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Grill 23 & Bar
Grill 23 & Bar

Grill 23 & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.grill23.com
  • Phone: (617) 542-2255
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Super frustrating that a restaurant of your caliber would hire a waiter that did not want (know?) how to serve. Constantly left us wanting - zero wine knowledge - not one smile. Salad was drenched in dressing and tartare was brown and tasteless."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Great, upscale restaurant for a special (non-romanitc) occasion. (I say non-romantic as the atmosphere is more energetic than romantic.) We took our daughter for her 21st birthday dinner - quite the treat for a college student! Unique cocktails, amazing steaks, and fine wine made for a perfect and memorable celebration. Our waiter (Matt) was excellent."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Arrived 10 minutes early for a 5:30 reservation and was told computers were down. I was told to sit in bar and have a drink, 35 minutes later I approached the hostess station to inquire as to when we would be sat and was told computers were still down and it could be 5 minutes or an hour. I am sorry I find this answer unacceptable especially when there is an empty dining room. I asked for the bar check and was handed a piece of paper with the total written in pen by the waiter, now is that so hard, no. While paying the bar bill I called the Palm restaurant and was told I would be promptly sat we went there and had a great meal and service. My terrible experience cost me $20 for the valet and another $20 for the 2 drinks at Grill 0."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday celebration. Dining atmosphere was nice. Seated at the table promptly base don reservation. Server was good, though could have stopped by more frequently. Food was just ok. Appetizer (Calamari) was weak when compared to other similar establishments. Cooked fine and all, just a bad mix of whatever on our plate. Salads were weak also - Caesar didn't even taste like one; no chees, low on dressing, etc. Our steaks were cooked perfectly, albeit they did not seem like the size as requested. All in, a nice atmosphere and ok place to eat."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great experience with quality service and delicious food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I never write reviews but this place was so awesome. Great food. Great service. Get the Mac and cheese! Brett (think that was his name) was super friendly and awesome. Fries were too salted"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We chose to sit at the main bar and were not sorry for the decision. We turned over all food choices to the bartender Kevin. He took care of us for the night and gave us our best dining experience ever. Kevis is a rock star of bartenders!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A steak lovers dream this place had it all nice wine, good appetizers, a fantastic meal, and huge desserts all served at the right pace, You will spend some of your hard earned cash but it is worth the money. It's pretty close to being the best in Boston."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have to admit, I could not find a thing wrong with my evening. I arrived earlier than my reservation - no problem. I needed to eat slowly (burn time while waiting for a late show at the Wilbur to begin)- no problem. They catered to every level of my "diva" needs, and with a smile. The 100 day aged steak was divine, cooked perfectly(rare). Great wine selection. Our server, Mark, never rushed us and when I asked if we could move to the bar he reserved one of the better tables in that area for us. I was impressed from beginning to end. Not to mention, the desserts were "to die for".... Words fail me in trying to describe how every ingredient used was "home made"."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food is good, especially steak. The bar has a nice atmosphere and a good selection of drinks. Service is not great, could be improved significantly."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "In town for business and took my son and some college roommates. Menu selection was varied, nice mix of meats and seafood, but we came for steak and boy, were we glad. From the Filet Mignon to the NY Strip and Ribeye's, this group devoured every bite of their mouthwatering steaks and side dishes (cream spinach, fries and mac n cheese were outstanding) as they noticed business men doing the same at nearby tables. Almost forgot to mention the Oysters, Fried Calamari and Tuna Tartare starters - delicious! I'm guessing Grill 23 will be seeing these future deal makers for years to come. Great steakhouse for groups of friends, families or business titans."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Grill 23 last Friday night. The tenderloin with the polenta and rage was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed two sides: the mushrooms and the cauliflower. Both perfect for our dishes. We ended the meal with the chocolate cake and cappuccinos. The place was very lively and filled. My friend from California loved the restaurant as well! Will go back again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Once again Grill 23 comes across with flying colors - delivering on all areas of food, service and wine. Candice hosted our table and she (as she is behind the bar) truly spectacular. It was a special event as i had family fly in for the week. They were overwhelmed. The prime rib was marblized and cooked to perfection and the wine created a marriage made in heaven. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Went back for after remembering great dinner from last time. But somehow the food was not as great as the first time."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My husband and I went to the restaurant on a Sunday night, hoping for a smaller crowd. We were taken care of by several waitstaff, and there was always someone to cater to our every need at the right moment. The service is unmatched anywhere in Boston. The food was outstanding--taste, preparation, temperature, presentation. The view from the huge windows outside to the Back Bay neighborhood is one of the other wonderful features of Grill 23 & Bar. There's everything to like here! Even the hostess was exceptionally hospitable!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Grill 23 has major staying power after all these years. The food was great and the service was impeccable . I just wish there was a strictly enforced dress code."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went for a great steak and were not disappointed. Fortunately we were seated on the second floor. The first and lower floors were extremely noisy and everyone seemed to have to speak very loudly in order to be heard by their table companions. We would return for the steak dinner only. The desserts we had were nothing to rave about the warm bread pudding and chocolate cake."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was disappointed in Grille 23. First of all, it was so incredibly noisy my husband and I couldn't carry on a conversation, and this was 9PM. The waiter took a long time to acknowledge us, but once he engaged he was friendly and efficient. My meal was: green salad (good, nothing unique), chicken (dry, plain, and boring with risotto that was really just rice and onions), and a side of mac and cheese that was divine. My husband got: seafood chowder (great), tuna (too much pepper and not very good), and beat salad (good). Things improved with dessert. The coconut cake was positively divine, and the flourless chocolate cake was nice. Bottom line: take the money you would spend at Grille 23 to another restaurant for a much better meal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We always stay in the Back Bay when in Boston and this is our go-to restaurant. Everything is delicious—we love the dry aged steak and sides, especially the hash browns in duck fat. Love the service—very professional and efficient. We think the crew who changes over a table is like a race track pit crew—they are so fast, it is real theater. Most of the restaurant is lively and a little loud—which is fun. This past time we were seated upstairs in the back which was pleasantly quiet. If we go with a group or people who are hearing impaired we will request this location in the future."