Fun and Fine Dining in Elizabeth, NJ


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Did you ever dream you would be eating Colombian pastries for breakfast, an Asian noodle dish for lunch and Southern comfort food for dinner – all in the same day? Well we bet you would never imagine you would be doing it in New Jersey! It’s safe to say that there is never a dull moment in Elizabeth’s dining scene.

Our local culture represents more than 50 countries, so naturally that’s reflected in our local cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to fuel your day of shopping or you fancy a formal, sit-down dinner, you’re sure to find a place that will delight your taste buds and warm your heart here in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Urban Griddle

If comfort food in the form of breakfast, brunch, and lunch is your desire, check out Urban Griddle on Maple St. With rustic flair in the form of reclaimed barn wood and a tin ceiling, the atmosphere pairs perfectly with the American classics on the menu. Choose from many flavors and styles of pancakes, challah french toast, and belgian waffles. For the egg-heads in your party, Urban Griddle crafts the perfect omelet or scramble with all your favorite mix-ins. Is it time for lunch? Grab juicy burgers, paninis, and a great selection of vegetarian options. Make a toast to great food and friends with tea and espresso drinks, champagne cocktails, craft beer, and hard cider. Come experience for yourself why Urban Griddle was named the #1 Brunch Spot in NJ by Yelp in 2017.

Valenca Restaurant

For a fine dining experience with a unique Portuguese flair you can look no further than Valenca Restaurant. Once inside this family-owned landmark you will fall into the lap of luxury in their elegant dining rooms. Be sure to try their signature “Steak on the Stone” or the lively paella. With some of the finest service in New Jersey, Valenca’s staff will make sure you feel right at home as you dine and drink at one of the top restaurants in Elizabeth, NJ.

Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza

No trip to the Tri-state Area is complete without some good pizza. Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza has won many awards over the years and is featured on The Daily Meal for best pizza in New Jersey. Step into Santillo’s for a delicious and historical experience. Using the oldest and largest brick oven in the state of New Jersey, the Santillo family has been luring in patrons with the delightful aroma of their specialty pies for three generations. Stop in and share a pie, a calzone or a stromboli with your family and friends.

Velvet Cafe

One of the gems of The Market at Elizabeth Avenue, the Velvet Cafe has a very vocal local following of coffee lovers who swear by its cappuccinos, pastries, sandwiches on freshly made bread, chile rellenos, tamales, and so much more. If you haven’t ever tasted a Guatemalan style hot dog, a shuko, this is the place to get one on toasted bread with guacamole, cabbage, and mustard. Stop in during your Market shopping adventures, check out the specials board, and don’t forget to take a coffee, milkshake, or smoothie to go!

Parador Rojo

Further adding to the diverse dining experience in Elizabeth, Parador Rojo Restaurant & Bakery offers a wide array of traditional Colombian cuisine. Both locations have casual, laid-back dining rooms with plenty of options from pequenos gustos (small plates), carnes (meat), pollo (chicken), mariscos (seafood), and postres (desserts). Parador Rojo opens early and closes late, so it’s a top pick for early risers who just need their migas con carne first thing and night owls who need to refuel after an evening of drinks and dancing. Perhaps you’ll try the bandeja paisa which is a generous platter (bandeja) of rice, grilled beef, pork, fried egg, sausage, avocado, and fried sweet plantain—and Colombia’s national dish right here in Elizabeth, NJ!

Try these and the countless other restaurants in Elizabeth, NJ. Whether you’re here with us for a week or just an afternoon, you will not go home hungry.

Explore Restaurants in Elizabeth NJ

Below is a list of just a sample of the many restaurants in Elizabeth NJ. We invite you to browse our restaurant selection or to explore the city to find your own secret hot spot. Contact each restaurant to make your reservation today!

Take your taste buds on an adventure.

  • El Leno

    Enjoy the best grilled meat in town, pasta, seafood and wine in a familiar and elegant setting. With the best service, delicious food and cocktails, you’ll enjoy an amazing experience at dinner or lunch. El Leno’s bar is your place for handcrafted cocktails complemented by a great selection of appetizers. Your favorite cocktails crafted by our expert mixologists, […]

  • El Charrito Paisa

    El Charrito Paisa is the only establishment in Elizabeth that specializes in both Mexican and Colombian cuisine. Walking into the restaurant there is both authentic Mexican and Colombian art and decorations. It has a very welcoming atmosphere from the waitstaff to the cultural music. Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 9:30am-10pm Friday-Saturday: 9:30am-11pm Parking: Street Parking Specials: […]

