12 Islands of Stirling

4.6
378 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food , service , !!

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BF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, owners are beautiful people and make you feel welcome.

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DD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Bed aware: this small restaurant is/can be extremely noisy; it appears to attract an enthusiastic clientele with exceptional vocal cords. Small children (ordinarily the bane of eateries) will be drowned out by the screams, bellows, and shouts of the adult patrons -- as will anyone else wanting to have a conversation with table-mates. The wait staff are eager and friendly, the Greek cuisine tends to be massively over-salted and the Green penchant for lemon is taken to acid extremes. So: a popular restaurant, but best suited to loud people with tolerant palates and no objection to paying the full tariff (ie pricey) for less-than-exceptional offerings. (The flash fried calamari were good, the grilled octopus disappointing, and the lamb chops over challenged with salt in the kitchen. Good fish, though.)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Very friendly and authentic. My kids loved the massive fish tank and we came home happy with lots of leftovers. I would definitely recommend and we will be back!

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LA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive run out of positive descriptors to review the sheer exceptional dining experience at 12 Islands.
Fresh Food, plentiful and CONSISTENTLY delicious.
Drinks perfect, pours generous.
Service is spot on customer focused despite the fact that this restaurant is packed most weekends.
Above and beyond the OWNERS Manny, Antonia and Billy are whole hearted visible, engaged and committed to the customer dining experience.
There is little that goes unseen and they are quick to rectify any missteps(which Ive never experienced) with compassion, sincerity or a comp’d drink or dessert.
Its truly the best place for miles for quality phenomenal food, a feel good vibe, service excellence and ownership pride.
Yes, it gets crowded. Yes you sometimes have to wait for a table EVEN with a reservation. I recommend you grab a drink, watch the beautiful plate procession out of the kitchen and relax in anticipation of a true delight for your taste buds!
#12IslandRaisesTheBar!!!!!!💜

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best octopus appetizer I have ever had. Red snapper dish was very fresh and tasty with healthy sides.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always very good. This is my 4th dinner with friends and we are never disappointed in the variety and authentic flavors. The staff are mature professionals who provide that level of service. Look forward to returning!

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a delicious family dinner at 12 Islands last Saturday night. The fish was great and the service was exceptional. Thank you for making our evening special!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, we went there on my daughters recommendations it was 3 couples and everything just loved the place. We will be back

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JI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always so nice.. very accommodating.. never say no.

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l
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy visiting this 'island of Greek cuisine'. Everyone is always friendly and the food is good. They have a small bar and two dining rooms. Opa Opa!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

AlwYs a great meal! Grilled octopus is the best

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B
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Love this restaurant but the waiter we had wasn’t patient.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Thought it was a little more expensive than I was expecting.

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DD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I would recommend the restaurant. The food is delicious but the noise level was off the charts. my husband and I were sitting next to each other and could not have a conversation. We would absolutely go back but never on a Saturday evening!!!! The waiter was a little terse as well, he was very busy and his curse was a little short

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been several times, staff and food have been great, a little on the noisy side but always a good time.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner, service was very good. We will definitely will return.

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JJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fish meals

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GQ
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Great price. I highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh fish and authentic Greek food. Very good and helpful staff.

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely evening. Nice food. Very friendly staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service.

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BG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Invited a friend that was visiting to join me for dinner! The wait staff is amazing -- they are friendly and informative and some are Greek which adds to the flavor! The food is always well prepared, fresh and tasty!
I especially love the grilled octopus!

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O
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Took my wife out for a belated Valentine’s Day dinner. We had an 8pm reservation on Saturday night. The place is small and was packed. People were waiting in the entryway when we arrived. Food is great, though both my wife and I found a good amount of pin bones in our fish. The place is loud and it was hard to enjoy a conversation. I would definitely come back, but would come early to avoid the noise.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing & our server was so great & funny. I’ve never been to Greece but seemed like a real authentic experience. And we got to try free shots of some Greek cinnamon liquor. Thanks so much !!

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B
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We eat here often and I often get the Mediterranean chickpea salad with grilled calamari. This particular night it was a little bland. Didn’t taste as fresh nor as sumptuous as usual but I still loved the experience and so did our friends that we brought for their first time. We eat here often and I often get the Mediterranean chickpea salad with grilled calamari. This particular night it was a little bland. Didn’t taste as fresh nor as sumptuous as usual but I still loved the experience and so did our friends that we brought for their first time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional !

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GQ
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love 12 Islands. Always a fantastic meal with personal, Family feeling service.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Amazing food, great staff, attentive service... what more could you want?

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HK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service. A little noisy with the packed dining room but that is too be expected. We will definitely be back.

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MK
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good Greek food in a nice restaurant with a great staff. What more can I say!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time back and the food is still incredible. Service is very attentive. And love the vibe inside. C

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AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great food and great service. Chris, waiter, is a big plus to make dinner a good experience. I have eaten at this establishment a dozen times, maybe more, and I never have a complain about it. There are many traditional Greek dishes on the menu.

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I come here I am never disappointed. Service and food are always on point. It is one of my favorite restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great restaurant!! Food and service excellent! Best Greek food around.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming place.

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal and the best seafood around!

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was wondeful. Unfortunately our experience was ruined due to the fact that our group of 13 was crowded at a table that was intended for 8 people. My guests felt uncomfortable and voiced their complaints.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

12 Islands is one our favorite restaurants! Everything is delicious. Waiters are very attentive.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Our server was attentive and caring. Very cute place and good food portions.

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