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Dining Under A 300-Year-Old Cottonwood Tree At El Rey

A favorite setting for outdoor dining in Belmar, New Jersey, is the cozy courtyard at El Rey Mexican restaurant at 1006 Main Street. The showpiece of the courtyard is a majestic cottonwood tree that is believed to be over 300 years old, according to the building owner.

At nighttime, the courtyard's eye-catching array of string lights and summer flowers provides a lovely ambiance for outdoor dining. Whether you are planning a friends' night out, a family celebration, or a dinner date with someone special, you will enjoy a delicious dining experience with freshly prepared Mexican cuisine at El Rey restaurant in Belmar.

I have dined numerous times at the BYOB El Rey since it opened in March 2022, each time starting with the creamy guacamole and chips. My go-to entrees here include the chicken chimichanga, chicken enchilada, or shrimp fajitas. People also rave about the birria tacos at El Rey.

The house-made desserts are absolutely amazing, especially the silky flan and the tres leches cake (sponge cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream).

El Rey Mexican Restaurant

1006 Main Street

Belmar, New Jersey 07719


BYOB, dine in, takeout, delivery


Live Like A Local: Rent A Belmar Beach House

Day trips down the shore are fun, but it's even better to rent a beach house for the week to experience everything wonderful about the Belmar area. For couples, solo adults and small families, the two-bedroom Blue Hydrangea Cottage rental in Belmar, New Jersey, is the perfect getaway place. The home sleeps up to four people and is consistently rated five stars for cleanliness, amenities and location. Learn more at

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