Ella Restaurant + Bar

4.2
157 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

Ella Restaurant is in New Albany, OH and is proud to offer American-style comfort food to the guests that walk through the doors. You can always find great items on the menu include roasted garlic hummus with pita, pretzel sticks, mussels, calamari and the caramelized brie.

Ella Restaurant offers some great main dishes, too. Try the lamb loin chop, sea scallops, steak frites, honey glazed salmon and the mac n' cheese. Some of the side options you may want to try include sautéed green beans, grilled asparagus and the sweet chili glazed carrots. Ella Restaurant also offers catering, private dining and delivery options.

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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
service
3.9
ambience
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lester
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This is my third visit to Ella and the worst so far. The food was fair but I have had better on previous trips. I was very disappointed in our waiter. He was very rushed and hardly spoke to us. He just didnt seem to have the time. You deserve better service when paying that much. I may return and give it one more chance but that will be it. It is a good spot but they need to do a lot better.

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Michele
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great food and atmosphere , excellent service, will definitely return when in the area.

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viphungry
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2014
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Seated immediately. Knowledgable server. Ordered drinks and then we sat... a long time. The server apologized and said the bar was backed up. He ended up "comping" our drinks for the 4 of us. On the other hand, the food was excellent and a good value. The entrees were large enough that we did not need salads or appetizers. Both my husband and I ordered one of the evenings specials which we very nice. The warm complimentary bread was awesome! Nice overall.

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vipUncertain
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2014
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Went there for the first time for Sweetest Day, unsure of what to expect. We were there later in the evening which meant that most of the specials were no longer available. Although that was disappointing, I was satisfied with my order.

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CLEgal
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This restaurant was recommended by our B&B host and it did not disappoint! My scallops were the best I've ever had - please try them if you go! It was unusually busy for a Monday night but the service was still great. I only wish it was a little quieter - sound was bouncing off the concrete floors and walls which made it less than romantic. If they improve the ambiance, this place could be in my top 5!

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vipCalmseaz
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2014
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Party of three. Table was ready 15 min after our Open Table reservation. Table surface sticky, no table cloth, VERY noisy so that normal conversation not practicable, all members of our party very pleased with their meals. Might have stayed for more drinks but too noisy.

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vipBen5104
Naples
56 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They improve every time we dine. Fish was fresh and the use of local is commendable . Service is perfect and the wine selection is first rate

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seniordiva
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love being there and will return when I can..............

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The1AndOnly
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have dined at Ella previously and both times it has been a real treat. The food is really great and flavorful, you never get a bland experience. I personally love the scenery inside the restaurant which is provided by the Haley Gallery which is located next door. Definitely a restaurant we'll continue to visit.

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EMc13
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella is definitely one of the best restaurants in the area. Food is always amazing! Staff is on the ball and full of energy. Love supporting local.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, seemed a little pricey but it was good food -- love that it's all local. We are not into art so the gallery did not interest us, but there is an art gallery to enjoy while waiting for your food.

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vipNugget
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lunch choices were beautifully plated.
The Eat Local mantra is so very evident. How charming to find yourself sitting on the outdoor patio with a flourishing garden at your side.
We enjoyed our conversation with the "ice cream chef." His "indulgences " alone will certainly initiate a timely return.

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lovegoodeats
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2014
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food is over priced for the quality. The chefs ego is definitely reflected in his creations, pretentious and confused, Service is so so except at the bar. The bartenders are friendly and know their craft well.

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GavSays
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Have eaten at Ella's twice and have enjoyed each meal, inventive and attentive.

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diner
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2014
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The grilled salmon brochette was tender and delicious. There was an excellent selection of ice cream for dessert. For the outdoor dining, there was live music that was wonderful. The staff was not particularly hospitable which is the reason for my lower rating in service and ambience.

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Foodie
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Festive atmosphere, low key with good food and wine. Planning another visit soon.

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OH2AZ
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food however my Wahoo (fish) was so dry it was hard to swallow.

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vipFishLover
Columbus
49 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Ella! We always have fun and always great food and drinks! This time, we had the wahoo (Hawaiian fish) and the asparagus tart. Ella also has wonderful vegetarian selections.

We also enjoy the bar very much--welcoming bartenders, excellent drinks and excellent bar menu!

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vipajax
Columbus
75 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good restaurant that keeps getting better. We shared olive and biscuit appetizers and had four different entrees: steak, salmon, cheese brochettes, and asparagus tart. Each well prepared and delicious. We split an outstanding and unique carrot cake as dessert. Service was very good, despite server handling table of 12 at same time.

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vipRabidAnts
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The crab cakes were a special the night we dined at Ella and they were marvelous; having dined on crab cakes near Annapolis, Maryland for 20 years this is no small endorsement. They were as good if not better than the crab cakes I have feasted on for years. The sides were inventive and delicious. If this is any indication of quality everything else is worth a try. We will be back. And the wine list was very good...Cakebread Chardonnay, yum!

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Elbow
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was excellent friendly and attentive. I enjoyed the food, however, we had fried zucchini the batter was extremely greasy and the zucchini
Soggy.

