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About Above Restaurant and Bar

Above Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary American eatery.

1 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday Lunch: 11:00 - 3:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am- 1:30am, Sunday: 11:30am - Midnight Late Night Menu available Tuesday- Sunday 10:00pm- Midnight

Cross Street:
Valley St. / Scotland Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 762-2683

Website:
http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Friday Nights http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/up-coming-events for more details.

Catering:
Off-site catering is available. Please inquire for details.

Parking Details:
Free parking at rear of building. Complementary Valet service provided Friday & Saturday evenings.

Public Transit:
South Orange train stop via NJ Transit Montclair Branch, Morristown Line & Gladstone Branch. Station is directly across the street from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Joe Catalano

Private Party Facilities:
Above has a private dining space equipped for groups of 20-40 people.

Private Party Contact:
General Manager Mario LaVecchia: (973) 762-2683

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/up-coming-events for more information

Above Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.7

ambience

3.8

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Live Music (7)
Good for a Date (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good spot for dinning and great bar area, Also have an outside area for when it is warm

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The hostess was dismissive, and told us the restaurant was VERY busy, belied by the fact that 40% of the tables were open. The menu is huge, and there are a couple of cuisines attempted; IMO, the selection could be pared down somewhat. Our server was quite nice and helpful. The food was fine, but at the end of 2 hours, we had to rush through 1/3 of our entrée, box the rest, and pay on the run (had a show to attend). Again, the server told us the kitchen was extremely busy (seems like some key folks didn't show for work), hence the delay. My particular entrée was probably sitting in the salamander or warming area for easily 30 minutes, as the proteins were dried out.
Had great expectations, but we won't return-

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

We chose Above because of its great location near South Orange PAC where we were seeing a show, but would go back there just for dinner any time. The portions were generous and the food was delicious. (Between the four of us, we sampled many different offerings.)
We greatly appreciated our server, Eric, pushing the kitchen to get us fed and out in time for the show, as we had been running late.
There was also a very good singer performing in a very entertaining way that did not overwhelm diners' conversatiins.

Tags: Live Music, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I had an amazing 30th birthday experience at Above! I wanted a booth, but my party was very small....3 people including myself, but the ladies working that evening made it happen! I even hugged her because I was that happy about the accommodations. Thank you Above staff!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My date and I enjoyed our evening/date out at the Above Restaurant because the atmosphere was so lovely and romantic. Having a variety of music to listen to while we were dining definitely added to the ambiance of the evening. The food was very tasty, especially the rib eye steak which was very tender and plentiful, making it a very satisfying meal. We will certainly visit the Above Restaurant again and would recommend it to our friends as a good dining choice.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date, Casual, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We had a birthday celebration for my mother and we decided to have our dinner in the outside dining area. They put several tables together for our party of six. They just served our appetizers when it started to rain a little and then it started to rain harder and our server was trying to convince us that he could put two large picnic umbrellas in the table holders and we would be protected from the rain. Everyone else was started to grab their plates and go inside and he expected us to stay outside and deal with the rain. As we were going inside he stated that he hoped that they could accommodate us with tables on the inside and as we were coming inside the restaurant wasn't even full. They did give us another seating area and we order our main course and that took way too much time to get to our table and I order a ribeye and ordered it medium well and everyone else got their meal and I had to wait another ten minutes for a piece of I don't know what that was dry and very well done. By the time they rectified my meal every everyone else was done.

I've been here on two other occasions and each time Above seems to be getting worse.

This will be the last time that I will be coming to this place!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We went there for lunch on a Saturday afternoon, which was probably their low time, since we were the only two there. Asked to sit outside.
Both of us ordered a glass of wine. It seemed to me that they gave a generous portion.

Now as to the food, my only complaint is that on the menu there were two different duck dishes. One with butternut squash, cranberries and spinach. The other with wild rice and french cut green beans. I requested the one with the wild rice, as I do not like squash. When my dish was brought out, it was the one with the squash. Informed our server of the mistake, she went back and was told they are no longer doing the one with the wild rice and beans. Since my wife dish, which a chicken dish was what she ordered, I did not want to ask for something else.

My wife and I both feel that when my order was placed, the chef or whoever was in charge, should have informed her and she could have come back to me, so I could have made another selection.

This was our first time there, and may or may not return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Worst food I ever ate. Service was ridiculous and parking was a hassle.
We sent all our food back and they did give us a credit. Don't waste your time.

