The Bistro at Grove Square

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51 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Grove Square is the subway inspired dining room is comfortable and relaxed and the perfect escape in the heart of downtown Jersey City. Grove Square is a social event that offers socially distant fun such as live music and a DJ to kick your weekend off! We have daily specials such as our 7day/wk Brunch which we offer $20 Pitchers of Mimosa's. Make sure to follow our IG to stay in the loop @jerseycitygrovesq. Grove Square is also available for private events and catering please call or email us for details.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 51 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I would not recommend this place. I was lucky enough to have a very nice waitress who was doing her best under her work conditions. Because the overall ambiance of this place sucked. From the rude manager to other rude customers snatching sauces and forks out of the waiters hands. The food was really below mediocre. My medium steak I ordered came back dead dry. There was only one A1 sauce on its last leg going around the restaurant, so obviously their inventory wasn’t together. The mimosas were okay but the pitchers were impossible to pour so it ended up all over the table. Just 10/10, don’t recommend. Please just go anywhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we did the $20 mimosa pitcher and it was great! the food was awesome and our waitress was so lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated right away. Not to noisy great atmosphere
Will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mozz sticks.... jumbo!

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AlexusB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was well organized and spacious. Still had the opportunity to sit outside if you liked (heaters are present). Service was excellent.

JR
vipJamesonR
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Had high hopes for this place after looking at the menu. The Jalapeño Margarita had no Jalapeño at all, it was a rail cocktail. Meat and cheese board, meatballs, onion soup and beet salad were good apps. The main courses were subpar. The veal parmigiana was very chewy and steak frites was over cooked while fries were undercooked. The meatball linguini was good.

The service was subpar. The server hadn’t tried any of the food herself so recommendations weren’t helpful. The manager needed to come back to the table after we ordered food because the server didn’t write the order down.

I think this place has a lot of potential but wouldn’t go back after the experience.

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EB1212
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The "steak frites" were disappointing.. Steak was overcooked and instead of FRESH, crisp thin fries, these fries were the fat, frozen type you get at a school cafeteria. I ordered a pinot noir. After several minutes I was told that tonight they only have malbec, cab or merlot. I chose malbec as a substitute. She returned shortly and apologized again: no malbec either! This place has a nice location but the food is not good. I will not return nor recommend this restaurant.

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vipSusanM
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved the location. Awesome service.

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vipHappyFoodie
New York Area
29 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!

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vipFlossi
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.

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Tmarie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPayalP
New York Area
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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

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

Service was good, food wasn't bad.

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AurelianG
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

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AmyA
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.

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LW8311
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.

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LisaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipmarcus
New York Area
17 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.

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SimoneJ
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.

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vipSerena517
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipniema
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch

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vipSarah
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).

DB
vipDeniseB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!

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BrendaF
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.

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AlyshaT
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.

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AdamK
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipALLYSONF
New York Area
29 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!

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vipKaren
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and our server was amazing!

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GiannaA
New York Area
14 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!

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

Awesome meal

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

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 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.

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Sarahmuseme
New York Area
8 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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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ZZZAB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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AvonFoodie
New York Area
5 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
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good

FAQs

The Bistro at Grove Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 918-2750.

The Bistro at Grove Square is rated 4 stars by 51 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.