About Patria Latin Bistro

Patria Latin Bistro is located at 169 W. Main St. in Rahway, New Jersey, is now open following a shift in management. It is located across from the Arts Center and near a lot of new construction.

Chef Leni is proud to mix up the menu with some new specialties in addition to some traditional favorites.

169 West Main Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday 12pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Elizabeth Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 943-7531

Website:
http://patrianj.net/

Entertainment:
Live Bands, Flamenco Show, Latin

Parking Details:
Patria has it's own parking lot in addition to convenient on-street parking as well.

Public Transit:
NJ TRANSIT, RAHWAY TRAIN STATION

Executive Chef:
Lenis G. Gonzalez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Patria Latin Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (235)
Vibrant Bar Scene (232)
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Fit for Foodies (190)
Neighborhood Gem (183)
Special Occasion (173)
Romantic (149)
Late-night Find (130)
Notable Wine List (28)
Great for Lunch (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Kid-friendly (15)
Scenic View (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Tapas (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was a complete disaster. We never even ate or drank anything. We arrived for our 8pm reservation and they were also hosting an event/autograph signing and were completely understaffed. Our table was not ready and they scrambled to put it together. We waited 15 mins before even seeing a menu and by 8:40 still didn’t even have our drink orders taken so we walked out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Expensive, boring, rally bad food, and bad drinks. Not recommended

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Awesome service! We went for Mother's Day around 6pm. It was a prefixed menu and they were already out of one of their meals which is the reason I chose that venue. Our appetizer was delicious & so was my cokcktail (this place never disappoints for their drinks), however my mom's dish, flounder was ok & it was served over lentils which were hard. She didn't have an overall great experience:(

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I love patria's. I used to go there a lot. Great bar and food so automatically I suggested patria's for mother's day. Well, I don't know if it was the prefixed menu, but the food was horrible. I was so disappointed. There food is usually delicious, but this time wow. I will try them again on a normal night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Tapas, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food, great service, excellent atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

So the menu online is not what's offered at the restaurant. There was only 4 entrees, 2 specials. That being said; everything was delicious!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This is the second time I've eaten at Patria and overall the food was tasty. The creative spin that the chef takes does not depart from the traditional but enhances the presentations offering quite tasty and textural dishes which will please the eye and palate. The friendly waiter was very knowledgable and helpful with descriptions. I do hope that they will bring back the paella which was thoroughly enjoyed on out last visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Very limited menu, not what was shown online. They also eliminated or changed most of their better food items, very disappointing. We also ordered a salad, an appetizer and a main dish, all of which were served at the same time. Not the way to enjoy a meal. All in all, unless they redo their menu and figure out the timing in serving courses, I don't think we'll be returning.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is excellent and the food is amazing . They are very accommodating and family friendly . If you have never been this place is a must try!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Good food, drinks and ambiance for a first date or special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Website is false advertising. Limited menu. Guess the chef was on vacation. Nowhere nears as good as 20 years ago. I would not recommend it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Highly priced wine list out of line with location and menu.

Tags: Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Our server was wonderful. We were definitely not ignored or overlooked by her or any other employee than came to our table. However, we made her aware that we were visiting & catching up having not seen each other in awhile. She kept checking on us every few minutes & we had to stop our conversation to acknowledge her. Again, great waitress, just a little bit of overkill on the attentiveness. Have always enjoyed Patria.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Ambiance was nice, guacamole was not fresh seemed like it came frozen from a bag, overall food was not good, when I visited this place years ago they had several ceviches and they were great! Now they only have one ceviche which was the only good thing we tasted!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Nice interior, very good service. Food is very good, American style. I was expecting Spanish tapas, alas... steak is good, other meat choices are also good, but most are shredded or pulled pork, not enough choices of meat in one peace. Salad platters are huge, enough to share for 3-4 people. I'm sure we'll be back in this restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Had a good time at Patria, enjoyed the food and music!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Awesomebirthdaydinnerwithfamily! Lovedthefood. I'llbeback.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2016

As usual the food and the drinks are amazing. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. The service is attentive and great. The Jalea is a delicious appetizer and sized to accommodate at least 3 guests. We had another great evening at Patria.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

