484 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.grissinirestaurant.com/index.html
- Phone: 2015683535
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Alberto Leandri
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Private parties are available, please inquiry for details.
- Private Party Contact: (201) 568-3535 2015683535
A word from Grissini
Rated "Excellent" and called an "East Coast Spago," by Zagat, we offer Nouvelle Italian cuisine.Continued
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Grissini reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 1, 2014
- Ambiance3.6Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (14)romantic (13)special occasion (13)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (7)great for lunch (7)hot spot (6)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- HorribleOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/19/2014SERVICE FROM HELL! Has to be the worst service I ever received. Unaccommodating, slow and inadequate. My party receive three wrong dishes and when brought to the attention of my server,(Raphael) it's seemed like "eat it or get nothing" Any question I would ask about the menu seemed to annoy my server. When I would try to get my servers attention I seemed to be ignored, having to raise my voice on a few occasions. And when I got his attention or even the attention to fellow servers, we would get a smart remark(attitudes with all these guys) . An excuse for everything... Ticked me off so much I didn't even enjoy the food.. Awful, Awful, Awful.
- ErrrrDined on 7/22/2014I loved the food and the service was good as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- always wonderfulNewyorkerVIPDined on 6/15/2014Grissini is the best. The food is wonderful and the service is very, very attentive. I have tried a dozen different entrees and every entree has been excellent. The fish is perfectly prepared. The calamari is so, so good. The pastas are fresh and perfectly prepared with just the right amount of sauce. The back room is the best place to be seated. Although the noise level is loud I have never had a problem having a conversation. I can't wait to go back.Special Features:
- Strong across the boardOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/11/2014I went here with my father. I have been to the restaurant for lunch which was always good but I was surprised by how good dinner was. Put simply, my steak was PERFECT and the wine was as good. I was worries about not going pasta or traditional Italian but I was not disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Wonderful Dining ExperienceRichieDined on 6/8/2014It has quite some time since we were at Grissini's and totally enjoyed our dinner on Sunday. We shared a very nice salad and my wife, who does not eat very much loved the old lobster appetizer. I had the Colorado Lamb Chops and they were amazing, perfectly grilled to order with a wonderful glaze I think? We had no dessert nor coffee. Our waiter was nice as well as the other help We very much appreciated the fact that the menu had the specials printed and with prices, so we did not have to ask Hope to return soonSpecial Features:
- KBM428Dined on 6/7/2014Great food and service. Grissini has always been one of my favorite restaurants.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Grissinitonymo52Dined on 5/31/2014We enjoyed dinner this past Saturday night as usual the food was fantastic as was the service thank you!Special Features:
- The following 202 reviews are from the Grissini reviews archive.
- PERFECTetbdiningDined on 4/23/2014The cuisine, presentation and service were exceptional. Will definitely go to Grissini's more frequently in the future. It's a real find!!!Special Features:
- Enjoyable, relaxing, comfortableHappyDined on 4/9/2014Enjoyable, relaxing, comfortable and well staffed with great food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Over ratedTrout10Dined on 4/3/2014My son picked this restaurant for his 16th birthday based on reviews he had read. It sounded good so we gave it a try. Luckily we arrived in a Mercedes or we may have been turned away, there were Bentleys, Maseratis, etc. in conspicuos spots in the parking lot. Aside from the smell me atmosphere, it was loud, service was lacking, and the food was okay. Overall a disappointment for $400.Special Features:
- My pasta had a hard,spinyLexus614VIPDined on 4/3/2014My pasta had a hard,spiny fishy object I pointed out to waiter. Maitre'd came back to table with item to tell me it was a microgreen. This was not a microgreen. It was my husband's birthday so I chose not to make a scene. The pompous attitude reaffirms my long absence from here. I have lived in BC for many years and will try my best to make sure my friends hear about this experience. I will go to NYC and pay the same or less and lose the attitude. All I expected was I am sorry.
- GrissiniGrissiniDined on 3/29/2014Very Nice Place, Very Good Food, Service was Good, But the Maître D was unpleasant.Special Features:
- Expensive, but GOODtomayVIPDined on 3/28/2014very good food- but you will pay for it! martini $16.00 nyc prices - MERCEDES crowd, pretentious wait staff at times- but really good foodSpecial Features:
- OverratedBroadaxeRdTaxGuyDined on 3/28/20143 of us stopped in for dinner to avoid the traffic back to NY. We all oderred appitizers. One was the Caprese. The Buffalo mozzarella was great. The tomates however were unripend. It was supposed to have a balsamic reduction, but came in just oil. I asked about it and the waiter just brought us a bottle balsamic vinigar. Then one of our dinner orders was not what was orderred. Again I said something to the waiter and he just brought the sauce from what should have been orderred. Then went on to blame the kitchen. We skipped dessert and left. Overall it was very disappointing and will not make it a stop again.
