Amelia's Bistro - New Jersey
Amelia's Bistro - New Jersey

Amelia's Bistro - New Jersey

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ameliasbistro.com/
  • Phone: (201) 332-2200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room seats up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelley Ryan 2013322200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morris Street
  • Public Transit: Light Rail - Essex and Marin Stop Path - Grove Street Stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Amelia's Bistro - New Jersey
Amelia"s Bistro offers new/eclectic contemporary dining experience. Dining room, outdoor patio and private party room are available.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Amelia's Bistro - New Jersey reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (11)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (9)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • We love Amelia's!
    KristybizVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We've been going to Amelia's since we moved into the neighborhood 2 years ago. The food has always been delicious, and the service has always been awesome! The apps, entrees, and deserts are all super tasty! Ron is usually our waiter and he's very on top of things and friendly. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting a delicious dinner or delicious brunch! Sitting outside in the warmer months is always nice too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great meal
    maggiez
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We made reservations the day of and were able to get a table. When we arrived, we had to be seated downstairs (which I didn't even realize that there was a downstairs dining room). We were the only people down there at first but the room started to fill up quickly. I had the beef short ribs and my husband had the fried chicken. Both we very good. I do not like brussels sprouts, which was one of the sides with the short ribs, and our server was very accommodating and allowed me to substitute some thing else for them. Everyone we came into contact with was very nice and polite. They made our night out very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Jersey Restaurant
    frodo
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    As we were staying in Jersey City, we thought we'd try this out. Presents as a nice, warm an welcoming restaurant with good service and attentive staff. Food could have been better - battered fish and seafood in the paella were both overcooked. Paella was really just seafood and rice. The restaurant is a bit on the pricey side but lacks much competition in the area. Would probably go back to give it the benefit of the doubt, but don't expect too much.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was awful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Maybe it was just what we selected, but we will never go there again. The waitstaff also wasn't very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Amelia's Bistro was great, the food was good and the service very friendly, would go back anytime. Loved It!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Four of us went for a late evening meal on a Friday, around 10 p.m. One member of our group was vegetarian and there were plenty of options on the menu from appetizers to entrees. The appetizers were all delicious -- we got an assortment of six 'pinchons', or crostini, including tuna tartar, lump crab meat, wild mushrooms with truffle artichoke spread, etc. -- each was delicious. Our entrees were paella, which had great flavor, and miso glazed sea bass, which was a very nice sized, perfectly cooked portion of bass on jasmine rice. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We would all definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will visit again!
    Cookie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Restaurant was recommended by a family member. Decided to bring friends for a first time dining experience and we were all impressed. Truly enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Will visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, Not Great.
    GAF96
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had high hopes for Amelia's. Was ultimately disappointed. I wanted to make sure my guest and I would have the opportunity for discussion so I went half an hour ahead of our reservation to assess the seating. Either of two empty outdoor tables seemed ideal and the hostess promised to save one of them for me. When we returned both tables were occupied and she offered no apology, which left an initial bad feeling. Service was friendly and efficient. The wine we ordered from the list was not available. Calamari dish was good but did not live up to the menu description. The signature boneless short ribs were lean but lacked flavor or distinction. Many other attractive restaurants nearby. I would probably not return to Amelia's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • creative bistro fare
    WALT
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Creative fare. Crostini (machengo/fig jam/almonds, bacon/peanut butter/siracha), small plates, bistro entrees (flank steak, harissa glazed salmon). Value priced wine list. Nice cocktail selection. Outside dining, party room, great bar/dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 145 reviews are from the Amelia's Bistro - New Jersey reviews archive.
  • Best brunch ever
    foodhobbyistVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Restaurant was packed for brunch with good reason. Best and unique/interesting selection of brunch items we have ever seen. All were well prepared, very flavorful and plentiful. Can't say whether or not they were short staffed this particular day, but once order was taken and served, very difficult to get the attention of wait staff. Did observe one family of four leave after waiting at least 15 minutes and not receive any service at all. That's not good, but it appears the locals will sustain this restaurant. We do recommend, but make a reservation and trip a wait staffer to get attention because the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Go here all the time for brunch ... I say the caramelized banana french toast is the best I've ever had. My photographer says the shrimp and grits are absolutely outstanding. All the other menu items we've tried are excellent also, but we keep coming back for those 2 particularly. Also, the lunches are excellent and the bartender makes excellent drinks for a late evening relaxation. This is one of our fav places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went to Amelia's to celebrate Father's Day. My father in law is a foodie, he loved the food. We all loved the food and the great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Engagement celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Had a dinner party of 12, celebrating my engagement . The staff were courteous and helpful , we had a wonderful time . I'd recommend this place anytime
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great fun at Amelia's
    LaraVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Always enjoy it here, and it was the first time for Lobster Monday - something we've been looking forward to for a while. It didn't let down - fun food, and great service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The steak sandwich and wedge salad was good. Service was attentive, waitperson was friendly with a 'can do' attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like this restaurant very much
    CHIQUITA635VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I go alot to this place never make a reservation thru open table this was the very first time. This time service was not that good. The server seemed to be gone we asked for a bottle of water she brought us tap water. Then we asked for the bottle of water she took very long to bring to the table. This is the first time happening the restaurant was not that busy. it is still one of my favorite place to go have brunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good evening!
