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March 23, 20125.0
The portions at El Cid are huge. I can never finish whatever I order. That’s why because I love leftovers. This is the meal that keeps on giving the next day. It’s a crime not to drink the sangria when over here. Not a cheap place to spend your money but it’s well worth it. Great flavors, good service and delicious food makes for a happy customer all the time.
July 10, 20115.0
The place to go when you want a BIG STEAK!! Expensive,but one look at your plate you see why it is worth it,sometimes a line to be seated,once seated you are treated well,waiter keeps drinks or food coming,been here 3 times now and cant wait to go back!
steak was cooked as ordered,very very good,totally enjoyed the meal.
February 18, 20114.0
Everything at El Cid is prepared for a family of giants, but it’s also delicious. From the sangria to the pallella, you can tell that the restaurant’s recipes are passed down through generations and prepared with love. You need not dress up, but you will not be out of place if you choose to dress for dinner.
This is not a cheap meal out, but it’s more than worth the heftier price tag. I’ve never had a bad meal there, but my favorites are unquestionably the prime rib and the lamb chops.
The lamb chops were perfectly prepared and seasoned, and are always accompanied by fresh side dishes. The dish is enough for one person to have a generous meal, or to be split by two with a couple of smaller side dishes.
The prime rib is famous. Either go to the restaurant with at least 5 people who like their steak prepared the same way you do, or make room in your refrigerator for leftovers that could easily last a week. No, this is not an overstatement. It’s yummy at the restaurant, and perhaps even more delectable the next day sauteed in butter and garlic, or the day after that grilled with a side of veggies. It’s so large that I would recommend getting it a little less cooked than you generally like so that you can prepare it exactly as you like the next few days.
There are some things that should be known before you go to El Cid. It may not be a place that children would be happy. The tables are close together and, at least every time I’ve been there, all filled with boisterous conversation, drinking and eating. Service can be slightly slow but has always been professional and authentic for a Spanish restaurant.
You may also want to consider taking a cab or having a designated driver… the bar is fantastic, the drinks are not watered down, and unless you abstain completely, you will likely not be in any position to drive home.
I’ve never made it to dessert, and wish you luck if that’s your intent!
February 11, 20114.0
First time eating out at this place and first experience was very good/fair. We waited no more then 15mins, but i’m sure someone can wait 20minutes easily at this place. The wait wasnt so bad, once seated they are not rushing you. Your given time to look over the menu.
FOOD: I’m a latino and their menu is not so diversed for a “latin” restaurant; the only real latin aspect is the Name, Rice, and FLan (custard), lolol… but dont get me wrong readers, their food is very tastey!!!! The options that they do have is impressive in size and taste. ESp. the Surf and Turf, HIghly recommended, aka huge Filet Mignon and NICE SIZE Lobster tail. Price may seem a little steep but once the food comes out, its ON!!! The complimentary chips with the meal is a nice additive. I’m from NYC and the price I paid for my meal, would have probably cost $10-$20 more. Filet M. was well done and tender, the Lobster tail, was just right, not hard or rubbery. Waiters were very nice, always walking around the restaurant to see if any one needs anything; and any waiter was helpful to help out.
Also one last note, for those who do not know what’s Flan, try it, Its sweet and very tasty. Not many places know how to make FLan, esp., outside latin neighborhoods and this ONE was REALLY GOOD!!!
Filet Mignon was huge tender and tasty; Lobster tail was soft, not rubbery or hard. The 1 lobster tail was the size of 2 reg. Red Lobster tails and alot more tasteful. The dish came with spanish rice, and side of carrots and onions cooked.
August 11, 20095.0
We have only been to El Cid 2 times, but we will continue to go back, and bring others with us. We are going back this weekend for our anniversary, and we’re bringing our best friends with us. The food here is so good, you won’t believe it, and the portions are more than you can eat. I can’t even tell you how good the food here is, you just HAVE to try it for yourself. This restaurant’s food, in my opinion, is better than the Spanish restaurants I’ve been to in Newark and Harrison.
The boneless breast of chicken in garlic sauce, the chicken Marsala with shrimp, the shrimp in garlic, the Prime rib is so big, 2 people can eat it, the filet mignon, oh my goodness, the spinach in oil & garlic, even the bread is delicious!!! Also, you know those fried potatoes chips you get at all the Spanish restaurants? I don’t usually like them because they’re always burned. Not so at El Cid.
Now I’ve read other reviews that said the wait staff were rude, but we have never seen it. They were always very courteous when we went there. You’ve got to try this place, you will NOT be sorry.
I would give this dish 10 stars if possible. You get 4 large pieces of the most tender chicken breasts in such a delicious and generous amount of garlic sauce. It is served with yellow rice and veggies. They also put a plate of those potato chips on the table.
March 29, 2013
I've been coming here for lunch and dinner for over 15yrs. Food is great. Pricing has now become out of sight don't know if I'll continue.
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