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Best Restaurants in Northern NJ

With numerous restaurants in the area, it can be hard to determine which ones are good, and which should be overlooked. Using our guide to the best restaurants in Northern NJ, you and your friends or family can avoid the struggle and simply enjoy an exquisite meal.

Top 10

Restaurants Northern NJ

Lun Wah Restaurant & Tiki Bar best Northern NJ Restaurants
Lun Wah Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Roselle NJ
Best Polynesian Restaurant!
Immediately upon entering the restaurant you forget, for a moment, you're in Roselle, NJ and are quickly taken away to the scenic atmosphere of the beautiful Polynesian Islands. Lun Wah Restaurant and Tiki Bar is legendary because of the Cantonese and Polynesian style food, the authentic umbrella drinks made with fruits and juices, not syrups, and the Polynesian-style decor that sets the atmosphere. This is a real, original Tiki Bar! 
Highly Recommended!

Charlie Blood's best Italian restaurant Northern NJ

Charlie Blood's 
Garfield NJ
Family-owned and operated since 1938. Charlie Blood’s specializes in classic Italian food and seafood. The “Duke” 24oz Ribeye steak and our famous thin crust pizza are staples, an absolute must-have when dining at Charlie Blood’s! Early Bird Special menu available Wednesday – Saturday from 5-7pm and includes salad, entrée, coffee and ice cream for just $10.95!

Cafe Archetypus Edgewater NJ Cafe Archetypus
Edgewater NJ
Very Romantic!

One of Edgewater's best kept secrets. Sitting in one of the candlelit caves is a very unique experience and is one of the most romantic atmospheres in all of NJ! The unique decor truly makes this a one of a kind destination not to be missed.

The Manor restaurant West Orange NJ best overall in Northern NJ The Manor Restaurant
West Orange NJ
Best Overall!

Beautiful and Elegant dining. You can stroll through beautiful gardens, walk past magnificent fountains or enjoy a romantic after dinner dance. The Manor is truly a wondrous feast for the eyes as well as for the palate!  
Highly Recommended!

Dino & Harry's best steak house Northern NJ

Dino & Harry's Steak house 
Hoboken NJ
Best Steakhouse!
Dino & Harry's offers up an amazing strip steak, cut and aged in house. Dig into a 48 ounce porter house in true old-school Jersey style. A must visit if in the Hoboken area. Great wine list.

Top 10 

Restaurants Northern NJ

Jose Tejas best tex mex restaurant in Northern NJ
Jose Tejas 
Fairfield NJ
Best Authentic Tex-Mex!
Jose Tejas' menu and atmosphere were designed to appeal to all age groups. Their masterful creations, all created from scratch daily, require careful attention to detail and the finest ingredients. The combination of these three qualities has made Jose Tejas successful since 1987. Pair any of the delicious menu items with an exceptional margaritas or cold cerveza.

Trattoria Fresco 
Bernardsville NJ
Best Italian!
Rich authentic Italian cuisine that is too good to be true. One try of this restaurant and you will be hard pressed to go anywhere else. The lasagna is a must try! One of the best Italian restaurants in Northern NJ. BYOB
Highly Recommended!

Fascino restaurant Montclair NJ

Montclair NJ
The service is awesome. The food is awesome. The decor is elegant. The short ribs are delectable. The desserts are dreamy. Roll it all up and you've got one of the best restaurants in all of NJ!

Highly Recommended!

Edwards Steakhouse Jersey City NJ Edwards SteakHouse 
Jersey City NJ
Best Steak House!
Located in a newly renovated 1800's brownstone in Historic Downtown Jersey City, Edward's Steakhouse offers the finest in New York style steaks, chops, and seafood in a comfortable, upscale setting. A bit on the pricey side.

Best French restaurant in Northern NJ Restaurant Serenade 
Chatham NJ 
Best French!

Exquisite light French-influenced food in a beautiful atmosphere. Dinner at this jewel-like restaurant has been described as the "truly luxurious eating." A must try for any New Jersey Native.

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The following restaurants are, in our opinion, the best that Northern New Jersey has to offer. It is the definitive dining guide to the garden state. It is perhaps the only guide you will ever need to refer to if you are looking for the best restaurants in Northern NJ.

Best Restaurants in North Jersey's Editorial Picks

Editorial Pick for the Best Contemporary American in Northern NJ!

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Pluckemin Inn 
359 Route 202 South, Bedminster NJ, 908-658-9292

As soon as you walk in the door, you know you'll be in for a nice surprise! The Pluckemin Inn is a contemporary American restaurant that brings a top level of food, wine and service you might expect to find in a big city, but presents it all in a warm and inviting atmosphere, right here in North-Central New Jersey.  

