Zagat rates restaurants in all 50 states. Highly respected, Zagat reviews are generally regarded as being accurate – if a restaurant is ranked highly, the food is likely spectacular. I looked into Zagat’s top rated restaurants in New Jersey to see what made the cut, and I don’t think they’ll disappoint.
1. Restaurant Nicholas, Red Bank
The entire menu is incredible, so if you're not sure where to start, consider the prix fixe and chef's tasting menus. Dinner can get expensive but the superior staff, attention to detail, and extensive wine list make it worth the price.
2. Scalini Fedeli, Chatham
Reviewers note the large portions and attentive service. Still on the more expensive side, prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is charming.
3. The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville
Formal dining at its finest, this elegant restaurant offers an exquisite menu.
4. Cafe Matisse, Rutherford
Cafe Matisse is all about creativity with unique decor and an innovative menu.
5. Lorena's, Maplewood
Not only is this one of Zagat's top restaurants in New Jersey, Lorena's was chosen by Open Table as one of the top 100 restaurants in the USA.
6. Fascino, Montclair
This Italian spot offers incredible pasta and spectacular service.
7. Milford Oyster House, Milford
The seafood is spectacular but there is so much more to choose from. The Korean Fire Burger has even been featured on international television!
8. Old Homestead Steakhouse, Atlantic City
Located in the Borgata, you'll find great steak and seafood here. The crab cakes are amazing!
9. Indeblue, Collingswood
Indeblue serves a mouthwatering mix of modern and traditional Indian food; it is also one of the more affordable restaurants on this list.
10. Black-Eyed Susans, Harvey Cedars
Open seasonally, enjoy fresh, local seafood and other American favorites.
11. Steve & Cookies By the Bay, Margate City
Great food, great wine, and great pie. Guests love the ugly tomato salad.
12. Cucharamama, Hoboken
This South American spot serves up amazing, authentic Latin food at affordable prices.
13. 410 Bank Street, Cape May
Fantastic French New Orleans cuisine with a Caribbean flair. Enjoy outdoor dining, or dinner and a show. The restaurant offers special discount packages combining Cape May Stage or East Lynne Theater shows and prix fixe menus.
14. YUMI, Sea Bright
The food makes this place memorable, the presentation makes it magical. You'll find Neo-Asian cuisine and flavorful sushi dishes here.
15. Peacock Inn, Princeton
This fine dining restaurant serves up modern American cuisine and is attached to an equally impressive inn.
Do you agree with the Zagat ratings? Which New Jersey restaurant is your number one pick?