Bistro La Source

4.7
366 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Bistro La Source is a friendly French/Belgian Bistro with a great wine list. It is located in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City. Fine food and spirits awaits!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Belgian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(201) 209-1717
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Spitz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
There is a parking lot next to restaurant.
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Public transit
Essex Street light rail
Exchange Place PATH train
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 366 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The place is great and also the service, but the food is below average, except for the cheese plate, which was delicious. My risotto was a simple rice and it was a bit disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience and service warm and inviting, food was yummy, homey, frenchy. Lovely dining experience!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

his was a fantastic find, off the beaten track but honestly better than the three times as expensive pretense of New York city. My view, Jersey City is the up and coming place to be.

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IS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a pre fix menu for Thanksgiving. Escargot was a bit too salty n over cooked but seafood stew was very good. Small place n nice ambiance though a bit too loud. We had a nice corner table so it was overall a nice experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! The mussels were to die for, very attentive waitress and the food comes out delicious! My husband and I had a great night

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AJ
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice rustic French bistro close to business centre of Jersey City

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

four choices of sauce with mussels, we tried the curry and the Thai and both were excellent. The Niçoise salad had a huge piece of ahi, shrimp pasta was very good. Lobster bisque had pieces of lobster and was delicious. We will definitely go back when we visit next! And our kids said that they will return.

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BB
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and try to have at least one or two meals here every time we are in town! Love the food and staff. Has become one of our favorites!

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HC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good - Last minute addition to table no problem. Waiter was very good. Very nice time.

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OT
Tampa
58 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food and service!!! We lived the seafood stew!!!

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Mussels Monday!

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delightful. Good food, good wine list, small, charming restaurant. Moderately priced.

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v
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bread was stale. Food is average at best. Better places to eat downtown JerseyCity. Good looking cal hangout for drinks.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Can’t wait to go back!

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SA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great and well priced. This time we sat in the bar, but made the service a bit slow.

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KB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love coming here for Mussel Monday’s - $13 (plus the cost of any drink... can even be a $2 soda!) gets you unlimited bowls of mussels in 5 different sauces. highly recommend!

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V
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu with a wide variety. Service was excellent - friendly and unobtrusive. We were not rushed at all. On-site parking is very very helpful! A great neighborhood place and worth a drive.

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AB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place in Jersey City. I didn’t look at dinner menu but I imagine it’s as good as lunch menu — especially if you like moules frites.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been thinking ever since we left that I should leave a review on this place. It was excellent!!!
Great atmosphere and THE BEST fish fry we both have ever had! The food came out so hot and service was great. They have a pretty diverse menu, which is good as I have a lot of dietary restrictions.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

It took over 20 min to get our bottle of white wine, which was warm. Service was the slowest I’ve had in Jersey City. It was 80 degrees outside so we sat inside, only to realize it was hotter inside than out. The food was decent but not worth waiting around between courses, never having anyone check on you, and sitting there uncomfortably hot for what could have been an hour and ended up being 2.

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Rachel was a terrible waitress who ignored our party but served the two tables next to us with perkiness and a smile. We felt sincerely discriminated against. It took us 40 minutes after finishing our entrees before she even came back with the dessert menu. It took another 20 minutes after that to get our desserts. It was not worth the wait either. When paying, we couldn't even find her to get our check. We just went and found another waiter to grab our check and pay.

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YF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for Hudson Restaurant week and sat outside. What a gem. Delicious food, great atmosphere and good sized portions.

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T
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro La Source is our go-to neighborhood restaurant with authentic French food that even my husband, who lived in Paris for years, agrees is superb. We took friends to dinner there and all had eaten on France and each pronounced the following:
best calamari I’ve ever had...
Best mussels I’ve ever had...
Best steak frites I’ve ever had...
It’s a gem. We’re grateful it’s here

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food was delicious. Will definitely go back. Great ambiance.

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RO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! It is cozy and warm and fun and relaxed!! The food is scrumptious and there is something to please every palate! Definitely a neighborhood gem in Jersey City.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff

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NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, tasty food, cute place w/French bistro flare

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m
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great place and the Mela was nice mike in France. We enjoy our dinner.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I discovered this gem in our ongoing search for a good French restaurant. We were very pleasantly surprised to find this Bistro, with an all you can eat Mussels Monday which offers four or five different flavors of delicious mussels. The fried chicken dish will amaze you. It has a casual atmosphere, but definitely a great experience that I would recommend to anyone.

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DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A good restaurant to keep as neighborhood gem !!
I liked the mussels, too.

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M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very good service with a positive attitude. Food pretty mediocre: watery onion soup with tasteless cheese, escargots had a very peculiar vinegary taste and a lot of rosemary in the herb mix while missing any cheese crust. Lots of pasta options (did not try though). Def not the food one would expect in a French bistro.

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ES
Miami
126 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Bistro la Source 3-Times and each visit has been excellent. Drinks are nice curly made and the wine list offers some excellent French choices. Food is always excellent, as is the service. One of our favorite restaurants in JC.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good, excellent service and great prices!

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J
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Both indoor and outdoor seating has been comfortable and not too loud. Top item so far hands been the merges.octopus starter.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Quick service. Would recommend

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DG
Los Angeles
668 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Consistently good food. Our dishes were nicely prepared and well made. Restaurant was extremely busy, not enough wait staff, so service was slow, but definitely no fault of the servers.

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E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, we were well tended for with our 2 kids. Food and drinks arrive just at the right time. We'll go again.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Place was empty when we arrived at 7:30, so we had the pick of the place for the table. That was great, got best table for two in the corner. We loved the overall menus and where hard pressed to choose what we wanted to order. We had a cocktail, a bottle of French wine great value, escargot, duck liver pate, sautéed froi gras, I had the raviolis with mushroom and my girlfriend had the steak and salad. We ended with chocolate crepes, cream brûlée, espressos and Sherry. Everything was great and under $200 without tip. The servers where very polite, but laid back which is a good thing. One big plus for the place has its own Lilly’s parking lot, which is great in Jersey City. Please don’t go there lol it’s a secret.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Found a hair on salad and on main dish. Food was alright but the hairs really hurt the overall experience.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love dining here, one of our favorites in Jersey City. Great food ambience service and reasonable prices. Wait staff always attentive. One of our go tos in the area

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