The Grain House Restaurant
The Grain House Restaurant

The Grain House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oldemillinn.com/
  • Phone: 9082211150
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Luca Carvello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Grain House Restaurant
The Grain House Restaurant is located on the picturesque 10-acre estate of the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ. The structure was originally built as a barn in the 1760’s and was used to store grain for American Revolutionary soldiers. The barn was later moved to its current location and opened as a restaurant in the 1930’s. Today, the Grain House is a renowned restaurant in North/Central New Jersey, with a comfortable, casual ambiance. The restaurant serves innovative, traditional and contemporary interpretations of American cuisine with some added international accents, prepared under the direction of executive chef Luca Carvello. Delicious homemade desserts complete the menus, which are revised several times a year. Outdoor patio dining and fireside dining are available in season. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily, as well as a special brunch/lunch menu offered on Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM. An expansive brunch buffet is available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
The Grain House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (13)good for groups (12)great for lunch (11)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (6)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Awesome
    Mulliganmadness
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Friendly staff, food was great atmosphere was romantic
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    MellsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Sunday Brunch buffet had some delicious items: Eggs Benedict was good but the scrambled eggs and the Quiche tasted plain. A notable standout was the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf - scrumptious! Smoked Salmon was good as well as the Buffalo Mozzarella with Tomato and balsamic. They could've used another server for the room we were in. Took a long time to get coffee service. All in all a nice Sunday Brunch experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    jerseygirl51
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Have been there several times for the Sunday brunch. Love it. A lot of great selections. Everything is always fresh and hot. Wonderful fruit and salad selections. A wonderful setting. It's just a warm and friendly place, have never had a bad experience. Love the Copper Pub Room. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good food good service. Nice atmosphere! My extended family from out of town requests to go here when they visit from Chicago!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Connecting
    AEEG
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My team was coming from a variety of locations within New Jersey. This restaurant is conveniently located right off of the 287 Interstate with an easy access for everyone coming for the luncheon meeting. The food was great. The service attentive but not hovering. Just the right amount of noise/quiet and a wonderful lunch menu. The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience!
    TrainerGal
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Four of us went here for their Sunday Brunch Buffet. They have 3 different rooms from which to choose your seating: formal, cozy and bar-like. We chose the cozy room. The food was very good, hot and inviting. The coffee was so good and liberally given! We made a 10:00 reservation and it was pretty empty inside. However, as the morning wore on, it got very crowded. Our favorite foods were the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and the eggs Benedict. Very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Plate for a Date
    MisterMotown
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Very nice history to The Grain House that adds a bit more to the elegant dining they provide. My date had no problem finding gluten-free options and the extensive wine list had her favorite Merlot. The service was on point and helpful, exactly the right amount for a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Had been here many times, mostly for business breakfast meetings. The Father's Day brunch was excellent, and probably not their typical Sunday fare. Great variety, from eggs Benedict to fried chicken and yummy cheese grits, delicious French toast, many salad options, perfect fresh fruit with berries and whipped cream, omelettes made to order, paninis and more. - it was a real feast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service was good but my cocktail was weak and I ordered the vegetarian dish and was kind of disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually Bland
    FourSeafooders
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Have eaten, here, more than 20 times in the last few years - typically quite good (especially the burgers and specials), but, this time, was unpleasantly surprised. The stuffed shrimp were low on flavor and the stuffing was almost entirely bread, and worse, pasty and mushy throughout. I actually scraped off the "crab stuffing" and ate the shrimp alone.... with salt. The langustino and orzo side was excellent, but it didn't make up for the poorly prepared shrimp. I will go back out of convenience and since it is typically good.... The service is also typically decent, but this night, my server seemed a bit off.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tery
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food was average; rustic atmosphere but could use some updating. Service was pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 30 reviews are from the The Grain House Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Slipping...
    MrWalrusVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Usually have great food and service here. Maybe it was a bad night, but given the latest reviews on multiple sites, it appears that subpar food and service is the norm at the Grain House. Management may want to retrain their wait staff and hire a new chef. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. Bottle of red wine was way too warm. Appetizers and salad were good. Steaks were not of a quality for the price, probably in the same category of Outback, and were not cooked properly (wife's was undercooked; mine was overcooked). Also, the staff allowed a child to run around and take items off set tables. This was both unsanitary and obnoxious to other guests. The staff should have intervened. I doubt I will be returning for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day celebration
    Gail
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We all enjoyed ourselves. Menu was great. We weren't rushed and much it was quieter than it would have been on Sunday. Food was good. I find it to be consistently good each time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grain House
    suretybabe
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Easy on/off from Route 287. Nice atmosphere and relatively quiet, we ate lunch in the bar. Good selections and the Grain House Salad was excellent. I added salmon and it was a sizable piece. Ate here last summer and sat outside; and it was too hot that day but otherwise a very pleasant outdoor area. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Kelli
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My first experience at The Grain House was a celebration of Mother's Day for my mother-in-law. The food was fabulous, the service was great and the place is a gem. Despite the parties going on in other rooms, ours was quiet and made our dining experience enjoyable. We all had the fish of the day and I can't wait to go back and try menu items. It passed the in-law test, so it's a keeper!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love coming to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Always love coming to the Grain House. Probably the best brunch we go to in NJ. And the price is remarkable for this level of dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Grainhouse is a local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The Grainhouse is a local favorite where the food is predictably good. It has a Colonial charm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    Robin
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Cozy, country like atmosphere. Good food, great service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to table!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The Grain House was a pleasant surprise! The ambience was rustic, country. We had a table by the fireplace and it was warm and cozy. Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious! You can really tell the difference!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened????
    David
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My wife and I have been eating at The Grain House regularly ever since we had our wedding reception there 15 years ago. While service has never been it's strong point (it's never been poor but it does tend to be rather slow and less attentive than I would like), the food has typically been very good to excellent. Our dinner last Saturday made me wonder if the entire kitchen staff had changed. Nothing was outright bad but both our appetizers and main courses were some of the most bland plates we've ever been served...especially at this restaurant. I really hope this was just a bad night and not a change of kitchen staff. We'll certainly try at least one more time but I'm hoping we don't have a repeat of this last meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but nothing
    MogoVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food was good but nothing great. Nice old tavern adds to the atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GO TO BRUNCH HUNGRY
    FOODMOMVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Went to brunch not knowing that the buffet was the only option. What a spread!!! Everything you can imagine and mite including omlette station. Salads French toast pasta and a full dessert table. Price was very reasonable and it included coffee and mimosa
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • go to place.................
    slja12
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We are always looking for a great brunch place, where we can share and enjoy with a wide range of friends and family. This is aces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful choice for a snowy night
    elliekath
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Beautiful dining area, wonderful food. Menu covers all the bases but is not too extensive. Be ready for loud parties/weddings in the back rooms while dining, but it is a very convivial atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Wife & I Enjoy Coming In
    BIGVIG
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My Wife & I Enjoy Coming In On Special Occasions. We Came In On Valentines Day At 6:15 And Were Seated Rite Away. The Hostess Was Very Nice. Our Waitress Leah Was The BEST! The Food Was Very Good. However, The Noise Level From The Bar Made It Hard To Be Romantic. We Do Not Mind The Price Of The Wine By The Glass, However We Expect At Least 1/2 A Glass. My Wife Had Three Glasses Of White Wine, ALL Were 1/3 At Best! And The Host Did Not Have A Jacket On, And Was Leaning & Sitting On The Steps Area Quit Often. Very Unprofessional! We Will Be Back Though, We Love The Country Early American Ambiance. Tony & Brenda Vigorito
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kind of dissappointing foodwise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the food was well prepared and made from quality indredients. but wasn't a good selection. there should always be a good fish, salmon, tilapia, etc. on the menu. very unique specific dishes but there there also be some safe selections. especially on valentines day, i mean who orders burgers on valentines day at a century old restaurant. usually some a nice cut or a fish. I had the filet and that was ok, but not that great either. another note, on the kids menu a pb and j sandwich is 9 bucks..... seriously? not a good deal for families so keep it to the adults. overall it was ok. the buildingis nice and clean but the food didn't work very well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love the Grain House!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We dine at the Grain House often, usually for lunch, but on special occasions for dinner too!! We love that the menu changes frequently so it is always a different experience each time you go. The food is very good quality at very reasonable prices. We do not have any food issues, but like the fact that the menu indicates whether a dish is good for vegetarians, or gluten free, etc. as I do have friends that are. There are two areas to dine in, the slightly more formal restaurant, and the quaint, pub feel side. Either offers a lovely dining experience. The service has always been friendly, discreet, and efficient. We dined there on Saturday to celebrate my husband's birthday with our two teenage daughters and had a lovely time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party of 12
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great spot for a winter birthday celebration with friends and children. Service was excellent and the food great. Out group had not been to the Grain House in years. It was terrific and we will visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Place to Relax
    Took
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I spent a three hour visit for lunch with good friends at the Grain. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had a table in the pub
    neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    we had a table in the pub room next to the fireplace...perfect. there is a fireplace in the more formal dining room as well. the pub room has a more relaxed atmosphere as well as more families. our dinners were stuffed shrimp and a rib eye steak. both very good and large portions. particularly loved the flatbreads in the basket.. more like crackers.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    charity
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Get together w/friends; one from Florida. We all totally enjoyed the brunch including food, mimosas & service. Brett was very accommodating & service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    There were 12 of us. We really enjoyed our Brunch. Everything was tasty and hot and fresh. We would definitely return and recommend it to our friends looking for a Brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience,
    PAAnnie
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Wonderful dining experience, though definitely on the pricey side. All of our food was above average and some was superior. I appreciate the emphasis on organic food and meat without hormones or antibiotics. I found it unusual, however, that NO sides of any kind were included with the beef entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner
    BoatmanVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We had a group of eight which our wait staff handled perfectly. All our food came together so everyone ate at the same time. Food was very good and each person had something different. We will certainly come again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    Dwayne
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Great sitting for a business meeting with a semi private room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We come to Bernardville each December for a family Christmas celebration at my niece's home. 32 of us! Many stay at the Inn. I always have dinner at The Grain House for 8 family members on Friday night. We enjoy it. The dinner this year was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Sunday Brunch
    JerrycarolVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Brunch at the Grain House includes a cold buffet including smoked salmon, several cheeses and fresh fruit. In addition to many hot dishes, an Omelet chef makes custom omelets. Arrive around noon for complimentary Mimosas! All desserts are delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a hit
    TheGirls
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Centrally located so it's easy us to meet from different home towns. Meeting at the Grain House is a treat, with its nice menu variety at lunchtime. Noise level can make conversation difficult at times, but food is always excellent, service too. Definitely on our list of favorite spots for these ladies who do lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holidays off to wonderful start
    Girlsdayout
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    He fireplace was crackling, the staff welcoming , and the Sunday Buffet satisfying. There was something for everyone, from fresh fruit to carving stations to made - to- order omlettes and waffles. A dessert buffet was also filled with many treats. Our Dec 1st brunch was a great way to start off the holiday season with good food and good friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoy going here with our
    BobbyG
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    We enjoy going here with our Grand Daughter. Seating is very roomy. Good value for the money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.