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Above Restaurant and Bar
1 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
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Above Restaurant and Bar Details
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
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contemporary American, American, Sushi
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
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
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
Valley St. / Scotland Rd.
South Orange train stop via NJ Transit Montclair Branch, Morristown Line & Gladstone Branch. Station is directly across the street from the restaurant.
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 Winner
Great for Lunch
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
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
Nothing particularly special about
the food or service. It feels like an upscale hotel restaurant in the lobby."
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
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
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
Food and ambiance were great!
Would go back for the indoor and outdoor dining."
Dined on 1/19/2014
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
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
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
Beautiful bar & restaurant with
upscale food & service"
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
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 10/26/2013
We have dined at Above many times.
In the past the service was often slow and in attentive. This time it was very good and the dining experience was most enjoyable. The food was also delicious."
Dined on 10/13/2013
Hadn't visited in several months
but noticed the restaurant is a lot more noisy. Food is still very good but slipping slightly - love the dynamite roll but it was not quite as fresh as previously and the shrimp abnd scallop curry was just so-so........."
Dined on 10/12/2013
I have been going to Above for
over three years for brunch and dinner. Each visit has been consistently good. The menu is varied and presented with class. The wait staff is always attendant without being intrusive. Will keep coming back to enjoy the experience!!"
Dined on 9/28/2013
I arrived for brunch solo. The
reception was gracious. The waiter was attentive. The shrimp tempura was delicious. The fried calamari was average. My experience was wonderful. I am definitely going back again."
Dined on 9/21/2013
After seeing this resturaunt on
Open Table, my husband and I decided to give it a whirl since it was less than five minutes from our home. To our surprise and delight it was quite good! Portions are large...I had enough for 2 more meals! Wine by the glass selection was very nice...unexpected variety. It was a bit priceier that I expected for the neighborhood. Overall the staff is welcoming and nice. It's definitely worth a try!"
Dined on 9/28/2013
We had dinner recently at Above.
The service was excellent, the food was fresh and very well prepared. They did not rush you but were attentive and expedient in their service. They have a very varied menu, so something is available for everyone. The stuffed lobster was excellent, as were the salads. they have a great rooftop garden which is lovely to sit out on. /Nothing to improve upon, we enjoyed our visit and will return soon."
Dined on 9/15/2013
Got together with a long-standing
friend for one of our infrequent dinners. We really enjoyed ourselves. The food was very good, the restaurant wasn't very noisy so we could catch up and we weren't rushed through the meal. Just to add to our enjoyment -- the desserts were sinfully delicious! We'll be back."
Dined on 9/12/2013
GOOD: Our food was delicious and
served hot. Our server was courteous and attentive. Variety of menu foods was great. BAD: Upon asking for an outdoor table(to enjoy a warm summer evening) we were seated on the patio by the commuter train tracks [other patio closed-private party]. I jumped when a commuter train barreled past us at high speeds. I lost count after 7 trains.The only light when it got dark, was from the train station lights -ambiance turned into eerie. UGLY: I put up with lighting & noise of trains; shocked @ cigarettes in dining area, then 2 men lit cigars 12 ft away from us, our ABOVE experience was over and ruined. RESULT: Celebrating our family's special occasions was memorable for all the "wrong" reasons! Thank you"
Dined on 9/4/2013
located directly above a fabulous
gourmet market, Above sports a very diverse menu excellent wine list and fast attentive service. For those who like to dine out doors in the warm weather there is a rooftop garden that occasionally has live music. We wen for our anniversary and once again had a great experience this being the 3rd time we have dined there. Recommend the Sea Bass!"
Dined on 8/25/2013
Food was very good. Our waiter
brought sliced italian bread, a plastic cup of olive oil and wrapped pads of butter to the table. We thought that was a little tacky for such a nice restaurant."
Dined on 8/23/2013
Ok...the last time we visited
Above we were greatly disappointed and planned NOT to return...but we decided to give them one more additional try before we wrote them entirely off our "Places to Dine" list...The short rib - again - looks and taste like Pot Roast to me - but it was good...its presented with a bone that can only be described as a dinosaur finger or something....lol...the mash potatoes were ok and the broccoli was tasteless...My partner had the filet mignon ...he said it was excellent and the bed of asparagus and pototoes that it was served with was also nice...Service was pleasant..."
Dined on 7/28/2013
I've been to Above several times
and it is always a fine dining experience. The daily specials are usually worth the visit!"
Dined on 7/17/2013
It was fairly quiet, so we were
able to have appetizers & drinks outside, and move into the bar for dinner. Like the smoking option. Calamari with several different dipping sauces was fun, the calamari were cooked well, but it was too greasy, and the breading suffered. The multitude of servers was a bit confusing, but all went smoothly nonetheless. The pork pasta ragu had mixed reviews, but was enjoyed by the diner who ordered it; the lobster ravioli was tasty, but the sauce was too thick, as was the pasta. Loved the beet salad, but craved something crunchy like walnuts. The Ceasar salad was mediocre at best. The service, good; the martinis, great; the place is beautiful, although the bar tables are limited by design. We'll return, but $$$."
Dined on 7/4/2013
We have been to Above several
times and each time we dine there, the food and service are consistently good. I had an appetizer of Clams Oreganato and for dinner I had Veal Milanese. Both were delicious. Everyone in our party was happy with their food and our waiter was very attentive."
Dined on 7/7/2013
Nice variety of meat, seafood,
creative salads & soups. Food is almost always outstanding -- scallops over risotto were slightly overcooked, but duck was delicious."
Dined on 7/4/2013
All went well and I will be back
again. A few pointers to our waiter, when there is an absence of people, there is no reason to rush people to order, eat, and pay bills. It is understandable when there are a lot of people waiting to eat; my party and I felt rushed and uncomfortable at times due to the barrage of questions and hovering. Other than this, the restaurant is awesome, the atmosphere is pleasant and the food is great."
Dined on 6/28/2013
If you're looking for an upscale
place with great food, service, and atmosphere - look no further."
Dined on 6/30/2013
Atmosphere is lovely Great for
large groups as well as smaller more initmate groups. Service can improve a bit. There is a very large menu with many choices for everyone."
Dined on 7/1/2013
We liked this restaurant on this
evening more than the last 2 imes there. The food and service was really great. My son is a picky eater and they made him a hamburger which isn't on the menu."
Dined on 6/22/2013
I took my wife here for her bday.
Had a great time place was beautiful and the service was great! There was a lot more seafood on the menu than I expected but still all good."
Dined on 6/21/2013
Great evening with friends, food
was good and portions for mains were pretty big. Service was ok, even if it took a little bit of time to get the waiter's attention at the beginning. The menu has changed significantly since a few months ago and although there is plenty of choice, it's not as inventive and interesting as it used to be Remains a great neighborhood restaurant"
Dined on 6/21/2013
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