Grill 23 & Bar
Grill 23 & Bar

Grill 23 & Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.grill23.com/
  • Phone: 6175422255
  • 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: Opens at 4:30 Daily. PLEASE NOTE: Neither shorts nor athletic wear are permitted in the main dining room. They are permitted in the bars and private dining rooms, as space permits.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Jay Murray
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wine
  • Catering: For Private Dining Information, please contact Brian Mills

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stuart Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet at 5:00pm / $16 per car
A word from Grill 23 & Bar
Grill 23 & Bar has been Boston’s top Steak and Seafood Grill for over 25 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, Executive Chef Jay Murray delivers only the best all natural dry-aged prime beef to our customers. In addition to the A La Carte selections, Chef Murray creates an innovative and inventive weekly Signature Specials menu, which emphasizes the region’s freshest bounty. Grill 23 & Bar proudly offers a 900+ bottle wine list that encompasses wines from around the world and is the recipient Wine Spectator’s Best of-Award of Excellence since 2002.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Grill 23 & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
343 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (216)notable wine list (162)good for groups (126)fit for foodies (122)romantic (107)vibrant bar scene (70)hot spot (66)neighborhood gem (53)late-night find (15)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Grill 23 BostonFabulous
    cubaforrealVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    group of 10 - business- friends- amazing night- from top to bottom... worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    One of the best place for steaks in Boston, great for groups. You can do your pHD on thir wine list and the 50-60$ wines are great (most of the wines are in the $500 average price). Overall it was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall...
    Ricalves74
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is not my first time here.... Every time it's great experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Meal, Pricey Wine List
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a very good high end steak house. The food was generally very good. The Tater Tots were an exception; they were bland, mushy, and underseasoned. Although I passed, the rest of my group ordered dessert and they were all a big hit, especially the chocolate cake! The markups on the wine are a bit over the top. The list is extensive but I felt a bit taken by the prices. As wine is an important part of the dining experience for me, I won't be back.
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  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything about dinner was fantastic. Our waiter was very accomodating to my requests and even offered substitions to fit my dietary restrictions. The steaks were cooked perfectly! We've been disappointed with other steakhouses who have overcooked our steaks but our steaks came out perfectly medium-rare. They are on top of their service and the food is always amazing. Great place for our anniversay dinner - we were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grill 23
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    excellent food, excellent service, and excellent atmosphere. I have been to Grill 23 before and it consistently rates as a top dining experience for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Satisfying
    FoodAllergies
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Go here for the steak; this is where the price is actually worth it. The cod was decent but overpriced for what you are paying. Service was good, but the waiter brought the food and I am not joking by the time I looked up he was gone. With that being said, he was attentive to my issues (food allergies), and double-checked on everything. A little pretentious though, which I do not like (your job is service!).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great People - Fantastic Food
    MostlyBusiness
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is far and away my favorite restaurant in Boston. I have entertained a group of forty people where everyone talked about the intimacy of the service. It's also my first choice for a special night with my wife and family. The attention to detail in service and presentation of food is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!!
    Winelover29
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Overall a wonderful experience. Ribeye was spot on and lamb chops delicious as well.....and the seafood appetizer disappeared quickly. Veal chop was ordered well done and was pretty much medium rare so that was the only glitch with the entrees. Sides seemed a bit small, but with all that meat and appetizers, you didn't need much more. Guys said the martinis were probably one of the best they'd ever had. Wine list was amazing but pricey. Dessert was the profiterones (spelled incorrectly I'm sure) and they allowed us to substitute ice cream special for the coffee ice cream. Plenty for the four of us to devour and we did. Service was slow at times but personable and professional.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    Steakisgreat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Griil 23 is one of the top three restuarants in Boston
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic food, very noisy
    DfromNewtonVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food is pretty good, not really memorable. We had an 8:30 reservation but didn't get seated until almost 9. It took a very long time to get our food. The New York sirloin was fine, not the most tender, we enjoyed the onion rings, the creamed corn, and the mashed potatoes. My husband frond the chicken bland, and the asparagus was kind of bitter. Profiteroles were good. The major downside was the noise level. It is really difficult to have a conversation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not terribly impressed
    mjbostonVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had not been here for quite some time. Looking forward to it, but I don't think I'll rush back. The food was good - too heavy for my clean food loving taste, but overall good. The only misstep was my crab cake, chewy to the point where I swear it was both over handled and microwaved. $19 for a microwaved appetizer, not ok, and the waiter recommended it over the crab salad app. I also thought the sides were overpriced by a few dollars each. As far as ambiance, I was not terribly impressed. The lights were far too bright, tables shoved together and it was loud – it felt almost cafeteria like, which is not what you're after when you're paying $70 for an a la cart entrée. I'm really dumbfounded at how crowded it was.
