About Grill 23 & Bar
Grill 23 & Bar has been Boston’s top Steak and Seafood Grill for over 30 years. Consistently named Boston's Best Steakhouse by The Improper Bostonian Magazine and Boston Magazine, as well as New England's Best Steakhouse in New England Travel & Leisure Magazine. Always striving to offer our guests the best dining experience, we deliver only the best all natural dry-aged prime beef to our customers. In addition to the A La Carte selections, we create an innovative and inventive weekly Signature Specials menu, which emphasizes the region’s freshest bounty. Grill 23 & Bar proudly offers a 1000+ bottle wine list that encompasses wines from around the world and is the recipient Wine Spectator’s Best of-Award of Excellence since 2002.
Boston, MA 02116
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar and Bar Menu: Open at 4:30 Daily. Valet begins at 5 pm. Dress is Business Casual.
$50 and over
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For Private Dining Information, please contact us at (617) 542-2255, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Valet at 5:00pm / $21 per car
Green Line, Arlington T stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Grill 23 & Bar offers private dining for any occasion; business breakfast and meetings, luncheons, dinners, celebrations and wedding. We have 6 distinct private rooms, including our brand new state-of-the-art Private Dining Suite that can accommodate up to 140 guests.
Grill 23 & Bar Ratings and Reviews
I have been coming to Grille 23 for years. It is my go-to spot for large or small business meetings or dinner with friends visiting Boston. I have never been disappointed by the quality of the food, the service or the ambiance. One of my favorites. I have had large parties, private dinners in the wine room, and numerous couples dinners. Their steaks and seafood are excellent.
Normally a good restaurant, this time not so much. Ordered the tomahawk rib eye at server suggested medium to medium rare. Steak was raw, which could be see in its presentation as it was somewhat sliced. Tried to eat it, but too raw. It went back to be corrected, but re-heating the original meat is never the same. Very disappointing. If you're going to charge $140 for a steak it should be perfect. WIFI in the restaurant did not work. Server was not that good. Recommended wine was marginal. Cost for 2 adults and a child, with tip $400. Not a good value.
I have been to Grill 23 several times and the last couple of times the food has not been great. This last time was terrible. We will not go back. The tomahawk steak was less than mediocre, the hash browns were so greasy it coated your mouth, the desserts were horrid. The waiter was pleasant enough but he was very busy and difficult to get his attention. In addition to this, it was very loud. What once used to be a great steak restaurant certainly is no longer. It was a disappointment and the fact that we were able to get a reservation on a Saturday night about an hour before we did probably is because others feel the same. Very sad to be so negative but all of us in our party of 4 felt the same.
This was the second time we have been to Grill 23. We were disappointed the first time but due to other's opinions we gave it a second chance. This time we were seated next to the counter where the servers get their utensils. I didn't realize that they would be there throughout the meal or I would have asked to move. The sound of clanging forks was distracting and annoying. Appetizer was good (crab legs), drinks were good, my rack of lamb was good, but my wife's filet was cooked poorly. She ordered it medium and it came out tough on the outside/overcooked and undercooked in the middle. She ate about a 1/3 of it and the rest was poor. The roasted Brussel sprouts were drenched in oil and soggy. Unfortunately as much as we've tried to like Grill 23, it is highly unlikely that we will ever return. Having small children we don't get out as often anymore, but for the Grill 23 price we would rather go to another restaurant.
