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PAIRINGS palate + plate

4.7
1605 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
PAIRINGS is a causal fine dining experience and BYOW.(We'll uncork and pour the first glass...)

DINNER RESERVATIONS
Wed Four Course Prix Fixe Menu 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Thurs 5.30 pm to 9:00 pm
Fri 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sat 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sun 5.00 pm to 7:30 pm
Closed Mon + Tues
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Phone number
(908) 276-4026
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carol Murphy Clyne
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Private party contact
Carol Murphy Clyne, chef/owner: (908) 276-4026
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Catering
PAIRINGS palate+plate offers on-site private (25 to 110) and semi-private (8 to 15) party dining. We also offer off-site dining for up to 1000.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
For GPS use 10 Walnut Ave - Corner of South Ave East and Walnut Ave.
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Parking details
300 space parking deck steps away, free after 6pm everyday and all day on Sun.
To go to the parking deck, after you turn under the railroad underpass onto N Union Ave, make a quick right turn into the parking garage. Come out of the garage, the same side you drove in, and walk down the lane directly ahead of you (behind the Cranford Hotel.) We are immediately on your right at the end of the lane.

There is also lots of street parking, FREE AFTER 6PM AND ALL DAY SUNDAY.
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Public transit
NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street
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Entertainment
Stay updated on our menu, events & cookbook launch party by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pairingscranford.

We also offer onsite private parties for up to 110 people.

Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW)
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Special events & promotions
Join us Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday Nights to enjoy our daily amuse-bouche, intermezzo palate cleanser and a finale of a sweet treat from the chef, complimentary.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1605 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything about the dining experience was lovely from being given the option to pick our own table to having the waiter decant our wine to the offer of an umbrella to get to our car in the pouring rain after dinner.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I have known Carol & Vinnie for many years. Their attention to detail is impeccable. They tend to under promise and over deliver. If you are looking for a high value culinary experience, this is your place.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always fabulous!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our dinner out with two other couples was great!! Pairings is BYOB so that helps with the price. I had the coconut shrimp app and the sesame crusted yellowfin tuna entree. The shrimp were large and delicious and the yellowfin tuna was spectacular.

Three people in our group had the seafood(I don’t remember what the fish was) special with scallops and loved it.

Ambiance is very relaxing and pretty. It was a great night!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always welcoming and excellent! Definitely worth the trip to Cranford.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

As always, Carol and VINCENT are the perfect hosts.
We have been coming here for years and are never disappointed.
The food is outstanding and service impeccable.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic experience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice dining at reasonable prices, elegant for the suburbs. The staff is attentive and aware of food allergies and other dietary restrictions. The dining room is pleasant and the food is pretty good. It is bring your own.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lovely dinner with friends. Delicious beet salad and tuna for the main. Yum!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food and wonderful customer service.thank you and i will come again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The staff made a special effort to help us celebrate in style.The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We didn’t realize when we made our reservation that Wednesdays they offer a Prix Fix approach to their menu. We were thrilled that they did! It was a great way for us to try several more items on their menu-all fabulous! The meal included lots of extras, too, and the fixed price and the fact we could bring our own champagne, made it an excellent value for our money.

Union County is really lucky to have this fine gem of a restaurant here for us. We have eaten in many highly rated restaurants around the world and Pairings is right up there at the top with its sophisticated menu, attentive service and elegant atmosphere. We are already planning our return trip.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A lovely place to celebrate my birthday. The food is delicious, service is excellent. One of my favorite places to eat!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Been to Pairings many times and have always had great meals. It’s not cheap, but you pay for this level of food and service. I think it’s one of the best restaurants in the State

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

OUTSTANDING! Anniversary dinner was awesome...
Header on menu read “Happy Anniversary”... our desert plate had Happy Anniversary” written in chocolate sauce as well...and as if that wasn’t enough of special attention the staff and service were second to none. Decor was upscale, and the comfortable seating was upholstered love seat style benches! The menu selection was an eclectic mix of tantalizing dishes which were far beyond the norm. A true pleasure to the senses, presentation was incredible. Certainly an evening to remember, and we look forward to returning for another sumptuous meal. Well done!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We’ve been here many times. Always a pleasant experience. One of our absolute favs!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We ate at Pairings on a Wednesday night when they only have a 4 course dinner for $40. The food was delicious and the portions generous.