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Dined at Grill 23 on Friday night. Reservation at 6:30 and we seated in dining room Siberia on 2nd floor. The "overflow room" felt a bit like the place you would seat unwanted relatives at a wedding reception. Our server was attentive, helpful and pleasant, but the overall experience was not top notch. The food was only okay - steaks completely adequate, but not exceptional in any way and hash browns virtually inedible. Sautéed mushrooms were fine and dessert was tasty. Over all, nothing truly objectionable, but nothing that merits a return."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday here with friends and everyone was so pleased with the service and food. I plan on coming back and celebrating my graduation with friends in family in their private dining room soon!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Came here to celebrate my cousins birthday. Group arrived a little late but the staff was patient and proffesional. Started off with calamari and being a New Englander I know good Calamari when i taste it .... it was fantastic. It had the perfect calamari to pepperoncini cream ratio. Before I go on I would like to add the appetizers and sides are huge. Try the mac and cheese, you will not be dissapointed. The waiter was attentive and gave us great suggestions to which steak to look for and made sure it was cooked to order. I got the bone in rib-eye which literally melted in my mouth. It was cooked to order and the seasoning was superb. Food and ambience makes the experience worth it. 5/5."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary here. It was beyond my expectations, and they were set high! I would recommend Grill 23 for anyone who needs an outstanding steak! I don't think I will ever cook steak again because it will never live up to what my taste buds experienced."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The restaurant was in a hurry, we weren't. Food was good, but the meat was generally undercooked for all of us. There was nothing that we could say to the waiter to get him to give us a few minutes. I had not finished my salad and the main course was already coming out. One of the few times that I have been to a restaurant of this status and felt rushed out the door. My family will not be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We sat in the new bar and LOVED it. Everything was perfect. Can't wait to do it again soon."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "asked for bar seating and was given a great booth in the bar area - waiter offered up a perfect wine in the price range i wanted - steak was perfect - overall a great evening -"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had the corner second floor round table for 10 people, it was great time, we had the table from 7-11 as they told us there were no one else going to be sitting there. Though it was somewhat expensive."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "When going to a restaurant to the caliber of a Grill23, you have a certain expectation. Let me tell you they served up to and exceeded my expectation. The waiter was incredibly knowledgeable. My fiancee (She said yes that night), described a particular flavor in a red wine she was looking for and he brought 3 choices to sample, explained the differences and they were amazing, Cru from 29 Vineyards. I had the 100 day aged beef and I was speechless at how perfectly cooked it was and how the flavor lived up to its hype and then some. Highly encourage you to partake in this great establishment."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Grill 23 is great for a special event, or a romantic date. Something for everyone with a classic American menu enhanced with Grill 23 flair! Nice for after work drinks at the down or upstairs bar as well!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Staff in incredibly hardworking, dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable. Appetizer of chowder unspectacular but good. Kobe cap Steak at USD 62 maybe the single best steak i have ever tasted, grilled to perfection. Sides good, but not wow. Lower level vibrant and noisy, upper level better. The experience beat the heck out of abe and louie's."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is an amazing restaurant. I had one of the best porterhouses in my life. My wife and I were thoroughly impressed with the for. Our server (Dan) was an absolute precessional. His service was both friendly and exceptional quality. I made recommendations to my brother while I was still eating. A real top-notch steakhouse that lived up to its reputation!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "not big fan of their steak, from starter to desert were just okay, nothing special. wouldn't go second time."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "Very pleased with my experience! I had noted in passing that my boyfriend and I were celebrating his birthday, and they included a candle and decoration with our dessert. Steaks were cooked perfectly and I loved the 23 list."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Not good My wife sat down on her chair and it Was full of water from the prior group Waiter disappeared never came back to check in Surrounded by 2 groups of 10 Noise factor off the charts Struggled to make conversation at our table Food was good service poor"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Although I can appreciate the need to cover the costs of running a restaurant in that location, it diminishes the experience to have tables so small and packed together that you need to wait for the people at the next table to rearrange their table for you to slide out of your own. Or tables so small that the oversized breadbasket has to constantly moved around in order to hold just the glasses and silverware. And the packed in small tables means people practically shout their order at the server, who is running around trying to cover their station. The food was great but the rest of the experience doesn't warrant the $500 price tag."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food and a huge wine list. Décor is attractive, but conversation is difficult depending on location of your table. Service is attentive, but did not feel rushed at all."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Food was cold and bland and I found a hair in my salmon but it was taken off the bill. I eat out on boston restaurants often an I was quite disappointed with Grill 23 quality of food"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The restaurant week menu was not as good as years past. Food was a little disappointing"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Dine Out Menu was very limited so we ordered off the Main Menu. Better to go for Bar Scene. No bargain for Dine Out."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It used to be Grille23 was 'the' place to go. While the food for the most part was excellent, service was very poor. We did not receive an overview of specials from the wait staff, nor did they check on us, and our first round of drinks (bottle of wine and 1 mixed cocktail) took a very long time to get to our table. It did not impress us and at $500+ for 4 we should have been blown away. We would recommend alternative places to dine."
    Dined on 3/17/2014