The Best Restaurants in New Jersey:  2019 Results

Best NJ Restaurants

The best restaurants in New Jersey are selected for that exceptional dining experience

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 2019 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. Chez Catherine is a small 12 table dining room with an elegant, formal, cozy, romantic ambiance. The attractive decor is done up walls adorned in peach tones and beautiful floral arrangements to set the stage for a formal yet cozy and intimate dining experience. A great place to enjoy a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two.
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Cafe Matisse
Cafe Matisse
Rutherford, NJ
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Cafe Matisse is a destination restaurant for upscale fine dining and a great place to celebrate a special occasion or for an intimate romantic occasion.
Located in a historic building that was originally a horse and buggy firehouse, this restored building has been elegantly done-up with influences by French artist Henri Matisse. Serves a well executed, eclectic menu, prepared using high quality local and seasonal ingredients.
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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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Il Capriccio restaurant, Whippany, NJ
Il Capriccio
Whppany, NJ
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Il Capriccio is an exceptional fine dining destination restaurant, with an Italian villa ambiance, ideal for celebrating a special occasion or a romantic dining experience. The food is prepared with healthy, high quality, fresh ingredients, and when available organic, free-range meats and vegetables are sourced locally
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Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
Morristown, NJ
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Located in a century old restored mansion, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is a destination restaurant enjoyed by diners who come for upscale dining with excellent food, attractive decor, and professional service. The restaurant is popular with millennial diners who enjoy trendy, high-end casual dining with a vibrant bar scene.
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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. Restaurant Latour has also earned the Grand Award, which is Wine Spectator's highest honor, something it's held every year since 2006.
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The Best Restaurants in Central New Jersey

Agricola  Princeton, NJ
Agricola
Princeton, NJ
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Agricola sets the pace as a trendy, industrial chic style restaurant serving a well executed, and artfully presented menu using sustainable farrms and purveyors that provide antibiotic-free, hormone free ingredients. The 200 seats are comfortably spaced apart in six areas that include the bar, the parlor, the kitchen, the family room,the root cellar, and the the courtyard. This also includes communal table dining for 16.
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Elements Restaurant
Elements
Princeton, NJ
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This high end restaurant pushes the envelope with extraordinary food preparationa and a non-traditional service model. 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.
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Heirloom Kitchen, Old Bridge, NJ
Heirloom Kitchen
Old Bridge, NJ
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Heirloom Kitchen is a culinary experience with chef's table seating interacting with an acclaimed chef committed to healthy food. Acclaimed Chef Viana was nominated for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region. Committed to using organic, locally sourced produce, dairy, grains, poultry, and meats from high end, quality sources. Except for the locally sourced primary ingredients, everything else is made on site, including the bread and butter, mustard, ketchup, etc.
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Il Nido Restaurant, Marlboro, NJ
Il-Nido
Marlboro, NJ
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Il Nido, opened in 2019, a destination restaurant and a dining experience complete with high end food and stunning ambiance. It's in a romantic, cozy, rustic Italian farmhouse setting. It covers four dining areas; Two main dining rooms, one of them has an attractive stone fireplace, a smaller, quieter Cave room, and the chefs table dining area with two booths overlooking the open kitchen.
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Restaurant Nicholas Red Bank, NJ
Restaurant Nicholas
Red Bank, NJ
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Consistently one of the top New Jersey Restaurants, enjoyed by diners who are willing to splurge and venture to a destination restaurant for world class food in an understated, elegant setting.The food is exceptional, well executed, artfully presented, and prepared with fresh quality ingredients.
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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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Cafe 2825 with "Old World" charm, serves a well executed menu of traditional Southern Italian dishes using fresh ingredients, many of them brought in from Brooklyn, NY. Located a block from the Tropicana Casino, A great alternative to the glitzy, high priced, casino restaurant scene.
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Docks Oyster House, Atlantic City, NJ
Dock's Oyster House
Atlantic City, NJ
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Dock's Oyster House is Atlantic City's oldest restaurant and an institution since 1897 with a reputation for having a a well executed, fresh seafood menu.Located away from the bustling casinos, you can drive up with free on-site parking and enjoy dining in a relaxed environment.
Has an upscale Jersey Shore vibe--- Modern, classic oyster bar, with maritime touches.
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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. Committed to using fresh local and seasonal products.
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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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