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Romantic Restaurants with the Best Views in NJ

The latest update for Romantic Restaurants with the Best Views in NJ 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 at one of NJ’s most romantic restaurants 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!

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North Jersey

table set with dinnerware against a backdrop of the New York City skyline


Chart House

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: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


De Novo European Pub

Location: 1257 River Road, Edgewater
Menu: This euro-pub has a fun mix of casual and upscale. On the starters menu you’ll find both escargot and hot wings, while flatbreads, salads, fish, poultry, and meat are all options for main dishes.
View: The outdoor dining section offers sparkling views of the Hudson River, as well as the Manhattan cityscape just beyond it. Can’t get a seat outside? The inside is just as beautiful with a sleek granite-topped bar and tables.
Why I like it: De Novo has a second location in Montclair (waterfront views not included!).
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Felina

Location: 54 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
Menu: The menu has essences of old-world Italy, but with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. A variety of inventive pasta dishes are available, plus octopus, monkfish, duck, and a Pizzetta Bianca with Brussel sprouts, Meyer lemon and hot honey drizzled on it.
View: Have you ever been in a bank vault? Now’s your chance, because at Felina you can dine inside one.
Why I like it: This unique setting is also available for events and it’s sure to create a memorable night your guests won’t soon forget.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar

Location: 2 Main St, 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: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Highlawn Pavilion

Location: Eagle Rock Reservation, 1 Crest Drive, West Orange
Menu: Try the “Bacon and Eggs” appetizer– it’s wild boar belly paired with Ameraucana eggs, shoestring potatoes and Hollandaise sauce. Besides that, the salads, soups, and variety of entrees will please any foodie. (Signature dishes include the Homemade Oricchiette and 16 oz. Creekstone Farms Prime Sirloin.)
View: The main dining room provides panoramic views of NYC, thanks to an array of windows lining the east wall. Thanks to their outdoor patio, you can also enjoy the same view as you sit under the stars.
Why I like it: Highlawn Pavilion uses local ingredients as much as possible; including sourcing fresh produce from its own farm right down the road.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call .


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, you can enjoy the view by dining outside.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Lokal

Location: 2 2nd Street, Jersey City
Menu: Locally-sourced ingredients come together in globally-inspired dishes like a vegetarian Lasagnette; made from homemade tomato and saffron pasta in a mushroom sauce.
View: Lokal is situated on the water in Jersey City, with floor to ceiling windows providing an expansive view of bustling Manhattan.
Why I like it: Happy hour is every day from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and you can take advantage of their “Any 3 for $19” menu that includes crispy oysters, a homemade hummus trio, and more.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Son Cubano

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: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Stone Water

Location: 125 State Route 181, Lake Hopatcong
Menu: Like other waterfront establishments, Stone Water’s menu has a healthy offering of seafood dishes, like Icelandic cod or the Faroe Island salmon, plus a full raw bar. But there’s also plenty on the menu for those not favoring fish – such as pork ribs, crispy eggplant, 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 at home, thanks to a children’s menu with options like pasta, hamburgers, chicken fingers, and grilled flank steak.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


The Walpack Inn

Location: 7 National Park Service Road 615, Walpack Center
Menu: Chicken, lamb, steak, as well as seafood are all on the menu; in addition to handcrafted cocktails like the Fig Mule and the Thin Mint Martini. Plus every Friday check out Oyster Happy Hour with $1.50 oysters from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
View: This hidden gem is found inside the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; with this in mind, it offers guests a stunning view from the greenhouse dining room. While the fall foliage is a sight to see, the landscape is beautiful no matter the season.
Why I like it: You’re steps away from a beautiful hike. Why not explore nature before sitting down for your meal?
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Central Jersey

hotel suite with hardwood floors and a fireplace against a backdrop of the river


Lambertville Station

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 (Brie-stuffed chicken breast in a champagne cranberry sauce) — all in one meal.
View: Situated right on the banks of the Delaware River, this romantic restaurant offers an almost mystical view of the water.
Why I like it: Fancy some wild game for dinner? Check their schedule on the website for what wild game will be served when, including kangaroo and ostrich!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Jersey Shore

exterior shot of patio tables on the boardwalk next to the beach


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 Bistro Night on Mondays…get escargots and an 8 oz. steak frites for $19 (at the bar only).
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: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Bird and Betty’s

Location: 529 Dock Road, Beach Haven
Menu: No surprise this is a seafood-heavy menu, but there are also meals for landlubbers (burgers and chicken) and even for vegetarians (the Impossible Burger)! You can also stop in for brunch. Breakfast pizza, anyone?
View: Bird and Betty’s took over what was once The Ketch, a longstanding L.B.I. bar and restaurant. It sits right on the bay so you’ll enjoy a cool breeze, the sound of water gently lapping the dock, and a beautiful evening sunset.
Why I like it: While this is strictly a seasonal restaurant (opening for the season in May), it’s worth the wait for that perfect summer date. Afterwards, you can stroll the shops in Beach Haven or play some carnival games at Fantasy Island.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


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 wontons or a grilled pork chop with sausage 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 romantic restaurant is a view in itself, with gorgeous brickwork and handsome wood accents.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Iron Whale

Location: 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Menu: What do you want when you’re dining on the water? Seafood, of course. A raw bar, crab cake, local clams, seared scallops, and fresh fish are all on the menu. Or you might choose the New York strip steak or the coffee-rubbed pork chop.
View: Located on Asbury Park’s boardwalk, the Iron Whale offers diners a view of the Atlantic Ocean. The inside view is also a winner. From the cozy fireplace to an open kitchen, this restaurant is oozing with ambience.
Why I like it: Two words– taco bar. Yes, that’s right. Iron Whale has a fish taco bar with items like the Billy, a seared swordfish taco.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

Location: 1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Menu: This menu offers decadent, new American options, like roasted venison or orecchiette with a creamy Maine lobster sauce, that are sure to hit the spot.
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 the $33 three-course prix fixe menu offered all night long Thursdays and Sundays throughout January and February, and as well as Thursdays and Mondays in March.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Sirena Ristorante

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: An extensive wine list with many options for a glass, half-bottle, or bottle will please any wine connoisseur.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


South Jersey

shot of the river from romantic restaurant patio


Carlucci’s Waterfront

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 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: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


The ChopHouse

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: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Porch & Proper

Location: 619 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood
Menu: Small plates like arugula and goat cheese salad meet large plates like ginger honey duck breast. Yum! Desserts, like zucchini cake with spiced cream and pecans, are made in-house daily.
View: Enjoy your meal on the covered porch of a quaint, 100-year-old building in the heart of Collingswood. You’ll enjoy views of the lush private garden that is home to many of the herbs and spices featured in Porch & Proper’s dishes.
Why I like it: Ask for the chef’s tasting menu, available nightly.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


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