Bistro La Source
Bistro La Source

Bistro La Source

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bistrolasource.com/
  • Phone: (201) 209-1717
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American, French
  • Executive Chef: Bill Spitz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Public Transit: Essex Street light rail

    Exchange Place PATH train
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot next to restaurant.
A word from Bistro La Source
Bistro La Source is a friendly French/Belgian Bistro with a great wine list. We are located in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro La Source reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)great for outdoor dining (11)fit for foodies (11)romantic (10)great for lunch (6)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great wine, great food, great service
    Helene
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We dine here a lot. Can't beat the selection of wines. The cassoulet is one of our favorite dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably will not go back
    Emmy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was not very happy with my latest dining experience at Le Bistro Source. My husband and I had been there 3 times before and loved it. When I made the reservation I specifically requested a nice, quiet table since my 92 year old father and sister would be dining with us there and this would be there first time. Since the reservation was for 6PM, I did not think getting a table with a booth would be an issue. When we arrived, the restaurant was practically empty but they sat us at the worse possible table; right next to the bar, kitchen door and my chair and my father's abutted a table behind us!! It was ridiculous. The Chatham Cod that I ordered was not very good; the potatoes were cold!!! The service was not very good either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussel Night Dissapointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This restaurant has always been a favorite of mine and I will return. On Mondays they have mussels night and it was my first time ordering the unlimited mussels. Both my guest and I were disappointed how small the mussels were. They were the size of raisins. A number of times the mussels were served not being warm. It seemed they might have been precooked and then dished out and served. The sauces were delicious and the server kept asking if we would like another serving and to try another sauce. Next time I will be ordering from the menu. I also noticed that their prices have risen for both food and drink so be aware if you are a return customer.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Bistro
    jane70
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was good and the prices moderate. The atmosphere is cozy and pleasant. Parking is on site which is a real plus. Definitely would recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Normandy in Paulus Hook
    BearVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We felt like we had been transported to France! The mussels were sublime. Save the airfare and splurge on a nice bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Only one complaint. There was a musty smell in there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    2nd time attempt during Hudson RW Summer. Tried cod fritters and their taste was decent, but filling. While having this first course, braised lamb shank, the second course, had come out without new fork and knife. Waited for more than 30 minutes to receive knife and fork. None of servers had been paying attention. The lamb shank was already cooled down, so the taste and seasoning had to be adjusted. After the second course, it took another 15 minutes for the restaurant to serve mousse au chocolate & rum, the third course. It was good to be seated a table inside and there was table cloth at least.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mussels Monday
    MoulesMonday
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    If you love mussels, this is a great deal. Unlimited mussels and bread for about $10. Of course, you'll want to add a glass of wine or two! We been to this restaurant many times and ALWAYS have a great meal. The staff are friendly and attentive. (My only suggestion is to avoid the table by the kitchen. It's loud and chaotic in that spot.) If it's a nice evening, enjoy their outside seating!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Merci beaucoup
    legenwaitforitdary
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Came here during Hudson Restaurant Week and it was awesome. The mussels were phenomenal as well as everything else. Couldn't ask for a better French bistro. Plus it's located in the Pualus Hook area so the neighborhood is chill. Definitely a great place for outdoor dining in the summer time. They put up candle lights outside when it gets dark. Kind of a nice romantic touch. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    DevonehtVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time here and it was Hudson restaurant week. We decided to do the wine pairing with the meal which was a very nice touch. The food was delicious and the portions were quite large. Our waitress was an absolute jem. Couldn't have asked for a more personable or knowegable server. We would definitely done here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I look forward to dining here again on my next visit to Jersey City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Bistro La Source reviews archive.
  • Ooh-la-la!
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always a satisfying meal at Bistro La Source - good ingredients, wonderfully prepared and served. We go regularly, but also went during Restaurant Week, a fantastic value. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels galore!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    4 of went on Monday night.....3 for the $10 all you can eat mussels - I have seafood allergy so I had the short rib ravioli. We had a great time. Everyone loved the food! The mussel eaters each had 3 bowls! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sodium High...
