Fare: French Influenced
Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
On of the top French influenced restaurants in Norther NJ for food quality and Old World French Ambiance
Service can be a bit stuffy and condescending.
Value: Given the quality, though prices are high, the value is good
Noise Level: Moderate.
Dress: Upscale casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy Old World style traditional French dining at one of the top French influenced restaurants in New Jersey
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious younger diners who enjoy French bistro style dining in a trendy, less pretentious setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, Steamed or Grilled King Salmon with Broccoli and Potato Puree, Horseradish Pan Sauce; The Grilled Angus New York Sirloin with Beef Steak Tomato, Oregano Crumbled Blue Cheese, Red Wine Demi Glaze; and The Roasted Rack of Venison with a carrot flan, sautÃ©ed spinach with a green pepper corn sauce and sweet potato gaufrette
Liquor: Full bar service with an extensive wine list
The Grand Cafe, located in a townhouse, is an elegant French restaurant popular with diners looking for that special occasion where you want to get dressed up, and experience a taste of France with "old world" style dining.
It's a place to bring friends or business clients that you want to impress.
The dining patrons tend to be well dressed, aged 55+ who enjoy being pampered and are prepared to pay for it.
It is one of the few remaining classic fine dining establishments with artfully prepared food, opulent decor, and service to match.
The Grand Cafe is owned and operated by Desmond and Alice Lloyd, who also serve as charming and welcoming hosts.
There are several dining areas with the classic dining rooms on the street level, party rooms upstairs. The elegant decor features wood paneling, a roaring fireplace, and stained glass windows .
During the warmer months, there is dining outdoors on the Grand Allee patio. Its a large attractive patio with beautiful colored flowers
The ambiance downstairs is pub-like with a lovely bar and live piano.. The Main dining room is more formal with a large, grand chandelier, walls adorned with Renoir artwork. and tables set with pink-covered linen.
Tuxedo clad waiters are professional, attentive, but tend to be condescending.
Not recommended for families with young children.
On busy weekend evenings you may have to circle the block to find a spot or park in a nearby parking garage
(updated: November, 2016)
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