January may have felt like forever, but February is finally here. It’s time to get into the Valentine’s Day groove! Jersey Bites has you covered for a romantic dinner in the Garden State.
Pascal & Sabine is a Jersey coast gem that encloses the thrm of a French bistro in a small space on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. The restaurant offers their standard menu for the love-themed holiday, which includes fan favorites like the 12-hour braised short rib, house-made vegetable burger, and beet pappardelle. To make a reservation, click here. 601 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park.
Girasole is an Atlantic City-based Italian restaurant that captures the charm of the old world. Entrée options for the three-course dinner include handmade pastas, sirloin steaks and seafood, while the dessert selections will range from decadent chocolate cake to light gelato. The dinner is $36 per person. To make reservations, call (609) 345-5554 or click here. 3108 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City.
Knife and Fork Inn features its standard fare plus additional options this February 14. Sink your teeth into the eatery’s traditional offerings, ranging from steaks to seafood, or opt for the Valentine’s dishes, which include baked oysters, seared foie gras, 12 oz. Waygu New York strip, and for dessert, mocha pots de crème. For reservations, click here. 3600 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City.
Beach Plum Farm hosts two Valentine’s Day dinners on Saturday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 14. Each dinner will feature a farm-fresh, four-courxse meal. The dinner will be BYOB, and the farm will provide fresh juices and herbs for cocktail crafting. $175 per couple before tax and gratuity. Each night is limited to only 28 couples, and reservations can be made by clicking here. 140 Stevens Street, Cape May.
Ebbitt Room at Virginia Hotel offers a four-course dinner for Valentine’s Day. For the first course, diners can choose between lobster bisque soup and marinated Kumamoto oysters served with Asian pear. The second course offers a choice of deviled eggs with Sevruga caviar and a 24K-gold flake, pork meatballs with a pistachio pesto, or beef carpaccio. Entrée options are more expansive, ranging from duck breast with apple spiced cabbage, sweet potato, and cherry gastrique to braised short rib with white polenta, glazed roots, and a molasses-thyme sauce. Dessert possibilities include chocolate pavlova, red wine velvet cake, and profiteroles. Dinner, priced at $85, takes place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 609-884-5700. 25 Jackson Street, Cape May.
At Restaurant Serenade, husband-and-wife team Chef James Laird and Nancy Laird offer a planned four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring James’ signature cream-less soup, grilled octopus, lobster, filet mignon and roasted rack of lamb. Click here to view the full menu. Dinner is $135 per person, and don’t be shy about ordering the Lovers’ Wine Flight, for an additional $40 per person. Click here to make reservations or call 973-701-0303. 6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham.
Pairings offers an exclusive four-course, prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Dishes include, but are not limited to, balsamic roasted beet salad and macadamia vinaigrette, crab and lobster ravioli, portabello mushroom and risotto, and lamb sirloin and rosemary-dijon crumbs. Finish the meal with pavlova and French macaron or blood orange mousse and a dark chocolate tart. View the full menu here. Reservations are available from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. To make a reservation click here. $98 per person. 10 Walnut Avenue, Cranford.
Haven presents a three-course grand prix fixe menu for $85 per person. The menu features an oyster tasting, truffle mac n’ cheese, seafood risotto, fire roasted hereford short rib, chocolate croissant bread pudding and more. There will be three seatings, and a reservation will be required and can be made by clicking here. 2 Main Street, Edgewater.
Franklinville Inn features American Cuisine made with fresh seasonal ingredients that pair well with the award-winning wine list. Enjoy signature dishes including crab bisque, New York strip steak, surf and turf, and more. Check out the full menu here. Make a reservation here or call 856-694-1577 with parties of five or more. 2526 Delsea Drive, Franklinville.
The Historic Smithville Inn offers views of the scenic Lake Meone over delights like New York strip, eggplant rollatini and bouillabaisse. So grab your valentine and get booking—the restaurant is accepting reservations. To make yours, call 609-652-7777 or visit the website. 1 N New York Road, Absecon.
Tre Famiglia presents traditional Italian favorites with fresh quality ingredients for a memorable dining experience. Choose from favorites like Chip’s gnocchi pomodoro, linguine aurora, or flounder francese. Click here to view the full menu. Call to make a reservation at 856-429-1447 or click here. 403 North Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield.
Crystal Springs Resort is a one-stop shop for all things romantic. Whether you’re looking for an evening dinner for two or a total getaway, you’ll find it here. Restaurant Latour features a five-course meal for $115/person as well as a wine pairing for $55/person. Or go all out and book the Chef’s Tasting for a bit more. Springs Bistro has a Tuscan-inspired a la carte menu, with grilled octopus, tagliatelle, and venison. Meanwhile Crystal Tavern’s a la carte menu is described as new American, with offerings including braised lamb poutine, smoked salmon toast, and beef pot pie. Minerals Resort & Spa offers a showcase of the wines of Cakebread Cellars paired with a five-course menu at $95/person plus tax and gratuity. 855-977-6473, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg.
