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Ela
Ela

Ela Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elaphilly.com
  • Email: info.ela@romanrestaurantgroup.com
  • Phone: (267) 687-8512
  • Hours of Operation: Restaurant Hours: Sunday & Monday 5:30-9pm Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday 530pm-11pm

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

    Happy Hour: Sunday- Friday 5pm - 630pm and Thurs. & Fri. 10-12pm

    Sunday Brunch 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, International, Global, International
  • 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

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 3rd streets on Bainbridge 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing food. Chef never disappoints. Second time dining here and looking forward to the third!! Foie and Banana bread course was bananasssssssssssss!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Loved the place. good food and drink, fun staff and hot hostess. Would totally give it to her."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Met 4 other women on a fridAy night. Not very busy. All of us have pretty good appetites so we ordered many small plates and opted to see how we felt after that.. Still hungry. We ordered some entries and ate some more. The portions are SMALL. Very good but small. We had a great time catching up and having some wine. We all needed to eat when we got back to our respective homes. Oh well. I don't thing I will be going with my husband - that's for sure"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Havent been here since it was Judys, Got there early and requested nice corner table. Hostess did not know what to make of my request since it was a table for 4 but we were only 2. She had to go ask another hostess finally sat us where I wanted. Order sparkling water and drinks. No Bombay Sapphire no Tanqueray 10. You have to have one of them as a bar. Had to order double of Bluecoat cuz first glass was a thimble. Waitress thinks there are 4 of us so menus are a little delayed. 1st bite very good- roasted beet tartare excellent,, 2bd bite- diver scallop “noodles” stir fry yum yum. 3rd bite - rohan duck thigh “steak also good. 4th bite - vanilla-bay ice cream warm cookie dough gooey and sweet.. Desert wine and espresso. waitress was gr8t."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Ela is a nice venue and the food is creative and good, that being said the prices are somewhat higher than expected/normal for the portions but if you go in knowing that, you should be fine."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great food, great staff Have already told a few friends that they should go there"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband and I loved Ela! It was not crowded when we arrived, so I was a little skeptical. But this place is great! We had a drink at the bar. The bar menu is creative & innovative and the bartender was very knowledgeable. Our plates were delicious and creative! The scallop "noodle" was yummy & so interesting, the beet tartar was phenomenal, and the salmon shoulder was tender & flavorful. My husband has the short rib dish and said it was fantastic. I do not know why it wasn't more crowded because it is fantastic!!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "First tried this place a few months ago after recommendations from a friend. We tried the $45 tasting menu ( 4 courses) and took advantage of the half price wine avaable in Monday nights. This time I returned with work colleagues and had the delicious lobster tagliatelle and revisited the tender duck breast. The Malbec we tried was a great accompaniment.. The dishes are sized nicely, I wasn't very hungry this time and was perfectly happy with one appetizer and one main .. Sharing some dessert. Highly recommended. Our waiter was impeccable too."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "What could we say, Jason is always spot on!!!! also has an amazing staff. I would go every night if I could."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent drinks, excellent oysters, great biscuits and marrow gravy, and a remarkably good burger."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Charming atmosphere for Sunday brunch. The service was superb! Food was very good and not long of a wait. Those who are vegetarians or vegans must check the menu prior to visit- most choices had meat."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our wait staff team headed by Jonathan were exceptional. The food was wonderful-interesting combinations of flavors, presentations and the portions were perfect for sharing. Reasonably priced and very nice wine list. We go out to eat often so we enjoy discovering places especially those that are neighborhood gems - grear experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was extremely creative and very delicious, as were the cocktails. Excellent service. Cool ambiance. A true neighborhood gem. We will return often."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was well prepared and interesting and delicious. Space a bit crowded, so was noisy and waiter kept bumping into us as he served other tables."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I really expected to hate the scallop noodles. In fact, I kind of wanted to hate them. It seemed more like a concept than a palate pleaser, but I was completely put in my place after my first bite. They were absolutely delicious. We ordered the chef's tasting AND half the menu. It was really early, so it was really slow, so they didn't mind that we did not all order the tasting. Go. Be adventurous. Enjoy."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "It Was a slow Monday but out of five items only one was very good. The rest were inventive i suppose but not especially tasty. There are so many places to have dinner in Philly that have great food. I'd never go back here."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The short rib with chestnut faro is a game changer."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I loved every morsel of food and every sip of drink I put into my mouth. Our waiter, Jonathon was easy on the eyes too!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place. The ambience is awesome and the bartender is very knowledgable, but the food was just good not great. It was also a little pricey. We did the tasting menu and I really liked two of the choices I ordered but not the other two. The salmon collar was really fishy and didn't have much meat and had a very floral orange taste. Overall, we had a nice time, but I do not think I would go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Overall this dinner was great. Nothing special on the wine/cocktail list Huge hits with the sweetbread, lamb meatballs, scalloped noodles, gnocci, and noodles in lobster sauce. Not to mention the amazing cookie dough dessert. Misses: the octopus(from someone who regularly eats it) was SO TOUGH and chewy it was almost inedible, the same for the wagyu beef, completely to tough to eat. the duck was fine just nothing special either. Overall this place is a define try!