Top 8 Places for Valentines Dinner in Monmouth County!

Cori Dunphy
Published on February 1, 2019

Top 8 Places for Valentines Dinner in Monmouth County!

There is truly only one exciting event that occurs in February, and this particular day might ring a bell when I mention that it consists of flowers, loved ones, and perhaps a date at a fancy restaurant. Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world as a celebration of love, but more importantly, chocolate. That being said, it is undeniably essential to find the perfect romantic spot for a mouth-watering meal this Valentine’s Day. 

Luckily, Monmouth County has a plethora of selections when determining where to eat as this special evening approaches. Whether you’re craving Italian, Seafood, Japanese, or truthfully any type of meal (as long as it’s good), this list will not disappoint. Thank you for being patient, now here are the top 8 restaurants in Monmouth County for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner (in no particular order). 

  1. . Russell and Bette’s- Rumson
Photo Credit: Russell and Bettes Website

Complete with a desirable location and beautiful atmosphere, Russell and Bette’s in Rumson is the perfect dining spot for this February 14th. The menu is extremely inclusive, but nowhere near overwhelming, and multiple reviews describe the service as “great and friendly.” The menu gladly offers options such as tuna poke, lobster risotto, and pork chop milanese, making this location seem even more appealing. Evidently, this is the perfect location to eat on Valentine’s day, and the endless phenomenal reviews add to their already notable reputation. 

2. Cuzin’s Seafood Clam bar – Marlboro

Photo Credit: Cuzin’s Website

Personally, I have been to Cuzin’s several times, and never found a bad thing to say about the service, food, or atmosphere. Music is always playing in the background as attentive waiters hurry to accommodate your party and provide the best service they can offer. If devouring a delectable plate of fried calamari is on your agenda this Valentine’s Day, Cuzin’s Seafood Clam bar should be at the top of your romantic destinations list. With a sit down bar and attractive seating arrangement, Cuzins is the perfect combination of romantic and trendy. 

3. Char Steakhouse – Red Bank / Raritan 

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Char in Red bank is nothing short of perfection for a special night like Valentine’s Day. The location, stunning decor, and dim lighting make this environment desirable for everyone. Although Char is a steakhouse, the menu is not limited to meat. Complete with maine lobster and yellowfin tuna, Char offers an exceptional balance of seafood and steak. 

4. Undici- Rumson

Photo Credit: Undici Website

As described on their website, Undici is the “faithful recreation of a Tuscan farmhouse,” and “Every effort has been made to source the best of the best ingredients and formidable skill has been required to lovingly assemble them…” Their exceptional menu consists of several Italian dishes, including handmade margherita pizza, homemade rigatoni with eggplant, and naturally much more. With four out of five stars, Undici in Rumson is a must visit for this upcoming Valentine’s Day, or truthfully any special evening in general. 

5. Solo Trattoria- Freehold 

Photo Credit: Solo Trattoria site and Groupon

Listed as one of the top fine dining spots in Monmouth county, Solo Trattoria in Freehold will not disappoint. The menu is extremely inclusive, ranging from a simple dish of burrata, to rich linguini with calamari, mussels, shrimp, and clams. Located in the heart of downtown Freehold, Solo’s atmosphere is welcoming and chic, perfect for the occasion of February 14th. Reviews describe the pasta as having the “perfect bite to it,” making this already appealing restaurant even more worthy of a visit. 

6. Teak- Red Bank

Photo Credit: Teak Restaurant

Described as the “Peak of Dining in Red Bank,” Teak is no passable option this Valentine’s Day. The ambiance and great service combined with extraordinary Asian Fusion give this dining experience a five star rating. Signature sushi rolls and small hot plates fill the menu, and the beautiful ambiance makes the experience even more noteworthy. Simple yet elegant, Teak is the optimal spot for a date this upcoming holiday, and they take reservations! 

7. Salt Creek Grille- Rumson 

Photo Credit: Salt Creek Grill Website

The Salt Creek Grille’s beautiful dining experience includes a fireplace (perfect for V-Day) and a desirable seating arrangement overlooking the water. Whether you’re in the mood for American, Seafood, or a juicy steak, this restaurant can assure you that your Valentine’s Day dinner will result in undeniable satisfaction. Their menu contains an impressive array of appetizers such as an ahi tuna stack and stuffed jumbo strip, while their dessert menu leaves nothing to be desired, consisting of creme brulee, chocolate souffle, and more. 

8. Anemos – Manalapan 

Photo Credit: Anemos Website

Last but definitely not least, Anemos in Manalapan offers a delicious menu of classic Greek cuisine. Their website mentions that they “aim to serve you the freshest ingredients, seafood and array of Mediterranean delights,” ultimately providing you with a satisfactory meal this Valentine’s Day. The menu describes a lengthy list of traditional greek platters, such as sea bass, grilled shrimp skewers, and Branzino filet. Perfect for a special evening, Anemos offers multiple impressive aspects that contribute to their fine dining experience and remarkable reputation. 

Clearly, Monmouth County is packed with phenomenal fine dining choices for this upcoming Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re craving a juicy steak, or perhaps a sushi roll or two, there is no place on this list that will steer you in the wrong direction. Each dining spot is found in a desirable location, and the spectacular ambiances provide each restaurant with notable reviews and characteristics that would potentially complete your February 14th. I hope you enjoyed reading the top 8 places to romantically dine this Valentine’s Day, you will not go wrong. Save this post on your device, and if you end up spending your Valentines or any other special occasion at any of these locations, please reach out to me and let me know your thoughts!

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