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Above Restaurant and Bar
Above Restaurant and Bar
  • Address:
    1 South Orange Ave
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    South Orange
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Above Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com
  • Phone: (973) 762-2683
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday Lunch: 11:00 - 3:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am- 1:30am, Sunday: 11:30am - Midnight Late Night Menu available Tuesday- Sunday 10:00pm- Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Joe Catalano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available. Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Above has a private dining space equipped for groups of 20-40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: General Manager Mario LaVecchia (973) 762-2683
  • Entertainment: Live music Friday Nights http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/up-coming-events for more details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/up-coming-events for more information

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Valley St. / Scotland Rd.
  • Public Transit: South Orange train stop via NJ Transit Montclair Branch, Morristown Line & Gladstone Branch. Station is directly across the street from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking at rear of building. Complementary Valet service provided Friday & Saturday evenings.
A word from Above Restaurant and Bar
Above Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary American eatery.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "On a Monday afternoon at lunch, with few tables filled, the service was slow and haphazard. It took far too long for our orders to be taken. The food, when it came, was fine though nothing special, and the coffee was awful. We saw the waiter again when he brought the check. The only thing the place has going for it is the fact that there are few places to have lunch on a Monday."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "I was surprised that the menu was so extensive. Quality was good. We sat outdoors - in the non smoking area."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I was amazed at how big the menu was. I figured there was no way they could do everything well. But each of us at our dinner got something different and all loved our meals. Outdoor seating was an unexpected bonus as well. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice local spot- food is good and sitting outdoors during summer (roof top) is very nice."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I keeping coming back to the Above Reataurant because the food and service is so great. You can't go wrong picking the Above for lunch or dinner"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Service was terrible. Waiter seemed uninterested. Restaurant was not crowded at all and we still waiting a long time to be seated (even with our reservation) and to have our order taken. Food was very good, and a nice menu, but probably would not go back just because of the service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is just one of the most magical, convenient and delicious places that I have ever dined at. And even though he wasn't my waiter, Daniel was there to greet me and take a minute out to have a laugh with me and wish my wife a Happy Mother's Day. I come there and see the same staff and it is such a comfort!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "On Mother's Day, 6 of us had lunch: my mother, sister, brother, my wife and our son. 3 generations of my family. It was a VERY disappointing experience. We were seated, got our menus. It went downhill from there. We weren't served bread. We asked for lemon for our water, and got five wedges. Entrees were served, and no one asked about fresh pepper or grated cheese. We had to ask someone (not our waiter) for them. My brother's fries were nearly raw. No one came over to the table to see how things were, or if we needed anything else. My brother was upset. My sister was upset. My wife was upset. We've been to Above before, for Mother's Days and for Thanksgiving, and the experience has never been so poor. I'm disappointed and shocked."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mother's Day, we had a delightful brunch on the spacious outdoor patio. A beautiful day and good food. They have 4-5 different kinds of eggs Benedict as one of the many choices and we got three of them. One order of bread pudding for dessert was delicious and sufficient. We shall return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "love this place! great, food, vibe, and location. Can't go wrong."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I've gone to ABOVE many times since it opened. The menu has many options and reasonably priced. The ambiance is superior to any of local restaurants in South Orange. I am a huge fan of this restaurant - perfect for any occasion. I am excited that summer is coming so I can have a romantic patio dinner/lunch with my husband. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and the place itself Will return "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I've read many so-so or negative reviews, that I was a little concerned about dining here. The atmosphere is impressive and the food was very good. Not sure why all the negative reviews. The fish tacos, sushi and beet salad were all delicious and presentation was excellent. Sushi was very fresh. Entree portions were very large. The talapia and asparagus were delicious, though the rice was a bit undercooked. The mini canoli were yummy as well. Our server was friendly, but could have been a little more professional in his delivery. Not sure if this one waiter was indicative of everyone though. But, that didn't really detract from the experience. All in all we will definitely return!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "First time here- loved the food and the host staff and the decor- but our waiter was awful- he seemed to be bothered or not care that he was there and he wasn't attentive. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My daughter had the Branzino and was pleased with the fish, said rice was gooey. My rack of lamb was cooked perfectly. Mother had the salmon and found it moist and flavorful. Portions were ample. The wine was good and I enjoyed a delicious chocolate martini. Appetizers were good. We had an enjoyable meal. Criticism is with the service. We felt rushed by our waiter the who went home while we finished our desserts and coffee. The restaurant closes at 10. He was gone by 9:35. A 20% gratuity was automatically added to our check The service wasn't 20% service except for that of the young lady who was the bus person. We're not crying about tipping...just the arbitrary and mandatory way it was handled. Not sure about returning."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Based on our experience, I'd say, stick with the bar food -- that way you won't be disappointed by the good-sounding but poorly cooked entree-type food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had eaten here a few years ago and it was pretentious. The management was also disappointing This time around we found the menu very diversified and choices for all tastes and budget. One negative. The waiter clears dishes before everyone is finished dining. Management should know better. We definitely will return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The first time I went to Above, I was underwhelmed. However, since then, I've tried it a few times and the food has been quite good as was the service. I would go there more if they had better wine prices. We are spoiked here with so many BYO great restaurants, and their wine list is very high."