The food was quite good...we had calamari, salads, bottle of wine, eggplant parmesean with lumped crabmeat and seafood linguini...all of it was tasty.
Nice view of the marina..and it felt like home when I walked outside a few feet and found a few fisherman and some other people right off of the boat in the marina cleaning some nice big tuna they had just caught with a little crowd watching.
Finally the best part for me, maybe a bit sad truthfully, but the fresh bread they served was excellent with roasted whole garlic they bring to the table and sqeeze the whole thing out on a plate, add grated parmesean, and a good bit of olive oil...MUCH MUCH better than your standard olive oil and italian spices. The Tarimisu is allegedly pretty bad ass as well per my dining compadre.
Anywheeeew...nice experience...all for under $100.
We normally stick to seafood while visiting the coast, but a family member talked us into trying Cafe Grazie toward the end of our stay, and we went back the next day for our farewell meal. Undoubtedly the best food and service I've had in my forty-plus years!
Grazie has slipped over the years. Roasted garlic spread served with the bread, the fried mozzrella, and the fettucine alfredo were great. Everything else left much to be desired. The capri salad was served with no dressing, and the mozzarella was over-firm. The Veal Picatta was overcooked, and it appeared that the restaurant was rationing capers, as there were only three. The pasta primavera tasted like the olive oil was three years old, and the vegetables were undercooked. Finally, we purchased one of their advertised "Super Tuscans" - but not only was it not a Tuscan, it was not the wine that was advertised (same vineyard, but not the same wine). Instead of a Super Tuscan blend, this was a Sangiovese. Good, but still not what was advertised - so be sure to read your labels!
Perfect setting to enjoy a romantic dinner with your spouse. We walked into Cafe Grazie and were immediately taken by the decor and the sound of Sinatra playing throughout the restauraunt. The bread is served with fresh roasted garlic that the waiter places onto a plate along with an olive oil blend and fresh parmesan cheese. He dices the garlic there at the table and it tastes wonderful! We ordered the fried mozzarella which comes in the shape of a ball not a stick. very good. My italian salad was crisp and delicious. I ordered the seafood linguini and my wife had the grazie canneloni. Both were better than we could have hoped for, with the grazie cannelonni being the best. It just has a homemade flavor that immediately captures the taste buds and the pulls the heart strings. If we would have eaten there our first night in Gulf shores, I honestly believe we would have eaten there each remaining night. It is the sole reason, along with the the bed and breakfast we stayed at, that we will be coming back to gulf shores. henry was our server at Cafe Grazie.
This restaurant has really good food and excellant clam appetizers. Pairs well with Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio. The seafood pasta was great (clams, mussels, calamri & shrimp) with marinera sauce over linguini and the seafood cannelloni was wonderful. The Tiramisu was second only to one we've had in New Orleans. Bottom line - go early and go often.
This was the best meal we had during our stay in Orange Beach. We ate at many other restaraunts, none of which compare. We went back to Cafe Grazie a second time. The crab au gratin appetizer is fabulous!!! And the Grazie Canelloni was our favorite. A must try is the cheesecake with fresh berrie sauce and the Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio wine. This will make for an excellent meal!
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