The Best Restaurants in New Jersey:  2018 Results

Best NJ Restaurants

The best restaurants in New Jersey are of interest to people who are looking for that exceptional dining experience to celebrate a special occasion, or for those that just enjoy quality dining and are seeking out the best.

These restaurants stand apart from the pack of other restaurants and are judged on the basis of food quality, ambiance, level of service, operations, and a chef who has set high culinary standards and who has served as a positive example for other food professionals, --- all criteria that are essential to experiencing a dining experience that separates a top rated restaurant from the rest of the pack.

Of course, if you are looking for that exceptional dining experience, be prepared to pay more for a top restaurant than others. The best restaurants incur higher costs to achieve this distinction and need to pass them on in the form of higher price.

Best Rated 2018 New Jersey Restaurants

The Best Restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Chez Catherine 
Westfield, NJ
Chez Catherine
Westfield, NJ
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Chez Catherine, as close as you can find to a taste of France in New Jersey, is a popular dining destination for a special occassion and for diners who enjoy high end French cuisine. After taking over Chez Catherine from it's previous owners, new owner Stephan Bocket has suffered a series of hiccups from staff turnover that have since been corrected. The restaurant has now returned to its glory days as the finest French restaurant in New Jersey.
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Common Lot 
Millburn, NJ
Common Lot
Millburn, NJ
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Common Lot is an exceptional restaurant with many forward thinking twists that are not to be found in other New Jersey restaurants. Diners come to enjoy an inventive eclectic menu, prepared with fresh farm to table ingredients, in an attractive industrial chic setting. Executive Chef Ehren Ryan has held Chef positions at "Dinner by Heston" and "Sketch"  --- London restaurants that have each received two Michelin stars.
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Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
daPesca at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
Morristown, NJ
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Located in a century old restored mansion, Jockey Hollow is a complex of four separate restaurants catering to a variety of tastes and life styles. Enjoyed by diners who come for trendy, upscale dining with a vibrant bar scene, The kitchen has recently been taken over by acclaimed Chef Craig Polignano who introduced his new seafood-centric menu at Jockey Hollow's upscale dining room that has been rebranded daPesca sea food restaurant
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Marcus BP Restaurant. Newark, NJ
Marcus B&P
Newark, NJ
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Marcus B&P is a casual, hip restaurant owned by acclaimed celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson. who is Ethiopian-born and raised in Sweden, worked at restaurants Europe before finding fame in NYC with his very successful Red Rooster and Streetbird restaurants in Harlem. He also has an ownership interest in 33 restaurants around the world. He is the recipient of multiple James Beard awards, a cookbook author, and has made many appearances on the Food Network . The food is multicultural with Italian, Portuguese, Caribbean and African-American influences.
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Pluckemin Inn  Bedminster, NJ
Pluckemin Inn
Bedminster, NJ
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The Pluckemin Inn has consistently managed to be rated as one of New Jersey's top restaurants This 140 seat restaurant, set in a restored Revolutionary War-era farmhouse, gets high marks for well prepared contemporary American food, service, and decor. In 2018, Executive Chef Kevin La Femina has taken over the running of the kitchen and the Pluckemin Inn did not miss a beat as one of the top dining establishments in New Jersey.
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Restaurant Latour Hamburg, NJ
Restaurant Latour
Hamburg, NJ
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Located in the Crystal Springs Resort, a 4,000 acre high end Alpine themed hotel resort, it's popular with diners who enjoy high end fine dining with creatively prepared food, excellent service. Diners get to enjoy the scenic view looking through the floor-to-ceiling windows out over the golf course to the Kittatinny Mountains. In the summer there is outside dining on the patio that gets you close to nature with an un-filtered view of the Kittatinny Mountains. Restaurant Latour is especially popular with wine aficionados. It contains an impressive wine collection with over 105,000 bottles. In 2018 was inducted into Wine Enthusiast's America's Best Wine Restaurant Hall of Fame. Restaurant Latour is the only restaurant from New Jersey included in the newly-created Best Wine Restaurant Hall of Fame, which also boasts industry royalty like Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Per Se and The French Laundry. Restaurant Latour has also earned the Grand Award, which is Wine Spectator's highest honor, something it's held every year since 2006. Only 91 restaurants worldwide hold the distinction.
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The Best Restaurants in Central New Jersey

