Home Grown Café
Home Grown Café

Home Grown Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.homegrowncafe.com/
  • Phone: 3022666993x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday Brunch: 10:30am – 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Chef Lee Wroten Jr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Enjoy items from Home Grown Café's menu prepared & presented on a larger scale.
  • Entertainment: Live music Wednesday through Sunday, including weekly Jazz Sunday.
    Wednesday to Saturday, music begins at 10 pm, Sunday at 7 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haines Street
  • Public Transit: Dart bus system stops one block down on Main Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public parking lot is located directly behind Home Grown Cafe. Parking is validated based on dine in & take-out.
A word from Home Grown Café
"Newark's most coolly sleek, vibrantly accented & adventuresome fine-dining destination." - The News Journal
Home Grown Café is the destination for internationally inspired cuisine with a local flair. Enjoy award winning gourmet salads, home made soups, fresh seafood & steaks & a variety of vegetarian & vegan options.

Unique martinis, eclectic beers a great wine list & mouth-watering desserts deserve a special trip. Best of Delaware 2005 - Best Martinis upstate.

Enjoy live music on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday evenings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Home Grown Café reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (26)good for groups (20)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (10)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)special occasion (5)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Always Wonderful
    bunnyteaparty
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This place is such a find. They can make almost anything vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. The drinks are amazing, the staff is so friendly, and the food is always wonderful. They change the menu up often and I love this. There's always something new to try. We had the vegetarian version of the pumpkin mac and cheese with maple tempeh, the felafel sandwich, and the edamame and potato dumplings. All were fantastic. This place also does a knock-out brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food and service
    Speechmom
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good selection for brunch or lunch. Service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    mbs59
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had brunch at Home Grown Cafe during UD parent weekend. It was recommended to us by a recent graduate. After reading the reviews I was concerned it might be "too vegetarian" for my group of omnivores. We were more than pleasantly surprised at the variety in the menu. There was something for everyone and everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    Lucky
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good food. Nice place. Will definitely go back. Near UD on main st. Fish tacos were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diverse Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Visited on Delaware Parent's Weekend. Rustic place, interesting diverse menu (short ribs, grilled cheese and lots of other choices). Full bar also. Everything was good. Not outstanding but not bad. Casual dining. (Park in the lot to the rear and they will validate your ticket when you leave.)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very unique
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We always visit Home a grown when we are in Newark. We don't have anything like it near us. The vegetarian options are abundant and delicious. It's our daughters favorite place to go with friends for lunch too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch spot
    JManucci
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This place was absolutely perfect for our group. I'm vegan, my sister is vegetarian, plus there were two omnivores and a toddler in the party. The toddler wasn't chastised or made to feel out of place (nor was she overly annoying or loud). But the food was exceptional for all. The vegetarian/vegan food here isn't an afterthought like some places. And there are plenty of options for meat eaters as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & affordable beer
    LuxB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Home Grown Cafe has good food and good beer with reasonable prices. We go there fairly often, especially when we have a group with a vegetarian since they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. The menu has seasonal changes but some standard fare is always available. This is the Main Street restaurant I recommend most to friends who visit and people who ask me where to go in Newark for good eats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    reeser
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I've been to Home Grown multiple times, this time was no different. Good food, good service, decent prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    WhiteAslan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent food, great beer/wine/cocktail selection, cool decor and ambiance. The only real downside was that the jazz band was too loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Fails
    Jboy21047
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always a good meal at a reasonable price. Even on a busy Saturday night the service is quick, efficient and friendly. I like the option of adding whatever protein you want so it makes things more flexible to salads and sandwiches. LOVE the charbroiled brussel sprouts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding meal
    DGSVerona
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding variety of mix and match food choices for all tastes. Salmon steak was fantastic, seared crisp on the outside and delicious inside. Will return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for vegans!
    feistyvegan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was in vegan heaven. The vegan omelette was amazing complete with homemade vegan sausage. The vegan desserts were also fantastic! And the tea was piping hot, which is so hard to find in any restaurant. Our waiter was superb!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Very Good
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I meet people here a few times each month. Lunch is always very good. Excellent service sometimes. Food always fresh. Salads very good. Vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good, but has been better
    MDS898
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We miss the old menu at Home Grown and think that the food, and the presentation has declined since the restaurant changed its menu format. As long-time veggies, with many carnivorous friends, HomeGrown is always our first pick for dining out in Newark, but some of our plates seemed to lack care in presentation and seasoning. The Pad Thai was a glob of noodles with virtually nothing showing with color or texture. It was left virtually untouched. There were no garnishes on any of the plates. The waitress was very good - knowledgeable and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Vacationer
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We found this cafe while on vacation. Loved that it catered to all diets--vegan, vegetarian, and meat lovers. The Spring bisque was especially good! They have jazz on Sunday evenings which was a nice bonus.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for large groups
    GeminiVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This restaurant is great for large groups of varied eaters. We love to come here with vegetarians and meat eaters. The food was very good. The falafel is always a winner. Never fails. The desserts were disappointing though. We had the pistachio puffs and they were extremely dry and bland, very little filling at all. Also we came on a Sunday night which is apparently music night, and while we did enjoy the band, it was EXTREMELY hard to carry on a conversation while they were playing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch
    SueB
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Brunch was delicious in a quiet atmosphere. Server was attentive and the morning was a great celebration for my Mom's 70th birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 375 reviews are from the Home Grown Café reviews archive.
  • Consistent and reliable
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Home Grown is my favorite Newark lunch place. Good variety, food always fresh and well prepared, lots of options for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Newark
    beryl1221VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We love brunch here. I have some dietary restrictions, and can always get so many things here to eat! And they're always wonderfully made, not something just thrown together by the kitchen. My vegan daughter and vegetarian daughter love it here too! And sitting outside on a glorious Sunday is the BEST!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and delicious brunch
    Clara
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Homegrown always has interesting menu items, and they're always delicious. The brunch many is no exception. Drinks were also excellent, and at a fairly good price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    DanaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This place is a "must-try" when you're in Newark. Delicious, healthy food that's reasonably priced. My favorite Main Street restaurant by far!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in town!
    rachelbk
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We love HomeGrown Cafe! It is the restaurant that everyone in our family (including both kids) always choose for all of our special occasions, and everyday dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as usual
    stuartVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We were disappointed with our eating experience at Home Grown. Business was not very active on this Tuesday, yet we waited forty-five minutes for our food. Signs all over the restaurant advertise the weekly food specials, with $2 off all weekly specials. Yet when we asked the waitress about them, we were informed that there are no weekly specials this week. My wife and daughter ordered an appetizer from the menu. Ten minutes later the waitress informed us that the appetizer was not available. When the food finally came, it was very tasty. However we felt that the wraps were considerably smaller than they had been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and a decent ambience
    peatmoss
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We loved the place. It was great for us with a toddler, even on a "pub crawl" night. Service was very good and the food was right on. Love the vegetarian options and the carnivorous ones. I've never been to a place where you can get such a tasty variety of vegan, vegetarian and carnivorous options. The drinks were good too. A little strong, but that's not always bad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food and service is always great! My My favorite brunch place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    CTscan16
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I remember eating at Home Grown ten years ago and I loved it. My most recent trip was not as memorable. The decor and ambiance was great. The waiter was friendly but slow. I ate with just one friend of mine and it took awhile for our entrees to come out. I remember the previous menu having more options. The new menu seemed pretty paired down. I liked what I ate but it wasn't very memorable. Maybe I should have ordered something else, but I would recommend it to healthy and vegetarian/vegan eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely AWFUL!
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Home Grown Cafe. We had been there for dinner & brunch in the past and both meals were very good, especially the brunch. On Saturday, we were there for brunch. I got the same meal for brunch this time that I had on my previous brunch visit. The BLT w/ fried egg and home fries. On my first brunch visit, this meal was DELICIOUS!! This time, it was awful! Not bad, awful. The home fries were burnt and hard and tasted like they had been sitting around for hours. I actually had tons of 'home fry' crumbs mixed in too. The fried egg on the BLT was completely overcooked. Three of the five people in our group had this meal...and all three of them were awful. Our other 2 diners had different entrees which were ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I think that the seating should be set up better for a more romantic setting
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • home grown cafe rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    we love this place. not only is the food fresh and healthy but the service is great and they really seem to care about their customers. my college-age daughter has a food allergy and they never make us feel like we are inconveniencing them about it, they always make us feel like they will take great care of her. i'm a vegetarian, so i'm always happy to eat here knowing i can get something healthy and meat-free but the rest of my family eats meat and loves all kinds of things on the menu. Highly recommend for awesome food and a nice time! we have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Sat Lunch
    VeganKimVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great fun! My salmon was great. They handled my special order well. Nice sunny day to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food took almost too long
    sgeats
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife and I have eaten here before, and every time was great, food and service. This time, we sat outside, and waited almost 40 minutes for a breakfast burrito and some chili hash. We were going to leave, and the food came, so we stayed. Of course, brunch was delicious. Never a problem with the food, always terrific. Kitchen was way too slow this time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blah
    Su1026
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food & service were sub par,.music wasn't particularly good & entirely too loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Angie
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I don't think I've ever had a bad meal here. It's definitely a place to check out! They have new weekly specials starting every tuesday and I highly recommend getting the hummus. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great vegetarian options
    anonVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    nice to have the options for vegetarians, and the food is quite good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Chris
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Took our son here for his 33rd birthday. He enjoyed the beer selection as well as the food. Interesting way to order wraps and sandwiches. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Healthy Food
    Rich
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Food was good. Service was good. Menu changed recently but plenty of healthy choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great For Brunch
    stuartVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The salmon wrap with apple dressing was an outstanding treat. The vegetables were entirely fresh and the salmon was extremely tender.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pros and Cons
    healthyeats
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I've been to homegrown many times and the food is always amazing! However, this particular time I went it too about 45 minutes for our food to come out after ordering, and the orders were simple, straight from the menu. Because it took so long the manager took care of our bill (we didn't even complain/mention that it took long, they just did it for us so they obviously pay attention to their customers). The food was amazing as always and we got to sit in a roomy booth. SO although we were there for a while, it was worth it because the meal was free and taste just fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I come to Home Grown 3-4 times a month for lunch. Always good service, reliable menu choices plus seasonal dishes. Food always fresh, well prepared and well presented. Best place for real food in Newark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.