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“Excellent food, great service and atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Temper Grille

Temper Grille
Ranked #2 of 56 Restaurants in Granger
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Fir Rd and E. University Dr
Elkhart, Indiana
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great service and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

We ate here for the first time tonight with friends, and we absolutely loved it. Every dish we had was delicious. We really enjoyed the tapas style dining, because it gives you a chance to sample several dishes. It's a great adult restaurant with great atmosphere, and the price is worth it for the top notch food and service.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Midwest0909
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English first
South Bend, Indiana
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of my favorite places to eat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

If you have never enjoyed this place I encourage you to go. It is a tapas style restaurant so it is a fun experience with friends! Great wine choices, the food is excellent, and the staff is always friendly. You usually have to make a reservation because it is a small space. Try the steak bites, mac n' cheese, and Chef's amazing truffles! Anything on the menu is good though.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amanda G
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Carmel, Indiana, USA
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412 reviews
338 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Mouthwatering Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We found Temper Grille on line and because of all the excellent ratings, we decided to try it. They open at 5PM. A short drive from South Bend, it is well worth the trip. Small & cozy yet warm & inviting, our server, Berta, was a delight. She helped with recommendations and we couldn't have been more pleased with the selections. She did explain the way the dishes would be delivered to us, a little unusual to receive the dishes in the order in which they are ready, not necessarily the order in which you would think that a side dish goes with an entree. Once we got over that, we LOVED & shared everything we ordered. First order was for a cream ale by Sunlight. My husband's first taste sold him on it. Next came the smashed potatoes. They appeared to be small redskin potatoes smashed with some chunks left to enjoy. A nice dollap of melting butter topped this dish & we devoured it. Next came my U10 scallops with a mango chutney. OMG, melt in your mouth delicious. Next were the fresh green beans with onions & garlic - YUM. We tried the speciality of the house - mac & cheese without any add ins. This was hands down, the best mac & cheese I've ever eaten. Just the right amount of cheese & light crumbs on the top - if we could have scrapped the bottom of the dish, we would have. Last was my husband's chicken marsala. He LOVED it. Because we were first timers, we were treated to a chocolate truffle with raspberry sauce & a fresh strawberry. WOW! Everything about this tiny location screams quality. We were absolutely delighted with every mouthful & believe me, we left not a crumb on any of the plates we received. You can bet that if we are anywhere near Granger Indiana, Temper Grille will be the number one spot we stop at for the best meal ever!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DDDFJD
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Lakeville, Indiana
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166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Novel dining experience for adults only”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We dined at Temper Grille for our anniversary. We thought we would try something different and different it was. Much to our delight, the restaurant serves only those over 21 which made for a nice evening without children whining and fussing to ruin our celebratory romantic evening. Temper has only 12 tables and a reasonably accommodating bar area. They also have a small outdoor patio area with a few tables.
The server was very good and attentive with beverage refills. Tables have cloth linens to add an air of elegance. Music was soft but audible. Food dishes are served in no particular order and all small plates are meant to be shared. Whenever the dish is ready, the server brings it to the table...new concept for us but it was explained and worked fine. The smashed garlic potatoes and marsala chicken were superb. The mac and cheese was bland and uneventful The spinach dip was fine but not extraordinary. I liked that the dip came with soft pita bread but the dish could have used some garlic or special seasoning for more flavor. Soft drinks with countless refills are only $2 each and beer runs $3-$6. Wine is more expensive. Overall, I would return and recommend to adult friends with the caveat to skip the mac and cheese. This cozy little place has a nice atmosphere and eclectic dishes for something different from the chains that dot the Michiana area.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheryl W
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Halifax, Canada
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205 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Superb 58th Wedding Anniversary Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife and I were on our way back to Nova Scotia from Palm Springs after four months escape from winter, when the Best Western front desk recommended Temper Grille as a place we could celebrate our 58th wedding anniversary with fine dining.

The restaurant calls itself a grille, but we consider that it is really a great tapas bar/restaurant. As the items are tapas style, being small portions with no accompaniment, we ordered a number of plates, which come in the order they are ready, not in the order they are requested. And, because of the number of dishes we ordered, we shared everything.

The first item to arrive, after an initial glass of Riesling for my wife and a glass of red from a bottle of Napa Valley Duckhorn 2009 Merlot, which we afterwards shared, was a spinach-artichoke dip with pita bread triangles. The cheese did not overpower the separate flavours of the two vegetables. Very good.

Next to arrive were four lamb "lollipops" nestled on a bed of lettuce. These were four frenched tender lamb chops, each enveloped in a rich red wine sweet and sour sauce. Exquisite!

Our selection of sea bass in a lemon sauce followed. It was a succulent thick piece of sea bass, just undercooked enough that it was still beautifully moist inside. So often, fish is overcooked and dry. This was not. The lemon sauce was delicate enough for the fish that it complemented it well and was so irresistible my wife mopped it up with some of the pita bread.

Two items arrived together next: ahi tuna and asparagus. The tuna was just seared and crusted with sesame seeds, leaving the full flavour of the thin slices lingering in your mouth, just waiting for the next slice. The asparagus was cooked to an al dente perfection, mingling into which were some sauteed onion pieces.

The last tapas item to arrive was the duck bites. These were bite-sized cubes of blackened duck breast in a black cherry sauce and drizzled with a creamy white sauce. While my wife termed them delicious, I thought they were a little bit dry. Perhaps my opinion was biased by a couple of duck I had marinated overnight and spit-roasted a few days earlier at a daughter and her husband's house in Denver.

We are not dessert lovers and, most often, we turn down the offer of desserts, but this evening was a celebratory evening, so we threw reason to the winds and selected two menu items, the strawberry shortcake and chocolate truffles. Oh, they both were so very sinfully delicious.

The ultimate surprise of the evening was to be informed by the wonderful staff, who had been so professional and friendly the entire evening, that our Denver daughter and husband had paid for the wines and desserts. Very acceptable, especially as we had selected a bottle listed at $74: however, it was a Tuesday and Tuesday nights are half-priced wine nights.

A most wonderful evening of dining and we would go back to the Temper Grille any time and thoroughly recommend it to others.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Melville P
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