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  • Fantastic food, declining service
    kd2000
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Been coming here for well over 12 years; it's my favorite place in Boston. However, the service has been going downhill lately, and unfortunately our experience on this visit only solidified that sense. Fifteen minutes just to get bread, way too long between drink orders, 45 minutes to get our appetizer, and another 45 to get our entrees. This was all during a visit that I've been hyping to a good friend of mine for 6 months. He was impressed with the 100-day aged ribeye, but the service ruined the experience. We were comp'ed for our appetizer, but unfortunately that's only monetary and (while absolutely appreciative of the gesture) it doesn't make up for the disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups to solos
    fine4solo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Grill 23 showed up on a Google of "Best Boston Backbay restaurants" so I gave it a try when I was in Boston by myself for a meeting. I was promptly seated by a gracious greeter, got a nice two top upstairs by the bar. Server Gino was attentive, informed, alert but not solicitous. The tomato and burrate cheese preparation in Mr. Angelini's tomatoes were irresistible even tho the cheese is not Paleo. Tenderloin was perfect at medium rare and an bowl of off the menu berries came out in October as tasty as I'd hope for in August. The wines by the glass selection is broad based although they have a reasonable but more costly list of 375 ml bottles as well, an increasingly rare feature on a wine list. Overall, couldn't have been happier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trudy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a great night everything was perfect, food, drinks and service. We arrived a little early for our reservation and were seated right away, even though we were early they never rushed us. The lamb was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    TheKid
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had one of the best steaks of my life. The Brandt aged rib eye was divine. Daily risotto was a home run. Got in early to beat the group and by 730 the place had begun to fill up. Would recommend a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well Done!
    hckylvr
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Grill 23 was perfect all the way around! Our group of four had steaks that were prepared impeccably. Side dishes were very tasty; we split four of them which was just enough for everyone. The wine suggested by our sommelier was a great compliment to the meal. It was a very nice Friday night dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag
    Rich
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Arrived early for our 6:00 pm dinner reservation so the restaurant was pretty quiet. Greeted professionally by the valet staff. The greeter at the desk didn't really make you feel welcome as she had a bit of a scowl on her face but pleasant enough. Got a nice table for 4 (only 2 of us) so it was a very comfortable spot near the window. Greeted on a timely manner from the wait staff. Wife has allergies to wheat and dairy so it's always a challenge to even order drinks. Drinks very expensive but not that great( Tito's). Shrimp cocktail also missed the mark being not as firm and crisp and it should be. Prime sirloin very good ($49). Steak frites good as well. Overall, a bit disappointed. Will likely try something new next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still so-so
    GlennplaidjcVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Grill 23 is the hit-or-miss epicenter of the Back Bay. Upon arrival the guy in the suit, staring at a screen, didn't even look up to make a greeting. Maybe he was working on an important email? Service is fine but should be better for this price point. Servers seemed to be in a hurry to clear plates throughout dinner. Wine list is heavily titled to California Cabernet but is really thin on Zinfandels, Malbecs, etc. Some have a respectable markup but for those on expense accounts, some bottles are extremely marked up. Grill 23 is good but never reaches the finish line of truly great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bit of a disappointment
    ABostonBrit
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wife and I went for our first anniversary on a Sunday night and wanted to make an effort. Website said jackets were preferred and smart business dress was their desired attire. So we were a bit disappointed when we were sat 2 tables down from guys wearing baseball caps. It took away from what I imaging could have been great ambience of the place to make it feel just like an expensive bar. Crab cake appetizer was amazing, my rib eye was tasty but my wife's steak was not cooked as requested and had to be returned. Which again was disappointing. The service was very good though. The waiter was very attentive and removed my wife's steak from the bill. All in all a disappointment. The place has potential, but doubt we'll go again.
