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Hat City Kitchen

459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050-1228
+1 862-252-9147
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good34%
  • Average28%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“fried chicken” (9 reviews)
“mac cheese” (4 reviews)
“burger” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Cajun & Creole
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459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050-1228
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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

It looked like the bar was a nice scene, but we chose to sit in the dining room. The live music was still very loud in there to the point sometimes you couldn't hear what the person right next to you was saying. Our waitress...More

Thank S_Alfred1
Reviewed 11 March 2016

If you wanna hear great music and have a good drink, Hat City is your place. The ambiance is really cool and the service really friendly.

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Excellent southern soul food and music in New Jersey. Service is very good and they have a well stocked bar, with a variety of beers. Mac and Cheese is great.

Thank Santosh V
Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

The food was terrific! The appetizer, on special, which was the shrimp with grit cake, was really good. The Cajun burger, the crab burger, and the sides of collared greens and Mac and cheese were terrific, and a lot of food for the money! The...More

Thank ogieone
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Fried chicken, corn bread, mac & cheese and shrimp & grits. All very good. Along with drinks everything was very good.

Thank AntD141
Reviewed 12 November 2015

We've been there several times for both food and music. Bar staff is good. Food has been iffy and service inattentive and downright bad multiple times. But if you get there on the right night, you are going to hear some very good music. The...More

Thank JohnnyeatsNJ
Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

This place is hands down the best Southern Food at a restaurant that I've ever had. It's a very cool blues playing/New Orleans feel. The inside looks completely different from the outside (better that is) and was a nice surprise when you walked in. We...More

Thank Melinda R
Reviewed 11 September 2015

Was hesitant to dine here after reading many mixed reviews but we had a great experience. We went with a Restaurant.com gift certificate on a Thursday which made the prices more reasonable (otherwise, I think a lot of the selections are overpriced). The bar had...More

Thank HighHorse483
Reviewed 29 June 2015

Father's Day brunch was booked three weeks in advance for 13 of us. The place is not setup for a brunch. It's a bar with some tables. The brunch consisted of only a few dishes, most of which were NOT replenished after we arrived at...More

Thank Courtney M
Reviewed 8 May 2015

good food, but a little too loud for dining and talking. The music is nice (jazz, contemporary) but I think the volume is turned a little too high. The food is good, especially the catfish.

Thank christianDPT
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 29 - US$ 31
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050-1228
    (Forest Street)
  • Public Transportation: Highland Avenue Station NJ Transit
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Orange
  • Phone Number: +1 862-252-9147
  • E-mail
Hat City Kitchen is an intimate restaurant/music venue located in The Valley Arts District in Orange, NJ. Serving Creole-inspired comfort food alongside jammin' music, it's a great place to enjoy food, music and drink. Featuring open mics, open jams and many regional artists, Hat City is a destination for a relaxing yet engaging environment. Rated a 3 star restaurant, Hat City is made possible by Hands Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to the revitalization of The Valley. As an extension of the Hands mission, Hat City's profits go towards further develop the area and support local artists.
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