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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Contemporary American, International, Global, International
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
available upon request
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.
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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