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Hat City Kitchen

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Cajun & Creole
459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
+1 862-252-9147
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good33%
  • Average30%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“mac and cheese” (12 reviews)
“ribs” (7 reviews)
“catfish” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Cajun & Creole
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459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
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21 - 30 of 60 reviews

Reviewed 22 November 2015

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

Thank Z5559EO
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
Reviewed 24 March 2015

Hat City is comfortable and nice. All around great place to have cocktails/beer, good for Sunday brunch and good food. The food is good, not outstanding, the drinks aren't the 'best I have ever had' the atmosphere is awesome but not the coolest in the...More

Thank NancyC-VW
Reviewed 3 March 2015

This is a great place to go. Really good finger licking good food. Really good drinks, and usually great entertainment. This place also makes an excellent burger!

Thank Sockster
Reviewed 9 February 2015 via mobile

Went for entertainment night and loved the southern style food. Shrimp po boy app was delish!! I think the atmosphere was the most relaxed best part. Worth a night out.

Thank Helmontana37
Reviewed 19 December 2014

Went there on a Thursday evening about 6pm before show at Luna Stage. Restaurant is 3 blocks away from theater. Restaurant is a separate room from bar area - neither was too crowded on a Thursday night though by 7:15, there was a reasonable bar...More

Thank ams44
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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, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
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
    (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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