Lokal Eatery & Bar

4.1
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21 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Lokal is the newest addition to Jersey City’s revitalized dining scene. Keeping to its namesake, the restaurant incorporates fresh and locally sourced ingredients from the Garden State. The beverage menu boasts an extensive wine and craft cocktail program. Lokal has a large bar area, several private dining spaces and floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic, jaw dropping views of the Manhattan skyline. The spectacular dining space on the Hudson River has an open-air patio as well.
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The location is great and it’s fantastic that all of the tables had a nice view of manhattan, which all your really paying for. While the food was good, it wasn’t rave-worthy, the flavor could have been punched up a few notches. Service was friendly if a little scant but for having just opened I’d definitely give it another try in a few months.

XN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great location

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for the five-star review. We really appreciate the support!

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was really next level: delicious, but also fun and thoughtful combinations and presentations. The view is amazing and the vibe was perfect for a Saturday night. The manager made great recommendations on the wine and the waitstaff was super attentive. Can't wait to go back!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback, Nicole! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food, service & ambience at Lokal. We hope to have you & your friends back soon.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great scenery and atmosphere. Excellent options for my vegan friends.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit at Lokal & our vegan options. We hope to have you back soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice restaurant . Relaxing atmosphere, very good service , food was just ok . Will come again for sure

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the five-stars and your feedback. We really appreciate the support and we're looking forward to have you back soon.

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AE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Trinity, our server was great. I did love the $1 happy hour oysters and the cocktails were sublime.

Overall the food was eclectic with rich sauces, pork & cheeses. No simple house salad. I guess that’s what diners want these days but we prefer simpler fare.

And there’s a great view of Manhattan from every table. Child friendly (in the back), too.

Restaurant does not comp parking (garage in same building) so be prepared to pay $22 for parking. Street parking is very difficult in this area. Take the light rail or ride share.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Andrew, Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience. We're happy to hear you enjoyed our $1 Happy Hour Oysters and the great service. We hope to have you and your family back soon.

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JM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Food was very poor. Truffle Mac & cheese was so bland. Meatballs were tiny. There was was one plate that was just bread with tomato sauce splashed on top for $17.

Terrible.

Ambiance & service. Incredible views. Decent to good service (and friendly). Weird/cramped entrance.

Can’t underestimate how poor food was and thus the value.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Jimmy, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We're sorry to hear you weren't satisfied with the Truffle Mac & Cheese & Pan Con Tomate. As well as the size of our Meatballs, which are only sold on our kids menu for the little ones. We are always working to improve ourselves and your feedback helps us get better. We hope our friendly service and the incredible views will bring you back soon, for a chance to change your experience and give our menu another shot.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great views. Good service good food. Great time

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for the five-stars and your great feedback. We hope to have you back soon!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, beautiful views and great service!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 14 November 2019

Thank you for the five-star rating and the great feedback. We hope to have you back soon!

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NC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

A nice place, great view, attentive and friendly staff
Very good cocktails
Very pleasant atmosphere

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 14 November 2019

Thanks for the great feedback, Nick! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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LE
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

I think our waitress may have been new but we were ok with the service and food. Good wasn't exceptional but the view made up for it. I will continue to bring out of town guests.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 6 November 2019

Thanks for your feedback Linda. We are always working to improve ourselves so we hope you will join us in the future again.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here on date night with the wifey and had a fantastic time! Food was delicious, service was amazing, and cocktails were tasty. Definitely coming back!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 6 November 2019

Thank you for the great feedback. We can't wait to have you back soon!

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JK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server, David, was terrific. He, and the entire waitstaff, was very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent- all homemade, high quality and well-presented. Our first time at the restaurant and we're planning brunch and dinners with friends!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 31 October 2019

Hi Janice! Thank you so much for the great feedback and the five-star rating. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we are looking forward to seeing you for Brunch and Dinner soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Awesome brunch, great drinks and view

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 6 November 2019

Thank you for the five-star rating. We're happy to hear you enjoyed brunch and we hope to have you back soon.

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s
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

delicious food, excellent service (our first round of drinks came very slowly, but the second was speedy). Food was a bit pricey, but super tasty. Our waiter provided his favorites and recommendations, some of which we enjoyed. The shrimp was fantastic as was the truffle Mac and cheese, which wasn’t overwhelmingly truffle.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 22 October 2019

Hi Suzeyes! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience, as it will help us to improve. We are happy to hear you overall enjoyed your visit on 10/18 and we hope to see you soon again.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was phenomenal, food was delicious, great experience!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 25 October 2019

Thanks for the great feedback, Molly! We hope to have you back soon.

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J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a new little gem in the neighborhood. They have made excellent use of the space maximizing the amazing view. Bar staff are well styled and service is excellent. Food was good and drink was great especially during happy hour. A little on the warm side but this was rectified when we added it to our feedback.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 21 October 2019

Thanks for the feedback. We're happy to hear you overall enjoyed your time at Lokal and we hope to have you back soon.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was average to below average (had one of the flatbreads, mussels and mac & cheese). More of a place you go for ambiance/nice views, as opposed to good food. Service was also disappointing as we had requested to be seated at a better table (as opposed to the entrance) and were told that all the tables were reserved (we also had a reservation). Nearly an hour went by and all of the tables the hostess claimed had reservations were still empty (7-8 tables!!).

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 21 October 2019

Hi JCEater, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience! We're sorry to hear that our Food & Service didn't match your expectations. We'd like to apologize for the way the seating was handled. Like any new establishment, time is needed to iron out all the kinks. We appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention and for your honest feedback, as it will help us to do better in the future. We really hope you consider giving Lokal another chance to change your experience!

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

It’s a new restaurant so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, but the food wasn’t great. Served room temperature and had very little flavor. The drinks, service and atmosphere was great though. I would use this place more for happy hour than I would a good meal.

GF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I’m surprised this place isn’t regularly packed. We were able to get a table with a great view (difficult to find a table without a view). The ambience was slightly for formal than I was expecting but the service was great. Our server made great recommendations and was very attentive.

Ordered a dozen of the happy hour oysters (10/10 would recommend) that came with a divine kimchi sauce and the scallops (8/10 would recommend) for appetizers. We were so excited for the oysters we let the scallops get cold, however I felt they could have been seasoned a bit more. For entrees we ordered the biggest cut of braised beef short ribs (10/10 would recommend) I have ever seen and the crab risotto (5/10 would recommend). The risotto just couldn’t stand up to the short ribs which really took the show.

Catching the happy hour deal allowed us to get all that plus 2 glasses of wine and 1 beer for $100. I think the happy hour is great deal and will definitely be back for that. Hope to make it in before this place blows up!

K
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Overall our group really enjoyed Lokal. We shared a bunch of small plates and ordered two entries. For the small plates we had the beet salad, a mushroom dish (recommended by our waiter) and Mac and cheese. All were delicious. For entries we had the cod dish and the short ribs. Both were outstanding. The service was a little slow but it was only the second night open. I’m sure that will fix itself with time. The decor is very nice as well. I would highly recommend Lokal. You won’t be disappointed.