Graze Restaurant

4.2
308 reviews
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GP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. We dine out often and the experience at Graze was Perfect. Really, just go. You will be delighted.

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is amazing.

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EB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We have always had a wonderful dining experience when going to Graze and have ordered the butcher block for 3 before. This time we ordered it because it was Tomahawk Steak which we had not tried before. It was $180 and came with a salad, two appetizer choices and au gratin potatoes. We picked Caesar salad. The dressing was tasteless. Just creamy.

For appetizers we always get the bone marrow. It had not been salted. One half was still very red inside. We ordered the pao Brazilian cheese bread which I make ar home frequently. It was very dense and very chewy, not how it should be. As it cooled it was just a hard rock of cheese. The salmon toro we ordered as an additional appetizer was not toro, just fatty salmon. That was disappointing.

When we got the Tomahawk steak it was served blue even though we ordered it medium rare. We had to send it back to be cooked. The meat had also not been well seasoned. This is a steak a little more than an inch in thickness. It needs good seasoning. It was just under seasoned beef and was served on a chipped plate. The gratin potatoes had been overcooked. They were swimming in a pool of deep oil. The cream part had been completely rendered into non-existence.

The only pleasant thing about this meal was our waitress and I made sure her tip did not suffer from the kitchen's ineptitude. Unfortunately, the table runner who brought the food to the table was rude and brought all shareables to the table without any serving utensils so we had to keep asking for those. We had asked for the salad to be left on the table (I was self seasoning it) and she said loudly when bringing the steak, "Oh look. Someone didn't clear off the table." She tried to grab the plate from me even after I said we were keeping it. She needs better training.

Overall it was a very disappointing evening and I'm crossing Graze off my list of favorite places.

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and were very happy once again. The menu options varied enough to keep everyone happy without being overwhelming. We chose the "surprise" appetizer option (chef's choice, no complaining allowed), which turned out to be a lovely charcuterie platter. My entree was the chicken tagine, and it was delicious, full of North African flavors and fell off the bone. The gnocchi and short ribs is also a uniquely flavored and satisfying dish, perfect for a winter evening. The noise level was fairly quiet, even on a busy Friday evening. Highly recommend this place, a great neighborhood gem!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great farm to table food. Always a new dish to try.

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Severely understaffed
The two servers that I did see were very inexperienced
Absolutely no attention to detail

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have had hit or miss service here. They typically seemed understaffed. The two tables next to us needed to be cleaned off for quite a while after the diners left, we were never brought bread, our waitress dropped off bottles of water but didn’t actually pour them, she also came back to fill our water glasses with tap water even though we had two bottles of sparkling sitting there and she mixed them up ruining the drink. The salmon spring rolls were a little “off” and I didn’t think much of it until I heard another diner tell the manager that hers were bad also. Overall I love that it’s small and never loud and the atmosphere is nice but the serving staff is usually lacking

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g
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal with great service but a little pricey.

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JD
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and our friends enjoyed a delicious meal at this fine restaurant last night. I had the Venison and Pork Bolognese with Pasta (a special offering). My wife and friends had their Steak Frites with French Fries and the Roasted Chicken. Everything with great. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Will definitely be going again.

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very average food in this restaurant which centers around farm to table cuisine. Menu is fairly limited-2 short rib dishes, steak frites, salmon,etc. Not exciting. Short ribs ok,basically immemorable with light brown sauce. Served a little to cool with potatoes au gratin, again, nothing special and strange selection of sauteed peppers and onions. My companions dishes of salmon and steak frites were similarly just average. Service pleasant but friends hsd to wait til we arrived for water or any attn. Interior of restaurant, like a barn. Will probably not return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great little place. The staff was very nice. Food was fantastic! We enjoyed looking in the open kitchen. Grilled octopus and mussels tapas were delicious! Can't wait to go back

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS a great meal. The bone marrow is to die for! Short ribs - delish, chicken tagine was an OMG! Friendly service, our waitress was so wonderful and chatted with the chef after our meal. No rush to push us out so it was great relax with friends. Run, don't walk! GO!

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner on Valentines day. When we first walked in it was very chaotic. Not sure if their hostess wasn't in tonight but they seemed a bit all over the place, overwhelmed even. however they were very welcoming and nice to us. Once seated, our waitress (Jess) was very attentive, welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. Our food service was on the slow side but we went in with that expectation knowing it was Vday and we weren't in a rush.

We ordered the scallops (1 and a half large scallops) and octopus (about 4-5 pieces and the rest potatoes) and were disappointed in both. They tasted "okay" but the serving size was pretty small for the price. For entrees, I ordered the salmon and it was absolutely delicious, the risotto was the star of the show and I would definitely order it again and again. My fiance ordered the seafood fettuccini and it was just "okay" nothing to write home about.