Located at Grounds for Sculpture, feel like you have stepped into Claude Monet’s village of Giverny when you dine at Rat’s. Currently serving Rat’s Winter Menu, enjoy citrus salad, crispy pork belly, seared duck breast, roasted dry-aged sirloin, and more! Click here to view the full menu. To make a reservation call 609-584-7800, or click here. 16 Fairground Road, Hamilton.
OAt the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern, choose from the a la carte menu or some specials including lobster bisque, Chilean sea bass, au poivre NY strip and dark chocolate covered long-stemmed strawberries. Click here to view the menu. Click here to make reservations or call 201-445-4115. One Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus.
Anthony David’s showcases classic Italian dishes along with new creations made with seasonal, local ingredients. Enjoy featured items such as artisan cheeses, market vegetables, lobster gnocchi, truffle risotto, or a grass-fed ribeye. View the full menu here. Call for a reservation at 201-222-8399. 953 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken.
Staying in? Choc O Pain is the way to go if you’re looking to pick up a romantic dessert. Locations in Hoboken and Jersey City. 157 First Street, Hoboken, 201-710-5175; 530 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, 201-435-2462; 330-332 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City,
Executive Chef Chris Siversen’s Maritime Parc in Liberty State Park features a the three-course prix-fixe menu with highlights including oysters Rockefeller, black trumpet crusted rack of lamb, and braised lobster. Click here to view the menu. $80 per person. Click here to make reservations or call 201-413-0050. 84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City.
Enjoy Costanera’s warm and casual environment this Valentine’s Day. The authentic Peruvian restaurant will be offering their full dinner menu, filled with bold flavors made from fresh, quality ingredients. Check out the full menu here. The restaurant will be open for regular business hours and is accepting reservations via telephone only at 973-337-8289. 511 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.
Get more than dessert at Vanillamore Dessert Kitchen, where a four-course prix-fixe menu will be available from until February 17, by reservation only. $80 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. You can also make selections off the regular menu. Click here to view. Click here to make a reservation or call 973-707-5373. 349 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.
Catherine Lombardi’s a la carte menu features a $50 food and beverage minimum per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Spend time at the cocktail bar before enjoying the crimson dining room with its two roaring fireplaces. Click here to make a reservation or call 732-296-9463. 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.
From Stage Left Steak’s wine list, cheese plate, and a selection of “Big Boy” steaks for two, Stage Left is right. $50 food and beverage minimum per person. Click here to view the menu. Get a 5% discount when you travel by Uber or Lyft. Click here to make a reservation or call 732-828-4444. 5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.
Salt Creek Grille – Princeton presents a Valentine’s Day sweetheart menu from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 14. The menu features a choice of shared appetizer, two soups or salads, two entrées and a brownie sundae. $95 per couple. Call 609-419-4200 for reservations. 1 Rockingham Row, Princeton.
Restaurant Nicholas presents a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day, featuring Hudson Valley foie gras with sticky toffee pudding and candied pecans, butter poached Nova Scotia lobster, roasted Colorado lamb loin, and more. View the full menu here. $135 per person. Each couple will be gifted a complimentary petite box of chocolate and freshly made banana bread. Call 732-345-9977 to make a reservation. 160 Route 35 South, Red Bank.
Cafe Matisse in Rutherford is the perfect spot to make your sweetie swoon. The dining room is elegant, inspired by the decorated French artist, Henri Matisse. The special menu includes three savory courses, with options like pan-seared scallop, imported burrata cheese salted beet tartare and peppered flat iron steak. The meal, which will be priced at $110 per person, will be topped off with a sweet final course—your choice of vanilla scented cheesecake or a decadent brownie. Reservations will only be accepted by telephone. To claim your space, call 201-935-2995. 167 Park Avenue, Rutherford.
Scarborough Fair offers dishes from America and around the world. Choose from brie almondine, Chesapeake lump crab cake, organic Scottish salmon, filet mignon, and so much more. View the full menu here. To make a reservation click here. 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Sea Girt.
Verve Restaurant offers a three-course, classic French prix-fixe dinner, or an à la carte menu of Valentine’s specials at the bar. Savor braised lamb ravioli, butter poached lobster risotto, hand-cut pappardelle pasta, and more. The full menu can be viewed here. Dinner is severed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prix-fixe: $75 per person. Click here to make a reservation. 18 East Main Street, Somerville.
As Zaferon Grill’s guests enjoy the a la carte menu with delightful Persian influences, they’ll also receive complimentary roses and chocolates. Click here to view the menu. Click here to make a reservation or call 973-433-7533. 648 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona.
The Ryland Inn presents a four-course, prix fixe menu for the holiday, available alongside its standard a la carte menu on February 10, 14, and 17. Guests can experience the pure elegance of the Whitehouse Station estate along with intimate bites. The meal itself is $79 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 908-354-4011. 115 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse Station.
—Reporting by Rachel Bozek, Jon Faronea, Abigail Lyon, Taylor Sumereau, and Jersey Bites team.