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The most romantic restaurants in NJ

Though it may sound like an oyxmoron, these romantic restaurants in NJ are the perfect places for a date night

Photograph: Courtesy Scarborough Fair Restaurant

Romance is in the air at these romantic restaurants in NJ, with fire pits, skyline views and European-inspired gardens. New Jersey is now giving the most romantic restaurants in NYC a run for their money. What better way to enjoy a date night than with creative menus and views that can't be beat? Afterward, check out the best things to do in New Jersey for a post-date activity.

Romantic restaurants in NJ


Rat’s Restaurant

Make like the French with country-style dishes and a sculpture garden that will make you feel like you took a step back in time to Giverny in the 1920s.

Where to sit: Get there early with your amour and ask for a seat in the backyard, where you’ll be steps away from a beautiful, tranquil pond.

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Sirena Ristorante

Add this place to your staycation list—share classic Italian dishes with your significant other while enjoying views of palm trees and the white beach. You’ll almost forget that you’re at Pier Village and not some remote island in Hawaii).

Where to sit: Ask for a seat right by one of their floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sandy beach.

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Chart House

This is as close to the New York City skyline that you’re going to get without actually leaving Jersey—Chart House is located right on the Hudson River with a panoramic view of downtown Manhattan. Here, enjoy a seafood dinner where local flavors meets exotic.

Where to sit: Make sure you grab a seat near one of their floor-to-ceiling windows where you’ll have a view of every building from the Empire State Building to the Freedom Tower.

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The Pluckemin Inn

Enjoy a warm welcome from Pluckemin Inn, decorated cozily with reclaimed French-oak walls, rustic iron banisters and large fireplaces. This is the one place in New Jersey that give you both comfort and fine dining all in one place.

Where to sit: Sink into a chair near one of the roaring fireplaces to top off a romantic evening with you and your partner.

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Cafe Matisse

Leave the kids at home and celebrate a special occasion at this BYOB restaurant, where you can enjoy a three or five-course tasting menu of dishes highlighting local and seasonal ingredients.

Where to sit: The lush garden patio—you’ll feel like you've been transported to the great outdoors, what with all of the flora and fauna.

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Scarborough Fair Restaurant

Enjoy an intimate night in a 19th-century farmhouse with mood lighting, rustic decor and unique architecture. With Scarborough, you’ll go for the ambiance and stay for the food—their New American menu is one that you’ll be impressed with.

Where to sit: Ask to sit in one of their “private alcoves”; it’ll feel like just you and your loved one are in the restaurant.

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Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

You had us at 1907 beachfront mansion. Go right to the edge of New Jersey and try out this charming American eatery that does simple recipes like halibut and steak really well.

Where to sit: Kick back on the porch where you can enjoy an award-winning meal while overlooking the Atlantic.

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The ChopHouse

American cuisine (steak, seafood) and views of the lake are all you need to take a starry-eyed evening from ordinary to extraordinary.

Where to sit: Request a seat on the deck, where you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful lake scenes and cuddle up right by the fire pit after dinner with wine in hand.

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Looking for a place in NYC instead?


Katie E

Another really cute and romantic restaurant is Anthony David's in Hoboken! It's a little less chaotic then most, but very romantic setting with dim lighting and candles on the table. It's also BYOB which is always a plus