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Orale Mexican Kitchen
Orale Mexican Kitchen

Orale Mexican Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oralemk.com
  • Phone: (201) 333-0001
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5400pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grove St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We dined at Orales in Jersey City last Friday evening. Overall it was a nice experience. Parking is difficult on the street so had to park in a garage nearby. The restaurant decor is rather dark, with skulls in the rooms in the corners and on pictures hanging in the back bricked room. The ceiling was very cool with copper decorative squares. My margarita was good and the queso fandido was very good with the three sauces you can add to it. I had the chicken quesadillas which were great where as my husband was not all that impressed with the little tacos. Would we go there again when in town? Probably not. The menu was too limited! Not enough choices of favorites and too many weird choices which we had absolutely no idea what they were."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was good, service was good. The only complaint is that the sangria was very weak. Probably all juice. I split a carafe between my friend and I and the waiter had said there are about 3 glasses each. We finished the entire thing and felt completely fine. Other than that it was a great place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nice looking restaurant. The menu is too limited. The only "Mexican" food are tacos and enchiladas - unless you want a sandwich (torta) for dinner. And only 3 types of enchiladas. One had mole, which I don't like. One was vegetarian, which I didn't want. A lot of taco varieties but you get five very small tacos of all the same choice. The waiter did let me choose 2 different ones since "it wasn't very crowded" (so why did it take so long to get my food?). I got the carnitas & fish tacos and did not love either one. My date got the chicken enchilada (sans mole) - good but not great. Guacamole was very good but the chips tasted stale. The margarita was very good but very pricey for a small drink ($13). I will probably not be going back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Awesome food with fun & original names. Great Tequilas and micheladas. Great relaxed service. We were celebrating our anniversary and we had tons of fun. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This place trumps any Mexican restaurant in NYC, and the prices are very reasonable for the quality of food. Good menu selection, strong drinks, and a nice space. Waiter was very attentive. Great place!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is a great place to take a party of 6 for lunch. They sat us at a spacious table (unlike other restaurants where they try to squeeze big groups into small tables) and the server was great. We went there with a hankering for tacos but when we saw the menu, tacos weren't on it! They were still serving brunch. We asked the server and he was able to make it happen and was cool about it. Great food and service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I made an 8:45p reservation but called because I was running 10 mins late. They said no problem and when my husband and I arrived, we were seated promptly. The main room is spacious and loud (bar), we were seated in the side room which was much quieter, able to talk and and better for a date night. We ordered the house guac - which was good, fresh but we added the hot sauce for more flavor. Margaritas - tasty and strong. Husband had the Pork Tacos with roasted chile/pineapple; I had the enchilada suiza. Best sauce I have had for that dish. Overall the meat was a little dry for both, but the suiza sauce made up for that. Service was great, timely and serving staff was courteous. Dessert: Flan & Tres Leches were delish."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Orale is a great neighbourhood dining spot. They always accommodate our dining requests and the staff is very nice and prompt with the orders. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I was there on Friday for my friend's birthday and we all enjoyed the food. The margaritas were amazing. The service was outstanding. The birthday girl even got a tequila shot on the house. We were very impressed on how good the food was. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food at Orale was outstanding! The guacamole was a very small protion served in an ill-designed bowl however... Wasn't able to get out all of the guacamole. The fundio was delicious! The carne tacos was also very tasty! However, I wish I could have mixed and matched my tacos to try other kinds! If I lived in Jersey City, I would come here all the time!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The best Mexican I've had in the NYC area, without having to trek into Manhattan. The service was fantastic, & the food so much more sophisticated than the usual burritos & standard refried beans. The pineapple pork taco was truly sublime! We were seated immediately, service was attentive, & the atmosphere was fun & festive without being loud & annoying. Hoping to return very soon!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The bar crowd seemed to dominate the space. The location of the crowded bar made it difficult to exit the restaurant after our meal."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Orale several times since it opened up last year. We love the food, but our only complaint was that you didn't get very much for your money (i.e. - some of the entrees came with "beans or rice", really?!). But now with their new menu there's really nothing left to complain about! The food is great and now the portions are very generous. You can also get a pretty strong margerita there for not too much green. Great date place!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Relly enjoyed the experience - very flavorful - The blue demon guac was to die for."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good selection of mexican classics. Corn tortillas are good, so the rest is butter. Great place to satify your mex craving in Jersey city"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Came for brunch with a good size group (7 people) and had a blast. Most of us partook in the 2 hour open bar for $20, and I will say that service slowed down near the 1.5 hour make. However, when we mentioned this to our waiter, he quickly got us another round and apologized. The food was great, and the atmosphere was fun. Large table made it easier to play board games while we ate and drank."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Not too expensive and everything from the trio-guacomole to the tacos were amazing. Also, drinks are on the cheaper end and food came out very quick. Will 100% be going back again. Great for big groups too!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This place is a true gem! Great food, excellent service, and so close to the Path. Came here with coworkers and ran into friends and ended up making a night of it. Margaritas were strong and perfectly frozen and the guacamole trio was so good we almost licked the bowl! A bit pricey for drinks but a great experience over all!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "A great addition to the Jersey City dining scene! Awesome guacamole and Margaritas! I recommend sitting in the back room for a quieter and nicer atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Excellent Margherita's and delicious Mexican food. Menu is succint and the server was well versed in the best choices!