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  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Had yummy ravioli and my friend had salmon. Both were very good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A terrific Italian restaurant. Great addition to Belmar area. Excellent food !"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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%."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great valentines dinner. The service was awesome and the Italian wine list was excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Such delicious food in a most pleasant environment! A terrific addition to Belmar and Lakewood!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We took my mother here for her birthday and it is a much needed addition to Belmar. Only complaint would be the service, although that can be fixed if they added more staff. Seemed our server was slammed. My salad came with my entree, so by the time I got to eat my entree it was cold. Glad to have Grappa in the neighborhood nonetheless."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Many exciting sounding dishes but many components that did not come together."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the restaurant and we were a party of 6 - everything was perfect! We started with the Antipasto Crudo and it was outstanding! Their salads are always crisp, and fresh, and the perfect 1st course size too! With the table having 6 people, we were all able to order different pasta dishes and try one another's - they were all wonderful! The restaurant wasn't busy around 6pm, but did get quite full around 7, so I would recommend reservations for a large group or for a later dinner."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is exactly what Belmar has been missing! Grappa is very nice, has a menu with plentiful choices but refrains from being overwhelming. The staff was very warm, welcoming and knowledgeable and didn't rush us through any part of our experience from being greeted at the door to taking our time eating dinner to saying goodbye. Grappa offers a fully stocked bar and a long wine list with a wide selection to choose from! I cannot wait to go back again, and hope to take advantage of their patio this summer!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Pricy wine list but food was very good for New Year's Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went in excited to try the new restaurant in our area but came out very disappointed. We were never offered anything to drink, the service was lousy and our food took an hour and a half to get to our table. The worst part was that no one ever even apologized. The manager walked by several times and never acknowledged the problem."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Have a great dining experience at Grappa. Excellent service, delicious food and wine plus there is a full bar."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This new Italian restaurant is a perfect place for foodies. Has a nice wine selection, is more upscale then most of the restaurants in Belmar..."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We decided to try Grappa after finding out it was located close to the house. Glad we did! While the noise level was a bit extreme upon arrival and the table mapping is tight, the food and service were superb for such a new restaurant. Everything we ordered was seasoned appropriately and nothing was heavy or riddled with salt. All in all, we will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The event was our 30th Anniversary celebration. The experience was perfect. On one other occasion we went to Grappa, but it was Friday night and even at our table for two in the front part of the restaurant, the noise level was too high for conversation. For our anniversary, we went on a Tuesday night. It was less crowded, our table was in the area off the bar area separated by a half wall - the noise level was much better. Food, wait staff, management attention were all excellent. A new favorite in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Love this place. Friendly staff. Fabulous food. We have been here for happy hour, lunch and dinner and always love it. So pleased to see an upscale restaurant at reasonable prices move into Belmar."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Grappa Italian Bistro has added upscale dining to the Belmar area in Lakewood. Try the House Salad (you'll want to share this one), the pastas and the bread. I'd like to see a slightly larger portion of calamari for sharing which we all loved as well. The wine list was wonderful featuring a yummy Malbec. Loved the gelato! Some kinks need to be ironed out: getting orders straight, serving hot food, tuning down the music a bit, etc., and I have no doubt that they will with time. After all, Grappa has barely been open a month. This is an adult establishment and not a family place for young children. For a special occasion, date night, a group party...it's perfect!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The beet salad was very innovative and delicious. The pesto served with warm bread is a nice touch. I would cut back on the garlic a touch and add more salt and pine nuts to the pesto mixture to give it just a little more flare. The cioppino (seafood soup) was very under seasoned (bland) and the flavor profile was very underdeveloped altogether. At the price, I would expect much more. I hope it improves."
    Dined on 10/26/2013