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our experience was excellent all around. We started with some very tasty cocktails, and then had the 4-course tasting menu, which was just the right amount of food. Our server was very helpful and attentive, helping us choose the right drinks and explaining the menu thoroughly. And the food was just great, especially the gnocchi, scallop noodles, duck breast, and the very decadent cookie dough with ice cream dessert. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and service were spectacular, as always. I am, however, concerned that with Billy Riddle leaving the quality of the food will drop. Only time will tell"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The servers know food and the bartenders know drinks. The plates are small but excellent and worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I loved Ela!! Amazing! Awesome! Great service and awesome food!!! Loved the diver scallop noodles, the kale salad and my fish dishes!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The entire experience at Ela was outstanding. The service could compare to the Four Seasons Fountain Room. The prix fixe was well worth it. Each plate was beautifully presented and the tastes diverse but fit together nicely."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I'm a Chip Roman fan, but this restaurant needs help. It's been revamped since I was there last. Now, they have a somewhat confusing selection of little plates, special plates, entrees. I ordered their special fish cheeks and they were dry and tough, scallop noodles were fishy and unpleasant. Uninspired short ribs. We ordered their special bourbon old fashioned. Unfortunately, the cocktail was just too sweet. I asked if they could mix in a little more bourbon. Instead they took the drink, made me wait for a new one and finally brought me a new old-fashioned with NO sugar. Didn't get the new cocktail until the appetizers were finished. It was downhill from there, you just can't recover from that type of dining experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was delicious & service was good, but the portions were tiny & it was overpriced."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food with unique dishes. All menu items were delicious.. Even the ones with (what seemed like) odd pairings. The restaurant itself is very cool inside, sort of dark with interesting lighting. Cocktail list has some unique offerings but all were delicious. Ela is definitely a foodie's dream"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Possibly the best overall meal I've had in the past year. Our server, Jess, couldn't have been better. Loved the restaurant itself, elegant and homey. My friend (a chef from another city) and I ordered the $45 tasting menu, and ordered one of their Monday 1/2 price bottles of wine. I had the monkfish, lobster tagliatelle, and the duck. The duck was a bit underseasoned for me, but otherwise spot on. I tried some of my friend's dishes, the whipped foie gras, the meatball, and a striped bass dish. All were very good. Perhaps the best part for me was a throwback to something I used to eat long ago. They had a bowl of warmed cookie dough with ice cream on top, and it was fantastic. My friend remark "Amazing". Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service couldn't have been better. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, there are serious food and drinks being served here. Wait staff is accommodating, incredibly knowledgeable and take great care in structuring your meal. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was amazing! We got the 4 course tasting menu and were so full. Loved this place. The scallop noodles were very good I've never had anything like that before."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The menu is very complicated with the result leading to a $165 bill for two people with 2 drinks each AND leaving hungry."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The portions were small, but after 4 courses, we were quite full. The food was inventive, but still very tasty. The staff was incredibly attentive. I would rate the service as the most notable feature."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went to Ela this past weekend to celebrate my boyfriends birthday and it was utterly fantastic. The dishes were imaginative, subtle, yet flavorful. I highly recommend the 6 course chef's tasting."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was very good from start to finish, chef and staff were very accommodating."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Interesting menu. A couple of dishes were lacking in flavor but the bartender makes the best old fashioned I've had in Philly yet. Great service. Try the beet tartare...I know, just try it."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Be ready for "urban" crowded dining - not much space between or around the tables! The menu is known for creativity and does deliever. We tried a lot of "seconds" and all were tasty. I have to admit that none quite achieved the amazing brilliance of Jose Andres at the Bazaar in LA which was what it felt we'd get from these other reviews. A few came close however. But what is served is fun and great and worth a visit. One note of concern - their Wine list is way too small and lacking for a high profile restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. I went with a coworker and she got a 4-course meal, I did the 5-course meal. The menu can be a little confusing at first, but the waitress was so nice explaining the menu, and helping us figure out the best course option to order based on what we were interested in. She also asked upfront if either of us had any food allergies that they would need to be aware of. The decor was beautiful, and we both agreed that this restaurant would be a perfect spot for a date or anniversary dinner. The menu is a little pricey ($120 for two, but that included drinks), BUT $60 for a 5 course meal is a steal when you really think of it that way. Highly recommend the scallop noodles, lamb meatballs, kale salad, and chicken dish!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Not much I can say aside from how amazing everything was!We did the 5 course tasting, I had the oysters, lobster tagliatelle, lamb meatballs, duck thigh and Valderano for dessert, and it is really hard to pick a favorite. If I had to, the lobster tagliatelle with shaved fennel was one of those dishes I will be dreaming of for months! The sauce was creamy, velvety and then the addition of crunchy acidic fennel perfectly complements the richness of the pasta. The duck thigh also notably had a wonderfully crispy sear on the skin, perfectly cooked and a generous portion at that! Our server was great; she was comfortable, relaxed, yet very professional and knowledgable about all of the food. Overall a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Everything was flawless. Service, food, atmosphere. Granted, it was a Monday night, and the restaurant was almost empty, but sometimes that's when service and the kitchen fall apart. Not so here. All the front of house staff had warm, attentive vibe. We had the chef choose our 5 course menu. Every course was perfectly prepared, inventive and delicious. The bar filled up as the evening progressed, which just made atmosphere more upbeat. Perfect first date."
    Dined on 2/24/2014