    Renee
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was a beautiful summer night,so we sat outside . The waitress/server was terrific. The food portions were descent as were the menu selections. Meat dishes were salty,bronzini was good,and vegan dish was subpar. I really wanted to like this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So Good
    kamc
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I absolutely loved dining at Bistro La Source. I order muscles and escargot and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. The service was great and everyone I was with loved there food as well. It's also right near the water which has a really great view of the city (the park near Liberty State Park). And finally one of the most surprising thing was the free parking! After a long drive it was a great relief!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All you can eat mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Wow, Monday night all you can eat Mussels specials! I had the Thai mussels and they were amazing! It is such a great idea to offer a special like this on a Monday evening; the entire restaurant was filled with people from the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great to be at
    Anne
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Great food, great company, great time! Took my dad there for a late father's day dinner and we had a blast. Our waitress was helpful and we love the outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pamkVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went for Father's Day. Could not be seated outside .The air conditioning wall unit mounted on the wall above us blew directly on us which became uncomfortable. Our food was excellent although our waitress did mix up some of our order. Nutella in our crepe instead of blueberries, expresso vs. coffee and the wine (by glass) seemed to be the same thing not different as ordered. She was pleasant and working hard so we didn't say anything. The reviews we read mentioned the fried chicken so we tried it and it was perfect. The short rib ravioli were excellent. The idea of not looking for parking or paying to park at a lot blocks away was wonderful. Would like to go back to sit outside for appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    fish
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were a party of eight, celebrating my wife's birthday. Everything ordered was delicious. We would love to come back on a Monday for the mussels special. The waitstaff was attentive,helpful and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best neighborhood value
    Buzz
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    An eclectic menu all well done is a friendly atmosphere
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good french alternative in Pauleus
    Ratitou
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I had dinner there several times. Decent french fare, love my escargots. Staff will accomodate you and try to please you. Good deal prix fixe with pairing. That can be your ticket to Paris!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and great food
    JoeyJetstar
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Dinner requires a little patience as the bar is noisy from the after work crowd. The food is excellent, however and my favorite local restaurant. The French Onion Soup and mussels are both favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day dining experience
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The woman in the grey t-shirt sat us and brought the smallest glasses from the bar for water. She seemed annoyed when we requested normal size drinking glasses and some ice. The lemons we requested were also the tiniest ever that my party and I have seen. The mussels and main courses were excellent. The salad was mediocre. On the menu it was shown to include grilled vegetables. We found potates and tiny bits of what may have been eggplant. The waitress gave good service..she even accidentally threw out a left over so she made good on it by not charging for the dinner. I would not return...the noise level was quite disturbing and we felt like we were putting them out with our requests. Nobody smiled and appeared to be glad to have us there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    kex320
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Bistro La Source was the perfect place to go to for Mother's Day! We sat outside and enjoyed delicious food and soaked up the sun. I'm rating them 4 stars for Service because the server mixed up a couple of our orders. Other than that, great food and they have a parking lot!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great outdoor scene
    tad1232000VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Like the feeling outside and being able to enjoy the night with friends. Good food, bit salty, but good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Since we live in JC we decided to try Bistro La Source It was crowded and tight but it was well worth it for the food The service was god but the food was fabulous would definitely revisit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This is my go to restaurant in Jersey City. It never disappoints and is always excellent food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent new gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We chose this restaurant based on the very good reviews online for our aunt's birthday. We were not disappointed at all. The service is really good and the food is excellent. Steack frites, mussels, mac and cheese...I loved all of the dishes we ordered. Plus they have a parking lot for clients, which is great. I definitely recommend it!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French spot
    RickROIC
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This is a little gem of a restaurant. We have been here as a couple and also with the fam damily, a group of eleven. Service has been exceptionally attentive and yet, unrushed. Last time, I enjoyed the Alsation choucroute platter, which I found to be a very authentic rendition. Most of the family had the fried chicken which was very tasty and a huge portion. Monday nights are crowded with an all you can eat special of mussels. I have had the Thai style mussels which had just the right amount of spiciness as well as a plate of more traditional mussels in white wine and garlic. So fresh and wonderfully hot! I would not hesitation to recommend this little jewel.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always 5 stars!
