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Hat City Kitchen

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
$$ - $$$
459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food is very good. They have music which can be very loud but if you choose to sit in restaurant area or outside if it's nice you will be ok. For the younger crowd, loud music and drinks from the bar will cool up front....More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My friend and I visited Hat City Kitchen for the first time this past Friday to see jazz violinist Brooke Alford, who was the brightest spot in an otherwise bleak night. (In fact, she was absolutely brilliant!) The other part of the story, however: We...More

Thank vanessaphipps0814
Reviewed 30 June 2017

I could walk here but the hills would kill me on my way back home...seriously. No joke we love this place. The fried chicken is the best and burgers are very good too. The menu has changed a few times but hopefully these staples will...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Wonderful, consistent fun restaurant in local area. We do the mac n cheese, home fries. claims, fried chicken and pulledpork. Super variety of musicians which pptovidd terrific atmosphere. Repat place.

Thank Speedyedie1
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Visited 02/26/2017 for dinner. Our Groupon was running out of time, so we came on a night that didn't have any band/music playing. (Although the piped in music was pretty good) We really wanted to like this place and we do, but there's a lot...More

Thank Conradb2
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The hubby took me to HCK for my birthday tonight for some music and good food. We waited about 15 minutes for a waitress to just come over to our table and take our order. We ordered the Hat City Kitchen Salad to start with...More

Thank crapschick
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Dinner with my friends. The menu is improving- or at least the cooking is. Still some ups and downs. I had a grilled corn salad that would have been perfect except for being oversalted (no salt was needed, really.) And the cornbread was boring and...More

Thank CSSnowshoer
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Went there to see a band on a Saturday night. they wanted to charge $10.00 to sit in the area in front of the band! So we did not do that we wanted to eat as well. So they sitted us around the corner in...More

Thank Brownie333
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Ok...so maybe we are super spoiled by amazing Cajun food as we recently came back from New Orleans but despite their best efforts this place is just average. There was nothing wrong with the food served but there was nothing to write home about either....More

Thank KamilandPatty
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

First time at HCK. We were seated right away. Our server was very good and answered every question we had. The appetizers were good but a bit on the cool side. I had the ribs & fried chicken which was very good. The short rib...More

Thank Frank T
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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
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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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