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  1. Distance: 0.77mi
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  3. Distance: 2.39mi
  4. Distance: 3.30mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.77mi
  2. Distance: 1.06mi
  3. Distance: 2.39mi
  4. Distance: 3.30mi

About 12 Islands of Stirling

Visit us today at Millburn or 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.

1255 Valley Rd.
Stirling, NJ 07980
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm


Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Hudson St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(908) 647-2193

Website:
http://www.12islandsgreektaverna.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

12 Islands of Stirling Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Good for Groups (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Romantic (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We love 12 Islands! Our #1 pick for family get togethers

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My food was overdone but my wife loved hers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is fantastic and the service is great but they need to lower the lights. It is absolutely too bright in the bar area and in the main dining room.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was delicious! Great fish..large salads enough to share with 3 or 4 people. Attentive staff. Would recommend for seafood lovers and everyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

What can I say? We have been going to this restaurant for years and it continues to be one of our favorite places to dine. We are always treated like family, the service is always perfect, and the food is amazing. I couldn't even recommend a specific dish because it is all good! We will continue to be regulars and recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants great food and service!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first visit and we were very pleased. Tired of the same old same, this Greek Alternative was just the what we are looking for. Food is authentic and plentiful at reasonable prices. Our server was excellent! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. Great cocktails and a decent wine list with something for every taste and budget. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Half my party ran late but we were treated well by the staff. Great server and the food was yummy. We found it on Yelp and so glad we did!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I've enjoyed this restaurant over the years, though sometimes meals were better than others. Lately they are doing a wonderful job . Everyone in my party of 6 was impressed and satisfied.

Tags: Live Sports, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice relaxing meal at this Greek restaurant. Lamb special was yummy n chick pea salad is large and delicious. Greek wine was surprisingly good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Took a friend to celebrate her going off to college. The service really amazing. All the meals were great. In particular, the scallops were spectacular... really... spectacular. You owe it to your self to try the grilled octopus.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Always a great meal. Johnny and Nicholas are great servers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Always something different and always delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Seafood was awesome. I was very impressed with how perfectly cooked it all was. Best octopus I've had in a long time.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

This restaurant is good with their seafood. We ordered four seafood dishes and everyone of them was outstanding. This is a good joint for fine dining. Nick was very courteous and attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food. Excellent service! We'll be back again

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Absolutely delicious. We're in the area for a wedding and picked this restaurant based on Opentable reviews and the reviews are right. The seafood was great. The grilled calamari was tender and the sauce so good we kept the platter for bread dipping. The halibut and branzino were also wonderful. We also got the custard in phyllo which was huge, maybe a little sweet with the syrup on top so ask for it without but the custard was tasty. And the servers were very friendly with lots of suggestions. All in all a top notch dining experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We have eaten at 12 Islands several times and it is mostly good. Once in a while it had missed, but this particular night was great.

Tags: Tapas, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Love everything here, table of 8 had the following and highly recommend: Black Sea bass cooked as whole fish, husband thought it was superb; I had halibut special over rice, tender, moist and delicious!! Others had beef/lamb gyro, excellent as always; chicken bruschetta, lamb chops and shrimp pasta all really tasty!! NO leftovers and 8 very happy customers!! Love this place and have been many times and will continue to bring family and friends.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

My family get together for dinner every Friday night to spend quality family time. We have a a short list of excellent places that we like to eat and 12 Islands has been high on our list for years!
Chef George, manager Gus and servers John, Nic and Chris work very hard to make each of our visits perfect.
Love, love love this place and I try to get there whenever I can..and I highly recommend it!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Always consistently delicious! Staff is very welcoming.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This is a special gem... Great food, superb service in a causal setting. Outstanding was the Bronzino and baklava with ice cream dessert.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Greek food at its best. Gyros are great

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Great food - super staff. Local find! Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Fabulous find! We had the grape leaves, eggplant dip, grilled scallop special with fresh basil orzo and a traditional lamb casserole dish. Everything was excellent and the service was superb with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great selection of wine and very reasonably priced. Relaxed atmosphere, restaurant is very pretty inside and out. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

So disappointing. I've been to 12 Islands many times and have always had a great experience. Went for Mother's Day and it was awful! Made a reservation thru Open Table, but wound up in the small room with a table next to us of at least 16 people - including many kids who screamed off on throughout the evening and the parents simply yelled down the table. The service was awful - food came quickly but was not the quality I was used to and one order was wrong. We waited so long for our waiter to come back and check on us that we ate it anyway and then had to have a manager intervene to take it off the bill. They seemed understaffed and overwhelmed. I'll return, but never again on any type of holiday.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Lovely as always! Packed house for Mothers Day but they still took care of us

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I love 12 Islands. We dine there frequently and love the place. The fish is alway fresh and prepared to order.
The restaurant always accommodates us and is also kid friendly. Very well run

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food. Quick and attentive service. Inside decor is unremarkable but fine. Exterior doesn't do the food justice.

Overall, very good experience there. We will go back for sure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great food, but very noisy on a Saturday night. Service was off on our most recent visit, but it's usually quite good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great Greek food. Lovely place for a friends night out, family meal or special occass

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Had 7:00 reservation through open table but upon
Arriving at 7:00 the place was packed with many parties
Waiting and crowding the entrywa and d was told
The wait would be 15-25 minutes!! Sat at the bar
Bartender was fabulous!!! Noise level was deafening
Food was pretty good
Never will come back on a Saturday

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The octopus was not very good. Very overlooked. Our server was a delight. And the baklava was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Excellent local Greek food! Highly recommend this local gem for all occasions. Can be noisy if crowded.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

grilled octopus was outstanding along side the whole grilled black bass. restaurant was fairly quite the night that we went so service was very good.
would recommend this restaurant and looking forward to going back .

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Excellent restaurant with great service. We will definitely return.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Food was very good. Menu prices higher than on OpenTable. Pleasant staff, good variety

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Grilled octopus was cold in the middle.
Lamb chops were over cooked and most likely reheated. Overall decent but a little pricey for what they serve. I would go back and give another chance. Good service and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Delicious but not fancy. full bar great food. Waiter was fantastic!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Good Greek food, friendly service, even on a busy Saturday night.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Youvetsi and baklava with ice cream was fantastic!

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