Elia

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534 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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4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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 4 days ago

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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DI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as isual

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, excellent service, beautiful place, but it was freezing. Also, despite me informing the manager that it was our anniversary, he didn’t waive the price of our $10 dessert on a two hundred check. It would have been much appreciated. Left a little bad taste in my mouth (pun intended) .

BP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meals—all four of Us had fish—were outstanding
Beautiful place with very attentive and helpful staff.
We’ll definitely be back. Only negative was noise level picked up when DJ started playing, but we were still able to talk.

TC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good dining experience. Went to Elia with family for a 79 birthday / 59 year anniversary along with a 50 year birthday. Food and service was excellent.

CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Server was so attentive and polite! Definitely a repeat place!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and service is great. Pricey but worth every penny. The one thing that really distracted from the great experience was the Dj that blasted music. Way too loud.

v
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Where has this restaurant been the whole time I lived in NJ.? I can't believe that my husband and I just found this place.. what a hidden gem. I can't wait to bring more friends and family to eat here. And once again we had Adam as our host and server and he was amazing.

ME
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food n service, We loved it!
Will definitely be back again!

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Ambiance and atmosphere is nice for special occasions or date night. Valet was easy, host was welcoming and accommodating to our additional guest, DJ played great beats to accompany the atmosphere without drowning out the ability to have a conversation, server was attentive, food came out hot and well seasoned, and overall a wonderful experience. The food is good but not at the quality level that one would expect for the price. Entrees were just ok.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a beautiful evening at Elia as we celebrated my mom’s birthday! The cuisine is elegant and tasteful, each dish carefully constructed to perfection! The staff is welcoming and hospitable and we cannot wait to return to “Greece!”

MZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous foods, excellent service... everything you want an upscale restaurant to be!!!

NA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s a lovely restaurant for any occasion

LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We were impressed with the atmosphere at this restaurant. The food was very good especially the fresh pita bread, the zucchini and eggplant chips and the mousakka balls. Very attentive service as well. We ordered the lemon potatoes was looking forward to trying them but they forgot to bring them out. They offered to bring them but we were full anyway so told them to take them off the check. We dined on a Sunday evening and the music playing was not too loud and we were able to enjoy family conversation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

AG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have been here 4 times in the past year. We have yet to have a bad meal/ appetizer
Love this place

s
New York Area
250 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Greek rest in Bergen county, especially for gluten free people

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Elia to a friend...even a stranger ! I haven't be here since last summer and I was just as impressed as I was the first time I went.
I drove passed in the beginning of the week and saw they finally had outside seating and I called my girlfriends right away. We were waiting for this day to come.
We had Adam as our server. He was amazing! Attentive, great sense of humor, great knowledge of the menu.
For apps we have the grilled octopus, zucchini and eggplant chips, tuna tartar, and the seafood tower. We probably should've stopped at the apps, but our eyes are bigger than our stomachs :) . I had the swordfish special for dinner which Adam recommended. My friend ordered the Delmonico steak with blue cheese crust. She loved it as well.
Cocktails were delicious as well! Food portions are just right.

The only thing I would suggest is to put speakers outside so the outside guests can enjoy some music... would definitely make a difference for the vibe.

Love this place and will definitely be back soon! Thanks again for the delicious food and great service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and incredible ambiance. Service was on point. Loved that they brought fresh silverware between courses as they should. Noted! Craft cocktails were incredible and the food was on point !

A
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Elia very much. The place is beautiful and the noise level low. Very comfortable.
Outstanding food - the halibut was great. Looking forward to going again.

v
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing little gem. I live in Secaucus a few miles away and. never knew this restaurant existed. The service amazing, our waiter Adam was professional, nice and a great host. The food outstanding. my husband and I have eaten everywhere and we thought the food was amazing. We really look forward to exploring the menu further and soon. Great food and great service, the perfect combination.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent dinner! Great service! Went early so noise level was low. Can’t wait to return!