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  • Amazing place/steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went for a 40th Birthday. Booked the table a month in advance and they still remembered the occasion. We sat upstairs where is was quite and romantic. Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu. My Boyfriend got the Kobe Steak which was the most flavorful steak I've ever had. I had the Rib Eye which was also cooked perfectly. Definitely try the mushrooms, they were phenominal. For dessert I recommend the Coconut cake. Would LOVE to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Steak
    TaterTotsLiveOn
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Took my wife here for a special night out. Had reservations at 8:30 and arrived around 7:45. Has a few drinks in the bar where there was some nice small tables to sit at while waiting on our table. We were seated promptly at 8:30. Service was spectacular. Jeff took great care of us explaining the specials and answering all of our questions. The filets were prefect. Just make sure to save room for the truffle tater tots, they are out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    RiverRats
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Steak was amazing. Dinner was pricey but worth every bite! Never disappointed at GRILL 23!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service OK
    Tomy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food and ambiance was great. Service overall also good, but: We were celebrating my wife's birthday and the waiter brought us a chocolate cake with a candle (what was nice), but in the end we had to pay for this... a bit strange habit in your restaurant to pay for something, that you did not order. But I would visit it again, but paymore attantion to the invoice and orders.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    Ferg967
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We live in Chicago but if we're in Boston for a special occasion we visit Grill 23. The food is always great and the restaurant itself is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice place
    paulk
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Very enjoyable, good wine list and great service both at the bar and tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for client entertaining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had an 8 pm reservation and were not seated until 8:40 pm. Could have been deadly if we had a critical client with us. As it was -- a group work dinner. I would have chosen a less expensive restaurant for that purpose. It's expensive. The food was very good and the ambiance is very nice.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dry aged steak- !!
    Luckie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Dry aged steak 14 oz at $67 was of a poor cut and had much grissel through out. took over 20 minutes to rectify the situation, and at that point, my party was finished with dinner. Poor Execution for replacemrnt.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Always perfect
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Had yet another perfect dinner at Grill 23. I travel all over the world for work, and this is my favorite steak place anywhere. Not a chain, not some cookie cutter approach to steak... a local place, with a fantastic wine list, great service, and perfect steak.... every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food in huge portions!
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food in this place is great. You definitely get what you pay for here. The steak was amazing but all the other dishes were almost as good. Come hungry though, the portion sizes are massive
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed with the food...
    smallroll123
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our expectations were high because we have been here before. My wife's filet was ordered medium and came to the table rare (raw for her). The mushrooms were absent of seasoning and the creme brûlée had a nice golden crust but was the consistency of thick pudding instead of custard. Kudos goes to the Management for taking my wife's steak off the bill. It still cost the two of us $250 (including tip and parking). Nice try but we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hot spot after all these years
    Elle
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Grill 23 remains a focal point in the Boston dining scene. Moving out of the city many years ago, I had not frequented the restaurant in over ten years. Valet service is friendly and quick, we were greeted promptly and shown our table within minutes. The staff's attention to detail has not wavered and the food, from start to finish, is as good as it ever was. A solid, reliable choice for a special occasion meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dry aged steaks - period
    Steaklover
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The 100 dat dry aged rib eye and the New York strip are 2nd to none in the nation. When I travel to Boston - Grill 23 is the spot and the oysters were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent steaks
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Probably the best purist steak I've had in Boston thus far. Service was a little shoddy - wait staff spent 20 minutes (we timed it) on a single table, just standing there - but I can put up with that as long as the food is good, which it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    SteeeveVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    High end place to be sure, with high end prices, but a great experience overall. Service was fantastic. Food, drinks, all around a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, questionable management
    NorthShoreFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I booked my birthday dinner there. I made a reservation for 5 people several days in advance. When we arrived, we were told it "would be a couple of minutes." About 25 minutes later, they lead us to a table on the second floor that was right next to the kitchen. The kitchen does not have a door, so half of the table would have been staring directly into the kitchen. This was quite disappointing after having made a reservation and then almost a half hour wait. We requested a better table, which they provided after a few minutes. After we were seated, our waiter was great and the food was fantastic. Everyone in the group was happy with their steaks. We ordered them ranging from medium rare to very well done and they were all spot on.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pennpal
    PennpalVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner. Was placed in a far back room with very little charm and dropped ceiling with stains. The twin filet was very salty. The brick pressed chicken was dry as sawdust. Beef tenderloin was delicious as was the porterhouse.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    Diningdaily
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Jared was an outstanding server. Steak was delicious!
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic steakhouse with a twist
    Ryland
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As a classic steakhouse with a modern twist, Grill 23 is a great alternative to some of the typical chain steakhouses in the neighborhood. Steak was cooked perfectly and the seafood dishes, including the Shellfish Chowder, were delicious. There were some reasonable gems on the winelist and service was prompt, but unassuming. The restaurant is lively and its a great option for a special night out or business dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great food
    savoryeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Grill 23 is a mainstay in Boston. My husband has had many business dinners here, but this was my first time. The atmosphere was lively, the food fresh with good ingredients (we appreciated the humanely raised meats), but the end result was mixed, at least for my husband and me. He had the pot roast, which he thought was fantastic, though the noodles were blah. I had a blackened grouper special, which tasted barely blackened, no kick at all, and not enough sauce or other flavoring to add interest. We shared bread pudding, normally a favorite dessert, and found it disappointing. For the price, I expected something a little more special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic