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Hat City Kitchen

459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050-1228
+1 862-252-9147
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good36%
  • Average28%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“fried chicken” (9 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (11 reviews)
“ribs” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050-1228
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Great place. Fab food. Best music! Service was slow but they were totally jammed and are still coming up to speed after renovation. I’m rooting for them.

Thank MarBru1
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went here. Wanted to support our local businesses!! The food was good. The music was good. It was a little too loud for me to sit near the stage, but we sat in the back room and heard the music fine....More

Thank Morgan G
Reviewed 5 January 2018

This is a real treat in our neighborhood. You never know what kind of live music will be playing, but it's always enjoyable. And you have the option of sitting up close, at the bar, or in the back room where it's great background music...More

Thank Mona B
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 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 Sunshine34500
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

1  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
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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, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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 07050-1228
    (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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