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We have been here a few times -- and each visit affirms our review that this restaurant is outstanding. The food is always delicious and the service is attentive. The menu is full of great choices -- and after our selections, we always think about when we need to come back to select the items we didn't choose. This is a great choice for brunch or any meal. Highly recommended. The bonus is that they have free off-street parking!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good ambience
    clodja1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Love this place for these reasons: great food especially the mussels, full bar, outdoor seating, parking, pleasant staff. nice ambience, always has great music on -- what more could a person want?
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 6 Thumbs Up
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Bistrot La Source has a great regular menu, plus a fantastic price-fixed menu - something for everyone. They really excel in bringing out flavor with fresh herbs and ingredients. They also serve the best cassoulet I've had outside of France. Go, and go often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The overall experience was exceptional. The food and service were outstanding, and the restaurant is a great place to meet up with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait for food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We come here often, almost weekly, and this time we waited for almost an hour for our main entres. They suggested desert however, never said they would comp it for our wait. I would have been happy with a free glass of wine which would have costed them nearly nothing. Food is good but if this becomes a trait, we will go across the street instead. I hope it doesn't because we like the place and the people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Jersey City Treasure
    zany
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I found this little neighborhood gem on OpenTable and was delighted with the entire experience; from the escargots to the butternut squash agnoletti with brown butter and pignoli nuts as apps to entrees of cassoulet and my companion's cod, everything was prepared to perfection, including desserts of warm apple crumble with cinammon gelato. My only criticism is the warmed & frothed milk for the coffee didn't seem to blend as it should -- it wound up looking lumpy in the cup even after much mixing...a small thing compared to the lovely meal and great service! Bistro La Source has made my personal list of places to enjoy in Jersey City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Fine2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Usually heading right into Manhatten for Saturday evening dinner, we have had more than our share of disappointing fare in Jersey City. La Source was an unexpected delight. The food was prepared beautifully, the waitress attentive and we would definitely return. But, we would make later reservations because it was quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Pleasant experience
    restaurantseekers
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Love to explore different restaurants and was very pleased to have found Bistro LaSource, Was born and raised in Jersy City and lived in the suburbs for over 30 years and still love coming back to JC.. Have tried different restaurants in the area and would def come back and recomment Bistro La Source. The menu is so varied my daughter and I had a hard time choosing with so many selections. we had the onion soup, liver pate, cod and skate for the main course and everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. We had a cocktail at the bar and the bartender was spot on with the old fashioned and wine was very good and reasonably priced. Staff was so accomadating, as well as super friendly. Would def come back to try other dishes....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food! The best fried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Excellent food! The best fried chicken ever! I have never been disappointed, all of the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An extraordinary prix fixe lunch
    JeffMachVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Five dishes ordered, five dishes adventurous, exciting, and perfect. Extraordinary kudos to our waitress. I made a mistake in my order, and she fixed it and brought me a new plate when she definitely wasn't required to do so. Then, when I forgot my credit card, she ran out in the cold to give it to us! In a dress! This is my "go to" restaurant whenever I'm in Jersey City, and for good reason. Out of a lot of spectacular options, this is a clear winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent and Surprising
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    This was my first time visiting Bistro La Source, I went there with my wife and it didn't disappoint, the service was great, the food was delicious and the portions were surprisingly big compared to other places, the only complaint I had was the place was too cold, I think this ruin a bit of the experience, overall I'll comeback with my wife and friends, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.