You’ll Say Mahalo to Shaka


Duuude, if you are ever in Long Branch, NJ, you’ve gotta check out Shaka.

Located on the beach in Pier Village, Shaka is a Mexican-style restaurant with a Hawaiian flavor and a surfing theme. They serve quesadillas, rice bowls, tacos, salads and burritos. I loved the “make your own” burrito option, loading mine with chicken, pineapple, brown rice, and black beans.

Shaka Burrito


With surf boards for menus, a big fish tank, and colorful, whimsical decor, it’s a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach.

Shaka in Long Branch, NJ

I visited Shaka in the middle of the day in the middle of winter, so it was pretty quiet except for several who came in for takeout lunch orders. But I could close my eyes and imagine the vibe that must be there on a hot summer day at the beach. Shaka also serves serves Hawaiian shaved ice at a tiki bar that looks like a fun place for kids to gather and enjoy a sweet, cold treat.

Shaka operates their restaurant with “Earth Friendly” products and practices. They even transformed a washer and dryer into trash and recycling bins – super cute.

Washer & dryer trash bins at Shaka in Long Branch, NJ.


  1. […] In the fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy demolished much of the Jersey Shore. The area is back on its feet and one spot you don’t want to miss is the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, New Jersey. Completely renovated, the resort offers a beautiful beach, a spa, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor ocean-view dining, a tiki bar, two swimming pools, and complimentary wifi. There’s also an assortment of shops and restaurants in Pier Village, just a few steps away from the hotel, including one of my favorite eateries, Shaka. […]

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