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Above Restaurant and Bar
1 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
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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
Above Restaurant and Bar -
Best Restaurants in South Orange
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
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 10/11/2013
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 9/27/2013
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