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!
Location: 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City
Valentine’s Day Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Menu: Chef Ryan DePersio serves up contemporary Italian based, seafood-heavy dishes to go along with the marina-inspired décor. Don’t miss the seafood tower appetizer that’s perfect for sharing, offering oysters, clams, lobster, shrimp, crab and tuna tartare!
View: Battello’s location alongside the Newport Yacht Club provides a mix of city and shore town vibes when you look out the window. Boats are docked just feet away, but in the distance, New York City’s buildings cut through the sky. Simply put: It’s beautiful.
More info: battellojc.com or call 201-798-1798
Location: 27 Ocean Avenue, Pier Village, Long Branch
Valentine’s Day Hours: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
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.
More info: sirenaristorante.com or call 732-222-1119
Location: 1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken
Valentine’s Day Hours:
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Happy Hour: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
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.
More info: www.chart-house.com or call 201-348-6628
Location: 1257 River Road, Edgewater
Valentine’s Day Hours: Lunch: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Menu: Head to Le Jardin for an expansive French continental menu that’s heavy on the meat, from duck liver pâté to baby rack of lamb.
View: Located up on the cliffs of Edgewater, Le Jardin has a fantastic view of the George Washington Bridge as well as the New York City skyline. The vantage point is one of the better ones you’ll find in New Jersey.
More info: lejardinnj.com or call 201-224-9898
Avenue Le Club
Location: 23 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch
Valentine’s Day Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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.
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.
More info: www.leclubavenue.com or call 732-759-2900
Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar
Location: 45 River Road, Edgewater
Valentine’s Day Hours: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
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.
More info: www.havenedgewater.com or call 201-943-1900
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant
Location: 1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Valentine’s Day Hours: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Menu: This menu offers decadent, new American options, like hangar 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.
More info: www.petershieldsinn.com or call 609-884-9090
Location: 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville
Valentine’s Day Hours: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
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.
More info: www.lambertvillestation.com or call 609-397-8300
Location: 4 South Lakeview Drive, Gibbsboro
Valentine’s Day Hours: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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, where appetizers are only $8.
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.
More info: www.thechophouse.us or call 856-566-7300
Crystal Tavern at Crystal Springs Resort
Location: 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Valentine’s Day Hours: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Menu: Crystal Tavern’s locally-sourced menu offers unique and classic options to go along with the season. Indulge in warm dishes, such as mac and cheese, as well as raw seafood items, soups, salads and small and large supper options.
View: Nestled in the heart of New Jersey’s beautiful northwestern region, Crystal Tavern’s warm dining room is the perfect setting for your Valentine’s Day dinner. With picturesque views of the Kittatinny Mountain Range, it’s a luxuriously cozy place to spend the evening.
More info: www.crystalgolfresort.com or call 855-977-6473
Location: 876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel
Valentine’s Day Hours: 11:00 am, with the last seating at 9:00 pm
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.
More info: www.carluccisitaliangrill.com or call 856-235-5737
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- Additional Images (in Order) Courtesy:
- Batello / Facebook
- Sirena Ristorante / Facebook
- Chart House / Facebook
- Le Jardin / Facebook
- Avenue Le Club / Facebook
- Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar
- Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant
- Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn / Facebook
- The Chophouse / Facebook
- Crystal Tavern / Facebook
- Carlucci's Waterfront / Facebook