Martini Grill

4.2
174 reviews
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Martini Grill, just off Route 17, offers an exceptional dining experience with its stylish, romantic Tuscan setting, welcoming service and an artfully created menu. Its "European" cuisine leans heavily toward Italy, nods frequently to France, and often stretches trans-Atlantic to classics unique to these shores. Chef/Owner Aret Cakir, a Culinary Institute of America graduate with classic French experience earned in the kitchens of Maxine's of Paris and Le Cirque of New York City, creates the most delightful dishes with first-rate ingredients that find their way into his kitchen from around the world. The list of executives and celebrities jetting in and out of Teterboro that he also caters to includes Britney Spears, John Bon Jovi, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Martha Stewart. Enjoy the exquisite weekly specials, the extensive martini & wine lists and live jazz Friday & Saturday.

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TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Martini Grill.
Edmund, our waiter, cant di enough to make your evening pleasant.
Food was pkentiful and delicious
Just love the salad
The drinks outstanding especially Chocolate Martini
Best place for really nice dinner or romantic night. Love it there

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C
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mid week meal and really no complaints as everything was hit and fresh enjoyed clams pasta and sangria. Staff was very nice and if in the area I would go back.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was very salty and it is very much overpriced. Service was very slow, even though, for a time we were the only group in the restaurant.

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CP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Worse service ever, our waitress could not hear and messed up half of our order, my LI iced tea tasted moldy I could not drink it, the food was ok but not worth what costs, maybe if the service would have been better I would give it another chance but, no way, too aggravating!

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

Was absolutely fantastic from monent we walked in door. Greeted by Edmund who remembered us from our last visit.
Food was most delicious and plentiful.
Presentation was beautiful
Martinis were also superb
Most delightful evening all around
Drfinately will return 👍👍👍👍

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would definitely recommend this place. The Lobster & Shrimp risotto was delicious. My cucumber mint gin martini was fabulous. Loved the live entertainment too!

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j
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the very best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was excellent, the service fabulous, the ambiance incredible, and the music amazing. Thank you!

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Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner and drinks at the Martini Grill on Friday night. Edmond at the bar made perfect martinis and we had great conversation. He took such pride in the restaurant and bar. He told us what a great place it was to work. He said that all of the food was prepared fresh and the sauces made in house. He also said the kitchen staff and chef were very talented and prepared. This restaurant was an unexpected treat. A true gem in the Wood-Ridge NJ neighborhood. Appetizers, dinner and deserts were all fantastic. Highly recommended.

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GR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and the waiter was very attentive to our every need

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KK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined with two friends last week at the Martini Grill in the early afternoon. From former experiences at this restaurant we were pretty sure that the lunch hour (12:30 pm) would see the restaurant fairly empty. We were right. This made for a most pleasurable dining experience - quiet, the tempo of service could be ours - not the busy pace that happens in a more crowded setting. The food at Martini Grill is consistently terrific. Portions are generous, quality is high, and the dishes are creative. I had the red sangria - something I have enjoyed before - and a pasta primavera dish that was delicious. Some of the other dishes ordered that day included lobster bisque, salmon (HUGE grilled piece - done just right), and the apple strudel accompanied by vanilla ice cream and berries. I know that in the evenings, especially on the weekend, when the Martini Grill is busier, the noise level can be bothersome. But - the food and service is good any time.

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JH
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit, just as good as the first. Our server was Lisa, very helpful with selections and service, and she was super patient with the 'Seinfeld' gang and our indecisiveness! but we didn't leave anything behind on the table including the amazing chocoloate godiva dessert (don't miss this!) The steak tip risotto was off menu but chef was happy to make it for us. We are planning our next visit already and will make sure we're in Lisa's section!

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Very quiet Monday evening.

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A
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went to see our friends Ruth Ann and Lenny perform. Food as good, service was just OK. loved line they were having problems with the number of people.

