Grace - Portland
Grace - Portland

Grace - Portland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantgrace.com/
  • Phone: 2078284422
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Sueltenfuss
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Check our events page!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Grace - Portland
Grace Restaurant offers a first rate menu in an atmosphere of artistic mastery. In 2009 the historic Chestnut Street Church, in downtown Portland, was restored to its original beauty while creating a modern interior that both complemented the sculptural details of the church and reflected the innovative cuisine of chef, Peter Sueltenfuss.
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Grace - Portland reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)special occasion (94)romantic (77)neighborhood gem (50)good for groups (43)vibrant bar scene (41)notable wine list (29)hot spot (15)late-night find (11)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Food review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The place is lovely. Service wasok. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a large group of loud men. Too bad. On the food front, my salad was dreadfully overpriced-- greens, a few beet bites , and no goat cheese to be seen. We were told it was in the cruton! Come on. The artic char was well cooked, but the dish was totally taken over by the grilled bits of sausage/pork/whatever it was, so the fish flavor was masked. And for that, the price was too high. Sorry to say, but it doesn't live up to other high end places in Portland. I''m a gourmet cook, and I know what things cost. If it's going to be expensive, it must be worth the extra money. Another person who got the skate stuffed with beef said there was very little beef.
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  • One of the best meals of my life
    gnovikof
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went here with my closest friend the other night, and we had the most incredible meal. The ambience was fantastic - dim lights and very intimate. The church has been converted flawlessly into a restaurant fit for fine dining. Our ribeyes were perfect - easily the best cut of meat I have ever eaten in my life. The staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. My only criticism is that we had to wait for our table, even with a reservation, but we sat at the bar and still had an incredible evening. A+ night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • salty
    walter
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After eating here for the 2nd time a year apart and finding the food good but way overly salted the 4 of us are going to refrain from dinner here and stick to dessert and drink. This way we can enjoy our favorite place and leave with a pleasant taste in our mouths.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Grace does it again
    AnneDVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We brought two friends with us on our latest trip to Grace....both are foodies and one is a chef with a burgeoning catering business....so no slouches there. Of course they loved the ambience. And they thought the food was spectacular. Such a joy that Grace is here in Portland.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful night
    snob
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was excellent and the open feel was amazing. Sitting upstairs was romantic and quiet. Downstairs seemed more hip and loud. Worth the short walk from old port.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Unique
    roseisarose
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    First of all a restaurant in a former church seemed hard to imagine but the good was very good. Our waiter was very nice, knowledgeable and attentive of the dietary restrictions two people in our group had. I will definitely go back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Our Granddaughter's Favorite
    GrazerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We chose to eat at Grace because we were entertaining our Granddaughter for the weekend. Grace is her favorite. We shared the tomato salad then my husband and my granddaughter had the hanger steak. I had the fish/seafood stew. Everything was delicious however my stew portion was very small for the price. We all had dessert and we all enjoyed it. My granddaughter wanted lemonade which they didn't have. The wine by the glass list is limited. the wine was good but not much choice. We will return especially for my Granddaughter's birthday in December.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Lovely Spot, Slow Service
    mbhdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Beautifully converted church, but disappointing as to food and service. Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder turned out to be a variation on pulled pork, a surprise at $32.95. Worse than that, there was an interminable wait for the kitchen to deliver it to our table. The long delay made us late for a concert, so we had to skip dessert. Overall, we were disappointed, as we had heard very good things about Grace.
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  • Must go!
    Civilman
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We found this place based on Google reviews and it was awesome! Food is really high quality, great selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Service is really impressive! Will definitely go there again! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • first time visitIng...
    Daisy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I booked Grace bc I was curious to see how they turned an old church into a restaurant space - I like what they've done, tho I'd do a couple things differently. The hostess was very helpful, we needed to sit on the ground floor for accessibility reasons and they were very accomodating. The service was good tho not sparkling, it was a Friday night so they were quite busy. We'd told them it was a birthday, amd they very nicely had written a birthday card which was a good touch. The food was excellent, interesting without being fussy or too precious, and overall we really liked Grace. We will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The portions were small.. We all left hungry. My husband had a clam appetizer, and it had 5 whole clams.. Really? And 2 of us had the hangar steak.. which consisted of 4 small strips of steak. Disappointed.
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  • A hidden gem in Portland
    KManVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Grace isn't in the typical dining areas of Portland (i.e., waterfront or Fore Street) but great food. You get a nice view of the open kitchen if you sit on the balcony.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old Portland Charmer!
    clevertulip
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A little background on us, My Mom is a chef who studied abroad in Florence and I have been in the hospitality business for over 15 years. We are industry people from an industry town (Chicago). This is a terrific place for a memorable meal. The food was fantastic, the service knowledgeable and friendly, the wine list well done and reasonably priced, the atmosphere vibrant with out being intrusive. I will be returning with my husband for a romantic night out minus the kids. You should too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    MrsT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Interesting menu, excellent presentation, outstanding preparation, perfectly timed service--what more can you ask for? Oh, I know--adequate spacing between tables and Grace has that too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic!
    Dortiz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Grace never ceases to deliver a great meal and service. They are one of the best of Portland.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Religious experience
    Showman
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Interesting atmosphere to eat a superb dinner . Attentive staff who adds to this wonderful food sampling. The menu is very creative mixed with the gothic look of the building adds a peaceful serenity to the dining experience . Would recommend this to anyone who want a gastronomic experience . The pricing is very fare for a restaurant.Portland has many fine restaurant and this well deserves to be considered to be one
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Pattye111VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had an absolutely wonderful dinner! We had the rib-eye steak, pork chop and duck. They were all delicious! Our waiter, Burt, was the best. He gave us recommendations and really made the evening fun! Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Beautiful but a little off
    RedfranVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Grace is a beautiful restaurant located in an old church. The atmosphere is fantastic. We dined at Grace during our recent trip to Portland. I had specifically requested a balcony table. We arrived to find that Grace was hosting a large party and our request couldn't be fulfilled. We were told that we had been called the previous day…hmm! My husband ordered hanger steak and rated it 2 out of 3. I ordered char. When the char arrived it looked more like halibut but I thought OK. A server appeared and said she had served the wrong entre. The replacement char was beautifully prepared and quite good. We did feel that pacing was off and that the courses were flying to the table. Perhaps it was an off night due to the large group.
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  • Grace
    Thales23
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of Portland's best. Beautiful and unique surroundings with welcoming staff. The chef creates unusual and delicious food choices ranging from the appetizers to the desserts. We are happy repeat patrons.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our visit to Grace did not disappoint. We opted for seven items from the Pre-entree categories. Melon gazpacho was crystal clear in flavor. The clams dish had a seafood broth of great profundity. Foie Gras was as expected, but the accompaniments bore insufficient citric acid to make a dent against the essential fatty nature of the protein. The duck sausage, while flavorful, was disappointingly dry. The bone marrow was classic, and the sweetbreads were a revelation, with the honey mustard making the dish bouyant. The goat cheese ravioli had too much "sweet" in the sauce, overtaking the tangy notes of the cheese.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Salt-A-Plenty At A Price
    PORT2NY
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Grace has a dynamic interior and design. I think they need to dust the air vents up over the kitchen area however. Too bad they placed such a conglomeration like that in that space. They also could use some different lighting with color and appeal to maybe disguise the dusty ventilation. The food is alright, moderate in taste and appeal but really, really high on price and salt-a-plenty! I think we would choose (and recommend) this place for drinks and conversation rather than diner. Service was excellent and attentive without being overbearing.
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    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat and worship at the same time!
    Momoffour4
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Step inside this converted church for a holy dining experience. Lively atmosphere. Staff was warm and accommodating. Menu offers offers something for everyone, even vegans! They were happy to have my three year old too!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grace is Divine!
    vbvbVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Grace - made better because of the attention to detail by our server Garrett. When we commented that the menu on line looked different he explained that the selections were updated daily, but the kitchen could likely accommodate us. He offered the bar menu to expand our choices (just what the hubby wanted). This was a refreshing change after the hostess chastised us for being 15 minutes late for our reservation (1st time and we had a hard time parking) ... Even though there were at least ten open tables. Hubby had bar shrimp (warm and a LOT of work to peel) and the hangar steak - both were perfect. I had beet salad and gnocchi (that more closely resembled polenta cakes) yum! Chocolate dessert was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly good experience
    pvkevino
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The greeters were very outgoing and friendly, the waiter was attentive. My wife's peas were rock hard, but rest was very good. My food was good, but not much was served. I would recommend a side dish if hungry. Dessert was very good. Noise level was very high.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grannyannie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great waitstaff. Yummy cocktails and appetizers. Ask for a table alongside the outside wall as they are generally quieter.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Unique Design
    PeerToPeer
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This restaurant is located in a former church. There so too many jokes to be made about going into a church to find god and finding him at the bottom of a pint. Incredible food, friendly staff, great oyster selection and, obviously great beer!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Unusual setting - good food
    Chris
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Dined at Grace before a performance at the Merrill. Interesting innovation of an old church. Great Bar and very good food. Wish we had the time to linger over dessert.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent Time
    BuxtonFFEMTP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Grace is a great place for great food, variety of drink options and a second floor overseeing the view of the open dining and cooking area. Wait staff are very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Very accommodating for food challenged people, easily adaptable dishes for the Gluten sensitive. They even have a Bar food menu available that are appealing for the younger crowd. Took my wife out for her birthday dinner along with my 12 and 14 year olds, there was no left overs, clean plates around. Food is resonably price along with peppier portions. I was full but had to have dessert, very fresh with a good variety.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; small portions
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The appetizer portions, especially the pasta) were much too small for the price as was the fish entree. They ran out of duck by 6:45 p.m. which was disappointing since three of us wanted to order that dish. The pork chop was delicious and a really good size. We liked the bread and butter very much. Service was professional, and our waitress met our every need. The place was a bit warm. It certainly was different dining in an old church, but the entrance way was in need of refurbishing.
