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Bistro La Source
Bistro La Source

Bistro La Source Details

  • 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: French, American, Continental
  • 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, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, 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 French/Belgian Bistro. It is located in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "An eclectic menu all well done is a friendly atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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."
    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!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Like the feeling outside and being able to enjoy the night with friends. Good food, bit salty, but good. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This is my go to restaurant in Jersey City. It never disappoints and is always excellent food."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The overall experience was exceptional. The food and service were outstanding, and the restaurant is a great place to meet up with friends."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellent food! The best fried chicken ever! I have never been disappointed, all of the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Came here for Valentine's dinner last week. This was only my second time dining here but it is already one of my favorites. The pre-fixe was great. My date and I both had the steak with brussels sprouts. Outstanding. I'm coming back for their mussels!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Had higher expectations from the looks of the restaurant. The menu was limited with the French cuisine and service was a bit lacking. Our group always had to flag the waitress down for water/service. Food was okay but not great. I asked everyone how they liked their dish and it was okay."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Though pan roasted salmon was over cooked, it was still juicy. It means the restaurant procures fresh fish. Taste was more than expected. It was an encounter with Hitachino Nest beer."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was ecstatic to find this neighborhood gem. Since going to Paris in the summer, I have been craving authentic french bistro food and lamenting the possibility that I might not find it. But to my happy surprise and amazement, Bistro La Source is an amazing small, energetic, piece of Europe in my own backyard. The staff was friendly and attentive, yet laid back and discrete. My girlfriend and I had a wonderfully leisurely brunch, that included many of the delicious dishes on the menu. It was absolutely memorable and an experience I guarantee you I will revisit frequently. From the cappuccino to the escargot, Bistro La Source is authentic and comforting. I couldn't have asked for more than a view of the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. Loved it!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great lunch once again. Fourth time and still and a treasure to experience."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Very friendly and great service. Tables a bit close together, but not annoyingly so. Nice European vibe, wine list, and cuisine. Have been there several times and will continue to patronize this charming, hospitable treasure."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We went to Bistro la Source during Restaurant Week, which is when we often reach out and try new restaurants. The food was just terrific and a great value. We all had different dishes and tried each other's - couldn't decide what was best. It was a bit of French heaven, warm and welcoming. And the off-street parking is a real bonus. We give it our highest rating, and will definitely go back again and again."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we will most definitely be returning for many more visits. The meal was spectacular -- they had a number of pork specials recommended by the server and the recommendations were on point. Delicious food from appetizers through dessert. The staff were courteous, friendly and helpful -- the perfect mix. We highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I was there in the summer and loved it, especially for MuscleI Mondays, the sauces were great and the staff was friendly. I have been back multiple times. The last 3 times the Food quality and flavor got worse. Muscle Mondays the sauces are flavorless and hardly no sauce. There is one server who is always there on Mondays who is rude and her attitude changes our experience. Its a shame for such a cute restaurant!"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places in JC and having dinner there are New Year's Eve did not disappoint! The food and service was great as ever and they offered a free glass of champagne at the start of the meal. The only thing I wasn't happy with was the fact we were seated at a table in the bar area instead of the dining room. On a regular night, we are usually ok with that table, however, for NYE I was hoping for more of a romantic dinner with my husband. I would've made an issue over it except my husband wanted to watch the bowl game on TV and he preferred that table. I did wonder if we were being penalized for making a reservation through Open Table, as others walked in after us and got to sit in the dining room."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great neighborhood bistro. Excellent value. Good as any NYC bistro without the travel and high prices. Very extensive wine list. Will return in near future."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "This was the first time we visited Bistro La Source on New Years Eve. It wasn't a formal event, but they did have a special menu which at 59$ was excellent value. I had the lamb which was cooked to pink perfection and my husband enjoyed the duck. We had cheese for dessert which was very good, although I think they could have allowed for more than one piece per person. The service was great and the friendliness of the staff is one of the reasons that we love coming to this restaurant. They also managed to save us out favorite table in the corner at the back, which just added to the pleasure of the meal. And we were down by the Hudson in time to see the fireworks by the Statue of Liberty so a perfect end to 2013."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We always enjoy ourselves here, which is pretty much the whole story. Food is solid and enjoyable French cuisine, but not always inspiring in the foodie sense. Drinks are good and the wine list is sufficient and modestly priced. Be prepared to sit very closely with your neighbors as tables are both small and tightly placed; chairs are a bit delicate. This configuration hampers service, comfort and privacy. One example was that someone trying to leave knocked over the drinks of the adjacent table--not really her fault as she had to squeeze out."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A welcoming neighborhood feel, but with above average food. The Pork special with wild rice was exceptional as was the gelato."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "This is our favorite neighborhood place. The service is spectacular. Great food and wine."
    Dined on 11/25/2013