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Above Restaurant and Bar

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1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079 (Valley St. / Scotland Rd.)
South Orange train stop via NJ Transit Montclair Branch, Morristown Line & Gladstone Branch. Station is directly across the street from the restaurant.
9737622683
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Decent place for a Drink and Appetizers

Good Appetizers and decent drinks. Great outdoor sitting areas and overall nice ambience. A bit pricy and the service was a little slow. But if you are going for a leisurely place to have conversation, nice appetizers and drinks, this place would do. Additionally, it appears that they have a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Sam B
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South Orange, New Jersey
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Sauk City, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Stopped in for lunch. The service was so horrible I walked out. My better half stayed and paid the 150 dollar check. The food is nothing special either. Plain ribs covered in sauce, gross. Don't waste your time with this garbage.

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New York City, New York
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Above is a great place for dinner and/or drinks. The staff is attentive and the food is great. I really enjoy the outdoor "roof" top patio, but the atmosphere is just elegant as well. You should go.

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west orange nj
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

after reading other reviews I was skeptical about returning to this restaurant. But the food presentation and service were excellent.

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New Jersey
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our visit was for the birthday dinner of a friend who is a true foodie with a discriminating palate and an appreciation of the best ingredients well prepared. Above did not disappoint, from the professionally personable waiter who recommended great drinks to the delicious meal beautifully presented. Even dessert, which can sometimes be an afterthought, was decadent and ended an... More 

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USA
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

As a local, I want to love this place. It has a great menu, many options, OK atmosphere (décor is pretty gaudy, but spacious and patio is nice.) The mushroom soup is great. Much of the sushi is good. But it so often misses the mark. Can't seem decide whether it is aiming to offer fine dining, or just be... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is one of my favorite place anywhere to order mussels! Above's Blue Bay Mussels come in this uniquely divine light pesto sauce just the right amount of cream. They're perfect every time and I've been ordering them for at least two years. Weight conscious, it's always my go-to-dish because it has so much flavor and the mussels aren't small... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I was introduced to Above as a result of a large dinner party reservation. I was a bit surprised as I was not well aware of the location. It is right next to the train station (the passing trains are not a distraction) and above the specialty supermarket. The food was great as was the service. I returned for a... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The fish was old and rubbery, the sauce congealed. The Arrugala was past its optimum life. The waiter's only response was, I will tell the Chef. The Chef's response was, yours is the only 2 orders I have had that response too, but I will tell the management. It was Manhattan prices without either the quality or the service. Avoid... More 

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Harrison, New Jersey
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Sorry for the long titile but I am disgusted by this place. My cousin had a birthday dinner party with over 20+ guests. At a distance this place is nice. The outdoor patio is beautiful and so is the inside. They had several unoccupied cabanas, which was odd but maybe it was an off Friday night. Plain truth: The were... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good Appetizers and decent drinks. Great outdoor sitting areas and overall nice ambience. A bit pricy and the service was a little slow. But if you are going for a leisurely place to have conversation, nice appetizers and drinks, this place would do. Additionally, it appears that they have a nice dinner menu and good indoor eating area. I was... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 9737622683

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?