Ella Restaurant + Bar
Ella Restaurant + Bar

Ella Restaurant + Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ella-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6148554600x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday -Thur: 5 - 9 pm Fri- Sat 5 - 10 pm
    Lunch : Mon- Fri 11 - 3 pm
    Happy Hour Menu 3 - 6:30 Mon- Sat
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Travis Hyde
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Let ella cook for you.



    ella offers catering options perfect for your special event including business lunches, dinners, parties catered in your home, in ella or on our patio and even private events hosted at Hayley Gallery.



    Our menu is deliciously diverse, from Antipasti Displays to Sambuca Steamed Mussels to Parmesan Roasted Salmon and Steak & Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta and Pesto Grilled Rack of Lamb.
  • Special Events: Sumptuous Brunch served Easter Sunday and Mother's Day
    Special Menus - Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 161
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in our safe private lot plus on street parking available.
A word from Ella Restaurant + Bar
Ella Restaurant + Bar incorporates the finest local ingredients into made-from-scratch soups, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts resulting in a delicious fusion of chef-inspired Eclectic American Cuisine.



The sumptuous bar is the perfect place to relax and meet friends while enjoying a local craft beer, cocktail, martini or wine.



seasonally changing menu


Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3 - 6:30 pm features drink and appetizer specials to enjoy in the restaurant or on our beautiful patio.



