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Ela

4.6
937 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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In November of 2011, chef Jason Cichonski opened Ela, an inventive new American bar and restaurant in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood. Ela showcases 27-year-old Cichonski, who Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan called “one of our most exciting young chefs,” is combining an approachable menu of innovative dishes with an extensive wine and craft beer program and inspired cocktail list in a rustic-modern setting.
“Creatively, it’s wonderfully freeing to prepare food that doesn’t fit into any one genre or style; this is seasonal food, using exceptional ingredients, prepared perfectly,” says Chef Cichonski. Ela is a serious-yet-comfortable restaurant with a menu that that changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the latest offerings.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Phone number
(267) 687-8512
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Cichonski
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Ela can accommodate all your special event needs. Prix fixe menus with 3 options per course or buffet style dining, cocktail & hors d' oeuvres parties. Customizable Food & Drink Packages for any group
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Private party contact
Stacey Lyons: (844) 296-0084
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Catering
available upon request
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bainbridge Street
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Parking details
Private lot on the lower corner of 3rd and Bainbridge;
Private Lot located between 4th and 5th street on Bainbridge street. Parking Garage on 3rd street just north of south street.
On-street parking where available.
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Special events & promotions
Private parties and dinners
For more info email: info@elaphilly.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 937 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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Teagreen 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Ela for brunch was amazing. I initially set out to date my husband Sunday after church and invited some friends after I booked the reservation on Open table. The staff at the restaurant were able to accommodate our party from 2 - 4 with no problems. I was a bit worried about the size of the restaurant because most dining areas in South Philly are typically small. This corner restaurant was bigger than I expected. Waiter was very knowledgeable of the oysters/menu. Bottomless chicken and waffles were definitely a treat. Waffle came out a bit overcooked the first round. We asked for a small adjustment and the next 2 rounds of waffles were superb. I looked forward to dining again at Ela. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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vipRachelN (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I went for valentines day (well the saturday after). They were offering a 4 or 6 course tasting menu. The service was attentive and friendly, and the food was absolutely delicious. The restaurant as a whole hit just the right vibe for celebrating my first valentines day with my bf.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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epicurian (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very busy Valentine's Day dinner. They added a row of tables to accommodate the crowd. Kitchen and service very stressed. The roast monkfish waited under a heat lamp too long and dried out a bit. Salmon carpaccio was excellent. Wine pairings were good. Discounting for the circumstances I will give dinner another try.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We love Ela! It was our 4th time and it did not disappoint. The food is super flavorful and so delicious

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vipFancy (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We were very disappointed in the change in the menus options AND the food. We have dined here about 6 times before. We kept returning because the food was very well prepared and we especially liked the option of getting a 4 course pre-fix dinner.

We haven’t been in around a year. Last night we learned we no longer had the 4 course option. Now we had to order al’ a carte. This made the dinner far less fun and far more costly.

We decided to share a “first” kale salad plate and a “second” scallop noodles plate. The salad was quite tiny and uninspiring. The scallop dish was more generous but the sauce was too rich for my partner to enjoy.

For entrees , my partner got the strip steak and I got the cod. We both found the entrees wanting. We didn’t finish them and left the meal hungry. My cod had an overly heavy, fennel-based sauce; it just didn’t taste very good. My partner’s steak was tough and had little flavor at all.
We skipped dessert.

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vipGourmet (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We brought friends with us this time. The meal was delicious. We have never been disappointed. Chef Jason is charming and came out to say hello. We have had the tasting menu in the past and it was amazing. Everyone was happy with their choices. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

AMAZING!!! First of there was Falanghina on the wine menu- so authentic! Secondly order the scallop pasta- UNREAL. Thoroughly enjoyed every single bite! A great experience looking forward to going back !

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very impressed with the creative cocktails and food. The scallop noodles were over the top. Very seasonal entrees. The pork loin with chestnuts was really good. Nice wine by the glass options.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I was VERY disappointed with ELA, poor service, and Very expensive my husband ordered the steak and the portion had four little slices of meat for $ 30 dollars !
Won't be coming back and would not recommend !!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great as usual. Would be nice if they offered the bar menu at the tables as there are some gems on there ( I was told it was possible but was told no this time which was rather unfortunate. But food was still awesome)

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paintinghead (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Exceptional meal at Ela, as usual. Gotta love the consistency! Chefs tasting menu was excellent, well worth the price. Also a great pinot grigio suggested by the server that went really well with everything. Had been a while, need to get back sooner...

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Ela is a cozy but chic restaurant in a cool part of Queen Village. They have great drinks an we thoroughly enjoyed the cheese plate appetizers. We were advised to pick one thing from each section of the menu, but it turns out the entree portion was perfect for feeling full but not overly so. The pork loin was excellent.

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aketekt (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Small, cozy gem. This restaurant is located just south of the South Street bedlam. That said, the street is very quiet. While the building looks a little boring, the inside is anything but. It's vibrant and cozy at the same time. The food selections are uniquely original and very tasty. They also have a wonderful drink selection.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Consistently creative and delicious. Great casual bar style ambience. Tom Petty on Pandora was great. Big fans!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My fiancé and I enjoyed the food and the drinks were great

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

the food was delicious and the atmosphere was beautiful! Besides it being a little chilly inside we had a great experience! We went for brunch and everything looked so good it was hard to choose! The cornbread waffles were perfect and the caramel sauce on top was unreal. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who likes good food!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Our waiter at brunch was attentive and very funny. I will definitely be back at night!

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JenniferT (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was great from the bar appetizers to the small and large bites on the menu. Beautiful presentation. Friendly staff.

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Jenn (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Chef Jason always creates the most creative combination of ingredients. It is always a pleasure dining at Ela. I would highly recommend!!!

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vipJSR235 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

you must get their signature dish, the scallop pasta. the Apple salad was also very good, as was the salmon tartare (more like a poke), the cauliflower, the octopus, and the foie gras. but the scallop pasta is to dream about.

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vipDiner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

We choose Ela's 3 course Monday night pre-fixe dinner because "3 bites" is just the right size for us. Each course was delicious and the service attentive. The half price bottle of French chardonnay we ordered topped it off, it was very good. Highly recommend!

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vipJnPAdventures (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

It was ok. Portions are definitely smaller than expected and for the value. Cauliflower dish is overpriced for sure! Would also be nice to have more vegan friendly options than 1 dish on the entire menu. Server was weird about pushing us to purchase desserts even after we shared that we had a birthday cake at home waiting for us to continue our celebration and enjoy. So, prolly wouldn't go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a beautiful armosphere

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IanM (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Adventurous menu which made for an even more enjoyable experience at Ela. Top dishes: Diver Scallop 'Noodles', NY Strip Steak & Apple Tart - cocktails were excellent as well.

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skippidydunD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Great night, lovely food and service. The Venison addition to the menu and the Octopus were our favorites. Great cocktails too

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We tried this restaurant because we were visiting someone in Jefferson hospital nearby. We did have a reservation, but they sat us at a table in between two other tables that were so close we were practically on top of them. It was impossible not to hear their conversations. Very awkward. The menu is very eclectic. Strange choices. I had the pork loin which was tasteless and tough. The Apple salad was tasty. My husband enjoyed the scallop noodles as an appetizer and he also enjoyed his trout as a main course.
We are in our 50s and the restaurant was just too new wave for us.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Chef Cichonski is a true master of his craft. Each course was more impressive than the last. We asked out completely stuffed because everything was so amazing. Definitely recommend. One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia hands down!

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Bruce (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

Ela always delivers. Monday nights are a great value they have three courses for thirty dollars.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

Friendly staff, great food in a neighborly setting.

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