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Elia, East Rutherford, NJ

Elia

4.8
4.8
2261 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
A unique dining experience in an authentic atmosphere. Step through our doors and feel as if you have been transported to a Mediterranean island.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 80 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 939-9292

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose Luis Falcon

  • Neighborhood

    East Rutherford

  • Cross street

    Orchard Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    NJ transit train in Rutherford is less than 2 blocks from restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 2,261 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - North

    Best Ambiance

  • New Jersey - North

    Mediterranean

  • New Jersey - North

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  1. NP

    NancyP

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elia is always a treat. Not only is the food fresh, delicious, and beautiful but the service and ambiance are also stellar. Extra shoutout for their outdoor dining area—it sure doesn’t feel like a parking lot! Everything we ordered was excellent and the service was superb. We’ll be back, of course!
  2. D

    Derek

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been for dinner many times over the years since Elia opened, but never for brunch. What a delight. The brunch menu is a lovely selection of breakfast & lunch dishes, including salads & appetizers from their main menu. My wife’s salmon eggs Benedict was fabulous, as was my Farro salad which I had with grilled salmon. The salmon was done perfectly, and the combination of flavors were so delicious. And, we were well tended by our server, Jan, who didn’t miss a beat… very attentive! Overall, Elia never disappoints. Thank you for another great dining experience!
  3. AR

    AlmaR

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff and great service, beautiful place!
  4. MR

    MariaR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , great service ! I always have a great experience!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! Servers and staff are very friendly and really profesional. I been to many restaurants, this place they know what they doing. From the moment they greet u at the door till u leave. WORTH EVERY PENNY. Can’t wait to be back.
  6. RR

    RonR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying Elia. Service was really good. Plenty of staff. Food was delicious and we weren’t rushed, so we were able to take our time and enjoy. Drinks were creative and very tasty.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful 1st experience and will definitely be back. Our server went above and beyond recommending the most popular dishes and spaced out the timing of the courses really well. The music and energy was so cool without being overbearing like some other restaurants.
  8. G

    janetG

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I would never come back to this restaurant. They said that they would give us an indoor table and the rude maître d’ told us no way. So the service was slow and the food was terrible And my husband got sick from the raw wasters we had. It was bad enough we had a sweat outside and listen to terrible loud music.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Although we liked the food and ambiance, we felt rushed from the beginning and couldn’t fully enjoy each course of our dining experience, which was a shame. When our table was cleared from our main course, we wanted to order dessert and asked to see a dessert menu as soon as a random server came to our table and not the main server who took our order. He reluctantly gave us one and seemed annoyed because he was more worried about dropping the check and getting us out since they needed our table. So we quickly paid our bill and left disappointed. Tip: If you are a slow-eater or enjoy taking your time to eat, especially if you want a three course meal, make sure to bring a stop watch or use your phone’s timer because your 90 minutes start at the time of your reservation and not when you actually get seated at your table.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at Elia’s. Excellent food and service, but noise level was very high. Overall a very good restaurant, looking forward to returning.
  11. S

    Sgw340

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my first visit to Elia. I was pleasantly surprised at the ambience of the restaurant, the quality and variety of food, and the overall experience. I had never heard of it and was shocked to see how popular it is. Clearly I was the last to hear about this wonderful restaurant. Maybe the best I’ve been to in New Jersey
  12. J

    Jabhbp

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always as excellent meal with amazing service and a stunning setting. The oysters are so delicious and fresh. The octopus appetizer and Chilean Sea bass are favorites of ours. Can’t wait to go back again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance. Great brunch
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been to this spot a few times and it never disappoints. Last night we had Steven C as our server and he was AMAZING! So attentive, kind and funny. Food was delicious and it wasn't too crowded so that helped us relax even more. Will be back soon.
  15. D

    Diane

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Waiter extremely friendly and attentive.
  16. HN

    HNG6

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and terrific ambiance. Will definitely be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was amazing. 10 out of 10 must try!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Went for lunch with a group of five and we sat outside because the inside was really dark and quickly regretted it because the outside traffic was so hard to have a conversation with one another. Also server rushed us to order entrees while we were still enjoying the 5 appetizers we ordered and bottle of rose we were sipping, overall a bit more tact would of been appreciated.
  19. MT

