Elia

4.8
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577 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
A unique dining experience in an authentic atmosphere. Step through our doors and feel as if you have been transported to a Mediterranean island.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my second time here and I love the ambience , staff , cocktails and food. Great wine list really reasonably priced . Drinks are all high quality with fresh herbs and juices . My only complaint both times a little heavy handed with garlic , you can go over the top and impact the overall dining experience with this. Once I ate the Tarziki it had so much garlic I couldn't enjoy my wine or the delicacy of the amazing tuna dish. Otherwise it's a solid 5 star ! What a neighborhood gem!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First of all, the hostess was lovely. We were running late and it was no problem. The decor was very nice. Food was good. Loved the grilled octopus. The salads were super. Our waiter was very attentive. Good drinks. I would return.

NA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love coming to this beautiful restaurant

h
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time we had dinner at Elia. I was previous there for a business lunch. I hosted a business dinner this time. Food and Service were outstanding. Terrific appetizers, entrees, and deserts. Highly recommend.

T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome again!

v
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, Elia is a hidden gem in east Rutherford. My friends can't wait to plan another group dinner or Brunch. Adam is the best waiter ever, the entire staff is exceptional. I can't rave enough about the place

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My girlfriend and I have been there maybe 4 or 5 times. And the service has been slow to average especially getting drinks from the bar to the table. But I have to say service was much better this time around, looks like they are continuing to improve that aspect, having a drink runner is a great idea that most restaurants should adopt. The food is always delicious, the chef is well respected and excellent. All food is fresh which is great!!!

c
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience at Elia on Friday night. Awesome food - the scallop dish was really outstanding - the service was excellent and the vibe right on point - great DJ!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome We love it here , everything here is amazing we appreciate you guys have such a wonderful restaurant like that in Jersey

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Best restaurant in tri-state area excellent food great service great drinks and the decor out of this world would definitely recommend ELIA!!!

K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a wonderful dining experience. Service and food was superb. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was because we had fruit flies visiting our table. I’m not sure what could have been done about that. We will be back again and again. They have a lot of new items on the menu and we both enjoyed.

JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Continues to provide outstanding food and service.

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I ordered the lamb chops which were very tasty but the were very expensive for 3 very thin chops, I wished I called the manager over to complain when I was served or sent them back.
I’ll stick to Axia in Tenafly instead of running to Rutherford!

Elia
Responded on 27 October 2019

We appeciate your feed back. I really do wish you had said something to us while you where here because I would've explained that our lamb chops are domestic grown fom Colorado and not from New Zealand like other restaurants use. Our strive to always have the best quality sometimes it's hard not to reflect in the price. Thank you

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L
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance, delicious food & top service

T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My spot!! I feel like I am on vacation.

TB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience4

The food is excellent. The octopus, eggplant chips, and tuna were outstanding. The look and feel of the restaurant is great. Only negative was the wait staff was not attentive (and disappeared several times) for a relatively quiet mid-week dinner.

VG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

At times the kitchen seemed overwhelmed by the full restaurant. Food took a very long time and two of the four entrees where cold and lacked taste . Having eaten at Elia many times before , I will chalk this one up to the crowd and try again.

R
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Elia was a must do. We thought the food , drinks and wine list were fantastic . The salads were out of this world and the fact I could eat gluten free fried calamari had me elated .

The service was sketchy . Firstly I had to wait a half hour for my friend. I had my son sat in the lounge next to a gentleman with his daughter . The waitress waited on them ha d and foot and never once tried to serve us . I had to get up and get my own drinks.

Then the waiter was pressuring us to order all at once , wasn't checking on us . 3 x we had to ask for things ( I've , lemons etc ) but they kept trying to take our plates before we were done . It was really odd.

I would return because I loved the food so much and hope it was really just an off night.

AC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal. Our favorite spot to splurge a little, knowing we have never had a dish we didn't love. Their wine list is priced well for some of the higher end selections and their cocktails are perfectly made every time.

The wait staff is professional and attentive without being overbearing. We are always greated with a smile by the owners and made to feel welcome every time we come in.

A++

d
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

delicious fresh seafood, great menu. attentive service and nice wine list

h
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great !!! I left us in total awe. The service was excellent, the ambiance was beautiful. Again., the food was a amazing I couldn't stop talking about our experience with all our friends, coworkers and family. Definitely returning and recommending it to anyone I see. It's truly a hidden gem. The appetizer were big that we were able to share without feeling like one ate more then the other, the presentation of the food was so artistic and it tasted amazing, flavorful and truly made me feel like I was in Greece or somewhere in the Mediterranean sea.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful overall! Great food, great service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Atmosphere, food and drinks were perfect!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Here is the real taste of the fish its awesome, it's my third time here and I'll be back for sure
Food always on point the service is perfect and the decor made us feel like we in the middle of one of the island in Greece
So happy to have such an amazing restaurant like Elia in Jersey

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent as always never have had a bad experience there.

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The level of service and attention does not match the quality of the food ,high prices and lovely atmosphere

AP
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was amazing!!! Everything tasted so fresh! The place is so pretty, loved everything about the decor

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The energetic vibe at this restaurant makes for a very special fun dinner. Food was excellent, inventive, fresh and very interesting. Service skipped a beat, we waited a very long time for serving utensils, wine. Ambiance was one of the best in Northern, NJ. I would definitely go back.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! So fresh. Service is always great. Love the atmosphere and the vibe.

h
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first meal here we had a business lunch. Everyone enjoyed their food, service was outstanding. Can't wait to go back for dinner.

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food if you have the time. Service was very slow. We were there for more than 2 hours for lunch.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE THIS PLACE

GREAT FOOD. VERY FRESH. BEST SERVICE AWESOME VIBE

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful evening at Elia! The food was delish , beautiful atmosphere and the kindest staff! Looking forward to going back!

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. Everything from appetizer to dessert was fresh and elegantly prepared and served. Our waiter was friendly and not to intrusive. You feel as though you’ve stepped into a Greek marketplace. It was a wonderful dinner and the only reason it is a 4 and not 5 is because of the DJ. He was pumping out tunes the whole night. There’s no dance floor and many people were screaming above the music. There really isn’t a need for it ...quiet background music would have been sufficient. It’s an elegant Greek marketplace; not a disco. This however, would not prevent me from going back... it was that good!!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place!! Great find. Will definitely be a regular.

T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My lunch too go spot!! Excellent

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Birthday celebration

MM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing!

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience3

They were out of one of the apps we wanted to order and out of 2 of the dinners we wanted to order

Elia
Responded on 15 September 2019

Hello Jessica, we understand that you were disappointed. We strive to have the freshest ingredients and the day to day freshest fish. With that said it was a busy night and some of the house specialties tend to run out. Therefore, that's the reason we display our fish on open ice in a market style setting emphasizing our restaurants goal, of always serving the freshest ingredients. I extend my invitation for you to dine again with us and have a better experience. Management

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