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Above Restaurant and Bar

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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 10
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 12
    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
Quite good! Enjoyable evening after the theater.

We had dinner for six after returning from Broadway and parking at the train station. The South Orange station is great for this, and it was nice to walk right across the street to Above. The elevator access was handy for some in our party. The decor and ambiance was quite nice. I would agree... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
RhysOrd
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We had dinner for six after returning from Broadway and parking at the train station. The South Orange station is great for this, and it was nice to walk right across the street to Above. The elevator access was handy for some in our party. The decor and ambiance was quite nice. I would agree that there are probably way... More 

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Thank RhysOrd
South Orange, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Went here for brunch with a large group, it was 17 of us.. It was adequate seating , the food came out on time , it was hot and delicious., the waiter was awesome, and staff very accommodating, I highly recommend for Sunday brunch .

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Thank Str8female3000
Mendham, New Jersey
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Where to begin? This is really two (or maybe two-and-a-half) distinct restaurants. The formal dining room is quiet with well constructed entrees and specials and a decent wine list (credit, please, for intentionally avoiding "Above average" references). But the food ranges from "Lobster tower" (a tail atop a potato croquette stuffed with shrimp) to Curried Scallops to Sushi to Meatloaf... More 

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Thank EdMuldoon
Florham Park, New Jersey
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I like the food and the service, but find it a little over priced, hence my reference to someone else paying. On our anniversary I took about 20 of my sorry relatives here for brunch. They treated us very well and it was not too, too pricey. They made my spouse a friend for life.

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Thank Primo250
Sauk City, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Stopped in for lunch. The service was so horrible I walked out. My better half stayed and paid the 150 dollar check. The food is nothing special either. Plain ribs covered in sauce, gross. Don't waste your time with this garbage.

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Thank Tim C
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Above is a great place for dinner and/or drinks. The staff is attentive and the food is great. I really enjoy the outdoor "roof" top patio, but the atmosphere is just elegant as well. You should go.

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Thank Todd G
west orange nj
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

after reading other reviews I was skeptical about returning to this restaurant. But the food presentation and service were excellent.

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Thank vivianWestOrangeNj
New Jersey
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76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our visit was for the birthday dinner of a friend who is a true foodie with a discriminating palate and an appreciation of the best ingredients well prepared. Above did not disappoint, from the professionally personable waiter who recommended great drinks to the delicious meal beautifully presented. Even dessert, which can sometimes be an afterthought, was decadent and ended an... More 

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Thank edahgal
USA
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

As a local, I want to love this place. It has a great menu, many options, OK atmosphere (décor is pretty gaudy, but spacious and patio is nice.) The mushroom soup is great. Much of the sushi is good. But it so often misses the mark. Can't seem decide whether it is aiming to offer fine dining, or just be... More 

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Thank JJexplorer
Jersey City, New Jersey
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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
  • Good for: Bar scene
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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