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Elia Restaurant
Elia Restaurant

Elia Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eliarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (718) 748-9891
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events can be held at the restaurant for 30 to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Pete (718) 748-9891

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 86th & 87th Streets
  • Public Transit: R train to 86th Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Pull up in front of restaurant and wait for valet.
A word from Elia Restaurant
Elia opened in 1998 to owners Pete & Christina Lekkas. There goal was to introduce modern Greek cooking to the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn area.They have done so to rave reviews from the local papers as well as zagat reviewers
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great. The service was great. I really enjoyed myself."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I expected great things based upon others' experiences, but found my own and that of my guests to far exceed this expectation. The service was great. The food was first class. I shall return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We dined here about 6 months ago - on a week-end in the holiday season - and found the food unspectacular. We came again - on a Thursday in June - and had a terrific dinner. Excellent grilled sea bass and excellent grilled branzino, preceded by a terrific grilled octopus salad."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Good neighborhood greek dining with owner that is very hands on."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Family oriented. Foof and Service excellent. A little pricey for what you get but since we don't eat here often still worth it because the food is so good."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you want a great meal, and especially a great fish meal, Elia can't be beat IMO. The service is excellent. The apps are terrific beginning with their grilled octopus down the list to the 'spanikopita'. Always wait to hear about the fresh fish of the day. Whatever it is they can grill it to perfection and serve it whole or boned. In addition to the fish I have had the veal chop and lamb and all are good. The wine list features Greek wines and a few others, with very reasonable prices. Your server will help with a selection but I suggest trying one of the Greek whites if you are eating fish. At any rate, I will guarantee that you will enjoy a great meal at Elia - and make sure you use Open Table to book ahead!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This place was just lovely. We were treated like old friends. The bartender and all of the staff were professional, yet welcoming. The food was very tasty and filling. Get the Saganaki...amazing! My sister who hardly ever likes anything loved the chicken dish. It was an overall wonderful evening. It would be great if they added a few more vegetarian entree options, but the Moussaka was very good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I dined here recently with some old HS friends. The room is lovely and the food is truly fantastic. Who ever is in that kitchen know quality and balance. The only glitch was the reservation. I made it on Open Table and the night of the reservation I was running late. I called the restaurant and first they didin't have the reservation, then they gave away our reservation! Needless to say, I was a bit miffed at this point but, the very lovely woman I was speaking with immediately said, "of course we'll have a table for your party." It all worked out quite well."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "If you are looking for an excellent night out and a terrific dinner, go to Elia. The food is excellent!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Food and service were both excellent...... Recommended highly.........."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Just got home from eating at Elia. Had a lovely time and meal. Wait staff were nice, food delish. Will be going back again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Love this place. Always get the special fish of the day. Have never been disappointed..the owner and his staff are very welcoming..always a great food experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This was my first dining experience at Elia and I will not be returning. The owner was loudly speaking to a group of his friends who were sitting in the back. He was using profanity and standing directly behind my chair speaking in an outdoor voice to his buddy. I was unable to focus on my meal or conversation and since the restaurant was empty, it was impossible not to hear the entire conversation. We tried to get his attention but he was so engrossed in his conversation nothing could interrupt. I'd never return after that experience."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Elia is one of our favortite restaurants in Bay Ridge. It is family owned and you always feel like you are eating at a good friend's home. The food is a cut above your typical Greek fare. Their pikilia or Greek spreads is wonderful as is the tomato salad for appetizers. Any of their grilled fish entrees are delicious. Definitely make a reservation because it is small and can really fill up, especially on weekends."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "consistently excellent, the fish dishes are outstanding as well as your standard greek specialties, no need to drive into manhattan for excellent greek cuisine"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food very good. Arni Youvestsi (braised lamb shank) was exceellent. Avgolemono soup was also a big hit. We were a party of five and everyone enjoyed their meal with no complaints. We had the Veal, lamb, chicken, steak and seafood. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We took our cousin to Elia for her birthday. It was the perfect place. The food was excellent, and our server couldn't have been sweeter. We'll be coming back many times. We have to try all the entrees!