Elli's Great American Restuarant

We are proud to offer a menu that represents a melting pot of culinary tastes brought by immigrants from around the world who arrived via Ellis Island. The recipes, many handed down from generation to generation, represent a cornucopia of cultures. Here at Elli's we prepare everything from scratch like the generations before us.

When you're situated in the center of the Salinas Valley - a place known as America's Salad Bowl - people know a whole lot about good, fresh, food. That's why we make our own hamburger buns, sour cream, potato chips, and tortillas (among other things). It's so we can make them a little better, a little more interesting, a little more Salinas Valley.

Our doors open at 7am Monday through Friday and at 9am on weekends.

History

Elli’s Great American Restaurant is the brain-child of Pat Ottone, whose grandfather emigrated from Italy in 1914 via Ellis Island. This restaurant is in part, a tribute to all of those intrepid, hard-working American-dreamers. The other part is, Pat Ottone just plain loves great food. It doesn’t matter where the recipes are from – Italy, Mexico, Georgia, or Uncle George – if it’s tasty, Pat’s definitely interested.

Elli's first opened it's doors in 1996 at Del Monte Center and moved to the Salinas Valley in 2006, where it had room to invite even more of the community to experience the inspired melting pot of great food. From the open kitchen’s brick oven to the covered outdoor patio to the modern bar and everything in between, Elli’s is the place to enjoy the best culinary offerings in the Salinas Valley.

Ottone Restaurant Group

Pat Ottone - President / CEO of Ottone Restaurant group

LALLApalooza with its big American menu & martini bar, is Monterey's hottest night spot. Offering big American burgers, salads, gourmet pizzas from the wood burning oven, and its famous martini menu.

LALLAgrill"Casual California Dining in A Contemporary Garden Setting" is located across from the Century Theater at the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey CA. We feature the freshest ingredients and a delicious selection of entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also offer a full bar with an extensive selection of wines, over fifty sipping tequilas, and a virtually unlimited selection of mixed drinks.

Elli's Great American Restaurant located at 1250 S. Main St, in Salinas, CA offers an All American Menu that honors the heritage of immigrants who have found a home in America. The family-style restaurant features wood-fired-pizzas, authentic street tacos, fresh salads picked straight from the Salinas Valley, and an incredible array of desserts.

LALLA Lounge located inside Elli's restaurant offers a club style atmosphere, a rocking sound system, huge video screens, and entertainment. Our signature martinis, cocktails, and beers on tap complete Salinas Valley's most exciting concept.

Reviews

I went to Elli's Great American Restaurant for Sunday Brunch and was thrilled to see the amazing spread of food.
-Angie R. via Yelp
I love this place, great prices, great food and love the service, they always take care of me
-Mr. S. via Yelp
This is a great place to eat and the staff just makes it even more enjoyable.
-Maya B. via Yelp

Hands down my favorite joint in Monterey county. When the owner/chef travels to Mexico just to learn how to make street tacos, you know they care.
-Teague T. via Yelp
This has become the most frequent place that we eat over the past 3 years. Very tasty, there isn't anything bad on the menu.
-Jacob H. via Yelp
Great breakfast! My favorite is the Popeye.
-Holly H. via Yelp

Breakfast

Early Bird Specials 'til 10:30am

Served with two eggs and your choice of two strips of bacon or two sausage links.

  • With 2 From-Scratch Pancakes
  • With Julienne Potatoes
  • With Half a Big Belgian Waffle
  • With a Slice of French Toast

Elli's Awesome Three Egg Omelets

The generous fillings for Elli's signature three-egg omelets are sauteed first in a light, special recipe sauce to beautifully blend the flavors. We follow that with a small handful of our four-cheese mix, while everything's in the omelet pan. All Elli's omelets are served with grilled julienne potatoes - plus your choice of corn muffin, housemade English muffin, fresh fruit, or one pancake.

  • Mexican Omelet Chorizo, avocado, green chilies, grilled onions, and side homemade salsas.
  • Four Cheese Omelet Swiss, Monterey jack, Parmesan and cheddar. Need more heat? Just ask for pico de gallo.
  • Popeye Omelet Spinach, grilled onions, mushrooms.
  • Brutus Omelet Country-style ham, bacon, sausage, & turkey. Then, tomatoes & mushrooms.
  • Denver Omelet Diced onions blended with green & red bell-peppers, tomatoes, and ham.
  • Veggie Omelet Three egg-whites-only omelet comes with mushrooms, broccoli, onions, zucchini, green beans, and fresh basil.

Two Egg Breakfasts

Served with grilled julienne potatoes & your choice of pancake, corn muffin, English muffin, biscuit & gravy, or fresh fruit.

