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Above Restaurant and Bar

1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
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Ranked #20 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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Restaurant details
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
New Jersey
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It is nice to have Above in town, the menu and the restaurant are ambitious and it is supported by the quality produce from Ashley Market which it sits "above". The bar scene, though not for me also may be an attraction for some. The food and the crowd are both sometimes "hit or miss" as have our visits been.... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Above is a great place to gather with friends. The food, drinks and service are great. The space is very nice and open. I have attended several events here as well (back to school back pack drives and toys for tots drives). I can't say enough good things about the attentive staff and the great food.

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Verona, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

As plain as it looks from the outside; is as unique it is on the interior. Everything from burgers, fresh sushi to Fig Pizza (no typo there Fig Pizza!) gives its patrons an opportunity to come here. Conveniently located near SOPAC and the train station, it is worth the experience. The wait staff are helpful and attentive. The Veal Marsala... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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