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M
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love martini grill and have never had a bad meal there.
We go with friends every few months.
The only thing is that the music is way to loud for such a small space.
The performers were really very good but it is not the spot for this type of thing.
Maybe one night a week high light the drinks/entertainment.
Maybe it would work better.
After many years of going we are thinking about taking our evenings out somewhere else.
Thanks

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our dinners were beautifully prepared. I had my wife and two kids there for my wife's birthday. I had the crab cocktail in a martini glass which was a huge portion and great quality. The lobster tail and shrimp over risotto was awesome the lobster tail was very big and tender and well-seasoned. Son had the duck which was nice and crispy and well-seasoned served over couscous daughter had the salmon which was definitely not overcooked which is one of my biggest gripes with restaurants. Wife had the stuff soul and the crab meat stuffing was out of this world. We were enjoying our dinner until a guy sat down next to was loaded with some kind of cologne and it was a little bit of a spoiler.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Didn't seem to have my reservation, tables packed so close together you could barely sit down, wait staff seemed overwhelmed and our server was one of the worst I have seen, nice music and great food

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FR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great presentation good food very good service
Parking can be an issue but not enough not to go

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Chicken Saltimboca was not good.
Shrimp scampi app was very tasty, but only got 3 shrimp for $15 (too expensive)....
Lobster bisque was good

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, waitress was pleasant and attentive. Portions were generous & dessert was delicious. We got one salad, two soups, a salmon entree, chicken entree and kid's size pasta, two glasses of wine, one Moscow mule, and two desserts and total was $140. Reasonable prices for a lot of food. We will be coming back!

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P
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

The Resturant’s service was extremely slow and the staff seemed absolutely disinterested in even trying. We had to seek out the waiter just to get our water refilled, to get out order taken,dessert menus or our check.

Food was very good, but the wait staff ruined the experience.

If not for the 1,000 points - not worth it!

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f
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy a great meal and of course, the best creative cocktails at Martini Grill. The entree options are numerous along with the daily specials. The appetizer and entree portions are very generous, so be sure to come hungry. On Friday and Saturday, you are treated to live entertainment, which makes for an enjoyable, relaxing experience. We will be back soon!

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DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Martini was outstanding & food was even better! Staff is extremely friendly. We didn't feel rushed so that was very nice!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

New Years eve

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DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, huge portions, great live music Friday nights.

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TF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. Our waiter was very friendly and service was great. He offered advice on food ascwell as chocolate martini
All martinis were delious and we tried a few
Definaltely going back with others
Highly recomend

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t
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of our go to places. Food, while never outstanding, is always very good. Service is attentive without being overbearing. Even before dinner starts. You get warm bread and foccacio. You also get olives and caponata. Don't miss the Godiva ice cream dessert!

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AC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Overall we had a very nice experience. We were greeted by one of the waiters and offered any table that we wanted. Although we made a reservation, they didn't seem to see it. It didn't matter because, even though it was a Friday Evening at 8:30, the restaurant was mostly empty. The place was very tidy and clean. I was off-putting to see only 4 tables occupied on what I thought would be a busy night, considering they advertise live music on Friday and Saturday.

Our waiter was friendly and attentive throughout the meal, and the pacing perfect. Not too quick as to seem like it was made ahead time, and not too long as to sit without something in front us.

The food was pretty good overall, however the menu did seem a little dated. Everything seemed over dressed or sauced. I really loved my spinach and bacon salad, however the dressing was served too warm and it ended up cooking the spinach on my plate. The sauce on my wife's tenderloin tips was a bit heavy, albeit very tasty. The mound of extremely rich mashed potatoes was too much for both of our dishes. Sometimes less is more. We usually love to order dessert but we were too full with salads and entrees to even think about it.