Adjoining ella is Hayley Gallery, New Albany's award winning art gallery. Stroll through the gallery before or after dinner while enjoying your favorite beverage.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Ella Restaurant + Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.6
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)great for outdoor dining (12)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (6)romantic (4)special occasion (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Friday Sept. 26
    Calmseaz
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Party of three. Table was ready 15 min after our Open Table reservation. Table surface sticky, no table cloth, VERY noisy so that normal conversation not practicable, all members of our party very pleased with their meals. Might have stayed for more drinks but too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Moving up
    Ben5104VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    They improve every time we dine. Fish was fresh and the use of local is commendable . Service is perfect and the wine selection is first rate
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always tasty and service is good!
    seniordiva
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love being there and will return when I can..............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fabulous!
    EMc13
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ella is definitely one of the best restaurants in the area. Food is always amazing! Staff is on the ball and full of energy. Love supporting local.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food and drinks, seemed a little pricey but it was good food -- love that it's all local. We are not into art so the gallery did not interest us, but there is an art gallery to enjoy while waiting for your food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NuggetVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The lunch choices were beautifully plated. The Eat Local mantra is so very evident. How charming to find yourself sitting on the outdoor patio with a flourishing garden at your side. We enjoyed our conversation with the "ice cream chef." His "indulgences " alone will certainly initiate a timely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impressions
    diner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The grilled salmon brochette was tender and delicious. There was an excellent selection of ice cream for dessert. For the outdoor dining, there was live music that was wonderful. The staff was not particularly hospitable which is the reason for my lower rating in service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Festive atmosphere, low key with good food and wine. Planning another visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night
    Foodie1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good food however my Wahoo (fish) was so dry it was hard to swallow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wahoo!
    FishLoverVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We LOVE Ella! We always have fun and always great food and drinks! This time, we had the wahoo (Hawaiian fish) and the asparagus tart. Ella also has wonderful vegetarian selections. We also enjoy the bar very much--welcoming bartenders, excellent drinks and excellent bar menu!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 132 reviews are from the Ella Restaurant + Bar reviews archive.
  • Very good and getting better
    ajaxVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Very good restaurant that keeps getting better. We shared olive and biscuit appetizers and had four different entrees: steak, salmon, cheese brochettes, and asparagus tart. Each well prepared and delicious. We split an outstanding and unique carrot cake as dessert. Service was very good, despite server handling table of 12 at same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab cakes in Ohio?
    RabidAntsVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The crab cakes were a special the night we dined at Ella and they were marvelous; having dined on crab cakes near Annapolis, Maryland for 20 years this is no small endorsement. They were as good if not better than the crab cakes I have feasted on for years. The sides were inventive and delicious. If this is any indication of quality everything else is worth a try. We will be back. And the wine list was very good...Cakebread Chardonnay, yum!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average food
    Elbow
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Service was excellent friendly and attentive. I enjoyed the food, however, we had fried zucchini the batter was extremely greasy and the zucchini Soggy.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good
    michael
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was good and service was excellent. Not over the top dining for the price thiugh. Will go again but not on our regular list.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner at Ella. The asparagus tart was the best vegetarian entree I have ever had. Everyone in our group enjoyed going there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Noisy, Inconsistent
    Bobcat
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We have been to Ella several times and it has to be said they are inconsistent with service. This time, except that we had a coupon, that we laid out on the table from the start, and the waitress rung up the bill without it and had to do it over again, the service was above average. The food is good; we had prime rib and chicken. It is always VERY NOISY. Art gallery next door is a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening with Friends
    IceCreamMan
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My wife and I and two other couples enjoyed a wonderful evening. Even with a party of six, we were seated at exactly the time of our reservation in a booth. Our server, Chris, was friendly, helpful, and very knowledgable about all segments of the menu - wine, meals, everything. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was great. Thank you, Ella for a great evening with friends. P.S. I know it's almost spring, but please keep the Autumn Risotto on the menu - it's out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lock gem
    biztrvlr
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Food was excellent and always is. Service is impeccable and always is. Specials are always unique and delicious. Wine list is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, Quiant, delicious
    FoodieThatsME
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This gem in New Albany is great. I live a little north of New Albany and like good restaurants and don't mind driving to Short North, but it's nice to have an option of a restaurant with just a high caliber up north. Delicious menu and friendly staff. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Poor service.
    Jy123
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Great food. Service was slow. We had a party of 8. There were only 10 other people in the restaurant but our waitress was difficult to find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    TerryK
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very good food - lots of unique choices. We went kinda basic - the Burger was excellent, including their home-made BBQ chips. And while the kiddies would like the Mac-n-Cheese, it's a great adult meal too - very rich and tasty - we got the pulled pork add-on - great choice! And the Chocotini was a delightful start. We were first-timers- and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place! Have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Love this place! Have been visiting since its opening 2 years ago. Chef Hyde's menu is creative and the food and service are consistenly excellent. Also, really like that most everything used including some of the alcohol is from Ohio, which showcases the excellent extent of the high quality products available in this rich agricultural state. New Albany is very lucky to have this little gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service!
    alwaysoutVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had an excellent meal here. I currently am unable to use my right foot due to surgery and have to use a little scooter. The restaurant staff was more than accommodating making sure I got in and was seated comfortably. The food and service were both excellent. I highly recommend the mussels. I love mussels and I am very picky about them. The sauce was incredible and mussels were fresh. We will definitely return..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    DateNite
