Grille at the Morrison House
Grille at the Morrison House

Grille at the Morrison House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegrillealexandria.com/
  • Phone: 7038388000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST:
    Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

    DINNER:
    Sunday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    BRUNCH:
    Sunday, 10:15am - 2:00pm

    AFTERNOON TEA:
    Saturday, 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Brian McPherson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Morrison House offers several options for private dining and meetings events. From the Parlor to the Louis XVI Room, the elegant Dining Room or The Grille, your party will receive our signature four-star service and Chef Brian McPherson's creative and tailored menus to perfectly complement your gathering.
  • Entertainment: Thursday: Piano music 6:30pm to 9:30pm
    Friday: Piano music 7:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday: Piano music 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Special Events: Story Time Tea with Mrs B: A Morrison House tradition, this monthly themed children's event features crafts, read-aloud story time, seasonal activities and traditional tea service. Story Time Tea takes place the 3rd Saturday of every month. When making a reservation, please note how many children will be attending. Thank you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King Street
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 per car
    $5 per car with validation from 'The Grille'
A word from Grille at the Morrison House
The Grille at Morrison House has two rooms for dining - The Grille and the Dining Room. The Grille features piano music Thursday through Saturday. The Dining Room offers a more intimate and quiet setting. Please indicate which room you prefer when making your reservation. All efforts will be made to honor these requests, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the exact table of your choice.

The culinary arts are alive at the Morrison House, and The Grille's 'More than Bistro' concept is the centerpiece. Great tasting food, flawless service, and an atmosphere that is elegant but never pretentious combine for a memorable evening. You will feel equally comfortable in a suit or jeans. More Reviews About The Grille at Morrison HousePlaces to Eat That You Should Know About
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Grille at the Morrison House reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (33)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (26)notable wine list (20)good for groups (9)great for brunch (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Morrison House Never Disappoints
    Mom22girls
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been here 4 or 5 times and thoroughly enjoy the experience every time! Great food, great place, great service!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I searched for a restaurant that would afford us a quiet and intimate dinner, despite being a Saturday night during Restaurant Week. The Grille at the Morrison House did not disappoint. We enjoyed a short walk to the Grille, arrived 15 mins before our reservation time, and only had to spend 5 mins at the bar before being seated. The venue had a great energy in the clientele and it seemed like the other patrons were all enjoying themselves. My wife had the gazpacho, salmon, chocolate tart, a cocktail and a riesling, while I had the steak tartare, filet mignon, profiteroles and single-malt scotch. We enjoyed every aspect of the dinner, and the walk home made for a perfect evening. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Jennifer our server was awesome and made great recommendations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a special dinner treat for 2 friends who have been very helpful to us. The food and ambience were very good, but the service could have been much better. First courses were served before wine was poured, and that was after a reminder to the waitress. One person ordered filet mignon, and that was not cooked as ordered. The server (not the waitress) dropped his dish of pomme frites on the way to the table. By the time this person's meat and potatoes came, the rest of us had almost finished eating. It was nice to have dinner in a pleasant and quiet place where we could enjoy visiting with our friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We really enjoyed restaurant week the salmon and scallops. Our friends loved the Steak Tartare. And 3 of us introduced ourselves to a new, but actually old, cocktail - Sazarac. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvpennQ
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Charming settting. Interesting situation with the dining room. I never saw a host stand nor a host or hostess and had to ask directions of the hotel concierge to get to the dining room. Someone seated the others in my party, but I have no idea who. The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered good advice. The caeser salad was terrific, the salmon was excellent, and the coconut/lime and chocolate tarts were as well. This is a restaurant we would return to. It was especially nice that the Morrison House included several of its regular menu staples on the Restaurant Week menu; some establishments do not and it is always disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing find!
    DCDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A group of 8 offs from work decided to try it during Restaurant Week their menu had a large number of choices of variety. We were also offered the regular menu which had an awesome lobster dinner we considered, but decided we would be back to try that another time. We were seated in a beautiful private room (not requested) that made our evening even more special. We ordered wine pairings with our meals. Not one of the group had a single complaint about the dinners but one didn't like the Pinot choice with his fish but I loved mine! Did I mention the outstanding service? Everyone was still raving about the evening the next day at work. We all agreed we would be returning with family and friends for our next special night. Absolutely amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Phenomenal Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wow, my wife and I went for restaurant week and were very impressed. Everything we ordered was exceptional and had unique and complementing flavors. Our server was great and provided excellent wine pairing recommendations. I was skeptical when I saw it was attached to a hotel. However, this restaurant is one of the best within old town. Highly recommend it to visiting friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoG0
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was a night for a special date. It was the perfect stage.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • European Style, American Gourmet
    AlexandriaLlama
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Similar to old world European pub houses, 2 small dining rms, bar anchors one end and fireplace on the other. The dining is upscale and menu is gourmet American with a French flair. We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and added the wine pairing for $20, which was a bargain considering it included dessert wine. Especially enjoyed the steak tartar appetizer and the crispy skin salmon entree, also had the amish chicken entree, which was beautifully deconstructed so you didn't have to wrestle with chicken in a fancy restaurant. I took the profiteroles for dessert, which was presented as a trio, each with a different flavored gelato inside. Staff were very attentive, almost a little too much, understandable with a small room to operate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic restaurant-we will return
    alexandriagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ordered the gazpacho, petit filet mignon, lobster dinner, caesar salad, and an assorted cheese tray and were super impressed by the flavor of the food. The service was outstanding and the waiter was attentive to my allergy. I was a bit disappointed by the wines by the glass selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    whatsupper
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food lacked creativity and quality of the preparation was poor. The dining experience attempted to be very formal and seemed a bit antiquated. Overall, reviews online varied so we figured we would give it a shot but we would not recommend this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very nice setting-like eating in someone's dining room.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service of the week!
