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Above Restaurant and Bar

1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
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Ranked #24 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
New York City
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Senior Contributor
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
268 reviews 268 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 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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Rahway, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

A group of 6 of us were there May 17th, seated at 5:30pm. Seated outside on the terrace which was nice, our waiter took our drink order rather promptly and left us our menus. When the waiter came back he took our appy and entree orders. The 1st round of drinks came in about 10 minutes, the subsequent rounds took... More

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Morristown, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went to this restaurant for the bar food so can't comment on their more formal dinner options. Bar is lively, staff is friendly and efficient and the food is good. Chicken caesar salad was fresh and crisp. Burger, pizza and sandwiches all reported by my group to be good and it is not too pricey.

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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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