Ronnie Grisanti & Sons Rstrnt

★★★★☆

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My wife and I had a good experience here over a year ago and wanted to try it again. It was a stark contrast this time. It was Friday night around 8pm and the place was only half full. We were seated by a waiter who progressively became more absent as the night went on. The food quality has definitely deteriorated in the past year. The calamari looked and tasted like it was fried from frozen and stuck together - not fresh and it was $10! Both of our dishes (sea bass and veal saltambocca) were completely substandard. The veal looked like it was premade and hidden under way too much sauce (I guess you can try to cover up bad food with a lot of sauce). The pasta was overdone as well. To say that the service was unattentive is an understatement. We decided against dessert after we hadn't seen the waiter for 30 minutes. The bill was $95 and I felt like a could have done much better at the Olive Garden.
One of the previous posts put it perfectly. Why do some people in Memphis try to act rich by going to these places, paying way too much for bad food and thinking it's the best? Maybe it's the economy and Ronny is trying to save money - I give this place about a year unless the Memphis posers prop it up because they don't know any better.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I had a good experience here over a year ago and wanted to try it again. It was a stark contrast this time. It was Friday night around 8pm and the place was only half full. We were seated by a waiter who progressively became more absent as the night went on. The food quality has definitely deteriorated in the past year. The calamari looked and tasted like it was fried from frozen and stuck together - not fresh and it was $10! Both of our dishes (sea bass and veal saltambocca) were completely substandard. The veal looked like it was premade and hidden under way too much sauce (I guess you can try to cover up bad food with a lot of sauce). The pasta was overdone as well. To say that the service was unattentive is an understatement. We decided against dessert after we hadn't seen the waiter for 30 minutes. The bill was $95 and I felt like a could have done much better at the Olive Garden.
One of the previous posts put it perfectly. Why do some people in Memphis try to act rich by going to these places, paying way too much for bad food and thinking it's the best? Maybe it's the economy and Ronny is trying to save money - I give this place about a year unless the Memphis posers prop it up because they don't know any better.

Pros: Nice bar.

Cons: Service, price, quality

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We were celebrating our Valentines Day a night early. We had a babysitter (rare). I called early afternoon to see if we needed reservations. I was told that if I only had two in my party, it would be NO PROBLEM getting right in. I am pretty sure I talked with the owner.

So, we drove 30 minutes away from our home (keep in mind we had a babysitter) to eat at this restaurant. When we arrived, the hostess asked if we had a reservation. I told her NO and told her about my conversation earlier. She told me that the wait would be at least 1 hour and a half and I really needed reservations to eat there. I again told her that I had tried to make a reservation, but was told it wasn't necessary. You know what she said to me? "That's NOT MY PROBLEM!" I have NEVER been treated like that at a restaurant. I should have talked to the manager/owner, but my husband and I were so upset, mad, angry, that we just stormed out. I really was in shock at the way we was treated and the FACT that I really had tried to make a reservation for us to make our Valentines Day special.

The main thing that stinks about this. Night before Valentines. So, I called many of our other "fave" restaurants and they were all booked or had a couple hours wait. So, we paid a babysitter and didn't even get to go anywhere that was "adult friendly!"

We ended up heading to Old Venice Pizza Company and it was wonderful. Everyone was very friendly and the staff treated us so well.

It's a shame that this happened, because my husband and I really wanted to give Grisanti's a try.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were celebrating our Valentines Day a night early. We had a babysitter (rare). I called early afternoon to see if we needed reservations. I was told that if I only had two in my party, it would be NO PROBLEM getting right in. I am pretty sure I talked with the owner.

So, we drove 30 minutes away from our home (keep in mind we had a babysitter) to eat at this restaurant. When we arrived, the hostess asked if we had a reservation. I told her NO and told her about my conversation earlier. She told me that the wait would be at least 1 hour and a half and I really needed reservations to eat there. I again told her that I had tried to make a reservation, but was told it wasn't necessary. You know what she said to me? "That's NOT MY PROBLEM!" I have NEVER been treated like that at a restaurant. I should have talked to the manager/owner, but my husband and I were so upset, mad, angry, that we just stormed out. I really was in shock at the way we was treated and the FACT that I really had tried to make a reservation for us to make our Valentines Day special.

The main thing that stinks about this. Night before Valentines. So, I called many of our other "fave" restaurants and they were all booked or had a couple hours wait. So, we paid a babysitter and didn't even get to go anywhere that was "adult friendly!"

