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Above Restaurant and Bar

American, Bar
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1 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079 (Valley St. / Scotland Rd.)
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
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here twice both times the service was terrible, the drinks were not well made and the food was first cold and not very good. I gave them a second chance. Went there with a friend. Sat outside and waited 20 minutes before I went and retrieved a server, and even then they did not return to take... More 

Thank Michael B
Beach Haven, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything - start to finish was sublime. The food is fresh, well-prepared, artful, and varied - something for every set of taste buds and dietary needs. The service is professional, pleasant and timely. The atmosphere and decor are welcoming, warm, and stylish. In short, it was a phenomenal dining and social experience.

Thank Joan K
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Food is just OK, nothing special. Great service though. Selection and quality of food does not justify the price. They're trying to create an image of upscale restaurant with no luck.

Thank Ayelet B
Manlius, New York
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105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I had no idea about this restaurant until I saw some reviews. My daughter goes to Seton Hall, and we came here for Brunch. The ambiance is wonderful - and the staff was super friendly and responsive. Our waiter went above and beyond for our daughter's birthday. The portions were more than generous and the food was excellent.

Thank Nancy1092
Millburn, New Jersey, USA
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I was taken to Above by my husband for my birthday, and to my dismay, this is a restaurant whose ethos has not kept up with the times. All meat has antibiotics, all fish is farmed. Most comparable restaurants offer some healthy options, but not Above. Beautiful market below with lots of organics, but clearly the restaurant doesn't shop there.... More 

Thank sallylou98
Key Largo, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Outstanding food quality and ample amounts. Service was great and the setting was very nice. The options met all our needs.

Thank Roger C
New Jersey
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I recently enjoyed lunch here. The food is well prepared and excellent. A bit expensive for me, but appropriate for a spsecial occasion.

Thank ellieNewJersey
New Jersey
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

Thank RhysOrd
South Orange, New Jersey
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13 reviews
7 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 .

Thank Str8female3000
Mendham, New Jersey
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29 reviews
23 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 

Thank EdMuldoon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?