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The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in NJ

These are our picks for the top 10 finest romantic restaurants in New Jersey

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Rat's Restaurant 
Central Jersey
16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 609-584-7800

If you are longing for a visit to a historic European village but don't want to travel far then you must visit Rat's Restaurant. You'll feel as if you have stepped into a village reminiscent of French impressionist Claude Monet's beloved town of Giverny. Located on the beautiful 42 acre Grounds for Sculpture. Grounds for Sculpture is a lovely park which boasts many sculptures in a variety of styles and media.

Just Restaurant Romantic Restaurants NJ
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Just Restaurant 
Central Jersey
2280 Route 9 South, Old Bridge, NJ, 732-707-4800
Just Restaurant is a Zagat-rated New American dining destination hidden in the heart of Central New Jersey. Well-received by both diners and critics such as the New York Times, Just presents a selection of artfully prepared culinary creations, an extensive and diverse wine list and a unique specialty cocktail menu. Diners find themselves transported to a different city the moment they step through their doors and every detail in the design works together to set the perfect ambiance for casual cocktails, dinner, dessert or any special occasion.

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Scarborough Fair
Central Jersey
1414 Meeting House Rd. Sea Girt, NJ 732-223-6658
A romantic dinner here will help to keep your marriage young! Scarborough Fair has an unbelievable storybook setting. Their multilevel seating makes this restaurant charming and unique. Scarborough Fair is enthralling, seductive, romantic and very private. Each dining room has a matchless personality of its own. Enjoy their delicious New American cuisine and homemade desserts.

Tavern on the Lake romantic central nj restaurants
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Tavern on the Lake 
Central New Jersey
101 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 609-426-9345
The Tavern on the Lake is located at the northern tip of Peddie Lake in picturesque Hightstown, New Jersey. If you’re looking for a unique setting for a date, come down on a nice afternoon and have a meal on the large patio while watching the afternoon sun cast shadows on the beautiful lake. If you have time during your visit, take an enjoyable stroll along the lake or through historic Hightstown. For more information on Tavern on the Lake, see their full page listing.

The Bernards Inn NJ Top Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
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The Bernards Inn The Bernards Inn Top Ten Romantic Restaurants NJ
Central Jersey
27 Mine Brook Rd., Bernardsville, NJ 908-766-0002
Romance is always on the menu at The Bernards Inn, a critically and guest acclaimed restaurant that is renowned for romantic dining in the Garden State and beyond. With its genteel old-Hollywood feel, stone fireplaces, high ceilings, gleaming woodwork and stone terrace lush with greens, the Inn is a one-of-a-kind dining destination. As NJ’s only AAA four diamond restaurant and boutique hotel, the restaurant and library piano bar offers Progressive American cuisine and an award-winning wine list. Dine on innovative dishes created from the freshest ingredients from the Inn’s garden and the finest local food purveyors. Turn your dining experience into an overnight escape with one of the Inn’s many romantic getaway packages.

The Olde Mill Inn Best Romantic Restaurants in Central NJ
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The Olde Mill Inn The Olde Mill Inn Great Romantic Restaurants in NJ
Central Jersey

225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 800-585-4461

Operated under the supervision of Executive Chef Luca Carvello, The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn serves classic American cuisine to its patrons. The restaurant offers a wonderful lunch, dinner and dessert menu with highly popular dishes such as calamari, Famous Grain House Chili, burgers and, of course, steaks and fish. On Saturdays guests can expect to indulge in a beautifully prepared a la carte brunch and a buffet brunch on Sundays. The romantic atmosphere allows couples to fully enjoy both their meals and their company.

Bonfire Restaurant romantic restaurants in Northern NJ
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Bonfire Mofongo House 
Northern New Jersey
999 Market Street, Paterson, NJ 973-278-2400
Come out for a romantic dinner at the recently renovated Bonfire Mofongo House in Patterson, NJ. The restaurant has recently transformed into a Caribbean and Latin American restaurant, serving some of the most authentic food in Northern NJ. Enjoy fine dining in their dimly lit, romantic lounge area. After your meal, head to the bar for drinks and dancing. Bonfire Mofongo House hosts live music almost every night! The restaurant is also available for private events and catering. 

Waters Edge romantic restaurants in Ocean County NJ
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Waters Edge 
Central New Jersey
125 Bayview Avenue, Berkeley Township, NJ, 732-269-3000

Excite your senses! Let your appetite set its course through a journey filled with flavor. Enjoy an elegant, candlelight dinner at the Waters Edge "Top of the Bay" dining room. Sweet, soft music fills the air as you and your significant other enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the majestic Barnegat Bay. Their continental cuisine is just as delicious as the waterfront views. The award-winning culinary team combines the freshest ingredients with innovative flair that caters to carnivores, seafood lovers, gluten-free and vegetarian diners.

