Grit Kitchen and Wine

4.6
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274 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
Located in the historic Shamrock House, nestled in the Whiteaker neighborhood, Grit Kitchen & Wine nourishes our community with hearty, seasonal food served with love.

We build each dish from scratch with ingredients ethically grown and raised by our farmers here in the Willamette Valley.

Guests love The Fixed Four, our monthly changing four course feast, our masterfully crafted salads, our handmade noodles, and our big steaks.

Outside seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and all reservations are for inside tables.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(541) 343-0501
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
C. Ashley Hawkins
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Private party facilities
Grit Kitchen & Wine is the perfect place for your special events. For parties of ten or less, feel free to make a reservation. For parties of eleven or more, we are happy to offer the Shamrock Room, our back garden patio (weather dependent), or the entire restaurant.
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Private party contact
Ashley: (855) 960-2628
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Catering
We love to celebrate with you! Grit Kitchen & Wine can cater your private dinners, business events, parties, weddings and more. We develop a custom menu for most events and can staff anything, from a casual buffet to a full service dinner. We are happy to offer wine and beer service and to provide equipment rental as well.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Van Buren
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Parking details
The Whiteaker neighborhood has generous street parking available; please be considerate of our neighbors.
There are also free parking lots available for guests on the NE corner of 3rd and Van Buren, the NW corner of 2nd and Van Buren and off Blair across from 7-Eleven.
Our neighborhood also offers abundant parking for bicycles.
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Public transit
Blair Boulevard by the Red Barn.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Mushroom appetizer was delicious. For main courses we had duck which the cook on the meat was over done and made it tasteless. We Also had the rabbit and linguini, which was made like an elevated chicken noodle soup. Even with adding salt and pepper the meal was bland and lacked any taste other than a slight chicken broth flavor.

MB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very attentive and food was amazing!!!
I will be back and letting family and friends know they need
to go. Great place to go.

SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eclectic place with friendly staff and imaginative menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing! Great service! Thanks for a great night!

R
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had reservations and had to wait half an hour. While the service was good, that really put a damper on the evening.

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and service. A good drink menu including some fun non alcoholic drinks.

SP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in Eugene (duck breast + Dungeness crab gnocchi appetizer). Nice atmosphere as well

T
Boise
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

eating at Grit was an outstanding experience. The venue itself is rather funky looking but we ate in the garden behind the restaurant. The food was as good as I could have expected. Pea shoots and morels seemed to be most available in Eugene at the time (hooray). we had pea shoot salad with pistachios, wonderful raw oysters, crispy fried scallops, and (my favorite) rabbit/pea shoots/morels on fettuccini. when in Eugene you should definitely stop by this unassuming but excellent restaurant.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Consistently delicious.

KB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion, plus birthdays and celebrating a successful Eugene Marathon! The menus was varied for all preferences and allergies, seasonal menu excellent, wine selection wonderful. A very cheerful positive atmosphere; busy.

MM
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hi,
The dinner was great! My halibut was cooked perfectly which is not easy. Rib Eye was amazing. They need to work on their dessert menu. The raspberry sauce on our cake was good. The cake was dry and bland. It should have been moist and fresh. I travel often and eat out often. Thank you!

j
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb kitchen! Consistently well-prepared dishes using local ingredients. Fabulous salads and main dishes. Generously sized entrees. One guest had lovely fresh halibut. Two of us loved the braised rabbit on fettuccine. Our only disappointment came when we ordered a bottle of pinot gris and were told that it was sold out and that the only alternative bottle of pinot gris would be $20 more.

OT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a special birthday.

DB
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening. Just our second visit since moving to Eugene in 9/18. We’ll return sooner next time.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We enjoyed our time. The food was a new experience for us and well prepared and presented. The wine pairings were well done and appropriately priced. The noise level is uncomfortable. It's a popular place and they have fit every table that can possibly be located in the space. We'll go back.

VB
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We asked for a quiet table - essential in this place, what was provided was adequate.
Service was attentive, however our order was apparently lost or forgotten somewhere in process. It took over an hour to get 3 salads!!! No explanation was provided and no apologies. We’re we offered more of the popcorn frre stuff - not fine dining this time sadly.

PS
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Grit Kitchen. We always get the fixed 4 as it gives us a new experience every single time.

DM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food, drinks and staff were excellent.
Parking was difficult, and I lost my voice from having to speak so loudly that night.

KM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here! I look forward to it every time I’m in Eugene. Check out Sam Bond’s Garage (just down the street) afterwards for some tasty beer and good music!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ever friendly staff as typical really put out a concerted effort to both accommodate this evening dinner out with special friends for a special birthday

SQ
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We had a great time, the food and cocktails were delicious.

S
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Your russet fries are so good, it would be nice to accompany other dishes other than the ribeye.

RW
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome!! My favorite Eugene restaurant.
Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and on his game as he served us and was also training a newbie.

