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El CID Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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205 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652-1314
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:45 pm
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank LxG51
Paramus, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank 303linas
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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New York
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132 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

My wife and I were passing through and stopped into this restaurant for a quick bite. We walked in at approximately 5:30 and were greeted by the hostess. We informed her that we will take a seat at the bar. The restaurant and bar were not crowded at this time. The bartender approached us and ask us what we would... More 

Thank David P
Washington Township, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

My husband and I like to go here for a nice night out. The food is really good. The portions are HUGE so we share a plate. They charge a few extra dollars but split the meal as if two separate orders. We like it here. It does get crowded so its not a romantic spot. But the tables are... More 

Thank amelias507
Brick, NJ
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148 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We were at an American Legion Post and asked about places to eat. They told us about El Cid and warned us it was a little pricy and might not be able to get a seat because of the time we were going. They were right on both counts. The food was fantastic with big servings. W got there before... More 

Thank Nevs
Clifton, New Jersey
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178 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

I have to admit I find large portions off-putting, but even so, this place takes excess to an absurd level. It seems to be a matter of taste, of course, but serving one person several pounds of beef or a ten pound lobster seems wrong on many levels. That being said, the place is noisy and the quality of food... More 

Thank coeurdelion
New York City, New York
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was delicious, and plentiful. I'm a big guy and the portion was a challenge even for me. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere was friendly and inviting. The food and wine was pricey, but I felt I got my money's worth. The place was difficult to find and you need a reservation..

Thank Bill C
Paramus, New Jersey
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

El Cid has great prime rib dinner but you have to get there real early as they run out rather quickly. There seafood is almost on par with portuguese restaurants within car distance but just fails to meet the mark on that. if you get there later be prepared to wait. lastly it is NOISY in the restaurant so if... More 

Thank Joyce F
Bloomfield, New Jersey
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Ate upstairs which got a little loud due to some large mouthy groups but it didn't take away from the meal. Had the spicy steak tips to start, which were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and you can add more spice by eating the hot peppers that are in the pan. I had a 3 pound steamed lobster, which was easy to dissect,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 10:45 pm
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: 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?