We mostly enjoyed our experience but there was one very off-putting moment. We sat near the visible kitchen and overheard what I believe was the main chef (also the man that seated us) talk very poorly to his colleagues, using vulgarity. I don't know how typical kitchens operate but I would assume with an open/visible kitchen where numerous patrons can sit near and hear most of what's going on, you'd be more careful with how you treat and speak to others. If I worked there and was talked to like that, I would have quit on the spot.

Ive been here before and had a much better experience. Id defintely not go back on a busy occasion like Valentine's day, but would possibly consider a less busy time.

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G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

First time here. It's a store front restaurant in a small strip mall. OpenTable could only reserve high-top table because it was Valentine's Day and supposedly busy, but we were seated at a standard table upon arrival and the place was never full. That's a problem with OT, not the restaurant. We arrived and were seated immediately. The host opened our wine for us immediately (BYOB). Good thing because no one came to our table for a good 20 minutes. Never event looked at us and, as I mentioned, it was NOT busy. Then a waiter named Jim came over and asked if we had been helped. We said no, he said, "well you're not my table, but you are my tackle now," and apologized. He was very nice, had us laughing immediately. Took our orders promptly, food was a little slow coming out. He came back to the table to check on us a few times and made what started out as a bad experience more enjoyable.

My date and I split a walnut and warm goat cheese salad, which was pretty good. Dressing was a tad heavy on the balsamic, fried goat cheese patty on top was bland. Also split a tapas of grilled octopus, which was quite good, served over a sauce was similar to a Greek tzatziki, with a few soggy potato puffs thrown in for some reason or other. My date ordered dish in a bowl consisting of shredded spare rib with gnocci that the really enjoyed. I had the spare rib dinner with a mediocre au gratin potato side and squash and cauliflower vegetables that were an overcooked, unappetizing in appearance and obviously nothing more than an afterthought by the chef. We skipped desert.

It seemed that this place mostly attracts locals who are regulars. Early seating was a few families with little kids, yelling and crying. For us, I doubt we will return for a second try.

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SU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, although it was better last time. This was Valentine’s Day so it was crowded and busy, but my dinner was dry and over cooked. Strange thing- twice (after salad and then again after our entree) wait staff came and took the salt and pepper away. Invest in a few more pepper mills or train the staff to serve it when they deliver the meals. Sorry, but it was not a wonderful experience. Prob won’t rush back.

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

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Our waitress Jessica and Junior who seated us were both professional and friendly and they made my husbands birthday dinner extra special. We will definitely be back and will definitely recommend to friends 😊

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Had to ask for water 3 times before getting it. Caesar salad had no dressing on it. Couldn't get the attention of staff to bring more dressing. My daughter and I had a butternut squash dish which was not good. We didn't realize the squash would be raw. Of the 4 of us, only my husband liked his dinner, which was a beef short rib gnocchi. Extremely noisy.

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JD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. It took over 2 hours to get our food. Had to ask for water. Never asked us if we wanted coffee or desserts. Had to flag staff to get a check to pay. Too bad because we wanted to like this place.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, good food, friendly staff, but service was a bit slow.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve with parents. Was a very good meal, interesting menu with a lot of variety and options. I will definitely be going back and bringing others.

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MH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Hanger steak was awesome! It is in our neighborhood and has become a great spot for us!

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a
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent as always. The gluten free menu was a big plus since a member of our party dietary restrictions,

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n
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our second time at Graze. We previously visited soon after they opened and had a disappointing meal so did not return. We decided to give it another go and were pleasantly surprised at the improvement in the food. The mussel appetizer was delicious as were the parsnip gnocchi. The steak frites was nothing special (the "frites" were chunky steak fries). Service was initially friendly but lacked polish and attention to detail. Since Graze appears to be more of a casual bistro versus a fine dining establishment this may not be an issue for most diners.

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RP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First timers at Graze . Welcomed right away and then it was ok from there . Our wait staff was somewhat attentive as we were there for approx 20 mins and multiple table came in after us and rec’d bread before us and then we didn’t get any until I flagged down the bus staff.
Dinner options were very nice and our dinners ( Salmon & Short Ribs were tasty . Appetizer Empanadas were tasty and I would like offer up a suggestion to offer another non - Spicy option as my wife doesn’t do spicy I do and it was HOT !! Nice though.
Dessert Beignets were good . French press coffee was excellent . Tea selection was poor as they offered a seasonal peppermint tea ( not for everyone ) and the search was on for a black tea . Oolong tea was the only choice .
Not a wow factor at all for first time diners . Was tasty and give it a try .

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GF
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graze is an absolutely outstanding restaurant. The chef makes his rounds to the tables and is one of the nicest guys i have ever met. The food is sure to knock your socks off and the story behind each creation is fantastic. Locally sourced (and some aged in house) farm to table meats, local harvest and even chef's own chickens make up each of the dishes. Each bite is better than the last, we ended up ordering another portion of octopus because it was the best we've ever had, this is compared to Greece and Italy! You MUST pay a visit to this Little Silver gem, you will walk away with a big smile on your face aching to come back. Its priced more than fair, considering the ingredients and the meals are mouth watering. If you get lucky, you can even secure a spot at the chef's tasting table, a custom curated dinner for 16 people, sitting in front of the kitchen window, trying all sorts of amazing food. Can't wait to go back.

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CT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance at Graze! The service is always amazing and it’s easy to get a reservation. I had the short ribs and they were de-licious!! Paired with seasonal vegetables and polenta, it was a very well balanced meal and didn’t leave me feeling horribly full. Will definitely be returning to Graze sometime soon.

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So glad I finally got around to trying this place. Atmosphere pleasant and cozy, staff friendly, and BYO is always a plus. Grilled octopus appetizer was terrific- I judge a chef on their octopus preparation, because we all know if not done correctly it can taste like rubber. This was one of the best I ever had- tender inside but grilled crisply outside. I had the short rib gnocchi entree- this was delicious, so many layers of flavor that I kept digging down into, it was like a foodie treasure hunt! My husband had one of the specials which sounded unusual- organic roasted chicken with clams (I think they said this was a Brazilian inspired dish). He loved it, especially because he got mostly dark meat with a leg/thigh which is his favorite. The menu is inspired, as there are very few traditional boring options. This chef knows good food and how to prepare it, which is all we can ever ask of a chef. And which is why I will be back to visit very soon.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great specials! Wine to buy if interested but also BYOB. Food was excellent..tapas, dinners, dessert. Will be back soon

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f
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an early dinner on a Saturday night with our kids. Restaurant was steady. Had a nice calm vibe.
Food is outstanding. Meals are clearly thought out and prepared with care. Short ribs and polenta are to die for!
Great experience. Will be back.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

we had an 8 pm reservation on a saturday eve. There was a 40th birthday party which took up most of the restaurant. Because of the large party the restaurant ran out of wine, club soda, and service was terrible, because the servers where busy with the party. I was looking forward to a lovely evening with friends, if I knew about this large party I would of chosen a more controlled restaurant. It was impossible to enjoy our dinner. So I can't comment on how the food taste.

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EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. Small
Portions. Really nothing special, just average. Probably won’t go back.

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JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband and I went after a movie, we had a reservation. We had to wait for our table. Then we had to wait for our waiter, who was personable but service was slow. Each course took way longer than necessary and the food was okay. We will pass on future visits.

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PE
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

the dinning area was nice,server pleasant, wait time for beginning
service a little slow but after that all ways adequate
apps were delicious,main course
were good, deserts a number one.

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RE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The food seem to be cooked very well but no herbs or spices were used and everything was extremely bland. I had steak and frites the steak looked amazing but had 0 flavor. It was in some sort of reduction but I still have no idea what the reduction was because it had zero flavor. I also had the squash soup - again no flavor, and Pao de quiejo which was burnt. Also zero salt was used. Since I recently moved from the city I really wanted this to be amazing but it just wasn’t .

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MD
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Came here for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week dinner. It was our first time at Graze. Both apps, spring roll and empanadas, were a great start. We both ordered the organic salmon for our entree. All of the food tasted like very fresh ingredients were used. The flavor and spices were excellent and cooked to perfection. The noise level is quite high due to hard surfaces throughout and an energetic crowd. Although the service started out a bit slow, once we got going the service was very good. Although this is BYOB, they do offer a limited selection of bottled wine for sale. Would go back to sample some other offerings at this local gem.

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RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible, food came out cold, burnt, and desert of bourbon chocolate bread pudding had no taste.
Took over 2 1/2 hours for a bad meal.

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was so slow and sporadic that we were there for over two hours. The quality of the food didn’t make up for the service.

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JB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We have eaten here before and it was delicious, but this time we were very disappointed. It was Restaurant Week and I think they were unexpectedly overwhelmed. We were there for 3 hours and waited far too long for our 3 food courses. Our server said that there were a number of diners who did not make a reservation and there was a very large party as well so they were short handed. Some of the entrees were not very good although my fried chicken was tasty. The empanadas were dry, the mussels were disappointing, and the pork stir fry had little flavor. Desserts garnered mixed reviews. Because our first dining experience was memorable, we will give Graze another try.

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B
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really good. The mussels were terrific and so was the warm brownie with ice cream Fried chicken really good but only one leg. Not enough if you’re hungry

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