It was our first time at Patria. We had a great time. Everyone from the Bouncer, hostess, waiter and owner were very polite. The food was great. The ambiance was great as well. Once we had dinner and went over to the dance floor, the DJ was playing a great mix of music. The owner was kind enough to buy us girls a round of shots. All in all, we had a great time and would definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Was expecting better.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 18, 2016

enjoyed my bday dinner there amazing place . the owner is very attentive

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Try the salmon! Great for dinner before
UCPAC shows--plus they offer a discount

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Where do I begin? I was looking for good authentic Spanish food for a nice romantic Valentine's Day dinner. We arrived at the restaurant early as usual, the gentleman at the door was very nice. After going inside the two young girls at the coat check were very loud and immature, taking pictures of the customers and laughing. The hostess was also the bartender and pushing service out, needless to say it took 15 mins for our drinks.

Now seated we quickly discovered that it was a very limited menu on Valentine's Day. The waiter was very nice but extremely slow! Two guys running the floor on such a busy evening! Taking our orders took forever, and the calamari appetizer dish was so rubbery and tasteless, the kitchen also ran out of sauce.

The main dish and drinks were good. Good flavor and cooked properly.

After waiting 15 mins for dessert we decided to pay the bill and move on to the next place.

Very disappointed at this restaurant. We will never go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Second time to Patria Latin Bistro. The menu includes many items from a variety of Latin Countries, which never disappoint. The lobster soup, roasted pork, ropa vieja and short rib dishes were excellent. We celebrated our adult childrens' birthdays and the super sparkler cake candles on the Tres Leche cake were pretty cool. The staff was very attentive without hovering which made for a great experience. I recommend this restaurant to all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

First time at Patria, was greeted at door by owner and servers/waiters, all was excellent!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2016

We went to this restaurant for Paint Nite. The black bean soup had way too many onions and watery. We had to send the calamari back because it was cold. When we received the order back the calamari was very dry. Two of the ladies ordered two different white wines which Patria Latin Bistro was not able to provide. They offered a substitute. Would not go back.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Service and food were great! The lounge area could use some repair. Otherwise, fantastic!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2015

The management, and wait staff have always been attentive to their guests in the quality of the food preparation, presentation and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 21, 2015

We were looking for Spanish Food in the area and came upon this restaurant. We were delighted with the menu, service and the atmosphere.

It has its own parking area which is important in Rahway and they offer packages in conjunction with the Rahway PAC. Also it is within walking distance of the train station.

I would highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2015

Great place for a nice meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2015

Amazing authentic Latin food with an upgraded twist

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 31, 2015

I always have loved this place. If u like sangria they have the best!! They also have a great menu. All the food is amazing!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2015

This was my first time there, but it was an awesome experience. The bartender played on his guitar for me and my date (impromptu). The food was very good. I really do not have one bad thing to say so kudos all around

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2015

Appetizers: Guacamole, Chorizo, Camarones al Ajillo - good
Drinks: Sangria - too sweet - okay
Dinner: Vieras con Camarones - small portion for the price but tasty - very good
Churassco - tasty spices and tender meat - very good
Dessert: Tres Leches Cake - very good
Churros - excellent

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 16, 2015

Loved the food. The soup on the menu, lobster soup, was out of this world! My wife had snapper and the sauce was excellent, the fish perfectly cooked. I had some kind of seafood mix. It was very good and with my wife's plantains it was excellent also! Service could not have been better. It is not on a main street and only has a tiny sign on the awning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2014

Celebrated my wife's birthday on December 28, 2014 with our adult children and their
significant others. The food was great, very tasty with plenty of
flavor and flair. The guacamole was awesome as was the ceviche
and chorizo. The pork osso buco was the best ever. The food had a very modern
and upscale, fusion flair to it. Highly recommend this place for foodies and anyone
who loves modern latin food from many different spanish speaking countries.

Service was also great, very attentive without being over bearing.
Special thanks to our waiter, Jeff, who took it upon himself to run out to the store for milk,
when the place ran out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2014

I had dinner there this past Sunday. The dinner and service were superb. Food was very tasty and well prepared. The presentation was very nice as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here before a show. The food was only matched by the fantastic service. Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2014

Def loved this place. My 1st time here and the food was superb. Service was spot on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2014

I made the reservation with open table, got the confirmation email and when we arrived to Patria to celebrate my mother's birthday, it was closed. It was Memorial Day at 5pm, most restaurants were open. I don't understand why would it let me book a reservation on day that they were closed. Nobody has reached to me regarding this matter.

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