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Orale Mexican Kitchen

4.7
402 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Groups
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
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 402 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My third visit here in the last six months. It was as excellent as the first time. This is my go to Mexican restaurant in Jersey City

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always a good time at Orale. It is my favorite spot to go downtown and was my number one choice for my birthday. Not only is the food good but also the people who work there are so kind, great service and all around amazing. I recommend this place to all my friends. You will never be disappointed. Try their frozen margaritas, the guacamole and the tuna tacos! All my favorites, but honestly everything is good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

the hostess tonight was AMAZING and so accommodating

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

best Mexican place ever. The roasted guac is to die for & the tacos are amazing. Never disappoints!!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We love it

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

It’s great modern Mexican. But please stay away so i can get a seat & drink.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The place was packed. We were seated promptly by a lovely woman. Our waiter was professional. The food was delicious. I do like spicy food so I was ok. We started with the guacamole and chips. The chips were warm and the spices in the guacamole perfect. I had the tuna taco and my husband had the seafood in the pot. Sangria was strong. We enjoyed everything. We were not rushed even though people were waiting. The only recommendation I would tell the readers if you want to have a conversation with your guests, do not come here on a busy night!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I LOVE THIS PLACE. It's fun, the food is great, drinks are better (and strong) and an awesome spot to get together with friends. Always love going and I can say enough good things about the tuna tacos.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great guacamole! Great local place. Fantastic margaritas.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very nice atmosphere with a vintage look and feel. Food was ok, but it could be more of my specific meal as the others with me loved their food. I definitely want to go again and try something else based on the rest of my experience.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Love the tacos and frozen guava marguerita!!!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The atmosphere, drinks, and service were great. The starters were delicious. Had the vegetarian tacos very expensive and there wasn’t much to them flavor wise, definitely not worth the expense, disappointed. Desserts were also very expensive had the strawberry cake and the churro waffle ice cream. Nice presentation but they were OK both the cake and the waffle tasted a bit stale. Overall it was a great time worth trying out.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The Machin tacos were out of this world. Cute presentation as well with the bone present. Great selection of margaritas as well. I'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious! Every time we go it gets better than the time before.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Although I have been to Orale multiple times before, the last couple of times it did not live up to usual expectations. The quality of the food is not up to the usual standard. If it was a one off it was understandable. But all the four dishes ordered during the latest visit, were ones I have had at one point or the other. Their quality have continually degraded as of the last two times that I have been there.

The only saving grace was our server who was very attentive and friendly. However when part of our party had reached earlier, they only mentioned that the rest of our party were on their way and we would be making our reservation. However it was met with the response of “Well they better arrive”. This was 15 minutes well before the reservation. All our party members who had reached was to let them know we will be ready to take our table when the rest of our party arrives at the designated reservation time. Again haven’t faced this before. But the place seems to have lost its welcoming vibe. What makes it worse is after reaching on time our reservation wasn’t available for another 15 odd minutes, which made the earlier comment even more unfortunate.

I have had quite a few fun nights at orale. Have always enjoyed their house margaritas, seafood and tacos. It is still a fun place to be with a group of friends. I am hoping the food quality is just a few one-offs. But the willingness to make your customers feel welcomed is a part of hospitality that should not be overlooked. I have had good memories at Orale, hence my feedback, hoping such mistakes are not repeated.

An establishment should not lose its core competencies because it gained a semblance of popularity.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Fabulous ambiance and gastronomy. On the spicy side but I love it!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had a fantastic time for my birthday. Service was great, food was amazing. We all ordered tacos- large portions, and great flavor. The margaritas were simple but delicious. For dessert, we ordered the flan, which I loved. The atmosphere was fun as well. Overall, a fun experience. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Awesome Modern Mex food and atmosphere. Truly a unique neighborhood spot. Tuna tacos are the best, but everything else is very good also.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Fabulous food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Love the lamb tacos!!!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great vibe, very loud though! Food overall was delicious, only thing we weren’t impressed with was the plantains side. The vegetarian enchiladas and Mexican flatbread were delicious though! The Mexican corn tasted good, but for those who enjoy true Mexican corn, their use of sweet corn doesn’t match. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We had dinner at Orale with our friends prior to seeing our sons' band play at White Eagle Hall. While driving from central PA in lousy weather, we realized we would be late for our reservation and called; they held our table even though they were very busy (which we very much appreciated). Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Our margaritas (and 1 coconut mojito) were excellent! The guacamole sampler was amazing (esp the cabrales and pepitas topping). The shrimp in the ajillo with saffron rice were truly jumbo and the rice was full of flavor. The fish in the borracho tacos and the halibut tacos was really fresh and the slaw on top was great. It was a lot of food-no room for dessert! We all loved the funky decor too. If the band plays Jersey City again we will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great dinner and drinks. Staff is top notch.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

