The Best Restaurants in New Jersey: 
For The Year 2023 

Best NJ Restaurants

Our picks for the best restaurants in New Jersey for the year 2023

Best 2023 New Jersey restaurants

These are restaurants that stand above and apart from the pack of 20,000 + other New Jersey restaurants.

When it comes to rating the best restaurants in New Jersey, there are several criteria to consider. These criteria help determine the quality and overall dining experience at a restaurant.

One of the most important factors is the food itself. The best restaurants in New Jersey offer a diverse menu with high-quality ingredients and expertly prepared dishes. From farm-to-table establishments to fine dining experiences, the variety and quality of the food are key.

Another important criterion is the service. The best restaurants in New Jersey provide exceptional service, with attentive and knowledgeable staff who go above and beyond to ensure a memorable dining experience. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, the service should be top-notch.

Ambiance is also a crucial factor in rating the best restaurants. The atmosphere and decor should create a welcoming and enjoyable environment for diners. Whether it's a cozy and intimate setting or a trendy and modern space, the ambiance should complement the overall dining experience.

Lastly, customer reviews and recommendations play a role in determining the best restaurants in New Jersey. Though caution must be exercised as diners tend to have a narrow range of subjective tastes and budgets and will typically eat at restaurants that fall into their range or preferences. It is also acknowledged that restaurants have off-nights and that restaurant critics and diners can have experiences that may not be representative of the restaurants performance. We are careful to try and spot these comments from dining patrons and professional critics and give them less value in our analysis.

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

In past years, the best restaurants have been characterized by critics solely as "Fine Dining" restaurants. Today the trend is moving away from the stuffier, old-world style of dining to a more, chic casual setting with a more approachable menu.

The top restaurant industry trend setters have begun to identify the top upscale restaurants as either:
Chef-Inspired Fine Dining, Chef-Inspired Casual Dining, or Contemporary Casual.

Our picks for the “best” restaurants are selected from the two of the above top Chef-Inspired categories;

  • Chef-Inspired Fine Dining
  • Chef-Inspired Casual Dining restaurants

The Best New Jersey
Chef-Inspired Fine Dining Restaurants

Capriccio Restaurant
Capriccio
Atlantic City, NJ
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Capriccio Restaurant is an Atlantic City favorite for "Old World" fine dining. It features Italian elegance, creatively prepared food, and a fabulous Sunday Champagne Brunch. It is the longest running casino restaurant in Atlantic City, opening at the same time Resorts became the first Atlantic City casino to open in 1978. Capriccio is spread over four areas; Cirlo, a contemporary wine bar and lounge area, the main dining room with a high, vaulted ceiling and murals, the sunlit room with high arched windows with scenic views overlooking the boardwalk and ocean, and the outdoor patio also with scenic views overlooking the boardwalk and ocean.
Restaurant Review

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 "Chef - Inspired Fine Dining" destination for a special occasion 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.
Restaurant Review

Jardin At The Hugh
Jardin at the Hugh
Cape May, NJ
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Jardin is not for everyone. This is a restaurant for the adventurous, eco-friendly, non-carnivore-oriented diner who welcomes a unique dining experience and are willing to pay more for it. They serve a well-executed, nine course prixe fix dinner, inspiring, artfully presented, and paced perfectly. The menu is prepared using high quality, humanely, sustainable, 95% dairy free, organic products, as much as possible.
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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, upscale fine dining with creatively prepared food, excellent service, and without the "Old Word" stuffy atmosphere found in other fine dining restaurants. 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 and 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.
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Ristorante LUCCA
Ristorante LUCCA
Bordentown, NJ
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Ristorante Lucca is a luxurious romantic fine dining restaurant offering an exquisite experience that combines exceptional ambiance, delectable food, and impeccable service.
The ambiance sets the stage for a romantic evening, with soft lighting, elegant decor, and intimate seating arrangements. The restaurant exudes an air of sophistication and charm, creating a perfect atmosphere for couples to enjoy a special occasion or a romantic date night.
Restaurant Review

Verana Cucina Italiana
Verana Cucina Italiana
Norwood, NJ
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Verana Cucina Italiana is one of the best Italian restaurants in Northern New Jersey. This is a popular restaurant for diners who enjoy a well-executed, scratch menu prepared with quality ingredients and creatively presented. The upscale, elegant ambiance has a NYC vibe and excellent hospitality that adds to the experience of a taste of Italy.
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The Best New Jersey
Chef-Inspired Casual Dining Restaurants

Canal House Station Restaurant Milford, NJ
Canal House Station
Milford, NJ
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On the site of a converted 1870 historic train station, The Canal House Station is one of New Jersey's hidden gems. This upscale, Chef-Inspired, casual Dining restaurant is set in a beautifully renovated historic train station with high ceilings, wood beams, and with details that were blended into keeping the feeling of an old train station.
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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. The food is inventive and well executed using farm fresh locally sourced ingredients The menu is offered in three sizes "Smalls to Share", appetizer sized portions, " Big" for traditional size entrees, and "Shared Mains for Two", usually meats, served in huge portions meant to be shared.
Restaurant Review

Elements Restaurant
Elements
Princeton, NJ
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This high end, upscale restaurant pushes the envelope with extraordinary food preparation 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.
Restaurant Review


Hearthside Restaurant
Hearthside
Collingswood, NJ
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Hearthside is an extraordinary Collingswood BYOB restaurant with rustic, elegant ambiance. They serve a contemporary American, inventive wood-fired, well executed menu. They are committed to preparing their dishes with high quality, fresh local and seasonal products.
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The Hill Restaurant
The Hill
Closter, NJ
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Owned and operated by 1-star Executive Chef Ben Pollinger. The Hill is st in an upscale, attractive, rustic farmhouseآwith a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, The food is creative, well executed, specializing in blending seafood with high quality ingredients, sourced from local, fresh farm-to-table purveyors. The preparation is globally influenced, lighter, and not too rich.
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Lita Restaurant
Lita
Aberdeen Township, NJ
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The Lita Iberian Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in the central Jersey area. it is an extraordinary culinary experience!
Created by acclaimed Chef David Viana, he has creatively introduced flavors from the Iberian Peninsula into his dishes, combining them it with NJ fresh ingredients, and modern techniques, to produce a well-executed, creatively prepared, modern Iberian menu.
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Saddle River Inn  Restaurant
Saddle River Inn
Saddle River, NJ
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The Saddle River Inn located along the banks of the Saddle River is set in a 19th century restored barn.
Diners have come to experience the "best in class food and service" in a rustic romantic, casual, yet elegant ambiance.
This upscale Chef-Inspired Casual Dining restaurant has many of the amenities of a fine dining restaurant without the formal, "Old World" stuffy atmosphere found in typical fine dining restaurants.
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