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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 11
    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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Jersey City, New Jersey
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Kingston Parish, Jamaica
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

There are numerous interesting seating options,including large outdoor patios. The service is a bit slow as additional staff is needed. The meal is attractively presented and the portions are substantial. You may have more than enough and the staff is willing to cater to your request. Ideally located for large groupings,family,couples and business.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My husband and I go here for dinner occasionally, and have always had great experiences. The food, drinks and staff is great!

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Massapequa, New York
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

If you are in the area and looking for a solid, enjoyable lunch or dinner try Above. It gets its name because it is above a farmers market / gourmet super market. In fact if you park in the back public garage, you need to walk through the super market to get in. The service was decent, but definitely slow.... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The food was average and service was slow not what we expected I have had much better food and bigger portions

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Orange, New Jersey
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Unfortunately, it seems that every try am I tried to give Above a chance, the service, the quality of the food, and the overall ambience leave something to be desired. I am not sure how they have their kitchen running, but the hamburgers are either overcooked, or undercooked. The hamburgers have no seasoning and you could tell that they tried... 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?