The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.
There’s no better time of year to show your appreciation for the one you love than on Valentine’s Day. February 14 is just around the corner and, with it, the pressure of planning the perfect night. This year, do something special and make a reservation that is sure to take your significant other’s breath away in the best way possible.
The views in New Jersey are incomparable. From the sea to the skyline, there are many ways to take in the sights. Below, you’ll find our list of the best spots to do so during one of the most special nights of the year. Enjoy!
Liberty House Restaurant
Location: 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City
Menu: Prepare yourself (and your date!) for creative, seasonal farm-to-table masterpieces made with the freshest ingredients! The culinary team at Liberty House is offering seafood, sushi and decadent desserts on their special Valentine’s Day menu.
View: Liberty House Restaurant’s location alongside Liberty State Park provides a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline. Glance out the floor-to-ceiling windows over your glass of wine and catch a glimpse of New York City’s buildings cutting through the sky. Simply put: It’s beautiful.
Why I like it: In the warmer months, enjoy the view by dining outside.
More info: libertyhouserestaurant.com or call 201-395-0300
Location: 27 Ocean Avenue, Pier Village, Long Branch
Menu: Check out Sirena’s for a classic Italian meal. (Psst: We’ve heard the bolognese is incredible.)
View: Located directly on the beach of Long Branch’s well-known Pier Village, Sirena’s gives the illusion of being on some island in paradise (for those of you who don’t recognize the Jersey Shore as paradise). Eating delicious food next to a huge window overlooking palm trees, the beach and the ocean will make you think you’ve been whisked away to a tropical escape.
Why I like it: During the fall and winter months, enjoy half price bottles of wine (up to $60) each Thursday evening.
More info: sirenaristorante.com or call 732-222-1119
Location: 1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken
Menu: Chart House is primarily known for its fresh seafood dishes, but the menu also features some great steak options. There’s also a full gluten-free menu available.
View: This is the closest you can get to the skyline without actually leaving New Jersey. The Chart House juts out into the Hudson River, putting diners directly on the water with panoramic views of New York City through floor-to-ceiling windows. I’ve been here many times, and the view is worth snapping a picture — each and every time.
Why I like it: Even Hollywood producers have taken note of the Chart House. It has been featured in movies like 1998’s The Object of My Affection, starring Jennifer Aniston.
More info: www.chart-house.com or call 201-348-6628
Location: 40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York
Menu: Head to Son Cubano for a taste of classic Cuban dishes packed with flavor!
View: Located along the waterfront in West New York, Son Cubano feels within arms reach of the New York City skyline. Enjoy the view from the glamorous dining room (inspired by 1950s Cuba), or head outside for an incredible photo op – or proposal spot.
Why I like it: Son Cubano sits on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, making it the perfect spot to take a romantic stroll after your meal.
More info: soncubanonj.com or call 201-399-2020
Avenue Le Club
Location: 23 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch
Menu: If you couldn’t guess by the name, this is your go-to for French cuisine (mussels and scallops, as well as the classic steak frites) in luxurious style, and with a view. Lucky you. Each day features a special, like Moules a GoGo on Mondays…all you can eat mussels plus a 12 oz. glass of Stella Artois for $20.
View: Beautiful ocean views in one of New Jersey’s nicest shore towns are a draw year-round. It’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy your meal.
Why I like it: Even in the winter, you get the best of both worlds at Avenue Le Club – the coziness of a roaring fireplace while gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean.
More info: www.leclubavenue.com or call 732-759-2900
Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar
Location: 45 River Road, Edgewater
Menu: Haven boasts modern American meals with unique twists (pretzel-crusted fried calamari! seafood risotto!) and a ton of options.
View: Floor to ceiling windows give patrons a breathtaking view out across the Hudson River to the New York City skyline — so you can enjoy the view without braving the chilly outdoors.
Why I like it: Valet service is available for $5 or park in the restaurant’s indoor garage free of charge.
More info: www.havenedgewater.com or call 201-943-1900
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant
Location: 1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Menu: This menu offers decadent, new American options, like hanger steak and seared salmon, that are sure to hit the spot. (Side note: the chefs in my family approve of this place, and they usually know what they’re talking about when it comes to dinner.)
View: You’re at the very tip of New Jersey here, with one-of-a-kind views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean.
Why I like it: You can also opt for either the four course or seven course chef’s tasting, available until 8:00 pm each night.
More info: www.petershieldsinn.com or call 609-884-9090
Location: 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville
Menu: Lambertville Station has an expansive, American-style menu that allows diners to swing between casual (BLT sliders) and fine dining (fig and port short ribs) — all in one meal.
View: Situated right on the banks of the Delaware River, Lambertville Station offers an almost mystical view of the water.
Why I like it: Fancy some wild game for dinner? Check the schedule for what wild game will be served when, including kangaroo and ostrich!
More info: www.lambertvillestation.com or call 609-397-8300
Location: 4 South Lakeview Drive, Gibbsboro
Menu: An abundance of steaks, chops and seafood (like the house special, kona-encrusted sirloin) make up this award-winning menu, and there’s also a daily happy hour, with all appetizers $10 and under.
View: Overlooking beautiful Silver Lake, The ChopHouse offers wonderful views of the water at night. The dining room also boasts a fire pit, so you can curl up and enjoy the stellar view.
Why I like it: Try one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, like the ChopHouse Martini with sweet pineapple-infused vodka.
More info: www.thechophouse.us or call 856-566-7300
Location: 876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel
Menu: This Italian spot offers a delicious mix of seafood, steak and pasta dishes made with finely picked ingredients. They offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and heart healthy options, as well as a raw bar. Two must-have menu items are the house specialty Maryland crab cakes and the imported buffalo mozzarella.
View: Carlucci’s Waterfront sits directly on the Rancocas Creek, with stunning views of the water through the large picture windows. Take in the Valentine’s Day sunset over the creek with a glass of red wine and delicious dinner for two.
Why I like it: This family-owned restaurant still uses the same Italian recipes that have been passed down through generations.
More info: www.carluccisitaliangrill.com or call 856-235-5737
Charlie’s of Bay Head
Location: 72 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head
Menu: Contemporary American cuisine gets a creative twist at Charlie’s, like tuna poke nachos or a grilled pork chop with sausage sage stuffing that will make your mouth water. Also on the menu is a raw bar, an exclusive wine library and twenty taps of craft beer.
View: Sit on the deck and immerse yourself in the stunning views of Twilight Lake.
Why I like it: This newly-opened restaurant is a view in itself, with gorgeous brickwork and handsome wood accents.
More info: www.charliesofbayhead.com or call 732-295-1110
Location: 125 State Route 181, Lake Hopatcong
Menu: Like other waterfront establishments, Stone Water’s menu has a healthy offering of seafood dishes, like Mediterranean halibut or the Faroe Island salmon, plus a full raw bar. But there’s also plenty on the menu for those not favoring fish – Australian lamb chops, duck, flatbreads, burgers and more.
View: Come by car or by boat to this gem, perched on the shores of Lake Hopatcong. Guests during the day will see boats cruising through the harbor, while at night they will enjoy spectacular sunsets and twinkling lights over the water.
Why I like it: No need to leave the kids home, thanks to a children’s menu with options like pasta, hamburgers, chicken fingers and grilled flank steak.
More info: www.stonewaternj.com or call 973-810-3858