Grappa - Rochester

4.2
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570 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Grappa: WHERE NOSTALGIA meets NOUVEAU

Italian Nouveau is a modern approach to traditional Italian cuisine, merging the past with the present. Dustin Muroski, Executive Chef, carefully crafts a modern Italian dining experience perfect for a night out, a lively dinner with friends or a quick bite.

The bar at Grappa:

Elevate your tastebuds with the perfect cocktail to turn any ordinary night into an extraordinary one. Choose from a perfect glass of wine, a craft beer or try one of our unique signature Grappa cocktails.
What 570 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious clams with white wine sauce over homemade linquini. One of the best renditions I have had.

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and welcoming atmosphere

JD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our server was wonderfully personable and attentive to our every need. Our food was delicious, however pricey for what it was. The noise level made it difficult to carry on a conversation without having to shout.

M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving Day dinner. Food was a step above what we were expecting and the service, by Krista C, was excellent.
We asked for her recommendations for both wine and food and she was spot-on. From starter thru dessert, we enjoyed everything we had.

Prices were a little high, but not outrageous.

We will definitely return.

Z
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, service and atmosphere. I always visit Grappa when I come to Rochester and will come again.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet evening out before the Holidays. Ordered the special for the night of rigatoni al forno and a mix of pizzas. All was delicious. Service was friendly and efficient.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Grappa! Everyone enjoyed their meals, our waiter was attentive and friendly, and the restaurant was very clean and put together. We would highly suggest this location to anyone looking for a great dinner!

ML
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We came with 2 other couples and had a very nice time. It was noisy. The food was very good but not hot. The overall experience was very good. We will definitely come again!

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The waitress was very sweet and attentive but the food was just ok. We have dined there in the past and felt the food was much better previously.

H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

This restaurant, located int he heart of Rochester's College Town, is also physically linked to a local hotel. Excellent parking available and an easy-to-access facility. Reservations are recommended as they honor these in a timely manner. There were 2 of us and we each ordered a cocktail while we looked over the medium sized menu. For appetizer, we selected the calamari, which was lightly fried and served with hot cherry peppers. Very tasty and sufficient for two. My wife ordered the linguini and clams, and I ordered the Rigaoni alla Utica. The linguini was cooked a bit too al dente as was the rigatoni. The Littleneck clams were nicely prepared with a soft butter and wine sauce, but overall the entree seemed too high in sodium. The rigatoni alla Utica was quite tasty and plentiful. The sauce was a vodka rose, which blended perfectly with the chicken and sausage pieces. My only complaint was that I found bits of chopped bone mixed in with the food and had to discard them as I was chewing. Not a pleasant experience. We mentioned our concerns to the server and he was ready and willing to replace some or all of our food, no questions asked. We declined because of time, and the food itself was quite tasty. After ordering our desserts, a peanut butter cheese cake and the special of the night, a pudding-thick slice of cake, both which were absolutely delicious, the server delivered our bill, minus the cost for desserts. This was Grappa's way to tell us they were sorry for any problems with our entrees, and wanted us to enjoy free desserts (and hopefully come back again). We appreciate the gesture and will definitely plan to return and try other menu choices.

J
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious! Overall a great experience and I'd definitely go back! Only bad thing was the fact that it was slightly loud and difficult to speak with the waiter

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, great menu choices.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Server was friendly but service was very slow. It wasn’t b

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I stopped at Grappa with my mom before an evening performance of the Book of Mormon. We were given a table immediately and they were very attentive to us constantly refilling our beverages in constantly asking us how the food was. I have the lamb entree which was very delicious My mom had her traditional chicken parm which she orders everywhere is which was also great. I like the fact that it's right in the hotel and you don't have to fight for parking like some restaurants downtown. It was a very nice dinner before the show.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food presentation and quality excellent. Although server was pleasant and could articulate well the menu, he wasn't engaging on selling wine. Did okay opening the bottle, but not sure he understands how to pour. Purchased a bottle and when table touching, never poured wine again.

Always a great experience!

LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal with excellent service at a fair price. Will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service

JA
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

After this meal, I would not recommend it. Our food was not good. I have always had a good meal, pricey but at least the food was good. We got a margarita pizza that was loaded with pesto. It was for a child so she did not like it. I tried it and it was soggy mess and gross. A pasta dish was not the correct sauce. Asked about it and server said no that is correct. I have had the dish ordered before and it was not the correct sauce. Seafood pasta was all garlic, not appetizing. The burger (which have had multiple times) was so charcoal/ burned taste but inside was not cooked. Obviously, grill was not cleaned properly or correct temperature. Lost a good customer.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday and did not disappoint! Excellent food and phenomenal service. Beautiful outdoor seating.

TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I was a bit surprised to discover this is a Hilton restaurant in a Hilton property. The on-line information seemed to indicate it was a well respected Italian restaurant. When we arrived and saw it was in the Hilton Garden Inn we almost left. But we ended up being pleasantly surprised. Still, it is a bit dishonest to not mention the Hilton affiliation on-line.

RJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

We dined outside. First and foremost, we were informed we could choose any table we wished. We chose one not yet cleaned. When no effort was made by the staff to clean the table, we began to brush-off the crumbs etc ourselves. Still no offer was made to clean the table. And, we were seated at a table not washed. Not good! I rarely have ever experienced this level of service, even in local pubs.

I started with caesar salad, but later had to change my order when informed that the kitchen was out of anchovies. My entree (scallops) was fair taste-wise and the side was good. However, the amount of polenta served was minimal. Our waiter was friendly and performed well.

Clearly Grapp's "A Team" had the night off.

SS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Very bad bartender. Couldn't make 2 different types of martinis we ordered. Food was good. Not exceptional. Come on, its Italian food. Not that hard to make Bolognese.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

It took almost an hour to get one drink from the bar... fine, it was then comped. But then our dinner arrived almost 45 minutes later. We ordered a burger and a vegetarian dish, arguably the easiest dishes to make! I will say they apologized and gave us a percentage off, and my date and I were enjoying catching up. That said, it was pretty awful service and the food was overpriced for what we got.

RA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

place was a bit too noisy for me and my husband but the food was good

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Accommodated our request for quiet seating. Server was very attentive. Food excellent. Will return !

CB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Sad how far this place has gone - from a favorite destination to never going back.
Service has declined woefully, the food served doesn’t match the menu’s description, just disappointing all around.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service was great. Not a fan of the tables / bench seating. A very noisy place for the $.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

RM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cocktails were served after a very long wait.
The appetizers were not piping hot.
Portion are very healthy.

r
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Needed to be in and out in a short time for a meeting. The server took the order and had the food on the table in a short amount of time. She also came quickly with the bill. And as usual the food was delicious.

RM
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Bar tender does not know how to make drinks. I asked twice for a vodka soda that had flat soda. A pretty basic thing without success. It’s easy to detect flat soda for obvious reasons.

CB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

When Grappa first opened a few years back it was excellent- service- food- drinks / we often brought friends here-but after about a nine months to year it lost some of luster...changes to the menu, some items not available every meal, staffing was off on occasion- so we took a break and came back a lot less.
The food is good and the service is good- but not special - so it’s lost its place as destination and is just a better than average restaurant.

PS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have dined at Grappa's twice and both times the food and service were excellent. Chef Nick Moretter doesn't just prepare food, he performs miracles with his delectable creations.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have already spread the word on awesome Grappa is. The service was awesome, the ambiance and decor was great and food was outstanding. The presentation and taste of the food was delicious. I have shared our experience with other co-workers and family. It is definitely a place we will visit again. Kudos to the Chef, Owners and Staff! We look forward to going back again and again.

JW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Grappa. Food & service were excellent.

L
Pittsburgh
56 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Not quite sure where I needed to start on the menu with traditional appetizers with a little twist. The wedding soup was a good flavor starter with the meatballs and escarole giving lots of flavor. All the pasta options made it difficult to order any of the other items. Bolognese, gnocchi, carbonara and linguini w clam were all on point. Yes we all ordered something different so we could sample.

The pancetta on the gnocchi made me forget about not liking Brussels sprouts.

While I normally don’t touch bread I had to try the special basalmic dip.

F
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great evening

SC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The food was overall ok but the burger that my husband got was burnt even though he asked for medium rare.
Still a good place to go to for dinner.

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat outside, Great night with family. Service and food was awesome, will go back again.

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place
Excellent attention
Delicious food

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