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708 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 839-5818

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Our Two Cents

Grade:
B-

OK, so as you know, The Hamilton Inn has taken the place of the seminal Hamilton Park Ale House which, to be quite honest, didn’t really pave the way for anything like The Hamilton Inn.

Enter The Inn, and you immediately sense the woodiness of the establishment. Dark, walnut stained bar, floors and tables with what seem to be rough hewn wine barrel or bottle case sides adorn the walls with deep, rich mirroring, vintage pictures and curios. Former patrons will immediately (and gladly, no doubt) notice the absence of gargantuan televisions over the bar. Also gone are the looms of chintzy Radio Shack clear-plastic-conduit-tube lighting.

Crane your neck around from the bar to look at the specials chalkboard. Listed are The Inn’s fabulous signature cocktails, victuals and entrées. Browse the taps and you’ll note an unexciting Belgian, a Molson Coors pseudo-Belgian, a Belgian Pilsner lager affectionately known as hooligan fuel (see a theme here?), a local Pennsylvanian, some hippiecrack from Louisiana, and some Black Stuff. Packaged options are much more exciting with Victory and Oskar Blues offerings at the ready. Among many others, they also serve Michelob Ultra, PBR, Bud Light, and Corona if you are feeling image conscious. A very Hobokenesque inventory from our recollection, but rather serviceable, nonetheless. Prices are average all around. We were in here on a weekday for lunch, so to be fair, we have no idea if things get spicy around Happy Hour.

We did take lunch at an actual table rather than the bar. Our server, while very put together, knowledgeable, and neat-looking, did seem a bit scatterbrain during our visit. Slow to attend to us and messing up an order slightly, he was polite and profusely apologetic. Unfortunately, management was either absent or didn’t care to make good on his mix-up. We’ll certainly swing by for another look once the team at The Hamilton Inn finds their groove, but for now – color us unimpressed.

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  • susansaint

    It’s more of a restaurant/bar now.

  • JCGal07302

    I have been to Hamilton Inn a few times, more out convenience and I live in hope that I will have a great time. The first time I went was fine. Every other trip since then has been so disappointing. The menu is boring. Brunch came out cold. Service is terrible. The owners display arrogance. I have given them enough opportunities but have now decided to take my custom elsewhere. The Inn has been done out well and really had so much potential.

    Please, someone buy this palce and turn it into a local hang out.

  • LocalPatron

    I just returned from yet another disappointing trip to the Hamilton Inn. My wife and I have continued to hold out hope that this place will one day live up to the promise that its great location and décor would lead you to believe it has. But as we all know a great restaurant is all about the details and unfortunately the Hamilton Inn has focused on all the wrong details. They have created a great atmosphere, but a completely lack luster menu, which seems like a mix and match of somebody’s favorites foods (obviously somebody who has a thing for lobster because it is featured in at least three of the menu items). They do a decent job with some of the basics like cheese burgers and fries, but have managed to royally F’ up in most other areas by veering from incredibly pedestrian pasta choices (penne vodka) to seemingly random seafood inclusions like shrimp po-boys. Even though the menu appears to have been created by somebody with a serious case of ADHD and a complete inability to look beyond their own tastes the food is usually prepared well by what seems like an experienced kitchen staff. Where the Hamilton Inn goes incredibly awry is in their hiring of clueless front of the house staff. They have an excellent team of runners, bar tenders and bus boys, but for whatever reason seem to only hire waiters with no zero restaurant experience (and fair complexions). I hope that other people in the neighborhood will read this review and choose to patronize any of the other excellent dinning establishments in the area (Madame Claude’s, Skinner’s Loft, Soul Flavors, The Embankment or La Conguita) and that this place goes out of business so the location can be taken over by a professional operation.

  • Khaki Chinos

    This review is narrow minded in that I only tried one drink, and am sadly very disappointed. I figured The Hamilton Inn would get a more things right during their opening period than not. I figured such a nice looking place, with actual top shelf liquor on the top shelf would mix a mean cocktail. I’ve been wrong before and I guess I’m wrong again. Went in with a feeling for something a little old school. Manhattan was what I was really in the mood for but the Hamilton Inn has this Fox Hunt drink menu that caught my eye. I am old fashioned with old fashioned taste. I like scotch. Single malt all the better. I guess if I was THAT old school, I wouldn’t mix a single, but whatever. I liked that this drink had a cherry liqueur component because I must admit, the Maraschino cherry and its juice is my favorite part of a Manhattan. The sour bit of the Fox Hunt threw me off, but I figured it would be just a splash. My usual experience with $10 cocktails is that they are pretty fantastic. You are usually able to pick apart all the flavors and savor the essences in unusual liqueurs and mixes. Unfortunately, this tasted like the most expensive Grandma’s Whiskey Sour I’ve ever had. So awful, I am surprised it didn’t come in a plastic SOLO cup with a few slot machine tokens next to it.

  • BrunswickSweeper

    My friend and I visited the other night when the Inn opened to the public. The crowd was nice and a bit different from what I recalled in the olden days of the Ale House. The beer selection is _OK_. Nothing fantastic. They did have Chimay on tap which is a good effort, but I am off of Belgians these days. maybe the summer will change that. I’ll be interested to see how they maintain their tap delivery sytem as the last two owners had NO clue and all the drafts tasted like vomit. Good luck to them, I suppose. I need to sample the menu a bit more. I only had a few bites off my friend’s hamburger.

  • Skreeming4Venjintz

    I took a peek in here the other day. Reminded me of a very slick ski lodge. Deadwood planks on the walls. Great color palette. TVs were not all over the place as before. Reminds me a little of Death and Company in the city. Can’t wait to stop in tonight… although I’ll probably never get served with it being so crowded.

  • Risky

    7thstreeter, don’t fret. The people from The Madison and The Jefferson ARE reopening it. Summer drinks really are memorable here.

  • 7thstreeter

    Closed. Hope someone reopens it. The outdoor section is very nice.