A Very Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day: Over 20 Great Places to Eat, Drink, Play, and Shop

A Very Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day: Over 20 Great Places to Eat, Drink, Play, and Shop

Whether you love or hate the day of love, we have something that will make everyone’s hearts race a little faster. We’ve put together a great group of Jersey Shore restaurants, shops, and events that will make your heart grow three times in size. From sampling brews to sipping champagne cocktails with friends while shopping, and of course dining out with that special someone, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – even the kids!

Here’s to a Valentine’s Day at the Jersey Shore that doesn’t suck!

Where to Eat, Drink, Play, and Shop This Valentine’s Day at the Jersey Shore

Looking for something that will make you very hoppy this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Cape May Brewing Company where they are bringing together beer lovers (whether you’re a rose loving or hating person) with their Bae + Beers event. On February 10th, they’ve got everything you could want – beers, sweets, Valentine’s Day inspired glassware, one-offs, and even a special Rose and Hibiscus R.A.D. #005 their pale lager. Strawberries and roses never tasted so good and who knows maybe you’ll meet the love of your life – in a glass or in person! 1288 Hornet Rd, Cape May, (609) 849-9933 https://www.capemaybrewery.com

 Spend the evening in the midst of candles, flowers, and homemade pasta. Porcini will be hosting a $75 three-course prix fixe menu complete with a “taste from the kitchen.” And yes, their delicious Lobster Thermidor will be a part of that special menu. Reservations are required. 168 Bay Ave, Highlands (732) 291-3080 https://www.restaurantporcini.com

Still haven’t bought your special someone a special something? Surprise them with unique jewelry made right here at the Jersey Shore. Poor Cat Designs offers an array of beautiful items including 18k pink gold pieces (that’s 10% off for the month of February!) 69 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-842-3121 https://poorcatdesigns.com

Up your Valentine’s Day game with a reservation at Sirena Ristorante, Pier Village’s premier Italian restaurant. Dine in cozy sofas, while you and your date swoon over the pasta and hopefully, each other. 27 Ocean Ave Pier Village, Long Branch (732) 222-1119 https://sirenaristorante.com

Head to Asbury Park’s Stella Marina where you’ll enjoy classic and creative Italian dishes in a fun and romantic atmosphere. One thing about Stella Marina is that you can always expect delicious Italian dishes along with can’t beat ‘em people watching thanks to floor to ceiling windows of the boardwalk. 800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park (732) 775-7776 https://stellamarinarestaurant.comYou may not have been able to travel this Valentine’s Day, but at Cubacan you can enjoy Cuban dishes and champagne toasts. Take some tips from them in the kitchen and a few other places because we all want to be Latino lovers! 800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park (732) 774-3007 https://cubacanrestaurant.com

Spend February 14th at The Gravity Vault with buy one, get one free Top-Rope Belay Certifcation classes. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of rock climbing while enjoying a first date or even your 100th date! For those with kids, The Gravity Vault will be hosting a kids’ party from 5-8pm complete with climbing, games, and pizza. That’s a babysitter that’s hard to beat! Reservations are recommended. 37 Kanes Ln, Middletown (732) 856-9599 http://www.gravityvault.com

Whether you are looking for the perfect spot to share a romantic candlelight dinner or grab a cocktail with a friend, Rooney’s is the perfect spot. On Valentine’s Day, they’ll be serving their a la carte menu and innovative specials. Combine that with live music from the talented Michael Ghegan from 6-10pm in the bar area and it has quickly turned into a romantic evening. 100 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch (732) 870-1200 http://www.rooneysocean.comEnjoy a very Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day weekend with the help of Reels Restaurant at Pier 281. Their “Dinner for Two” Valentine’s menu features two cups of Lobster Bisque, two House Salads, a choice of a 6oz Filet Mignon and Grilled Shrimp or Pan Seared Scallops over creamy lobster risotto, followed by a Chocolate Lava Cake and Vanilla Gelato Dessert all for just $65.00 per couple. Available from February 14-18th. Reservations recommended. 281 Princeton Ave, Brick Township (848) 232-1361 http://www.reelsat281.com

Whomever said you had to go super fancy on V-Day was very misinformed. At McDonagh’s Pub you can be casual while enjoying fancy entrees courtesy of their special Valentine’s Day menu. From the Shrimp 3-Ways appetizer to the Pan-Seared Scallops with beet risotto and the Strawberry Shortcake Mason Jar and Champagne for Two – you’re bound to score some major points. 2 W Front St, Keyport (732) 264-0999 https://www.mcdonaghs.com

Nobody knows chocolate better than Susan and Stan of Susie’s Sweet Shop. From hand dipped chocolates to truffles and made for you gift boxes including a very special Valentines’s Day themed chocolate handcuffs. Wink, wink. 1100 Route 35, Middletown (732_ 07748 https://www.suzisweetshoppe.com