I don't regret my meal at Martin Grill, I just left expecting and wanting a little more. It is close to our homes and has a beautiful little bar. The music, both background and from the live pianist, was wonderful. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming, it just seems like this place is stuck in the past with the look and feel and a dated menu.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Martini Grill, thank you! My guest and I enjoyed an incredible dinner at Martini Grill this past week. The service was exquisite, we were wined, dined and had fun dining experience. Not once were we rushed or pressured to order quickly. When I walked in I was greeted in an instant, I was able to pick my own table, and offered a wine menu while I waited for my guest to arrive. The wine menu had a wide variety of signature wines that ranged in price. We opted to start with two appetizers, calamari and the lump crab martini. BOTH were delicious but the Crab martini stole the show! For dinner we opted to share the special, filet mignon tips. When you typically order a meal to share it is usually on one dish, our waiter, knowing we were sharing, split the dish in two with incredible table side appeal.
I have to say , martini grill shines. Kudos to the entire staff, server, bartender, and chef. You all deserve some appreciation for the great dining experience you provide.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined very early with only others dining in the bar area. It was very quiet and romantic for my husband and I. The caprese appetizer that we shared was enormous and delicious. My husband had the lobster ravioli, which was enormous and he said, excellent. I ordered their specialty: the colossal shrimp and lobster with risotto, which was okay...I didn’t expect chopped asparagus spears throughout the risotto (I didn’t remember reading asparagus was in the description) and although the lobster was colossal the shrimp were average size and the seafood was a little dry and highly peppered for my taste. However, the Pom-Tini I selected was excellent!

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HM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Martini Grill. Felt like having a home cooked meal only better! Service was great and food was delicious and generous!!

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KK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have dined at the Martini Grill quite a few times over the years. It is one of my favorite restaurants when I am back in New Jersey. This particular evening did not disappoint me nor my two dining companions. We began with cocktails - and the bartender created a good old fashioned for me. Two of us ordered the veal with shrimp - it was enjoyed immensely, and I ordered - again, because I love it - the duck. I cannot say enough good things about all the parts of this dish - it just works SO well and tastes so good! On this occasion, I must say that that one of my two duck pieces was a on the dry side - something I had never encountered before, and I have now had this dish 4 times. However - that was not enough to diminish its appeal. The couscous, the pomegranate sauce, the grilled veggies - Mmmm. We each ordered a dessert. The apple strudel, the cheesecake and the Godiva chocolate decadent option. Yup - that last one was mine. I am not usually a choco-holic, but somehow this offering sang to me, and it most certainly tasted scrumptious. I will keep in mind that the portion sizes on the desserts are generous - we really could have shared any of these between two people.
I noted that the noise level was low - that is because there were not too many other diners on this Thursday evening. When it is crowded, this restaurant can be noisy. But the good food offsets that for me.

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AP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely everything was fantastic. Great drinks, Great food, Great atmosphere. Will definitely be going again.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went in with an expired Groupon. Restaurant warm and inviting. Staff was pleasant. Drinks were great! We were very happy with the food. Lobster bisque best I've ever had in NJ. Mediterranean shrimp were over cooked but flavor of beans, tomatoes and olives compote made up for that. Lamb shank fell off the bone and could have fed two people. My veal with brie & peppers very good too, something I never make at home. We took half our dinner home, couldn't fit dessert. Looking forward to going back with my 4 kids, lots of things that we'd like to try on the menu and kids love helping out in that department. It's right in our backyard and saves us a trip to the city.

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d
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martinis are exceptional!!
Food was amazing.
Definitely going back to celebrate a special occasion.

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G
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, friendly service, not romantic as expected

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was prepared & presented exceptionally well. Our waitress Dee was very attentive. Loved the whole experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 5

Mother’s Day
Reservation at 6 didn’t get seated until 7pm.
Chef behind the bar was nice, hostess seating people had a bad attitude and waitress was very pleasant. We felt bad that she was so far behind for the day with a hostess who was unwilling to help her. Staff did not give us an update on when we would sit until 650 when we mentioned walking out and going to maggies down the block. Reservation book showed the next reservations before our 6pm were at 3pm.

I would only go back because the food was outstanding but the staff was beyond understaffed and hostess could learn a lesson in hospitality.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is really good, we picked here for mothers day dinner and was scared of my mom would like it as she very picky, but Martini Grill did not disappoint

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food, service way too slow, air conditioning on a chilly day was uncomfortably cold

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food ok... not enough staff

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