Elli’s Backyard

4.8
107 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A undeniably great and inviting atmosphere; with a staff that makes you feel at home. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu created by the owner Patrick and renowned Chef Calderon, there is a dish for everyone. Just opened and welcoming everyone! See you soon! :)
You must call the restaurant directly and request outdoor seating if preferred. 732-268-8902

Offers

  • Toy Story

    Feb 1, 2022 only

    Sun 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM, Tue - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM

    The entire staffed will be dressed as characters from toy story!
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The food is amazing and the place is so charming. The service was great and the owner came over to introduce himself. We will definitely be back.

SK
SarahKarabinos
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a beautiful place and the food is delicious! I would rate this restaurant 11 out of 10! It’s amazing and I would recommend all my friends and family to eat here

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t expecting such a great night! We have been very disappointed with restaurants lately, including past favorites. Mostly poor tasting food, dry, cold or just knowing we could’ve done a better job at home.
NOT TONIGHT!
I think we have found our new go to!! First when we walked in I thought what a cute place and family friendly!
We were escorted to the table where they already had a Happy Birthday chalk board sign (great touch). Loved how the backyard theme was continued throughout.
I did not know it was BYOB, but we hadn’t planned on drinking anyway.
The appetizers were delicious and the bacon was amazing, a very cute and original presentation.
Entrees came, I asked for salt, which after tasting the food I didn’t need at all, perfectly seasoned. My steak was delicious and everyone at the table loved their meals. Though stuffed, we ordered dessert (of course, it was a Birthday after all) if there were anything I would have changed, it would have been the cookie lava dessert would have been better hot. The singing of happy birthday was nice and not too long. All and all a great time, great food and great waitress! First time in a long time that we left a restaurant and DID NOT say we should have just stayed home.
The service was excellent! Attentive but not hovering, all entrees presented at the same time and very friendly (not fake friendly) staff! Fair prices and looking forward to going back!!

TC
vipTonyC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, very unpretentious, friendly.
BYOB and great value.

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Rick
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We told some friends about this place, and they decided we all must go....so my wife and I made our 2nd trip there in a week, this time as a party of 6. Once again, we were delighted by our food and the entire experience, and our friends raved over it!

Rob is a great server, hopefully, if you try this place, you can get one of his tables.

We met the owner, Patrick, and came away impressed by this young man. He has a passion, and it is shared by his employees.

A great place, and we (and our friends) HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

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vipgoodeater
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is my first time at this restaurant. I saw good reviews on it so I was excited to go. When you first walked in the ambience is so cute the lights are just amazing and I really like the layout of the restaurant it's very eclectic.

I fell in love with the crispy cauliflower that is soaked in a sweet and slightly spicy sauce. Oh my goodness I can eat that alone. I got the broccoli and pasta in a warm bread bowl. The only thing I'll say is that for me personally I like my broccoli and chicken cut up a lot smaller and there was so much in there so just my suggestion and opinion when I ate my leftovers the next day I chopped everything up smaller it was just so much nicer I just like it that way. And it's just my personal opinion. Flavor was amazing. We also got a tuna Poké bowl. This was a little discouraging although very very tasty. Because it's nowhere near a Poké bowl I think they should rename it to like tuna with salad. There really wasn't a lot of tuna on there at all. And just a little bit of rice but everything was laying on a bed of greens. So there's no way that's a Poké bowl. Still amazing but I think it's a little misleading when you say Poké bowl because it was more greens than anything. Again another suggestion would be to just put a small amount of greens on the bottom and use more rice and definitely more tuna. Even if you have to up the price.

Since I wrote this entry we went back another time lol I got the chicken quesadilla which was very good and these little corn bites. And then the fried mushrooms. I'll be going back again and again… And by the way the service was amazing. Check this place out. Very very good food and service.

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SteveL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a unique little restaurant with a menu that’s sure to have something for everyone. The decor is so creative and the service is top notch. I’ll be going back again & again. Make sure you save room for the S’mores!

VC
VickiC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good delicious and service was great. Loved the decor

AE
AimEis
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Cannot wait to go back and try breakfast

BS
vipBobS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Loved it. W great food. GREAT service. Highly recommend. Amazing addition to Red Bank.

