Famous Seafood Restaurant & Marina
In 1917, John “Jack” Bahrs, grandson of a ship captain, and his wife, Florence, purchased a beached
boathouse in Highlands for their rental boats business and started cooking chowder for their customers.
The rest, as the saying goes, is delicious history.
Today, Jack and Florence’s two-story houseboat is Bahrs Landing’s main dining room and reception area.
Early visitors 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. Over the years, Bahrs grew to a year-round destination,
attracting seafood lovers including notables such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, and Ernest Borgnine. Today
you can sail in for dock and dine like Ol’ Blue Eyes did in his boat Roma.
Since those days, the restaurant has been owned and operated by Ray Cosgrove and his son Jay—fourthgeneration
great-grandson of the founders—and daughter-in-law Becky. Bahrs has expanded over the years
to include Moby’s Outside Deck & Lobster Pound as well as the original marina dock-n-dine facility, dockside
dining area and tiki bar, all serving that still-famous chowder. The family and 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 family-run restaurants, specializing in catering to large and small groups, friendly service
and creating special memories for you and your family.