    Freeasthewind
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A good neighborhood spot. I have never had a bad experience here...Always good food, good service, good outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Needed to find a place for a Mother's Day meal and after making some last minute plans in the city and, needless to say, everything in the city was booked up. We went to OpenTable and searched restaurants with openings that would be somewhat on the way home with good reviews and, luckily for us, we found Amelia's Bistro. We are a family of five and we all enjoyed our meals, as well as the look, feel, and location of the place. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice brunch
    LaraVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    always a fun meal at Amelia's. Very enjoyable, good food, and kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Fav
    Horse4light
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Amelia's never disappoints. A "must" stop when my parents or other visitors come to JC. Thanks.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    GDMHERE
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My family loved Amelia's Bistro! The server created a large table for our group, giving us plenty of space. Food arrived quickly - we were in a hurry - and beautifully presented. From delicious flat bread pizza, to healthy, creative salads, and a variety of tasty mains, we all loved our meals. My husband commented that he wished he had more time to work his way thru the menu. If ever in Jersey City, try this place! There's a cool private room in the basement that looks perfect for a private dinner party.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    They accommodated us with a round table as I requested. The food and food presentation was very good. Service was excellent. Was a family birthday dinner and we enjoyed ourselves very much in Amelia's atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it. It was recommended to me by my 28 year old daughter and her boyfriend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood restau
    Ratitou
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The menu sounds good, variety and good concept; unfortunately execution is not "gourmet". Price point is reasonable and ambience is good. More like a family place in the neighborhood. Full bar is available.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    gh07302
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Amelia's Bistro always has great service, a pleasant atmosphere and food that is consistently good. The experience is the same whether I'm dining with out of town guests or stopping in for a brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Plate Heaven
    CsMom
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The new truffled wild mushroom crostini is outrageous, as is the kale salad. Proscuitto had a strange taste, tho.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch Menu = Yum!
    Foodie4Life106
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    First time having brunch at this spot was very good. The small plates were not as impressive but still good to enjoy - bite size amounts. Brunch menu is not huge but options were appealing. The dishes were savory and packed with flavor. Then came here again for dinner and the salmon was fiery but tasty. The cod fish was delicious with the sauteed kale. Unfortunately, the caipirinha were not made so well. They were very sweet and lacked lime. But other than that, overall good experience. Will still come back to try other dishes :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gone down a step
    Kris
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I have been to Amelia's countless times over the years and feel like the quality has really gone down. I loved the pear gorgonzola flatbread that they no longer have. The cheese plate was good but for $12 it was a little sparse. The main meals that we got were nothing to rave about. So, overall it was fine but no longer in my top rated restaurants of JC.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place to eat
    luvtoexperience
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    the caramel crunch Brioche French Toast was very Good !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood brunch / lunch
    LKJC
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    A great place for a nice lunch or weekend brunch, Good food, reasonable prices,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience
    ME724
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had dinner there on a Saturday night, not overly crowded which was nice. Waitstaff was great, food was okay. Might go back again, but more so for drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Find
    Diner100
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    First time dining here. I sat at the bar. Friendly bartender who makes excellent drinks. His food recommendations did not steer us wrong. Loved the crostini! I'm sure that I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliciously diverse menu
    ssp25
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Dined at Amelia's with my wife's family and the restaurant had a different dish for everyone, which each person loved. The waiter was very helpful with recommendations, which were spot on. I highly recommend the cod. Also love the chickpea/mash your own hummus spread in place of traditional butter or oil to accompany the table's bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    KristybizVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I went to Amelia's with 3 other women. We shared laughs, apps, drinks and dinner. It was a great night! Many delicious things on the menu and we always enjoy the chickpea and bread that comes out before your apps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Jersey City
    Talllady
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Friendly and fun staff. Foodie quality food and presentation. Lovely early Sunday evening with friends and family. Definitely will go again to try more menu items. (The arugula salad was devine - the herb fried chicken with brie/potatoes - yummy.) Special cocktails and deserts for friends' tastes. I went with the wine and was quite happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great weekend brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    It'd been a while since I'd seen a couple of my girlfriends, who are from Manhattan. So I suggested we meet up in the middle - in Jersey City since I was coming from Central Jersey (but am formerly of JC). Easy ride to the Exchange Place PATH, where I picked them up. They both loved the food choices at Amelia's and said, the good was great & at a wonderful price compared to Manhattan prices! Once we'd settled in, took a while for staff to take our orders. The food made up for it. Also loved the muffins at the beginning! Brunch/lunch items -- so many choose from . . . & all tasty. I had the yummy crab cake sliders, which I couldn't even finish . . . ended up wrapping one up to take home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amelia's is Amazing
    LoveSliders
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Amelia's in my go-to brunch spot. I've had several different items on the menu and am never disappointed - everything from the chicken and waffles to the salmon eggs benedict is delicious. Plus, you can't beat their 4 dollar bloody marys. I recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, but rushed service
    JMGibson
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I have been to Amelia's a few times, and I keep coming back because I really enjoy the food here. However, my biggest complaint with the restaurant is how the space bringing out the food. The appetizers came out very quickly, which was great. But, 10 minutes after receiving my appetizers, I was given my entree. I wasn't even halfway through my appetizer. By the time I got to my entree it was cold. It also makes you feel rushed, when I came here to have a good meal and a few drinks with my husband. The wait staff is very nice, attentive and apologetic, but each time I come here the exact same thing happens. Next time I will say something before I order to avoid the disappointment. Otherwise, I really enjoy this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • heat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    the restaurant did not have enough heat on when we arrived - it was cold -
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate
    GoodNeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We were early of our reservation but had to wait. My omelette tasted fine but was tepid. No hash browns was a downer. My sparkling wine was tasty and reasonable. The bear cub bartender is cute and very friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cold Brunch
    BigO
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We came, we ordered, and we recieved a cold meant to be hot plate of eggs and bacon. The toast was hard. The food tasted good but  it was cold. Waiter was great in handling that issue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic