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Lokal Eatery & Bar

4.2
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71 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 71 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kate
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I tried outdoor dining at Lokal and had a very nice experience. Very attentive waitstaff and solid food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Mother in laws Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outdoor seating is a bit strange as it’s in the middle of a circular drive, but believe this is due to the building management. Rock shrimp are always a must have and cocktails were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Beautiful location! The water and breeze are really the only thing this place has going. Upon on our arrival you can feel anxiety and stress level from the staff pressuring to order bc brunch was ending in 20m which I can understand but is all about the approach and how you handle the situation. Then we were told to keep in mind tables have a time limit I don’t think I ever heard such thing before, which added more pressure to ordering. Then the food came and it was so bad to say the least. Husband steak and eggs tasted like pure vinegar, temperature of burgers completely off, egg benefits cold and sauce tasted way off. I walked I’m inside to use the bathroom
and forgot to wear my mask then a waitress passing by literally yelled at me in the most obnoxious way, my son was holding my hand and asked mom
What’s wrong? She could have simply asked can you pls put your mask on? After all these are unnatural times for us
Is not usual I leave such negative review but this place failed in every aspect. Definitely not returning.

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vipKathleenR
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience for a special occasion. Thank you !

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KritiM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

May be the service could be enhanced a bit- i.e. faster and taking orders correctly.
Other than that- we had a fantastic day at Lokal. Looking forward to many more.

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vipSlimjim288
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first brunch at Lokal was really nice. They created a beautiful outdoor space with social distancing in mind. They made a nice bloody mary which is my brunch go-to. The food was delicious (steak and eggs) and the service was excellent. We will be returning for sure!

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Jessy
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at this restaurant and I would definitely check it out again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Review only based during pandemic. Dinner area is quite right, but understandable given business need to make money.

Food: I had a salad and it was ok. This is a patio menu so the food might not be currently the best.

Service: our waitress was lovely and attentive. The hostess basically kicked us without no notification and the chance to other more drinks wasn’t a choice. Overall the hostess could be more delicate on how she approaches customer.

Worthy of the view but not a place I would recommend for now. Post pandemic it may be a different story.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Place is amazing for brunch! I highly recommend it. Definitely will be going back to try their dinner menu. Service was exceptional. Thank you guys!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Disappointing service. They didn’t tell us before kitchen closed so ended up missing dessert. Overall, a disappointing experience

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xboateng
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful space overlooking the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan, though the you get a bit of midtown as well. The space feels breezy and open, though the tables are pretty close to each other. The server was very friendly, but one thing - when I told him I was allergic to nuts, he almost chose to remove the bread from my table with his hands after it had already touched the other pieces. He took a moment and brought the whole 'complimentary' bread basket to the back and had them replate the dish. Also, the I could hear the bartender complaining about my choice of a shot because it was up too high for her to reach. It made me feel bad, and if there's an access issue, maybe it should be voiced not within earshot of guests. Otherwise, everything was lovely and I hope to be back to see the space at night for dinner service.

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imHJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

You pay for the views!
Food was good (though portions were small and a bit expensive).
Cocktails were nice.

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vipGatorNeil
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The decor and atmosphere are lovely and calming. We had a server working literally on his first day, and the service could not have been better. Like prior visits, I’ll say the food was “good” just not great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

Food here is always good, but they were just having an off night. Took close to an hour to get the food out and we were passed off the wrong bill. Take some of the people who are constantly walking around refilling water and put them in the kitchen to help out there.

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vipVictoireB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The view is incredible, especially at night! The food is very very good and the service is perfect, many thanks!

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vipGatorNeil
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The atmosphere is certainly nice, but the restaurant, on balance, is just ok. It's not bad, it's not great. There's just something missing. I've been here twice for dinner now and this recent visit was for brunch. It was just "ok" really. I ordered the marscapone pancakes and asked for an egg on the side, waiter went to great pains to check with the kitchen, came back and said yes, then when my meal came, the egg was missing. I asked about it, no one ever brought it, so I finished. And the food was just ok>good-ish, but expensive for what it is. There are much better food choices for brunch in JC.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Neil, thank you for the review and feedback. We are sorry to hear you were less than satisfied with the food at Lokal and do hope you will give us another opportunity in the near future.

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vipRobynS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

We arrived 1/2 hour before our reservation so we could have a drink at the bar - bartender was fun and made great drinks. The view of the NYC skyline is stunning and it was a lively crowd. Good start. Appetizers were good (we only got the cheese & meat plates - but they were good). Entrees were a disappointment in a big way. One couple got the “paella for two” and the only part of it that was cooked correctly was the shrimp - mussels were rubber-stringy and the rice was clumpy. I got the chicken palliard and the chicken was like shoe leather. The salad on top was lovely and fresh but had no dressing at all. The 4th in our party had the short rib which was OK - the best of the entrees at our table but nothing to write home about. We ordered desserts to share - the apple tart (good), chocolate soufflé (very good) and at the excessivly strong and very detailed recommendations of our server - the raspberry panna cotta special. I can’t explain how.bad this desserr was. When it came, we didn’t know what it was - bright red liquid in a glass with what looked like a dollop of semi melted butter The red liquid was so sweet - it reminded me of jello concentrate. Not edible. She took it back and took it off the bill (with lots of attitude). i wish the food met the quality of the bar, ambience & view but it just didn’t

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Robyn, thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear you were less than satisfied with the food at Lokal and appreciate your feedback. We do hope you will give us another opportunity in the near future.

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MaribelR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. We were allowed to order drinks off of the Happy Hour at our table since we arrived before 7pm. The view was breathtaking. Someone had a private party in the back and it was super cute and elegant. The food was delicious. We ordered the 3 plates for 19.99 and added the mushroom dish and beets salad. Overall delightful meal for a Saturday night. Staff very professional and kind.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Maribel, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great rating and review. We really appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Gosia1988
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, a view and atmosphere was amazing! The interior of the restaurant is decorated with style and good taste . We love everything about the restaurant. And ours waite Was great, her name Was Kristin!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great rating and review. We really appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

The food was just okay. The ambiance was great! We will not be going there again.

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CheriW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, from hosts to close out!!! Delicious food, great service, and fantastic views!

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Cheri, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great rating and review. We really appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Gabrielle
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really nice location! Beautiful view. Everyone who worked there was very nice and knowledgeable. The food was great lots of vegan/gluten free options. The truffle Mac and cheese was amazing! I love that the margaritas have homemade sour mix! They are delicious. I’ll be back soon

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Gabrielle, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great rating and review. We really appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Satima
Miami
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went there for brunch with a friend and had a great time. The restaurant was a vibe and the service was excellent. The location and view of the city was impeccable right across the river from the World Trade Center. I would recommend people go there for great ambiance, great service, drinks and food.

Lokal Eatery & Bar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Satima, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great rating and review. We really appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JonK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

While the food sounded interesting, the flavors and taste was very disappointing.

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MM01
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was amazing, loved our server, she was so nice and friendly. Food was just okay, although the tiramisu was delicious.

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JoiedeVivre
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The service and food were excellent! The cocktails though, were disappointing. Given the ambiance and the quality of the food, Lokal definitely needs to step up on their mixology game.

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RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Octavo was great server, the hostesses were professional and sweet, great cocktails, solid brunch options. Would come again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here with a friend for dinner. Was overall really nice. Not too loud, nice view. Private enough dining experience. Was not rushed to leave. Excellent service. Would come back again!

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JCJen
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the service the ambience the menu. Little pricey but overall great. The Elliott Stubb is great

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vipNaziaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This was our second time at Lokal and both times we enjoyed our dinner. The view is amazing and service is very good. Food and drinks are great and sets the stage for an amazing experience!

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vipKristaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

The night started out great. Our server was wonderful and extremely polite. She was the most positive thing that came out of the experience! Fast forward to dinner, we waited 40 minutes for our entrees that came out to the table colder than just room temp. There is no excuse for that considering we waited that long to be served. Second, the lamb was overcooked to the point it turned grey and the short ribs, although flavorful and tender were cold and the mashed potatoes were more like a paste. To put the icing on the cake, the manager came over to address the experience and we were honest and not rude being they are a newer place. She didn’t seem to care that the wait for the food and the overall quality was absolutely dissatisfying like we told her. If you want to gain a customer after a weak performance like this at least offer desert or coffee. She saw we didn’t even touch our plates after a few bites. Coming from the restaurant business this is unacceptable. We weren’t looking for a free meal or desert, but come on. We would have considered a second chance, but because of the first impression that’s no longer an option. Wish ya all the best and for future customers who have a similar experience, I hope you take care of them the way a restaurant should.

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AmandaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

It's a shame that the food isn't good because the view and ambiance of the restaurant are amazing. There are too few "large plate" options as well as salads. Small portions and bland food. The service was terrible. Had a 7:30 reservation for 5 this past Saturday night and it took nearly 20 minutes for our drink order to arrive. The server wasn't friendly, attentive or apologetic for the slow service. It took over two hours for the meal because of how slow the service was.

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Jess
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Lokal and will certainly be back! Delicious food, very fun atmosphere and amazing views of the city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing from the place, the food, the service.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Went during happy hour on a Friday. Service was outstanding and fast. The food was good enough, but a few dishes were lacking a bit in flavor. Drink prices were great for happy hour. Overall, its a good restaurant with great waterfront views and a cozy ambiance.

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viprlh423
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was great. So is the decor and drinks. I will go back for dollar oyster happy hour but they didn’t want to allow me to have double vegetables instead of potatoes. I would hope they allow reasonable substitutions.

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vipSama
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Overpriced mediocre food with long wait time even though the restaurant was empty. We were one of the first tables of the day and waited over an hour for our food to come out. When they finally brought the food out, they only brought out half the table’s food first. 10 minutes later brought another two guest’s food at our table and then last person got theirs 10 minutes after that. Everyone’s food was cold when it was served. Terrible experience. The place wasn’t even crowded that they were backed up in the kitchen. Won’t be going back.

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vipKymm
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Great views of course, but that's about it. The food was bland and the portions were comically small for the price. There were 7 of us in our party, and because of that we had no choice but to sit at a high top table with backless stools that were very uncomfortable. The food needed seasoning, and everyone at the table agreed that the portions were beyond tiny relative to the price. Additionally, gratuity was added to our bill (which is normal in a large group), but the server neglected to point it out to us. Not sure if it was an accident or intentional, but it seemed a little shady. Overall, I wouldn't recommend Lokal. It's a shame that this is what replaced Taphaus (RIP).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

Ordered lamb medallions which were colder than the Hudson River in the middle of a winter storm. Good ambience though

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Lokal Eatery & Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 222-6800.

Lokal Eatery & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

Lokal Eatery & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.lokaljc.com/gift-certificates/.

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