618 Restaurant, Freehold, NJ
618
Freehold, NJ
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It's a fresh, alternative to the many mediocre BYOB's and franchise restaurants in Central Jersey.  This is a place where diners come to enjoy a creative American menu with healthy food options, in an attractive, modern - rustic atmosphere with a well stocked bar.They are passionate about serving the freshest food from local souces, complemented by shipped in quality ingredients. No "Old World" menu, ambiance, and service here.
In April of 2018, Chef Dutka appeared at The James Beard House in NYC as Jersey Spring Fling guest chef. The famous James Beard House regularly hosts dinners that are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world.
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Agricola  Princeton, NJ
Agricola
Princeton, NJ
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Agricola sets the pace as a trendy, industrial chic style restaurant serving healthy food using fresh farm to table local ingredients sourced from Certified organic farms. The menu crafted by Chef Saraiya who avoids the use of pre-packaged foods and frozen foods with the freezer only used for storing ice cream.
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Elements Restaurant
Elements
Princeton, NJ
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This high end restaurant pushes the envelope with food, service, and ambiance. Acclaimed chef Scot Anderson serves up a New American menu with Japanese/Asian influences that changes daily to feature the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and producers. These ingredients are prepared using progressive, modern techniques to draw out the purest flavors. Popular with diners who are open to a new non-traditional dining experience with a creative, inspired menu using fresh farm to table ingredients in an upscale, trendy setting.
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The Frog and Peach Restaurant
The Frog and the Peach
New Brunswick, NJ
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The Frog and the Peach is the top New Brunswick fine dining restaurant in a town known for having a variety of good restaurants. This is a restaurant with an energetic atmosphere by a trendy crowd. They serve a creative seasonal menu of French-influenced American and Mediterranean food using sustainable farming and fresh ingredients, especially from local sources. In 2018, the menu has expanded their small plate menu with addional sides and and charcuterie offerings
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Restaurant Nicholas Red Bank, NJ
Restaurant Nicholas
Red Bank, NJ
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A destination restaurant enjoyed by diners who are willing to venture out of the neighborhood for world class food in an understated elegant setting.
Restaurant Nicholas is owned by acclaimed Executive Chef Nicholas Haray and his wife Melissa. Chef Haray received his formal Culinary training at Culinary Institute of America, graduating at the age of 17, and later honed his culinry skills under famed Chef Jean-Georges in NYC. He is also the author of "The Nicholas Cookbook", and a very competent sommelier with weekly articles in the Asbury Park Press.
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The Best Restaurants in Southern New Jersey

Buddakan Restaurant
Buddakan
Atlantic City, NJ
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This destination restaurant is ideal for diners looking for a memorable experience either for an intimate romantic occasion or for celebrating a special occasion. It's an Asian-Fusion restaurant operated by the famed Stephan Starr restaurant group with locations in NYC and Philadelphia
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Cafe 2825 Atlantic City, NJ
Cafe 2825
Atlantic City, NJ
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One of the top traditional Italian restaurants in South Jersey with "New York style old world charm", Located a block from the Tropicana Casino, the restaurant serves authentic, (homemade) traditional Italian cuisine with an upscale, casual, unpretentious ambiance.
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Hearthside Restaurant Collingswood, NJ
Hearthside
Collingswood, NJ
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Hearthside is a unique Collingswood BYOB restaurant offering well executed, inventive wood-fired contemporary American dishes with a rustic, elegant ambiance. Hearthside is the recipient of the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts' award for Outstanding New Restaurant.
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Peter Shields Inn  Cape May, NJ
Peter Shields Inn
Cape May, NJ
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The Peter Shields Inn is located in a charming Georgian revival home, across the street from the ocean. The attractive inn is popular with diners who come to enjoy gourmet dining with old world ambiance and charm, in a sophisticated setting.
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Zeppoli Collingswood, NJ
Zeppoli
Collingswood, NJ
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Popular with diners who enjoy well executed, simply prepared, southern Italian dishes using fresh, quality ingredients. Not a heavy red sauce restaurant. The James Beard Foundation folks obviously agree, having just nominated Chef Joey Baldino for Best Chef/Mid-Atlantic Region for the sixth time since 2013.
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