We ended up heading to Old Venice Pizza Company and it was wonderful. Everyone was very friendly and the staff treated us so well.

It's a shame that this happened, because my husband and I really wanted to give Grisanti's a try.

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I have eaten at this restaurant several times over the last couple of years and have always found the food to be excellent (Chicken Parm is a Fav) and the service to be consistantly top notch.
It is a little pricey but well worth an occasional splurge.

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★★★★★

I have eaten at this restaurant several times over the last couple of years and have always found the food to be excellent (Chicken Parm is a Fav) and the service to be consistantly top notch.
It is a little pricey but well worth an occasional splurge.

Pros: Great food, pleasant dining experience

Cons: A little pricey

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I think the only reason this restaurant does any business is that people think they like to pretend they're rich, even if they have to eat mediocre or bad food to do it.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good food, especially in Memphis, and usually it's the opposite.

If you want to spend a little more money than the average restaurant in Memphis, try Paulette's, where w'eve had some success. If you want some decent Italian food in Memphis, try Cafe Tuscana, which is much more reasonably priced.

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★☆☆☆☆

I think the only reason this restaurant does any business is that people think they like to pretend they're rich, even if they have to eat mediocre or bad food to do it.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good food, especially in Memphis, and usually it's the opposite.

If you want to spend a little more money than the average restaurant in Memphis, try Paulette's, where w'eve had some success. If you want some decent Italian food in Memphis, try Cafe Tuscana, which is much more reasonably priced.

Pros: parking

Cons: service, ambience, food, price, freezing

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Grisanti's is by far the best Italian in the city. It is my #1 place to bring a date as the wine list is quite extensive and the price isn't nearly as high as it could be. 2/3 of the time Mr. Grisanti will come out and shake your hand as you exit the restaurant. The atmosphere screams comfort and it is as romantic as you could want it. The waiters definitely know their stuff and the bartender is all class. If you love Italian food, you owe it to yourself to try your favorite Italian dish at Ronnie Grisanti & Sons and dare them to make it the better than you've ever had before.

And to the gentleman writing the review before mine, a bit of advice, when you use the word "suxx" to describe a restaurant, it pretty much shoots your entire review into the gutter.

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★★★★★

Grisanti's is by far the best Italian in the city. It is my #1 place to bring a date as the wine list is quite extensive and the price isn't nearly as high as it could be. 2/3 of the time Mr. Grisanti will come out and shake your hand as you exit the restaurant. The atmosphere screams comfort and it is as romantic as you could want it. The waiters definitely know their stuff and the bartender is all class. If you love Italian food, you owe it to yourself to try your favorite Italian dish at Ronnie Grisanti & Sons and dare them to make it the better than you've ever had before.

And to the gentleman writing the review before mine, a bit of advice, when you use the word "suxx" to describe a restaurant, it pretty much shoots your entire review into the gutter.

Pros: Atmosphere, food, staff

Cons: no reservations

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It looks like most of these reviews are coming from locals to the Memphis community.

That's what it reads like to me. I'm NOT from Memphis and have had much broader food experiences so my opinion is based on actually LIVING in other communities with larger, more true ethnic and/or Italian communities. Comparatviely this restaurant wouldn't be very successful anywhere outside of MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. It would go broke where people know good food...it would get it's butt kicked even in Atlanta, Charlotte, or even Tampa Bay.

I can't really recommend the place as a great experience sorry to say....and the location suxx

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★☆☆☆☆

It looks like most of these reviews are coming from locals to the Memphis community.

That's what it reads like to me. I'm NOT from Memphis and have had much broader food experiences so my opinion is based on actually LIVING in other communities with larger, more true ethnic and/or Italian communities. Comparatviely this restaurant wouldn't be very successful anywhere outside of MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. It would go broke where people know good food...it would get it's butt kicked even in Atlanta, Charlotte, or even Tampa Bay.

I can't really recommend the place as a great experience sorry to say....and the location suxx

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From walking in to walking out My husband and I had a WONDERFUL experience. We were immediately seated by the young lady who was to be our waitress. The Menu looked absoluetly scrumptios. Being new to the restaurant, the waitress explained the staples of the menu as she took us on a "Menu Tour." After going over the nightly specials, she continued to assist with pairing a bottle of wine with our entree and salad selections. I had the Veal Marsala and my hubby dove in for a Veal Chop, and we each had a different salad upon her reccomendation. After dinner, she delightfully went over all of their fresh handmade desserts. We didn't really know what to choose, so we let our waitress bring us their two "best" desserts. FANTASTIC! All of the recommendations were excellent, wine was top notch, and service was superb. I will return with my hubby in the near future, and make sure I ask for the same waitress to ENSURE a wonderful experience!