  • La Tostano

    We are a Cuban Pizzeria offering over 15 different types of personal size deep dish pizzas. Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-8:30pm Sunday: 11am-8:30pm Closed Monday Parking: On Street Parking Menu:

  • Circle Kansas City Style Barbecue

    Circle BBQ is the only Kansas City style restaurant in the region. We offer a very simple but tasty menu. We have beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis cit pork ribs, beef ribs and smoked chicken. Our sides include cole slaw, mac & cheese, collared greens and baked beans. Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday: 11 am […]

  • Velvet Cafe

    Small family owned and operated coffee house on Elizabeth Ave. Enjoy delicious treats and hot coffee! Guatemalan and Uruguayan appetizers, sandwiches, quesadillas, shukos (delicious hotdogs), chiles rellenos, tamales, empanadas, ice cream, smoothies, milk shakes, granizadas (icees) and more! Awesome place to hang out with family and friends. Hours of Operation: Monday: 6:00 am – 7:00 […]

  • Crust Pizza

    At Crust, we don’t settle for anything less than the food we’re proud to serve. And we don’t just clock in. We become a part of the community. Our fresh made New York style pizza is hot, delicious and cheesy. It brings people together. We are also proud to say we have the biggest pie […]

  • John’s Caffe & Pizza

    Located in the “Peterstown” section of Elizabeth John’s Caffe Pizza & Caterers has been family owned & operated since 1968. Father Gerry and son Giovanni who is also a 12 year veteran of the Elizabeth Fire Dept. Run and operate a authentic old school pizzeria that will have you coming back for more. Nostalgic  enough […]

  • Don Felix

    Don Felix opened in June 2016 on Elizabeth Avenue. The building was built in the late 1800s and until 1907 it served as a newsstand and a stationary store. In 1907, the Schwind family opened one of Elizabeth’s original saloons, the Shwind Saloon (bar and restaurant). From about 1960-1980, it was the very popular Sportsmen’s […]

  • Barcode

      EAT POWER UP WHILE YOU PLAY Our menu variety and service create a sensational ambiance. We want our guests to love our great food, great drinks and of course great sports viewing. Share a Picada or Guacamole & Chips as a starting appetizer with your friends. Enjoy one of our signature Barcode Burgers along […]

  • Parador Rojo

    Parador Rojo Restaurant is a Colombian cuisine restaurant, first opened at 344 Morris Avenue, to serve the community of Elizabeth and all the people attracted to Colombian food. After 10 years of good food and excellent service, a second place was opened at 582 Morris Avenue to delight people with live music, great atmosphere and hospitality. Parador Rojo […]

  • Tumi Restaurant

    Tumi Restaurant serves culinary Peruvian cuisine; which is famous around the world for its bounty of Pacific seafood. The confluence of native Inkan, Japanese and even Chinese influence makes for a remarkable and delicious unity. We welcome you to enjoy our fresh seafood dishes and other Peruvian specialties such as Lomo Saltado and Ceviche. Our restaurant […]

  • Don Ricky Colombian Bakery

    Don Ricky Colombian Bakery is the first Colombian bakery in New Jersey. Known for the best yucca bread in the world, the family owned business has been serving the Colombian community since 1976. The article below was written by Jessica Remo and published in NJ Monthly showcasing the authentic Colombian roots showing through the delicious menu items: More […]

  • Noches de Colombia

    At Noches de Colombia Elizabeth New Jersey, the Colombian and non-Colombian alike will find it difficult to resist the aromas of slow-cooked meats seasoned to perfection making the most tender, juicy and succulent steak and seafood dishes .The scent of creamy garlic-butter sauces and sweet plantains fill the air creating an authentic Colombian experience that […]

  • Dillard’s Restaurant

    Craving some southern comfort food? Dillard’s Restaurant is the place for you! Specializing in Southern American cuisine with a cozy, intimate atmosphere, you’re sure to feel right at home! Hours of Operation: Thursday-Friday: 11am-8pm Saturday: 6am-8pm (only day serving southern style breakfast!) Sunday: 12-7pm Parking: Street parking available Weekly Specials: BBQ Thursdays Fish Fridays Friend […]

  • Eli’s Pizza and Pasta

    The Felix family opened Eli’s Pizza Pasta on September 1, 2007, in its old location on E. Jersey Street. Three years later we relocated to our new home on Trumbull Street. We take pride at what we do. All of our products are high quality, imported from Italy. We make our own cheese ravioli, manicotti, stuffed shells […]

  • V-Cuisine

    V-Cuisine is a casual dining restaurant offering fine Caribbean dishes as well as American cuisine. Very cozy atmosphere. BYOB! Hour of Operation Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-7pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-9pm Sunday-Monday: closed Parking Street parking available. Reservations are suggested due to frequent private events that are held at the location.

