Grappa Italian Bistro

Grappa Italian Bistro

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Grappa Italian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (4)romantic (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Gross
    Al216VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Tonight the waiter spilled my dinner into my lap. Boiling hot oily liquid. Accidents happen, but he wasn't a very good server - lacking attention to tables and didn't offer to have my clothes dry cleaned, etc. Don't order the antipasto. It's a pile of mortadella for $14 for 2 with crushed, not marinated, olives, 2 thin slices of cheese and poor quality prosciutto. The prosciutto risotto comes with huge chunks of ham and linguini is substituted for papperdelle; everything is congealed in melted cheese. They now have a cocktail menu, but their bartender(s) are slow, even when the restaurant is empty, and the drinks instantly separate for $9. The amazing pesto they once had is now almost watery and just green-colored oil.
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  • Always enjoyable
    DBee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been here several times and have always had an enjoyable experience with very food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localobserver
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food but could be better. Somewhat pricey for what they serve. Crab cakes are mostly bread crumbs. Noise level is very high that you cannot hear the music in the dining room.
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    great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Relaxing lunch spot
    Koko
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Three of us went to lunch here on a weekday and had a very nice time. With the exception of the calamari appetizer (the calamari was tough and rubbery), our meals were very good. I had the chicken parmigiana and it was a huge serving and very tasty. I will likely return.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Slow Service
    Floyd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Either it was a restaurant staffing issue or our waitstaff but the service was slow. The food overall was good but it's really too pricey for it's location and some of the portions seemed small for the price. Onion soup was great but the crab cakes were mostly filler;tasty but lacking chunks of crab. Though I saw mention of tapas, it wasn't on the menu we looked at so it may be a bar thing. Spaghetti/meatballs was way too small for $15 but the filet (med rare temp was right on) and lasagna were very good. The eggplant parmesan was good but the eggplant was sliced too thin and a bit overcooked. It's going to be tough surviving a mall type setting with the prices. Kids menu would have been nice but one wasn't offered and we didn't ask.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh
    Fresh
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was good, service was good, could have done without the live music, too loud to hold a conversation in a small setting.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    Zekethegeek
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our waiter Craig was attentive, informative (he suggested an excellent wine pairing that worked with both my caprese salad and my filet), treated us very well. The food, as always, was excellent. It's so great to have such a high caliber of restaurant without having to fight your way downtown.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Enjoyed the evening
    F00dieintrainingVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great service, food was less consistent but still a great meal
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But could be better
    Dixie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We loved the location and enjoyed our dinner - however if they are going to continue to charge such high prices they are going to have to serve more upscale food and drinks. I had 3 drinks and it was over $30.00. That's a little too much considering the items are all priced separately. Love the concept for their Caesar salad.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    HbtenVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The location and ambiance of Grappa are very nice. However, food was just okay and staff was unpleasant/argumentative. Not sure we'll try a second time.
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  • Needs work
    Food4Good
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was good with exceptions. The service was terrible. It took 10 minutes for someone to come by, then another 10-15 minutes to be told they didn't have the champagne we ordered. The server gave minimum required attention. And it took a good while to get our entries, which showed up on ridiculously hot plates dropped in front of us. Unsophisticated and sloppy service. The chicken piccata was just fine but the side of pasta with marinara sauce with lifeless and institutional-tasting. The mahi was over-cooked. The interior design is uninspired -- in most cases, dinners eating inside stare either at mostly blank walls or at a big-screen TV hanging over the bar about 20 feet away.
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  • Mediocre Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nothing was "fantastic", nor "horrible". They were also out of a number of things on a Saturday night - both at our table and the tables surrounding us - mostly wine, but also some pasta. I don't think we'll hurry back. All the servers seemed busy, but our service wasn't exceptional.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday evening, 6/6/14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very attentive and knowledgeable management & good servers. Noisy, beyond energetic. Upgrade ceiling tile would help. [Yes, we were the oldest ones there]
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 40 reviews are from the Grappa Italian Bistro reviews archive.
