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Bacari Grill

4.6
182 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
Since the Amoratis family opened the doors of Bacari Grill nearly a decade ago in Washington Township, NJ, the restaurant has achieved a hard-earned reputation for excellence in fine dining, and friendly, professional service. If you are seeking a relaxing, tasteful environment for dining, a creative martini in the lounge, or banquets for every occasion including corporate functions, Bacari Grill is the perfect choice!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm (opening time on Sundays may vary due to private events)
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Phone number
(201) 358-6330
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Angelakos
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Cross street
Pascack Road
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 182 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent grilled octopus appetizer.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Wonderful dinner and superb service totally enjoyed expect a return real soon

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We started off with an antipasto that was excellent. Their veal chop was perfect and short ribs full of flavor. Our waiter was sweet and accommodating. We will definitely go here again if even just for drink and brick oven pizza.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was our first time back to Bacari in a few years and it was excellent! The service from start to finish was 2nd to none. The food was great and we can't wait to go back

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Bacari Grill has very good food, service and the decor is very nice. I've never had anything but a very good meal at Bacari -- lunch and dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

First time back at Bacari Grill in many many years. It's not that I've avoided its off the beaten trail for me. Nonetheless, it will not be that long for my next visit. The food was great as well as the service. While the windowed room and general spaciousness of it is comfortable, it leaves you with a feeling of it being stark. Some large plants (perhaps silk) and trees appropriately positioned would go a long way for sprucing things up. Will return.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service and food was very good. I was not happy with the noise level. We arrived early - at 5pm and the dining room was almost empty and quiet. By the time we left - about 7 - on a Saturday night we were screaming to each other at the table. I would re-think a Saturady night at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The oysters were amazing! My fiancé and I had a wonderful date night dinner at Bacari Grill this weekend. From start to finish our meal was exquisite. We had the crab cake appetizer, which was out of this world, and an assortment of oysters to start. For our entrees I had the sea scallops, cooked to perfection and my fiancé had the halibut special which was equally as delicious. Both entrees were generously portioned as were our wine glasses (a great bonus). To end our dinner we each got double espressos and shared a warm apple crumble style dessert that was accompanied with a lovely caramel ice cream-so good. We will definitely be going back soon. Don’t think twice. Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

I find that having lunch here is always a good choice. They are accommodating, the waiter was very attentive and gave all the proper information for the specials of the day. They have a great overall menu and their sushi is well presented and very fresh.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Incredible menu, service and wine list! An awesome critic's choice every year!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was great, good variety on the lunch menu.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Great ambiance, good food and service. Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant. We'll certainly be back.

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2017

OK. OVERPRICED.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was top notch. Can’t wait to go again. Not waiting for an occasion.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Always an enjoyable meal at Bacari. As an added treat they also serve very tasty Japanese rolls and sushi. Service always good and you can hear yourself and other members of your party speak! Tables are well positioned to give you maximum privacy. Look forward to returning again and again.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a 5:00 reservation, which was great, because it was quiet and the staff was very attentive. I chose the trout special with wild rice and a delicious cabbage. The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. My husband had the crab cakes and meatballs which he enjoyed. We shared a delicious caesar's salad. I thought it was a bit pricey, but everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Let me start off saying that the food is delicious. For appetizers we ended up having the Burrata, maki rolls and Brie cheese. Away everything go serve just made it look even more appetizing. For the main course we ended up getting scallops which melted the moment we took a bite out off it! That’s where we ended up having to Apple crumb cake which was also very good. The service was also phenomenal! Our server Jason made sure he took care of us and made sure we enjoyed the meal. This is the place that we will be coming back to and will make sure to request Jason to be our server as well even though everyone from the staff that came by was very pleasant!

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2.0Dined on October 19, 2017

The halibut cheeks, which was a special and not inexpensive was disappointing. It arrived with a nice presentation but was overcooked and dry with little flavor. I suggested this location and was sorry that it wasn't a more favorable experience for my friend who hadn't been there before. Her bay scallops and spaghetti was mediocre and she brought most of it home for her husband. Not because of a oversized portion, that was not the case but because the dish was disappointing in taste.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Best restaurant and wine list in NJ...great service and ambience!

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Always a great time.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

We had a late lunch and were probably in between there lunc/ dinner but they sat us and the service was excellent .. lunch menu and price were excellent.
Although we are not far we forget to include Bacari Grill on our list of " go to " restaurants in our area but this experience has changed that for sure !! We will be back.

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Lunch was good. Chicken Parm and some penne with a little desert and a salad. Happy with the service. The place fills up for lunch quickly. I just wish they would give the dining room an overhaul. Some paint would be nice.