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★★★★★

From walking in to walking out My husband and I had a WONDERFUL experience. We were immediately seated by the young lady who was to be our waitress. The Menu looked absoluetly scrumptios. Being new to the restaurant, the waitress explained the staples of the menu as she took us on a "Menu Tour." After going over the nightly specials, she continued to assist with pairing a bottle of wine with our entree and salad selections. I had the Veal Marsala and my hubby dove in for a Veal Chop, and we each had a different salad upon her reccomendation. After dinner, she delightfully went over all of their fresh handmade desserts. We didn't really know what to choose, so we let our waitress bring us their two "best" desserts. FANTASTIC! All of the recommendations were excellent, wine was top notch, and service was superb. I will return with my hubby in the near future, and make sure I ask for the same waitress to ENSURE a wonderful experience!

Pros: Service, Service, Food

Cons: Parking

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I been here once and really enjoyed it. The service was great and the food was fantastic. I had the steak stuffed with gorgonzola cheese - it was awesome.

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★★★★★

I been here once and really enjoyed it. The service was great and the food was fantastic. I had the steak stuffed with gorgonzola cheese - it was awesome.

Pros: Steaks, Service

Cons: Price

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I really do not care for Italian food but my wife loves it. Well, as you might have guested I still have to go. We came from Mississippi to eat here, I was not all that happy about this. (I would have rather gone to Como Steak House). I found that we were seated by the owner of the restaurant, this is very not Memphis. I was very impressed by everything there. I don't know where some of these other people went to eat, but I have now gone back atleast 6 times. When we go out to eat I always want to go here, My wife will tell you this is the only place I want to eat in Memphis.

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★★★★★

I really do not care for Italian food but my wife loves it. Well, as you might have guested I still have to go. We came from Mississippi to eat here, I was not all that happy about this. (I would have rather gone to Como Steak House). I found that we were seated by the owner of the restaurant, this is very not Memphis. I was very impressed by everything there. I don't know where some of these other people went to eat, but I have now gone back atleast 6 times. When we go out to eat I always want to go here, My wife will tell you this is the only place I want to eat in Memphis.

Pros: owner usually there, Inexpensive, great food & service

Cons: none, none, none

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After living in Memphis for 3 years, I have found Ronnie Grisanti's to be one of the best restaurants in town. We recommend it to everyone and no one has been disappointed/disagreed. The wait was long but we were taken care of at the bar and the food/service was worth it. You cannot go wrong w/the Shrimp Elfo-it is wonderful. I make the recipe at home and it is always a hit. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

After living in Memphis for 3 years, I have found Ronnie Grisanti's to be one of the best restaurants in town. We recommend it to everyone and no one has been disappointed/disagreed. The wait was long but we were taken care of at the bar and the food/service was worth it. You cannot go wrong w/the Shrimp Elfo-it is wonderful. I make the recipe at home and it is always a hit. Enjoy!

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Im very sorry but I have to disagree with the review above I have eaten here and it was amazing we were immediately seated. Then we were served with appetizers shortly followed by our main course and then dessert. I love this restaurant and can't wait to go back. Oh yea the food was like none other in the city you will be amazed just give it a chance.

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★★★★★

Im very sorry but I have to disagree with the review above I have eaten here and it was amazing we were immediately seated. Then we were served with appetizers shortly followed by our main course and then dessert. I love this restaurant and can't wait to go back. Oh yea the food was like none other in the city you will be amazed just give it a chance.

Pros: Decent parking, Great taste, Hospitality great

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Atmosphere great although a little noisy. The salmon pietro was scrumptious, and brought leftovers home for next day.....still good. Service excellent, but it did seem it was forever before our dessert was served. As we were sitting next to the kitchen door, someone in our party opened the door to remind them we were waiting. No problem; plus the dessert was worth the wait. Can't remember the name, but was something caramel with sort of a bananas foster-like sauce....yummy. Our family is looking forward to a gathering there for our daughter and fiance's rehearsal dinner in May. All in all a good experience.

