Garlic Rose Bistro - Cranford

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$30 and under
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Italian
A Garlic Lovers Paradise
Established In1996
A unique casual bistro featuring an eclectic menu that is complimented by the wonderful herb - GARLIC.
From the moment your seated you'll enjoy fresh rustic italian bread, served with our garlic rose dip and fresh warm garlic bulbs.
A relaxed casual atmosphere, paired with delicious food made from the finest, freshest, quality ingredients and attentive service makes for a great dining experience.
A full bar is available featuring the best sangria and martinis.
Garlic Rose is available for lunch, dinner, catering & private parties.
We are even VAMPIRE FRIENDLY for non garlic lovers. Items can be prepared with no garlic.
Come visit the Garlic Rose and enjoy yourself.


“Follow your nose to the Garlic Rose.”
What 384 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The food was overpriced for what you got. I had the specialty raviolis and they were just raviolis. Nothing special about them. My wife had spaghetti bolognese. It was tasty but, again, nothing special.

The service was terrible. When we sat, the waiter said fresh bread was coming. It didn’t come until we were half done with our entrees and only because we asked for it. Although we had no bread plates, it didn’t matter because we had no butter or oil with the bread anyway.

When he served the entrees, the waiter asked if we would like fresh grated cheese. We both said yes. We didn’t get the cheese until we were almost done with dinner. And we had to ask for it.

While we were eating, the waiter was at another table asking if they wanted the their leftovers wrapped. Two out of the five people said no because they didn’t like their meal. The waiter offered to make the apps and drink complimentary but they turned him down.

Come dessert time, we just wanted to leave.

S
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is always excellent and the food is always delicious at garlic rose!

CR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great portions,savory selections, friendly staff and clean open atmosphere

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Garlic Rose Bistro did not disappoint at all. I am a New York girl and it’s a treat to find little gems like Garlic Rose Bistro.
I was celebrating my dear friend’s 46th birthday. It’s been a tradition of ours to find delicious food to celebrate her birthday. The ratings online for the Garlic Rose Bistro were high and worth the high star ratings. The service was excellent, reasonably priced, and the food was DE-LISH-US!

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Christmas Eve dinner. Excellent food and atmosphere

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love our visits here. Service and food are top notch. Especially love the pesto and roasted garlic that comes yo each tanle.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience2

Unfortunately we weren’t a fan on the food. It didn’t taste nor look fresh and our bread was burnt. There was mold in the bathroom which was very unsanitary. The only good thing was the service. We won’t be back.

v
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

ordered crab cakes as a main course, consisted of 3 dried, silver dollar sized crab cakes with a side order of spinach. as our meal was being served all around us tables and chairs were being moved to accommodate a party of around 12. as they arrived (at different times) we were bumped and interrupted while trying to eat. needless to say the party was also loud as they greeted each arriving member. did i mention the crab cakes cost $34 plus $4 for a small diluted glass of ice tea?

C
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The food is great but service needs to be improved a bit. May be an extra of a couple of waiters.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was great, as was the bread and pesto to start. Food was not as memorable as expected.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cute little place. Food was absolutely delicious!! Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and drinks were top notch as always!!

JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very good food, with great service.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

It wasn’t Garlic Rose’s issue. Our company was beyond crazy.

FC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

If you love garlic, that's your place. Old italian style cuisine.
Heavy and too elaborate dishes.
Pretty good service

GS
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a local restaurant where everything has a slant on garlic. Food was amazing. Started with Escargot and it was amongst the best I have ever had. Had the pork chop as a main and could not be more delighted. My wife had shrimp and was equally impressed. Can't wait to go back.

N
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've wanted to go to Garlic Rose for a while and now we can't wait to go back. The food, wine and service was EXCELLENT. The mussels in green sauce app was amazing as well as the salmon special and the beef bordelaise. Our server was very attentive and friendly.

GS
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The garlic Rose is a great place to enjoy a nice quiet dinner. The food is good and the Garlic is great. The menu offers a good variety to choose from. We always enjoy our time there.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

EXCELLENT SERVICE
FRIENDLY HELPFUL
FOOD WAS DELICIOUS
CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. Food is stellar, service outstanding. Came for a family celebration and enjoyed every morsel. Bought a container of the wonderful garlic dip to go.

t
Atlantic City
57 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I ordered the special shrimp and angel hair pasta very good.. My boyfriend had the duck and scallop potatoes he said it was good but the portions were small

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food arrived fresh and hot - well prepared. Well worth visiting for dinner. Garlic preparations are not overpowering. Good for couples because you can have a conversation without being overwhelmed by noise - tables are set far apart.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Mothers birthday

NY
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We have come to Garlic Rose st least once a month for several years . It is easy to book on OpenTable , the food is always very good regardless of what we order , the cost is not outrageous , the service is excellent , the sangria is the best & the owners are always welcoming & accommodating

HM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food . A definite winner .

v
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly waiter. Excellent roll. Tender tasty chicken.
Great chocolate cake and coffee. Couldn’t have been better!

J
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Ate here for the first time and had a great experience. Food is the main draw as everything from the appetizers to the entrees was very good. The French Onion Pork Chop was the favorite and the shrimp & bacon appetizers were great. Restaurant has a bar but it is really small. Wine list is also pretty small but some decent choices. I recommend this place for good food in an eclectic environment.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Perfect for any occasion.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The fish entree was bland and overpriced. Artichoke appetizer was ok. service was slow even though there were few patrons. Howver, the server was courteous and pleasant.

KB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food choices, everything garlicky with a great ambiance and service. Recommend highlyfor a nice dinner celebration, slightly pricey, but wirth it. Plenty of vegetarian options, and the chicken and angel hair pasta was the best I've had in a long time. Fresh hot rolls in abundance was a great treat along with the roasted garlic. Will definitely be back.

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect quiet night out sans children. Food was terrific. I had filet medallions with shrimp, my wife had the pork chop.
Service was fantastic. Food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen because they were hosting a very large party that night. Honestly my wife and I hadn't even noticed, we were enjoying our wine and chatting. Our hostess came to the table and apologized, saying we didn't have to pay for the meal. I don't normally write reviews on OpenTable, this may be the first. The Garlic Rose clearly hold themselves to a very high standard so I wanted give them some recognition andcsay thank you for such a delicious meal and gracious service.

F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven't been here for a while but was looking forward to their filet mignon. I did not see it on the menu except for one dish that came with shrimp. I asked our waitress about it and she got me the filet I was looking for with the sauce I was looking for. It was dreamy. Husband had a fish dish and enjoyed his also. Will return.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reservations were easily made on OpenTable. After reading menu, we didn't see something on there that we had previously ordered a few times and really enjoyed. We asked about it and the chef had no problem making it for us. We both had delicious lobster bisque and for our main entree we had the Harvest Chicken which was delicious! Everything was excellent, and we'll definitely go back again.

ES
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A local favorite, where the food is always fresh and consistently well-prepared, and accompanied by your drink of choice from the small - but adequately stocked - bar.

CB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have recommended this restaurant to friends. They were very impressed and have been back again. They loved the food, san gria and service.

J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met family there as a half way point for a nice Sunday summer lunch and were not disappointed. The staff was friendly, the food was excellent and the ambience was delightful. We lingered for over 2 hours and were not rushed. This restaurant will not disappoint.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Garlic Rose is our favorite restaurant. We’ve come here for dates, birthdays and Valentine’s Day. The food is always excellent and very consistent. Friendly staff, especially the owners.

TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We are never disappointed.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I stared at the menu for almost 30 min and wanted to order everything on it!! Amazing dinner!!! Definitely will be going back again!!!