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's dinner. Food was excellent and the service was awesome. The menu had wine pairings for all items, and we went with the suggested wine. Good choice!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Unfortunately our experience at Ella's was not very enjoyable. The restaurant was very noisy and there were way too many tables crammed into a small space. The service was adequate at best, and the food was average; for the price we did not feel it was a good value, especially compared to other restaurants in the area. We were a small group of 6 that meet for dinner on a regular basis and were looking forward to our evening. We were visiting after dinner while our server took care of the dinner tickets, and we were encouraged to leave by the hostess. She informed us that there were customers waiting to be seated. That will be our last visit to Ella's.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's dinner
    AmyT
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service was good, but food was excellent! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day to remember!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have eaten at Ella many times, it is our favorite! The menu for the Valentine Special Dinner was incredible. Chef Hyde out did himself. I told everyone that the meal ranked in my top 5 meals of all time. We have eaten in some of the best resturants in the world and this ranked up at the top. Cudos to Amy, David and Chefs!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Valentines Day
    Mikecbus
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my wife to ELLA for Valentines Day and because of the weather we were almost 30 minutes late getting there. The owner and his mother took great care of us and found a table in a reasonable length of time. I can honestly say my wife enjoyed browsing about the art gallery and fortunately I got out of there without hurting my wallet. We both selected the 3 course meal, most items were delicious however the Sea Bass was inconsistently cooked. I contributed that to the number of people eating at the same time. Like most high-end restaurants I feel there is an over use of cheeses and mushrooms in there dishes. There was plenty of variety to select from, we will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable Valentine's Day
    IceCreamMan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Impeccable food and service from the first course to the last. We received personal attention from the owners, Amy and Larry, and the restaurant manager, Dave. Everything contributed to a night to always remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Dining
    Freddie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our first experience was very positive at this local gem. it's attached to an art gallery which makes it unique for a suburban restaurant. We were a bit surprised to discover they did not have a full menu on this particular date (prix frixe) but we're adaptable types. The only real downside was not being able to swap out courses between the four and five course options. Again, not a deal breaker by any stretch. Very busy (to be expected on Valentine's Day) but the atmosphere was still intimate enough to enjoy conversation with wine. The wine list is fairly extensive with plenty of selections from Ohio-based vineyards. Service was prompt and efficient, and food was excellent. Great little place and can't wait to try their full menu!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new restaurant, good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great new restaurant, good was excellent. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service ok food
    JD2C
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service was great and some dishes were well prepared. Unfortunately the filet was a subpar cut and the mushrooms were covered in liquid smoke flavor.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure if is was worth the MOney
    MeTerry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I went to ELLA for Valentine's Day, we had been there once before and it was delicious! This was a set menu that was $55 pers person for a 4 course meal. Some things we good others were ok and the portions were very very small for the price. We will try it again on a non-holiday special menu occation to see. Was a bit disappointed when I had to go home and feed my husband after dropping $150 for dinner for 2
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The "fixed" in fixed price menu
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We celebrate valentine's day at Ella's. We got an early sitting (5:30). My significant other is not a dessert eater and wanted to substitute a second starter. This was a non-starter, although courteously refused. The lobster bisque was excellent, nicely seasoned, with plenty of lobster tidbits. The foie gras was cooked correctly but little underdone to my other's taste. We both had rack of lamb which seemed more of a lamb chop with two bones then a rack, but it was perfectly prepared and nicely seasoned. I got both desserts which I guiltily enjoyed (chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberry, butter cookie with jam and whipped cream). The portions were nicely balanced, making the balance of the evening much more pleasant..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, food was outstanding.
    NewAlbanyCouple
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    As always, food was outstanding. Our reservation for four people was for 7pm, and we were not seated until 730.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well-run restaurant
    Patrick
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    This seems like a well-designed/run place. Host was organized and friendly and service was great. Local artists' works make up the decor which we enjoyed. The menu is well-thought out and has something for everyone. My girlfriend really enjoyed the linguini and I agreed it looked/tasted quite great. I was a little disappointed with the burger because the patty was excellent and cooked right but it was served on a Hawaiian roll which seems like a really odd choice. I'd have to assume they ran out of the "purple sage challah roll" listed in the menu on the website and had to substitute so I ended up eating it without the bun. If you're a burger lover I'd be sure to ask before ordering. Still a place we'd consider giving another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Chris Botti Concert
    oldbballplayer
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Arrived at 6:10 PM. Happy Hour still in full swing. Very Noisy. Restaurant used Happy Hour seating area for our table reservation. We were sitting 10 feet from the Bar but were advised Happy Hour Menu not available. Cup of Gumbo was mostly seasoned broth with a little rice. No meat or seafood to be found so a Vegetarian would be pleased. Slider plate at $9.95, one slider each of chicken and a beef barbecue, was pedestrian with little flavor when compared to Eddie Merlots or Marcello's as recent examples. The sliders were presented on a dry cheese biscuit with little cheese flavor. Wine by the glass appeared to be marked up more than most Central Ohio restaurants mark up. Doubt we will go back to Ella's.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth visiting
    MSWesterville
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We had a lovely dinner (first time dining at Ella) and the wine choices were excellent (although the one I originally ordered "just sold out", but the second choice was equally impressive). Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable, but the food delivery process was VERY slow. 6 pm reservation; 7 pm entrees on table (with an 8 pm show to make at the McCoy) Our server raced around from table to table, without really being able to be "involved" with any of his guests/tables. Maybe he was the only one working? Anyway - we'll still be back. I'm sure it was just a fluke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ella
    DRLGVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The scallop special was very good. One of our guests wasn't quite happy with the sea bass. No problem they replaced it with the trout dish, which she really enjoyed. The staff and owners are very friendly and personable. They want your dining experience to be a great one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Franco
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I took my wife there for her birthday and we were blown away how good the food was! The portions were big and the price was appropriate. We will definitely go back and would recommend Eat Local Love Art (ELLA) to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.