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Scalini Fedeli 
Northern New Jersey
63 Main Street Chatham, NJ 973-701-9200

Very romantic Tuscan Villa dining room with high vaulted ceilings and antique pine floors. The restaurant was constructed inside of a 260-year-old New Jersey farmhouse. The charm, Old world Tuscan feel and soft lighting evokes the feeling that you are in the private house of royalty. BYOB and prepare for a very special evening.

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Pearl Restaurant 
North Jersey
17 South Broad Street, Ridgewood, NJ, 201-857-5100
The Pearl Restaurant expertly prepares American Nouvelle Cuisine using only the freshest, exquisitely prepared foods.  Their chef prepares the finest meat, fish and vegetables selected from the market daily. The pastas are homemade and deserts are prepared tableside. Dinner is served seven days a week in the elegant dining room. Bring your favorite wine to compliment your delicious dinner.

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Cafe Mattise
Northern New Jersey
167 Park Ave. Rutherford, NJ 201-935-2995
This very well may be the best restaurant in the entire state of NJ. The service is truly amazing and the food is considered exquisite, extraordinary to perfect by many of the big critics. A BYOB gem located in an old firehouse that just sizzles with romantic ambience. You will fall in love all over again in here. A new wine shop is now located next door. The beautiful outside garden is very romantic and is reminiscent of Barcelona Spain. 

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The Frenchtown Inn
Central Jersey
7 Bridge St. Frenchtown, NJ 908-996-3300
The small town of Frenchtown surely adds to the charm of this quaint restaurant. The simple beauty and scenic country location on the banks of the Delaware River make the Frenchtown Inn a perfect venue for a remarkable dinner or a truly outstanding private event. With unique dishes like their "Roast Sliced Pork Tenderloin over Applewood Smoked Bacon Risotto" the night is sure to be perfect! There is a no Jeans dress Policy.

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Ivy Inn 
North Jersey

268 Terrace Ave. Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 201-393-7699

One of New Jerseys top 10 best restaurants. A romantic historic stagecoach Inn. On Thursday Friday and Saturdays you can sit by the fireplace and listen to Jazz piano while sipping on your favorite wine. A very "romantic I-love-you-spot" in Northern NJ. The Ivy Inn also offers a fabulous Sunday brunch.

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The Ebbitt room
Southern New Jersey
25 Jackson St. Cape May, NJ 609-884-5700
Located in the historic district of Cape May in The Virginia Hotel. The Superb Creatively prepared dishes and romantic atmosphere will surely make this a memorable experience. This is one of the best hotel restaurants in South Jersey. They offer sweet romantic packages.

 Honorable Mention for most romantic Dining in NJ

Bernards Inn - Bernardsville - Central NJ - Distinctive and very Romantic!
Vine Restaurant Lounge - Basking RidgeCentral NJ - Very Modern and Hip 
Whispers - Spring LakeCentral NJ - Best unknown in Monmouth County
The Dining Room at Anthony Davids - HobokenNorthern NJ - Very romantic Italian
Stone House - WarrenNorthern NJ - Very Unique and very pretty decor
Undici - Rumson - Central NJ - Beautiful food in a beautiful town
Blue Bottle Cafe - Hopewell Central NJ - Relaxed BYOB - pretty decor

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See our picks for the Most Romantic Restaurants by region below this section

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Undici Restaurant
Rumson NJ

Best steakhouse in NJ.


The Chophouse
Gibbsboro NJ

Best new American restaurant in NJ.


MIddletown NJ

Best Italian restaurant in NJ scalini Fedeli.


Scalini Fedeli
Chatham NJ

Best Outdoor Dining in NJ


Chart House
Weehawkin NJ

Best Seafood in NJ.


Due Mari
New Brunswick NJ

Best seafood raw bar in NJ The Lobster House


The Lobster House
Cape May NJ

Best Fusion Thai restaurant in NJ, Teak


Red Bank NJ

Best Japanese restaurant in NJ Sawa Japanese


Eatontown NJ

Best Chinese restaurant in NJ Cape Orient


Cape Orient
Cape May NJ

Best Indian restaurant in NJ


Akbar Restaurant
Edison NJ

Best all around restaurant in NJ - The Manor


The Manor
West Orange NJ


The following restaurants are, in our opinion, the most romantic that New Jersey has to offer. It is the definitive romantic 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 most romantic restaurants in NJ.

