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Above Restaurant and Bar

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American, Bar, Pub
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1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079 (Valley St. / Scotland Rd.)
+1 973-762-2683
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Tue - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Northern NJ
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I've eaten here many times and especially enjoy it during the summer when I can sit outside. The menu is interesting and the food is excellent ! Beautiful place with nice oak wood and you can walk around to the bar area if you want to look around Very friendly staff.

Thank JazzinInJersey
Garden City, New York
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124 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I recently ate here with a friend. We had tickets for SOPAC and Above was close by, a short 3 minute walk at most. The restaurant is located above a marketplace. It's spacious, good lighting and seating arrangements and includes a varied menu. I had linguine primavera which was excellent and plenty. The vegetables were fresh and fixed al dente.... More 

Thank Mary C
Parsippany, New Jersey
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Super empty went for my birthday, guys next door were shouting and drinking,not very romantic. Portions were huge. I had lobster risotto - pretty good. I think prices are too high. Had friend cheesecake - not very impressed.

Thank gintarem9
new jersey
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147 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Being new in town we decided to try this restaurant despite mixed reviews. We were a large family and ordered many dishes to try. Yes the portions were large and mostly ok. We had a problem with the waiter and our wine. At the end of the evening we asked to see the manager to take off the charge for... More 

Thank honest46
New Jersey
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Shawn at Above is the BEST waiter. He is one of the reasons we go so often for dinner & drinks. We always enjoy the food and we try to make sure we go when he's working. I don't smoke but my friend is a cigar smoker, the fact they have a smoking section outside is a plus. The buffalo... More 

Thank mafjack2016
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Went there with a party of 8. About half the people enjoyed their entrees, the other half did not like it at all. The appetizers were better, but the desserts were nothing good. The restaurant has a very very large menu. Unfortuntely, they were out of several items, and only disclosed that information after the items were ordered. They would... More 

Thank adam w
Maplewood, New Jersey
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is great as there is the main dining area , a bar /lounge area as well as the outdoor patio. Its definitely a local fav. The food is excellent. I've gone several times and never been disappointed. They have a lobster risotto that is heavenly.

Thank Lisah123456
South Orange, New Jersey
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My meal was too salty. The entertainment started too early. We could not continue our conversation because of the noise. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The evening was ruined because of the loud music. Everytime I go there I leave unhappy. For the prices one pays for the meal, one should leave satisfied.

Thank FlanneryTwin
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I have been here twice both times the service was terrible, the drinks were not well made and the food was first cold and not very good. I gave them a second chance. Went there with a friend. Sat outside and waited 20 minutes before I went and retrieved a server, and even then they did not return to take... More 

Thank Michael B
Beach Haven, New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Everything - start to finish was sublime. The food is fresh, well-prepared, artful, and varied - something for every set of taste buds and dietary needs. The service is professional, pleasant and timely. The atmosphere and decor are welcoming, warm, and stylish. In short, it was a phenomenal dining and social experience.

Thank Joan K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
    (Valley St. / Scotland Rd.)
  • Public Transportation: South Orange train stop via NJ Transit Montclair Branch, Morristown Line & Gladstone Branch. Station is directly across the street from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Orange
  • Phone Number: +1 973-762-2683

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?