SH
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right from the start after walking through the door we had the best attention and the food and beverages were outstanding!

MK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awfully noisy - but worth it. We will be back again.

SA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food has always been excellent - One of our favorite places to go for a special occasion. We get the fixed 4 and think it is a very good value. My only issue is that the music, while nice, is a bit too intrusive.

SG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing meal. Major flaws in execution, oversalting, tiny portions. The sole was fried but not crisp, soaked in grease accompanied by greasy greasy fried Brussels sprouts- terrible dish. At least a half cup plus of straight grease on plate. Spent $149 for 2 and then ate a $5 burrito to not be hungry

MR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We've been to Grit several times and we almost always leave disappointed. We always enjoy the atmosphere which is lively and pleasant. The waitstaff is always friendly. The food is almost always a letdown and this last time was no exception. I ordered a fresh pasta with lamb meatballs that came smothered in a very rich, creamy sauce with some sort of grainy spice which I think was cardamon. It was way too rich. My wife ordered the scallops which also came with pasta and also smothered with a similar , creamy and very rich sauce. I blame myself for not asking our waitperson to explain the menu to us. I don't understand how someone could create and serve main courses that to us taste so awful. We've noticed a couple of other restaurants in Eugene that seem to serve very rich and heavy main courses. We enjoy eating out and do so often, but we'll not be back to Grit for awhile.

AL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely boutique dining experience. Locally sourced ingredients, prepared in an open kitchen. Servers provided advice on not ordering too much as a fist course. Plates are presented with rich shades to maximize the contents of each meal. My only criticism is the wine pours are light.
Five stars, cheers!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat at Grit.
Took some old friends and everyone was satisfied.
Thank you for staying true to your Fresh Flavors.

NM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

This was my third visit to Grit.what keeps me coming back, until now, is the exquisite food, delectable, superb. Unfortunately the service gas slumped, no it hasn't slumped so much, just the opposite, now you're inundated by a barrage of staff, your waiter, the hostess, waited in training, assistant manager maybe? Overwhelming, really? It felt like they were trying too, too hard. You're never left alone you're asked 5 times in t minutes if everything is okay. It's annoying! NYE, 2018 we had a wonderful time, with only q waitress, who was there when we needed her, and absent when we didn't. It mDe the experience divine. Oh, and did I mention the noise level? What, did you say something g? I think I have permanent hearing damage. I love the Fox, but can't bear the the of being bombarded constantly by staff and wishing I had ear plugs. So sorry ~

a
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food. Love the ambiance. Hostess, bartender and waiter were all good and attentive. Overall a great experience.

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

My best friend from high school was in town and took me out for an early birthday dinner. The wine and food were divine! We shared the banuelos (cheese donuts, deliciously crispy outside and cheesy-not gooey inside) and the fried Brussels sprouts (oh my goodness!!). She had the scallops for her main and I had the crab cakes. She swooned. Meaty and delicious crab cakes (served with perfect fries and slaw). A rare and great night out!

L
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s birthday and everything was perfect: outstanding service, delicious food, perfect ambience, and positive & soothing music!!! It could not have been more perfect. We actually started to plan the next member of our family’s birthday right after we left. Thank you so much!!!!!!

SO
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The space is lovely. I like the open kitchen a lot. The staff is attentive and professional. I want to go back for the special $40 meal--I didn't get it this time because I was the only one at the table that wanted to do it.

C
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my sons birthday. Our server, Israel, was simply over the top amazing!! I would say that in all my dining experience, that this server was the very BEST! My son is a waiter and he said, "what about me, Mom?" Israel made us comfortable and we didn't have to wait for anything. The chef, Duncan, had a grapefruit mojita cocktail that day, that was outstanding, and also carrot salsa to go with the rhutaba chips that was superb. Loved the fried oysters and my son loved the scallop dish. I had Steak with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts that were perfect and so beautiful, that I took a picture to post on facebook. Wonderful celebration!! So glad we chose Grit!

JF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I was up for father / daughter weekend and one of the other fathers couldn't say enough about how great Girt was so we were a party of 8 and the father and I ended up seating at the bar. We both ordered the price fix meal. The wines, soup, and salad were fantastic. However the short rib portion so small less than three bites and covered in more garlic than meat. . The person I was with was totally in shock, he had the same meal and the portions were normal size. So I hope that someone at the restaurant reads this, because you have a great potential but micro appetizer portions is a total rip off. If you didn't have enough for a Saturday night take it off the menu.

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

Bar was limited but bartender was great. Service was perfect. Couple of large parties made it a bit noisy and it was so dark and menu print so small menu was hard to read.

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

One of our favorite places! The staff provides excellent service and the food is amazing.

T
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Grit is so awesome but we really struggle with the noise level when we're there, so much so that it makes us reconsider going. We hope they install sound dampening panels some day soon. They much such a big difference. Otherwise, great food and great service!

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