Garlic Rose Bistro - Cranford

4.8
450 Reviews
$30 and under
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.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 450 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ben was great! The food is super fresh.

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MarleeR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect!! Our server, Dana, was kind and very attentive! She did a wonderful job at making us feel welcome and added to our wonderful time! From the appetizers to dessert the food was absolutely perfect!

JB
JackieB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great pasta and wine! Also always love the roasted garlic bulb and bread you get at the beginning of your meal.

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PamelaL
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service this afternoon. The food was excellent.

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Linda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The owner, Marc, is welcoming and helpful. (Makes some pretty good martinis too). Our server, Ben made us feel like we were family. he made suggestions that really made our experience great. The food was excellent Good portions. All and all a great experience

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Ashany
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ben was attentive, gave insightful suggestions on drinks and meal options. He checked up on our table periodically but not too excessively. We took ample time to enjoy our meals and didn’t feel rushed. We like the variety of entrees, not just your typical Italian choices. Most dishes have a garlic flare to them staying true to the restaurant’s name. Great place for a date, family dinner or get together with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service 1st time there and will go back !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Unfortunately they had a singer at the restaurant and it was very difficult to hear the conversation that I was trying to have with the friends that we came. with

JR
JeanR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with my daughters. Everything was wonderful! Can’t wait to go back again.

KL
KLVS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spontaneous dinner out and we had an excellent experience at the Garlic Rose Bistro. Great service, great escargot and a fun and energetic atmosphere. Glad we made the trip out!

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Bill
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a good experience. 2 out of three meals came out great. One had to be sent back but replacement dish was excellent. Service was very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love the food and the service was amazing! Will definitely come back.

JS
JoannaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed an incredible dinner here. The flavors were amazing. I especially loved their fantastic take on French onion soup. Our entrees - the Farfalle Florentine (with added shrimp) and Penne Carbonara - were exquisite. The service was the best we’ve ever had. This restaurant is a gem!

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MikeN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed dinner at Garlic Rose this past week and the food and service was exceptional as always. Garlic Rose never disappoints. Our server (sorry, can't remember her name) was very friendly, helpful and efficient. I always recommend Garlic Rose for all occasions because I will guarantee you will have an incredible meal and dining experience!

JG
vipJerseyGirls
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal. Owners are wonderful and servers are courteous and helpful.

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vipMitchb
New England
54 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moved out out of state in 2020, we made sure to stop by our favorite haunt. Glad to see they survived the pandemic and the place was full of customers. Food and service were amazing, they never skipped a beat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sisters birthday !! It was perfect !!

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vipNiceLookPoorFood
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant has been one of our go to places, but the pandemic seems to have taken its toll here. The service was excellent but the food not quite so. The wine list is down to about 12 bottles all together and they did not have what I ordered. We shared the Escargot and it seems like a different recipe - not much taste and very bland. My wife loved her shrimp pasta dish. I had the short ribs and pasta. Again very bland - not much flavor. Maybe it was an off night and we will need to try again.

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CarolB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, but, of course, you have to like garlic in your food. I had salmon with asparagus and it was excellent. My dinner companions enjoyed their pasta and chicken. I would recommend to anyone.

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DaveC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went here for dinner. 3 of us had not been there before. Everyone enjoyed their food. All of us got a different entree'. The presentation was very nice. The service was also very nice. The food was all top notch. All of us really liked it here. We all highly recommend!

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Alisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I had a very interesting experience here. Food was good, we got the escargot, crab cakes, and pork chop. I felt as if the pork chop couldn’t been a little less cooked but delicious nonetheless. When it came to service, our server, I believe his name was Jesse, was very nice in the beginning, but as we got closer to the middle/end of our service it seemed as though our server was highly intoxicated. Between talking too much with us after dropping food, then he was using our table to hold himself up, stumbled to and from the table almost knocking himself into the table next to us, and as he cleaned up our plates he almost dropped mine on me. If it wasn’t for that I’d have no problem with our visit but it was very annoying to try to have a nice night out and have our dinner end in that way. Also in the beginning of service when we asked for a drink menu, he just decided to pick drinks for us, I ended up getting wine, which is not something that I would usually go for because I am not a wine person. He was the only employee I saw in the restaurant until about the end of my visit when it seemed like the manager had finally been around.

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Kathy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All was excellent as expected from the many times eaten there.

When the time came to settle our bill, wanted to use our Amex gift card, pay the balance and tip in cash. Our server came back, apologizing saying the establishment wouldn't accept the gift card...will accept credit cards, but not gift card. Shocked!

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epatt3
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints, great food, great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the crab cakes they were fresh and more than enough...our server was friendly and helpful...even the owner came by to say hello.

SG
SusanG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to the Garlic Rose twice this month. It was phenomenal! The food was excellent and the service terrific. In fact we like it so much we’re going to make reservations for Easter dinner.

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AprilP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was exceptional. The atmosphere was cozy.

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vipNYCfood
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a good meal . The owners are always on site & get to know their diners . Feel very safe dining indoors due to changes they have made in the ventilation & table spacing .

SG
SukiG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were rushed even though the restaurant was empty

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TonyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious garlicky food with friendly service. Tables spaced nicely for social distancing. Will come back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here and I can’t say enough about the friendly staff at Garlic Rose Bistro! Of course the food was out of this world! The burrata was amazing as well as the garlic onion soup— The soup is definitely a must! I had the penne carbonara which was one of the best carbonara sauces I ever had. My fiancé had the chicken Marco which he literally licked the dish! He wants to go back next week for dinner and I couldn’t agree more!

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vipDebbieS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with good food. Will go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went over and beyond for our son’s second birthday! Truly special people! Great service, awesome food and all around great experience. A true family restaurant! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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ColleenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garlic Rose has great food, nice atmosphere and located right in the center of the towns activity.

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PUMPKIN
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were very disappointed. As long time patrons of this restaurant, often dining there, it was the worst experience we have ever had. Starting with poor table service, the glassware was unacceptable, however, we did not bring it to anyone's attention. It was a matter of what appeared to be horrible water spotting, on "all of the glassware", including the wine pitcher and it was totally obvious. We assumed they were washed, but not even rinsed appropriately, never mind having the spots dried off of them.
We understand the conditions under which this restaurant has been working and trying to keep afloat, but in comparison with the local diner, it was not good at all. We will give it another try. We took this long to respond to your request because we were long time patrons of this restaurant and really did not want to cause them any damage, but
if it does not improve, that just might happen. Food was not quite up to par either.

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TomP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The bread and dip were amazing ! The food was great

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ScottH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Decor was old or retro, food pretty good, a bit overpriced but, good

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Erin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here a few times and absolutely love it. The owner is always out and about and so friendly. Food is DELICIOUS and they have great safety measures for the COVID conscious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoy this restaurant every time we go there. Would highly recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal! Our go-to place every week. The owners and staff are so welcoming and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job with the social distance.

FAQs

Garlic Rose Bistro - Cranford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 276-5749.

Garlic Rose Bistro - Cranford is rated 4.8 stars by 450 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.