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About Ela

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.

627 S 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, International, Global, International

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

Cross Street:
Bainbridge Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 687-8512

Website:
http://www.elaphilly.com/

Catering:
available upon request

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.

Executive Chef:
Jason Cichonski

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Private parties and dinners
For more info email: info@elaphilly.com

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Private Dining

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

Ela Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for a Date (14)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Happy Hour (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The 6 course tasting menu was well thought out and presented. The highlights include the scallop noodles, Crudo, and boneless short ribs. The half price wine on a quite Monday was nice as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

6th anniversary tasting menu was exceptional!
Wine pairing included was spot on , and added terrific value.
Need to start going back on a regular basis.
Chef Cichonski is one of the great alums of many
that came from Lacroix.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was inexplicably bad. We joked that it was like someone had called out and his father agreed to fill in. Totally inept service: drinks forgotten, courses served differently than ordered without warning, things spilled. Not ok for a restaurant of this level.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were six in our group for a Saturday evening and elected to get the 5 course special meal as the restaurant was celebrating its sixth anniversary. The bread and oil that starts off the meal is great. They were very obliging and permitted some changes according to the taste of the individual. We could have opted for the a la carte menu but no one did. The foie gras course was wonderful as were all the dishes. Our group did not go with the menu but went for a diverse selection. I had the pork dish which was excellent and very filling. I always wonder what treasures Jason keeps in his kitchen to be so versatile and inventive. The wait staff was excellent so our group dallied for quite some time. We left without feeling rushed. It is always a delightful meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was a little slow and needed to be flagged a few times but not to the point of wanting to leave. They has an event going on which slowed things down, and my dinner should have been excellent but it was on the cool sid eby the time it got to the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great dining experience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

6th anniversary wine pairing tasting menu was outstanding as usual.
My only change would be to add a dessert option instead of the cookie dough.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We can for the six year anniversary, 5 corses and wine pairing just amazing we will definitely be back

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best meal ever, great service unique dishes.
Highly recommend dining here you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Philly foodie gem. I picked this one out for my birthday, and I nailed it. Myself and three others. Location: Queen Village with a bit of South Street funk spillover. Great walking neighborhood. Place is perfect sized, a little private area in the back, really nicely done in urbo-industrio (just made that up). It is relatively quiet.
From the top: Service was charmingly erratic, but no problem whatsoever. Cocktails really are artisinal ( grossly overused term, ikr?). Good tap. Menu is relatively simple, you'll also get the specials, chef's tasting, etc. Locavore, too. We tasted around, everything was amazing. Presentation nice but not overdone (a pet peeve...) It was such a great evening, I'm almost afraid to go back. It was a Monday, customarily an off night for many places, but no worries, busy but not crowded. Well, I'm going to go back anyway. My new favorite.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We dined here prior to a TLA show. To start, we were given amazing fresh bread with smoked olive oil. We couldn't get enough of that olive oil! And we had a cheese plate with three local cheeses. They were amazing choices. We each had two of the very creative and delicious cocktails. Everything was wonderful, creative, beautiful to look at, and well done.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Some the best tasting food my girlfriend and I have ever eaten, but also inventive while not being pretentious. The Diver Scallop Noodles were amazing, a must try! The service was great, Joe was super attentive and informative. The drinks were tasty and we got there early to enjoy some happy hour which was a good value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ela is a delightful neighborhood spot. On a Sunday evening it was very quiet and conducive to table conversation. The food was delicious and inventive in an accessible kind of way. I heartily recommend Ela.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went for brunch and were pleasantly surprised at how inventive and delicious everything was! Our waiter was so pleasant and accommodating. We will try dinner soon!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food is absolutely incredible. We decided to indulge in the 6 course tasting menu. The menu can be crafted to your liking. For instance, my boyfriend and I love octopus which was not part of the tasting menu so we asked for it to be incorporated and the chef was able to supplement one of the dishes for us. He created something off the menu and off of the tasting which was to die for. At the end, the chef introduced himself and made sure we loved everything, which was impossible not to.

Food, drinks, atmosphere, everything was perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