- Italian Cuisine at it's Finestjaybird51VIPDined on 3/22/2014We had a wonderful dinner here on a busy Saturday evening. Our reservation was for 7:45pm and we were shown to a table right away. However, it was too close to the kitchen and the traffic area in the restaurant so we asked for a quieter table in another part of the restaurant. We were told that we would have to wait for something to open up and were directed to the bar. We ordered club soda, patiently waited a bit, then asked to see the wine list, ordered a nice bottle of wine, and we eventually ended up at the perfect table for us, in the corner by the wine cabinets. Our choice to wait; and we were glad that we did because the experience we had was exactly what we were hoping for. Food and service were wonderful, highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We were forced to leave our tableteamsarrowDined on 3/8/201470 minutes into our reserved dinner for two we were about to order dessert when we were presented with the bill and told to move to another table (and to immediately pay the bill). The restaurant had booked a large party and needed our table for four. In a garbled and rushed manner they offered us free drinks, and even dessert "on the house." After we paid the bill, we were asked to stand at the bar, and told we were waiting for a table. But then they asked us to sit at the bar when two chairs, that were not next to each other, opened up. When we said we were leaving the staff seem shocked and dismayed that we were not happy sitting at the bar. The food was excellent, but a welcome feeling was lacking, and the service was unusual.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Local place can't go wrongFoodie101VIPDined on 3/1/2014Grissini you can rely on for flavors and service. We are New Yorkers and it worth the tripSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good for a Night OutRestluverVIPDined on 2/21/2014We had some friends from the city come into visit. Party of 6. we had a nice table at the end and we enjoyed our evening. Food was very good and the service was good also. Appetizers took a bit long to come out but opther than that everythng was excellent. Valet parking and easy access to bridge and overall area a plus. don't hesitate to go to this place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of the best Italian restaurantsRafaDined on 2/15/2014One of the best Italian restaurants in Bergen CountySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- always great food, classyDustyVIPDined on 2/15/2014always great food, classy style, great ambience. Very consistent.Special Features:
- Classic Italian RestaurantpausDined on 2/14/2014Dinner Highlights: Black Truffle Risotto & Pasta Bolognese The food was perfectly authentic Italian. The pasta and risotto tasted clean and light. You can tell the pasta is made fresh. The taste came mainly from the quality of the kitchen and not from any butter/oil. This is quintessential Italian cooking, hard to find in New Jersey. They have a great wine selection all from Italy, and the servers are experienced and relaxed. They don't try to hard to impress but deliver in every way. Conclusion: Grissini does not try to be anything it is not. A perfect balance of comfort and elegance with no pretentious attitude. It is a classy Italian restaurant with great service, food, and ambiance. That's it!Special Features:
- Ok local gem if you don'tOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/14/2014Ok local gem if you don't want to drive to Manhattan.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Going StrongAlbertDined on 2/8/2014Retains its place as a classy upscale Italian restaurant. First went there almost 30 years ago and it was great then. Hasn't changed much...service and food remain top-notch, prices are a little more than other local spots but then you are probably getting what you pay for. Over the bar area now there is a very big screen TV for sports fans but it does not disturb those in the main dining areas.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dinner at GrissiniGlowDined on 1/27/2014This is my favorite restaurant in Northern New Jersey. I have gone there on special occasions, Saturday nights, New Years Eve. The food is is always excellent, especially the home made pasta and sea food. The Dover sole, my favorite dish, is always fresh and cooked to perfection. The service is great. Best pick on this side of the Hudson. I highly recommend it.Special Features:
- DisappointingNanaVIPDined on 1/26/2014We eat at Grissini fairly often but found it to be quite disappointing this past Sunday evening. Once again the menu has changed, prices are higher, portions smaller, wine list offers very few reasonably priced choices. Service was very slow but that was alright since we were relaxing over red wine but when my main dish finally arrived it wasn't what I ordered and when they corrected the mistake, the pasta dish I asked for was missing the mushrooms so even on a second try they got it half wrong!!! The maitre d was made aware and nicely apologized and comped my main. We'll return but not with the enthusiasm we used to have for Grissini.
- Enzo and Michael were theOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 1/24/2014Enzo and Michael were the best! Not only funny But very welcomingSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Consistent Continental restaurantBabsVIPDined on 1/16/2014Grissini"s always delivers with a varied menu that should please everyone. The service was attentive and the food very tasty. The restaurant is odd shaped with a small quiet front area,a narrow main area and a quiet ,but a little dark back room.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tough veal and indifferent serviceElaineVIPDined on 12/31/2013Drinks and appetizers were fine but things fell apart after our entrees were served. I had halibut which was fine but my husband's veal was tough. He never sends anything back but would have told our waiter if we had seen him again BEFORE our plates were cleared for coffee. When he did reappear I told him about the veal and his lack of attention and he said he was sorry but he was busy. He offered a "free" dessert which wasn't what I was looking for but a nice gesture. We have always had good food prior to this evening.
