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Ella Restaurant + Bar

4.2
157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Continental
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Monday -Thur: 5 - 9 pm Fri- Sat 5 - 10 pm
Lunch : Mon- Fri 11 - 3 pm
Happy Hour Menu 3 - 6:30 Mon- Sat
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Phone number
(614) 855-4600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Travis Hyde
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Catering
Let ella cook for you.



ella offers catering options perfect for your special event including business lunches, dinners, parties catered in your home, in ella or on our patio and even private events hosted at Hayley Gallery.



Our menu is deliciously diverse, from Antipasti Displays to Sambuca Steamed Mussels to Parmesan Roasted Salmon and Steak & Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta and Pesto Grilled Rack of Lamb.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
161
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Parking details
Free parking in our safe private lot plus on street parking available.
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Special events & promotions
Sumptuous Brunch served Easter Sunday and Mother's Day
Special Menus - Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 157 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on November 7, 2014

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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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2014

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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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

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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5.0Dined on October 6, 2014

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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3.0Dined on September 26, 2014

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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5.0Dined on September 22, 2014

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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5.0Dined on September 9, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2014

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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5.0Dined on July 23, 2014

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2014

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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5.0Dined on July 18, 2014

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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2.0Dined on July 16, 2014

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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4.0Dined on July 14, 2014

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

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2014

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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4.0Dined on June 26, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2014

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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4.0Dined on May 8, 2014

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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5.0Dined on May 3, 2014

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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4.0Dined on April 25, 2014

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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4.0Dined on April 25, 2014

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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5.0Dined on April 25, 2014

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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4.0Dined on April 4, 2014

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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5.0Dined on March 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

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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4.0Dined on February 26, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 26, 2014

Nice dinner even with wine event

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2014

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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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Service was excellent and food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

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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2.0Dined on February 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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.

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