Permanently Closed - Grande Kitchen + Bar

3.8
38 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Grande Kitchen + Bar is nestled in Newton Highlands set back on Needham Street. Our name was inspired by the thought that all facets of hospitality should be magnificent in appearance, size, style or general effect. Our space is upscale yet comfortable, casual, and rustic. It is designed to be inviting and intended for you to want to drop in for lunch and dinner everyday of the week. Our seasonal menus of fresh Modern American cuisine and comfort food are all skillfully prepared and made in house by our Executive Chef Adam Kube. Ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible. Our Drinks program is innovative, creative and fun. With over 20 draft lines and our house cocktail the Grande Tai poured ON TAP! Our carefully selected wine list delivers varietals from the old and new world, with four wines and Grande’s house-made seasonal sangria also on tap.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Kitchen hours of operation

Lunch
Monday-Saturday
11:30am-4:30pm

Brunch
10am-3:30pm


Dinner
Monday-Thursday
4:30pm-10pm

Friday-Saturday
4:30pm-10:30pm

Sunday
3:30pm-10pm
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Phone number
(617) 795-0136
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Adam Kube
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Catering
Please contact Grande for information.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Private parking lot with added parking at Salon Fabio after 6:00 pm.
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Public transit
Grande is located a short walk from the Newton Highlands D train stop.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.5
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CS
New England
62 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Hamburger was small and over cooked. Shepherds pie was swimming in broth instead of gravy with very little lamb underneath the potatoes. 3 people sitting at the bar received much more attention then the two of us (only other ones in the place) at a table.

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SS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Atmosphere is nice but food was not that good. Menu sounds great but execution was sub-par.

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EG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The host/waiter was very friendly but they seemed to be understaffed. The time to get our food was kind of long. The mains tasted good but the sides were just okay. The ice cream was tasteless. I hope they can get their act together because the decor was very attractive and this area needs a good casual option. I’ll go back again to see if things improved.

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OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was okay, the menu read must better than the cocktails and food actually tasted. "A" for effort on gluten free.

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s
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous renovation! Was hoping for a similar renovation to the food quality. The roasted half chicken, for the time it took to come, we expected roasted from scratch, but instead it was reheated and barely warm, and mashed potatoes were watery. French fries were too well done and many scraps and burger ordered medium rare was medium well. Server was great, but food took longer than expected. Won't go back for a while and give them time to settle in since reopening, and maybe kitchen quality will match the beautiful decor.

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D
New England
36 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Decor is warm and inviting and service is very good. However, it's pricey for what you get. This was my 3rd time there; the first 2 times I had hamburgers which were very good and fairly priced, although a little on the high side. The last time, I had Mushroom Pot Pie. It was falvorful, but way overpriced. It was about a ice-cream-scoop-size of pureed mushrooms, en croute, on a bed of greens for $17.00. Also, we ordered the ricotta spread with bread for $7.00. Very tasty but, again, overpriced.

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SO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The inside looks great since taking over the space.

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I never write reviews but my husband and I had such a terrible first time dining experience here I wanted to spare others the waste of time and money. The waitstaff was nice but inexperienced, the place was noisy and understaffed for a Saturday night, the food was very very delayed and even poorer quality. Tasteless salad and Salmon and Brussels sprouts and both not even cooked. Menu read Dijon salmon which should have been more salty yet it was sweet and inedible. It did not read honey Dijon. I ordered a glass of Pinot noir which I saw as $10. I was not given a choice and was given an $18 glass which I did not even drink as I did not like it or the heavy tumbler glass it came in. My husbands meal was not much better. He said the fries were even all stuck together. Despite making a reservation online we were given a tiny table despite more comfortable ones available but they said they were reserved. We were wedged in between 2 families with noisy kids. The salad dressing upset my stomache and I guess besides stating I had a dairy allergy contained dairy. All in all one of the worst dining experiences with a bill for two with one glass of incorrect wine coming just under $100. They were nice enough to take $8off for the wrong wine so they get a few points for that.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An original menu with some special favorites (Brussel sprouts, a variety of tips, etc.). Especially nice for people who like to try uncommon types of meat. I often eat here prior to a show at the TD Garden; the service is fast and it's an easy walk downhill.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Everything was very disorganized. We ended up getting two rounds of drinks when we only wanted one because of bad communication. The food was really late and not very good.

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AV
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was quite erratic -- waiter would disappear for a long time. One of the appetizers (the hummus) was bad enough that we sent it back. 15 minutes after we placed our order I was told that the pot pie I had ordered was not available. The person who told me this did not bring a menu to use in changing my order, so I ordered the pasta bolognese, which someone else in our party had ordered. Her was fine, but the pasta in mine was not cooked. As in crunchy. So we had to send that back too, leaving me eating my meal after my dining companions had finished. They took both the hummus and the bolognese off the bill, but overall I would say the food her is not great and I don't think it is competitive with other similar places in the area.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was good. However, for the price $ of dinner, bread prior to meal would have been nice.

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c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was very delicious! And the drinks were fun and incredible! Plus our servers were nice and down to earth. They seemed to enjoy their work which made the whole experience fun for us! We will definitely make this a regular stop.

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Z
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice place with great service... menu is limited and always wish 'medium well' wasn't raw in the middle cuz sending it back when you're on a time schedule is never an option. All in all, atmosphere is good and the wait staff was very courteous and attentive. Oh and the cauliflower and wings apps were amazing!

