Grappa - Rochester

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537 reviews
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Contemporary Italian
Grappa: WHERE NOSTALGIA meets NOUVEAU

Italian Nouveau is a modern approach to traditional Italian cuisine, merging the past with the present. Dustin Muroski, Executive Chef, carefully crafts a modern Italian dining experience perfect for a night out, a lively dinner with friends or a quick bite.

The bar at Grappa:

Elevate your tastebuds with the perfect cocktail to turn any ordinary night into an extraordinary one. Choose from a perfect glass of wine, a craft beer or try one of our unique signature Grappa cocktails.
What 537 People Are Saying
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AM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already spread the word on awesome Grappa is. The service was awesome, the ambiance and decor was great and food was outstanding. The presentation and taste of the food was delicious. I have shared our experience with other co-workers and family. It is definitely a place we will visit again. Kudos to the Chef, Owners and Staff! We look forward to going back again and again.

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Grappa. Food & service were excellent.

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L
Pittsburgh
53 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not quite sure where I needed to start on the menu with traditional appetizers with a little twist. The wedding soup was a good flavor starter with the meatballs and escarole giving lots of flavor. All the pasta options made it difficult to order any of the other items. Bolognese, gnocchi, carbonara and linguini w clam were all on point. Yes we all ordered something different so we could sample.

The pancetta on the gnocchi made me forget about not liking Brussels sprouts.

While I normally don’t touch bread I had to try the special basalmic dip.

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F
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was overall ok but the burger that my husband got was burnt even though he asked for medium rare.
Still a good place to go to for dinner.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside, Great night with family. Service and food was awesome, will go back again.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place
Excellent attention
Delicious food

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n
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor patio seating on a beautiful Rochester day transports you to a European cafe. After trying to get outdoor seating at a Park Ave restaurant, I thought of Grappa and am so glad I did! The quiet calm of Grappa vs. the hustle'n'bustle of Park Ave was absolutely what my friend and I wanted to catch up on her wedding plans and celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Tim. He was very attentive and gave us plenty of time for our group of 4 women to chat, catch up, then order our drinks and food. He checked on us making sure all was well. Thanks Tim !

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z
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice place! Overall food was good. our Wedding Soup had sand/grit in the greens which was a bit off putting, but it tasted great otherwise. Meatball and GF spaghetti were delicious except way too much red sauce. Next time we will ask for less. GF pizza amazing. Bar drinks were great and good prices. Thanks Grappa - we'll be back next time we're in Rochester!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The gnocchi I had was great. Other in the party was satisfied but didn’t rave about their choice. We all liked the ambience and decor.

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C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Early seating, comfortable environment great wine selection and variety of entrees.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Had a great overall experience with Grappa. While confirming my reservation, they inquired of food restrictions and allergies which I was very impressed with. upon arrival we found the atmosphere to be a little louder than we anticipated, but the hostess was kind enough to move our table outside away from the large group of people. the food was excellent and would highly recommend the short ribs. Service was excellent. We were really able to enjoy our time there.

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our appetizers, entrees and desserts were all beautifully presented and were delicious. Service was excellent.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Wine list is perfect for the italian neuvou menu. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. The server was attentive, but not constantly at the table. The food was mostly good. The calamari was a bit on the salty side and their take on tiramisu was okay, but not as good as a traditional tiramisu in my opinion. Overall, it was a nice location and good value for the price.

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FP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter wanted to eat at Grappa after graduation day at SUNY Geneseo. There was nothing available 2.5 hours either way from the 6pm time we wanted. I took a chance and called Grappa and the manager and staff there were able to fit us in at 5:45. We arrived and were immediately seated and the atmosphere was very NY City like. Loved the place! Besides the incredible food (everything from bread, appetizers and entrees) the waitstaff were very attentive and the timing of food was spot on. I had the linguine with clams and it was delicious! My wife and I both commented even on how nice and clean the bathrooms were. A big thank you to Grappa for making our graduation dinner a memorable experience!!

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TO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my daughters graduation from brockport. The waitstaff was awesome. Our waiter gave great food suggestions, was available when needed and super friendly. The food was excellent.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Make Mother’s Day reservation well in advance-check✔️
Arrive 10+ minutes early-check✔️
Then wait for almost an hour after original reservation time to be seated. Then listen to various staff members change the story as to what happened to our reserved table. Thanks for “comping” the apps & desserts...of course the items we wanted to order had already sold out...maybe an hour or so earlier?
As my school-aged children slept on our now very-late-night trip home, I kept thinking of a Seinfeld episode...Grappa certainly knows how to take the reservation, it just has not learned how to keep it.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Pleasant surprise. High quality food priced reasonably for the quality.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Waited 15 minutes for table, understandable due to Mother’s Day, however had to sit at a high top table in the bar, vs a normal table even though we had a reservation..

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great and service was amazing!

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Would recommend to go and have dinner

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D
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Theme was nice. Service was excellent. But for the value of the food it was pricey. Not sure I would recommend this

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful / attentive without hovering. The food was excellent (as always) and we especially enjoyed the quiet more persnoalized Sunday evening vibe.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

My noodles were under cooked and my food barely had any flavor

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Late afternoon, Easter Sunday. Seated promptly, pleasant staff. Caesar side salad w anchovies one of the best; perfect portion size. Pasta entrées very good, portions just right to large, but a tad pricey. Enjoyable experience, definitely recommend.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time to this restaurant. Excellent service and the Easter dinner menu had some great choices. Will definitely be back. The only negative comment would be the seating along the windows has a view of parked cars. I wonder if there is a way to block that unsightly distraction?

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grappa has quickly become one of our favorite spots for happy hour (delicious craft cocktails & yummy small plates), lunch & dinner meetings. The service is always prompt & attentive. We’re there at least once a week!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

“Probably the best tasting food I’ve had at a restaurant.” - Accompanying Friend

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Kinda pricey though.......

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I cannot say enough about the quality of our dining experience at Grappa - Rochester this past week. We were eight, and had lunch mid-week. We were greeted and seated immediately by our server, Jolene, who followed up with exemplary and cordial service for the remainder of our visit. By all accounts, there wasn't one substandard meal among ours. I will undoubtedly return.

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DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I hardly ever write reviews but this time I am. I was seated near the kitchen. It took forever to have the waiter take my order! The young man serving me water and bread was very nice but the waiter pretty much ignored me!

I ordered the scallops and was disappointed. They were rubbery.
The waiter seemed in a rush to give me my check. I’m a business woman who travels to Rochester frequently. I thought I would give Grappa a try. Perhaps I should have chosen a different entree but there is no excuse for bad service especially when the restaurant was not busy. The waiter never even asked if I wanted dessert!

Sorry, to be so honest.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, get food, wonderful service

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good as always. The server needs work. We were still eating our salad when she tried taking our silver away to replace it. My husband had the leftover bread in with the food to go and the server took it out. Who does that? This is the second time in a row we had an issue. I'm not sure we'll be back again.

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GG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to meet up with family and friends!

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AV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Ate there for dinner and lunch. Service is a bit slow but we come from a major city where service is super fast. Highly recommend

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome restaurant- food and ambiance. The server was very nice and got all our orders right. Pretty slow at processing our payments but we had separate checks and we weren’t in a hurry so that’s ok. Will definitely be back.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as always! We’ll be back again soon. Angelica is sweet and very efficient

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food great drink and very good service. Bartender CJ made a fantastic expresso martini - thank you. All the bartenders were great. My salmon was very good. Will come again soon.

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