Orale Mexican Kitchen

4.7
467 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 467 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is always great. But the staff is never friendly. stick to open table for reservations and don't bother calling the restaurant.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent - their passionfruit margarita was amazing! I will visit again!

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SU
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Most Mexican restaurants will give you chips and salsa free, this one charged you for the salsa. The chips were cold, most mexican restaurants I go to that are good serve them hot. The service seemed rushed, it had a feel of trying to turn over the table rather than enjoying a meal. Great atmosphere in the restaurant.
Wish they would expand their menu, was disappointed they did not give an option for Enchaladas with red sauce, or some of the basic mexican favorites. Overall the food (beef & pork tacos) was very good that we ordered but the value was not there, it was very pricey dinner tab for mexican food & drinks for two.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with the venue, service, and food. They accommodated a group of 11 ppl when the reservation was originally for 8 ppl. Our waiter ( while presumable overwhelmed with many orders) had a great attitude and kept the drinks coming! Additionally the food was amazing - this certainly will not be my last visit.

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and impressive portions. The food was far better than most.

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

The menu selections and preparation are some of the best in Jersey City. It’s definitely upscale Mexican cuisine and authentic. The special “fish & chips” is divine!! Fresh Bronzino and beet chips, sprinkled with pecan , pistachios and cashews—so savory. A little disappointed in the hard shell octopus taco appetizer—the hard shell made it too difficult to eat and overpowered the flavors. Service is friendly and prompt.
One complaint is the noise. Even in the back room, the music is too loud to hold any conversation. And, if you’re out near the bar—forget it.
Overall, it’s a 4 star place and more enjoyable off peak hours.

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w
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attentive restaurant manager, Zach, was terrific! Great vibe, but I was meeting a business associate, so not ideal due to decibel level. I'll definitely go back but just to have fun and enjoy the great food and frozen margarita of the day!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun place, good fish tacos and great cash deal. Had a nice time!

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sort of like a new-age Mexican fusion restaurant. The food we had were all delicious (tofu appetizer w/ house sauce, kimchi and pickled carrots; beer-battered fish tacos with cole slaw; vegetarian enchilada; and tres leches cake; as well as the margarita). And my wife and I were convinced afterwards that we would probably like anything on the menu, given the great quality of how the food were cooked and prepared. The sauces along with everything we had seemed to be made from scratch, from the appetizers to the desserts; and I always feel like this is an indication of the level of the restaurant.

The noise level was a bit too loud for my personal preference. But the vibe was nice and relaxed. We went on a Saturday so it was packed, with lines of people waiting out the door. I would recommend making reservations if you go. I thought the fish tacos I had were a bit pricey -$17 for beer-battered fish tacos, but the fish was cooked perfectly, it tasted like butter and so I was fine with paying that price for it. We really enjoyed ourselves and would go again.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Everything was really good until we found a long hair in our dessert

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The drinks were awful, the food was canine-grade and they’ve scaled their portions of everything (except for their now terrible tacos) way back.

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PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to bring out of town friends. It’s always a huge hit! Plus their tequila menu is impressive. Go... like yesterday!

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was great! Maitre D was great. I had to push my reservation by 45 minutes due to car trouble; he was awesome and appreciated that I called to let him know. Food was amazing. Appetizer portions were a bit small for 4 people to share, but delicious!! So fun! Decor on point. Drinks were great, too. Oralé!! Try it. You'll love it. We did!!

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fun atmosphere!

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R
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have not been there for over a year: it got even better. Great inspired Mexican cuisine. We had the ceviche, guac, oysters shot, fish tacos and the seafood mixiote, all excellent. Noise level close ro the bar is too high for conversation but the back room was not yet open at 6:30. Will go later next time. Kudos to the team.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, but very loud!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food. Half price tacos on Tuesdays, only cash though

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

Love the food and servers

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ED
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! We loved the food! We are 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 10 and 12), and we had so many great options for all of us! Two of ius don't eat meat (we eat fish), and had several choices of seafood or vegetarian appetizers and entrees.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed that my steak was the perfect medium rare. The chips were a little tough but the steak made up for it and the frozen mango margarita sealed the meal. I will definitely be back again

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time here ! I love everything about this place, food, ambiance, service!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious but service was rushed and restaurant was too noisy. Tables too close together.

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JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I drive over a hour to enjoy Oealé delicious food. Service and Food is always consistent.
Never disappointed :)

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

It is by far the best Mexican food around. We've been cooking for four years and it never fails. Awesome food, great service, cool environment. Total winner.

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After a visit to LSC with my huaband, our 8 and 4yr old daughters we wanted some Mexican food and found great reviews for Orale. We were seated quickly altough we made it there about 15 minutes late due to not finding parking. Food and drinks were great. They did not have a kids menu, and altough there were others there with kids it doesn't seem that they intend for the place to be "kid friendly" I would definitely go again without kids.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on the food being delicious, the staff being friendly and professional, and that you always leaving glad you came!

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F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is great! I usually hate getting tacos out because they never give you enough, but here they do and they are delicious too. My husband swears the burger here is the best in JC. I also really like that they offer Happy Hour specials at their tables on Thursdays, if we're eating out on a Thursday chances are we're at Orale for this reason. My only complaint here is that it can get very loud.

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ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Restaurant has very poor seating policy and quite a rude bunch of staff at checkin. We were not told at the time of reservation (6.30 for pm on a Friday) that all guests have to be present to be seated. We were 4 out of 6 guests and they refused to seat us. When the 5th one arrived, they still refused to seat us till the 6th person arrived (who was driving in from Princeton and stuck in traffic). After a 20 min wait, when the 5 of us insisted we be seated, the staff told us that we would need to leave by 8.30 pm. I’ve never been asked before the start of the mean that one needs to leave in a certain period of time! This too after wasting 20 mins refusing to seat us. Need less to say, the food and the service by our waiter was decent but not enough to overcome our experience at trying to get a table. Never coming back here.

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K
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience dining in a hot spot! Food and service was excellent!

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AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Órale never disappoints. Great food, awesome drinks, courteous service. Best Mexican food in Jersey City by far!

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

Consistently my favorite in Jersey City; always innovative with the specials and menu additions!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent drinks! Highly recommend for a fun night out!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Orale always promises a fun and energetic atmosphere. We started with chips and guacamole and the ceviche which has a generous amount of the shrimp and lobster with a flavorful sauce. ‘Illegally Aged’ cocktail is delicious, as well as a large selection of margaritas. I had the mint and cucumber margarita and added the peppers for some heat. Not too sweet - really refreshing. Ordered the fish tacos - you get 5, although they are pretty small and could use more sauce but were still very tasty and the chicken enchiladas. Fries cooked in beef fat?!? Addictively delicious. Overall Orale never fails - service is attentive and friendly, place has good laid back vibes and food is fresh and tasty. We’ve come with the kids - but it gets busy and crowded and seating is tight, so better for a date night or dinner for 2. Side note - the shirts the staff wear are awesome and we’ve purchased a few of the designs!

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