    MadelineT

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here great food ! Love the ambiance too! It’s a must try!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch menu and staff is so friendly.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service,food and atmosphere we were seated outside Surrounded with beautiful flowers it makes us feel like we are overseas in Greece
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in with my family for Sunday brunch. Everything tasted so good all the flavors work together so well. The decor and ambiance is just as good if not better. One of the best espresso martinis I've had in a while. Will be back for brunch again very soon.
  23. G

    G333

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really happy they are playing the new bad bunny album. My lady friend loves it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my parents to my everyday spot for brunch and they couldn’t believe this place exists in Bergen county: they felt that they where in vacation.
  25. AF

    AnthonyF

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a food experience!! Our Bronzino crudo was to die for. The service was impeccable. My only issue was the music was to loud. Maybe I’m getting old. DEFINITELY recommend!
  26. DG

    DanaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    We returned to Elia for another outstanding meal. The food was phenomenal as always. It was a busy Saturday night, so we had to wait for a few things, but our server was friendly and attentive, and we were happy to linger over drinks and apps, making the slight wait time less of an issue. The only downside was the blaring DJ playing throughout our meal. We love good food. We also love a party vibe, but the combination, for us, did not work. Conversing over the loud music was difficult and distracting. We love the fresh, creative, delicious food and we will definitely be back. We'll probably opt for a quieter day or time to avoid the unnecessary, forced attempt at hip ambiance.
  27. LB

    LeaBC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It was a birthday dinner and we asked for outdoor seating. We were brought to our table in the corner of the bushes. Our main food server/waiter was not pleasant and hardly came over to our table or the other tables in our small area of tables for two. The food was very good. We had the skirt steak and the lamb chops and both were prepared well. We left upset about the poor service and to top it off the valet brought us the wrong car and lost our ticket and made us wait 20 minutes before finally finding our car.
  28. DL

    DiegoL

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    First time at Elia, the service was very good, friendly staff and very nice ambiance. However food was a bit disappointing. We will give it another try.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What an incredible experience that was! Everything from the music to the food and to the drinks. The service was also amazing will definitely come back. My waiter Erick was attentive and hospitable. I will be asking for him again.
  30. l

    lajavier

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We LOVED! We chose Elia as our date night spot and had a great time. It was a Friday night so there was a DJ (great music!) and was also louder than we expected. Regardless, the food was delicious, the service was great, and the music was also amazing. Right up our ally! Will definitely be returning and recommending. The bill was reasonable for an upscale place, as well! We each got a cocktail, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and a dessert. Before the tip, our total was about $80 each.
  31. CR

    CarolR

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the Greek Peasant salad, eggplant and Zucchini chips, grilled Lavraki fish, halibut and Chilean sea bass. Service was excellent and restaurant is beautiful. A tad noisy for us but enjoyable for most.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful lunch
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance beautiful place and the food always surpasses my expectations. Highly recommend to anyone who wasn't been before.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my moms birthday. Everything was amazing. She loved the tuna tartare, the octopus, also the chips. The special halibut they had was fantastic. I meant this places has a great menu. Also, our server was very profesional! Beautiful place! Well done! And thank you!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Steven was amazing.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great.
  37. RT

    RichT

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend a visit. Great food and service.
  38. RW

    RobertaW

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit and I can’t wait to come back! Excellent service, superb cuisine…..and the drinks were stellar as well.
  39. N

    stephanieN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Lovely meal from an excruciatingly slow kitchen. We ended up missing the first 5 songs at Elton John, as a result. We were there for over 90 minutes and finally told the waiter if the food didn’t get to the table in the next 5 minutes we didn’t want it. A pity as it’s a very pretty restaurant with very good food. I would go back if we did not have a hard time commitment right after dinner.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!!!

FAQs

Elia is rated 4.8 stars by 2261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 80 times today
Google Map for Elia

240 Hackensack St, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Orchard Street

  • Neighborhood

    East Rutherford

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    NJ transit train in Rutherford is less than 2 blocks from restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Luis Falcon

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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