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“Average Food and a Little Noisy” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joe's American Bar and Grill

Joe's American Bar and Grill
Ranked #4 of 29 Restaurants in Short Hills
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Jersey
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122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Average Food and a Little Noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

Joe's is located on the bottom floor of the Short Hills Mall in Short Hills NJ. Two friends and I went there to catch up on news after not seeing each other for almost a year. They both ordered hamburgers and said they were very good. I ordered a grilled chicken salad with balsamic walnut dressing. The dressing was very tasty, but the chopped chicken pieces were dry and two pieces had "hard stuff" in them. In fact, I had to take one of the pieces out of my mouth (awkward!). At $13.99, this was not expected. Although the salad, itself, tasted good, the chicken detracted. The atmosphere was pretty noisy, and we had to talk a little louder than we would have in a more cozy restaurant, but I guess we should have realized that in a grill-type establishment. We spent lots of time catching up, but we should have gone to a quieter place to relax and have a conversation. It was not a bust, though, because we really enjoyed our visit.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Somerset, New Jersey
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104 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

It is a family and friends restaurant located in Short Hills mail The food is ok and the service is good. Reasonable prices.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Jerry G
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Short Hills, New Jersey
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Ordinary Food Made Special”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

I have never had a bad meal at Joe's. That being said, do not go to Joe's if you are looking for gourmet. It isn't. It plain food made right.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank destis
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Newark, New Jersey
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120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great place to have lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Short Hills Malls is a very upscale establishment. Joe's is a welcomed place to sit and unwind. The food is wonderful as is most of the staff. Yes, you're in the rich part of a rich town (so do not expect bargains). However, the food is reasonably priced for its quality (very good) and its portion size (quite large). After the food, the best thing about Joe's is the atmosphere... relaxing and congenial.

Visited March 2014
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Thank NewarkScubaDiver
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New Jersey
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137 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
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“Nice Respite from shooping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a good restaurant in regards to being convenient and having common fare.
Hamburgers are plentiful with your choice of toppings, etc. The Cobb salad was large and the people liked them.
The Roasted chicken and the Honey CHicken salads were also regarded as good by the guests.
The wait staff although cordial, a bit slower than we would have liked. THe front desk personnel were very cordial and helpful.
I would recommend this restaurant for a good salad and a good hamburger.
Please note that there are many little one's with their mothers at lunch and that the noise decibels can reach high notes.
I would return for a little of the same.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank passionrules
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