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  • Creative Food and a warm atmosphere
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    "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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  • Great Food
    "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
Adi
Adi Mandel
Executive Chef

and Erika Monat
Sous-Chef

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.

While growing up in Upstate NY, Chef Adi was surrounded by many different cultures that celebrated family and friends; which in turn almost always centered around food. This is where he was shown how to love food and cooking.

While in college at Roger Williams in Bristol Rhode Island, he began his journey into the restaurant business. He worked through college in several different restaurants throughout Bristol and Newport before landing at the Doubletree on Goat Island.

His apprenticeship there took him through every level of the kitchen, showing him the ways while also helping him develop his skills and strengthening his passion for making people happy through his food.

He moved on from Newport to help open Ten Prime Steak and Seafood for John Elkay in Providence; and after two years he moved to Arizona to see different styles of cooking and ingredients.

There he helped open the Westin Kierland at ‘Deseo;’ a Douglas Rodriquez Nuevo Latino restaurant that garnered many awards in the time that he was there. When he finally returned to Rhode Island worked in several high end, well respected properties such as the Mooring Seafood and Kitchen, Hotel Viking, a brief period of doing private chef and catering on his own, and he helped open and run the Bristol Oyster Bar in Bristol Rhode Island.

He currently lives on Block Island with his wife and has enjoyed working for Brad and Anne for the past season and cooking for both the people and visitors of Block Island everyday.

  • 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!!