  • Another excellent Bemar spot
    Finalwords
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is Grappa’s newest location in Belmar. The happy hour choices are great and I highly recommend the cheese platter which changes daily depending on what cheese they have. The mussels are awesome and the dates are yummy. I also recommend the beet salad and the Cioppino. I’ve been here three times already and can’t w ait to try their other dishes. The wait staff is professional, friendly and makes everyone feel like they are special. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing Mother's Day brunch
    Newt
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mom here for brunch on Mother's Day. The place was empty when we walked in. The menu was difficult to understand and the prices were incorrect. The menu choices were pretty limited for a brunch, lots of egg choices but not many sweet or healthy options. I finally ordered the crab Benedict, and when it arrived there was no egg with it just crab, hollandaise sauce and an English muffin. So I sent it back and they fixed it. The potatoes on the side were pretty bland. All this sounds pretty negative, but the service is good and I've been to grappa three times before this for dinner and had very nice meals. So I would definitely recommend it for dinner, and hope that next time I go for brunch they get their act together
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  • I'll give it another try
    ballroombiker
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Grappa was pretty good. We sat outside because it was so incredibly loud inside. The artichoke appetizer wasn't as spectacular as other reviews made it out to be. I just had a salad for dinner. it was good, but nothing spectacular. I will go back to try their main dishes. the service was good and the manager was paying attention, so that earned them some points.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Believe the bad reviews
    Chritmasdinner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Service was less than poor! Food was okay, manager was more interested in drinking at the bar than taking care of the customers!!
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  • Was a favorite - but not anymore!
    Al216VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was the first time I had been to Grappa for lunch but the 4th time dining at the restaurant. The antipasti panini arrived very cold with the bread hardened; while this wasn't a total deal breaker, the fact that it had no taste other than the over abundance of herbs in the bread was. I ordered this with the pasta salad which was heavy with red onion and not much else. The other dish we ordered was the mushroom gnocchi. The mushroom sauce had a very strange texture to it and was served without grilled asparagus the menu describes. Our waiter was slow, disorganized and unattentive. I don't know if we will go back at all, but certainly not for lunch. Grappa has gone downhill very, very quickly.
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  • Must go place!
    FoodieExplorer
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Best Italian food I have had the pleasure of eating - a delight to the eye as well as to the palate. Eric provided more than excellent service, knew the menu, the wine and how to pair both with those he was serving. I seldom hug the wait staff - but Eric was hugged! We were a table of 12 and he made each of us feel as if we were a table if one! Don't pass this place by!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies gem
    Catthefoodie
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Incredible menu and the dinner was bursting with fresh ingredients and tons of flavor. I highly recommend this restaurant to the food critic and picky eater. There's something for everyone. Risotto and ahi tuna was fabulous! Beet carpaccio salad was perfect. For dessert the chocolate mousse just melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great happy hour
    Lkwoodfood
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Grappa was fantastic....wonderful food, great happy hour appetizers and prices. Tapas are generously sized and delicious, waiters/bartender very friendly. Great to have a place like this in Belmar. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    bevplay
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Went for lunch. Had yummy ravioli and my friend had salmon. Both were very good.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian
    Roma
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    A terrific Italian restaurant. Great addition to Belmar area. Excellent food !
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Menu
    TimmyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Nice menu selection. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I had the salmon putanesca and would highly recommend it. The tiramisu was fantastic. Waiter was attentive and helpful with menu and wine selections. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    dawnrph
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We went on restaurant week with another couple and they're oso buck was overcooked. Our entrees were good and previous experiences there have been very positive. I think not was the whole mass production restaurant week menu that sometimes calls short. Great wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were looking forward to
    GinnyVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We were looking forward to trying this restaurant for the first time. The positive comment is the food was good. However the tables were much too close together, and the table size is much too small. The service did feel rather rushed. I understand this restaurant has only been opened a short time, so hopefully they will make some adjustments!
