Ela
Ela

Ela

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elaphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2676878512x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Restaurant Hours: Sunday 5:30-9pm Monday-Friday 5:30pm-10pm; Saturday 530pm-11pm

    Bar Hours: Sunday 10:30-2:30 and 5:00-12pm; Monday-Thursday 5pm - 12am; Friday and Saturday 5pm - 2am

    Bar Menu Hours Sunday 9pm-12am; Monday-Thursday 10pm-12am; Friday and Saturday 11pm-1am

    Happy Hour: Sunday- Friday 5pm - 7pm and Thurs. & Fri. 10-12pm

    Sunday Brunch 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Cichonski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Private parties and dinners
    For more info email: info.ela@romanrestaurantgroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bainbridge Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private lot on the lower corner of 3rd and Bainbridge;
    Private Lot located between 4th and 5th street on Bainbridge street. Parking Garage on 3rd street just north of south street.
    On-street parking where available.
A word from Ela
In November of 2011, chefs Jason Cichonski and Chip Roman partnered to open Ela, an inventive new American bar and restaurant in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood. Ela showcases 27-year-old Cichonski, who Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan called “one of our most exciting young chefs,” is combining an approachable menu of innovative dishes with an extensive wine and craft beer program and inspired cocktail list in a rustic-modern setting.
“Creatively, it’s wonderfully freeing to prepare food that doesn’t fit into any one genre or style; this is seasonal food, using exceptional ingredients, prepared perfectly,” says Chef Cichonski. Ela is a serious-yet-comfortable restaurant with a menu that that changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the latest offerings.
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Ela reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (58)special occasion (40)romantic (29)great for brunch (16)hot spot (15)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • awesome
    AlwayslookingfornewVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As someone that frequented July's years ago, this new restaurant outlook is terrific. The ambiance is excellent. Food was terrific, especially the scallops made into pasta. A place you must try. Biggest issues, noise level was a challenge as well as parking unless a lot is available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ela was excellent
    bjb1VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had very good food. As expected it leans a little toward precious, but everything was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another winning meal
    KaraVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always love Ela and this weekend was no different. We had friends in from out of town, and everything was perfect. The scallop noodles were a wonderful surprise for our guests - they are amazing every time! As always, the service was impeccable with knowledgeable staff, explaining everything, but without the pretension you find at some places. Every morsel, from the focaccia to the baked chocolate cookie dessert, perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Type of place to discover
    Footahead
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First time at Ela. A very enjoyable dining experience. Menu interesting, creative, and appears to be updated frequently. Ambience was relaxed with just the right amount of background noise. Service was a tad too attentive, but was relaxed considering it was a busy Friday evening. Biggest drawback is parking in the area (found lot but expensive).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Suzie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Happy to have discovered Ela on a recent Philly trip. Just delicious and very attentive and knowledgeable, friendly service. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for weekday or weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a great experience with the Monday night $30 tasting menu and half priced bottles of wine. Fabulous service and a quieter environment than you'd get on the weekend. Service was phenomenal and staff was very knowledgeable about every cocktail, wine, and dish. This was our second time dining at Ela and we'll definitely be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great spot
    luvnewplaces
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    food, service, ambiance, wine were all excellent. the dishes were done with hen he blamed it all on me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Equisite Food, Outgageous Noise
    HansTheChef
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had one of the most inspired dinners in several years at Ela. I chose the chef's 6 course tasting menu. After giving Jessica, the server a few guidelines, the chef created one flavor and ingredient course after another that was equal to or better than the previous. Thankfully, I dined alone. My friend could not join me. If she had joined me there wasn't any way we could have held a conversation. The noise level at Ela like so many other restaurants was overpowering. I measured the maximum volume rating at 110dB - the same as a gasoline chainsaw at 1 meter. I'm not picking on Ela specifically. Why do restaurants design such inhospitable atmospheres? The loudest choice above for Noise Level is Energetic. What?!?! How about Insane?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    KS18
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food, drinks and atmosphere at Ela were great. Our server was knowledgeable but unpretentious. Each dish was a work of art. If I have one criticism it would be that although there were vegetarian options, they were not as enticing as the seafood and meat options. If I had been dining with a vegetarian, they might have felt like their options were an after thought.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coming from Spruce St Harbor Park
    LongtimeOTVIPVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant is an easy stroll from Penn's Landing and presented a nice casual atmosphere for summertime. They offer outdoor seating with tables along Bainbridge. The highlight of our meal was our server Alex; he did a fantastic job explaining the menu and guiding us through our experience. Ela offers nice specialty cocktails and wines by the glass. We decided on the 5 course tasting so we could control our choices. All that were excellent included the peach soup, heirloom salad, crudo, scallop noodles and gnocchi. The octopus and duck thigh steak were very good. Trout was a little disappointing. Desserts (panna cotta and butterscotch cookie soup) were also very good. Excellent coffee! Very relaxed, not rushed, thank you Alex & runners!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    moon1990
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went to a COOK event earlier in the week and had such a great experience, we made a reservation for 7/27. Although we didn't have the same dishes, the food was still great. We went a la carte so my wife had the roasted duck dish and I had the PA trout dish. Both were extremely delicious. I highly recommend having dinner here at some point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodisart
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Good, interesting menu and food. The service was informative, gracious, knowledgeable and patient. I would return and can recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good then not so good
    SamKG
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was the second time we dined here. The food was fine while we were eating it, but our whole party felt ill afterward and for 2 days following our meal. Not sure if it was us, or the food. We really enjoyed the gazpacho and the strawberry rhubarb soup. It was also really empty for a weekend night. We love BlackFish and Mica. Not sure what happened.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    BEST brunch I've had in a long time. Exactly what i'm looking for when I go. You can tell the chef truly appreciates what goes into his food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food & Service
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Unique food and very knowledgeable wait staff. Superb meal --
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting
    PHILLY4
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was good, small portions, which I like. The servers were nice, and I would go back. My cocktail was refreshing. It was kind of empty in the restaurant but maybe because it was only 6 pm on a Friday. I hope more people try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great and different food.
    MetzVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was different and excellent. Flexibility to mix and match courses on tasting menu was appreciated. Only complaint was small and expensive drinks and wine. Insult to injury was $3 surcharge on an already $14 drink to have it "up in a martini glass". $17 for a small "martini", I felt like I was in NY!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In the groove!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our second trip to Ela (party of 5) was a major success, just like the first. All in our group had 4 courses and the food drew accolades from everyone. Notable dishes occured in each course -- too many to describe here. Conclusion -- order anything on the menu and you will be impressed. Ela has become one of Philly's best restaurants. Good show!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • docdocVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Absolutely love this place. Everything about it manages somehow to be u pretentiously outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • extra care
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food and ambience was great. Our server took extra care, once he knew my boyfriend had a food allergy. He reviewed the menu with the chef and then returned to go over the ENTIRE menu with us. We both appreciated his thoroughness, which allowed us to enjoy a meal without any disappointments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service at Ela was perfect - attentive and informative. The food was all unique and flavorable. Loved the ambience and location. Perfect date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Ela on 6-25-14. The food was perfect and the descriptions as it was served greatly added to the experience. We also appreciated that Ela helped us have an exciting meal for the three of us who wanted it and simpler fare for our less adventurous eater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!!!!!
    Luv4food
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Enjoyable experience from the time we entered to the time we left. Food was amazing and each plate had a life of its own. The shrimp and rice dumplings and crudo were exquisite. Cookie Dough was a great ending to our dining experience. Highly recommended. Will definitely be returning. Will be looking forward to trying out the weekend bar scene and bar menu!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Cityfood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We ate here after our wedding with two of our family members from out of town. We all loved our food and the service was extraordinary. Our neighbors had sent us a bottle of champagne which arrived at our table as soon as we sat down. We continue to be amazed at the combinations, techniques and overall quality of the experience at Ela.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a bit disappointing
    Warren
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've heard nothing but raves about Ela and after a long wait, finally made it to the restaurant. While there is clearly inventiveness on the menu, I think the food sounds better as described on the menu than actually executed. Dish after dish, the flavors never fully came together in a satisfying way and where I hoped I was going to be dazzled, I was just mildly satisfied. In short, the restaurant is fine, but there are more exciting alternatives out there in Philly right now.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay
    Finest
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my boyfriend for dinner... the service was great, but the food was fair.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Furby
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I've gone to Ela about 6 times since early September 2013. I highly recommend the food. The service is also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new favorite Philly restaurant
    docdocVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had the best meal. Everything about it was outstanding, from the fabulous cocktail to the kale salad that I wish I could have every day, to the other unpretentiously creative courses to the cookie dough dessert of my dreams...Terrific service, comfortable and esthetic atmosphere. Again, unpretentiously so. Thinking about throwing my big birthday party there this summer. Such a happy discovery!!! A true gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DosahahoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our table was in the darkest corner of the restaurant. We could barely read the menu. The food was not that special. Third bites were the best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and beautiful
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The chef at this restaurant is truly talented. The food was perfectly prepared, and artfully presented. The portions seem small, but I think that's because we're used to getting huge portions these days. Our party of 4 all got the 4 course meal, and it was just the right amount of food. The mixed drinks are also excellent. Our waiter was excellent, as well. They accommodated our collection of food allergies with no problem. All around, we were very happy with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    DAsh
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    very small portions. 1st and 2nd courses were nice, yet very small. Entres were not good. Duck steak was cut up into little pieces and skin fat wasn't rendered out. Desert was bad. Coockie dough was salty, and I have a heavy palate for salt. It also melted the icecream that came with in seconds. The panacotta in a mason jar was waaay to stiff, closer to thick pudding than gelatin. At $45 a person, with the total coming to $122 with coctails, I felt robbed. Wouldnt recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW oh WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    What an amazing experience - I can't remember the last time we so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The bartender is incredible - perfect summer drinks! I don't have the words to describe the food - don't miss the scallop "noodles" and the salmon cheeks. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service above and beyond
    anonymoose
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our meal was good. The service was however excellent. I had mentioned on our reservation that it was our anniversary. The first thing our waiter did was wish us a happy anniversary. He accommodated our pescatarian needs, made a great wine recommendation, and was on top of everything. I wish I could remember our waiters name. I'm pretty sure he had a bun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT-Glad we finally got here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have been wanting to try Ela for some time now. And my birthday happened to be the occasion we chose to finally go. My husband and I were both so glad we did. Everything was excellent!!! From the food - to Zack, our server, we had an outstanding experience. We chose the 6 course Chef tasting menu and were blown away. I highly recommend the scallop noodles and the wild boar whenever they are offered on the menu. There was a fois gras soup which was decadent - smooth as velvet and with a surprising crunch from a cornbread crumble. Every component of each of our dishes worked beautifully together and was delicious. We will absolutely be returning to Ela - hopefully very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique, enjoyable meal
    Samsmom1127
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My daughter and I enjoyed the five course menu at Ela. The food was "different" but not ridiculous or pretentious. The stand-outs for us were the salmon collar "kitchen cut", the octopus, the duck thigh, and interestingly, the tuna which is not something we always enjoy. The cocktails were wonderful and the wine list is not long, but had some very nice choices. In particular, my daughter had a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand that was wonderful. We will definitely return to Ela, and will probably try the chef's tasting menu next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant food and place
    appreciategoodrestaurants
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great use of ingredients with varied tastes. Kale salad & beet salad good. Fluke good. Foie gras great, fennel puree light, jam a nice counter. Gnocchi light, full of flavor, winner. Scallop noodles and mushroom noodles good. Shrimp rice won ton so-so, flavors did not work with other dishes. Salmon collar the same, bit harsh on flavor given the subtle tastes in other dishes, beware bones. Lancaster chicken great - moist and flavorful. Duck good if you like smoke. Chocolate chip cookie dessert good, strawberry rhubarb soup better as crisp. "The chef would prefer" - didn't care for this line. Menu offered 4/5/6 course menus & ala carte. If a restaurant requires patrons to purchase a menu, then don't offer ala carte. Hard to find parking.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My mom LOVED The Mother's Day Brunch! For a lady who never steps out of the box and is so picky when it comes to food, I was surprised she would like anything on limited menu but she nearly licked the plates clean!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food okay... Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our second visit. It was not as good as our first visit. We were running late and called to say we were. We were clearly being rushed to accommodate the next reservation. If this was the case, I wish we would have been told that our reservation coukd not be held. Service was good, just rushed. Food was good, not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cool spot
    8675309
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    nothing but good things to say about ela. great food, appropriately priced and pleasant staff. if you haven't been, i recommend you try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was rude
    Jackie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We were asked to move from our table at 9:15 as we were finishing dessert because a large party was coming in. The restaurant was half full and no such party was in evidence. In 40 years of dining I have never had such a rude experience. I felt rushed thru the whole meal and it was not even a weekend
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