 Denotes our Critics Choice
 Denotes Very-Very Romantic!

Top Romantic Restaurants in North Jersey

15 Fox Place - Jersey City - Intimate Culinary Experience
Adega Grill - Newark - Portuguese/Spanish Cuisine
Amanda's - Hoboken - Elegant and lovely!
Amici Restaurant - Bayonne - Fine Italian/Mediterranean Cuisine
Andre's - Newton - Charming, romantic Bistro
Appian Way - Orange - Fine Italian Cuisine
Boulevard five 72 - Kenilworth - New American - Very Romantic!  
Buco Ristorante - Clifton - Old World Italian Cuisine
Cafe Italiano - Englewood Cliffs - Regional Italian Cuisine
Cafe Panache - Ramsey - Romantic eclectic Dining in Northern NJ
Cortina Restaurant - Paterson - Best unknown Italian cuisine
Ariane Kitchen and Bar - Verona - Top Notch Comfort - Very Fresh

El Artesano Restaurant - Union City - Cuban & Spanish Cuisine
GoodFellas Ristorante - Garfield - Exceptional Italian Cuisine
Grand Colonial - Perryville - Eclectic contemporary fare
Highlawn Pavilion 
- West Orange - Manhattan Skyline view  
Janice a bistro - Ho-Ho-Kus - Home-Style Cooking
Le rendez-vous - Kenilworth - Very cozy French
Lua - Hoboken - Best Latin Cusine in Northern NJ
Manor The - West Orange - One of the lovliest around

Pearl Restaurant - Ridgewood - American Nouvelle Cuisine
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Lyndhurst - The awesome jousting is actually very romantic
Pierre's Bistro - Morristown - The quintessential bistro
Restaurant Latour - Hardyston - American Cusine 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
Scalini Fedeli - Chatham - Romantic Italian 

Top Romantic Restaurants in Central Jersey

Anton's at the Swan - Lambertville - Fine Romantic American
Cosina Del Sol - Frenchtown - Best Mexican Casual in all of NJ!
Clydz - New Brunswick - Offers unusual fare in a sleek atmosphere
Eno Terra - Kingston - Farm to table with a perfect touch
La Casa Bianca - Whitehouse Station - Mediterranean Cuisine
Panico's - New Brunswick - Italian Cuisine
Raven and the Peach - Fair havenOne of the most upscale in NJ 
Sputino 360 - New Brunswick- Very upscale Italian
Stage Left - New Brunswick - Contemporary American Cuisine
The Cranbury Inn - Cranbury - Quaint Colonail Bar Restaurant
The Frenchtown Inn - Frenchtown - Old word charm - Outdoor dining
The Frog & The Peach - New Brunswick - American Cuisine
The Sergeantsville Inn - Sergeantsville - Beautiful setting in a beautiful town
Tropea Restaurant - Bridgewater - Sophisticated and innovative Italian

Top Romantic Restaurants in South Jersey

Axelsson's Restaurant - Cape May - Known for it's fine Seafood
Buttonwood Manor - Matawan - Gracious Country Dining
Caffe Aldo Lamberti - Cherry Hill - Innovative Italian Cuisine
Chef Ed's Seaside Grill
- Belmar - Specializing in Seafood
Crab Trap, The - Somers point - Awesome seafood overlooking the bay
Dorris & Ed's Restaurant - Highlands - Seafood Restaurant
East Bay Crab & Grille Restaurant - Egg Harbor - Famous Garlic Crabs
Innat Sugar Hill - Somers Point - Victorian waterfront B&B
Lobster House - Cape May - Fine raw bar and fish market
Mad Batter Restaurant - Cape May - The Best Brunch in South Jersey
Joseph's Restaurant Renault Winery - Egg Harbor - Mediterranean
Peter Shields Restaurant & Inn - Cape May - Charming Victorian House
The Ebbitt Room - Cape May - Regional American Cuisine  
Washington Inn - Cape May  - Five unique dining rooms - American (Traditional)


Frank Pombo's Bethwood - Totowa - Elegance suited for Royalty
Mad Batter Restaurant -
Cape May - The Best Brunch in South Jersey
The Molly Pitcher Inn  - Red Bank - Award winning Central NJ Brunch
The Cheesecake Factory - Edison & Hackensack - fabulous brunch, - Steak, Fish and Chicken
The Terrace at The Hilton of Short Hills  - Short Hills - Excellent brunch!

Cloverleaf Tavern - Caldwell - Casual Irish setting


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