Editorial Pick for the Best "Old reliable" Italian restaurant in Northern NJ!

The Shannon Rose Best Irish Pub Northern NJ
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The Shannon Rose 
98 Kingsland Road, Clifton, NJ 07014 973-284-0200
The Shannon Rose is an Irish pub located in Clifton NJ. This Passaic County restaurant is the premier eatery and Irish pub for all of Northern NJ. Their menu consists of some of the finest Irish food in the area but that’s not all they offer! They try to have something for everyone and therefore offer everything from fries and salads to shepherd’s pie. If you are a more traditional person and cannot imagine eating anything wilder than a strip steak, they have numerous options for you! However, if you are of the daring sort and want to try something different, they have awesome Irish dishes such as the traditional Irish breakfast or bangers and mash!

Best Decor Northern New Jersey

144 W State Rt 4, Paramus, NJ 201-556-1530
The decor of this place was pretty awesome! Chakra has huge canopy seating areas with very comfortable cushions. Very nice place to bring a date in Northern NJ.

Best American Cuisine in Northern NJ

Blue Morel  
2 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 973-451-2619
New American Cuisine, Sushi, Seafood Raw Bar & Wine Bar. The Blue Morel prides itself on providing a true farm to table experience. The chefs combine the finest seasonal ingredients from local, regional, organic and sustainable farms in the NJ area.

Best French in Northern NJ

Le rendez-vous
520 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 908-931-0888
Very cozy informal restaurant with French prints and paintings on the walls. The food is excellent. Simple menu but very consistent.

Other Very Good Top Restaurants in Northern New Jersey

 Denotes our Editorial Choices

15 Fox Place - Jersey City - Intimate Culinary Experience
Adega Grill - Newark - Portuguese/Spanish Cuisine
American Bistro - Nutley - Excellent Italian-American Cuisine
Amici Restaurant - Bayonne - Fine Italian/Mediterranean Cuisine
Appian Way - Orange - Fine Italian Cuisine
Aroma Italian Restaurant - West Paterson - Northern Italian Cuisine
Boulevard Five 72 - Kenilworth - Fine New American in a beautiful setting
Buco Ristorante - Clifton - Old World Italian Cuisine
Cafe Italiano - Englewood Cliffs - Regional Italian Cuisine
Cafe L' Amore - Oakland - Italian fare low in fat
Chakra - Paramus - Warm atmosphere, great food
Blue Morel - Morristown - True farm to table experience
Ariane Kitchen & Bar - Verona - Top Notch Comfort - Fresh Food

Crossroads - Garwood - New Orleans Style Cajun Food
El Artesano Restaurant - Union City - Cuban & Spanish Cuisine
GoodFellas Ristorante - Garfield - Exceptional Italian Cuisine
Grand Colonial - Perryville - Eclectic contemporary fare
Janice a bistro - Ho-Ho-Kus - Home-Style Cooking
Kinara Cuisine of India - Edgewater - Authentic Indian food
Le rendez-vous - Kenilworth - Very cozy French
The Manor - West Orange - One of the loveliest around

Marcello's Ristorante - Ridgewood - Fine Northern Italian Cuisine
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Lyndhurst- Awesome jousting
Pierre's Bistro - Morristown - The quintessential bistro
Restaurant Latour Hardyston - American Cuisine at its best
Ristorante da Benito - Union - Exquisite Italian Cuisine
Rita and Joe's - Jersey City - Fine Italian Cuisine
Saddle River Inn - Saddle River - World Class American French
Sammy's Ye Old Cider Mill - Mendham -Stone Crabs and best Nj steaks
Scalini Fedeli - Chatham- Romantic Italian
The Orange Lantern - Paramus - Fine Italian & Mexican Cuisine

A little bit about the Restaurant Guide in Northern NJ

Remember that a "Best of list" is just an editorial opinion. You should use them for what they should be used for..... A reference of opinion. Of course they are not the "gospel" that is set in stone and does not define every restaurant's reputation and standard. There are always great restaurants that will get bad reviews as there are restaurants that aren't considered as good that will get good reviews. Please enjoy this reference for what it is. A guide of opinion. It is more important to remember that you should simply have fun going out and trying new restaurants in New Jersey. You will surely come up with your own favorites.




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Best places to eat in Northern NJ

We want to try to steer you in the right direction for some great eating. We hope you enjoy exploring the restaurants we have listed here. If you're looking for a place to take a date, see our picks for the top 10 most romantic restaurants in NJ.

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