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We were a few minutes late for our 10:30 reservation but the hostess sat us at a great table immediately. The place has a great, young, energy vibe. Our margaritas were served in tall thin glasses, which threw me off because I like to lick the salt off a big rim! But they were garnished with fresh fruit, which was nice. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. Don't look for tons of rice and cheese in these meals; the proportions are much more like authentic dishes you would be served in Mexico. Loved the exposed brick everywhere and the young hip wait staff! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Very good food, good service and great vibe. Too bad we discovered right before we're leaving Jersey City. I've already recommended it to a few other people."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Our waiter Stephen was awesome. Food is amazing. I will keep coming back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We went for my husband's birthday. I made sure to mention it when I made my reservation, and I made sure to say something to the waiter. The food, as usual, was very good. But there was no 'Happy Birthday' or anything for him, and we had people from out of the country with us to celebrate. It was a let down."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We are foodies/wines and new to Jersey City...knocking off recommended restaurants one at a time...this is by far the best and our service from Angel was top notch....enjoy!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "I love, love, love this place. The food is outstanding. I had a fabulous dinner here for my birthday."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Not what I expected at all, but what a great surprise! The menu was packed with traditional and unfamiliar items (which I loved). The plantains and quac were awesome, but I MUST give respect and love to the creator of the BEST Cheese N Mac (not Mac-N-Cheese) it had the most insane amount of cheese that I've EVER had! If you're a lover of this dish, you will be blown away for sure! The "frozen" drink of the day was REAL strong but its supposed to be, burr... On a Friday night it was a bit LOUD the crowd is mixed with younger un-trendy people as well as the neighbor regulars, no need to dress up. I will be back during a less busy time, however the service was still on point. Oh and the brownie dessert was YUMM!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We order the Tres Tacos, Beef and Pork. Both were very tasty. We ordered the spicy guacamole and that was great too. Also, the Queso in a pan, that was good. I thought it was too salty but my girlfriend thought it was great. We tried some marguaritas and they were mixed well. Strong but not too strong. We had Avion tequila so it was smooth strong. Then we had the flan, because it was my girlfriends birthday and they celebrated it with flan, a sombrero and a free t-shirt, who knew. AWESOME!!!! We've been there before but we will go back more often now. Thanks Orale."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "The food was delicious as were the house margaritas! Service was attentive & helpful & prices reasonable. Glad to have this in our neighborhood!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We were disappointed! We were not expecting the high level of noise suited for a bar,but thought it was to be a restaurant. We left after 5 mins because it was clear we could not hear each other in our group."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Went here for dinner with my girlfriends & was not overly impressed with the food. It was good but nothing spectacular. I would recommend this place for drinks & apps only - not worth it for dinner. On the more expensive side but the quality is not there."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "Very pleased with the food and atmosphere of Orale. The interior is really cool as well-colorful yet not too bright. Food was great and was a cross between authentic Mexican and NY-style restaurant. We had a steak sandwich, burrito, oysters, salsa Rojas, and side of Brussels sprouts--everything was fresh and delicious. We had takeout from Orale once before and it was fine but this is the type of food you want to enjoy in the restaurant. They have a lot of tequilas but nothing memorable. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "The food was so good that we had to go back for brunch two days later, even though we have a list of 15+ restaurants we want to try in our new neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Food is good and fresh. Maduros are addictive! Service is friendly and attentive without being obsequious. Been here several times and will keep coming back."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "My friend and i eat here atleast once a week. Especially Love the margaritas and guacamole. Never had a bad dish here, but especially love the Dinosaurius dish. Reasonably priced and service is always great"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Steven our server was great. This was our 1st visit. We had happy hour margaritas( all sour mix though), we will try the regular ones instead. Food was good- Shrimp empanadas and ceviche were yummy, Queso Camionero( barely any chorizo needs work) . I had the Short rib entree with a side of tortillas( yummy). The ambiance had that Williamsburg feel, very unique and fun for JC. Front door girls were very nice as well. Steven recommended brunch and we are on our way today( we appreciate the suggestion from him. Overall was a nice experience and we will be back to try different dishes. Looking forward to it."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "My third visit to Orale and it's just as good each time. The food is filling (don't let the portion sizes fool you) although a little pricier than what you might expect. But you're paying for good food and excellent service from some very attentive staff so keep that in mind."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Great upscale taqueria food. If you want a fun night out with friends, this is the place to go. The food is delicious and so are the drinks! If you are just wanting a quick bite or food to go, this is a little pricey for what you get. The bites are delicious, but too few!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "We went to Ocala for the first time this week. Service was excellent . Some items on the menu were unusual and the server did a great job answering our questions. We shared three guacamoles ,shrimp ceviche and empanadas for apts. Everything was presented beautifully and tasted great. For dinner we had a few different tacos and one person had the short ribs(suggested by server).everything was interesting and delicious. The only negative thing I would say is the food came out very fast, the dinner course came out while we were still eating apts. we were finished in 45 minutes. Will definitely recommend and return. Loved it!!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "Okay, so I've been here four times now. And I have YET to have an entre. Whether its with one person or a group, I always seem to get stuck in the appetizers, guacamole and Tacqueros part of the menu. And by the time I'm ready to move to the main courses, I'M STUFFED. So, my game plan for the next time (and I guarantee you there will be a next time) is to start with the entre and work my way backwards!! So, food is great. Authentic Mexican (you'll not find a burrito on the menu) - great flavors and extra authentic heat if you want it. No way you can get out of this place without having a good time. The only issue was that the music was on the loud side, but they graciously turned it downed when we asked. The tunes were jamming!!! LOL"
    Dined on 7/20/2013