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Thistle Restaurant

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442 Valley Brook Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071-1925
+1 201-935-0004
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Santo Andre, SP
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425 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For sure, this place is great. The best fish and chips in New Jersey. The place is cute, clean and the service is very good. I strongly recommend.

Thank FernandaGRios
Jersey City, New Jersey
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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I don't go often, but when I want a really good fish & chips fix, this is where I head. I have never had a bad meal here, the fish is fresh and thick and cooked perfectly. Even the pot of tea I got afterwards was spot-on.

Thank Mark B
1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The menu is always great, simple and executed to perfection. The owners and staff don't just treat you like customers - they treat you like family.

Thank John-Michael Y
Grand Haven, MI
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Whenever my family returned to NJ for a family visit, we'd make a trek to the Thistle when it was in Kearny. My uncles and aunts and grandparents ate here. My pops would meet old Kearny buddies here. I remember, as a boy looking up at these men as if they were royalty. Now we make the trip to Lyndhurst... More 

1 Thank 3rdCoastHighlander
Wallington, New Jersey
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

Many people still observe Friday as fish day. For a really good fish dinner, Thistle Restaurant is a great place. You can get both take out and dine in service. It is also a BYOB restaurant. The food is exceptional and the serve staff is attentive and personable. The dining room is small accommodating about 40. The food is prepared... More 

Kearny, New Jersey
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318 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015

If you like Scottish style fish & Chips then this is for you! Formerly located in Kearny, NJ they relocated a few years ago to this new spot. It's a bring your own restaurant and besides the fish & chips they have an extensive sea food menu and great chowder, both New England & Manhattan!

1 Thank fheagle
Maywood, New Jersey
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

I had a hankering for fried fish and the Thistle did not disappoint. I ordered the children's portion for lunch. It was a thick piece of cod, batter dipped, fried to a perfect golden brown with just enough fries to make a meal. I don't think I could have eaten more than that so was glad not to have ordered... More 

Kearny, New Jersey
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

Formerly in Kearny, NJ. Family owned for three generations. Fish & Chips, Shrimp Scampi, Sausage Soup. Very good food and excellent service. Somewhat pricey but still reasonable. Reservations needed for Friday and Saturday nights. Highly recommended for couples and families. Takeout is also available. Bring your own wine.

1 Thank Pacific1991
Morris County, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed 22 March 2015

Drive a good distance together there. Was NOT disappointed.the fish was complimented by the breaking not drowned by it. I am not a cole slaw lover, but really wanted a container for home. Tarter was really good. Didn't mask the fish, complimented it. Home made deserts very good too! Plan to bring others on a "Road Trip"

Thank Popo G
Hightstown, NJ
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2014

As any Brit expat knows, it is hard to get decent fish and chips in the US. The Thistle is one of the few places that get it right. It is an unassuming little restaurant on a side street in Lyndhurst, NJ run by the same family for three generations. It is worth the trip.

1 Thank lordstark45

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Irish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 442 Valley Brook Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071-1925
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lyndhurst
  • Phone Number: +1 201-935-0004

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?