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Romantic Dinners with the Two Dopes

There is something inherently romantic about the beach. Maybe its the relaxing walks near the ocean, the vibrant sunsets or the way the waves crash into the sand. When the long summer days begin to fade and Long Beach Island slows to a calming pace, a different kind of magic fills the air, making it one of our favorite times of year to go out for a romantic dinner. If you’re looking to spend a special night out on Long Beach Island, these are the spots you should check out!

The Gables

The Gables is a Victorian oasis located in Beach Haven. The abundant house plants, antique chandeliers and fireplaces create an elegant atmosphere that is completely unique. While the menu is seasonal and ever-changing, the ingredients are aways fresh and often locally sourced. One of our favorite meals featured the Viking Village Scallops, which come from fishing boats a few towns over. The scallops were perfectly seared and laid upon on a bed of risotto verde with asparagus, spinach, zucchini and edamame. The Gables has a perfect ambiance for a romantic night out, a charm that harkens to days of the past and a modern menu with classic flavors.

Parker’s Garage

If you’re looking to watch the sunset while eating an incredible meal, Parker’s Garage is the place to go. Located on the bay side in Beach Haven, Parker’s Garage has a spectacular waterfront view with open-air seating. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat near a window, you’ll want to settle in and enjoy every second. Many of the dishes on the menu are intended for sharing and take a creative spin on popular seafood favorites. The lobster corn dogs and the tuna crackers are some of our favorite dishes to share while watching the sunset.


Yellowfin has an intimate and sexy vibe. The small space is dimly lit with candle light, making it a great place for an intimate date night. This upscale restaurant serves delicious seafood, pork & duck dishes. The paella, which is often on their special menu, is full of fresh seafood and flavor. Our favorite item off of the menu is the Tuna Pizza with seared ahi tuna on a cracker like crust with avocado, red onion wasabi sauce and capers.

Black Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans, located in Harvey Cedars, encompasses everything that gets us excited about a special night out. The incredibly stylish, yet comfortable dining room creates a great atmosphere for a sophisticated dinner. The menu, which changes often, features locally sourced produce in creative and elevated ways. The Foie Gras torchon appetizer made with cocoa powder, pickled fennel and strawberry apple butter really showcases their talents and is our favorite way to start the meal.

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