Romola's Seafood & Grille

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451 reviews
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Romola's Seafood and Grill in the heart of Cranford NJ.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The ahi tuna tared old and cold when served. Feel like the quality of food has gone down since the restaurant opened.

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CR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real nice restaurant to have a an excellent dinner with your spouse or good friends. Dishes were cooked to perfection and service was stellar. An enjoyable experience!

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Romola's Seafood and Grille. The food is outstanding in preparation and presentation. The service is outstanding. The Live music is the icing on the cake!

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. I think they changed the menu. It has less options now. The seafood sea diablo was a little bland and my husbands lamb was terrible, but the steak and fish were good. The restaurant is nice. Mostly an older crowd. I Wish it was a little more lively.

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HC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a first time for us. Very good selection and preparations. Portions were quite ample. We enjoyed the octopus appetizer, the salmon entrée and the filet mignon. Bananas foster was a hit as well. Service was satisfactory; friendly but not always attentive.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Rubbery calamari, tasteless over cooked shrimp and chicken cutlets that were still red inside, not just once but twice. Finally gave up on the chicken and ordered fish tacos. But was still charged for the more expensive chicken dish. I might have thought that meal would have been complimentary since the rest of us were finished eating by the time the tacos arrived. We were the only guests in the restaurant for lunch and still the food was so poorly prepared. Maybe the emptiness should have bee; the tip off. Do not plan to go here for lunch. Sadly an awful experience.

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our return to Romola's for our PreMidnight New Year's Eve dinner ended the year on a high note. After a brief misunderstanding with our reservation, we were comfortably seated and quickly waited on. The atmosphere was elegant, the menu delightful - the most difficult point was with a meal choice. The fresh shrimp cocktail was accompanied by a perfectly seasoned hot sauce. My sister-in-law Sea Bass was tender and delectable. My Short Rib was served with a flavorful savory gravy.
We will return before the year is over.

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MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner with great friends. The staff was on point and the food was absolutely delicious. As well as the ambiance was lovely.

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JJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party of 5 went to Romola's for out New Year's Eve for the 2nd time. Even at this hectic, crowded time the service was wonderful, the staff were friendly and efficient. There were tables for 2 and for 10 and all parties were relaxed and comfortable. Everything from bread on the table to dessert and coffee was very timely. It is pricey but worth it. The entire restaurant expeince was 1st class fine dinning !

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VB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time for New Years Eve. Friendly prompt service and great dinner options. Nice that it is a byo

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale decor, but casual atmosphere. Quiet enough for conversation. Slightly pricey, but you get food that is easily worth it.

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RB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there and we didn’t know what to expect. The food and service was amazing as well the prices. I wasn’t aware the restaurant was BYOB, but there’s a great liquor store with a fantastic wine selection only 100 feet away.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Extremely happy with the service, food, and ambiance. Group of 10 friends and everyone gave the place and food 2 thumbs up.

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TO
Montreal
26 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a Christmas Eve dinner

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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have made Romola's our Christmas eve supper. It may be silly but I love the quaintness of a real candle on every table. We ate in the back which I had never been in so I was worried it was the B. room and not as nice however it was nicer and quieter. We were sat near an electric faux fireplace. It was lovely. See them next year and in the interim.

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It always great ..but did a outstanding on Christmas Eve ..

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TR
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the mussels, highly recommend. Both my mom and I ordered them and the whole table needed to dunk their bread, including my 2 year old son!!

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MB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a nice, comfortable neighborhood BYOB restaurant with delicious food and great service!

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good. Service was terrible.

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DC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grilled seafood is delicious here as well as the pasta. Try the seafood crepes. Very romantic atmosphere and there was a nice jazz duo the Friday night we were there. A great date night.

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L
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved this restaurant. We felt that the portions were small on the appetizers but they certainly made up for it on the entrees. The grilled octopus was outstanding and my husband enjoyed his fresh seafood salad. The chilean sea bass and fresh tuna were uniquely prepared and quite delicious. And definitely leave room for dessert! We were not aware of the parking situation as it was the first time we went to downtown Cranford. The parking in the indoor public lots is free after 6 pm but many of the signs are confusing making many diners worry about getting their cars towed. However once you get to the restaurant they will assure you not to worry. Just allow a few extra minutes to park and find the restaurant. Great choice!!

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MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great!! Seafood risotto is our favorite. Highly recommend this place.

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting for a lunchtime meeting, quiet and comfortable. Excellent pasta with vongole.

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KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Both of us got the special asparagus soup with crabmeat. The food was on the bland side. However we added salt and it all worked out well. The other thing was that I got way less grab meat than my wife. When delivering the same dish to the same table they should be as close to the same as possible

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

Very nice/relaxed atmosphere and services in a fine dining establishment. Convenient public parking available. Love the BYOB concept. Enjoy a great meal at a local place for an affordable price.

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JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, had the chilean sea bass. Perfect for date night :)

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RT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choices and great service. Great new menu!

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F
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently good and the service was good but it was very noisy due to a group having a meeting with their clients.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Busy Saturday night. The staff seemed to be all over the place. Two different servers asked if we heard the specials....which we hadn't, but never told us. It's a byob which is wonderful, but we had to pour our own. Starting with bread and olive tapenade and parmigiano cheese was an amazing treat! The octopus appetizer was a bit "off", over cooked octopus with potatoes, tomatoes and kalamata olives (with the pits)...very disappointing. The server did notice we weren't eating it, but nothing was done about it. Our main course, cowboy ribeye and the porterhouse....the seasoning was amazing (spicer than I expected it would be, but delicious) and the steak was cooked perfectly!!!
Overall I would go again and try a few other items. The ambiance was nice and the staff was friendly....just busy.

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O
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a really good restaurant. We go hear regularly. A place worthy of bringing friends visiting from out of town. Get the branzino! They will serve as a filet. But, keep the bone in. The tuna was great. They have a great bread passing for dessert. The staff is top notch. They are friendly and attentive. Sonny is always on hand to make sure things are great.

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GR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good seafood. Very good price. Friendly staff.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok.... nothing special. The seating was a little odd. The bench seat was wrong height for the table.

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Only one or two other tables were occupied, probably because it was a Thursday night & it was raining. When the appetizers & main courses were presented at the table they were randomly placed in front of the wrong person without the waiter asking who was to get the correct meal. Everyone enjoyed their meal because the food was Excellent.

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A
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Romola’s in several months - but noticed on line that they had updated their menu - most notably adding steaks. My petite filet was delicious and served as promised, on a 450degree plate. The béarnaise was tasty but not over cooked. The shrimp cocktail was generous with bigger than average shrimps and a nice spicy sauce. If you tried this restaurant before give it another chance.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and amazing food. Will definitely be back! Best chocolate lava cake!!

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C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual! Already looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is well thought out just the execution lacks a little focus. My spinach was frozen and bland. The chicken cutlet had a flour taste from the breading. The staff is great and the restaurant is very nice inside

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W
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We don’t usually go on a Saturday night, and it was too noisy and the service suffered. The food was excellent as usual, but I wouldn’t go again on the weekend.

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OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, as always. Love this place.

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, personable staff. Food was terrific.

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