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  • delicious
    lcg12
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    perfect for our visit in portland. we loved the food, the atmosphere and well - everything!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb in every way
    FoodForThought
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I made Saturday night reservations while visiting Portland from Boston only after the other 3 "more popular" restaurants were full. And we are so happy we did. What a wonderful evening. Designed inside a renovated church the ambiance is romantic, cozy and beautiful. The food (I had the halibut, my husband the squid pasta and seafood) was awesome. The service was impeccable. I loved it so much, after dinner we went for a walk and returned an hour later to have one of the restaurant's designer cocktails at the bar. I definitely recommend Grace. We will return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • luv2boat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great venue and food. Can't wait 'till we go again.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun find
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    No outdoor dining or view which is too bad for a great summer weather city but terrific food and cool setting. Inside vibe was vibrant and fun, huge area for bar and. Lots of people eating wt the bar, but not a noisy or crowded scene the night we were there. Food was delicious and very fresh and interesting. Had Arctic char that was perfect over a curry risotto which was surprisingly light and flavorful. Hanger steak was very tender and my husband was able to have it served over beans and vegetables rather than a starch and it was rich and tender. Halibut was hearty but not heavy and a fresh mix of favors. Foie gras appetizer was to die for. Cheese and wine lists both great. Excellent service all around. Sit upstairs if you can.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Food & Great Service!
    SuzieQ92
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My boyfriend took me out to Grace for my birthday dinner and we had a fantastic experience. I knew it was going to be a little bit of an adventure for us because we understood about half of what was on the menu when we made reservations. Firstly, the drinks were fantastic! Probably one of the best old-fashions we had ever had. Secondly, our waitress was awesome. She didn't rush us through our meal and did an excellent job guiding us through the menu and helping us pick out charcuterie and appetizers according to our tastes. It was the best meal I've had in a while. Thirdly, the ambiance of the restaurant was beautiful! The stained glass windows and pretty arches provided a beautiful backdrop for a scrumptious meal!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Tomasina
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The place had a lively buzz, but there was little ambiance. It felt institutional to us. We hoped the food would make up for that. Our starters were delivered almost immediately. About 5 minutes after we finished, our main courses were brought. This was not good pacing, and it was not a busy night, so why the rush? My husband had the lobster & shellfish with squid ink pasta. It was very good. I has the skate wing and beef shank with grits. It was nearly inedible. It was over-salted, the sauce was more like a gravy, the grits were oily, and the beef overpowered the skate. It was heavy-handed and just didn't work. We decided to skip dessert.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Fantastique !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Superbe endroit avec un service à la hauteur. Cuisine excellente (les ris de veau croustillants et tendre à la fois). La cuisson des viandes excellentes. Une carte des vins excellente, ils avait même du Opus one à 180$ (400$ à Montréal). J'en ai réservé une pour la fête du travail!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Well done!
    eeClarVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food and service were second to none. Had the pea soup and halibut. Both were perfect. Will recommend to everyone!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Occasion Dining
    dianeme
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lovely setting (an old church with stained glass windows), but the entrance into the restaurant showed wear and tear, entering through a curtained off doorway. Seated upstairs where it felt private and quiet, giving an overall view of the restaurant. The menu is great for "foodies" (different choices). Only 2 choices of beef: a hanger steak or a 20 oz ribeye. Would have liked to have seen a filet choice. I had the hanger steak which was very good, though too many fried green beans; my husband had the baked halibut (also very good). We shared a delicious parsnip ravioli as appetizer, due to seeing other reviews. Many of the appetizers could be selected as a dinner entree for higher price. Appetizer, entrees, beer and wine came to $95.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I went to Grace very early one evening. The church is beautiful, the service is fantastic and the food is spectacular. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grace is GREAT!!!
    beverly
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    First off, you are taken in by the soaring ceilings and just gorgeous interiors. Then your very amiable server arrives. Drinks are served, then the Anadama bread with a delicious molasses whipped butter. Yum!!! WE shared parship raviolis. Beautifully presented and just fabulous. I had the pork entree, others had hangar steak and chicken. Desserts were scrumptious. All in all, a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate