PAIRINGS palate + plate

4.8
1800 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
PAIRINGS, a family owned and operated restaurant, brings together globally inspired cooking, local and sustainable practices and the comfort of grandma's recipes. We welcome you into our dining room to slowdown, to disconnect from your electronic devices and to reconnect with family and friends over our food and your wine. Your dinner is leisurely paced as all of your meal is thoughtfully crafted for you.

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.
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CD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farewell dinner with our neighbors

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love everything about this restaurant! The food never disappoints! Definitely a hidden gem in Cranford-a must visit!

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VK
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a wonderful experience!
The owners are so welcoming and the food is always amazing.

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Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance and service.

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PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything and everyone was excellent. Have been before and will definitely come back.

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EW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Food and service were great. BYOB to top it off!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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DC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant of all time. I recommend it to everyone

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Best restaurant in the Cranford/Westfield area.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional find. Elegant atmosphere with a friendly staff which makes you feel really welcome. The food was outstanding.

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f
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pairings never disappoints. You feel welcome as you come in the door. Wait staff is attentive, professional and friendly. Food always fabulous.

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AH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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NV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely!

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

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.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale option in Cranford. Delicious food, amazing service and even BYOB!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 😳

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DJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience...from the food to the service, the team at Pairings never disappoints.

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SH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, accommodated food allergies and delicious food. Highly recommend

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a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; nice ambiance

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s
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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DW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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FC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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

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.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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FL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service.

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