Steak 38 founder Joe DiAmore and fellow restaurateur Ben Blumberg began working together as teenagers, waiting tables at Chubby’s Restaurant in Collingswood. The two later opened their own establishments, with Joe manning the grill at Steak 38 and Ben dishing out undersea treats at Barnacle Ben’s. After more than 40 years, the epicurean duo has once again joined forces to combine their surf 'n' turf experience into a full menu of entrees seasoned with the world's most popular spice—fire. Many of Steak 38's signature dishes include tableside preparation, as waiters carve meats, debone fish, and ignite flaming desserts such as bananas foster before ringing the dinner bell. The restaurant’s intimate bar stocks its bins with toast-ready spirits, filling glasses with effervescent champagne, bracing scotch, and a selection of timeless after-dinner cordials.
For more than 35 years, Sea-Lect Seafood has curated an ample selection of fresh wild Alaskan salmon, sushi-grade tuna, wild-caught shrimp, and other sea-caught treasures. Each day, the staff crowds a case with crab cakes and prepares other foods—homemade soups and creamy chowders—to be savored at home. At the Maple Shade location, chefs craft hot dishes for diners who devour steaming meals in the cozy dining space rather than at home to avoid offending the family goldfish. Owner George Gladden first started working at Sea-Lect Seafood at the age of 15 as a dishwasher, then climbed his way to the top through his love of cooking fresh seafood, desire to please customers, and ability to speak lobster.
Oceanside Seafood's menu brims with aquatic delights that are prepared fresh daily. Kick off an eating excursion with spicy buffalo shrimp ($9.95) before diving fork-first into a Charlie tuna salad—rare ahi tuna with Asian dressing and a confidential surname ($14.95). Plates of linguini or penne host swim meets for seafaring selections such as mussels ($10.95–$14.95) or lobster tail ($24.95), which can don team suits of red, alfredo, or garlic white sauce. Challenge the swordfish ($18.95) to a duel, or dine on honey-dipped chicken ($12.95) for a fish-free feeding frenzy. Midday meal seekers can nosh on seafood beer battered and served with lime crema, such as the fish tacos ($10.95). Parched pouts can cap off bites with brought-from-home beer, wine, or melted ice free of a corking fee.
Husband–and-wife team Andy and Allison Yoa have built their own tropical paradise at Island Grill, but that doesn't mean they get to spend all day sipping mai tais. In the kitchen, you'll find Andy busy frying hand-breaded flounder, sautéing housemade crab cakes, and preparing cedar-plank salmon in a spicy orange sauce. The island theme continues in Allison's territory: the front of the house. Wooden carved fish adorn the walls and dangle from the ceiling, and the tables are covered in a tropical pineapple print.
For those who want to take a piece of the island paradise home with them, the restaurant offers full-service catering that can include servers, bartenders, and dudes who do pretty good Jacques Cousteau impressions.
Since it was launched in 1904, the Moshulu has led a colorful life: sailing the seas of Europe, South America, and Africa, circumnavigating Cape Horn 54 times, and ferrying around all sorts of goods, from lumber and grain to copper ore and nitrate. But by 1975, the Moshulu, tired from the stress of constantly evading sea monsters, was ready to retire. Today, it?s docked at Penn?s Landing, the largest four-masted sailing ship afloat and a restaurant serving the culinary creations of executive chef Anthony Bonett. Bonett matches the extravagance of the luxury liner?s interior with an equally upscale menu of modern American cuisine paired with an extensive wine list.
With 360-degree views of the Philadelphia waterfront and skyline in the background, his staff decorates crisp white tablecloths with plates of North Atlantic jumbo flounder, 9-ounce cuts of filet mignon, and highly praised Hawaiian ahi tuna tartare. Private parties can be held in a tented space, heated and floored with weathered hardwood, or aboard multi-level decks left open to fresh sea breezes and the quiet whispers of passing mermaids.
Benny the Bum's 19-year-old local establishment offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes that range from raw-bar specialties to pastas. Chefs arrange massive platters of steamed crabs, shrimp, and clams along with garlic sauce and potatoes, and pots of housemade chowder and creamy crab soups bubble on the stove. Servers tote plates and glasses of colorful cocktails into spacious dining rooms, where glittery silver pillars, nautical knickknacks, and flat-screen televisions catch the eyes of patrons seated at booths and tabletops. A lively, well-established local joint, Benny's was lauded by actor and Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper as his favorite restaurant in the city.