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OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. Food was very well prepared with quality ingredients. Service was excellent. The decor and design is current and pleasing and the dining room is very clean. However if the manager and chef want to do a Sunday Brunch, they need to be better on the breakfast portion of the menu. They don't have pancakes or waffles, they were out of sausages, only one omelette selection, only offered white toast, and no jams, jellies or even soft butter. These are misses. All of our meals were excellent except my strip steak (steak and eggs) which while perfectly cooked and looking amazing was surprisingly tough. We will certainly be back for lunch or Dinner, but brunch needs to be upgraded.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was underseasoned, plated poorly, and prediminently greasy. Very disappointing.

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MR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a big group, but the server handled our table really well. All the food came out together, she checked frequently (but never intrusively) to be sure we had everything we needed and to offer more coffee, etc. She was terrific! Food was delicious, as were the drinks.

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L
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were just visiting for family weekend, and wanted to have a well prepared meal after a long travel day. Grand kitchen and bar was a great find. The menu is interesting, the good is well prepared and nicely presented. No pretense, friendly staff overall a fine experience.

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RS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun new neighborhood place--good for families--creative dishes.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were great! We will definitely be back.

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M
New England
105 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I guess I expected a little more. Menu was fine. Nothing special. Service was good. Manager(s) were by to ask how things were. Wasn't anything on the menu that really stood out.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm a fan of this new space. The table are set up generally to leave space between them. The head bartender is great, they've got good TVs, a nice bar, and very good cocktails. The wings are killer.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent spot. I highly recommend you give them a try - you will be happy you did.

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L
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten twice since it opened. Staff was friendly and responsive. Food was creative and excellent. Barbecued ribs were a great app. Mussels and salmon were likewise delicious. Great value as well. Redone interior is attractive. Free parking. Will return soon.

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P
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Grande twice now. Both times service was friendly and attentive. Menu has an interesting range of choices and has been good each time.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

First time I have ever reviewed a restaurant~ We, who live in Newton, excitedly anticipated the opening of Grande as we do not have many options for dining. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed by the food. Our takeaway from our first and last visit there is that the owners do not place importance on food quality or taste. The presentation of large romaine leaves in the Caesar Salad was lovely, but the dressing had no flavor. The salmon accompanying the salad was, surprisingly, deep fried!...a first for us. Truly awful, all in all. My husband had a piece of unappealing looking and unpleasant tasting chicken. Also, and of great concern was that all wines we watched being poured were poured from a tap. Great profit to be had unless one is watching/knows their wine. Nice redo of space, but same poor quality of food from same owner. We went one time to Mick Morgan when it first opened and never went back. Sorry, but unless they're willing to pick it up a notch to match the neighborhood our
prediction is...once a fool, twice a fool. Maybe they should have a meal at O'Hara's to see what they do right...just plain old good food because.... they respect their patrons. Been going for almost 20 years!

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BB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

What a disappointment. Decent clam chowder had me hoping food quality would make me forget about slow service. I couldn't have been more wrong. The fried chicken special was just that. Specially dry, specially burnt. And somehow not hot.

And the portion, so small!

Nice space but I won't be wasting my time going there again.

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WR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for 10:30 a.m. brunch. Restaurant website says they open at 10 a.m. Showed up, place was closed. Called and no answer. Only person working was washing windows and told us that they wouldn't have a chef till 11:30 earliest. Sent the restaurant an email the day after and got zero response.

Apparently they don't give a hoot about customers or even opening their doors when they say they will.

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JM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice meal at this new restaurant. The service was excellent. There is a wide variety of price points on the menu. The mussel appetizer is so good and big enough for a meal. It is definitely worth trying.

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T
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.

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MD
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant. Very well remodeled and the food was good as well. We moved to Newton from Boston's South End and have been pretty dissapointed with the good scene. This was a pleasant surprise. Good little plates and great for kids. We will go back. Huge bar too. Nice booth, round and cocktail height tables. We are excited to have a good place to go to.

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A
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Did not like the food. Lunch menu same price as dinner and that is overpriced, especially for lunch. Service was amateur. I asked if fish was fresh. Server laughed and said she did not know, came back and said yes. I did not believe her.

Nothing good about the place but the location. The only way I would give it another chance was if I have a coupon for dinner.

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ND
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was difficult to tell whether the restaurant was open when looking from the street. On an early evening, it was perhaps 30% occupied, but this was only about a week after it re-opened. The new place, "Grande", is about twice the price of the old Mick Morgans. The food was good, I tried the burger and my friend's salmon. Weirdly, almost every other item on the menu was pork bellies of one sort or another, although it seemed they were trying for upscale otherwise. The waiter was annoyingly chatty. We didn't go to the restaurant to talk to him, but to each other.

So I don't really see a reason to return, other than the convenience of the place being close to home. I really miss Mick Morgans; it was a great local irish pub for friends and family.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New place, open about two weeks, cool industrial style ambiance inside and tasty food

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C
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise ! A newly opened restaurant that already does everything right !! Food was great, smartly decorated, and excellent service. Atmosphere upscale and friendly. Chef is terrific , try his avocado gazpacho , it's a wow dish. Can't wait to go back.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On a whim I went to Grande Kitchen + Bar and I was quite pleased with the service, food and the ambiance. I was there for lunch and I would like to see what the bar is like in the evening.

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d
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

yikes
maybe we ordered wrong
but a culinary let down
flat bread more like stuff on stale Matzah
salads underwhelming

oh well, may try again later but not a good first date

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D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just opened on Needham Street in Newton. Great re-do of a tired space. Hidden gem! Great food and drink. Eli took care of us. Best service I've had in years! Ask for Eli! Hope they can keep the level of food and service up. Sorely needed higher end restaurant in the Newton Upper Falls/Highlands area!

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