  • How You Like 'Em Eggs
  • With Bacon
  • With Ham or Sausage
  • The Ultimate Combo three eggs cooked any way you like them, plus two strips of local bacon, then two sausage links and a ham steak. Why? Because you're hungry, that's why!

Eggs Benedict

Two poached eggs on an English muffin, Elli's house-made Hollandaise; grilled julienne potatoes and fresh fruit ride shotgun.

  • With Canadian Bacon
  • With Roasted Turkey & Avocado

Breakfast Sandwiches

  • Croissant Sandwich Three fried eggs, Jack cheese, turkey, bacon, and avocado on a croissant, with julienne potatoes.
  • Fried Egg Sandwich Three fried eggs, bacon, and American cheese on grilled sourdough, with julienne potatoes.

Spicy Specialties

  • Egg TacosThree eggs over hard on fresh corn tortillas with avocado, guajillo salsa, and chorizo potatoes, served with black beans.
  • Mexico City Chilaquiles Crisp strips of tortillas simmered in green salsa with chicken, cheese, and 3 eggs, any style.
  • Huevos Rancheros A flour tortilla topped with three fried eggs, rice, beans, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.
  • Chile Verde Stack and Eggs Three housemade corn tortillas layered with slowroasted pork in our Chile Verde sauce, eggs either fried or scrambled—then topped with fresh avocado and sour cream. Served with rice and beans.
  • Breakfast Burrito Scrambled eggs, ham, turkey, chorizo, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and Monterey Jack cheese, rolled in a flour tortilla & topped with salsa verde.

Griddle Specialties

With our pecan butter and real maple syrup!

  • Pancakes From scratch, Short Stacks, Blueberry, Bluegerm(Blueberries & Wheat Germ) or Wheatgerm.
  • Waffles Freshly prepared Big Belgian waffle. Feel free to add on starberries and whipped cream or bananas and pecans.
  • French Toast Served up fresh on either Sourdough or Cinnamon baked bread.

Healthy Options

  • Yogurt Parfait & Granola Vanilla Yogurt with layers of granola, blueberries, strawberries, and banana.
  • Old Fashioned Oatmeal With brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Old Fashioned Oatmeal With your choice of banana, blueberries, or toast
  • Bowl of Fresh Fruit

Breakfast Specials

Served with grilled julienne potatoes and your choice of toast, corn muffin, or housmade English Muffin, fresh fruit, or one pancake.

  • Steak & Eggs Six-ounce hanger steak with three farm-fresh eggs prepared your way.
  • Chicken Apple Sausage & Eggs A flavorful & healthy alternative, served with three eggs, any style.
  • Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs Tender beef, lightly floured and fried golden brown, then covered with country gravy and served with three eggs, any style
  • Green Eggs & Ham Diced ham and scrambled eggs topped with salsa verde and avocado. Just what the Doctor (Seuss) ordered.

Breakfast Combos

Elli's breakfast combinations come with two bacon strips, two sausage links, and grilled julienne potatoes.

  • Three Eggs & Two Pancakes.
  • Three Eggs & French Toast
  • Three Eggs & a Belgian Waffle

Soup N' Stuff

house-made soups

  • Soup of the Day Ask your server what’s in Elli’s soup kettle today. With corn bread or garlic bread, your choice.
  • Soup & Salad Combo Salinas greens topped with your choice of dressing, plus a cup of soup & garlic bread.
  • Soup & Greek Salad Combo Greek salad, cup of soup & garlic bread.
  • Soup & Caesar Salad Combo Caesar salad, cup of soup & garlic bread.

STUFFED BAKED POTATOES

With our house-made sour cream & cheddar butter on the side, plus soup or salad.

  • Sauteed Vegetables & Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon & Cheddar Potato
  • Plain Baked Potato

Appetizers

A mini-tour of our culinary world, featuring flavors from all over the globe.

  • Nacho Party Made-here corn tortilla chips topped with diced chicken, melted cheese, cilantro, Mexican rice, fresh corn, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeño peppers and salsa; served on a giant party platter.
  • Deep Fried Artichoke Hearts Served with our tangy Cuban “mojo” sauce.
  • Firecracker Fries Seasoned with garlic, chipotle chili powder & cilantro; with Ranch dressing on the side.
  • Calamari Strips Filet strips tossed with lemon, parsley, red pepper flakes & garlic, then fried; served with a cocktail sauce & tartar sauce.
  • Chicken Quesadilla Grilled chicken, black bean chili & cheddar cheese in a flour tortilla; served with pico de gallo, avocado & sour cream.