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vipmichael
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good and service was excellent. Not over the top dining for the price thiugh. Will go again but not on our regular list.

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MeredithN
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic dinner at Ella. The asparagus tart was the best vegetarian entree I have ever had. Everyone in our group enjoyed going there.

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vipBobcat
Columbus
67 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We have been to Ella several times and it has to be said they are inconsistent with service. This time, except that we had a coupon, that we laid out on the table from the start, and the waitress rung up the bill without it and had to do it over again, the service was above average. The food is good; we had prime rib and chicken. It is always VERY NOISY. Art gallery next door is a nice touch.

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IceCreamMan
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I and two other couples enjoyed a wonderful evening. Even with a party of six, we were seated at exactly the time of our reservation in a booth. Our server, Chris, was friendly, helpful, and very knowledgable about all segments of the menu - wine, meals, everything. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was great. Thank you, Ella for a great evening with friends. P.S. I know it's almost spring, but please keep the Autumn Risotto on the menu - it's out of this world!

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vipbiztrvlr
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and always is. Service is impeccable and always is. Specials are always unique and delicious. Wine list is excellent.

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FoodieThatsME
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This gem in New Albany is great. I live a little north of New Albany and like good restaurants and don't mind driving to Short North, but it's nice to have an option of a restaurant with just a high caliber up north. Delicious menu and friendly staff. Recommend.

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vipCynt
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nice dinner even with wine event

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Jy123
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2014
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food. Service was slow. We had a party of 8. There were only 10 other people in the restaurant but our waitress was difficult to find.

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TerryK
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food - lots of unique choices. We went kinda basic - the Burger was excellent, including their home-made BBQ chips. And while the kiddies would like the Mac-n-Cheese, it's a great adult meal too - very rich and tasty - we got the pulled pork add-on - great choice! And the Chocotini was a delightful start. We were first-timers- and we'll be back!

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vipDalbert
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was delicious.

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Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Have been visiting since its opening 2 years ago. Chef Hyde's menu is creative and the food and service are consistenly excellent. Also, really like that most everything used including some of the alcohol is from Ohio, which showcases the excellent extent of the high quality products available in this rich agricultural state. New Albany is very lucky to have this little gem.

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vipalwaysout
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal here. I currently am unable to use my right foot due to surgery and have to use a little scooter. The restaurant staff was more than accommodating making sure I got in and was seated comfortably. The food and service were both excellent. I highly recommend the mussels. I love mussels and I am very picky about them. The sauce was incredible and mussels were fresh. We will definitely return..

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DateNite
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's dinner. Food was excellent and the service was awesome. The menu had wine pairings for all items, and we went with the suggested wine. Good choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Unfortunately our experience at Ella's was not very enjoyable. The restaurant was very noisy and there were way too many tables crammed into a small space. The service was adequate at best, and the food was average; for the price we did not feel it was a good value, especially compared to other restaurants in the area.

We were a small group of 6 that meet for dinner on a regular basis and were looking forward to our evening. We were visiting after dinner while our server took care of the dinner tickets, and we were encouraged to leave by the hostess. She informed us that there were customers waiting to be seated.

That will be our last visit to Ella's.

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AmyT
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was good, but food was excellent! I can't wait to go back!

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Freddie
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our first experience was very positive at this local gem. it's attached to an art gallery which makes it unique for a suburban restaurant. We were a bit surprised to discover they did not have a full menu on this particular date (prix frixe) but we're adaptable types. The only real downside was not being able to swap out courses between the four and five course options. Again, not a deal breaker by any stretch. Very busy (to be expected on Valentine's Day) but the atmosphere was still intimate enough to enjoy conversation with wine. The wine list is fairly extensive with plenty of selections from Ohio-based vineyards. Service was prompt and efficient, and food was excellent. Great little place and can't wait to try their full menu!!

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Mikecbus
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I took my wife to ELLA for Valentines Day and because of the weather we were almost 30 minutes late getting there. The owner and his mother took great care of us and found a table in a reasonable length of time. I can honestly say my wife enjoyed browsing about the art gallery and fortunately I got out of there without hurting my wallet. We both selected the 3 course meal, most items were delicious however the Sea Bass was inconsistently cooked. I contributed that to the number of people eating at the same time. Like most high-end restaurants I feel there is an over use of cheeses and mushrooms in there dishes. There was plenty of variety to select from, we will go back!

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vipsusanW
Columbus
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have eaten at Ella many times, it is our favorite! The menu for the Valentine Special Dinner was incredible. Chef Hyde out did himself. I told everyone that the meal ranked in my top 5 meals of all time. We have eaten in some of the best resturants in the world and this ranked up at the top. Cudos to Amy, David and Chefs!!!!!

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IceCreamMan
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and service from the first course to the last. We received personal attention from the owners, Amy and Larry, and the restaurant manager, Dave. Everything contributed to a night to always remember.

FAQs

Ella Restaurant + Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 855-4600.

Ella Restaurant + Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.