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2.0Dined on August 30, 2017

I had not been to the Bacardi Grill in years so we decided to give it a try. Like most of us, it has aged, but unlike most of us, it has not aged well. It was very tired and worn inside with the most disgusting, dirtiest ceiling I have ever seen. That really skeeved me out but that was only the start. My daughter, a teenager, and I, in a half empty restaurant, were shown to the worst table in the restaurant, all the way in a little alcove by itself on top of the emergency exit door. I politely asked for another table and we were shown to a tiny 2 top next to a dirty, food encrusted wall. We should have gotten up and walked out right then and there but we stayed and ordered dinner. I wish I could say things got better but they didn't. We started with an order of fried calamari that was billed as spicy, tossed in a garlic butter with banana peppers. The calamari was fairly bland and not crispy at all. It had some sliced peppers thrown on it but I did not taste the garlic butter. For an entree, my daughter ordered the pasta Bolognese. When I asked her how it was, she made a face and I asked her how it compared to her favorite, the Bolognese from BV Tuscany in Teaneck and she said, 'not even close.' Needless to say she left most of it. I ordered a special of trout on a bed of spinach and wild rice with apples and walnuts. I really wanted to like the dish because the flavors really worked but the trout was so overcooked it was like eating sawdust. I left about a half of it because there wasn't enough water on the table to get it down. Of course after that, we were not sticking around for dessert nor will we be returning. I can't understand the decent reviews that this restaurant gets. Are people so used to mediocracy that they don't know or appreciate lousy, overpriced food in a worn, dirty setting?

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2.0Dined on August 24, 2017

My Burger was very fresh, good and enjoyable however that was 1/3 of the meals. My mothers sandwich was apparently tasteless, my wifes fish sandwich was she believes undercooked and also not tasty.

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2.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Dinner was very good. However, after drinks, dinner & dessert we paid the check. Not 10 minutes later while finishing coffee, the server came and took the tip folder saying "I need to close this out." Needless to say, we left.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Food is consistently good. This time those in our group of four were happy with the Sonoma chicken salad sandwich, the hot and crispy sweet potato fries, the naked burger, a special salad, and excellent cappuccino. On a previous occasion, the restaurant was about half full and having a conversation was easy. This time, however, the full restaurant resulted in a high noise level that made casual conversation difficult. Service was average at best, and we had to ask for our bill and then had trouble finding our waiter to pay it. I'll return because of the great food, but will hope for a quieter experience and a more attentive waiter.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2017

I had the Ivory King Salmon which was fresh but lacked in taste; however, the chorizo potatoes were delish! Wish there was more of them on my plate. Asked for Rosé but they were out of it, bummer. Also loved the Bacari sundae. Yum! Def recommend getting that dessert!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Great From start to finish!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Very nice place. Good hamburger. Service was actually a bit too attentive in some ways, not enough in others. For example, I asked for a Grey Goose on the rocks with three olives. I received a Grey Goode on the rocks with a piece of lime? On the other hand, the wait staff hovered around constantly-- asking for our order, when our drinks had just been served, and then we ordered, our food arrived in literally five minutes. And it wasn't something like cereal which you could understand if it was made in two minutes.!!! But these service issues aside, the place was lovely and I had a great get together with an old friend. I would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Enjoyed a nice leisurely lunch with a friend in a fairly quiet ambiance

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Took my children ages 14 and 12 for their moving up ceremonies. Everything was delish! Recommend the fried calamari and the burrata cheese appetizer
Had the blackened swordfish special and it was flavorful and cooked perfectly
Our waiter was also super nice and helpful.

Thanks Bacari Grille for making our special night even more special !

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Good food but dining room needs a face lift. Dirty walls, very dirty dropped ceiling and marked floors, they need to spend money to update. As this takes away from a truly nice restaurant with excellent food.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

We always love this restaurant and went for our anniversary. Everything was delicious as usual except for my filet mignon. The first came out overdone so they were king enough to make a new one for me that arrived after everyone else had finished their meal (also fine) but the replacement was awful - no char, soggy and grossly over-peppered. They did not charge me for it but it took away from the evening celebrating our anniversary. Our waitress was wonderful though....I'll be back but will stay away from beef.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Good food. Good service

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Best restaurant around...great menu , awesome service and unequaled wine list! The Proprietor, John, is gracious, attentive and a genuine pro!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Our server Stephanie was fabulous

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2017

I had a good experience at this restaurant so I invited my niece from UK to celebrate her birthday. I had informed the host when they called to confirm the reservation. The waiter was not very interested in serving us. He stopped at our table only 3-4 times while I saw him hover around other tables many times. There was no acknowledgement that this was a celebration. Bacari is good place and I wouldn't discount it for one unsatisfactory experience. But maybe a little more attention to how wait staff is treating customers is needed.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Best biz lunch spot in NJ!

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Bacardi Grill never disappoints!!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2016

Love this place, food is excellent , the service is great. I was here with my girlfriend and she loves it as well.

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