12 Islands of Stirling

4.7
588 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Visit us today in Stirling, New Jersey. Our menu is assembled with a wide variety of recipes from the Dodecanese and other islands. Every dish we create is enveloped with the story and traditions of those who’ve prepared them before. Every dish is like a journey to a unique, wholesome and majestic way of life. In our most authentic attempt to provide you this journey, we import many ingredients direct from Greece. We also make it a point to use only fresh produce and fresh seafood and meats, keeping your wellness as well as your taste buds in mind. Our goal is to have you experience the life and traditions of the Greek people through each bite and each step of your culinary journey.
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JenniferZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The meal was good but the Lemon Potatoes tasted more like pepper than they did of Lemon.

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ToddE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been here a few times, and we really need to go more often. Great food! Equally important, it's authentic. And the servers are very nice. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AlanH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOUR FOR DINNER...OUTSTANDING FISH, AND A REALLY GREAT PORK CHOP.

THE WAITER ...WARM, FRIENDLY AND MORE...

WE HAVE EATEN HERE MANY TIMES, NEVER HAD ANYTHING BUT A GREAT MEAL, AND ALWAYS...THE STAFF IS FRIENDLY AND COURTEOUS.

EATING DURING THE WEEK OFFERS A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY YOUR MEAL...FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT CAN BE A BIT NOISEY!

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vipFoodie
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went here for lunch and it was quite nice. There were not many people there at lunchtime, so service was super amazing! Hopefully it's the same at dinner time. The crispy veggie fries was delicious. My husband got the lamb and quite enjoyed it. The coffee was also very good!

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GerardinaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food.

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sport
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was our mistake to request outdoor seating because there were a lot to f mosquitos.

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JerryM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th Anniversary

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Goodeatsisall
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Ordered 2 classic mojito drinks - tasted like 7 up and mint. Got no limes even tho we asked for some. Both of us were certain there was no alcohol in the drinks. Couldn’t taste rum and for sure didn’t feel it. $10 drinks seem to be a scam. 2 of the 4 Food orders were ok but service was marginal, and only saw him at order, plate delivery, collecting our bill. Dinner came before the soup, so that was cancelled. One diner asked to substitute spinach for potatoes in meal, that showed up as a $7 up charge. $50 per person tab at the end of the night. Very aggravating about the bar items, and food not enough to warrant the $30+ a plate charge. Fish entrees came with 2 tiny potatoes and some olives, too much sauce, no salad. All in all - wanted to like this place, but no.

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CPM47
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wanted to eat here for a long time and finally made a reservation. I wasnt disappointed. The food was wonderful, the staff were attentive, the environment clean, and clearly 12 Islands is popular given the “energetic” noise level. I will be returning!

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rtpn
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dined outside at 5 to 6:30 on a friday at that time few other people and tables were far apart tables filling up by 6:30 Very good bottle of Greek white wine Great Gigantes, lollipop lamb chops (recommended by server) and grilled seafood platter Delicious french fries accompanied chops Attentive well paced service, not rushed at all Def recommend

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Kefranci
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Highly recommended.

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HowardS
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We have dined here many times. Last evening was most unsatisfactory. Our entrees arrived as we were eating our appetizers. We asked that they be taken back. When served again the entrees were not hot and so we asked that they be reheated. They came back warm but rather tasteless.

Our server did not seem to know what she was doing. The bus boy who was cleaning the tables was just dropping the dirty dishes in the bus box making for an uncomfortably loud noise.

The restaurant was not crowded so it was hard to understand why it was such an unsatisfactory dining experience.

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vipBrendaC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience1

We were a party of 6, he insisted on us ordering appetizers and dinners at one time. I asked him 5x you will wait at least 20-25 between apps and dinner; he said yes!!!! WE WERE NOT EVEN DONE WITH APPS AND OUR DINNERS CAME OUT!!!! ALL THE DISHES ON THE TABLE!! Very bad! The food is good!

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vipgreatFoodCasualValue
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We returned to introduce other friends to this lovely family oriented venue. None of us were disappointed. Rave revues again.

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KHoran
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, halibut on risotto with asparagus. A nice white wine from Crete to top it off. Very nice meal.