Famous Jumbo Wings

  • Traditional Buffalo Wings Served with a cool, blue cheese dipping sauce.
  • Sweet Chili Wings With the classic blue cheese dipping sauce.
  • Spicy Thai Wings Comes with our sriracha-orange side sauce.
  • Combo Platter Potato skins, nachos, calamari strips & firecracker fries.
  • "Mad Dog My Wings" Just say those words and we'll turn your order into a spicy inferno with a few drops of Mad Dog 357, rated among the world's hottest sauces.

Salads

BIG SALADS

  • Colossal Chef Salad Ham, turkey, chicken, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella & cheddar cheese, pepperoncinis, and chopped egg; sprinkled with oregano, and served with our house Italian dressing & garlic toast.
  • Shrimp & Strawberries Salad Sautéed shrimp on a big bed of fresh greens, with juicy ripe strawberries and feta, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, sweet onions, dried cherries, & jicama; Raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
  • Big Cobb Salad Chopped grilled chicken, avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato, blue cheese, spinach & bacon bits; served with garlic toast and our Italian dressing on the side.
  • BBQ Chicken Salad Grilled chicken breast with our Coca-Cola BBQ sauce, avocado, black beans, tortilla chips, jicama, corn, cilantro, green onion & cheddar cheese, served with ranch dressing & garlic toast.
  • Taco Salad Your choice of spicy chicken or seasoned beef, with beans, cilantro, avocado, house-made sour cream, cheddar & Jack cheese, served in a flour tortilla with pico de gallo.
  • Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad Seared Ahi, served rare over grilled romaine hearts, with red potatoes, Niçoise olives, tender green beans & hard boiled eggs; Mediterranean dressing.
  • Pistachio Crusted Chicken Salad Chicken breast strips rolled in pistachio nuts and grilled; served on crisp romaine lettuce with Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries & cherries, roasted onion & crumbled feta. Honey-mustard dressing.
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (or Salmon) Crisp romaine lettuce with garlic croutons, bacon bits, Parmesan cheese & our Caesar dressing, with grilled or blackened chicken, plus garlic toast.
  • The Iceberg Crisp Iceberg lettuce with blue cheese crumbles, chives, and blue cheese dressing
  • Organic Quinoa This "mother's grain" is an extremely nutritous seed with high levels of protein. We add chunks of blackened chicken, dried cranberries, feta, cucumbers, bacon, grilled onions, cilantro, apples, toasted walnuts, & arugula. Served with a cherry vinaigrette.
  • Chinese Chicken Salad Fried won ton with hot rice noodles, snow peas, bean sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, mandarin orange wedges, lettuce, cilantro and celery, with Asian sesame dressing and garlic toast.

STARTER SALADS

  • The House The Valley’s finest – crisp iceberg and romaine lettuces, cherry tomatoes, pepper curls, celery, cucumbers, carrots & broccoli, with our house-made Italian dressing.
  • The Greek Crisp romaine, cherry tomatoes, onions, cucumbers & Kalamata olives topped with feta cheese dressing.
  • Caesar Salad Heart of romaine tossed with croutons, bacon bits, Parmesan cheese & our house-made Caesar dressing.

MINI SALADS

  • Mini Chinese Chicken Salad Down-sized, but with all the flavor: fried won ton with hot rice noodles, snow peas, bean sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, mandarin orange wedges, lettuce, cilantro, celery & our asian sesame dressing.
  • Mini Cobb Same ingredients, just smaller. Grilled chicken, avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato, blue cheese, spinach, bacon bits & our Italian dressing.

FLATBEARD SALADS

Warm flatbread fresh from our wood-burning pizza oven, topped with a cool salad. Just fold and eat like a sandwich.

  • Greek with Chicken Grilled chicken with romaine, feta & mozzarella, tomatoes, cucumber, and olives; Feta dressing.
  • Mediterranean Grilled romaine lettuce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, pesto, roasted tomatoes and Italian vinaigrette.
  • Blue Cheese & Steak Tender hanger steak, blue cheese crumbles, chopped iceberg lettuce, diced bacon, chopped spinach, sweet grilled onions, cherry tomatoes, and chives, with blue cheese dressing.

Sandwiches

Included with Elli’s spectacular sandwiches are any one of the following (your choice): Soup, House Salad, Sautéed or Steamed Vegetables, Rice & Beans, Black Bean Chili, Onion Rings, Fresh Cut Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Country Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread, Fresh Fruit, Cottage Cheese, Scoop of Ice Cream.

  • Cuban ‘Mojo’ Sandwich A spicy twist: This Cuban treat of slow-roasted pork & ham with Swiss cheese, pickles & a tangy citrus sauce called ‘Mojo’.
  • Dagwood Sandwich Mr. Bumstead’s favorite: Layered ham, turkey, grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, provolone & avocado served on ciabatta bread.
  • Chicken Wrap Chicken, grilled onions, avocado, lettuce, salsa & cheddar cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla.
  • Tuna & Cheddar Melt Served piping hot on our fantastic grilled sourdough bread.
  • Pastrami Reuben Lean pastrami with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese & Thousand Island dressing on grilled rye.
  • Vegetarian Mushrooms, cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes, avocado & Monterey Jack cheese on wheat toast.
  • Zucchini Madness Grilled zucchini, Parmesan cheese, sautéed mushrooms & provolone cheese with tomato-herb sauce on garlic bread.
  • Meatloaf Sandwich Meatloaf, provolone, caramelized onions, mushrooms & bacon on a toasted ciabatta roll.
  • Ellen’s Roasted Turkey Roasted turkey breast on ciabatta with deli mustard, spinach, pepperoncinis, tomatoes, provolone, iceberg lettuce & mayo.
  • Grilled Cheese Provolone, Muenster, and white cheddar on grilled sourdough.
  • California Club Croissant Sliced turkey breast, avocado, bacon and cheddar jack cheese served on a croissant.

BIG & BEEFY

Our roast beef is slowly, carefully cooked right here, then we slice it thin and pile it high.

  • French Dip Lots and lots of roast beef on toasted ciabatta bread served with au jus.
  • Philly Cheese Steak Roast beef grilled with onions and provolone cheese on ciabatta bread. (Add Serrano peppers for a Philly Inferno!)
  • Prime Rib on Ciabatta Served with creamed horseradish, Jack cheese & au jus on ciabatta bread.
  • Deli Club Ham, turkey, Swiss & cheddar cheese with bacon; on grilled rye bread with deli mustard.
  • California Chicken Marinated & charbroiled chicken breast served hot with melted Monterey Jack cheese & avocado on ciabatta bread.
  • B.L.A.S.T. Bacon, lettuce, avocado, sprouts & tomato on toasted sourdough bread.
  • Half-Sandwich & Two Sides For your half-sandwich, pick from: Turkey, Ham & Swiss, California Club, Cal Chicken, French Dip, Deli Club, or BLAST – then add any two sides.

GREAT AMERICAN BURGERS

  • All-American Half-pounder with Elli’s special burger sauce, pickles, lettuce & tomato. Onions on request.
  • Patty Melt A half-pound patty with grilled onions, American & Swiss cheese, plus a dab of Thousand Island dressing, served on grilled rye bread.
  • Veggie Burger Our own delicious blend of black beans, eggs, faro, and quinoa – the high protein, natural grain-like seed native to South America, the “Gold of the Incas.” We top it off with Monterey Jack cheese, our burger sauce, pickles, fresh tomato & lettuce.
  • BBQ Western Burger Half-pound burger with our own tangy & slightly sweet Coca-Cola BBQ sauce. Comes with lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese & bacon.
  • Blue Cheese Burger Half-pounder with melted blue cheese, bacon, Elli’s burger sauce, lettuce & tomato.
  • San Francisco Burger Half-pounder with ham, Swiss cheese & pesto; served on grilled sourdough.
  • PG Beach Burger Nostalgia at its best–our version of the famous burger once served at Lover's Point Beach in Pacific Grove. A quarterpound burger cooked to order on the griddle with American cheese. Topped with mayo, mustard, catsup, relish, onions, chopped lettuce, and tomato.
  • Bacon Burger We grind bacon into our proprietary all natural burger mix. Plus bacon strips, American Cheese, sauce, pickles and lettuce.
  • Quadruple Chile Cheeseburger Roasted poblano chilies, pepperjack cheese, sliced jalapeños, chipotle mayo, grilled onions, and guacamole on a toasted house-made bun.

Pizza and Pastas

10-INCH NEAPOLITAN PIZZAS out of Elli’s own wood-burning oven

Elli's pizzas begin with the pure simplicity of a crust made from super-fine Caputo 00 flour imported from Naples, which is blended with water, salt & yeast - and nothing else. No oil, no sugar. Oh sure, it sounds easy except, these classic ingredients only yield their signature texture & flavor when fired in the ultra-hot, subtly smoky environment found in a wood-fired, brick oven—like the one here at Elli's.

