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El CID Restaurant

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205 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652-1314
201-843-3002
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11:30 am - 10:45 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
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Bring Your Appetite

Yes, the decor is dated but if you want a lot of fresh tasting food...belly up. We had salmon and the paella... The salmon was cooked perfectly as it was tender and seasoned just right. It looked like it was almost a 1 lb. fillet. The paella was a little dry but still good and enough for another... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Thomas S
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Newtown, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Excellent service and the surf and turf is amazing! Love the sangria too. Awsome wait staff Everything is delish.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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123 reviews 123 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Very good food with large portions. The home made fries are the best part. I like the food but the dances not as flavorful as some of my favorite Spanish cuisines

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Newtown, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Yes, the decor is dated but if you want a lot of fresh tasting food...belly up. We had salmon and the paella... The salmon was cooked perfectly as it was tender and seasoned just right. It looked like it was almost a 1 lb. fillet. The paella was a little dry but still good and enough for another meal the... More 

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Paramus
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We generally frequent this restaurant with a group, either family or friends. Portions are tremendous, so bring your appetite. Service is good and servers friendly. On weekends, lines can be long, even with a reservation.

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New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I eat here about 5 times a year. The food is always very good, consistent, and portions are large. VERY large cuts of steaks and fresh whole lobsters are their specialties. I would recommend anyone in the area try this restaurant.

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PITTSFORD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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Mahwah, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?