Whatever atmosphere you’re looking for, a restaurant in New Jersey has got you covered. With a plethora of dining options, it isn’t hard to find the perfect place to meet your needs. We’ve got
mom and pop joints, retro gems, historic hot spots and so much more, but if you’re looking for romance, look no further than these 14 fantastic restaurants. Please note that they’re listed in no specific order – find the spot nearest you and get your date night on.
1. Archetypus Cafe, Edgewater
This spot is so romantic that I went here with a friend once and we nearly fell in love. Not quite, but this dimly lit spot is inspired by caverns and the outdoor bamboo garden is equally as amazing as the interior. To top it all off, the desserts here are fantastic.
2. The Ebbitt Room, Cape May
Located in the Virginia Hotel, this inviting eatery has a farm-to-table focus, extensive wine list and a live pianist on weekends. Visit during Eat Drink Local Week (7/22-7/31) for spectacular specials.
3. Restaurant Nicholas, Red Bank
One of New Jersey's top-ranked restaurants, this gourmet spot has even garnered national praise. Enjoy a magnificent multi-course meal with superb service.
4. Cafe Matisse, Rutherford
This top-notch dining spot is truly enchanting. Check out the new Moroccan-themed front dining room and outstanding outdoor area. Enjoy seasonal tasting menus from 3-5 courses.
5. Battello, Jersey City
This breathtaking waterfront restaurant offers a swanky brunch, mouthwatering lunch and to-die-for dinner. You'll also enjoy a wonderful wine list and delectable desserts. Enjoy an inventive menu that's anything but boring.
6. Rat's Restaurant, Hamilton
Located on the gorgeous Grounds For Sculpture, this stunning eatery was inspired by a Claude Monet painting. Enjoy fabulous French cuisine in an amazing atmosphere and look out on the lake while celebrating your love. Romance is definitely in the air here.
7. Tavro Thirteen, Swedesboro
Luxe modern decor in a historic setting with an outdoor fireplace to boot. Fine dining, fresh ingredients and some of the best steak and seafood around.
8. Lambertville Station, Lambertville
This wonderful waterfront spot offers a romantic indoor dining area and canalside bar with beautiful views. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and a Sunday brunch with spectacular service.
9. Avenue Le Club, Long Branch
This beautiful beachfront restaurant offers floor to ceiling windows and outdoor dining. Enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner with over 200 bottles of wine to choose from. Pictured is a special Valentine's Day dessert trio.
10. The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville
This elegant eatery is a popular wedding venue and offers live music from Wednesday-Saturday. An amazing ambiance, superb service and captivating cuisine make this an ideal date night destination.
11. Sofia Restaurant, Margate
This gorgeous Greek restaurant will transport you to the Mediterranean with its authentic dishes and decor. Enjoy live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays or head here on a Wednesday evening for happy hour specials all night.
12. The ChopHouse, Gibbsboro
Enjoy outdoor fire pits and views of Silver Lake at this swanky spot. Head here for Lobsterfest all summer and the Belgian Chocolate Lava Cake all year.
13. The Walpack Inn, Wallpack Center
Leaning towards the more rustic side of romantic, you'll love the gorgeous views from the greenhouse. What could be sweeter than seeing fawns and foals run by?
14. Buddakan, Atlantic City
With romantic getaways to Atlantic City being so common, a restaurant here just had to make the list. After a beautiful day at the beach and a relaxing massage, head to Buddakan for a zen date night. Each menu item is a work of art and the unique desserts are all worth a try.