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Greeting was pleasant, ambience was pleasant too, and the service could not have been better, BUT-- The food was very pedestrian, even mediocre. Drinks were decent sized and well prepared (one Perfect Manhattan, one Gin Martini). Then came the food. The bread was fresh, but pretty tasteless, with an almost firm crust. Empanada appetizer was 3 1/2 stars (shared). Beet salad very good. Large crab cake was very fishy -- inedible -- returned, and credited on check. Special of Beef Balsamica (sp?) was just OK. A little too sweet for my taste; mashed potatoes bland; spinach overcooked (tasted as though it had been sitting in a hot tray -- a waste of good spinach). Pricey, for what you get. An upgrade in culinary skill would help."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Watery cocktails, inattentive waiter, overpriced mediocre food, somewhat loud, and cheap placemats and utensils. On the surface, Above looks like a nice spot for a romantic dinner, excellent food or a classy night out but it's just a facade. The menu is too vast for the kitchen to master each dish and present it properly. The entrees are $5 overpriced for what you are served."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very good food and service made for a wonderful dinner. The only negative- parking - but that's for the entire town. On the flip side it's next to the NYC train - this is good. We will return"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was decent but not worth the price we paid for it. Also, I would say the service was poor, but really it was just the waiter. The staff bussing tables, filling water, etc. were very attentive. I had heard great things about this place but wasn't all that impressed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Nothing particularly special about the food or service. It feels like an upscale hotel restaurant in the lobby."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We searched for a restaurant to have dinner before a show at the SOPAC. Decided on Above because of the reviews and it's proximity to the venue. We were very please with our choice. Food and service were great! We will definitely make our way back when in the area."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Struggling to narrow the apps down for our group of four, we opted for own little "cocktail party" dinner. Six apps (and a few cocktails" made a great dinner for us. The "sun and moon" and lobster salad sushi appetizers are a must for any sushi lovers."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Upon our arrival, we decided to sit in the bar area instead of table in the dining room, it was a great choice, the high top chairs at the bar were super comfortable and our server Lisa was Fantastic! She was perfect and on top of everything, she got me what I needed before I had to ask, super attentive. The food was incredible, loved the Arugula Salad, French Onion Soup, and the Short Rib Ragu was out of this world! The only suggestion I would make is that the portions were enormous! I was full on soup and salad before my entree came out, although very reasonably priced considering how much food came out. The creme Brulee sugar top was done correctly, however the custard underneath was a little too thin. If you go, ask for Lisa!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Above is always great. The food is a step above the usual fare and they have a great drinks menu as well. Dessert is always a highlight so save room. Great outside when it is warm as well."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant on numerous occasions and I am never disappointed. There is a nice variety of food for every tat. I love their scallops dish as well as their hamburgers and their salads are excellent."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Food and ambiance were great! Would go back for the indoor and outdoor dining."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Fantastic ambiance - spacious and very pleasant atmosphere. Food is generally good but not great. Waiter was uncertain of choices on menu and needed training. Despite the problems, it's a very nice place to dine and hang out. I will return."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Beautiful bar & restaurant with upscale food & service"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food was fair, tried to be too much of an "everything" restaurant (sushi and pizza on the menu!) and was just OK overall."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We tried some different things this visit - their sushi special was delicious - very fresh and well seasoned! Salads as always were chilled, fresh and delicious. Great service, we enjoyed our meal!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "This visit lived up to our expectations. Significant improvement from our last visit three weeks ago!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I took my parents to Above for their 53rd wedding anniversary. We were seated promptly and our waiter wished my parents a happy anniversary. I never thought anyone read the notes placed on the reservation. We order sangria and it was one of the best red sangria I ever had. It wasn't watered down although it had lots of nice. Food was very good too. I am vegetarian and it was great to see I had an option too. It was the perfect local place to celebrate!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "3rd Thanksgiving visit. 4 of 5 of us had holiday menu. Butternut squash soup and mushroom bisque excellent. Potato gnocchi a bit dry, sauce delicious. Entree excellent: dark and light meat juicy, mashed sweet potatoes sublime, roasted asparagus and stuffing good. Gravy quite good, cranberry sauce fine. Desserts not as good: ice crystals in pumpkin gelato, pumpkin pie fine. Coffee lukewarm, milk cold. Overall, we enjoyed the meal. Two negatives: setting sun was directly in my eyes as we reached end of the meal, and the restaurant does not have window shades (!). ½way through our meal, another family sat next to us, and proceeded to speak in a very high volume (nothing restaurant can do about that). Pretty room, can get loud. Recommended."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Had dinner for 3 on Saturday night - they were very busy, but you always feel well attended to. The service is excellent, always refilling your water glass and checking to see if everything is OK. The appetizers came out quickly, and dinner was excellent! The stuffed lobster special was great, as was the Sea bass. Their salads are always fresh. Daniel, our server, was great, friendly and pleasant. This is one of our new favorite places to go for dinner!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Have been to Above many times for lunch and brunch and always happy with the menu selections, food quality and service. gnThis was the first time we tried it for dinner. Our party of six was seated in a comfortable corner booth and everyone was quite pleased with their choices for dinner. Cocktail menu was an inventive delight. Portion sizes are quite generous and the service was just as attentive on this busy Saturday evening as it had been for lunch and brunch thanks to our server, Joe. The only negative was that the noise level was higher, likely because the restaurant was completely full. However, it was not like some places where you cannot hear yourself think. All in all, a great evening."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Dinner was good overall. The food was good. The service was slow but average. My girlfriend and I each had apps and burgers. The burgers came out half way through eating our appetizers. It just wasn't spaced out properly. The food was overall pretty good. I would give the food a B and the service a C+ TL;DR Food: B Service: C+"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "My friend and I dine at Above at least twice a month and this last visit did not live up to the standards we have come to expect. Our hostess greeted us pleasantly but was attired in "blue jeans"!.In the absence of a uniform she could have been more appropriately attired. Our server, while pleasant, was not knowledgeable about the menu. There seemed to be a problem with the lighting in that it varied from dim to bright until we requested some consistency so we could read the menu. My meal selections were outstanding but my friend's Seafood Tower lacked flavor and was not served at an appropriate temperature."
    Dined on 10/25/2013