I was thrilled to learn about The Walnut Grille in Newton Highlands since our family of five includes people on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. We have been to the restaurant twice since it opened, and I am very excited about this place! The head chef, Shiva, has roots at The Garden Grille in Providence and at Red Lentil in Watertown, and it shows in the absolutely delicious food: beautifully seasoned and presented on both occasions. I was very impressed by the wide range of menu items; as a vegetarian, I am not accustomed to having so many choices.
I loved the Asian Tofu and the Polenta Napoleon that a friend and I shared for dinner, but I am looking forward to trying the many other options in the future (and my husband is so excited that he can get a vegan, gluten-free pizza if he wants one.) For brunch, I had a delicious vegan scramble with lots of fresh veggies, home fries and Iggy's whole grain toast (gluten-free toast available.) My husband really enjoyed the chance to eat a vegan, gluten-free belgian waffle with a tower of fresh fruit on top. The menu for kids is varied and reasonably priced, although many of the regular entrees could also work great for kids to split. The restaurant has a smoothie and juice bar and recently started serving alcohol (including gluten-free beer.) We didn't try the drinks, but they were a popular item both days we were there. I also heard through friends that the carrot cake is outstanding!
The Walnut Grille is a friendly atmosphere that can work for a casual meal or for something nicer. The restaurant has only been open for about ten days, and they are still working out some details. (For example, they didn't have jelly or jam for the toast yet, and the waitress wasn't fully familiar with which desserts were gluten-free.) However, I think this place is top notch on so many levels, and I can see it becoming a regular dining spot for us. I hope that others check it out as we could really use more delicious vegetarian restaurants in the area!