Grana BYOB, Cape May, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Grana BYOB, Cape May, NJ
Grana BYOB
413 South Broadway
Cape May, NJ

Grana BYOB: Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Modern American

Price: Expensive

Food Quality: Well-executed, creative menu using locally sourced ingredients

Service: Friendly, welcoming, and attentive.

Ambiance/Decor: Modern, simplistic with dim Lighting, and walls done up with soft grey & white tones

Overall Rating: 3 stars

Note: Four-star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to 4 stars = Best in Class

Noise Level: Moderate

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a well-executed, creative modern American menu

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy a traditional menu in a family casual dining setting; or diners looking for "Old World" fine dining amenities with a bar service.

Recommended dishes: When available, The Seared Alaskan Halibut with Fingerlings, Melted Leeks, Wild Mushrooms, and Truffle Soubise: The Orecchiette with Asparagus, Crab, White Wine, Cherry Tomato, Preserved Lemon, and Egg Yolk; And the Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Polenta, Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Peppers Bacon Shallot Marmalade, and aged Balsa.

Liquor: BYOB

Restaurant Review

Opened in the summer of 2022, Grana BYOB has become an instant success with it's creative, well-executed "Modern American" menu.

Grana BYOB is in an almost 100-year-old building across the street from Wilbraham Park, previously occupied by Godmother's, a longtime Cape May Italian favorite.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Executive Chef Carl Messick, who comes with impressive culinary credentials.

Chef Messick received his formal culinary training at the New England Culinary Institute and has since honed his skills at The Blackfish of Stone Harbor, The Ebbitt Room in Cape May, and the White Heron Grill in Stone Harbor. Prior to opening Grana BYOB, Carl Messick was the Executive chef at Peter Shields Inn in Cape May, one of Cape May's top fine dining destinations.

Chef Messick is committed to using fresh ingredients from local sources with a concern for sustainability. His menu will not include any fish in danger of being over fished.

The well-executed, creative, seasonally changing menu is geared towards a diverse crowd that includes an assortment of steak, meats, poultry, seafood, and pasta dishes.

The dishes are featured in both A la Carte and their Chefs Tasting Prix Fixe Four Course. Vegan, vegetarian & gluten free options are available.

The decor is attractive, fresh, and simple. The 21-table interior has a low ceiling, dim Lighting, and walls done up with soft grey & white tones. However, with the quick opening before summer, it was too close for major renovations. Expect that next year. Tables are set with white tablecloth simplicity, though spaced close together.

Parking is limited, with on-street parking available within one or two blocks.

Not recommended for children. They do not offer a kid’s menu, highchairs, or booster seats.

Grana BYOB has seasonal hours. During the peak summer season, they are open for dinner Thursday- Monday 5pm-9:30pm, and for Brunch on Sunday 11am-2pm

(Updated: August 2022)

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