Shopping and Dining

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Boasting 78 restaurants, a number of family and independently-owned small businesses, unique shops, salons, large, upscale department stores, and an impressive family-friendly retail mall, the Woodbridge metro area is a shopping, dining and entertainment mecca.

Dining options are endless in the township and surrounding metro area. From neighborhood favorites to fine dining, fast food, barbecue, coffee shops, pancake houses and delis, Woodbridge offers something to please all palates. Casual, fine dining and everything in between can be found nearby, from well-known chains to unique eateries, foods from around the world to classic American favorites.

An absolute hub of national and local restaurants is clustered along the Route 1 corridor. The recent opening of New Jersey’s first Dave & Buster’s location at Woodbridge Center tops the list of newest full-service dining adventures. Other popular new dining establishments include Tilted Kilt, Bar Louie and Blue Alehouse. Tried and true national restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Jose Tejas, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Applebee’s, Red Robin, Famous Dave’s, Miller’s Ale House, Houlihan’s and Kona Grill are complemented by locally-owned and curated favorites such as Il Castello’s, Ristorante Venezia, Chris Michael’s Steakhouse, Casa Guisepee, Amici’s, D’Italia, Le Malt Lounge, Talk of the Town, JJ Bitting Brewing Company, Surrender Café, Knot Just Bagels, the Reo Diner and Strawberry’s Pub and Pizza conveniently located in the downtowns and business districts.

Shopping & Entertainment

Superior shopping and entertainment venues are a key to commerce in Woodbridge. Everything from small, cozy boutiques to big-box retailers, bargain-friendly outlets and Woodbridge Center’s vast array of stores and retail establishments, dot the metro landscape. With so many choices so close at hand, there’s rarely a reason to venture outside the Woodbridge area, even for those shoppers with the most eclectic and discriminating tastes. Thousands of shoppers visit Woodbridge daily to browse through the area’s charming shops and large-scale retailers.

Woodbridge Center

A visit to Woodbridge Center in Central New Jersey is sure to delight the entire family. Anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Boscov’s, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Sears, the 1.9 million-square-foot Woodbridge Center’s two floors are packed with apparel, accessories, sporting goods, shoes, electronics, health and beauty items, home furnishings and specialty stores.

Discover the latest trends, exclusive previews and can’t-miss sales at exclusive retailers including Lord & Taylor, featuring their mix of on-trend brands and timeless designers. Nearby is an expanded H&M store offering a broad and varied range that allows customers to find their own personal style. Also among the newest offerings is Bath & Body Works and the White Candle Barn.

For entertainment, Woodbridge Center boasts family-friendly options including the new Dave & Busters, a 34,000-square-foot family-friendly entertainment and dining venue offering food, beverages, state-of-the-art simulators and an array of video games.

Another popular new venue, All In Adventures, challenges guests to escape from a locked room using intuition, observation and detective skills.

Woodbridge Center also features a number of specialty children’s stores, including Crazy 8, Stride Rite, Carters and Journey’s Kids, and a large number of footwear retailers, including Sketchers, Famous Footwearand the 11,000-square-foot Encore – Shoe Dept.

Located at 250 Woodbridge Center Drive, the popular New Jersey destination shopping attraction has 8,600 parking spaces and is conveniently accessible via public transportation, including the NJ Transit buses that come to Woodbridge Center and NJ Transit trains, such as the NE Corridor Line to Metro Park Station or the North Jersey Coast Line to the Woodbridge Train Station.

Built in 1971, Woodbridge Center is divided into six department areas and boasts 160 stores, alongside 14 fast-fix and six full service sit-down restaurants. Special kid-friendly attractions include the popular Tiny Town soft play area, a trackless train, carousel and multiple family activities and events such as the Woodbridge Center Santa Parade. The night of fun includes live entertainment with Santa and all his holiday friends.

Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Whether it’s an afternoon snack, a hot cup of coffee or a relaxing meal with friends or family, shoppers can enjoy a break to recharge, refuel and indulge in a variety of dining options.

From a delicious smoothie, to yogurt, pizza, sushi, canapes, freshly-popped popcorn or giant pretzels, you’ll find taste-tempting treats galore at one of the mall’s many eateries. From quick, on-the-go bites to a more leisurely sit-down meal, epicurean delights abound at Woodbridge Center. Family friendly sit-down dining options range from juicy all-American burgers at Johnny Rockets, Red Robin and Applebee’s to Caribbean-inspired food and handcrafted tropical drinks at Bahama Breeze, the fresh, delicious Italian cuisine of Olive Garden or wings, steaks, salads and ribs at the new Dave & Busters.

Looking to add a little exercise to your day? The popular Woodbridge Center Mall Walkers Club is open to men and women of all ages and offers a safe, climate-controlled environment where you can get your exercise by walking The Center. w