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El CID Restaurant

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205 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652-1314
201-843-3002
Today
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I go every time I am in 07652.

This is my go to place in Paramus. I like the crowd on the weekend so I don't mind waiting. Once you're seated service is pretty quick. All of the food is so fresh and well prepared. Sometimes it's even better the second day. Try the white sangria next time you go.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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PITTSFORD
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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PITTSFORD
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is my go to place in Paramus. I like the crowd on the weekend so I don't mind waiting. Once you're seated service is pretty quick. All of the food is so fresh and well prepared. Sometimes it's even better the second day. Try the white sangria next time you go.

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NY
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91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I enjoy a great meal but these portions are ridiculous!! I always bring something home. So while the price is a little high, you are getting more than one meal. Their fish is amazing. Great supplier

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you remember the steak that flips over Fred Flintstone's car at the intro of the cartoon.. Well that's what the prime rib is like. The 2 or 3 times I have seen them serve it, a hush has come over the crowd. It tastes really good too BTW. Also the sangria at El Cid is outstanding.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Love those Spanish chips..great rice and good service..I went for a friend's birthday and had a really good time...

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New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Everything's perfect service, waiters are constantly cleaning your table Food is always great shrimp cocktail is clean / crisp fresh Filet mignon tips with cherry peppers rock Steamed lobsters are out of this world ThIS is MY favorite place You have to get there by 5:30 Or you will be waiting a long time

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Went to El Cid not knowing what to expect and what I got was good food and good sangria. The oysters were really good, I also had the spicy filet mignon medallions and they were superb. My party and I had a some fish and meat dishes. The service was very good and the decor was a little dated but... More 

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New Milford, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We've been here numerous times. Our favorite meal is the appetizer size beef tips. It comes to the table right in the sizzling frying pan. It's cooked with sliced hot cherry peppers. Order a side of rice and yum. The meat is always perfectly cooked. The chips are irresistible. You can't have just one. They're kind of like Homemade potato... More 

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New York City, New York
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169 reviews 169 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I've been here numerous times over the years, and have never been disappointed. I've heard a few criticisms that it's big portions and the food isn't that good, or it's simply quantity over quality, and so on. In my opinion -- not true at all! The steak is not Peter Luger's. The lobster is not the Oceana, the Water Club,... More 

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you know what to expect got in, El Cid will never disappoint. Expensive, big portions and good quality. Knowing how to order makes dining fun especially with a group of people. Because individual dinners are big, we chose to order a few of everything...spicy tips, salad, paella, chorizo and gambas...more than enough food and cooked perfectly. 7 people -... More 

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended so we decided to try it. The prime rib is huge but it's a bit bland unless you ask for the au jus and then it's perfect. Comes with yellow rice and fresh fried potato chips. The sangria was delicious. We also had the fresh oysters (which were very fresh) and clams casino which were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 205 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652-1314
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Paramus
  • Phone Number: 201-843-3002

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm

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