Orale Mexican Kitchen

4.7
502 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Orale Mexican Kitchen. Now Opened.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00am - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,

Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(201) 333-0001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
James Muir
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Catering
Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grove St.
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Public transit
Grove Street Path Station
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Entertainment
Live Band for Sunday Brunch 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 502 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Modern twist on Mexican food. Overall good atmosphere and decent food.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice Location and Food, appreciated to have our table for a few hours

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 5

Food is always good. However, there was an issue with management and the bill. There is a certain deal that they make you pay cash for- which means they don’t let you split the bill if you are doing that. This was frustrating since one of us got this and the other didn’t. In the end, we paid full price because they wouldn’t allow the check to be split.

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

Excellent food, imaginative Mexican with great flavor and ingredients. The duck tacos were superb as were the duck fat bacon parmesan fries. Our server Terry one of the best waiters we've ever had, a real professional in every way. Attentive but never hovering. Very knowledgeable about the menu. This is a top Mexican restaurant for anywhere on the East Coast.

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TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to Orale 30 mins before our reservation and ended up just hanging out at the bar since they were running on schedule. The bartenders were very attentive and checked up on us every so often. The drinks were perfect- strong, not too sweet and spicy (we opted for the muddled jalapeño add on). The food was even better, we had the guac (extra spicy) and tacos. The portions were a good size and by the end of the meal we were stuffed. Highly recommended and I’ll defibirelt be going back.
Tip: make a reservation to avoid a potential 1-2 hour wait

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Taco Tuesday is the best. The food is consistently yummy and so are the drinks!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic everything all around. Cocktails were out of this world, and the food was so beyond flavorful. Staff was great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Will definitely be going back again!

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MD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Really amazing experience. Food was unique and delicious. Drinks were on point! Highly recommended!!!

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a date with my girlfriend. Was sat in less than ten minutes of our reservation time. Service was extremely prompt and the server was very personable. Attended to our needs very diligently even with a restaurant full of customers. Food was incredible (I got the pollo tacos while my girlfriend got the carnitas) and was very filling without needing an appetizer. Cocktails were delicious (100% get their signature margarita) and strong! My only gripe about this place is that it can be extremely loud if you are sitting in the main area. Other than that, I will 100% return here.

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JE
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second time trying Orale for lunch. Food and service were both good.

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time - we loved it. The food was delicious and fresh. One of the best Margaritas I've had in a restaurant!

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t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food here is always delicious. A bit pricy but worth it.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tacos!!!

One of the best!

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food and environment here are good, but the staff and service is never good and always amazes me that it can get worse every time.

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g
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING as always - can't wait to go back again and again!

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place great food and drinks. Service was great

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PD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great place

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KL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Tuesdays at Orale are amazing! Half price tacos and great drinks.

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing 🙌🏼

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orale is great. It is just a little too loud, felt like I had to yell to the person across the table.

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w
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always bring family here when family is in town and they always love it.

Amazing food & service!

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Highly recommend the frozen margarita and carne asada. We plan to go ahead in the near future to try other things on the menu.

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OA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was remarkable!!!! Had to carne Asada and it was perfect.

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DF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant seems to continue to raise the bar and exceed expectations on each visit. My wife and I have been here about 6 times and have brought several different couples and each have been nothing short of impressed. Right from the way they greet you, honor reservation, and display a friendly and professional manner this place is fun, energetic, and has great food! Cocktails are varied and delicious (Blood Orange Marg is my new favorite), appetizers are interesting and delicious(grilled octopus) and the entrees consistently surpass expectations. This past visit continued the trend of great service(thanks Abel!), delicious food, and a fun and vibrant atmosphere. I cant wait till they open up their newest location in Hoboken ; this spot in JC is absolutely worth a visit as I am sure once you go you will continue to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At Orale it was a lovely experience both with the food and the ambience. The service was quite prompt. It was a bit noisy but then that’s how lovely the place is and quite busy too.
We ordered the chicken flatbread which was delicious. The shrimp taco which was served on a Naan and that was quite a surprise.
The frozen margarita (mango and passion fruit) one of my favourite flavour combination allowed me to spice my drink with Serrano....it was fantastic...

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VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friends are always impressed when we bring them here. We’ve done dinner and brunch & I highly recommend.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for drinks with friends or dinner .. luv there food, service and decor...

We go at least 2-3 times a month .. our new fav ..

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A
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, seating can get a little tight depending on where you’re seated but staff was very friendly, artwork was really cool as well

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SB
Munich
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, great food but don't experiment with the beer (especially anything with berry)! Definitely reserve beforehand as it's full everyday.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Last time I was here was a year ago. I have to say the food still delicious and the service is great. However, this time around the music was very LOUD which made people talk louder so the entire place was LOUD... I don’t even know what song was playing .(
I had a buzzing sound after I left the place.. I also noticed that there were two gentlemen just walking around the tables not wearing anything saying that they worked there. It became obvious that they worked there because they were picking up plates and pouring water around the place.. just weird!! I will call them hawks.. they just landed on tables lol.. eat fast and get out. That’s what I got from my dinner experience tonight.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I don't know how you make pork belly dry, but Orale did it. The portion sizes were generous (5 tacos for ~$18), but both the pork belly carnitas tacos and beer battered fish tacos were overly fried, dry, and flavorless. We've been looking for a good Mexican restaurant in the area, and our search will continue. Very disappointed with the food at Orale.

The one plus for them, we were in and out in under 30 min, so if you're in a rush and don't mind sacrificing flavor, this might be a good option

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AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great - among my favorite mexican restaurants outside the southwest

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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Orale is always a hit-- this time we took friends who were new to the neighborhood. We started with a samping of guacs. Entrees were great, service was quick. Always get the daily frozen marg.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came with my husband and 3 kids and we were so wowed by the beautiful decor and great food. The service was exceptional! My children thought they entered the Disney movie Coco restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Taco Tuesday - half price taco with the amazing Tuna taco. Overall rating outstanding. Even another day but Tuesday taco I'll be back for tacos.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

GET RID OF THE COMMUNITY TABLES. I HATE to be so close in proximity to some stranger and barely have any elbow room. Aside from that, the server was inattentive. Food took over 30 minutes to arrive. Server forgot to order our appetizer, ended up bringing it out as we were ready to ask for our check. Fortunately, the app was removed from the bill but that's the least you can do at that point. I even noticed a couple who was sat after us receive their food before us. Wonder how that happened. The icing on the cake was when the fire alarm went off during our time there. Such a nice ambience to have blaring alarms, flashing lights, and firefighters storming through. Carne tacos were good though. Had the tuna tacos as well which were also good but the portion of tuna was too much for the lettuce wraps provided. Either bigger lettuce or less tuna, your choice, Oralé.

Oh, and another thing. Why does your entire staff consist of men? Male hosts, male servers, male bartenders, male managers, and male cooks. It makes you look sexist or even misogynistic. Try to work on that.

Overall 2/5

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M
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing ! Friendly staff and great food. I will be returning for sure

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food drinks ambiance everything = PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!

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

Always love Orale! Always can count on a great meal and incredible service. Pork belly Bao buns, Carolina Barbacoa Tacos, Shrimp Verde, Serrano Marmalade Guacamole my personal faves!

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