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El CID Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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205 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652-1314
+1 201-843-3002
Today
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:45 pm
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N.J.
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place with huge portions. Great wine selections . We had the filet mignon sliced and appetizers along with 2 bottles of wine. Great food and service.

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Thank Benny C
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped here after the Giant's game, did not have a reservation; but was seated quickly. The appetizer selection was limited but delicious. We had the beef tips, garlic shrimp, and crispy garlic. The portion size was ample and easily fed two. The dinner was just as tasty and portion size easily filled two. There is a sharing charge of... More 

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Chester, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like flavorless large cuts of meat this place is for you. Everything else was horrible mussels appetizers disgusting. The broth was like they threw in a couple handfuls of flour to make it thick...why would you do that.. Really tasteless and not quality ingrediants. Unpeeled garlic shrimp disgusting. Chiorizo appetizer...one thinly sliced overcooked sausage was putrid. The place... More 

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Thank Joseph M
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Cid is a great place to eat and the steaks are excellent. My favorite place to go for Spanish food. My favorite is the shrimp and garlic appetizer. If you don't arrive before 7 pm for dinner then plan to wait by the bar it gets very busy on the weekends. Well worth the wait. The red and white... More 

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Thank Pumpkins31
New Jersey
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399 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's difficult for me to find fault with this place, although we paid over $400 all in for 4 diners! Saturday nite never ends with the steady stream of patrons. No reservations on Fri/Sat so we had a 45 minute wait, which was exactly what we were told. There's no sitting at the bar either, unless you get lucky. Lots... More 

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Thank XSki007
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by a friend, we, a company of 6, arrived to El Cid at 18:30. The place do not hold reservations and an hour later, it was packed. We ordered shrimp and chorizos for starts, prime rib, sirloin and lobsters for main. The quality of the meat and lobsters was top notch and they were made to perfection. We ended... More 

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Thank Ariel T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We had Prime Rib it was the best we ever had and my wife 2 lobsters and 2 dozen clams they were great . we had great service ,the only problem we had we went on a Monday night and we had to wait like 20 minutes.

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Thank intzera
Mahwah, New Jersey
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We didn't have a very good waitress. We needed to ask for bread, water, tea multiple times. She took away food before we were done. I ordered coffee and tea was brought. And so the night continued. It took along time for the main course to arrive. We were with friends so we didn't mind too much.

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Thank LxG51
Paramus, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Food is always good. Huge portions to be shared. Gets very busy on Friday nights and weekends but worth it.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Had a small family get together after a funeral and have to say everything was fantastic. Food was great, almost everybody took food home they give you so much, my brother took home so much prime rib it could feed his family of four. Had the paella and it was superb, brought home enough for another meal as did my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652-1314
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Paramus
  • Phone Number: +1 201-843-3002

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?