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Rick
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there. Once again, it exceeds our expectations! Our server was Rob, same as the first time we went. Fantastic, attentive, not pushy, and on top of anything you need! We had the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer again. Excellent! This place is a gem.

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Dean
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and excellent service. Eclectic and fun ambience. Very cold when door opened with people entering the restaurant.

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vipDoone
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with extended family- Service, atmosphere, food were all wonderful!! We can’t wait to return and try more of their offerings…

MA
MikeAnderson
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the earthy, relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable backyard patio in a friends home. We definitely will return to try more dishes. Everyone loved the appetizers. Service was great, friendly and well-timed. Prices are very reasonable for the serving size and quality of food.

DE
DawnE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal of experience at this establishment. Love the food, service and ambiance of the place

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Donna
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere at Elli's. The food is always great. Make this a regular stop for a quick lunch or dinner. You'll be glad you did!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and addition to the red bank area. Wonderful service, very friendly, and great variety of food options

MG
vipMikeG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there and had a great meal. Would definitely go back.

JO
JOHNB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner and server was excellent . Kids welcome and love a BYOB

HJ
HJozijsa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing & the servers were genuine and always making sure to meet your needs

RB
RichB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall awesome experience. Delicious food. Service was outstanding. Kids loved it. Great place for kids as well.

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steve
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent and our waiter Rob took great care of us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Years Eve. Staff was friendly and food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service!

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great value, had the smoke house burger and creme bule cheese cake. Perfect date night.

JW
JonW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening, good service a tasty cooking

BC
BillChill
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

My party and I really wanted to like Elli’s but unfortunately the dishes that sounded great on paper, came up severly short of expectations. Tried their famous burger (ordered med rare, came well done), dry aged NY strip (ordered med rare, came out very well done), margarita pizza, cauliflower bites, mac n cheese, and fries. The steak was the biggest disappointment given the very low quality cut, cook temp and flavor. Pizza was also a huge bummer tasting similar to a “make your own” flatbread crust from costco. Mac n cheese was ok. Server was pretty good!

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Amanda
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning

LJ
vipLJW03
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always happy servers and accommodating

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place in Red Bank to enjoy a meal, absolutely cannot be beat for the price and what you get.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and experience, and great value

G
George
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had gone out for breakfast on a day when they were repairing the street in front of Eli’s but trust me neither the sound or the cold made it inside The food service and personality of the staff were all great.

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vipPoozie
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance. The menu is diverse and everything is fresh and delicious. Great service. A real gem!

GH
GinaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. We had the burger and the salmon and both were so good!! Will definitely be heading back for more meals.

LJ
vipLJW03
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eli's is a great comfortable place to go on a date night or bring the entire family. Great service, great food.

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vipMmmmmmmm
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little place. Excellent waiter, food really good. Cute decorated casual restaurant. Glad I tried something new.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Super cute
Food is comfort not fine cuisine
Fun and sweet
Ok for everyday dining

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vipAdrian
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant is very attractive and engaging. Food needs some work. I had the shrimp scampi and the shrimp were over cooked and sauce was soupy. My husband had the pineapple bowl with a steak substitution which we paid an extra $12 for. We felt that was a bit much since the listed price was for chicken or shrimp. Understand there should be a surcharge for steak, but $12 is a bit high. The steak was fatty, and not
much pineapple in the pineapple bowl.
There is too much going on with the table setting. Two tops are small and there isn’t enough room to eat your meal. I was afraid if I didn’t balance my plate properly on the wooden charger my meal would end up in my lap.
Service was very personable and attentive at the start, but mid meal feel as though we were forgotten about.
Overall, great ambiance, friendly service, food was a bit high based on the lackluster quality and flavor. Seems more of a focus on presentation and not flavor.
Looking forward to giving it another try in the future once they have worked through some of the issues.

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Foodlvr
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff really makes you feel like part of the family and is clearly proud to welcome you to their restaurant. The food was spot on and huge portions. Love the specials and “secret” menu. The menu has something for everyone which is great when dining with a mix of ages and preferences. So nice to have a restaurant with great food and a fun atmosphere that is so welcoming to kids.

DE
vipDawnE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great experience. Food is delicious and staff on point.

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You can order delivery directly from Elli’s Backyard using the Order Online button. Elli’s Backyard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 268-8902.

Elli’s Backyard is rated 4.8 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.