The 13 Best Wedding Shower Venues in New Jersey
New Jersey natives know the Garden State is good for so much, such as its close proximity to the coast and cities like NYC and Philadelphia. So when it comes to planning a bridal or wedding shower in the state, it's only natural that there are many wonderful restaurants and event venues available for such a milestone event.
If you're beginning the process of throwing a Jersey-style shower for a soonlywed in your life, you've come to the right place. We've searched statewide for some of New Jersey's best venues, including those on the Hudson River, near the lake and just blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean. Waterside, city-side or centrally located, it can all be found here. Keep reading to uncover 13 wedding shower venues in New Jersey and what they can offer you—and the guest of honor—on the big day leading up to the big day.
Mamma Vittoria Catering in Nutley, New Jersey
In North Jersey, Mamma Vittoria is a highly rated banquet hall accommodating every party style, including wedding showers. With capacity for up to 125 guests, the venue provides more than enough room for your special event. Mamma Vittoria is BYOB and will stock your shower with glasses, ice and bins for free. Your dining options here are limitless: You can host a lunch or dinner event, with many menus to choose from—buffet, sit-down or family style—and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foods available. No matter the menu you choose, you'll also receive complimentary Italian bread, soda, coffee, tea and napkins in a color of your choice.
Alice's in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
There are few things more beautiful than a waterfront event, which is exactly what you can throw for a bride-to-be at Alice's on Jersey's Lake Hopatcong. Alice's serves American cuisine, including vegetarian and gluten-free options and hand-crafted cocktails. The venue has two event spaces: a four-seasons patio and the main dining room. The picturesque patio provides panoramic views year-round for events of up to 60 people. The space features floor-to-ceiling glass panel doors that can be opened during warm months and closed when it's cold outside. The main dining room is a more casual and intimate option, with booths and high-top tables, for wedding showers of up to 45 guests.
Portofino's in Morristown, New Jersey
Family-owned Portofino's is an Italian restaurant that has called Morristown home for over three decades, earning a positive reputation for both its food and service. Portofino's catering service is called Simply Lisa's, and through it the restaurant executes small to midsize events, including bridal and baby showers. Together, Portofino's and Simply Lisa's offer custom menus, a friendly staff, food that's almost too pretty to eat and superior ideas, planning, organization and execution. If you want to host an in-home shower, you can also hire Portofino's and Simply Lisa's as your off-premises caterer for stress-free party planning.
Amanda's in Hoboken, New Jersey
Amanda's restaurant has been serving New American cuisine with an Argentinian twist in Hoboken for over 25 years. Located close to the Hudson River within a historic brownstone building, the restaurant doubles as an event venue, with five dining rooms and outdoor spaces. For your event, you'll work with Amanda's culinary team to create a menu inclusive of hors d'oeuvres, entrees, desserts and beverages perfect for the soonlywed and guests. With its warm and welcoming interiors, unique cuisine, ideal location and dedicated staff, Amanda's is a wonderful wedding shower venue for those located in North Jersey (or even New York).
Ron Jaworski's Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
Ron Jaworski's Blue Heron Pines Golf Club describes itself as the "best 18-hole course at the Jersey Shore." For those who love the beach, it's also an exceptional shore event venue. Blue Heron hosts everything from birthday parties and rehearsal dinners to bridal showers. While planning a shower for someone in your life, you'll select from a private dining room or a covered patio. (There's also a banquet room overlooking the golf course that's reserved for larger events.) The full-service golf club will help you execute every detail of your event, including menus, decor and entertainment.
Spiaggetta Restaurant in Stone Harbor, New Jersey
For another lovely Jersey Shore shower location, head to Stone Harbor's Spiaggetta. The BYOB Italian eatery can host indoor and outdoor events ranging in style from formal to casual. Spiaggetta has a Bayview Room for up to 80 guests, a main dining room for parties of 25 to 65 and an outdoor terrace available during warm months. Seats, tables, linens and napkins will be provided for your shower, and guests will dine on delicious Italian dishes from a menu created just for you. Spiaggetta's dedicated event planners, bartenders and servers will have you feeling satisfied before, during and after your event.