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had eaten here before and weren't pleased. Friends suggested we go back and glad we did. Food was very good. We will be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I enjoyed the food. New waitress who didn't know about cocktails. Finally was assisted by management. Our friend got dessert that could have used a spoon which he didn't get till he was almost done with his gelato. Entertainment began which was very good but a little loud.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We have gone to Above once a summer to dine on their outdoor patio. General we have had good experiences. This experience was poor. The service was slow and inattentive and the food was poor we were very disappointed. They have lost their way.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was outstanding and our waitress was excellent. My only negative was the waiting time. The was no hostess to greet us.I don't know if this was an anomaly. Overall everything was excellent and the would definitely go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This place is always FAB, and Fridays with E.R.I.C my friend is always soooo much fun

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The dining experience was wonderful, along with the serenading by ERIC on Friday evening. The service and food was great. This is one of my favorite restaurants to dine with friends and family.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Very nice restaurant that is local. I enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

Tags: Late-night Find, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Is always serviced and ambience is excellent. Food is not. The presentation of the food is superior, the quality of the food is poor. Sorry I have to give this report, but that is the reality. I was there two times this week and both times were disappointing. I continue to go to above because of the convenient location for some of my family And Friends

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love Above! Went there for brunch on Father's Day. The restaurant never disappoints!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food is always phenomenal. The service is always friendly. The best part of this restaurant/bar is that you can come in everyday casual clothes or you can choose to get dressed up and you'll still fit in with everyone else.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent service the waitress was awesome!!!! I enjoyed the live band he sound great. Very friendly atmosphere

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We were a party of 6 people and had a reservation.
Apparently there was an event taking place on the patio. It might have been a wedding.
We asked to be seated away from the noise and music as one member of our party wears hearing aids. They could not accomodate us so we left before ordering.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was fantastic. Loved our herbed chicken and everyone else loved their food. But the service was hands down the worst I have experienced in years. The waiter spoke so soft we couldn't hear him. He rarely checked on us. It took us ten minutes and repeated asks to get silverware. We weren't checked on often (maybe once all of a two hour dinner). We ran out of water and no one to refill it. Then to top it off an automatic 20% gratuity was added to our party of 5. Which was absolutely shocking considering the horrible service. This was our first time dining there as we just moved to the area. Not sure we will go back, despite the food quality. It's hard to enjoy good food if you have no utensils. Or no drinks. Then get stuck with 20% gratuity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Loved the food, our server was amazing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The food was good. I was just a tad bit annoyed with the 20% service charge on the bill. It was only 2 of us. I did not see it posted anywhere that they started doing this. I didn't question it either.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Service was slow and then our appetizers and meals came out all together and the burgers were overcooked. The outdoor dining area and overall vibe of the restaurant was very nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I love Above. Menu is great. Portions are generous. Went there for brunch for the first time. Hard to decide what to order. Everything sounds so good. I have no reason not to keep going back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Love this place in the summer-eat al fresco! All the food is great!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Entertainment was outstanding. Noise level a little high to really enjoy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

In fairness to Above, the food here could be fabulous, but we didn't even get that far. We walked out after placing our drink orders because we found the management incredibly rude. The hostess seated the two of us at a six-top, prompting the manager to yell at her and others on his staff right in front of us. He appeared to be mad that she had seated us at such a large table. When we offered to move and told a staff member that we were upset by the manager's rude gestures, the arguing only escalated, so we got up and left. No one even tried to persuade us to stay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Perfect spot for pre or post SOPAC event, just across the street from the theatre

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is my second visit and just as the first, I have no complaints. Another happy customer!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

It was good. The singer, Eric, was awesome. He was not obtrusive and he is a great singer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We went to above for Sunday brunch the server was great the mimosas was great I had chicken and waffles the waffles came out cold but over all for was good

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Food not good. Only one other table occupied between 12:30 and 2 PM. Server added 20% service charge onto a luncheon bill for 5 people. If I didn't ask server what this was before paying bill, would not have known it was a tip. Would never go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Great place for Brunch;there is a varied and interesting selection of brunch selections.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Amazing servers , amazing food, amazing atmosphere,

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I dined at this restaurant for my birthday with family and friends. The salmon was great, however some appetizers like the coconut shrimp and lobster mac and cheese were not to our liking. The ambiance is beautiful. My service could have been better ,but it didn't ruin the occasion. I do feel a manager should have visited the table just see what issues and concerns there were.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We had dinner before the show at SOPAC. Service was a little slow, but the meal was very good, and we liked that was so convenient to the theater.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Not the best experience on our first and probably only visit. The service was not great. We ordered a bottle of wine and they brought one that was already opened that was missing wine out of it... the food was just ok. Took forever to get out.

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

I think the waitress was a little too attentive to my husband and didn't pay much attention to the other ladies at the table. She only made eye contact with him, only smiled at him, etc, which I'm fine with because my husband is gorgeous. I just wish she would have paid everyone else as much attention. Otherwise, the food and drinks were great!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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