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“Slightly underwhelmed but will go back”

El Sitio Grill & Cafe
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Ranked #6 of 58 Restaurants in Collingswood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Argentinean, Ecuadorean, Peruvian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Slightly underwhelmed but will go back”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

My husband and I recently tried El Sitio for the 1st time and we were left with mixed reviews. The menu was on the small side but had interesting dishes so we decided to give it a try. We asked the waiter for his recommendations and he suggested the standard steak items on the menu. We explained we were looking for something a bit more adventurous since this is to be Argentinian and Peruvian cuisine and he then recommended everything else on the menu but couldn't give any specifics about dishes. Just as we were about to leave a woman (the owner perhaps?) stopped by our table and we began to discuss the menu with her. She had far better suggestions and we went with her recommendations. The food was ok, but just ok. I was expecting to be blown away by the flavors but really wasn't. We'll try again another night but after trying a few more restaurants in town.

  • Visited May 2012
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Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Excellent food, spotty service”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

The menu was unusual and quite varies. The food was well prepared. The service was strange. Our appetizers were brought twice, we waited a long time for our entree's. Our server was sweet and very friendly, we met the owner, and she was nice, however, considering the cost of the food, the meal was disappointing because of the timing and service. I want to give this restaurant a second chance, we were there on a Saturday night, some of the staff were new, and the excellent food was worth another visit. If the service improves next time, this will become one of our favorites.

Visited May 2012
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Woodbury, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Mediocre at best”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

Had dinner there recently with a fairly large group of 12 people. The service was fair, the food nothing to write home about. There are much better choices in Collingswood, I wouldn't recommend El Sitio.

  • Visited May 2012
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New Milford, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

We had my daughter's bridal shower at el Sitio yesterday and it could not have been easier to plan and enjoy. The owners and staff made everyone feel relaxed and at home. Our guests- and some can be rather picky eaters-raved about the food, even though it was not familiar fare. It was delicious. Each of the three course offerings looked like a piece of art. The chef accommodated several vegan guests with a beautifully prepared dish- not a simple plate of vegetables, as Is the case at other affairs I've attended. Every single detail was handled perfectly! And several of the guests said that it was the nicest shower they had ever attended. The price was very reasonable! My compliments to the chef, and his wonderful family and staff.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“CEVICHE CEVICHE CEVICHE. (Also the empanadas)”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

This place is the real deal. The owners, the food, the decor, everything.

DO NOT pass through town without stopping in to El Sitio. You can find fancy Italian places all up and down the streets of Collingswood, and everywhere else in New Jersey. BUT...how often do you find such lovingly authentic Peruvian/Ecuadorian gourmet food at such modest prices?

The waitstaff are friendly, amenable, and will even humor your poor Spanish skills! Family friendly, romantic, and not stuffy, this place is genuine through and through. They are a true gift to Southern New Jersey.

Also note it is within walking distance of the Collingswood PATCO stop! Even the culturally rich Philadelphia would be hard-pressed to offer a better Ceviche than El Sitio. (Be sure to BYOB)

  • Visited April 2012
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