- The food was delicious. ThechrisVIPDined on 12/23/2013The food was delicious. The service was fantastic. Wait staff were extremely pleasant, very attentive and accommodating.Special Features:
- lacks knowledgemelroyVIPDined on 12/16/2013The food is great and the service is friendly. However, my waiter did not understand different wines have different vintages and one vintage can be great, while another not so much. The GM mad up the difference by offering a more expensive vintage for the same price.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Recent improvementsRobynslp95VIPDined on 12/7/2013I haven't been to one of my favorites in awhile. Recent improvements include a new chef , interesting cocktail list at the bar (though they don't have all the ingredients ) and a solid use of truffles across the menu . The food was excellent . My only complaint is the ridiculous mark up on the wines . You can eat in the city and pay less for the same choices . For example silver oak was twice what it is at any comparable level in fine dining . The menu is expensive as is without having to bang people over the head for wine . If they are going to charge astronomical amounts at least have some sid choices in the 50 to 100 range - there's hardly anything inusing white !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just a short note to complimentReneeVIPDined on 11/6/2013Just a short note to compliment Grissini's Restaurant for the excellent food and wonderful service. I have written about this restaurant before and my opinion has not changed. The food is excellently prepared, the wait staff professional and courteous and the Maitr'D, Enzo friendly and efficient. No haughtiness here! A great evening for Italian dining.Special Features:
- Average eaterymss22VIPDined on 11/2/2013Seated opposite the kitchen corridor access was the beginning to a noisy crowded non-romantic eating experience. Trying to have a conversation in the bar area was next to impossible. Although the food was decent, everything else was average at best. This restaurant tries to create the feeling of it being the "Only game in town." Believe me, it's not.
- Consistency, Consistency27EastDined on 10/29/2013I have been visiting Grassini for the past 5 years, and I have never been disappointed. The food is always prepared properly and there's never any disappointing surprises. Great intimate spot for the occasional business lunch. On my most recent visit ordered the tuna steak. It was prepared to perfection. If you haven't been, put Grassini on your list of places you have to try. Great food, reasonable prices. Now all you need is the right company to join you.Special Features:
- As good as ItalyKathid23VIPDined on 10/26/2013My husband and I travel quite a bit and are very particular. On this visit, our meal was outstanding and as good as the best restaurants in Italy. We are going back this week.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First rate at GrissiniEMK76VIPDined on 9/25/2013We have lived in Bergen County for 38 years and just visited Grissini's last week. The GM is a long time friend from a NY restaurant, and treated us like family. The food is truly exceptional and the service is better than most NY restaurants. Although the noise level is a little loud in the bar area, you can comfortably chat and enjoy the experience. The menu is incredibly extensive and the waiters can speak intelligently about the items. This is rare in today's world. The portions are larger than I expected and both meals were cooked and presented perfectly. Grissini has redefined how good Italian food is prepared and presented.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Swing And A MissBILLYBOYTDined on 9/20/2013Wanted to try Grissini for some time and left disappointed. Ordered Chicken Sorrentio (chicken breast covered by prosciutto, eggplant and fresh mozzarella). It had an odd taste similar to freezer burn and the cheese must have been melted on the plate as the chicken was swimming in a greasy liquid. Would have sent it back if not with a client and can only guess that something went wrong in the kitchen. Also found the noise level to be distractingly loud for a business lunch. The pros include the the interior decor which is very warm and quite charming. The staff were expertly attentive. The packed parking lot indicates that my experience may have been a statistical outlier and I will think about trying the restaurant again.
- celebratingues1dinerDined on 9/13/2013needed a local spot for a special celebration among friends. perfect spot. good selections and lovely service. no rushing, not crowded and yummy lobster salad. good breat...too good. just enough food for ladies who lunchSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Italian in Bergen CountyDlkdance94VIPDined on 8/27/2013First came the impressive bread basket. i love it when a restaurant starts off on the right foot by serving fresh italian bread and breadsticks. Shared a rigatoni bolognese appetizer size and it was delicious. The pasta was cooked to perfection and gravy had a nice flavor. Then our salad came which was also very good. My salmon entrees served with squash was superb. My friend had the lamb chops. It was a generous sized portion and he said were also savory. For dessert we had ricotta cheesecake. Homemade so I need say no more! Wine list extensive and we enjoyed a bottle of Tignanello.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always reliable upscale ItalianKEENJVIPDined on 7/14/2013Always reliable upscale Italian with very good food. Can be costly.Special Features: