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 hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 8:00am-10:30pm and Sunday 8:00am-9:00pm. Lalla Lounge has extended hours on Friday and Saturday when it closes at midnight.


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.

Lalla Oceanside Grill A fun, contemporary California grill located in the heart of Cannery Row with stunning floor to ceiling views of the Monterey Bay. With an ambitious mid-priced menu (including lots of seafood) and a wide selection of wine and cocktails, Lalla Oceanside Grill has something for everyone.


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


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 three-egg omelets are sautéed 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 is in the omelet pan. All of Elli's omelets are served with grilled julienne potatoes, plus your choice of toast, corn muffin, housemade English muffin, fresh fruit, or one pancake.

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

Two Egg Breakfasts

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

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

Eggs Benedict

Two poached eggs on one of our housemade English muffins and Elli's own hollandaise; with grilled julienne potatoes & fresh fruit.

  • 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

  • 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 slow-roasted 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.
  • Egg Tacos Three eggs over hard on fresh corn tortillas with avocado, guajillo salsa, and chorizo potatoes, served with black beans.

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 Sourdough 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 served with your choice of dressing on the side, plus a cup of soup, and garlic bread.
  • Soup & Caesar or Greek Salad Combo Caesar salad, cup of soup & garlic bread.


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


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Calamari Strips Filet strips tossed with lemon, parsley, red pepper flakes, and garlic, then fried; served with our cocktail sauce and tartar sauce.
  • Combo Platter Nachos, four buffalo wings, deep fried artichoke hearts, and a chicken quesadilla.
  • 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.
  • Spicy Thai Wings Comes with our sriracha-orange side sauce.
  • "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.



  • The Iceberg Crisp Iceberg lettuce with blue cheese crumbles, chives, and blue cheese dressing plus any of these add-ons:Diced bacon with chopped egg & diced tomatoes, Blackened or BBQ Chicken, Seared Ahi, or King Salmon.
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (or Salmon) Crisp romaine lettuce, garlic croutons, bacon bits, Parmesan cheese and our Caesar dressing, with grilled or blackened chicken, & garlic cheese bread.
  • 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, and jicama; Raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
  • BBQ Chicken Salad Grilled chicken breast with our Coca-Cola BBQ sauce, avocado, black beans, tortilla chips, jicama, corn, cilantro, green onion and cheddar cheese, served with ranch dressing and garlic toast.
  • 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.
  • Taco Salad Your choice of spicy chicken or seasoned beef, with beans, cilantro, avocado, house-made sour cream, cheddar & Jack cheese, served in a crispy flour tortilla with pico de gallo.
  • Colossal Chef Salad Ham, turkey, chicken, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, pepperoncinis, & chopped egg; sprinkled with oregano, and served with our house Italian dressing and garlic toast.
  • Big Cobb Salad Chopped grilled chicken, avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato, blue cheese, spinach, and bacon bits; served with garlic cheese bread and our Italian dressing on the side.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers & Kalamata olives with Feta cheese dressing.
  • Caesar Salad Heart of romaine tossed with croutons, bacon bits, Parmesan, and our house-made Caesar dressing.


  • Mini Chinese Chicken Salad Smaller, 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, and our Asian sesame dressing.
  • Mini Cobb The same ingredients as the Big Cobb Salad, just downsized: grilled chicken, avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato, blue cheese, spinach, bacon bits & our Italian dressing.


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.


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 and a tangy citrus sauce called ‘Mojo’.
  • Dagwood Sandwich Mr. Bumstead’s favorite: Layered ham, turkey, grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, provolone and 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.
  • Grilled Cheese Provolone, Muenster, and white cheddar on grilled sourdough.
  • Pastrami Reuben Lean pastrami with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and 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 and provolone cheese with tomato- herb sauce on garlic bread.
  • Meatloaf Sandwich Meatloaf, provolone, caramelized onions, bacon, and mushrooms on a toasted ciabatta roll.
  • Ellen’s Roasted Turkey Roasted turkey breast on ciabatta with deli mustard, spinach, pepperoncinis, tomatoes, provolone, iceberg lettuce & mayo.
  • Deli Club Ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheese with bacon; on grilled rye bread with deli mustard.
  • B.L.A.S.T. Bacon, lettuce, avocado, sprouts and tomato on toasted sourdough bread.
  • California Club Croissant Sliced turkey breast, avocado, bacon and cheddar jack cheese served on a croissant.
  • California Chicken Marinated & charbroiled chicken breast served hot with melted Monterey Jack cheese and avocado on ciabatta bread.
  • Half-Sandwich & Two Sides For your half-sandwich, pick from: Turkey, Ham and Swiss, California Club, California Chicken, French Dip, Deli Club, or BLAST – then add any two sides.


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 onions & provolone cheese on ciabatta bread. (Add Serrano peppers for a Philly Inferno.)
  • Prime Rib on French Roll Served with creamed horseradish, Jack cheese and au jus on ciabatta bread.


  • PG Beach Burger - 1/4 lb. 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.
  • All-American Half-pounder with Elli’s special burger sauce, pickles, lettuce & tomato. Onions on request.
  • Bacon Burger We grind bacon into our proprietary all natural burger mix. Plus bacon strips, American Cheese, sauce, pickles and lettuce.
  • Patty Melt A half-pound patty with grilled onions, American and 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, & 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, and lettuce.
  • BBQ Western Burger Half-pound burger with our own tangy & slightly sweet Coca-Cola BBQ sauce. Comes with lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, and bacon.
  • Blue-Cheese Burger Half-pounder with melted blue cheese, bacon, Elli’s burger sauce, lettuce, and tomato.
  • San Francisco Burger Half-pounder with ham, Swiss cheese and pesto; served on grilled sourdough.
  • 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.