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★★★★★

Atmosphere great although a little noisy. The salmon pietro was scrumptious, and brought leftovers home for next day.....still good. Service excellent, but it did seem it was forever before our dessert was served. As we were sitting next to the kitchen door, someone in our party opened the door to remind them we were waiting. No problem; plus the dessert was worth the wait. Can't remember the name, but was something caramel with sort of a bananas foster-like sauce....yummy. Our family is looking forward to a gathering there for our daughter and fiance's rehearsal dinner in May. All in all a good experience.

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Many other italian resturants much better, including the grisantis at embassy suites

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★★★☆☆

Many other italian resturants much better, including the grisantis at embassy suites

Pros: red sauce

Cons: snobby, expensive

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ronnie and his boys have THE filet in memphis. gorganzola cheese stuffed inside a nice juicy filet...it is the best. we don't eat here all that often, but when we do, we know that the food will be outstanding along with everything else ronnie's has to offer.

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★★★★★

ronnie and his boys have THE filet in memphis. gorganzola cheese stuffed inside a nice juicy filet...it is the best. we don't eat here all that often, but when we do, we know that the food will be outstanding along with everything else ronnie's has to offer.

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I eat here about 3 times a month. The food is always wonderful and the waiters are always there when you need them. Ronnie always makes sure that you have the best time when you are eating at his restaurant.

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★★★★★

I eat here about 3 times a month. The food is always wonderful and the waiters are always there when you need them. Ronnie always makes sure that you have the best time when you are eating at his restaurant.

Pros: Best Servie, and food, Great Atmosphere, Great Location

Cons: There are none

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Being fans of Italian food we were looking forward to sampling the best that Memphis had to offer, we were very dissapointed, the food was OK'ish but the overall night left us greatly dissapointed!

extensive specials list - great but why can't they be written down with prices ($24 for a raviolli is expensive)

our appetisers arrived several minutes apart (and there was only 2 of us!)

main courses arrived on cold plates, the food was not really hot to start with either

bread sticks, whatever happened to traditional Italian bread?

verdict - expensive, poor service

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★★☆☆☆

Being fans of Italian food we were looking forward to sampling the best that Memphis had to offer, we were very dissapointed, the food was OK'ish but the overall night left us greatly dissapointed!

extensive specials list - great but why can't they be written down with prices ($24 for a raviolli is expensive)

our appetisers arrived several minutes apart (and there was only 2 of us!)

main courses arrived on cold plates, the food was not really hot to start with either

bread sticks, whatever happened to traditional Italian bread?

verdict - expensive, poor service

Cons: reservation for 6+, expensive, poor service

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Great Food, love the atmosphere, the only thing I had a problem with was when my boyfriend and I went in we were put at a table in the back corner just because we were young.

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★★★★★

Great Food, love the atmosphere, the only thing I had a problem with was when my boyfriend and I went in we were put at a table in the back corner just because we were young.

Pros: Romantic, Excellent Serice

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The food is excellent. My husband proposed to me there. They serve some of the most incredable manicotti. It is the best Italian in the city.

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★★★★★

The food is excellent. My husband proposed to me there. They serve some of the most incredable manicotti. It is the best Italian in the city.

Pros: nice atmosphere, great food

Cons: no reservations

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Ronnie Grisanti's resaurant is one of the finest dining establishments in the United States. I travel alot and have dined in just about every state in the U.S. and I have yet to find a dining establishment that can match what the Grisanti family is delivering to the Memphis community.

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★★★★★

Ronnie Grisanti's resaurant is one of the finest dining establishments in the United States. I travel alot and have dined in just about every state in the U.S. and I have yet to find a dining establishment that can match what the Grisanti family is delivering to the Memphis community.

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The food and the service here are always awesome. They offer the freshest seafood in town. They also have a fabulous wine list. A favorite place of mine for dinner. A must try when you visit Memphis!!

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★★★★★

The food and the service here are always awesome. They offer the freshest seafood in town. They also have a fabulous wine list. A favorite place of mine for dinner. A must try when you visit Memphis!!

Pros: professional service, fresh seafood, Impeccable wine list

Cons: no reservations are a

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If you like to eat in a great place Grisanti's is it. You may want to try a wek night rather than the week end when everyoone else has the same idea. Tuesdays seem to be a good night!

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★★★★☆

If you like to eat in a great place Grisanti's is it. You may want to try a wek night rather than the week end when everyoone else has the same idea. Tuesdays seem to be a good night!

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Very good established Italian family resturant with the best most authentic Italian food in Memphis.

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★★★★★

Very good established Italian family resturant with the best most authentic Italian food in Memphis.

Pros: authentic, fresh, always hot

Cons: not enough outlets

 

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