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Philadelphia and New Jersey’s Top 12 Date-Night Destinations

From Zoom dates to to-go cocktails and make-at-home meal kits, the concept of date night has certainly evolved over the past year and a half. Happily, for those who prefer a more traditional concept of a romantic evening, booking a table (or picking up takeout) has gotten a whole lot easier.

Whether you’re seated in a candle-lit streatery, easing back into your favorite steakhouse booth, or dialing up for delivery at a much-missed haunt, there are all sorts of ways to support local restaurants, and more importantly, keep the romance alive (aka skip stove time in favor of sharing a meal made by the pros).

In the market for cozy Japanese bar bites? Maybe comforting fare served with a side of live music? Or perhaps seaside seafood and tiki cocktails? Here’s a look at the most romantic restaurants in Philadelphia and New Jersey to raise a glass and share a meal with that special someone.

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Caroline Coral
12 Restaurants
Updated January 21, 2022
Restaurants:Izakaya by Yanaga, SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club, SouthGate
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Izakaya, Contemporary Southern, Contemporary Korean
Neighborhoods:Fishtown, Center City, Rittenhouse Square
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Izakaya by Yanaga

$$$$
Izakaya
Fishtown
4.4
144 reviews

Over the past decade, chef Kevin Yanaga has made a name for himself in Philadelphia’s sushi scene. His latest venture is an intimate Fishtown sushi bar and izakaya that marries classic Japanese ingredients with a fun fusion flare — think soft shell crab bao and maitake maki with yakitori sauce.


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SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Center City
4.7
1847 reviews

Philadelphia’s premier destination for live jazz and Southern-inspired eats makes for an absolutely ideal date night. South welcomes a roster of local and national artists to perform in its warm dining room, while the kitchen turns out inspired takes on classics including hot honey drizzled fried chicken, shrimp over locally milled grits, and vegetarian gumbo.


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SouthGate

$$$$
Contemporary Korean
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
306 reviews

Named for one of the ancient gates of the Fortress Wall of Seoul, this Korean-American gastropub is a cozy Graduate Hospital corner perfect for sharing small plates and cocktails. A selection of fruit-infused sojus offers couples a chance to sample everything from easy drinking plum and strawberry flavors to a house-made chile variety. With drinking snacks from Korean fried chicken and kimchi fries to large-format offerings including bossam, SouthGate’s menu is made for sharing with your SO.


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Parc

$$$$
French
Rittenhouse Square
4.8
14114 reviews

With Rittenhouse Square views and a timeless brasserie menu, there’s a reason that Parc is always packed with couples enjoying a little piece of Paris in Philadelphia. Whether it’s a third date or a notable anniversary, the perfect way to kick off a meal at Parc is with a bottle of bubbly and an impressive seafood plateau. Don’t miss out on dessert — the pastry team here is world-class.


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Takeout available
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The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

$$$$
Italian
South Philly
4.8
3840 reviews

Forget dinner and a movie — Victor Cafe offers date night with live opera performances. Servers at this longtime South Philadelphia favorite set down plates of veal saltimbocca and chicken piccata before bursting into Verdi and Puccini every 15 minutes throughout the evening.


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Fork - Philadelphia

$$$$
Contemporary American
Old City
4.6
4290 reviews

Fork has been Philadelphia’s big-deal date-night reservation since 1997. It’s no surprise that this Old City institution has been the site of countless proposals — the dining room is effortlessly romantic, the service is spot on, and the new American kitchen is always evolving and innovating.


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The Frog and the Peach

$$$$
American
New Brunswick
4.6
2740 reviews

New Brunswick’s The Frog and the Peach might come from humble beginnings — the space was a newspaper press and a luggage manufacturer — but since 1983, the Dennis Street building has been transformed into a gorgeous place for brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks. The most romantic seats in the house are located in the Garden Room, a light-filled greenhouse space featuring tropical foliage.


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Elysian Cafe

$$$$
Café
Hoboken
4.7
169 reviews

This warm leather- and wood-appointed bar and bistro in Hoboken is rich with romantic history. It’s the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city and has housed everything from a salon to a Prohibition era ice cream parlor. These days, brunch, lunch, and dinner menus lean French with frisée salads, croque madame, and moules frites.


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Bonney Read

$$$$
Seafood
Asbury Park
4.5
1011 reviews

Candlelit dinners might be the go-to when thinking about a romantic night out, but sometimes a raw bar meal right by the beach and a couple of rum cocktails is just the thing. This breezy Asbury Park spot is the place to dig into a hands-on feast of peel n’ eat shrimp, a kettle of snow crab legs, and a flight of Caribbean rums.


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Adega Grill

$$$$
Portuguese
Newark
4.5
929 reviews

Inspired by the wine cellars of Portugal, this Newark restaurant is decked out with stone walls, roaring fireplaces, and no shortage of flickering candles and fine wine. Spanish and Portuguese plates are served with complementary wines from the Iberian Peninsula.


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Steak 38 Restaurant

$$$$
Steakhouse
Cherry Hill
4.8
381 reviews

Those looking for a truly old-school night out will be thrilled to discover this hidden steakhouse gem in South Jersey. Seasoned servers shake up frosty martinis while the kitchen turns out pitch-perfect takes on timeless favorites such as oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail, and prime rib.


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Il Capriccio - NJ

$$$$
Italian
Whippany
5.0
863 reviews

North Jersey’s special-occasion Italian destination is a family affair. Within the restaurant’s Venetian dining room, diners can sample well-executed Italian-American dishes made with a combination of thoughtfully sourced imported ingredients alongside produce grown in the chef’s garden. Couples looking to splash out can opt for New York strip Piemontese, tagliatelle with lobster, and wild-caught shrimp scampi.


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