Jersey Shore’s Top Romantic Foodie Restaurants
Picture this. It’s February 13th and you have no gift or plans for your significant other for Valentine’s Day. Maybe this is your first Valentine’s Day together, and you feel pressure to make it special, or maybe you’ve been married for years and try to do something special every year away from the kids. Time is running out, and you’ve got nothing.
Don’t panic! Nothing beats a romantic dinner planned from the heart, good food, and a bottle of wine. To the guys reading this, maybe flowers would be a good addition too if you want, haha. I am outlining the top romantic restaurants at the Jersey Shore with the best food as well! Everything from the ambiance down to the dessert will be unforgettable. Take a look!
Theresa’s South- Bayhead
Bayhead is such a cute little town, and Theresa’s South is just as cute. This Italian BYOB restaurant is intimate and serves up some mean fresh homemade pasta dishes. The ambiance is romantic. Lights are dim, candles lit on the table, and the long windows with the grilles add a nice touch. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and toast to eachother while enjoying some awesome food.
Recommendations here are the gemelli with sweet fennel sausage, braised short rib entree, and the eggplant pancake appetizer.
Take the time to venture in to Bayhead to Theresa’s South. You won’t regret it. Our rating: 80%
Pascal & Sabine- Asbury Park
Pascal and Sabine is a perfect spot for Valentine’s Day. Isn’t French supposedly the language of love? So go eat some French cuisine at this great spot in Asbury Park. When you walk in, the right side of the restaurant resembles a library and is a great spot to have a drink and lounge. Sometimes they have a piano player or some live, soothing jazz to help set the mood. Nestle up in a booth with your Valentine and order a French wine or some of their awesome cocktails. Their cheese plate is excellent, and I love getting a good Bordeaux with that. Their escargot is great as well as their coq au vin. You can’t really go wrong here! As a side note, they have a really great Sunday brunch menu too. Our rating: 84%
Moonstruck- Asbury Park
Moonstruck is the quintessential example of the perfect package for a romantic dinner. Located in a Victorian house on the lake that separates Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, Moonstruck gives you atmosphere, great food, and even some live entertainment if you happen to go on a Friday night. In the spring and summer, you can eat dinner on the porch. That is my favorite! Try their Thai salmon and their Asian grilled shrimp, two of my favorites. They’re both amazing!
Pasta lovers will be happy with the pasta entree options as well. Lamb quesadillas are an awesome appetizer. For dessert, you must have their signature black and white creme brulee. Moonstruck is just an absolute pleasure all around, and the romance factor is a total 10. Our rating: 77%
Larimar- Spring Lake
Larimar is a newer fine dining establishment that has recently joined the restaurant scene in beautiful Spring Lake. This BYO serves modern Italian and European style dishes. The pasta here is fresh and delicious and the dishes are presented beautifully.
The campanelle is my favorite pasta dish here! The pork chop is also very good. I love the colors in the dining room. The white and blue dining room is clean and sleek looking, yet elegant and intimate. Sunday brunch here is great as well. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and be served like royalty at Larimar! Our rating: 83%
Fromagerie recently reopened and has been reinvented, and boy is it fabulous! The restaurant alone is beautiful. The charm of the restaurant alone is enough to create a romantic night. I had the pleasure of sitting in a secluded booth near the bar, and it was nice and private, however their main dining room is gorgeous as well. The cocktails are amazing, and their wine list is extensive.
The steak options are definitely recommended by the chef, but the other entrees are delicious as well and beautifully executed. The filet mignon is delicious as well as the short rib. The pistachio ice cream cake comes highly recommended and is worth every calorie, I promise! Our rating: 83%
Well, there you have it. I have outlined the most romantic restaurants at the Shore with the best food to give you a flawless Valentine’s Day! Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time! Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone!