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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

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

Private Party Contact:
Stacey Lyons: (844) 296-0084

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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Ela Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
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Good for a Date (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Casual (11)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Authentic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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)

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·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!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a beautiful armosphere

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 (Pittsburgh)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Friendly staff, great food in a neighborly setting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went for brunch with friends and my toddler. The food was really delicious! I had the biscuits with chicken sausage gravy which was recommended by our server. Service was efficient and very accommodating in terms of stroller parking and high chair. I ordered her toast and they brought out thick cut challah toast-nice touch! It wasn't at all crowded, so definitely a good place to go with my daughter and we'll be back for brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I live very close to Ela, but never dined. I'd seen the great brunch reviews on line and in the paper, so decided to take visiting relatives there for dinner. The oysters weren't our favorite as the sauce had an aftertaste which didn't enhance, but every other dish blew us away. From bread to dessert, every dish was composed and beautiful with nuance and culinary artistry. The flavors were outstanding. We are all foodies and licked our plates. A glorious surprise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our dinner at Ela was lovely, all around. I was visiting some friends in Philly, and Ela came recommended from a chef friend (we're in the industry too) for one friend's birthday celebration. Our cocktails were thoughtful and delightful, and we shared several different plates from different categories of the menu. Everything tasted carefully prepared and delicious. Half price bottled wine selections on Monday nights was a nice little bonus. Our server was attentive and informative, and very helpful in helping us create our meal. We were disappointed not to see more guests, as our experience was memorable and fun, and perfect for our low-key birthday celebration. Definitely recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This deceptively simple-looking restaurant has an excellent kitchen--they present familiar ingredients handled with great care and imagination. Very knowledgeable server, too.

Tags: Seasonal, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ela had a great ambiance, delicious food, helpful staff but a pretty crummy BYO champagne situation for brunch. Some friends and I met up at Ela for Brunch on Sunday recently and decided to bring some champagne after we saw that the Ela website heavily advertised their Sunday Brunch with BYO champagne for mimosa's. When we got their, a table was held for our reservation and we were pleasantly seated by a friendly and polite waiter, he demeanor dropped a little bit after we declined drinks and informed him that we had brought out own champagne for mimosa's. We asked what the set up for that was and he said that we would have to purchase their orange juice and for 2 bottles worth of champagne it would be $16 for a bottle orange juice, the house mimosa sells for $8. That's a lot for orange juice but it wasn't anything we didn't expect so we agreed to it and he opened our first bottle, put it on ice, and poured for us - a really nice touch, he also poured out OJ for us and continued to do until both champagne bottles were empty. This is where I have an issue, when our bottles were empty our orange juice was whisked away too. Orange juice we paid $16 for, I figured if it's paid for we should be entitled to the full amount, which I would have gladly sipped on sans champagne.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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 10, 2017

Great dining experience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 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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