  • Francesca's Spicy Chicken San Marzano tomato sauce, Sriracha spicy chicken mozzarella, thinly sliced red onions, chorizo, minced garlic, paprika, and jalepeno.
  • Marco's Little Italy San Marzano tomato sauce, spicy soppressata, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, prosciutto cotto, red pepper flakes, black olives, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Gianni's Bianca White sauce, sausage, bacon, black olives, and green onions.
  • Dominick's Mediterranean White sauce, sautéed spinach, feta cheese, golden grilled chicken, oven-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and asiago cheese.
  • Margherita San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella & parmesan cheeses, topped with fresh basil.
  • Classic Pepperoni San Marzano tomato sauce & mozzarella cheese piled with lots of pepperoni.
  • Big John’s Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, roasted turkey and pepperoncinis for just a hint of spice. Oh, and cheese, of course.
  • Tough Guy Pizza Sausage, pepperoni, bacon, soppressata, smoked mozzarella, caramelized onions, mozzarella, and mushrooms.

PASTAS

Served with our warm & delicious garlic bread. Feel free to substitute protein-rich Barilla Plus pasta in any of the dishes below.

  • Pasta Carbonara with Rigatoni Noodles The famous Italian dish with bacon, sausage, eggs, and cheese.
  • Shrimp & Vegetable Pasta Sautéed shrimp tossed with julienned zucchini, cherry tomatoes & fresh basil, atop imported angel hair pasta.
  • Garlic Chicken Pasta Strips of chicken breast sautéed in a creamy garlic & herb sauce with veggies and sun dried tomatoes. Served on house-made fettuccine.
  • Blackened Chicken Fettuccine Cajun blackened chicken served with fettuccine and creamy Alfredo sauce.
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs Elli’s own family-recipe, house-made meatballs served in marinara sauce with spaghetti.
  • Vegetable & Roasted Garlic Pasta Fresh veggies sautéed with roasted garlic and tossed with protein-rich Barilla Plus pasta.
  • Small Pasta Plates Served with garlic bread and your choice of today's soup or Elli's house salad. Choose either: Angel hair pasta with marinara or Fettuccine with alfredo sauce

Cal-Mex Specialties

AUTHENTIC MEXICAN STREET TACOS

Made with fresh, house-made corn tortillas and served with a big side order of refried black beans.

  • Baja Shrimp Tacos Made with eco-friendly Laughing Bird shrimp, Mexican cabbage, chipotle mayo, pickled jalapeño, cilantro, onions & queso fresco.
  • Chargrilled Chicken Tacos Adobe chile marinated chicken breast, with chopped white onion, cilantro & avocado.
  • Carne Asada Tacos Chargrilled steak, chopped white onion, cilantro & avocado.

ENCHILADAS, ETC

  • Carne Asada Burrito Freshly grilled steak packed inside a flour tortilla along with Monterey Jack cheese, rice, pico de gallo, Mexican crema & our Oaxaca guacamole.
  • Chicken Burrito Lots of grilled chicken, rice & Monterey Jack cheese inside a big flour tortilla. Then we add a zesty pico de gallo sauce, Oaxaca guacamole, and a helping of tangy Mexican crema.
  • Chili Verde Burrito This one’s stuffed with slow-roasted pork livened up with chili verde sauce & pico de gallo. There’s rice & Monterey Jack cheese, too. We finish it with Mexican crema & Oaxaca guacamole then wrap it neatly in a flour tortilla.
  • Chicken or Beef Green Enchiladas Our hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with spicy chicken or beef, cheddar & Jack cheese, then topped with chili verde sauce and drizzled with Mexican crema. Served with beans & rice.

Elli's Entrees

Prime Rib

Before roasting, we pack the whole Standing Rib Roast in rock salt, to draw out the flavors (and intensify the au jus sauce). Then we slowly roast the beef to create a wonderfully tender and juicy cut. Served with au jus sauce and your choice of any TWO of the side dishes listed at the bottom of this page. 8 ounce, 16 ounce, or 21 ounce.

Steaks

Elli’s all-natural, hormone-free steaks are served with a combination of any two side dishes you prefer.

  • 12-Ounce Hanger Steak Traditionally known as a “butcher’s steak” because they would often reserve this prized cut for themselves due to its intense flavor.
  • Famous Brando Steak Live large with this sizeable 14-ounce steak that rivals the filet mignon for tenderness. Sometimes called a Bistro Filet, this unique cut takes uncommon skill to extract, but it’s worth it. Ours is topped with roasted mushrooms & tomatoes, chopped bacon, and grilled onions. Blue cheese crumbles provide the perfect finishing touch.
  • 8oz Flat iron with Roasted Poblano Steak Sauce Seared 8oz Flat Iron steak for a caramelized outside and a juicy middle. Topped with melted muenster cheese and roasted poblano pepper sauce.

The Melting Pot

  • Elli’s Meat Loaf Anything but ordinary, this comfort-food classic is served on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes with grilled onions and mushrooms. We top it with our signature “Big Taste” gravy and serve green beans on the side.
  • Blackened Steak & Noodles 12-ounce Hanger steak seared at very high heat to seal in the juices; served on a bed of angel hair pasta. Blue Lake green beans accompany.
  • Frontier Chicken Fried Steak A big favorite in the South, except our cut of steak melts in your mouth. Smothered in our country gravy and served with garlic mashed potatoes & Blue Lake green beans.
  • Jambalaya Full of chicken, prawns, chorizo, Andouille sausage & rice. For a change of pace, we serve ours over flat noodles with garlic bread.

Chicken

  • Chargrilled Chicken Breast A tender chicken breast is chargrilled and topped with charred tomatoes, avocado, fresh basil & a light Italian vinaigrette. With garlic mashed potatoes & Blue Lake green beans.
  • Chicken Marsala Tender chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms in the rich & sweet wine that’s named after the famous Sicilian port city of Marsala. We serve it over imported angel hair pasta with garlic bread.
  • Chicken Piccata Lightly breaded chicken breast browned in a lemon-caper butter sauce. With garlic mashed potatoes, Blue Lake green beans & garlic bread.
  • Brick Chicken A free-range, organic ½ chicken is deboned and grilled to order under a foil-wrapped brick – to create a marvelous, crispy exterior and a moist bird. Garlic mashed potatoes & Blue Lake green beans come with.

Seafood

  • Grilled Monterey Sand Dabs Local sand dab filets lightly breaded and grilled, then topped with a citrus brown butter sauce and served with smashed potatoes and a medley of vegetables.
  • Grilled Salmon Full of flavor, with a firm texture, this salmon steak is grilled and served alongside smashed potatoes, a zucchini squash julienne & roasted tomatoes. We finish it with a tomato-basil sauce.

Desserts

CLASSICS

  • Chocolate Mousse A rich, creamy, chocolatey indulgence, with fresh whipped cream in a chilled martini glass.
  • Double Chocolate Gorilla Cake A King Kong sized slice o our signature sevenlayer, made from scratch chocolate cake. We use rich belgian chocolate for the batter and the chocolate fudge frosting, then serve it with espresso ice cream & hot fudge sauce.
  • Bread Pudding Elli's version has a grownup flair because we infuse our rich custard and cranberries with a little dash of whiskey. Then it's topped with a decadent Vanilla Bean Caramel sauce and served with vanilla ice cream.
  • Creme Brûlée Rich and creamy vanilla custard with a caramelized sugar crust on top.
  • Blackberry Apple Crisp with Pecan Streusal Topping When available, we use fresh, local blackberries. Served warm, with vanilla ice cream.
  • Devil Dog Devil's food cake topped with hot fudge and vanilla ice cream.

COOKIES & ICE-CREAM MIX & MATCH

Pick one of our Giant Cookies, then we'll top it with a big scoop of the ice-cream flavor you choose below.

  • Giant Cookies: Chocolate Chip * Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal * Classic Peanut Butter * Snicker Doodle
  • Ice Cream Vanilla Bean * Chocolate * Espresso * Strawberry * Cookies & Cream * Mint Chip * Double Fudge Brownie

THE PLACE FOR PIES

Just let your server know if you'd like ice-cream on the side with any slice of pie for just $2 more.

  • Coconut Cream Pie Toasted coconut and vanilla filling are topped with real whipped cream. Our Graham cracker crust adds a nice crumbly touch.
  • Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Toasted coconut and vanilla filling are topped with real whipped cream. Our Graham cracker crust adds a nice crumbly touch.
  • Dutch Apple Pie Pecan streusel topping; a dash of lemon and cinnamon in the filling. As are Elli's pies & desserts, this one's made from scratch.
  • Lemon Meringue Pie A favorite in the Southern States, this tangy and sweet filling has lots of fluffy meringue peaks on top.
  • Pumpkin Pie (seasonal) 'Tis the season to be jolly and eat pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Available in November and December.
  • Fresh Strawberry Pie (seasonal) Locally grown Salinas strawberries are what make this summer specialty a favorite around here. Depending on availability, we start offering it around the middle of April.

Lalla Lounge

Come in. Grab a drink!

Located inside Elli's restaurant we offer a club style atmosphere, a rocking sound system, huge video screens and entertainment. Our signature martinis, cocktails, and beers on tap complete Salinas Valley's most exciting hang-out.

Open 7 days a week

Martinis

Quintessential

  • Classic Whether gin or vodka, this is the original. Shaken not stirred.
  • Blood Orange Manhattan Down home meets big city. Woodford bourbon, blood orange bitters & sweet vermouth.

