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Above Restaurant and Bar

1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
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Ranked #25 of 54 Restaurants in South Orange
Price range: $15 - $30
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
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Valley St. / Scotland Rd.
Transit: South Orange train stop via NJ Transit Montclair Branch, Morristown Line & Gladstone Branch. Station is directly across the street from the restaurant.
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

A DMV transplant from South Orange, Above Restaurant and Bar was clearly not around during my youthful years in 80's. Aside from some surprisingly low-ratings from other customers, my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinning experience as Above Restaurant was the restaurant of choice to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday (TGBTG). My seared Chilean Sea Bass over corn, black... More 

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Far Hills, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

I had dinner at Above a couple of nights ago and I'm already forgetting the details. A bad sign for any restaurant. I walked in and told the hostess I was here. She said my dinner companion had not yet arrived so I sat down to wait. After 10 minutes another couple came in and headed to the bar in... More 

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New York City
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Dinner here reminded me of dinner with my grandparents, in both good and bad ways. The live music in the background sounded like we were watching old reruns of the Love Boat. The singer had a slowed down, jazzified version of the 70s hits we all know. The food was OK, but not great. The octopus and mango appetizer tasted... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I really, really want to like this restaurant, but I have yet to have a meal there that I actually liked. It's a pretty restaurant, roomy, with a bar, and South Orange needs a good restaurant. Unfortunately, this does not compare in any way to the good restaurants one can find in nearby Millburn, Maplewood and Montclair. Saturday night, after... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I like this place, and so do several of my more senior friends and relatives, who have even come out from New York City to meet me here. Roomy, relatively quiet, wood paneled interior, good drinks (apparently, although I'm not the one to judge). It's an extensive menu. I would stick to the more traditional fare, which this place surely... More 

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New York City, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We came to Above for a casual dinner - the drinks are OK, but that's not difficult - the good was horrible I actually got shellfish that was bad and sent it back - manager came to apologize, and yes it can happen - I told them I didn't want the food anymore to which the waiter commented 'you pay... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This restaurant has gone through a fairly recent transformation--and there's a nice bar, with some outdoor rooftop seating. Which might be nice if you like watching NJ Transit come and go. We were there on a night the restaurant was having a benefit for a sick child--which we wanted to support. The food was good, the staff was inordinately harried.... More 

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Maywood, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The hostess was dressed in leggings as pants. Inappropriate! I did not need to know that she was going commando. Some of the waiters' pants were downright filthy. It seemed as though we had arrived before actual service, given that staff and other visitors were milling about. Our waiter saved this restaurant from being terrible. Except for him, no one... More 

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New Jersey
Top Contributor
271 reviews 271 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Above Restaurant is an American restaurant located above a funky supermarket in downtown South Orange, very close to their train station. The supermarket used to be Eden Supermarket, but was recently renamed because of a new owner. Hard to park for the restaurant, since most street parking is limited to 1 or 2 hours and the parking garage in back... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Not the type of place you would go everyday, but great for special occasions. We were there for a birthday celebration and food and service were very good.

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Additional Information about Above Restaurant and Bar

Address: 1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone Number: 9737622683
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South Orange
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: American

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