The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn

4.4
880 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 880 people are saying
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vipJanineW
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
68 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.

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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!

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful
One waitress rude inattentive ruined my sisters birthday lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited over an hour and 15 minutes for just the appetizer. Couple that came in after us received their appetizer, the one that we ordered, within 20 minutes of their arrival. Did not stay to eat. Got our check and left. Server was terrible and never came to our table. Bartender had to come ask us if we wanted a second drink. Never go again!

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MicheleS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were celebrating our Anniversary and attending a wedding here the next day. Great to walk across the parking lot and be back st the hotel. Food was good. Nice atmosphere

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vipDorieS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful day outside. Servers were great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow.

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Fred
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Traditional Inn fare, the salad was reasonably good and the pork chop was overcooked but still tender due to the red cabbage underneath. Our waitress was very good, knowledgeable and attentive, but she could have used some more support. We asked to be outside on the patio and we knew the proximity of 287, so the traffic noise was expected.

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EmilyW
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service could have been a little more attentive, however, we had a lovely evening. We will definitely be back!

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MichaelC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. We will definitely be back. We enjoyed the drinks, the outdoor dining and the great meal. Thank you for a great evening.

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JoeP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We recently moved to NJ from CA and have driven past the restaurant a few times so decided to give it a try. The food was very good with even better service. Our server was prompt, gave us options and checked up on us to make sure all was well. The support staff (eg clearing table) was also on top of things. The overall building has a definite look as does the bar and patio dining but the "main" room with fireplace was a tad lackluster in terms of décor. This could be improved greatly with relatively minor expense; my thoughts more in line with the heritage of the building. That being said, we'll be back.

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loveeatingout
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch on a beautiful Saturday with outdoor seating was excellent. Good variety of quality food on the menu.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thanks so much!! We are so glad that you enjoyed everything.

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vipPatriciaK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is delightful, and each dish was excellent (salad with perfect, salmon, avocado toast and a great angus burger). Prices are reasonable and portions are generous. A terrific spot for a summer Saturday lunch/brunch.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Outdoor dining set up was very nice, and service was great. Will definitely be back sooner rather than later!

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you!!!

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GinnyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Enjoyed the wonderful food on the patio.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you so much for the feedback! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Come back soon.

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vipMarge
Naples
29 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ate in Pub Room, not a room to hold a conversation in. Would have given 5 star except for that reason. Also facility needs some spiffing up especially ladies room and carpeting.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

Hi Marge, We're sorry if the pub was a bit noisy when you were here. We do have another dining room so for future reference please feel free to ask to move if it's too noisy where you are seated. Hope to see you again.

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vipFabulous
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy this restaurant!!

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SchmidtyNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good home cooking. Boyfriend got thr e meatloaf, and I got the bass. Also had the steak spring rolls. All very tasty, good portions. Wait staff is very friendly and timely.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thanks so much!! Come back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lighting wasn’t working properly on the patio could hardly see my meal once it came. Food was completely average at best and the facility needs a facelift. Waitress was very good however.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

We're so sorry that your visit was not up to our own standards. I apologize about the lighting outside. We were having some issues. If at anytime you are not satisfied with anything please ask to speak with a manager so that we can take care of it while you are here. Hope to see you again.

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GinnyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful place to go to share lunch with a friend.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you!!!

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PriscillaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate outside on the patio. It was pleasant but there is a lot of traffic noise from route 202. We would have been more comfortable in one of the lovely dining rooms.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

I'm so sorry that it was a noisy day on the patio. For future reference you can always ask to be moved inside. Our guests happiness is our 1st priority and we would have moved you if at all possible. Hope to see you again sometime.

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Flip1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I was there for lunch. The menu has many good choices. The food was very good and a good value. I love the 1/2 sandwich that comes with soup and salad. Water glasses were always filled without having to ask. Food came out very hot. It’s a very old quaint building. All that needs to be done is get rid of the rug.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 20, 2021

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

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LaurenG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was good overall but service was slow tonight

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JessicaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here (we got married at the Olde Mill Inn) great
Meal, excellent service and wonderful experience even during the hurricane ! Will def come back

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on September 4, 2021

Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for the great feedback. I was the manager on duty that night who stopped by to ask how everything was and to wish you a Happy Anniversary. We're so glad that you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipAlain
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good service and good food!

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Sandy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable. Friendly staff, good food, and pleasant ambiance. Will return!

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vipFranzW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The seating and service were fine. The main dining room was surprisingly noisy, perhaps just loud people? The waitress was attentive and friendly. The dinner menu seems a little unusual, but had a range of entrees, some with accompaniments not to our liking. The sauteed Rock Bass was tasteless, and the cremini meatloaf was bland and barely warm. The Caesar salad was good, as was the onion soup.

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vipRogelio
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Atmosphere pleasant but a little noisy. Service ok, sometimes a lag. food good. Salmon good ,fried artichoke hearts superior, tomato ragout good, couscous good but cold. Interesting combination. Dessert menu uninteresting. This is a solid restaurant, cozy, and somewhere you go to when the food has to be above average and not be embarrassed.

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ChrisS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the historic atmosphere meeting with a relative, great tasty lunch choices!

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vipJnainny
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely setting. Very good food. Service was fine. Great for lunch.

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micadish
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner outdoor on the deck with friends. Three of us had the roasted chicken which was tender and delicious. My friend ordered the mushroom meatloaf which he enjoyed as well.

The Grain House Restaurant at The Olde Mill Inn
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. Hope to see you again!!

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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 880 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.