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.
Restaurants Northern NJ
Lun Wah Restaurant & Tiki Bar Roselle NJ
908-245-0656 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 Garfield NJ
973-478-8854 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 201-941-0609 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
973-731-2360 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 Steak house
201-659-6202 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.
Restaurants Northern NJ
Jose Tejas Fairfield NJ
973-808-8201 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
908-221-0040 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 Montclair NJ 973-233-0350
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
201-761-0000 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.
Restaurant Serenade Chatham NJ
973-701-0303 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.
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.
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FunNewJersey.com's Editorial Picks
Editorial Pick for the Best Contemporary American in Northern NJ!
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
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
Chakra 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.
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A little bit about the FunNewJersey.com 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.