The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn

4.4
908 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Grain House Restaurant is located on the picturesque 10-acre estate of the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ. The Grain House structure was originally built as a barn in the 1760’s and was used to store grain for American Revolutionary soldiers. The barn was later moved to its current location and opened as a restaurant in the 1930’s.
Today, the Grain House is a renowned restaurant in North/Central New Jersey, with a comfortable, casual ambiance. The restaurant serves innovative, traditional and contemporary interpretations of American cuisine with some added international accents, prepared under the direction of Executive Chef John Benjamin. Delicious homemade desserts complete the menus, which are revised several times a year. Outdoor patio dining and fireside dining are available in season.
The restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily, as well as a special breakfast/lunch a la carte menu offered on Saturdays from 11 am to 4pm. Sunday 11am to 3 pm.

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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 908 people are saying
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VictorG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I follow a whole food/plant based diet and, after looking for a good place near me this one food I could eat and enjoy. I had lentil soup and a veggie burger. Service was good and the ambience good for having a long meal and good conversation. Dessert was wonderful.

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richh
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was excellent. Food fantastic. Great atmosphere

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Jrich
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Went to lunch with my mom and boyfriend. Very cute atmosphere - loved the ambiance. French onion soup was phenomenal! The other food was a bit over cooked. Would definitely go back with family.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and had a great time, loved the fireplace and atmosphere.

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WilliamS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice old classic place..great wait staff but Bloody Mary was lackluster and food was just ok

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Birthday sat in the copper room
Very cozy

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JimDe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choices of food, historic setting, comfortable atmosphere, and wonderful service. My new favorite restaurant.

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Rox201
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I love the Grain House but usually come for lunch during the week. This time we were there on a very busy Sunday for Brunch. They do have a great brunch menu. Despite being busy we weren’t rushed. Food is always dependably good. Servers were attentive despite being so busy. One of my favorite places!

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KarenM
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We are local residents who regularly eat at the Grain House for 25 years. Unfortunately, this visit was not one of the best. The dining room was packed and noisy. The table next to us was a family with young kids who were restless and agitated Obviously not the restaurant’s fault, but you’re asking about the perceived ambiance for us and that was a negative. The staff may have had some trouble keeping up with the number of customers as my serving of quiche either didn’t have enough heat time or sat too long waiting to be delivered to our table as it was barely warm. The server did send it back and it was fine on the redelivery.

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MollyMillie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and host were all over it great service great lunch we meet once a month love this place❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks so much!1 We appreciate the feedback and are glad that you were so happy. Hope to see you soon!

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Linda
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Meeting an old best friend!

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Lexisc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Brunch was disappointing the service was super slow and felt like we were bothering them. Food was good nothing special

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry that you were disappointed. i know there were some errors with your salad but I thought we corrected that. I am the manager who stopped by your table with the extra avocado and to check on you. I'm sorry if you felt the service was slow. We were pretty busy that day so perhaps some things took a bit longer than usual. this was not typical of most experiences so I do hope that you will give us another try sometime. Hope to see you again.

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Chris
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, especially the pork chop.

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AndiW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We called three times to book a table for 6. No one picked up each time. As an alternative, I then completed an Open Table reservation for 6 which was confirmed. When we arrived, the maitre d' had no clue who we were and was actually grumpy and less than accommodating. We'd asked for a table in the bar area and ended up in the larger dining area - it was fine, but not what we'd sked for. Did they even look at our Open Table request? He's new and he needs to move on - we have been coming to this establishment for more than 20 years and this person is doing the Grain House no favors.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on November 8, 2021

Hi Andi, We're so sorry that we were not able to accommodate your request. We do see them and we try very hard to accommodate them. Usually it works out but sometimes it's just not possible. We only have 1 spot on the pub side where we can seat a party of 6 and that little room is not available right now due to some repairs being made. I'm glad that we were able to seat you in front of the other fireplace. We do hope to see you again soon. Thank you for the feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely go back

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you!! Hope to see you soon!

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vipRobin
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu…so many choices…great service… lovely cozy atmosphere

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ElizabethK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good the food was excellent service was excellent the only thing is that selection of red wine was a little too expensive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty restaurant, great menu and martinis!

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thanks so much!1 Hope to see you again soon.

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AlisonD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great service! We had a lovely evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Grain House was a wonderful surprise! We were traveling through the Basking Ridge, NJ area and were fortunate to find this place. Wonderful food, ambiance and service. Highly recommend it.

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fulton
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice experience at this reliable local gem where history and good food abounds. Sat outside on the lovely patio to be Covid safe. Appys, entrees , salads and desserts are great.

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vipHealthQueen
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is outstanding - atmosphere cozy and inviting and the food is cooked to perfection. I have a lot of food allergies and they always can accommodate me.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. We're so glad that you enjoyed everything and that we were able to accommodate your dietary needs. We do try very hard to accommodate any requests. Hope to see you again!!

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MaryannM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a toasty warm lunch (ask for a table by a fireplace) with close friends. The food was fantastic and the staff was helpful and attentive. I would definitely recommend the restaurant for its ambiance and fantastic food. Even the desserts were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We both had specials, pork and halibut, and we were both extremely pleased with them. I had several special requests which were honored perfectly and without complaint. Everything from appetizers to dessert were perfectly prepared. Only minor criticism: the cocktail menu could use some imagination.

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mlbb
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a charming restaurant.
Easy to book a reservation.
Sunday brunch was delicious.
The staff is friendly and efficient.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food; excellent service. Would go back again.

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FredA
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an enjoyable meal, although the noise became deafening and sometimes uncomfortable as the evening progressed. We recommend early reservations for a more "quiet" meal.

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ElizabethK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant and food and service are great.
Good to have lunch and dinner

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grain House has been at the top of my list for entertaining visitors or for relaxing occasions with dear friends for decades!! Hope that never changes. Always an exciting selection of meals on the menu and a comfortable venue.

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vipJanineW
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a nice combination of fine dining and pub entrees. Highly recommend the pork chop and the burger is good too. Great salads. Not a fancy atmosphere, love the dining room with the bar, old world charm.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thanks so much for the feedback. Hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

There was dirty smelly carpet and sticky tables to start. A medium rare burger came out med well in the middle and well done on the edges. Thankfully the manager removed it from the bill. Unfortunately the $34 trout special my friend had tasted bland no seasoning at all. It was a shame because we both wanted to try this place but unfortunately it wasn’t the best birthday dinner celebration.

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff seemed thin and therefore had difficulty keeping up with customers. My co-diner had placed an order that was received incorrect. I was never offered a refill on my soft drink. The Cobb salad was mostly lettuce and bland; I’ve had much better at a lesser price. It was Columbus Day so perhaps there were more customers than a usual Monday. Staff was very courteous and pleasant.

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vipOutofTowner
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were in the bar area seating and the place looked like it needed a good refresh. The carpet was probably from last century in keeping with the historical nature of the place. The servers were friendly but clearly not attentive and lacked knowledge about menu items. We were expecting more. Food was ok but we will not go out of our way to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and efficient service!

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JenniferM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I had dinner at the Grain House recently and both times the food was excellent and the service attentive and friendly. I had Bass that was perfectly cooked and prepared and plated creatively. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thanks so much for the feedback. Hope you come back soon.

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Gabolo88
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First visit was outside on the patio. It's nicely done, but the proximity to 202 makes you feel like you're sitting roadside. The chicken quesadillas were nicely presented. And while they are smothered with cheese on the inside and outside (which I'd never seen before), it disguises the small amount of chicken inside. I'd prefer my protein more from chicken than cheese. My friend's onion soup was also smothered with cheese, so maybe excess cheese is a thing here. She was satisfied with her salad, which was also a bit light on the protein. I realize costs and prices are up, but it shouldn't affect the serving ratios. I would return to try the dinner menu indoors, but I recommend attention to the ratios on the plate...unless you love extra cheese as your protein source.

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Freddy
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

OMI burger was excellent, the french fries accompanying the burger--not so much. Fries were terribly oversalted and were not crisp, Appeared to be sitting-around under the heat lamp. Value for the meal cost was only 7 out of 10. Great service and ambience! Overall, recommended!

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thanks for the feedback!! Hope to see you again soon.

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Seiko366
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice, low-key evening. Attentive service. Meatloaf and avocado toast were both great, though the French onion soup was a bit "gummy" for one guest.

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vipsandysmom
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It had been a few years since i dined here. The restaurant is old-style decor and needs updating. However, service was excellent. My spouse had the classic burger which was good size and perfectly cooked. French onion soup was not overly salty- very good. I had the super salad bowl- hot quinoa with spinach, celery, avocado and fried egg on top- it was excellent. Dessert- gelato was exceptional.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on October 8, 2021

thanks so much for the feedback. we're glad that you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon.

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JoanneS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and delicious appetizer and burgers.

FAQs

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 221-1150.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 908 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.