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  • We met friends there for dinner.
    skier
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We met friends there for dinner. They nicely accommodated our male friend with his wheelchair. The food was delicious from start to finish! The beet salad was excellent! I can't imagine how they could slice it sooooo thinly. Yum! Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant. We were all very impressed and shall return for tapas and other offerings!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Addition to Belmar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My friend and I stopped by during restaurant week. The waitress was very accommodating of my friends request for 'just linguine and sauce' rather than the restaurant week dish that included smoked fish and vegis. She was nice enough to skip the upcharge since we were just subtracting (all the yummy!) additions to the pasta. I had the Carciofini, stuffed artichoke heart appetizer that was done very well, but I wish I would have tried the beet carpaccio. The table next to me ordered the carpaccio and it looked fabulous. The Fettuccini Carbonara Di Pesce was delicious and the portion was generous. The absolute star of the evening was the Tiramisu. Honestly it was one of the best I've ever had. I would return just for another taste.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    RegularCustomerVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My husband and I come every Friday for Happy hour, sometimes lunch sometimes dinner and every time we had superb service and food. We love having a neighborhood restaurant that isn't part of a corporate chain. More restaurants like this needed in Belmar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • decent
    krasser
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I enjoyed the dinner and the staff were kind and polite. We did find plastic in one of the apitizers, over all the food was good. It was very loud with a large party in the wine room with only a wall to divide. The mamager did buy us drinks after dinner for the plastic in the food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, bad service
    5280
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We dined for 5280. The food was wonderful. The service was poor. The waiter couldn't remember our order or what course we were on. The tip was already included when the bill came for our table of four. One couple paid cash with the remaining to go on the other couple's credit card. The waiter had run the credit card with an additional $5. If we had been left to decide our own tip, we would have only left 10% not 20%.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a terrible experience
    golfgroup
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had a terrible experience - we were seated, given water, ordered beverages, and it took about 10 minutes for waiter to take order - we thought all was good - an hour and half later we ot our appetizer, and our food was 30 minutes behind that. We had to ask for more water and bread several time and the bread was scarce. The owner yelled at the waiter and threw the waiter under the bus for the entire poor experience - later we saw the owner yealling again at the waiter in the back area. The owner was very inappropriate
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  • Delicious! What a gem!
    Knm0103
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Tried this for restaurant week and it it did not disappoint. Loved the wine list (happy hour list too!!), the food, the service, and the portion sizes. The manager was phenomenal -- ensuring everyone was taken care of. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week did not help
    nevergoingback
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I thought I would get a good deal with the restaurant week deal at a new place. They could not get any fountain drink right and would not fix it. Multiple cokes and lemonade just did not taste right. Waiter said he would not charge me for the drinks, but I had to have him take it off when the bill arrived anyway...slacker...take batter notes! The food was descent, but the service really sucked even after telling the waiter we were on a time crunch to make a concert across the street. Never going back. The 20% included gratuity and some other charge Belmar forced upon us was the clincher...I think that is why the waiter called it in because he knew he was getting paid well either way; which absolutely negates any motivation to do well.
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  • We will be back!
    Princessp
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Belmar and the Lakewood area has been in need of a nice restaurant like this! The food, service and atmosphere were all great! I look forward to visiting again, and getting downtown quality dining in Lakewood!
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll return again.
    mangiaVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had a very nice Sunday evening meal at Grappa's. Everything is new, with a nice Bar area and a lovely separate dinning room. Great food and service. We'll return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Grappa Italian Bistro was
    enjoynew
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Grappa Italian Bistro was a great find for a much needed Valentines/Date night. The hostess was very prompt on finding my reservation and seating us. The wine list has great options and the waitress was very helpful on suggesting different pairings. The filet mignon was cooked just as I requested and was very flavorful. Overall the meal was delicious, the service was great. The only drawback of the restaurant was the seating is right next to your neighbor so you don't have a lot of privacy. I would recommend this place to friends and family.
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    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed a great valentines dinner. The service was awesome and the Italian wine list was excellent.
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Such delicious food in a most pleasant environment! A terrific addition to Belmar and Lakewood!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great little spot in Belmar!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    What a great little find in Belmar Shopping Center. The owners Ricardo and Maurice have really made this little spot, tucked into the location next to the movie theatre, a great place to go on a date or with friends. I would recommend the polenta for an appitizer. Delicious! We had the Ahi tuna for our main course and it was a nice Italian twist from other Ahi's I have had in the past. Be sure to try the cannoli for desseert! Nice wine selection. The atmosphere was delightful and I definitely recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.