Specialties

  • Old Fashioned Knob Creek Rye with muddled orange, lemon, and Luxardo Cherry. Dash of bitters, sugar, & club soda.
  • Lalla’s Gin & Tonic Brokers Gin with Fevertree Tonic Water. For the perfect touch we muddle a lime wedge, touch of Luxardo Cherry Juice and grapefruit bitters.
  • Lalla’s Manhattan Templeton Rye, Antica Sweet Vermouth with bitters & Luxardo Cherry. Stirred.
  • Lalla’s Blood Orange Manhattan Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Antica Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters, and Orange Peel. Stirred, never shaken.
  • Mountie’s Club Canadian Club Sherry Cask Whiskey, Grand Marnier Cherry, sugar in the raw, and hand squeezed lime wedges. Shaken and served in a bucket glass over ice.
  • Moscow Mule Cold and refreshing served in a copper mug. Noble Russian Beluga vodka with ginger beer and fresh lime.
  • Spa-Tini Sit back and enjoy. Made with Hendrick’s gin, Hpnotiq, mint leaves, cucumbers, fresh limeade and soda. Garnished with a slice of fresh cucumber.

Cosmo-Like

  • Classic Cosmo Absolut Citron, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice. Shaken and served up.
  • Purple Headed Dragon Our classic cosmo with an added raspberry twist. In a sugar rimmed glass.
  • Ruby Sex in the city of Monterey. Absolut Citron with fresh ruby grapefruit juice, served in a chilled glass with a sugar rim.
  • Betty Paige This XXX rated martini gives you a real lift. We start with our classic Cosmo and give it a blast of X-Rated liqeur. There's nothing sweeter.
  • Pome-Cosmo-Granate The Cosmo goes downtown with the new taste of Stoli White Pomegranik vodka, limeade, pomegranate liqueur, and a splash of cranberry juice.

Lalla Specialtinis

  • Water Moccasin The perfect poison: Crown Royal, peach liqueur, and our fresh sweet & sour. Shaken and served with a cherry.
  • Mail Order Bride A thing of beauty. Hpnotiq, X-Rated, Stoli vodka, with fresh sweet & sour. Served in a sugar rimmed glass.
  • Spa-tini Sit back and enjoy. Made with gin, Hpnotiq, mint leaves, cucumbers, fresh limeade and soda. Garnished with a slice of fresh cucumber.
  • Mirage You won’t know what hit you. Absolut Vanilia vodka, peach schnapps, our fresh sweet & sour recipe, along with muddled cucumber and rosemary.
  • White Mexican Malibu Red, Horchata, Sinfire Cinnamon Whiskey. Shaken and served up.
  • V-Splash The new gold standard. Fabian’s award winning amalgamation of silver tequila, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, and basil that’s finished with pineapple and agave syrup.

Mixed Drinks

22 Minute Vacations Served in a 22 oz. Glass

  • Long Island Iced Tea Iced tea never tasted so delish. Rum, gin, vodka, and Triple Sec with a dash of tequi la. We mix in our sweet & sour, and top it with a cola float and lemon wedge.
  • Grateful Dead Jerry would've loved t his fit-to-be-tie-dyed specialty. Blue cura~ao and raspberry liqueur are added to our classic Long Island Iced Tea. Hippie heaven.
  • Raging Bull Get ready to run with the bulls. Red Bull energy drink with Absolut Mandarin vodka, Midori, and sweet & sour mix.
  • Tree Smacker A lip smackin; tree smackin' concoction. Skyy Citrus vodka, 151 rum. Meyer's dark rum, peach schnapps, and 99 Apple schnapps all mixed with pineapple. orange juice and cranberry juices, and a splash of grenadine.

14 Minute Vacations Served in a 14 oz. Glass

  • White Sangria Fresh fruit and tropical juices mingle with crisp white wine for a light & tasty cha cha cha of drinkability.
  • Mad Mandarin You'll go mad for this fruit drink with a punch. Absolut Mandarin, LALLA's mango lemonade. and cranberry juice.
  • Pink Lemonade This is no little girl's drink. Citron vodka, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and a splash of raspberry liqueur.
  • One Night Stand Our sweet creation of Malibu Melon rum, pineapple juice, and strawberry puree. A taste you'll want to bring home for the night.
  • Cranberry Commotion Gets your mojo workin: Sobieski vodka, cranberry juice & fresh lemonade.
  • Mojito You'll be in mint condition fast. Cruzan rum, fresh lime, fresh mint and agave nectar.
  • Mod Mojito A Lalla twist on the classic. Made with our own pineapple-infused rum. You can't get this taste anywhere else.
  • Mai Tai The classic gone overboard. Light & dark rums with Amaretto, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, sweet & sour, and a dash of grenadine.
  • Three Mile Island Sure to get a good reaction out of you. Cruzan rum, Midori, pineapple, and orange juice that's topped with a float of Meyer's rum.
  • Tequila Blast Cazadores Reposodo tequila, Cointrea~ fresh limeade & cranberry juice. A refreshing twist that'll blow you away.

