The Bistro at Grove Square

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$30 and under
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Italian
The Bistro at Grove Square is headed by Jeffrey Favia. The subway inspired dining room is comfortable and relaxed and the perfect escape in the heart of downtown Jersey City. The Bistro comes to life after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays with a DJ and later night drink specials and don't miss Sunday Brunch with dueling pianos and $3 mimosas at 1pm, at 3pm in the Underground on Sundays find Harmonica Sunbeam and friends for High Tea featuring drink specials, amazing food, drag shows and dancing! The bistro is also available for private events and catering.
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved the location. Awesome service.

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I'm giving it 2 stars because the location is awesome. Everything else...? Not so much. Food is absolutely awful! I had a beet salad with grilled shrimp- beets and shrimp were from a can. Service was equally bad. So many places to choose from in JC, this will not be a repeat for me!

F
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Jersey City to visit our son. Saw this place when we were walking back from the path and decided it looked inviting with outdoor eating area. We were not disappointed. The boys had beer and I had a margarita that was declicous, especially on a warm evening. We each got an appetizer and then split a pizza. Pizza was delicious. Our waiter, Will was very helpful in recommendations on the pizzas and very attentive. With it being happy hour the prices were awesome. We will definetly be back and will ask for Will again.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little brunch spot! The cocktail menu is divine!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The happy hour drinks were great. However, the food was just awful, the flat bread tasted like it was made with old dough and generic sauce.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Raw chicken. Twice. Not acknowledged by the waiter. Not going back

K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good, food wasn't bad.

AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go to grab a dinner later in the evening . Nice cocktails and very accomodating

AA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good, but could've been better. The food was delicious, but the service wasn't the best. Myself and 5 of my friends were one of maybe 3 tables in the entire place, and our server had no sense of urgency. She was in our plain site for the first 15 minutes, not helping anyone, and it still took her that long to come by. She kept forgetting things, and when we would remind her she wouldn't apologize, she just brought out what we needed as if it was the first time we told her. It looked like a few others servers were also slacking, but they didn't have any tables unlike our server. Food and drinks were great, but wouldn't come back strictly because of the service.

LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Upon arriving for our 1pm reservation for 6 people, we were rudely greeted by a "hostess" who was counting money and said she'd be right with us. She then seemed annoyed that we interrupted her task and asked how many of us were there. I said I had made a reservation through open table for 6, she cut me off and said "yeah well where do you want sit?" Clearly making a reservation is useless at this establishment as there was no table ready for us, we looked at the only available spot and had to push tables together. We were a party of six grown men crammed at a small table. The Drink/Brunch special of three glasses of your choice of only a screw Driver, Mimosa or bloody Mary are all pre-made drinks that contain little to no alcohol. The menu's felt like they had never been cleaned. As well 4 out of 6 glasses at our table had lipstick rings on them. Pretty filthy and disgusting. Four of us got up to wash our hands after ordering because of how filthy we felt. I will never bring someone here again. Very sad as this place has so much potential but feels like the staff and owners could care less about customer service or upkeep of the restaurant.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it ! The food was delicious and our server Mike was super friendly!

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had friends in town and we were looking for a place to get together without a wait. The Bistro was it. Good service. Good Food. The mimosa was a ton of OJ and little prosecco, until we said something and they changed it.

SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I who live in Central Jersey were recommended to have dinner at The Bistro by someone who lives in the area. We loved our meals and drinks as well as the ambience and friendly service. We will definitely be back.

S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was a delight, she was very efficient and attentive.

n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was good. Service was horrible. The bust ladies where awesome. Our server not good.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch

S
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Give this place a 3 out of 10.
There is a noticeable stench in the restaurant.
While our waiter was very nice, the food wasn’t timed at all so our entrees come out while we were still eating our appetizers.
Food was just ok.

Overall, I would skip this restaurant in favor of better restaurants in the area (Kitchen Step, Matthews, talde).

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!

