• Creative Food and a warm atmosphere

    "Very small quaint restaurant with exceptional service and food. The restaurant is a gem. Off the beaten path tucked away and worth the discovery" - Yelp

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    "an island gem"

    "Like Block Island, Eli's is a small, relaxed retreat. Their Asian-inspired comfort food and ethereal bread pudding are reason enough to board the ferry." Rhode Island Monthly.

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About Our Restaurant
Welcome to Eli's
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Eli's Story
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Erika Monat

Eli's is a fun, much loved, small bistro located on Chapel Street in the heart of Block Island's historic Old Harbor. Eli's opened its doors in 1994 and was named as a tribute to the original owner's beloved Black Lab, Eli.

In 2000 local Innkeepers Brad & Anne Marthens, in partnership with Executive Chef Edward Moon purchased the restaurant from the original owner, Dave Silverberg. Eli's was always the place they loved to go and enjoy an evening out when not at work at their property, the Atlantic Inn. Working with many of the original staff, they were able to continue and expand on Eli's tradition of highly creative and delicious menu items, a warm and welcoming feel, great drinks, wines and a love for dogs!

In March of 2017, long time Eli's Bartender and local Realtor Rosemary Tobin officially came on board as one of the owners and, with Brad and Anne, are ushering Eli's into its next chapter.

Constantly striving to offer fresh, innovative locally sourced cuisine, craft cocktails and its famous welcoming fun atmosphere; Rosemary, Brad, Anne and the extraordinary staff look forward to welcoming you to Eli's.

Erika Monat, our Executive Chef, started her career as a culinary student at Southeastern Voc. Tech in Easton, MA from 2009 until her graduation in 2013. She then moved on to New England Culinary Institute in Vermont for two years. On her first year at NECI, she started her internship at Eli's and has been here for the last five seasons. She has worked her way up to Executive Chef; and she enjoys working in our small kitchen. Eli's local atmosphere, and the freedom to showcase her creativity on the menu, help her to be in tune with her love of being a Chef. Erika lives on Block Island 9 months of the year with her dog Creme, and in Massachusetts in the winter. Her favorite things about Block Island are the close knit community, beautiful beaches and amazing views; especially during sunset.

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    New Year's Eve 2019


    Tenderloin Meatballs

    housemade beef tenderloin & duck meatballs with a honey garlic glaze, crispy potato latkes and shredded carrot slaw

    Creamy Blue Hubbard Squash Bisque

    with chili oil and fresh sage

    Warm Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad

    wild arugula, balsamic vinaigrette, dried cranberries, roasted piquillo peppers, toasted almonds, red onions and seared goat cheese

    Salmon Sliders

    crispy salmon cakes on our house made Parker House Rolls with pickled sweet onions, tangy peppadew peppers a malt vinegar aioli and russet potato chips

    Tuna Nachos

    sushi grade yellowfin tuna, sesame, sriracha sour cream, pickled ginger, wakame seaweed salad and crisp wonton chips


    Marinated Steak Tips

    marinated in Green Mountain coffee & Jameson's Irish Whiskey with pan seared papas bravas and beer braised mustard greens

    Stuffed Pork Loin

    brined and herb crusted with a roasted garlic & duck confit stuffing, sage roasted pumpkin and a balsamic cranberry mustard

    Halibut Minestrone

    fresh Atlantic Halibut, shaved vegetables, crispy brown rice cake, garlicky spinach and cannellini beans in a vegetable broth

    Eggplant Parmesan

    fresh cavatelli pasta in a chunky tomato sauce with sweet garlic, eggplant fries, crispy parmesan, fresh basil and oregano seasoned bread crumbs

    Pan Seared Atlantic Cod

    with cumin-honey roasted carrots & parsnips, creamy scallop and fontina cheese risotto and a tangy jalapeno jam

    Eli's Burger

    Eli's custom burger blend, tomato and bibb lettuce, grilled vidalia onion, creamy fontina cheese and crab fonduta, potato bun, salt & vinegar Jenga Fries

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  • Michael M., Salem, CT

    This place was our best stop on Block island. Fantastic food all around cooked perfectly. It has a great ambiance very clean, whimsical and classy.  It's definitely a local favorite, the staff was very friendly and seams to have great relations with their clientele. It was a pleasure to enjoy their food and we will definitely be back!

  • Annie L., Gorham, ME

    Excellent food, amazing drinks and an even better atmosphere!! The ros'arita was perfect and the tuna nachos are to die for. The atmosphere is cozy, friendly and inviting. I felt like I was a regular and it was my first time here!! Any time I visit block island, Eli's is a must.

  • Eric T., Milford, CT

    Interesting menu, unusual dishes. Intimate but relaxed atmosphere with small bar with dinner seating. Very friendly service. Recommended by a friend, this did not disappoint. Tuna nachos and scallops were excellent!!