The restaurant is beautiful and the cushioned banquette style seats were very comfortable.

Our waiter, Juan, was great and provided excellent service.

We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Have visited twice; will definitely return. Very nice BYO with varied menu. Service was attentive, not rushed. Server asked about allergies, we had some dietary restrictions that were accommodated. Our special occasion was memorialized with custom menus. Food was delish... Wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fantastic restaurant that never disappoints. One of the BEST around!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food is always delicious. Enjoyed the beet salad. It could have been my entree. Quite large. Gorgeous presentation and scrumptious. The short ribs are wonderful. It's hard for me to try anything else.G years raved about the chicken and the duck entrees. Menu prices have gone up considerably. May need to make this a special occasion spot vs our more frequent visits.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First I will start with the service, it was very nice to see basically kids that are just so well trained in their job and they do it well. Very pleasant, always on the move, scanning all the tables to see if there is anything that needs to be done, everyone working together. The food was just great, we had the short ribs and a pork chop and I can honestly say I never had a pork chop that good. I didn't know it could be that good. The sorbet palate cleanser is just out of the world, I would have bought a gallon of it on the spot. Just a home run all around.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We love this restaurant! I recently celebrated my birthday at Pairings and the food was delicious and the service perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A wonderful restaurant with excellent service and food and a delightful upscale ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Everything was perfect - exquisite food and amazing service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything was great! The food was delicious and the staff was attentive and friendly, always checking to make sure we had everything we needed. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was amazing. Friendly host at the door

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

First time here - all 4 of us agreed the food was phenomenal. Short ribs were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Have been to Pairings many times and we are never disappointed! Great food, great service!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We had a wonderful evening and everything was amazing.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Elegant from the minute you walk in. What a lovely meal and overall experience we had for my husband's 62nd Birthday Dinner. They made a special menu (with his name on it) in honor of the day, and the Wait-Staff were so warm and welcoming, knowledgable, and quick to accommodate anything we needed. Great environment - elegant, but not stuffy.

Food highlights were the seared tuna entree, and the pork belly / grilled octopus and chorizo combo with potatoes. Dessert was also wonderful - some combination of mandarine mousse with dark chocolate. Additionally we asked for a scoop of their homemade (berry?) sorbet that was out of this world in combination with everything.

Looking forward to coming back again soon!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Always a great meal!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Outstanding meal and service (the most tender pork chop I ever had!!) - lovely decor, too! I look forward to a return visit

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food made out to perfection plus very decent price.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The owners are adorable. The ambience is romantic. The food is good and a good value 9due to BYOB. A little loud and service was a bit slow but I will give it another shot bc of the great service exhibited by the owners.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We are never disappointed when we dine at Pairings. We went to celebrate a combination Valentine's Day and anniversary. If they know ahead of time what you are celebrating they print a special menu for you with the occasion listed at the top. The food here is always perfect and the service is impeccable.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Pairings continues to impress with an outstanding dining experience, from the quality and preparation of the food, to the attention to details and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Although pricy it was worth every penny. I took my girlfriend there for Valentines day and she loved it. The food was spectacular and the waiters are always circulating to see if you need anything. I'll probably be coming back every Valentines Day because I know i'll be getting a bang for my buck.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our Valentines Day Dinner was wonderful. We had a great meal. The service and ambiance were perfect for this romantic date.
We will definitely go back soon.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day was a treat. We enjoyed everything.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The Valentine's Day menu was excellent. Great selections and the food was perfectly prepared in spite of the restaurant being very busy. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was delicious...our server Sarah was great!

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