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Yella Grille

16 Post Office Ave, Andover, MA 01810-3618
978-749-0011
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Ranked #2 of 54 restaurants in Andover
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Yella, which means “Come On, Let’s Go” in Lebanese, is a Modern Mediterranean Grille located in the heart of downtown Andover. Chef Carlo Berdahn and his wife Danielle together co-own the picturesque bistro, bringing a new and fresh dining option to the Merrimack Valley. The intimate space and updated décor provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere, while its crisp linens and open layout give the dining room a comfortable and inviting setting. Lebanese inspired, these beautifully plated dishes remain true to the hearty traditions of regional cooking; warm soups, dark lentils, subtle teasing spices, velvety risotto, crispy pan seared fish, succulent lamb and delectable desserts. Chef Berdahn uses his culinary expertise to create classic, yet modern Mediterranean dishes.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Yella, which means “Come On, Let’s Go” in Lebanese, is a Modern Mediterranean Grille located in the heart of downtown Andover. Chef Carlo Berdahn and his wife Danielle together co-own the picturesque bistro, bringing a new and fresh dining option to the Merrimack Valley. The intimate space and updated décor provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere, while its crisp linens and open layout give the dining room a comfortable and inviting setting. Lebanese inspired, these beautifully plated dishes remain true to the hearty traditions of regional cooking; warm soups, dark lentils, subtle teasing spices, velvety risotto, crispy pan seared fish, succulent lamb and delectable desserts. Chef Berdahn uses his culinary expertise to create classic, yet modern Mediterranean dishes.
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Boston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Excellent food and small and intimate atmosphere. My only complaint is that it's so small, it's hard to get a reservation on the weekend and it's a bit pricy to be so cramped.

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, Cathy! We absolutely agree with you in that Yella certainly has space limitations, and do wish that we were able to accommodate everyone seeking a reservation with us on the weekends. The good news is that our outdoor patio will be opening soon for the season, which will provide us with six additional tables to... More

Andover, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We have dined here several times and the food and service are always excellent. The menu is varied and offers many good options - hard to decide which to choose at times. I would highly recommend Yella.

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Hi JF38, thanks for your kind words about Yella- we very much appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we're doing. Hope to see you again soon. More

Amesbury, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is a great restaurant and I would put this on your list of places to go for 2014. The food is absolutely delicious. My husband ordered the short ribs and he said that the flavor was unbelievable and the meat was so tender. I ordered red the scallops and I savored every bite. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.... More

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Your positive comments are much appreciated, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts! The scallops and short ribs are two of the Chef's specialties, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed them so much. Looking forward to seeing you back again soon. More

Medford, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The food did meet the standard one would expect at a restaurant with an elegant atmosphere and pricey menu. We asked the waitress for a second com The hummus was bland, the mezza platter had what appeared to be frozen mini hors'deuvres, the shrimp dinner plates was mostly pasta and a few shrimp. We asked for another complimentary hummus and... More

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding your experience with us at Yella. We apologize that your expectations weren’t met, as we absolutely want to make every possible effort to exceed expectations. My husband and I are embarrassingly meticulous perfectionists and we have worked very hard to establish a reputation of delicious food and gracious service... More

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

At the suggestion of friends, we experienced a wonderful and delicious meal at Yella Grille. The friendly staff, especially our waitress Danielle, coupled with knowledge of the menu, made it easy to choose a meal. The scallops were outstanding! Crab cakes amazing and the chocolate mouse was sensational. We will definately return.

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Hi Cooki, thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your meal with us. I'm happy to hear that you loved the scallops and pots du creme so much, and that Danielle took such fantastic care of you. Hope to see you back soon! More

Lynnfield, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I recently learned of Yella Mediterranean Grill of Andover. On the drive there I was reminded of what a beautiful town it was. Located downtown on a cozy side street we found Yella with its warm glow of lighted windows. Greeted and seated graciously, we anticipated our meal. The crab cakes appetizer was delicious and satisfying. Our chosen entrees of... More

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Steven, thank you for your thoughtful review. I absolutely agree that Andover is a beautiful town and we are so fortunate to have become part of the community here. Looking forward to having you dine with us again soon. Thanks again! More

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16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We enjoy Yella lunch and dinner, the staff is so friendly and helpful explaining the menu. We started off with their complimentary hummus and chips. Our favorite yesterday was sharing the falafel plate, several of the most tasty falafels with tahini sauce, picked greens, tomatoes , cucumbers, micro greens and pita triangles We also share the fattoush salad, a tangy... More

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. Yes- we are also very excited about our new alfresco dining- it has been a dream of ours for quite some time and it is wonderful that it finally came to fruition. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the falafel plate so much, it is most certainly a customer... More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Andover doesn't have many good restaurants but Yella's is in a class by itself. Wonderful Meditteranian food served in a cozy atmosphere. In the warm weather they have outside dining. The mussels are outstanding as are many of the home recipe dinners. I eat there frequently and have never had anything but excellent food and service.

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Hi Jay, thanks for posting such kind words about Yella. The mussels are certainly delicious, and a great way to start off the meal. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again! More

Manchester, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a very small quaint restaurant. Very clean and quiet. The wait staff was very attentive to our needs and wants. They were very knowledgable about what was in the menu and what was used for ingredients in the meals. We had an appetizer for four which was very very good. It had several different kinds of apps on... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a cute place. The cinnamon iced tea is a little sweet but tasty. My sister had been before and had to ask for the complimentary hummus and pita chips which I liked a lot. Then came my entree: ratatouille and rice. I ordered this to have a healthy meal. The ratatouille was heavily sugared and too sweet and... More

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Danielle B, Owner at Yella Grille, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback, LenainLex. We are disappointed that your meal with us was not as you expected it to be. Yes, our homemade iced tea is sweetened with a little bit of sugar- we do not make an unsweetened tea. In terms of the Braised Eggplant and Zucchini Ratatouille, during the summer months it... More

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