ML
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Elia never disappoints. The freshness of the food, the personalized service and the bright, calm environment. I look forward to my next visit!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This time we decided to try their Mediterranean Crudite special as well our favorite Eggplant & Zucchini Chips. The smoked eggplant dip was phenomenal!! Another great meal at Elia. Love, love, love this place.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elia was great as always my wife and I went a little earlier then we usually do and as always Elia does not disappoint. I had one if there specials tonight - bone in New York strip with crab Mac and cheese by far the best Mac and cheese I’ve had yet.

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent like always!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's my new spot in Jersey. I'll be back soon

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fortunately food was good but a bit overpriced, especially for East Rutherford, NJ.... please this is not Manhattan.

Service was also very good early on, but our waiter was MIA later in the evening.

Unfortunately, management prefers to cater to a non-existent clientele rather than the clients that are actually at the restaurant.

Myself and my three other guest were one of the only few occupied tables remaining in the establishment at approx 11pm when the resident private Idaho DJ decided to crank up the club music.

When exiting I asked the Matre’D / manager / wannabe nightclub impresario, if the restaurant becomes an after hours Club because the music was so loud. When he chuckled and indicated because it was summer it was a bit slower than usual but they typically get a late crowd until 3am.

Apparently he seemed more concerned with pleasing people that were not present rather than the people that were present as he didn’t realize the loud music might be a bit overwhelming for the few remaining guests as my question seem to go over his head. I made on over the head gesture on my way out. At which point he seemed to have seen this gesture previously and understood what the gesture meant but unfortunately did not seem to grasp why.

So, if your looking for an overpriced NJ restaurant that wishes it was a hip night club then this is the place for you

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is expensive but worth it! Absolutely delicious! The place itself is beautiful. My family had just recently came back from Greece and they said it definitely captured the country’s aesthetic. Service was wonderful and very attentive. I recommend going here for a special event.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic!!!! I love it there. Have been going for a year now. My favorite restaurant in the area.

GG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The weather was nice so we were able to eat outside - good thing because the inside of the restaurant was FREEZING. Food was delicious but the service was not good. After we ate our appetizer we waited for over 40 minutes for our fish to arrive. I asked the waiter 2 times and each time he assured me it was on it's way. When it finally arrived it was delicious, but it was too long a gap between courses - with no waitstaff checking in on us. I had to go out of my way to get their attention. So I would go back because the food was outstanding, but only when the weather is nice and I can eat outside AND I do not have somewhere I need to be at a certain time after dinner!

T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and the ambiance is the best in New Jersey. Yes to going back with friends!! Thank you

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Service and food quality does not justify the prices.
Not traditional greek food and i am a greek.
The fish was swimming in sauces
Overall very dissapointing

Elia
Responded on 4 August 2019

Dear Mr. John, As a fellow Greek I feel sadden that you feel that way. After speaking to the waiter I am surprised that you didn't bring this to our attention when you where here so we can rectify the situation. As not being traditional Greek I am puzzled as we never portray that we are traditional but meditteranean modern cuisine as you know the last two times you dined with us. We would love to service you again and invite you to be our guest for dinner so you might change your opinion.

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A
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Freshest fish in NJ and what a beautiful space. Definitely doesn't feel like you are in East Rutherford from the minute you pull up. The outside dining area is sexy and the DJ is the perfect touch for a Friday night out. Will be back to enjoy the outside next time!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place!! Amazing food! Amazing service! Amazing ambience!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elia was amazing as always. Tried the stuffed figs for the first time tonight and they were out of this world... highly recommend. My server Michael was outstanding and very knowledgeable.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything is perfect, surprised to have such an adorable restaurant in Jersey👌👌
Delicious food ,amazing vibes, beautiful decor, plus responsible and knowledgeable service(Adam was my server)
Definitely we will back soon😊😊

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for business meetings! Came here with a few of my colleagues. All three of us ordered off of the pre-fixe menu. The food and service were wonderful. Absolutely will be back.

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