With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone is looking for the perfect romantic restaurant to take their significant other to. If you live in or near Central New Jersey, you’re in luck because there are a number of restaurants in this area that gear their décor, food, and ambience towards romance. Whether you’re looking for a cozy café or a fancy five star dining experience, here is a list of ten of the most romantic restaurants in the central Jersey area.
Rats Restaurant – Located in Hamilton, the Rats Restaurant is a one of a kind find. The location is a central part of what makes this restaurant so romantic. Enjoy a walk through the immaculate gardens of the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture before dinner, as the Rats Restaurant is situated directly on the property. The menu is eclectic and unique and the ambience is magical.
Eno Terra Restaurant – Eno Terra’s food is based on a farm to table concept and revolves around fresh ingredients from local farmers and vendors, which means they only serve what’s in season. Eno Terra is known for it’s unique menu and extensive world renowned wine list and caters to those seeking romance. The restaurant is also offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Eno Terra is located in Kingston, New Jersey.
Avenue Restaurant – This oceanfront restaurant wows diners with it’s spectacular views of the beautiful Long Branch Beach, as well as it’s extensive menu featuring a wide array of both land and sea entrees. The restaurant is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring many of their most popular dishes at a fixed price of $42 per person. Avenue is a great place for those who love the nightlife as well. Check out Avenue Nuit for a special Valentine’s Day 80’s party event.
The Melting Pot – Everything about this restaurant, located in Somerville New Jersey, is geared towards romantic dining. From creamy cheese fondues, to luscious, rich chocolate, nothing says romance better than fondue. They even designate an area of their restaurant as “Lovers Lane”, which is designed solely for couples looking for a more intimate dining setting.
The Frog and The Peach – If you really want to wow your Valentine’s Day date, you take them to the Frog and The Peach, located in New Brunswick. For those looking for a five star dining experience, this is the restaurant. The restaurant is offering both a Valentine’s Day menu and a five course tasting menu for the Valentine’s Day Weekend (February 15th & 16th).
Makeda – For those looking for a truly unique experience for Valentine’s Day, Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant in New Brunswick is a good option. The food is different but delicious, often requiring you to eat with your hands. The ambience and interior of the restaurant are just as unique as the food with colorful basket-weaved tables and traditional Ethiopian décor. The restaurant also often provides live entertainment.
Teresa Café – Teresa Cafe is a cozy restaurant located in the heart of Palmer’s Square in Princeton. With an extensive wine list and a menu offering comforting items like Lamb Osso Bucco, and Lasagna Bolognese, Teresa’s is a romantic option that won’t break the bank. They offer daily specials and only feature only the freshest ingredients in their food.
Witherspoon Grill – Located in Princeton, the Witherspoon Grill is another great option for Valentine’s Day. They feature amazing steak entrees as well as fresh seafood from the local Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Company, all served in an intimate setting.
The Molly Pitcher Inn – The Inn is situated directly on the Navesink River in Red Bank. The dining room is decorated with sparkling chandeliers and boasts large, panoramic windows which allows for breathtaking views of the River. The dinner menu offers entrees like seafood pot pie, grilled filet mignon, and pan roasted duck breast. It’s a truly beautiful place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Blue Point Grill – For seafood lovers, this is the place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Their menus change daily to reflect the freshest fish and seafood arriving that day. Start off with their famous buffalo calamari, and for the main course choose from a variety of fresh fish prepared to your liking and many other seafood favorites like shrimp scampi, crab cakes and sea scallops. Blue Point Grill is located on Nassau Street in Princeton and is a BYOB.