  • Newarker Restaurant and Amelia’s Lounge

    Our Newarker Restaurant offers casual dining in a contemporary atmosphere located off the the lobby of The Hilton Hotel. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or experience one of our many lunch and dinner favorites, to include sandwiches, steaks, seafood and pasta. Our innovative cuisine aims to please any taste pallet. The perfect spot to relax and unwind after […]

  • Oasis Pastry Shop

    Oasis Pastry Shop is a Portuguese style bakery and cafe serving espresso, lattes, cappuccino, breakfast platters, hot and cold sandwiches for lunch along with hot soup, grilled sandwiches, wraps and salads! Don’t forget to try their traditional custard cup (pastel de nata), their variety of pastries and cakes for all occasions! Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 5am-7pm […]

  • Urban Griddle

    Urban Griddle serves Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch in a laid back Urban rustic environment. We are dedicated to excellent service and making food fun. Located in the heart of New Jersey’s earliest urban community, Urban Griddle features fresh, homemade American fare in a casual urban-rustic setting, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch every day. The restaurant is […]

  • Noodle Fan

    In many Asian countries, the noodle represents longevity and prosperity. Noodle Fan represents his unending passion for food and his desire to share his knowledge in the craft and art of food and food preparation with the world.  Although noodle has been a key food in Asia for hundreds of years, it is Chef Oudy’s […]

  • Wing Stop Elizabeth

    Wing Stop Elizabeth specializes in only wings served hot and fresh made to order every time with fresh cuts seasoned fries and side dishes with fresh buttered rolls, various sides are available as well! You can order online or through their WingStop app and you pay when you arrive. This place is truly fun with sports and music […]

  • Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza

    Oldest and largest brick oven in New Jersey (160sq ft, built 1904). Father to son for three generations.(since 1918). Specializing regular round pies (Neapolitan) and Sicilian Pizza (square pan pie) Santillo’s Pizza has been voted the best pizza in New Jersey multiple years running. Hours: Monday – 11am-9pm Tuesday – 11am-9pm Wednesday – 11am-10pm Thursday – 11am-10:30pm Friday – 10am-11pm Saturday – 11am-10:30pm Sunday – 11am-10:30pm […]

  • Minhoto’s Restaurant

    Old-school eatery serving traditional Portuguese & Brazilian dishes in a casual setting. Hours: Monday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

  • Taberna del Rei

    Taberna del Rei is the result of the combined experience of Julio and Maria Figueiredo, over, after several years in the hospitality industry, noted that great service and great food are the secret ingredients to a great restaurant. Taberna del Rei opened in 1998 and has been a continued success over the years. The cuisine is an […]

  • Terminal One Sports Bar

    More than just a Sports Bar, Terminal One “ T1” in Elizabeth, NJ wants you to feel right at home, whether you’re watching your favorite sports team, enjoying an evening out with friends, or just relaxing with a cold beer.  Come visit T1 for a combination of fantastic food, great drinks and most important a […]

  • First Republic Lounge and Restaurant

    First Republic Lounge & Restaurant is committed to an environment that provides the best customer service, quality food, art,culture and entertainment. The concept of First Republic Lounge & Restaurant is inspired by Haiti, the first nation to liberate itself of slavery on the Western Hemisphere. representing over 200 years of independence, First Republic Lounge & […]

  • The Bistro @ The Courtyard

    THE BISTRO Located inside the Courtyard Marriott – Grab ‘n go snacks. Sit-down meals. We’ve got tastes to suit your speed. Take It To Go or Sit and Be Served We Proudly Serve Starbucks® Coffee Enjoy Seasonal Food and Cocktail Selections Access their full menu below! Seasonal Menu Items

  • Ironbound Grill

    Turn-of-the-century forges and foundries flourished luring workers from all across Europe. First Germans, Lithuanians, Italians, and Poles. Then in 1910 a larger wave of immigrants arrived from Portugal and Italy. This wave would become a great influx in the 1940’s creating a strong, close-knit, self-sustaining community. We’re located inside the Renaissance Hotel in Elizabeth, NJ! Come […]

  • Nugents Tavern

    Nugent’s Tavern is a throwback to everything a good old fashioned pub is supposed to be. A friendly atmosphere, a varied drink selection and delicious food combine to create a place where people make memories together. For nearly 9 decades, Nugent’s has been the go to spot for residents and visitors alike to meet in […]