Dinner for two at one of the Jersey Shore’s most romantic restaurants… for just $55! No, that’s not a typo. Bring your date to Mister C’s and enjoy a bottle of house red or white wine, soup or salad, and a selection of four difference entrees including Paella Valenciana. But don’t worry, you don’t have to go prix-fixe, Mister C’s regular menu will be available as well as two a la carte specials: Lobster Francaise and Rack of Lamb. Allen Avenue On The Ocean, Allenhurst (732) 531-3665 http://www.mistercsbeachbistro.com

On February 10th, Sorella Bella is celebrating the ladies in your life with a Galentine’s Day! Sorella Bella is hosting a Galentine’s Day on February 10th from 12-4pm. Join one of their favorite designers, Oriana Lamarca, who will be bringing her entire Valentine’s Day collection. As you shop, enjoy sweets, treats, champagne, and a few surprises.  27 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 383-7118 http://www.sorellabellaboutique.com

In addition to their regular menu, One18 will be serving up hearty specials, a prix fixe menu, and fabulous cocktails. Don’t forget, it’s also Prime Rib Night! 118 Norwood Ave, Deal (732) 686-1210 http://one18americanbistro.com

You may be scheduled to go on a date on the 14th, so why not schedule a family date night? On February 9th and 10th from 6-9pm, they’ll be hosting a Family Date Night where your party of four will receive admission to the Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a plain pizza and pitcher of soda at the Pavilion, a $10 PlayCard for the Pavilion Arcade, and four treats from the Sweet Shop. Add on additional members of the family for just $10 per person! 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 892-0600 https://jenkinsons.com

Bay Pointe Inn is upping your Valentine’s Day game with their “Romance by the Bay.” Spend the evening with Joe Amiel where you and your date will enjoy live music and dancing with the Charlie Clarke Quartet from 6:30-10:30pm along with a four-course dinner featuring your choice of appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert for just $59-69 per person. With options like East/West Oyster Sampler, Chilean Sea Bass, and the Chef’s Special Dessert for Two, your date is guaranteed to lead to a few more after this. As for those looking for something to do the weekend before, check out their Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch on February 11th from 11am – 3pm. Reservations recommended. 1 Willow Street, Highlands (732) 629-8000 http://www.joesbaypointeinn.com

Not a planner? At Jean Louise Candies you can get a gift quickly with their “grab and go” boxes filled daily with a variety of different chocolates. They’ll even gift wrap it right there in store. How easy was that? 1205 Third Avenue, Spring Lake (732) 449-2627 http://www.jeanlouisecandies.com

Spend the evening outside… no we’re not asking you to freeze! It’s warm and cozy inside their rooftop igloos and on Valentine’s Day you can spend the evening in one for just $35 (or $29 per person in the Halle) where you’ll not only enjoy the scenery and your company, but also a pretzel and appetizer to share, two entrees, and one dessert. Add on a 1/2 priced bottle of champagne, a free portrait with Valory, and even a bouquet from APGreenery delivered straight to your table (when you book them in advance). Cheers to a night out to remember! 527 Lake Ave, Asbury Park (732) 997-8767 http://www.asburybiergarten.com

Champagne and roses, two integral elements that guarantee a successful Valentine’s Day. Well the Court Jester has you covered, in both their Freehold and Aberdeen locations. Reservations are recommended! 16 E Main St, Freehold (732) 462-1040 https://www.jestersweb.net

Get your drink on! From Monday, February 12th to Thursday, February 15th, celebrate Valentine’s Day all week with Rory’s Pub and get your hands on their delicious Pink Cocktails! It’s a holiday, so it’s time to celebrate! They’re only $6 a piece, so where are you going wrong, really? You won’t regret it! 1124 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright (732) 383-7685 http://roryspub.com

Look no further than Van Holten’s Chocolates & Sweet Shop for all of your sweets and treats this Valentine’s Day. From chocolate dipped strawberries to traditional hearts packed with a mixture of milk, dark, and white chocolate as well as caramels, jellies, nuts, and creams – there’s something for every kind of sweet tooth. 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights (732) 830-2220 http://www.vanholtenschocolates.com

Laugh the night away at River Rock during their Valentine’s Day Dinner and Comedy Show featuring Comedian Mike Gaffney. For just $60 per person, your meal will include dinner as well as a glass of wine and a rose for the ladies. For those looking to just laugh – head there for just $30 per person. Dinner begins at 7pm and the show begins at 8:30pm. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. 1600 Route 70W, Brick Township (732) 840-1110 https://riverrockbricknj.com