We chose Grill 23 & Bar upon a few great recommendations from coworkers (great steaks, awesome wine list, heard good things about the place, etc.) and it was certainly a nice spot to spend a date night out. Perhaps most disappointing aspect of the meal was that there were a few fruit flies around our table now and then throughout our time there, and we were seated a few tables away from the closest to the kitchen, so I'm not sure if everyone throughout the restaurant would have that experience. Either way, definitely not something you hope for at such a high end spot. Anyhoo - Wine list is very extensive and the Chianti we chose was quite wonderful. Bread basket before dinner was just fine, nothing special but nothing bad. Crab cake as an appetizer was good, interesting texture on the outside but very fresh and good consistency on the inside. My dining partner and I actually decided to share the aged ribeye and a handful of sides. The steak itself was a great cut of meat, however seemed overly/unnecessarily seasoned - personally I prefer when restaurants let the meat speak for itself without extra seasoning, and let their guests control the salt/pepper at the table. But don't get me wrong it was a truly great piece of meat, the quality was there for sure. Unfortunately the sides were mostly the same story - mashed potatoes were way over buttered (I know this would be a plus for some people but it was just excessive), the bacon braised greens were actually so salty that they were inedible (we did not eat them nor did we take the leftovers home), the roasted brussels sprouts were fine but over-balsamic'd. And my dining partner also got the tots on a whim (he had seen such good reviews about them he just had to try them!) and they were kind of a bust, just very so-so (but I think that's to be expected with tots). Lastly we got a little sundae for dessert, it was good - no complaints there. Overall we will not go back, we'll try another steakhouse next time.
This place is Boston's best steakhouse for a reason. They have seriously good meat, and great sides and desserts too (most are portioned to share). Our waiter was attentive and friendly, and helpful when we had questions. It is on the pricey side, but not unreasonable for what you get. The decor is tastefully upscale, but the atmosphere is more Wall Street power lunch than intimate date night (still good for a date though), and the noise level is somewhat high but not obnoxious. All told, if you want a great steak, going here would not be a mistake.
Contrary to the name (which I now believe was primarily for marketing reasons), 100 Day Aged Ribeye was a bit burnt on the side and wasn't very flavorfu but rather bland. I've eaten a good number of steaks with varying price points, and I've found a good number of ~$20, 25 steaks with richer taste.
Waiters also forgot our bread and only came by 3 times. Busy day, but I felt a bit neglected.e
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We dined on Valentine's Day, the most maddening and fun day of the year for the industry, which can overwhelm a restaurant with ease. There was a delay and wait for our reservation but the Maitre'd was calm, friendly and we had no issue waiting for 15 minutes at the gorgeous bar. We then were sat at our table, which was unfortunately placed right in the cold draft when the front door opened. Valentine's Day is also my SO's birthday so everything had to be perfect and she was cold. I returned to the Maitre'd who gracefully apologized and made clear he wanted to have us seated as soon as possible. He had a table set for us upstairs at a wonderful table by the top of the stairs far from the draft. Our server kevin was polite and attentive without being intrusive on a special day, and made sure her birthday was special with an amazing dessert gift. The food. A 100 day aged prime ribeye, a symphony of umami, sweetness crunchy seared fat melting in your mouth, perfectly cooked and seasoned only to accent the immense flavor of the beef. A heaping pile of sweet and perfectly cooked caramelized onions. Deeply rich and smooth Yukon mashed potatoes, decadent cream of spinach with crunchy garlic bread crumbs for textural contrast and a sweet and aromatic truffle foie gras steak sauce to die for. One of the best steakhouses out there not named Peter Luger or St Elmo's. Will definitely be back.
The food was fantastic and the restaurant as a whole is a very classy place. The wine list is very impressive. My only critique was that I had made a reservation for 9 pm yet we weren't seated until 9:50. Obviously things gets busy on Valentine's Day, but that was pretty discouraging
The meal was excellent that being said we started with the seafood sampler and it left a lot to be desired. I understand it is a sampler but it only had 2 shrimp on it and the combined meat in the clams and oysters would not even have equaled 2 whole ones. There was 3 half small lobster tails and that was it. So at $59 it was very disappointing. Wait staff was excellent as usual and the main meals were also excellent.
Food was amazing. Waiter was amazing, his name was joe. Waiting at the bar before we got seated was amazing. Everything about this place was extremely better than most top steakhouses is Boston except for the old guy host who checked us in. He was grumpy, rude, and honestly does not deserve to work at a place like this.
The food was good as it should be but I cannot say that anything was very good and surely not outstanding. Service was great but the atmosphere is only ok. I have dined on and off here for many years. I finally wanted to figure out for myself which steakhouse is the best in Boston and in my opinion it is the Capital Grill and not Grill 23. So, maybe I am too critical but for a very expensive meal I think Grill 23 is good but should be outstanding for the cost and I personally do not think it is.