They have great food and good service. The staff is friendly and know their menu, they also have good suggestions. Drinks are awesome as well.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I was unable to secure a reservation for 7:30, so I booked 9:15 and agreed to meet my date there earlier. We arrived around 7:45 and were able to secure two seats at the bar without a problem. The bartenders were very attentive and even cleaned our spot off as we sat. We tried a couple of the margaritas (Elite is fantastic) and the duck fat bacon truffle fries (also incredible). I liked that we weren't crushed against the bar and that we could hold a conversation without screaming all night. 9:00 rolled around and she asked the host stand if we'd be able to sit a little before our reservation, and they were very accommodating. We sat and our waiter was friendly, informative, and very attentive. We had a great experience and I do believe this venue had a lot to do with how our night went. Thanks and we will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

food was outstanding, however very loud because we were sitting next to a large loud party.
was able to easily accommodate an extra seat when i realized I had accidentally made a reservation for 4 instead of 5.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic. We continue to be big fans .... Every visit is exceptional!!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a great meal, interesting specials and ingredients make this a must. Drinks are awesome too

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

At first when walking in thru a crowded bar area I was concerned, very loud music and people. When seated towards the back it was still very loud, however I understand the Vibe they are going for. Not a quiet conversation or fist date place, but food was fantastic and since we are foodies that's really all that matters. We will be going back again for sure. Bone Marrow, pork belly tacos and the 5 sample Guac is to die for.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

My favorite in my town. Food is always on point! Drinks always good and strong! Drawbacks: it is crowded and it is so loud I can barely hear my friends.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to have dinner at We never have a problem with the waiters. But we had a waitress this time and it seem like she had to many tables so when we needed her we had to flag her down. It took about 10mins or more to bring my husband drink over which was the frozen Margarita from the machine which doesn’t take anything to make. But when she came over she was very helpful and very friendly. When we go there we are very use to waiters just coming over to check on us. We never have to flag anyone. But other then that we love this place.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We requested a table in the back room Definitely made it easier to enjoy the dining experience. Great service as usual and tasty food

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Some of the best Mexican food I have had in a long time! Margaritas were on point and service was quick and always made sure my drink was refreshed. A must go for anyone looking to go out and eat in jersey city.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food but service was rushed. Waitress was pushy....!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Orale was great! The restaurant has an awesome vibe with cool wall decorations. We had chicken tacos and fish tacos, so yummy (especially the slaw on both!), and of course chips with guac. The real treat was the margarita! The flavor of the night was Mango Blueberry and it was delicious. Great date night spot or dinner with friends!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Hands down, one of the best experiences in a restaurant---Mexican food or otherwise! The food is fresh, flavorful and presented nicely. My table found ourselves sampling each other's dishes and they were all winners. The carnitas tacos were divine. The service was exemplary from start to finish. Attentive but not intrusive. The decor and atmosphere (Saturday night) were lively and fun. Will definitely recommend and return!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Fantastic tacos and overall food.

The taco Tuesday is amazing !

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was great. Unfortunately, our waiter rushed us through dinner and snatched our half full drinks away. They asked us to leave due to another reservation. However, we had not even been there for an hour yet. It was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Great holiday lunch. Food was excellent and restaurant had a fun atmosphere. Local neighborhood great place for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner, let alone love for Mexican food. This was amazing and the guac options were incredible. If you're only 2 don't fill up on the apps bc the meals (esp the Barrio Burger) are so good, had to bring it home. You won't be disappointed.

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