    LauraO
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Grant, our waiter, was the best of the entire restaurant week. The food was very good as well. The dining room was a bit tight for space.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as usual
    Nina
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In our most recent trip of many, the food and service were outstanding. The filet (med well) was done to perfection and extremely tender. The Scottish salmon (med rare) was moist, flakey and totally a delight to the taste. We did learn on this visit that we prefer the pomme frites (the best I've ever tasted) to the garlic fries (not that they're bad, just a personal preference). The escargot Wellington is truly superb. The deserts are a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. The bar service was a little slow, but the drinks were worth the wait, generous and well made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet birthday
    TheclassicfoodguysVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We celebrated a friends birthday and could not have selected a better place. The staff was absolutely outstanding and the menu, though limited, was outstanding on all counts. We were particularly impressed by the very succulent "Lazy man's Lobster". The classic martinis and Manhattans were perfect in every way. The desserts were to die for and the Port flights and coffee were the perfect ending to our celebration. Our bartender and waiter were the real stars. They made this a very special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, poor service
    Skkdc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was delicious, however the service was mediocre. Our wine took an incredibly long time to arrive. The length of time between finishing our appetizers and receiving our main entrees was extremely long. The couple next to us arrived well after we did, and were mostly finished with their main entrees by the time we received ours. I ordered the filet mignon, rare. I received a medium (closer to medium well) done steak. By the time the new correctly cooked steak arrived, the rest of my party was finished eating their entrees. We even had to ask for water refills. On a positive note, when the food was cooked correctly, it was excellent. Would I recommend? Yes, but if only you don't care about the service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in a cosy setting
    ChrisZ
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went for dinner on a Sunday (a group of six). The dining space is small but noise level is manageable. The menu is straightforward and small which hints at quality in the kitchen. Indeed, the steaks were juicy while the salads fresh and generous. The wine list is long and features lots of mid-priced vintages. They run 50% off on Sunday on most wines. Highly recommended for those who value high quality at a moderate price in a secluded setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lost gem
    FunfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We unknowingly stumbled onto the last night of the open mic venue in the bar grille. It was amazing entertainment from a community of pro and semi- pro singers, accompanied by an expert pianist. It was enchanting. The service and food - not so much. No reason to go back now that it was ended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger in Years
    intrepideater
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Having been to the Morrison House before, I was expecting to indulge my appetite for some of its fine cuisine -- not a burger. However, after starting off w/ a perfect endive & chicory salad, I'm so glad that I decided to try their burger offering which reminded me of what a burger can be. The red onion marmalade is to die for. My hubby had a Carbanara Pappardelle with fresh peas and asparagus that he loved. It's a bar grill in Old Town but the addition of the pianist about 7 p.m. made it truly an uptown experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JoeKVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We hadn't been to the Morrison House for about 6 years and we were very disappointed. The menu was uninviting, the service nothing special, and the overall ambiance bland. There was very little to select from the menu for appetizers and main course. Although the food (salmon and red snapper) was good there wasn't much to go with it. We will not be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb for Out of Town Friends
    GrandadGourmet
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    In Old Town Alexandria, VA, a gem of classic dining and sophisticated palate pleasing pleasure. Ambiance was superb and staff extremely helpful from the Concierge to the Wine Steward. Thanks for an substantial solid dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phil
    pawanddew
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food never disappoints! Service great and loved the pianist.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent food actually. And a lovely spot with live music.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find in NOVA, but.......
