Romola's Seafood & Grille

4.6
581 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Romola's Seafood and Grill in the heart of Cranford NJ.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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MB22
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quiet and enjoyable Monday evening dinner for our Anniversary. The oysters and shrimp cocktail appetizers were delicious and our sea bass and sizzling rack of lamb did not disappoint. A very nice option in Cranford since there is not much open on Mondays in the area!

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AnneF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romolas was lovely. Service was great-attentive. Food was delicious. I highly recommended it.

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FredS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, nice room and good service. Looked like the tables outside were nicely done and will try eating outside next time.

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JohnP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started out with apps. Fig salad was very good but needed more figs. The mussels were terrific - nice and small with a white wine and cream sauce. Pasta with lump crab meat was really good. The other fish dishes were very good. The owner, I think, came over to check on things. Very nice touch. Will be going back.

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vipcrazylady
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for a late lunch, early dinner so we were the only ones in the restaurant. We had oysters, tuna tartare, I had spinach and brie salad with salmon, my coworker had the dinner salmon. We enjoyed the food very much, the service was great. It was 102° that day so eating outside was not in the cards, although we'd like to return on a more temperate day to do so.

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MichaelE
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everyone was very nice, however the service was spotty and sometimes very rushed at times-The servers don’t communicate with each other

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NaTashaE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service at this establishment left a lot to be desired. The servers were friendly but the restaurant was barely at 20% capacity and even the ordering process took a long time. Presentation of each course was very nice. Calamari and the Romola Signature salad were delicious. The garlic shrimp was nothing to write home about and the portion was very small. The entrees were just okay. My party had the lobster ravioli which wasn’t very flavorful, the shrimp and scallop dish was good , and the seafood diavolo dish was also just ok. After the table was cleared it took close to an hour to receive the bill and almost 30 minutes to settle it. Did I mention the place was barely busy. Overall 3 star experience and lackluster customer service. Additionally, they charge a convenience fee for paying via credit card. We will not return here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time for dinner. Lobster ravioli was outstanding. The calamari app was excellent. Took the berry, berry desert home and enjoyed it. The servers were very helpful and attentive.

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JessicaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would say, overall, food was very good and service as well. The manager or owner came by to check that everyone was happy, which is a nice touch.

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vipAnthonyG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food / great service. A good time and nice ambiance.

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BelTelMel
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With the exception of one appetizer the food was very good.
The Applewood thick cut bacon was very disappointing. It was 95% fat. Don't recommend getting it. The New England Clam chowder was not the typical N.E. chowder in that it was not thick or creamy. However it had a great flavor (bacon in it). It was delicious. For our entrees we had the Seafood Crepes, and the Chilean Sea Bass. Both were also very good and so was the warm Bread Pudding with ice cream for dessert.

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JustinB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great from start to finish, they were more than accommodating and continued to check on us without being intrusive. Everyone loved their meals.

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sharlettaf
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family! Very nice elegant place

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linda
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food always fresh , love the porkchops! amazing staff always friendly and attentive

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dianem
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious! Service was wonderful.

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vipDinesoutoften
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romola is definitely one of the best in the area. Tremendous food, great service, nice atmosphere. Fish dishes were excellent and lamb chops cooked to perfection. Went here for 60th b-day. Have been here several times and never let down.

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FrancescaV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! The restaurant was a bit loud, but that was probably due to the large party with their children.

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vipAntonio
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We did not like the idea of adding a surcharge to the check if you paid with a credit card. Unacceptable. The prices are higher than other comparable restaurants and those already reflect the fee restaurants pay to credit card companies. The service was excellent and the food was good.

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vipTroyD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, classy but not over the top. Excellent food.

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vipBigBlue
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Romola's never disappoints! Great selection of seafood and steaks. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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vipTDGS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Romola's is always enjoyable. Lovely ambiance & delicious food with attentive service.

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vipOut4fun
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Again a very nice experience. It was good to sit outside after a long winter. We had the Sea Bass and the Shrimp&Scollop combination. Also the lobster bisque. Everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. The fish is always fantastic here. Consistent excellence from Romola's over the years has made this restaurant one of our favorites. Highly recommend!

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vipJenn
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! The food was outstanding, and the service was excellent. There is truly something for everyone on the menu. We will definitely be back!

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steve
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Romola's does not disappoint. Brought my cousin from out of town who thought the food was superb.
Definitely one of our go to restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner. The date didn’t work out though.

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Lisa
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was fresh and delicious! Pricy but worth every penny

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BillS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, Atmosphere and food were outstanding as always! Highly recommend for any special occasion, family outing or dinner with friends.

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JeanD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance , staff seating are perfect .. Everything On the menu is so fresh , plated beautifully and absolutely delish!

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vipRaulS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Food is amazing. BYOB place. Service was amazing

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StevenL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and everything was excellent! The food and service were great. We were spaced out from other occupied tables and felt safe dining out. We would return.

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Tanya
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Perfect for a dinner out with friends! BYOB, nice ambience and prix fix menu available.

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vipAnnieo
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In these COVID times, we made a reservation to secure space in a limited seating. I was skeptical upon our arrival as we were then ushered into the second room as the main was seated to its capacity. We were very surprised that they had transformed the previous "pizzeria" into a well decorated restaurant. The staff was friendly and attentive. My steak was served on a hot plated, cooked to my liking... and my companion's spicy pasta had a consistent flavor. Bravo in these weird times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! This place never disappoints. Great food, service and atmosphere and portions.

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AlbertY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

For a restaurant that's a Grill, I expect the grilled items to be particularly good and unfortunately we didn't find that to be the case. Of the things my family ordered, the salads were excellent, the lobster bisque soup was good, the veal shank special that I got was good, the desserts we had (lava cake, bananas foster, and bread pudding) were excellent, my creamed spinach side was very good, and the mashed potatoes were very good. (Excellent is better than very good is better than good. So basically the salads, desserts and sides were the best part of the meal!) But we also ordered grilled tuna, a porterhouse and a NY strip steak. These were all cooked correctly (rare in all cases) but in all three cases we weren't impressed with the flavors or quality of the meat / fish. The steaks (particularly the NY strip) were very fatty and the tuna was pretty flavorless on its own and was overpowered by the sesame seed crust. In additon, the steaks came on 500 degree plates which are a nice idea but when you're serving up single serving steaks (vs a 2 inch thick steak for 2 or more people), those super hot plates can cause the steaks to quickly overcook while sitting on the table. As an aside, Romola's is quite pricy so so I would hold them to a higher standard in any case, but setting that side my family didn't really enjoy their entrees.

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KarlandLisa
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always excellent at Romola’s

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vipsteveNhelen
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oysters were great! Seafood crepes also very good. Salmon was okay. Warm bread with olive spread was delish. Servers were attentive. This place never disappoints except this time there were fruit flies annoying us during dinner. 😔

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vipThersab
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food1service2ambience2

The chilled seafood tower was made up of gritty oysters, tasteless shrimp, ok clams and crab. For 39.95 it was a waste of $. I had hi hopes for the ahi entree but it was over cooked and not hard but not as it should be firm so I didn't eat even 1/4 of it. 2 dishes costing 70$ I feel robbed.

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vipRyanT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

FAQs

Romola's Seafood & Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 272-0045.

Romola's Seafood & Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 581 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.