Grana Cafe in Old Bridge, New Jersey
Formerly Ciro's Pizza Cafe, Grana Cafe is a restaurant and event space that has been serving pizzas, pastas and family-style entrees since 2011. The BYOB establishment hosts pizza parties, sit-dinners and buffet-style events within its two party rooms, accommodating special events—such as wedding showers—of up to 130 people. Sit-down meal pricing starts at $32 per person, which includes an appetizer, family-style salad, a choice of pasta, a choice of eggplant or chicken, a side vegetable, coffee, tea and soda. Alternatively, you can choose from the Silver, Gold or Platinum buffet packages or one of three pizza party packages. Whether you choose the venue's front or rear party room, you'll enjoy all aspects of your Grana Cafe event.
Porta in Jersey City and Asbury Park, New Jersey
Porta is an Italian restaurant with locations in both Jersey City and Asbury Park that can accommodate a bridal shower. In Jersey City, you can rent Porta's rooftop for a completely private event with two full bars, large TVs, a pizza oven and private restrooms. Indoors, you can shower a bride-to-be in the main dining room or the Monk Room, the latter of which has a full bar, TVs and a private entrance. The event spaces in Asbury Park include the Abbott Room, a 2,500-square-foot space with a 20-foot ceiling, a concrete floor, a stunning crystal canopy and more; the main dining room; or another Monk Room, this one featuring a 20-foot stacked-wood wall installation, a full bar and two TVs. No matter the location you choose, event package pricing starts at $35 per person.
Chart House in Weehawken, New Jersey
At Weehawken's Chart House, a waterfront venue directly across from Manhattan, you can host a picturesque shower with next-level views. In addition to its stellar setting, Chart House is also known for its cuisine—including seafood and steaks—and service. Your event will take place in the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate parties ranging in size from 30 to 300. If you're looking to host a high-end event inside a highly rated facility, you won't want to overlook this beloved just-outside-New York restaurant. If you're throwing an in-home celebration, Chart House has a Banquets to Go menu perfect for groups of 10 to 100.
McLoone's Boathouse in Orange, New Jersey
Located on the banks of a reservoir, McLoone's Boathouse is a raw bar and modern American restaurant in Northern New Jersey. What's more, it's a pretty setting with several private dining areas—including outdoor spaces—that can be used for a wedding shower. McLoone's has menus for so many event styles, including sit-down lunches and dinners, private brunches, lunch and dinner buffets, cocktail receptions, family-style meals, hors d'oeuvres, daytime and evening bar packages and enhancements. No matter the type of event you are dreaming up, you can host it here, and the staff will help execute your vision.
Zinna's Bistro in Cranbury, New Jersey
Zinna's Bistro offers Italian-American dining in a family-owned setting in Cranbury, New Jersey. The food at Zinna's is authentic, with homemade pastas, freshly baked bread and produce grown in the garden. The bistro also offers full-service catering on-site and off-site year-round. For an on-site event, Zinna's has an indoor dining room that can hold up to 100 guests, a lakeside patio and a tented bistro. The team will curate a custom menu for your event based on your—and the guest of honor's—preferences, and this menu can include hors d'oeuvres, lunch platters, appetizers, salads, side dishes, pasta, poultry, pork, veal, beef and seafood. The food options here are delicious … and seemingly limitless.
South + Pine in Morristown, New Jersey
Back in Morristown, South + Pine is an American eatery led by chef and owner Leia Gaccione, who previously served as the executive chef at five Bobby Flay restaurants. South + Pine's mission to "treat guests as if they are home for dinner," "provide guests with exceptional service" and "create and serve the best food around" highlight why it's a great bridal shower location. The interior at South + Pine, which can accommodate up to 60 guests, features chandeliers, reclaimed doors and dark floors, making it a stylish setting pre-decor. You can also head outside for a shower on the patio. Last but not least, the venue is BYOB; once the alcohol is on-premises, the staff will handle it from there.
The Windlass in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
If your mind keeps wandering back to Lake Hopatcong, we have great news: The Windlass is another superb waterfront restaurant for private parties. The restaurant facility itself has historic charm dating back to the 1800s when it was built. For a wedding shower, the Windlass event team will work with you from day one to bring your vision to life. Inside the Lake Room, your event will have panoramic lake views and seating arrangements suited to your guest count and style. The setting is a no-brainer, and so is the food: Windlass will customize a menu specifically for your event, preparing food with fresh ingredients, so that all palates are pleased.