12 Islands of Stirling

4.7
605 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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vipNancyG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service.

KM
KarenM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were there for a late lunch so it was very quiet. The food and service were excellent. The prices for the food varied from reasonable to pricey (for the entrees).

SM
vipSarahM
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and healthy and the staff there is wonderful, especially John and his son. They make the dinner very special and memorable.

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NashvilleNJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food...one of the best restaurants around.

JL
JulieL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service lacked in many ways. Fish overcooked. Coffee was stale.

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vipSteakboss
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Greek restaurant ever.

JR
JoshR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal here. The staff is always friendly and attentive. You have your choice from the traditional greek fair as well as specialties that are hard to find outside of the Mediterranean area. I highly recommend to anyone looking for an excellent meal and experience.

TC
TomC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 Islands has amazing food. Our group of five were very pleased with everything they ordered and we will be going back soon. Service is also terrific, very attentive to all your needs.

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vipRichardM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here often always good food and good service.

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vipStew
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food and service.

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Chfoodie
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fish is always superb! Love the traditional Greek fishes. One of our favorites.

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vipKefranci
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local gem

RD
RenataD1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love going to 12 Islands for the food. One constructive criticism I would have is that the waiter was all over us and we felt rushed. They would try to take our plates before we were even done. There is a way to be attentive to your clientele without rushing them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

ML
MitchL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not hot when it came out which was disappointing

AT
vipATSCC
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a wonderful lunch with my mom. Our server was great, food was delicious. We had octopus, saganaki, greek salad, zucchini meatball patties and the galaktobouriko. It was all very good. Nice, classic greek food.

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karolina
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time at 12 Islands and would definitely go back again. Staff were very courteous and helpful explaining unfamiliar dishes. Food was excellent with a very nice varied menu.

JZ
JenniferZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
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
New York Area
2 reviews
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
51 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!

GC
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.

JM
JerryM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th Anniversary

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Goodeatsisall
New York Area
39 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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vipKefranci
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Highly recommended.

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HowardS
New York Area
53 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.

BC
vipBrendaC
New York Area
18 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
72 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.

KH
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.

GS
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
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor space and great food and drinks!

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

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

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

Very Delicious

CM
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?

NJ
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.

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 605 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.