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Elia’s is always splendid. The food never disappoints, it is consistently delicious. The bread and olive oil are wonderful. We have tried the lamb, beef, chicken, fish and shrimp dishes and all have been very tasty and enjoyable. The Horyiatiki salad is best salad we have ever had.The service is superb, very professional, helpful and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The menu is limited and many traditional Greek dishes are not on it. Much of it involves fish and shellfish, which is fine. But the limited selection of mezedes was very disappointing. The grilled octopus was excellent and the roasted beets very good. But special entree of braised rabbit was good and quite expensive. It would be a fine place the dine if you lived nearby, but is not worth the major trip from Manhattan I made to try it."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It amazes me how this place is always on the mark. Just great food all the time."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "My choice for the best restaurant in Bay Ridge. Visited again with friends to celebrate a birthday. We had cod, salmon, shrimp and lamb shank at our table and all were superb. Appetizers and desert were fab as well. Do not pass this one up!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "You can not tell from the outside, but this hidden gem in Brooklyn is a wonderful dining expierence. With Zorba playing in the background, you are treated to excellent service and very good food. The lamb shank was plentiful and one of the best that I have had. The traditional Greek food was ordered by others with nothing but raves. Give this restaurant a try if you are from Brooklyn, or if you need to travel, you will find out it was worth coming to."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the service was congenial and professional. The ONLY complaint is that we were seated near a wall and there must have been a pipe there. It was REALLY hot!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We had a delicious time! All our food was well prepared. The specials were interesting and very well presented. We really enjoyed the flavor combinations."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Elia's kitchen isn't much to look at as you pass by to enter it's back garden patio. But wait until you eat what comes out of it. Everything from fresh salads and tasty appetizers to their grilled items that include chicken, shrimp (a bit overcooked, however) and succulent lamb chops. Drinks are needlessly pricey but I guess they need the money."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food and Service were great- ambiance also very nice. It was a bit pricier than expected so I'd say its a really great choice for a special nicer occassion"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "the food is consistently excellent. the grilled fish and all the greek specialities are well prepared."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Took a friend out for a birthday , I have been eaten here before and every time it's amazing. But what I like the most it's the service the staff is amazing and helpful.They helped in making this night one if the best nights."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Elia is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. We meet friends here and always enjoy the meals. Fresh ingredients, beautiful presentation and delicious ."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Superb food at this neighbourhood gem. My favourite restaurant."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "I've been to this restaurant many times for dinner and it has been wonderful. The last two visits have been very disappointing. They seem to be having problems in the kitchen and the food has not been up the their usual standards. I had the Pan Fried Cod and it was not good at all. I hope they can get back on track but I don't plan to go back anytime soon."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Elia does what it does very well: Greek food expertly and attractively prepared. Spiced well, wonderful food comes out of the kitchen promptly even on busy nights. Appetizers were succulent from the octopus to the various Greek spreads on pita. Salads were vey flavorful. Portions were ample. Our only complaint was that two rounds of drinks came to.....drumroll....$70....(yes, we're including tax and a 15% tip even though we probably left 18%-20% on the entire bill). We're not talking about a bottle of wine, just two plum vodka cocktails apiece. Now, that's just unneighborly and ridiculous to charge Madison Avenue or Park Avenue prices for cocktails in Bay Ridge. $70? So enjoy the food and watch your bill. It all adds up quickly."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "My friends and I all like the food. It's a really good experience."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "This is my second time at Elia. The first time was an afternoon baby shower and it was such an intimate and family like experience that we decided to return for a small family gathering. They do not rush you,and the waiters are not on top of you, but they seem to be there when you need something. Great balance! Food was good, they do change they way they prepare their dishes a bit, so you may not get the same exact thing if you return, so always ask. Love the spanakopita!! The fried calamari, good!. I had the chicken dish and it was very good too. Overall, we did enjoy our experience and I will return for dinner again. Parking is a bit hard , but I do believe they have valet : ) We were lucky to find parking right away."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "It's a little touch of Greece in Bay Ridge....Food is outstanding....My favorite is Thalasino Yuvetsi which is similar to a seafood stew, full of clams, mussels,shrimp,and huge scallops with saffron....Simply out of this world...The service is impeccable...The ambiance is very warm and cozy..."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "Food was amazing. Will definitely go back and recommend this restaurant to all. Service was great. My favorites are the Mussels, Tomato Salad and Lamb Chops."
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Elia's is a very good Greek restaurant in Bay Ridge that we would return to and recommend to our friends"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Best Greek food I have ever had. Been here several times and each time better then the previous."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "The food was delicious, the fish was fresh. Great salads and dips! Service was ok, not super friendly but not bad. Very romantic spot. We were there twice, and we will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "Unusual high end Greek cuisine in a lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 8/6/2013