The occasion was for our son's 25th birthday. Our party of 4 each ordered different steak entrees. They were all delicious and the best meal we have ever had there! The menu is pricey, but we knew that ahead of time since we have eaten here before. Service was very attentive. We always look forward to eating at Grill 23 and will go back again!
It's like stepping back in time. This is the restaurant that I imagine Donald Trump voters really liking as it will take them back to when they believe America was great. The decor was outdated. We're pretty sure that some of the wallpaper had flaked into our food. When we weren't questioning that, some waiter's butt was in our face as they've packed the restaurant with so many tables, there was no room to move.
Alway have a great meal here. Consistently excellent. I hate to sit right away. Always arrive 20 minutes before my reservation to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge. I checked-in with time to spare. The maitre'd escorted us to the bar and then got us when the table was ready. We both had the Kobe steak - It is the best. Ordered the special shrimp app. Delicious., as was the wine, entree and dessert. This isn't meant to be an "in-and-out" restaurant. Don't treat it as such. Come, enjoy the company you are with, the ambiance of the place, and relax.
Grill 23 stands out as a venue for groups of all sizes looking for uncommonly good service, uncommonly good food, and uncommonly good beverages. I am a teacher who strives to offer ideas for improvement for all of my students on their work, yet I am hard pressed to offer suggestions for Heather or her colleagues to improve. I acknowledge that I will not eat here every time that I dine out, but I have to admit that I wish that I could do so. Thank you for a wonderful experience on Friday.
We've been going to Grill 23 for almost 20 years, but hadn't been there in the last 2 years. It was one of the worst meals we've ever had anywhere! It's such a shame how bad it is now. The service was ok, but the food was terrible! We're not shy at all when it comes to prices but couldn't help think that it's a travesty to pay, for instance, $42 for a thin, gray, tasteless piece of tuna, and the meat was no better. I've not had to write a review like this for a long time but felt compelled to so others won't have the same experience we had.
The steaks were very good and actually cooked perfectly. Sides were tasty and generously sized. This is the first time we have been back since the renovations and the dining area is better (arrangement of tables, atmosphere, sophisticated, acoustics) and we look forward to going back to dine at the bar.
Arrived at 6pm. Immediately after we sat waiter asked if we would like a cocktail. Needed a minute to review list. Drinks came and waiter appeared no less than 3 times in a 10 minute span asking if we were ready to order. Food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious. i asked for a second glass of wine w/ meal and arrived way before meal. Unfortunately one of my associates asked for a second drink to arrive when he completed 1st and that never happened. Waited and waited for bill to arrive and no sign of waiter ... dined here before and not the level of high level, discreet service that I am accustomed to.
The best steakhouse in town... for over 30 years. Energetic room. Amazing dry aged steak. Real hashbrowns... a tower of coconut cake for dessert. . Some wearing hoodies , sweatshirts and sneakers (really??..in this place on a busy saturday) Pricey yes... but you deserve it . Perhaps a little dress code is in order. If one can afford the food, then you probably own a sportcoat.
Grill 23 is my favorite steak house in the United States, it combines an old-school steak restaurant scene with some of the best service I've ever seen. The cuts of meats are simply the best, I've yet to come across any rival that stands a chance of offering a better meal.
Service was very slow and server not very personable. Very loud and busy. Not a good value for your money. I wouldn't recommend going on a Saturday night. It was our anniversary and it was very disappointing dinner. Over an hour to get our food and then it came out cold.
The second you walk through the door you are confident you made the right choice.
The look and feel of Grill 23 is very majestic with the large central columns and dark woodwork. It has a very classy yet relaxing atmosphere. Our table of four enjoyed the lettuce wedge and srimp cocktail which were excellent. For our main course, three of us had the 18oz dry aged ribeye and one had the swordfish. The ribeye was one of, if not the best, we all agreed, we ever had. The swordfish was also considered excellent. The service was excellent and all the waitstaff including those who greeted us at the door were very courteous and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend Grill 23 to anyone. We will definitely be back.
I was proposing to my girlfriend on that night and wanted a great steakhouse. Grill 23 came highly recommended and I must say that it was one of the BEST meals I have had. My now Fiancé was VERY impressed as well. Will Def be back. THANK YOU for a memorable evening.
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