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Grain House Restaurant, Basking Ridge, NJ:
A Dining Review

Grain House Restaurant

Grain House Restaurant At the Olde Mill Inn
225 Route 202
Basking Ridge, NJ

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  American Traditional

Price: Expensive

3ote: Four star Rating System from
"1/2 Star" = poor to Four Stars = Best in Class

Food Quality : 3 stars

Service: 2 1/2 stars

Decor:  3 Stars

Overall Rating:  3 stars

A good place to celebrate special occasions.

Historic, rustic ambiance with a cozy fireplace

Value: Good

Noise Level: Moderate. High

Dress: Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy old style dining and traditional American food in a historic, rustic setting.

Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer upscale, trendy ambiance with more complex or eclectic food preparations.

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Grass Fed New Zealand Rack of Lamb with boursin whipped potato, honey roasted baby carrots with pistachios, and zucchini mint puree: The Prime angus center cut Filet Mignon with one side; and The Twin Crab Cakes with sweet potato hash with bacon lardons, tomatillos, kale, jalapeno, and honey mustard

Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails.

Restaurant Review

Located next to the Olde Mill Inn, this is fine dining in a historic, picturesque setting. Separated by a parking lot and a wooden bridge to the Olde Mill Inn, this historic building dates back to the 18th century and was used as storage for the Continental Army in the winter of 1779.

The ambiance is historic with a fireplace in the main dining room, and comfortably spaced tables. Walls are adorned with historic pictures of George Washington.

The kitchen is run by Executive Chef John Benjamin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He later honed his culinary skills working with famed chefs Thomas Keller, Charles Palmer and John Halligan. and restaurants Aureole in New York, The French Laundry in California, and the Hyatt Regency in Connecticut.

The menu is well prepared and many of the selections have been created using with fresh local, organic ingredients, and sustainable agriculture. They also have gluten free items. Salad dressings are home made.

There is also an extensive kids menu. The restaurant is popular with family's celebrating special occasions.

Save room for desserts, they offer many selections of homemade desserts.

Service is attentive and friendly, without feeling rushed.

The Grain House Restaurant has outdoor patio dining during the warmer months and serves a very good Sunday Brunch from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The Grain House restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner plus Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve.

(updated: October, 2019)

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