One of the best meals my wife and I have had in a while. Phenomenal Spanish Octopus appetizer --perfectly cooked. The pork tenderloin and albacore entrees were excellent. Imaginatively composed flavors across the board, including The Manhattan --or The Staten Island as it was.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ela offers inviting ambience, exceptional service, and top-notch food. The prices are a bit high, and the menu is somewhat limited, but there are both small plates and entrees from which to choose, and everything we tried was prepared with care and delicious. Their chicken dish served with barley and cabbage was moist and flavorful. A tilefish special was perfectly cooked and served in an aromatic sauce. Their wine menu is not extensive - they only offer one cabernet sauvignon, for instance - but it was reasonably priced ($42/bottle), and we all agreed it was excellent. This is a good place for dinner with a date or friends when you want something a bit more special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We hadn't been to this restaurant in a very long time, and their kale salad with citrus was missing! The service was very quick, and the food was tasty but a bit overly salted. We don't drink alcohol so it wasn't a good ploy, if that was what they were after. Our soup was delicious, but it came from a terrine that was so small, and then split in half! I actually reminded that we ordered two separate orders! But she insisted that it was. Yikes! One of the dishes had meat, and I am a vegetarian so we asked for it on the side. My friend who does eat meat, could not even eat it. He said it doesn't taste good, and left the whole thing! He said it was definitely not worth the money. That was a $15 dish that wasn't even eaten. It's a shame, we used to love this place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This wonderful restaurant has yet to disappoint. Pricey, yes, but the food is terrific and the experience here is always superb. A real treat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Restaurant was empty. Food was good, not great. Wouldn't "not recommend" but too many other places I like more.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We enjoyed every course of the 6 course tasting menu. The scallop noodles were my favorite. But the lamb sausage was a close second. Our waiter, Joe, was attentive and very friendly. Will definitely go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and wanted a nice meal and bottle of wine. They had advertised half-price wine that night, but all of the wines on special were very low end, so we asked to see the full wine list. The wait staff was quite nice but could not advise us on a wine, so they brought over the manager. She recommended an expensive bottle of Super Tuscan, so we purchased this, but it was terrible, just very poor quality like bubble gum and undrinkable. We asked if she had anything better, and she tried to steer us to the most expensive bottle (Amarone) on the menu even though it was far too young (2015) and she was unable to vouch for it. All of this took quite long, since every request took 15+ minutes, and our food arrived before we had any wine. The manager was quite annoyed that she had to deal with us, was running back and forth a lot but not stopping to check on us, even when we were waiting for her. The food was fine, not exceptional but tasty, but the attitude of the manager almost spoiled our night until we left and went elsewhere where they appreciated guests, went overboard to make us happy and we had a wonderful meal and excellent wine as we had hoped to at Ela.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

My steak was perfectly prepared and my wife's duck leg was beautiful also. Peaches, now at the height of the season, we're creatively used in many courses including the desert sorbet

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

What a great night! My friends and I throughly enjoyed ourselves. We all opted for the four course prix fix ! We can't wait to go back...oysters!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Celebrating a friends new job. Great neighborhood gem- sharing plates always make a fun dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I loved everything we ordered & cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Our server was fantastic; very attentive and gave great wine pairings. The diver scallop "pasta" was amazing!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Unfortunately the chef was either away, or worse, gone all together. Our starters were good; the seafood crudo excellent and the standard I was expecting, the octopus was enjoyed by my guest but was trying too hard in my view. The pastas were ok; average gnocchi and ravioli, that again my guest liked, but I found had an odd note. Third course just okay and desserts not worth ordering. One billed as fresh fruit water ice was more like dissolved sugar.
Hope this place can return to its previous standard. The restaurant was completely empty except for us, perhaps the word is already out.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We did the four course tasting menu and every course was delicious, as were the cocktails. The flavours were amazing and everything tasted very fresh. The only slight disappointment was the actual selection for desserts even though each of the desserts we selected were good.

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

First, second, and third bites were all delicious. Dessert was less impressive - almost stomache-inducing sweet. I wish I'd opted out of that course as it left a bad taste in my mouth after an otherwise near perfect meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Great food, service and time. Innovative dining

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Ela was a great experience from the minute we walked in the door. The greeter was so nice and gave us a table by the window. The drink list was very creative. The food was simple but with explosive flavor and texture. The octopus was spiced perfectly; the trout and the chicken were at the perfect temperature and wonderfully prepared. We passed on dessert but had a really good espresso.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great, interesting food, wonderful combinations of flavors and good wines by the glasss

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great meal at Ela with friends. We ordered from the Ala Carte menu and shared everything. Their scallop "noodles" are particularly good - diver scallops cut into long noodle-like strips. Everything else was superb - creative cocktails, octopus, meatballs, terrine, kohlrabi soup. Would go back any time.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Excellent pork belly benedict. Cute place too. Would recommend to anyone for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Amazing. Each dish got better and better. I recommend the 4 course special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We're from out of town and Ela was a surprise gem. Among one of our best meals ever. Every dish was a creative mix of tastes and textures. Innovative menu, attention to every detail in cooking and plating. Also enjoyed talking with staff about each course, chef's goals with the dish, etc.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

That wonderful combination of great food, great service and great ambiance. A neighborhood gem, indeed!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We had an amazing meal doing the Chef's Choice for $69pp. Fun being surprised. I won't go I into the details but after eating all the courses, the build up is for the main entre which was a beef tenderloin. I could barely cut it. I couldn't chew it. It was truly as tough as shoe leather. I mentioned this to our waiter and he said we have to get sharper knives. Are you kidding? No apologies from chef. It was a shame because we loved the place; loved the cocktails, wine, other courses and the desert was off the charts amazing. Another wait staff said the chef is in love with this type of meat and more people need to complain. This was hard to believe this was even served. For a $200 meal, this can not happen!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the food at Ela. It was creative, delicious, unexpected and unique. I appreciated the relaxed no-frills vibe that allowed the food to really shine. If I could say one thing, it was noticeable that a couple lightbulbs were out on the exterior wall, and our table was slanted because of the warping on the floor boards. It also carried a little bit of a mildew smell. This is not to detract from the quality of the food one bit - I just think some improvements could be made to the dining area. But overall, food was flawless!

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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