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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
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
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
  • Dinner
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Newtown, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
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
Senior Reviewer
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 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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Hackensack, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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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?