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


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 and 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


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.
  • Char-grilled Chicken Tacos Adobe chile marinated chicken breast, with chopped white onion, cilantro & avocado.
  • Carne Asada Tacos Char-grilled steak, chopped white onion, cilantro, and avocado.

Burritos / Enchiladas

  • 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 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.


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 and 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, and Andouille sausage, served over your choice of rice or flat noodles. Comes with garlic bread too.


  • 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 1/2 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.
  • Char-Grilled Chicken Breast Tender chicken breast, char-grilled 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.


  • Grilled Monterey Sand Dabs Local sand dab filets lightly breaded and grilled, then topped with a citrus brown butter sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and a medley of vegetables.
  • Grilled Salmon Full of flavor, with a firm texture, this salmon steak is grilled & served alongside garlic mashed potatoes, a zucchini squash julienne & roasted tomatoes. We finish it with a tomato-basil sauce.
  • Fish and Chips NEW Atlantic cod dipped in beer batter and fried to a golden brown, served with apple slaw and your choice of house-cut fries, firecracker fries, or sweet potato fries.



  • Sticky Buns with Ice Cream From scratch, home made sticky buns. Warm out of the oven, with a side of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
  • Italian Cream Cake Vanilla cake with coconut & pecans layered and topped with cream cheese frosting.
  • Lemon Meringue Cake A favorite in the Southern States, this tangy and sweet filling has lots of fluffy meringue peaks on top.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Pick one of our house-made 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


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.
  • 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 speciality 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



  • American Mule Tito's Handmade Vodka, made in Texas, with fresh lime juice and ginger beer. Refreshing and served cold in a copper mug.
  • Repo Man Our infused Reposado Tequila with strawberries, muddled blueberry, luxardo cherry and basil, agave syrup and limeade.
  • White Sangria Our house specialty is made for the patio...We start with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and add fresh fruit and tropical juices. One glass just won't be enough.
  • Old Ginger Great combination of Crown Royal and ginger liqueur, with orange bitters, muddled orange & fresh mint, and luxardo cherry.
  • Lalla Infused Manhattan Our infused whiskey with peaches and vanilla, sweet vermouth, blood orange bitters, and honey.
  • 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 Cuba Libre Muddled fresh lemon and lime with Bacardi and OCke. The perfect combination.
  • Spa-Tini Sit back and enjoy. Made with Henrick's gin, Hpnotiq, mint leaves, cucumbers, fresh limeade and soda. Garnished with a slice of fresh cucumber.
  • Old Fashioned Knob Creek Rye with muddled orange, lemon, and Luxardo Cherry. Dash of bitters, sugar, and club soda.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Classic Bombay fin or Sobieski vodka, this is the original. Shaken not stirred.
  • 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

  • Painkiller A prescription for all your troubles. Dark Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple, orange juice topped with freshly grated nutmeg and a Myers rum floater.
  • Kentucky Tea Our infused whiskey with peaches and vanilla, fresh mint, passion tea, and honey.
  • 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

  • Freshjito It's all about fresh. Fresh muddled cucumber, strawberries, mint, and lime juice, with great Rum!
  • Cabo Mojito Stoli Blueberi vodka, basil, fresh squeezed lemon, raw sugar, and soda water, garnished with blueberries.
  • Grey Goose Special Grey Goose Citron, elderflower liquor, muddled cucumber, fresh lemon, and a splash of soda and sprite.
  • Strawberry Daiquiri Our infused rum with pineapple and vanilla, fresh lime, muddled strawberry, a touch of cream, on the rocks.
  • Le Melon Grey Goose le Melon vodka, Ginger beer, fresh lime, ginger bitters, fresh ginger slice garnish.
  • Strawberry Sapphire Bombay sapphire gin with muddled strawberries, fresh lime and tonic.
  • Tin Cup A nod to the early Colorado miners who drank their whiskey out of a tin cup. A classic American whiskey with muddled strawberries, dash of orange bitters, and ginger beer. Served in a tin cup.
  • White Sangria Fresh fruit and tropical juices mingle with crisp white wine for a light & tasty cha cha cha of drinkability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dark n' Stormy A favorite of Australian rugby players. Goslings Black Seal Rum, a touch of St. Elizabeth Dram, orange liquor and ginger beer over ice with a lime wheel.

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.

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 Basil Smash Alderete Reposado tequila, fresh lemons and honey, and smashed fresh basil. Shaken cold.
  • Dessert Bloom Infused Reposado Tequila with strawberries, mint, cucumber, fresh lime, and agave.
  • Baja Rocks El Charro 100% Blue Agave Tequila, Triple-sec, and our house margarita mix; on the rocks with salt.
  • 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

  • Silver Tequila Espolon, Alderete, Don Julio, Patron, Patron Gran Platinum
  • Reposado Tequila Espolon, Sauza Hornitos, Cazadores, Cuervo 1800, Corralejo, Alderete, Don Julio, Patron, Patron Roca, Clase Azul
  • Anejo Tequila Alderete, Don Julio, Patron, Patron Roca, Don Julio 1942


Drafts, Imports & Microbrews

  • Elli's beer selection is an ever-expanding, frequently updated romp spanning the vast & wonderful world of suds. Come ask a server for a current list.

Domestic Bottles

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

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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