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. (Updated February 2019.)
Pascal & Sabine is a Jersey coast gem that encloses the theme of a French bistro in a small space in Asbury Park. The restaurant offers their standard menu for Valentine’s Day, which includes fan favorites like the coq au vin, house-made vegetable burger, and pan seared king salmon. 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 view the full menu click here. 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, from steaks to seafood, or opt for the Valentine’s dishes, which include a baked oyster sampler, prime porterhouse steak, stuffed shrimp and swordfish, and for dessert, dark chocolate lava cake. For reservations, click here. 3600 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City.
Beach Plum Farm hosts two intimate farm-to-table Valentine’s Day dinners on Saturday, February 9, and Thursday, February 14. Each dinner will feature the restaurant’s own sustainable meat and poultry, and hand-harvested herbs and vegetables. The dinner will be BYOB, and the farm will provide fresh juices and herbs for cocktail crafting. $224.44 per couple including tax and gratuity. Each night is limited to only 28 couples. To learn more, click here. To make a reservation, click here. 140 Stevens Street, Cape May.
Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel offers a special four-course dinner for Valentine’s Day. This expansive menu includes sweet potato soup with oxtail dumplings, avocado louie, filet mignon with foie gras, and strawberry panna cotta. To see the Valentine’s day menu, click here. Dinner is priced at $85. Seating is limited. 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 three-course dinner along with an amuse bouche with several choices in each course. Click here to view the full menu. Dinner is $140 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 intimate and cozy atmosphere, along with an exclusive four-course prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Dishes include, but are not limited to, beef short rib wellington, lobster and saffron gnocchi, mediterranean dover sole, and dragon fruit mousse. View the full Valentine’s Day menu here. To make a reservation, click here. Dinner is $125 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. 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. For parties of five or more, call 856-694-1577. 2526 Chelsea Drive, Franklinville.
The Historic Smithville Inn offers views of the scenic Lake Meone over delights like wasabi crusted ahi tuna or their signature chicken pot pie. A $20.19 prix-fixe dinner is also available. Grab your valentine and get booking—the restaurant is accepting reservations. To make yours, call 609-652-7777 or click here. 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 romantic 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. Springs Bistro has a Tuscan-inspired a la carte menu with kid-friendly options, with made-in-house pasta, pizzettas, and roasted lemon chicken. Meanwhile, Crystal Tavern’s a la carte menu is farm fresh, with offerings including braised gruyere mac and cheese, beer-battered fish and chips, and Fossil Farm lamb burger. 855-977-6473, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg.
Located at Grounds for Sculpture, give your date a Valentine’s Day to remember when you dine at Rat’s. This year, a Valentine’s Day tasting dinner is being offered for $75 per person with an optional $30 per person wine pairing. Click here to view the full menu. To make a reservation call 609-584-7800, or click here. 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton.
At the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern, choose from the a la carte menu or specials including lobster bisque, Chilean sea bass, au poivre NY strip and dark chocolate covered long-stemmed strawberries. Click here to view the regular menu and here for Valentine’s Day specials. 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. View their menu here. Locations in Hoboken and Jersey City. 157 First Street, Hoboken, 201-710-5175; 1500 Hudson Street, Tea Building, Hoboken, 201-683-3300; 530 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, 201-435-2462; 330-332 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City, 201-420-7111.
Executive Chef Chris Siversen’s Maritime Parc in Liberty State Park features a sophisticated three-course prix-fixe menu with highlights including Niman Ranch filet mignon, butternut squash and blue crab risotto, and braised lobster. Guests can walk along the nearby river with views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. $80 per person. Click here to view the menu. 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.
Samba Montclair boasts a warm, intimate, and dimly-lit atmosphere. Coupled with delicious homestyle Brazilian food, this makes for a perfect date on cold winter nights. For extra privacy, a “hidden” nook is available upon request. Click here to view the menu. Call 973-744-6764 to make a reservation. 7 Park Street, Montclair.
Get more than dessert at Vanillamore, where guests can choose from an entire menu meant for sharing. Featuring a purple dining room and conversation cards on every table to break the ice. Click here to view their menus. Click here to make a reservation or call 973-707-5373. 349 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.
The Mediterranean vibe and decor of Zeugma provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Guests can expect sophisticated and beautifully plated food from the Valentine’s Day prix-fix menu for $65. Click here to view. Click here to make a reservation or call 973-744-0074. 44 South Park Street, 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. Enjoy a selection of artisanal Italian cheeses, wild boar and ricotta ravioli, or veal parmigiana. 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. Check out their famous Stage Left burger, or share charcuterie with your date. $50 food and beverage minimum per person. Click here to view the menu. 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, featuring imported brie in puff pastry, filet mignon medallions, and oven-roasted Faroe Island salmon. $99 per couple. Call 609-419-4200 for reservations. 1 Rockingham Row, Princeton.
Restaurant Nicholas presents a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day on February 14, 15, and 16. Featuring Hudson Valley foie gras, braised buffalo short rib, and a sweethearts dessert tasting. View the full menu here. $135 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Each couple will be gifted a complimentary bag of chocolates and freshly made banana bread. Call 732-345-9977 to make a reservation. 160 Route 35 South, Red Bank.
Cafe Matisse features decor of its namesake, French artist Henri Matisse, that will make your sweetie swoon. The special menu includes three savory courses, with options such as pan-seared scallops, imported burrata cheese and roasted beet tartare, and peppered tuna loin medallions. The meal, which will be priced at $110 per person, is topped off with a sweet final course—your choice of honey vanilla soaked banana cake or a chocolate brownie. Reservations are only accepted by telephone. To claim your space, call 201-935-2995. 167 Park Avenue, Rutherford.
Scarborough Fair offers dishes from around the world. Choose from the seafood sampler, Chesapeake lump crab cake, wild caught salmon, black trumpet mushroom crusted rack of lamb, 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 served from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prix-fixe is $79 per person. Click here to make a reservation. 18 East Main Street, Somerville.
The Ryland Inn presents a four-course, prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day, available alongside its standard a la carte menu on February 9-13 and 15-17. Guests can experience the pure elegance of the Whitehouse Station estate along with intimate bites. Prix fixe is $79 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 908-354-4011, or click here. 115 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse Station.
—Reporting by Rachel Bozek, Jon Faronea, Abigail Lyon, Meghan McCarty, Taylor Sumereau, and Jersey Bites team.