BF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After living in Jersey City for 6 months I decided to try Grove Bistro and I was so happy I did. I was treated by friendly attentive staff, throughout the meal the service was top notch, and the food was spectacular. I was there with a friend and we shared muscles and calamari for our appetizers and then shared salmon which was so yummy it was to die for. I will be frequenting Grove Bistro more often.

AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Bistro. Jill was our server and she provided exceptional service and made our brunch that much more memorable. I had the steak and eggs and I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. The mimosas were fantastic as well! I hope to dine there in the very near future.

AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall4food2service1ambience4

I think our specific waitress was having a tough night, which we’ve all had at some point. Ordered a medium rare steak that came back well done. The manager seemed to take over after a while for her. It is what it is. Not a bad experience but not amazing or even great. A strong “very average” rating.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

My fiancé and I had a weird experience, the food was good, just a few things were off. We called to see where the parking lot was. I asked “where is parking located?” The receptionist said “OK!” . I had to hang up because even I got confused. Then when we got there I said “ Reservation for two at 7:30.” The same receptionist replies “ OKAAAAYYY???” We sat down and the menu was different from the website, I ordered a drink and the waitress brought me one made from a mix. I asked and she said you have to specify house vs premium. First time here, have no idea. If I would have been asked that in the beginning I would have chosen differently.

AL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive without being overbearing. The menu has a nice varied selection — you could make a meal out of appetizers or go for an entree. The French Onion Soup was flavorful with a solid layer of melted cheese on top. It was served piping hot. My seared branzino with capers and kalamata olives on a bed of broccoli rabe was out of this world! This was my first time dining here, however, I have had happy hour there several times. Great neighborhood spot—it was quite busy for a Monday night. Great addition to the Jersey City scene!

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and our server was amazing!

GA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great stop for brunch! The menu is filled with plenty of gems and the servings pretty big. The bottomless mimosas for $12 is also something you can't beat!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, they topped up our bottomless mimosas constantly.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service could have been better. Hard to get the waiter's attention and the servers would just bring food to the table and put it down where there was room, no interest in knowing who ordered it.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Got there for brunch at Noon, bottomless Momosa's/Screwdrivers/Bloody Mary's for $12 with any entree. The waiters were coming around every 5 minutes topping of our glasses. The food was great. Awesome value, great location, good service. Thumbs up!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service and prices. I'll be telling all about this place.

AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came in towards the end of the brunch hours but were attended really well.

AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The staff did their best and were very accommodating. The food disappointing to say the least.
Usually I'll give restaurant a second chance, not this time.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good after work place

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Extremely slow service. Waitress forgot about whether we even received our food several times

JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I came with a group of 8 people- two being children. We were there early enough where crowds wouldn't be an issue. While our waitress was very nice and friendly, she was very slow in checking on us- we waited on our order being taken, drinks and finally the bill for way too long. That being said, the food was good all around. Ive been there before and will be going back for sure.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service was a little spotty. The server was in a bit of a rush to take the appetizer plates off the table, and then we waited for a little while before we got our entrees. After the entrees were sent out, another server came out with a duplicate appetizer and asked us if we got our appetizer yet. Overall they just seemed a bit confused, and not quite orderly at all.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely ever write reviews, but I feel that this place deserves a better overall rating, especially after my hesitation to make a reservation here after reading many of the Yelp reviews.

The service and food were great. We had tartar and fried calamari for appetizers, prosciutto and pineapple pizza for main course and tiramisu for dessert. Overall the food was delicious. The thin crust pizza had just the right amount of dough, sauce and cheese. There was a always a server/waiter nearby to take our plates or ask if everything was good. They even brought the tiramisu with a candle in it when I told them it was my friend's birthday. We had a great experience and will definitely come there again.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Great location for people watching . Good food not great but good . Nice decor though maybe a bit commercial looking like a chain restaurant . The one thing that this place seems to really need is an experienced staff of servers. The service was not bad by any means but everybody seemed to be a little nervous and a little rushed even though when I was there the place was not busy at all.