PAIRINGS palate + plate
Our plates, which change based on seasonal availability, extend from gourmet to comfort. Each dish is prepared with ingredients strategically paired to intrigue and invigorate, to stimulate and satisfy; just-baked breads and desserts, freshly rolled pastas, slowly braised meats, à la minute sautéed seafood and churned daily ice creams, leave no palate untingled.
Sit back. Relax. Sip. Rekindle. Dine. We welcome you into our house with open arms.
Farewell dinner with our neighbors
I absolutely love everything about this restaurant! The food never disappoints! Definitely a hidden gem in Cranford-a must visit!
It is always a wonderful experience!
The owners are so welcoming and the food is always amazing.
Excellent food, ambiance and service.
What a joy ... owner and staff were amazing made it feel like home. Food was best around and more unique than anything in the area.
It was a perfect fine dining experience! The personalized service, the attention to detail, the ambience, and the food were all exceptional. We've been to some of the best restaurants in the world and this ranks up there with them. We ended up talking to the owners afterwards and they are absolutely delightful. We will definitely be going back and highly recommend it for a special night out.
Everything and everyone was excellent. Have been before and will definitely come back.
Perfect. Food and service were great. BYOB to top it off!
This was a nice restaurant to go with friends...a great find in NJ! Our waitress was lovely and so helpful. A nice option if you do not want to head into the city!
We love Pairings and go often. We also like to celebrate special occasions there. Our last visit was for the prix fixe Cranford Restaurant Week. The courses were all excellent. A really great deal for the money. Service was extremely attentive as always. One of the best restaurants in Cranford.
My favorite restaurant of all time. I recommend it to everyone
Excellent. Best restaurant in the Cranford/Westfield area.
An exceptional find. Elegant atmosphere with a friendly staff which makes you feel really welcome. The food was outstanding.
We have been coming here for years because the food and service is consistently good. The cheese-covered grape rolled in pistachio is always delightful amuse bouche. If I didn't have to share, I could make dinner just out of the buttery rolls and biscuits. The seasonal entrees are delicious. The portion sizes are not too big, yet filling, allowing you to indulge in their amazing desserts and the cookies that come with the check.
Pairings never disappoints. You feel welcome as you come in the door. Wait staff is attentive, professional and friendly. Food always fabulous.
Fantastic and welcoming service and wonderful food as well. Highly recommend for a special occasion or just a nice dinner out with friends or loved ones.
Absolutely loved this place. The service was excellent and the food tasted nothing like I have ever tasted before - just PERFECT blend of flavors and the presentation was on point. I had the fish with the scallops and the risotto and its the BEST risotto i have had so far. The service was also amazing.
It was lovely!
I want to start off by saying I have been to this restaurant several time and have always enjoyed it. However, my last experience has me questioned whether or not I ever recommend or patronize this establishment again. We were seated on time (7:30 PM) and it took the wait staff at least 30-35 minutes to take our order. I did not mind this as we were with another couple and were enjoying the conversation. Appetizers came out after 60 minutes. The crab cakes, soup, tuna tartare and coconut shrimp were all very good. After 90 minutes I approached the managing partner let him know that people that were seated after us had already received their food and inquired if there was an issue in the kitchen. He told me there was and would check into our order. Approximately 20 minutes later our dinner came out. My wife and I ordered the Dover Sole. When the dish was placed in front of me I asked the server if this was Dover Sole. Her response was yes it was. When I pointed out that the fish could not possibly be Dover Sole she replied "well it started out as Dover sole and now it's Halibut" and promptly left. I understand that sometimes a kitchen runs out of an item. However, the sign of a well run restaurant and well trained staff is to advise the patron as soon as possible of this and allow that patron to order a substitute dish. This did not occur. I went back to the managing partner and advised him what just transpired in his restaurant. He responded by saying that was not correct. Also, he was a bit dismissive. The waiter came back to our table and apologized and said the kitchen did not tell him about Dover Sole being unavailable. Now I understand that errors happen but there were 4 failures: 1. the kitchen did not communicate with the staff that they ran out of a dish 2. the server was not honest about the dish served 3. the owner took no action to correct the error 4. we were given no choice over our dinner. I do hope the restaurant learns from this event.
