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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 4 times today


937 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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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Contemporary American, International, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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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available upon request
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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
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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
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 4 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.

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.

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

Valentine’s Day

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.

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

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.

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.

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 !

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.

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 !!

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)

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...

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.

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.

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!