  • Alvarez Cafe

    Alvarez Cafe has been in business since 1976 A family-owned New Jersey Cuban Restaurant that has been around for over thirty years in the heart of Elizabeth. We have served thousands of authentic Cuban dishes and plan to continue serving thousands more for the years to come. Located in the heart of the great city of […]

  • Jersey Gardens iHOP

    Here at IHOP®, we want you to think of our table as your family table. Create new memories and enjoy the foods you love with the people you love — we’ll take care of the cooking. We’re happy to be the ones to serve you. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long! Hours of […]

  • Ruby Tuesdays

    Ruby Tuesday is driven by uncompromising freshness and quality, gracious hospitality and a growing list of restaurants destined to be the envy of the casual dining business. At Ruby Tuesday, we’re fully committed to preparing and serving food of uncompromising freshness and quality – with signature choices like our premium Handcrafted Burgers and our bountiful, […]

  • Johnny Rockets

    Burgers, shakes & fries arrive in a ’50s diner setting at this outpost of the international chain. Located inside The Mills at Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, shoppers have a great place to grab a quick bite to re-energize. 

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill

    Applebee’s Grill & Bar brings together a lively bar & grill experience offering hand-crafted drinks and craveable, simple, American food with flare featuring vibrant flavors and real, fresh ingredients. All Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to serving their communities and offering the best in food and drinks with neighborly, genuine service. […]

  • Mojito Lounge and Restaurant

    Mojito Lounge and Restaurant is celebrating the Cuban heritage. Cuban cuisine is about preserving the culture of our homeland outside the island, the richness, variety and vitality of our food all reflect the very qualities of Cuban life: A world of sunshine and music, laughter and dance. Cubans have always found joy and friendship in […]

  • Tequila Grill

    Where Mediterranean meets Mexican Restaurant Hours Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm Friday – Saturday 11:00am – 12:00am Bar Hours Monday – Sunday 11:00am – Close For reservations Phone: (908) – 965 – 1002 Fax: (908) – 965 – 1003    

  • Torna a Sorrento

    “Torna A Sorrento is a sturdy, no-nonsense brick structure on a corner lot. It’s easy to miss as you drive by, and it doesn’t bother offering a website of customer testimonials, or a Twitter feed for selfies. The walls of the tiny foyer are decorated with a haphazard, childlike collage of glossed and polished seashells, […]

  • Tropicana Diner

    Welcome to the home of the new Tropicana Diner & Bakery. The renovations began on April 27, 2008 and on May 29, 2008, just four weeks later, was reopened. From top to bottom it was created with the vision of a warm tropical feel and a cozy and friendly atmosphere. With it’s amazing new murals […]

  • Magic Fountain

     The Magic Fountain in Elizabeth N.J. was established in 1954. Originally, it was a small ice cream shop that won the hearts of the people of Elizabeth with its huge banana splits, & creamy milkshakes. In 2004 a brand new building was constructed, and our famous grill was added. Our new menu includes all of […]

  • Bella Palermo Pastry Shop

    A taste of Italy in The Market, located on Elizabeth Avenue. Enjoy their freshly baked pastries and cookies, creamy custard fillings and decadent cakes.    

  • Valenca Restaurant

    Established in 1989, Valença Restaurant the result of a vision Martinho and Teresa Perreira had of bringing the traditional Portuguese delicacies and trademark hospitality to the new home they found in Elizabeth, NJ. Over the years, and after several expansions, Valença Restaurant can now accommodate up to 400 patrons with its 4 dining rooms and banquet hall. […]

  • Dolce Lounge

    Embrace the intimate dining experience in the epicenter of energy in Elizabeth, NJ at Dolce Lounge. Serving up dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable, Dolce continues to achieve success as it marries deliciously yet simple elegant modern Italian food with excellent service and an energetic, interactive atmosphere. Whether you want to savor a signature cocktail mixed […]

  • The Lobby Sports Bar

    The Lobby Restaurant, Lounge and Sports Bar is always bustling with noise and excitement, offering an unforgettable dining experience that goes beyond great food. The restaurant is best known for its rich and authentic American-Latin cuisine, serving a wide variety of tasty delicious foods late into the night. The Lobby’s rich menu is sizzling with appetizing meals, ready to […]

  • Chupito’s Lounge

    Come visit Chupito’s for signature Latin Fusion cuisine with a Colombian touch. Chupito’s offers a full  menu of authentic cuisine and handcrafted cocktails derived from their passion in mixology. Be WOW’ed  by their selection of specialty cocktails, from traditional margaritas to a sexy saki surprise which comes to  you in flames – and we mean […]