    mgem80
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Discovered this lovely place while looking for a piano bar. Food and service were excellent. Beautifully decorated as well. The only downside was that we were expecting a piano bar with music being played. After 9:00 it turned into some sort of karaoke. We were a little puzzled and thrown off by this. Not exactly what we were looking for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor execution and dated menu
    CHfoodist
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It's near the end of May and winter vegetables along with other cold-weather fare are still on the menu. The scallops I ordered were burnt and the papperadelle my wife ordered was lukewarm when delivered to our table. In addition, the papperdelle were rolled into 1-inch-thick tasteless blobs with very little sauce on top. While the restaurant manager did replace the dishes that were originally served and did not charge us for the entrees, it did not make up for a ruined evening of overpriced food that was not very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for special occasion
    MandM
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I chose the 4 course meal w/ wine pairings. Food was delicious and the wine was truly excellent. Ambiance was very well suited for a special occasion without being too formal or stiff. Piano music and singing was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High hopes.. Not great
    GarrettB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Morrison is a beautiful hotel and dining room. The food was a let down. It appeared that the menu was too ambitious with unique items but poor execution. My food was average and the price was well above average. This was my first time and we won't return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience isn't enough
    BetzabroadVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    .. our waiter does not speak English well enough to answer our questions. His service is spotty, and disorganized Our water glasses are never refilled.Third issue is the misrepresentation of menu items. Eggs Hussarde is billed as poached eggs over crispy russet potatoes, with hollandaise, a Marchands de vin and house made linguica. Imagine my surprise when the dishes come to our table and I see two poached eggs "resting" inside whole potato skin halves that have been thrown into a deep fryer, no Marchands de vin sauce, and burnt sausage! Finally, it is Mother's Day. I repeat MOTHER'S Day. Management, please instruct the waitstaff that women at the table who are obviously the celebrants of the day, should always be served FIRST, not last.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mother's Day Brunch!
    audrey
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband and son treated me to a wonderful Mother's Day Brunch at Morrison House's Dining Room. I had a delicious gazpacho for my appetizer--probably the best I have ever eaten. It was creamy with a lump of crab meat and some crushed bacon that was caramelized with pepper and brown sugar--yum. I also enjoyed my huckleberry pancakes (very light like crepes) and peppered bacon. The restaurant is located in a fantastic building that has been restored in true colonial style. I would highly recommend this place for a special occasion brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tiffany
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Service was too long. For a five course dinner, it took almost 3 hours. We had a free night not only to eat but to enjoy the town. We missed the later. The food was good but both of us got stomach problem. I think it was due to the milk from the coffee.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My wife and I have dined at the Grille twice before and were looking forward to a return visit since we've moved out of the area. While we were surprised to find ourselves in the midst of the senior citizen karaoke night (with no option to sit in the other dining room), it turned out to be fun. Especially when "everyone's favorite octogenarian Uncle Louie" got up to sign. What was less entertaining was the slow and shoddy service. Bread arrived without butter. Appetizers were finished and we had to wait for dinner. Our wine selection wasn't available and the sommelier's replacement recommendation was sub-standard. On the whole, we'd try the Grille again but perhaps only to make sure our visit wasn't an anomaly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 953 reviews are from the Grille at the Morrison House reviews archive.
  • No brunch menu any more.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Web site not updated. Only had a buffet which was over-priced and the service was mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be so much better
    JW09
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a nice dinner at Morrison House. The food was very good, but the ambiance was lacking. The lights were so bright, it made the dining room seem sterile and more like a nursing home restaurant! It could be really romantic if the lights were dim. The service was not that great either. We waited forever for a drink and the waiter just seemed really disorganized. The piano player was excellent though. It was an interesting experience that could have been so much better. Not sure that we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shocked
    BeaCasals
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We were looking forward to having Easter brunch at The Grille, Morrison House. This is one of my favorites in Old Town Alexandria. We found the food to be mediocre and the service was awful! Totally shocked and disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Brunch
    Frenchy
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    A large group of us went to The Grille at Morrison House to celebrate a birthday. We chose to go to the brunch, mainly because of the duck carving station and we were not disappointed; the duck is phenominal and the accompanying reduction is rich and delicious. There is also a made-to-order crepe station that offers both savory and sweet options; the kids really enjoyed the Nutella and banana crepes! This brunch includes select dishes, which are all of high quality with everything made in house, including the petit fours. The staff was very accomodating and the sous chef serving the duck went out of his way to describe every item on the brunch menu. His enthusiasm for the food he serves is infectious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal.
    AndyinVirginia
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Had a great meal at the Grille. Really enjoyed the steak tartare and the salmon wrapped in greek pastry. The rosemary gnocchi side dish was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed the nice and quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I enjoyed the nice and quiet setting of the restaurant. The food was great and provided a nice and romantic environment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden away spot in Old Town
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Morrison House is off the beaten path, and the Grille is hidden away within the hotel's first floor. It's not a cohesive restaurant, but two small, separated dining rooms - one with a bar & piano. I was in the other room, which was small, intimate, and incredibly quiet - expect to whisper during your meal. The salmon entree was absolutely delicious. The rib-eye with Yorkshire pudding was tasty but the table decided that our family recipe for Yorkshire is much better. I have a dairy allergy and the chef made dairy-free recommendations, but then the servers mixed up what was brought out and weren't sure which side was the dairy-free one - not exactly comforting. I was fine, but it wasn't what I expected at a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    MollyBooVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was excellent at the Grille, very accommodating with changing side dishes. Our waiter was outstanding. I would go back there again and again. My compliments to the Chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic