge act tables from 1960! Three trips here in three different years and three horrible evenings. The best was when the waitress told me my FIL dinner was taking a 1/2 hour longer then the dinners she already served was due to it "being a thick piece of fish"! How thick could it be that it took a 1/2 longer to serve then the other dinners. We were done by the time he got his meal. Maybe she fell of the stupid truck but I didn't. I'm done with this tourist trap.

Pros: MY BIL LIKES IT?

Cons: THE OWNERS AND FRONT STAFF ARE RUDE

 

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