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GaryS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

12 Islands is an example of how good food, good service, and great ambiance can make a restaurant a star. I am always happy after a Greek meal from this gem in Stirling, NJ. Thank you Manny for keeping this place open and thriving during a time when other places fail.

Yes, you can have a special prime rib or terrific seafood. But you can also have an unbelievable gyro for the cost of a few tacos elsewhere. Enjoy the outdoor dining while the weather cooperates, or go inside and hear the raves from the other customers….just go!!!

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vipElleK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor space and great food and drinks!

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HowardS
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Just a good place to dine. The food is always good and it’s easy and relaxing.

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vipRichardM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Delicious

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ConstantineM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivia waited on us. Excellent Service!!
The food was great.
That was our second visit, as we did not of existence.
Will be back, party of 4, on 26Aug.
It is Thursday. Olivia will you be there?

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vipNancyJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and the outside ambience was very nice as it was a beautiful evening! Our server, Yanni was a delight, funny and friendly and accommodating! We will definitely be returning as the menu was extensive!

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Kodratos
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes are always of good quality and never had reason to complain about service or ambience. The wine list is broad but a bit pricey for the quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Horrible experience. There were flies everywhere in the restaurant / dining area. The waiters/ owner were doing nothing to improve the situation and flies were swarming our meal we had to take our entrees to go and eat them at home. Would never go back.

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DonM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific! Service is uniformly excellent and the food never disappoints. It's our go-to place for the best of Greek cuisine and a fun, comfortable evening.

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vipFoodieNP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The lamb chops and zucchini fritters were particularly delicious!

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vipCJTraveler
Las Vegas
84 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I live 10 minutes from this restaurant and never knew it was there. We sat outside but admittedly a little warm. I had a mixed drink from their custom menu and the Aegean was delicious. Started with their shrimp and chorizo appetizer and then had the octopus for dinner. Both were very good. I do wish the octopus had a little more char to it but it was perfectly cooked. The shrimp appetizer was a very generous portion too. Even their pita and sauces were delicious. I will be back.

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VladM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The octopus and fried calamari are very close to what I used to eat in Greece. A great place to experience a taste of Greece.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is terrific, as is the service. We've been there 3 times and plan to eat there again!

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vipTCNJmom18
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always, the food is outstanding and the wait staff is very attentive. You never feel rushed. It’s a very comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere.

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CarolC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mediterranean food! Staff so friendly snd excellent service!

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BarbaraC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we found this place! Excellent food--I had the branzini and it was cooked to perfection. And that sauce--so good! The wait staff was fantastic--friendly and super helpful. It was a great experience.

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vipTroyD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Friendly service. If you like grilled octopus, you have to get it here.

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JerMar
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the absolute best restaurants in NJ! We've never been disappointed.

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vipSZfromNJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 Islands is our go-to Greek restaurant. It’s 11 miles from our house and worth the drive! The wait staff is attentive, friendly and the food is consistently great! Andcthey have nice cocktails! I highly recomment it.

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DebT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mango Salsa Salmon special was very good, and HOIRINI pork chop w/lemon potato is still a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been a neighborhood favorite of ours for years. The food has gotten better and better, as has the service. The fresh fish and Greek specialties are excellent, and the bar is well-stocked with all but the highest-end wine selections. Some of the menu items seem a little overpriced, but quantities are generous and quality is always high.

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JessicaF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High school graduation celebration and everything was perfect

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DonM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 Islands is always fantastic. The service was excellent, as usual. The wait staff is professional and courteous and generous. The occasion always feels festive and welcoming. We sat outside for the first time, and service was just as prompt and attentive as when we have been in the main dining room. The food was superb, as usual, especially the salads and desserts (yogurt with dried cherry sauce was simple yet amazing), though my vegetarian moussaka was delicious, too. The wine list has excellent Greek wine choices, and the prices for all are reasonable. We've never been disappointed here.

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vipgeorges
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Attentive waiter; good food

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vipDrapeaued
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fresh, perfectly cooked fish and some outstanding Greek specialties keep us coming back for more. Friendly service. It’s very popular.

FAQs

12 Islands of Stirling offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 647-2193.

12 Islands of Stirling is rated 4.7 stars by 588 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.