The Gables

If the suitcase you bring to LBI is filled with nothing but board shorts, bleach-stained tank tops, and three pairs of sunglasses, then that makes two of us. But just know that you’re going to feel a bit underdressed at The Gables. From the long, dripping candles on the white tablecloth tables, to the chandeliers and old paintings, to the piano player in the entrance hall, this 19th-century inn in Beach Haven is the most formal restaurant on the island. The space is beautiful, including an outdoor terrace that feels like it belongs in Charleston, and the food - like rich Thai curry soup with shrimp, a giant ravioli with ricotta and crispy bacon, and seared scallops over mushroom risotto - is excellent, both of which make it a good place to celebrate a special occasion.

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