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The Best Restaurants With a Waterfront View in Hoboken + Jersey City

by Stephanie Brown
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One of the best parts about living in Jersey City + Hoboken is the incredible waterfront views that we get to enjoy. While we love looking over the Hudson during our waterfront runs or Pier A Park picnics, there’s something special about taking in the Manhattan skyline while dining. There are tons of excellent restaurants right on the water where you can soak in this view with loved ones sharing or meal or clinking cocktails. The next time you plan a date night, happy hour hang, a family dinner, or even a self-date, consider these waterfront restaurants in the area. Keep reading to learn more about the best restaurants with skyline views in Jersey City + Hoboken.


Blue Eyes | 525 Sinatra Drive

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This appropriately named Italian eatery located in Sinatra Park serves a menu of pasta and woodfired pizza from the all-season patio. You can admire the view of Manhattan while eating pizza that was cooked in an oven made from bricks that were specially flown in from Naples. It’s a first-come-first-serve restaurant so you may need to wait for a spot outside during warmer months.

Del Frisco’s Grille | 221 River Street

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Hoboken’s outpost of this national steakhouse chain offers elevated brunch and dinner menus along with some tempting desserts. Guests can look out at the Hoboken waterfront while dining at Del Frisco’s Grill. Heads up – reservations are accepted and they require an upscale dress code.

Halifax | 225 River St


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Halifax is a sleek eatery in the W Hotel with a focus on farm-to-table dishes. From the dining room and sidewalk seating, you can soak in the Manhattan skyline view. The drink menu includes a long wine list and craft cocktails. Private dining is available for anyone looking for a stunning venue for a wedding reception, baby shower, or another special event.Read More: There’s A New Japanese Restaurant on the Jersey City Waterfront

House of ‘Que | 340 Sinatra Drive


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From Texas Pitmaster Michael Rodriguez, House of ‘Que brings Austin-style BBQ to the Hoboken waterfront. Brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, cornbread, and more are available to enjoy while taking in the skyline view. It’s a great spot for karaoke, trivia, and dueling pianos, too.

The Ainsworth | 310 Sinatra Drive

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The Ainsworth is a great option for elevated American bar food with an impressive view of Manhattan. Brunch is offered on the weekends – with the option to add bottomless mimosas. Happy hour is available at the bar on weeknights from 4PM – 6PM.

Turning Point | 1420 Sinatra Drive North

Turning Point is a charming family-friendly brunch spot with a huge menu of breakfast favorites. Omelets and Bennys are great but you can’t go wrong with the pancake stack – especially with flavors like cinnamon roll and lemon blueberry. From the dining room, you can see the view of the Hoboken Waterfront and Manhattan skyline.

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Battello | 502 Washington Blvd

With its location at the end of the Newport Marina, Battello offers one of the best skyline views in Jersey City. The menu includes a seafood tower, prime ribeye, Littleneck clam risotto plus an exceptional wine list. It’s available for private events if you’re looking for an impressive venue.

Hudson + Co. | 3 2nd Street


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The waterfront views from Hudson + Co.’s dining room and seasonal patio seating are hard to beat. Soak in the sights while enjoying an elevated brunch, lunch, or dinner. This eatery also features a kid’s menu along with a variety of desserts – like the tempting warm cookie skillet.


Liberty House | 76 Audrey Zapp Drive

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Liberty State Park’s stunning event venue also operates as a sleek New American restaurant. Between the incredible skyline views and menu of exceptional farm-to-table fare, this spot is perfect for a special celebration. Reservations can be made online to secure a table.

Lokal Eatery + Bar | 2 2nd Street


Next to Hudson + Co., you’ll find this excellent global eatery. With huge windows, you’ll be able to enjoy the skyline view while deciding which small plates to share. Lokal also offers weekend brunch and happy hour specials from Tuesday – Sunday. The cocktail menu includes some intriguing drinks like the Elliott Stubb with yuzu, aquafaba, blueberry honey syrup, verjus, blanc vermouth, bee pollen, and your choice of tequila or bourbon.

RoofTop at Exchange Place | 1 Exchange Place

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The RoofTop at Exchange Place offers a slightly different view than the other spots on our list. Instead of staying on the ground level, here you can take in the Manhattan skyline from the terrace or rooftop. The rooftop menu includes small plates and cocktails while the terrace dining room features a full food menu. Both are great options for a GNO or a romantic night out. When it’s not too chilly we love sitting around the rooftop firepit for happy hour.

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Smorgasbar | 3 2nd Street


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This seasonal beer garden near Hudson + Co. and Lokal is a great spot to meet up with friends for a couple of drinks. The menu includes cocktails, wine, and a few beers on draft,= plus happy hour runs from Tuesday – Thursday. There is a huge seating area where you can relax while admiring the skyline view. Once Smorgasbar reopens we’ll be there to celebrate the warmer weather with a frozen margarita in hand.

Surf City | 1 Marin Blvd

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Surf City is another great seasonal spot on the Jersey City waterfront. When it reopens in the spring, you’ll be able to enjoy burgers, seafood, and tropical frozen drinks waterside. The marina and skyline views make this a must-visit at least once a season.

There are so many great waterfront restaurants to check out in Hoboken + Jersey City. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.read more food + drink button

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