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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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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Most recent review
New Years eve dinner

decided to bring in the new year here, since it was close and we did not want to deal with traffic and wait list. There was no wait, we were able to get a table last minute. This was our second time visiting, so we knew the food and atmosphere would be good. The prices are average. You are served... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Keynah
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

decided to bring in the new year here, since it was close and we did not want to deal with traffic and wait list. There was no wait, we were able to get a table last minute. This was our second time visiting, so we knew the food and atmosphere would be good. The prices are average. You are served... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food was just OK but you are charged NYC prices in South Orange. There are better places to eat that are more affordable.

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South Orange, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We've been here 5 or 6 times. I find the bar area a nice place to go for wine and appetizers. When the bar patio is open in the spring and summer it's lovely. The restaurant itself is another matter. The food is ok, nothing spectacular. The prices are pretty high for what it is. Our last experience there was... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Usa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Most people unfamiliar with the South Orange area may never notice Above. It actually sits above a gourmet grocery store and I believe the only way you'll notice a restaurant exist there is by the sign atop the building. I would have never discovered this gem of a restaurant if not for the fact that very good friends of mine... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The food is decent, but given the cost not as good as it should be. Atmosphere okay, service decent. Given the proximity of South Orange to NYC, where there are literally 100s of restaurants in this price category ith much better food and service, it makes one wonder why eat here?

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New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 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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Maryland
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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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?