Hard Grove

4.5
44 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban

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Hard Grove is located in Jersey City, New Jersey, and serves as a restaurant and bar offering Cuban and Latin classic dishes in a casual atmosphere. Hard Grove offers take-out and catering.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The authenticity of this Cuban Restaurant will have me coming back the next time I visit from DC. The management was very inviting and gave me a sense of family. I will be returning in the warmer months when they open the outside bar.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, I had the coconut mojito and it was delicious. I also had the lemon salsa chicken and the rest of the table had the hemingway skirt steak and mofongo. Everyone enjoyed their food and I can’t wait to go back again for more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon as we arrived for our reservation the hostess had told us she had been waiting for us and seated us immediately. Great service, waiter was really attentive and the vegan food bowl was AMAZING. Would definitely recommend!

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vipSydneyLepselter
Atlantic City
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter was very nice but the service was so slow. We only got dessert because of the prix fix and it took 30 min. Food was fine nothing was great but not bad either. Drinks were good

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vipKevinS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience excellent service an the drinks were great! Along with food !!!

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Stephanie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Place was cute and cozy, good to go on a date or a small group. We went for Restaurant week and food was great and service was good even if the place was busy. Only thing is that they had ran out of certain items from the menu but the server accommodated us the best he can. I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, we didn’t feel rushed and the atmosphere was lovely. We will definitely cone here again!

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TwoGonzos
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We came to this restaurant because of some of the reviews I read, but the service was unbelievably slow (took at least 20 minutes to get our first and only drinks) and 50 mins to receive an appetizer. Then the dinner finally came which made us late to our event. The food was okay and is why I'm not sure I would recommend this place. But I will say the outside dining setting was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and the atmosphere was very busy and energetic.

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SamR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Got the ropa vieja and lemon chicken and both were delicious. The vanilla flan was also very good for dessert. Would definitely go back.

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vipSlimjim288
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried this restaurant for the first time for its Hudson Restaurant Week menu. It was a four course menu and we were absolutely stuffed. The margaritas were a nice size and delicious. Loved everything and the service was exceptional. Definitely made it to one of our go to restaurants in JC.

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vipCubasteve
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great. A very lively place.

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heidis
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find. Great food great service. This will be a go to

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience2

REALLY slow service. Took an hour to get waters. Mixed up half our orders. Servers were inattentive. Food was good tho!

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MelissaK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our server was possibly new or just plain terrible. This ruined what would have been a 5 star review. We spent 2 hours at dinner , mostly waiting for her top walk by so we could ask for place settings, drop is, etc... I actually went to bar for drinks at one point because we waited so long for water. It was seriously the worst table waiting I've ever experienced. The food was amaxing.

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viptad1232000
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very quite for a thurs night, but nice food overall. Could use some refinement on the key items like to have it feel more authenic than from mass production.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum best brunch around!

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AliciaD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks was excellent, the price was even better. Highly recommend!!

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carmenf
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Had a great time! The alcoholic drinks are on point and not water down. The waiters strive to give the best service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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papajube777
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I went there with my family, and we had a great time. Even my 7 & 6 yrs old enjoyed it.
the Vegan option was pretty delicious and of course, their mohitos were off the meters...
Very good place to eat ...

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Christopher
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was wonderful! The sangria is awesome, and they gave us a nice cup of soup to start. My beef dish was good but a few of my friends ordered the shrimp mofongo and the mofongo was very bland. It was still a nice experience, despite the mofongo.

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vipGrobe
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Location is difficult to find parking but if this isn’t a criterion then go visit. Staff is friendly and everything is clean, neat, and organized.
Outside seating is quite but is polluted with smokers sitting outside when you’re eating which is not expected in any eatery in this era.

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Karen
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My overall experience was great. I loved their outside space...

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LorraineS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bar was fun, bartender fab , and happy hour prices good. We had a manager/alternate server? who was amazing and attentive as our server was not there a lot with our food taking a very long time to arrive. Manager /alt server checked in on us many times.
Guacamole came with amazing fried plantain chips and chimichurra sauce for steak was great. Food was just ok though and we heard great things. Hoping it was just an off night. We will come back and try again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious and our waiter Chris was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I understand that it was a busy Mother’s Day lunch, but to wait more than 50 mins after we put our orders in just to get water seems a bit much. But other than that it was a nice experience. Will visit again.

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vipCraig
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a quick bite was very good. Bartender was awesome and made conversation. Mimosa pitchers are a great value. Will def be back

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ZavierM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch menu was reasonably priced and the portions were more than adequate
The $15.00 pitcher of Bloody Mary was an extra bonus
Would highly recommend the brunch

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vipAlecK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food and drinks, friendly service, but very loud even for a Saturday night.

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yas40
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was good but the service sucked! We waited on our table with no water or utensils for at least 30 minutes before placing the order. After that we had to ask for water, and napkins. Drinks took forever , and by the time they were brought to our table they were warm and watery. Its a shame because the food was good but terrible service.

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vipluckykiten
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Guacamole is so favorful!!! All the food is! Staff is friendly and attentive. The backyard is cozy. Thank you for being a favorite neighborhood gem!

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Steph
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

So the food was honestly pretty good. Not the best but for the price, it's actually good food and a great value for the quality. That said, the food is only good if you have the time to wait for it and the patience to send back incorrect orders. I went there for the second time and can't believe this place is even still in business the service is so unbelievably bad. The manager was borderline incompetent without any sense of urgency or respect for our time. We waited 16 minutes to just receive our menus. After placing our order, we waited 1 hour and 1 minute to get our salad and soup. That's right, two things that are pre-made, salad and soup. The salad then came without to correct ingredients so we waited another 11 minutes for them to send the correct ingredients. We assume the waiter never put our order in but the manager didn't check and the waiter blamed the kitchen. After spending close to 90 minutes on all of this, we finally got our apps. At the almost 2 hour mark, our waiter apparently gave up and was tired of us asking where our food is and pawned us off onto a waitress who did her best to fix the situation. She was the only person there who even cared we spent about 3 hours there from start to finish and were basically ignored as everyone around us showed up after, got their food and were leaving. She was the only bright spot in an otherwise terrible night. The music was far too loud for a normal dinner conversation. There were rowdy regulars at the bar and at a table distracting the waiters and not ordering (very inappropriate to friends/regulars better than any other customers, especially when they aren't even ordering). Overall, the food isn't anything special and not good enough for me to endure the painful wait time again. I'll be surprised if they're still open in a year or two with the poor service and lack of management.

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Myra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food took a really long time to come. They ran out of food items during restaurant week. Creole shrimp which was supposed to be spicy wasn't spicy at all....actually kinda sweet. Music was good but too long for such a small place. It felt like I had to yell to speak to my friend. I ordered a virgin Miami Vice and it was not good, also they charged me the same amount as if it had liquor in it. The best thing was the server, he was nice but it was also difficult to flag him down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, great fun vibe. We were 6 and the waitress made sure to move another table so we feel more comfortable. Excellent food and a wide variety for a vegan and vegetarian guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to have dinner. Food and drinks were delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The service was very slow, the food was mediocre, the music was WAY TOO LOUD, and the place was cramped and crowded.

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Chris
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always so good, the drinks are made right and exceptional service. Never had an issue whenever I come here AND it's not expensive at all

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great ambiance

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AmandaW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Bad service. Food was mediocre at best. Sooo loud. People were screaming over one another

FAQs

Hard Grove offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 659-6100.

Hard Grove is rated 4.5 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.