This was the first time my boyfriend went to Pairings. He bought me a gift card for Valentine’s Day - knowing this is my favorite restaurant. He know loves Pairings as much as I do! Everything was perfect from the food, to the service to the beautiful decor.... everything was perfect! We will be back ASAP!
Great upscale option in Cranford. Delicious food, amazing service and even BYOB!
It was amazing, the service, the food, ambience. It really was. However, I do wish they put that they were doing a special menu for Valentine’s day because it ended up being $125 per person 4-course meal. We’re fortunate for that to not have been a big deal, however, I certainly would have chosen another location if I knew. Especially knowing that they normally have a 4-course meal on Wednesday’s for $44 😳
Always an amazing experience...from the food to the service, the team at Pairings never disappoints.
You can never go wrong with a dinner at PAIRINGS! The food, service and presentation are always excellent. We recently planned a large gathering (50+ people) for an anniversary celebration and the attention to detail was exceptional. Our guests left with a smile and wanted for nothing!
We look forward to holding another event at this wonderful venue and were so happy to be able to share it with our friends and family.
Thank you to the entire team at Pairings for a wonderful event!
Pairings made my husband's 40th birthday dinner special. Wonderful food, excellent service, and great attention to detail. I recommend Pairings for any special night out.
Owners are an absolute pleasure and handle all the patrons when they arrive. That alone speaks volumes about the care that take place. While the menu is not inexpensive the food is well worth it
Wonderful service, accommodated food allergies and delicious food. Highly recommend
Excellent food; nice ambiance
I really enjoy the atmosphere and service of Pairings! We had these lovely oversized couch/chairs and they were very comfy! Our server was wonderful and very attentive. This is my second time here and won't be my last!
The food was delicious. We just felt that the bread needs improvement as well as the dessert choices. There was no fruit choices like for example an apple tart etc. The dessert we ordered was great but there was not much choice. With the ambiance of the place, we felt like a rustic country bread would work. Biscuits and rolls were very soft, almost like a white bread, not substantial enough for dunking.
This was our 2nd time dining at Pairings and it’s quickly becoming a date night go to restaurant for my husband and I. The ambience is amazing, the staff could not be more friendly and attentive and well the food, the food is INCREDIBLE. I highly recommend it and if you’re thinking Cranford is out of the way, it IS definitely worth the drive!
If you love fresh and real food without fake ingredients his is the place for you.
Me and my husband celebrated our anniversary and we had a great experience.
The service is impeccable (Mercedes was very nice !) And the food tastes delicious.
There is nothing we can complain!
Food was off the charts!!
I had a black truffle cheese that I could have eaten for dinner with a glass of red. Always spectacular!
Service was friendly, however, we were served hot appraisers (soup and crab cakes) simultaneously with cold salad. Would have preferred salad first or hot food first - not together. It was very cold inside, wife ate dinner with winter jacket on. Food was good.
We LOVE Pairings!!! It is our Go-To place for special ocassions and going with special friends!
The owners, Carol and Vince are the most lovely and warm people. They are always there and make sure that their guests are treated royally. They are the chefs, design the menu and always have the nicest staff working there. It is always a wonderful evening when we go there and feel so happy at the end of the meal! ALWAYS PERFECT!!!!
The only thing I was a little disappointed with was my entree. I had the salmon and it was not very flavorful. I tend to have salmon at many restaurants and I think price was expensive. I will not have it again at this restaurant if I return.
The ambience was fine, the place was clean and the service was good. The food taste good, but the biggest problem was that you didn’t receive enough, and the food was OK, but way overpriced! The value for this place was definitely not here. It was nice, but I will never go back due to the pricing structure for what I received. Even my dessert, which cost $10, was so small I thought it was a joke
We enjoyed the overall experience very much, with the staff and food again Meeting and exceeding our expectations. This is a gem in Cranford and the surrounding community. Highly recommended!
Food & service excellent!