Fresh & Fruity

  • Pretty ‘N Pink You’ll be tickled pink by this tasty fusion of Stoli Strasberi vodka, X-Rated, pineapple juice, plus our own sweet & sour.
  • Green Bananas Get in the swing with Hpnotiq, 99 Bananas, pineapple juice & fresh lime in a sugar rimmed glass.
  • Bad Appletini So good it’s super bad. Stoli Gala Applik vodka, Midori, Apple Pucker, and fresh sweet & sour. Shaken, served up.
  • Watermelon Madness A picnic in a glass. Made with Three Olives Watermelon vodka, St-Germain liqueur, sweet & sour, and a splash of cranberry juice.
  • S & M What were you thinking? It’s a strawberry martini that features Stoli Strasberi vodka
  • PMS It’s a Peach Martini, Silly. Ours is made with Stoli Peachik vodka.
  • French Pear The “pearfect” martini. We mix up Grey Goose La Poire pear vodka, St-Germain liqueur and a splash of fresh sweet & sour.
  • Purplesaurus Rex This dinosaur survived and is looking for you. Stoli Gala Applik vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue curacao, and mixed juices. Shaken and served in a sugar rimmed glass.

Something Sweet

  • Double Chocolate After dinner at its finest. Stolichnaya vodka, Godiva chocolate liuqeur and Kahlua shaken and served in a chocolate rimmed glass.
  • White Chocolate You’ll love this elegant version of a chocolate martini- with White Godiva, Stoli Vanil vodka, Cruzan Coconut rum and a splash of cream.
  • All Nighter Need a little pick-me-up? Try this blend of hazelnut Kahlua liqueur and caffeine infused vodka.

Drop & Roll

  • Classic Lemon Drop Like candy, Absolut Citron Vodka, and fresh sweet & sour mix. Shaken, served in a sugar rimmed glass.
  • Purple Haze The Lemon Drop goes '60s with a splash of raspeberry liqeur.
  • Coconut Kiss The Lemon Drop with an island twist. Skyy Infusions coconut vodka, with our house made sweet & sour mix.

Tequila

Blends

  • Baja Rocks El Charro 100% Blue Agave Tequila, Triple-sec, and our house margarita mix; on the rocks with salt.
  • The Monster A monster margarita. Tres Agaves tequila, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Bacardi and dark rums.
  • Lalla Margaritas 100% Authentic. Nothing but Trs Agaves blue agave tequila, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and a touch of Triple Sec; shaken and served without salt.
  • Lalla Fresh Fruit Ritas White peach, Mango, Strawberry, or Watermelon

Straight Shooters

  • Blanco Tequila Tres Agaves, Gran Centenario, Herradura, Don Julio, Patron, Tres Generaciones, Patron Gran Platinum
  • Reposado Tequila Sauza Hornitos, Cazadores, Cuervo 1800, Sauzo Commemorativo, Tres Agaves, Gran Centenario, Ghinaco, Don Julio, Patron, Tres Generaciones, Clase Azul
  • Anejo Tequila Tres Agaves, Gran Centenario, Don Julio, Patron, Tres Generaciones, Don Julio 1942

Beer

Draft Brews

  • Bass Ale, Bud Light, Widmer Hefeweizen, Newcastle Nut Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada, Guinness Stout, Black & Tan

Domestic Bottles

  • Budweiser, Coors, Coors Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Light

Imports and Microbrews

  • Blue Moon, Corona, Corona Light, Dos Equis, Fat Tire, HardCore Cider, Harp, Heineken, Heineken Light, Michelob Ultra, Negro Modelo, Pacifico, Smirnoff Ice, Stella Artois, Stone IPA, St. Pauli Girl, Tecate

Large Groups

The perfect place to unwind

The culinary melting pot that is our menu is sure to offer something irresistible to everyone in your party. Our bustling, homey atmosphere and extensive list of hearty culinary masterpieces make the perfect compliment to your party or event. At Elli's, our food is more than just delicious. Our dishes are handmade in-house with fresh, local, organic ingredients according to tried and true recipes, many of which have been passed down through generations of culinary connoisseurs.

As soon as you're seated in our all-American dining room, we'll be ready to treat you to tantalizing appetizers like our deep fried artichoke hearts, nacho party platter, and signature firecracker fries; inspired international entrées from Italy, to the far East, to south of the Border, to the heart of Texas; and with house-made, from-scratch finishing touches like our Dutch Apple Pie, Red Velvet Cheesecake, and Chocolate Beast Brownie, you'll definitely want to save room for dessert.

Large Groups

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