Grinder
Grinder

Grinder

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantgrinder.ca/
  • Phone: 5144391130
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Nick Berolo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: rue Richmond
  • Public Transit: Located between Georges-Vanier metro station and Lucien-Lallier metro Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Grinder
Grinder restaurant is located on Notre-Dame street, in the heart of Griffintown. This neighborhood in the southwest of Montreal is dynamic and promising; residential and commercial projects are already underway.

The original decor screams Zébulon Perron (Furco, Buvette à Simone, Philemon). He created a comfortable and warm restaurant, kitchen and raw bar. Grinder characterizes itself by vintage and modern elements such as glass and metal.

On the menu, raw & cooked items: tartares, tatakis, ceviches, carpaccios, etc. Also on the menu, steaks and grilled or braised meats, all to be shared. Grinder also offers a variety of fish and seafood, served cooked or raw as well. More than a simple steakhouse, all food lovers will find something to their liking among our selection of fresh products.

100% of their wine list consists of privately imported wines, always changing with the seasons, and of course focusing on wines produced while respecting nature.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Grinder reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (18)hot spot (15)fit for foodies (12)great for outdoor dining (11)neighborhood gem (10)vibrant bar scene (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Toseta
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great restaurant! A new gem on Notre Dame street. Very busy. Beautiful décor. Good looking and professional staff. Good food. Enjoyed salmon tartar. Very much recommended for business lunch or romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Sagha
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've been there many times and it's always fresh and well executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So many Flys!
    LoudMusic
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The reataurant was swarming with flys. & our Waiter did not speak loud enough. Food was okay at best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eye candy !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very good and the wine the waiter suggested was amazing !! Beautiful place loved the ambiance and the waiters were nice to look at too ;)
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Sucks
    PollyVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was very good. Sort of temporarily made up for poor, slow, unfriendly service. Waitress was condescending and blamed everyone else for her bad service. Will probably never go back as good food alone does not make for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 31 reviews are from the Grinder reviews archive.
  • Don't bother
    Gatesc
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We arrived promptly at our reserved time. After 45 minutes, our food finally arrived. The wine we selected from the menu was not available and a bad substitute was given. The pudding chomard was very good, though. Overall, $150 for lunch for 2 with poor service is a joke. I won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch for three
    BusinessLuncher
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Though Grinder is quite loud, it was a great venue for a mid-week business lunch. Both the food and ambiance are excellent as was the wine and service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best
    Badabing
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Always a great experience at Grinder! Service , ambiance, the food and drinks! I would recommend to everyone. Great for a business lunch , drinks or dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great power lunch
    Sparkle
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My lunch started with a greeting by a wonderful waitress. She was alert, smart and engaged on a comfortable level. She was patient as my friend and I took our time ordering. The soup was so fresh and delicious, then our lunch salads were filling and tasty. The noise level was lively, but not too loud. We were able to talk and talk and had to force ourselves to leave and go back to work. I was actually quite surprised how inexpensive our lunch was, mind you we didn't have wine, but still, It's a nice place to go for an important meeting or a relaxed friendly casual lunch. Well done. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Thirdtime
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Was third time I was here live in Toronto but bring my clients in Montreal here and they all have been positively surprised of the ambiance, high quality food, nice service, interesting menu. And dont take away the music its great with the backround beat makes people to relax. Txs
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, ambiance and service
    Chris
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food, ambiance and service great! I would go back .I would recommend the restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Jazzy
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Was my first time at Grinder and I loved the atmosphere as well as the quality of the food. I would definitely go back. Looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    csoumVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    go to restaurant at least twice a week with customers. have several customers in this area. I went there once before in the summer and it was good. This time I was really embarrassed that I took my customer there. We choose the soup of the day which was butter nut squash. Didn't tell us there was curry in it he hates curry and I have to say so do I. They put a very spicy oil on top of the soup. I like spicy, but my customers face was let's just say priceless! Then he had the bavette which he liked. I had the tartar of salmon which was very good except it was my main, and I had 4 croutons that's it. So french fries or salad to go with it! Never saw that in any restaurant I go to and have tartar when it's a main.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Taste & Temperature of the food
    foodlover
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    The food that i order was a salad to start that was wet and no taste. The Braised Lamb Shank was as tender as could be and the sauce with the braised lamb was barely warm and the mashed patates in the skillet were also just warm. Food should served hot when specially served in iron skillets which would make the diner think do not touch the skillets. I was also surprise how noisey the restaurant is which was not a favourable in order to enjoy conversation with the my lunch partner. My friend ordered the french onion soup which was also tasteless and not hot enough, his steak was over cook but still okay to eat. Over all not a great first experience. May try having a evening dinner and give the restaurant another chance. Ralph Pawsey
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alone or a group!
    nougatnectarine
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Don't hesitate to book for 1 or for more. The service is as much nice alone than with a group. This was my third time experience and I did enjoy my meal. Good atmosphere, good service, good food. Luv what they did with the outdoor terrace for the winter. Cheers, Celine
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delighted
    gourmande
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The food is delectable and the staff is first rate. All you have to do is show up and enjoy! Best service in Montreal...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The "in" supper club in Montreal
    PaulYULVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Excellent atmosphere and after many visits the food is improving however it is still style over substance. Great for a boys or girls night out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere
    danny
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    ambiance was good and added a little different flavor to a luncheon date. Better by far during the evening. Food was disappointing ,the fish was breaded and fried and dry, the moroccan soup was cold and not to flavourful except for the excess curry, overpriced for what it was unless you stuck to the bistro best. Burgers are the items to eat in this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies who lunched
    TrustFundFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    A friend was dropping in for a visit and I wanted to take her somewhere with a nice atmosphere and delicious food. Ended up reserving Grinder for lunch. Menu seems to be the same as in the evening, heavy on the meat offerings, which was fine by us. We ordered the burgers which were filling, moist, and the salmon tartar, which needed a bit more punch to it. The mash was sinfully tasty. Our waiter was really pleasant and well trained. He more than made up for the obnoxious hostess. After requesting menus 20 minutes after we had been seated, she "informed us" that the wine list is alway presented prior to the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    carov
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We had our business lunch at the Grinder last Thursday and it was delicious. Their lunch menu is perfect and very good qualtiy-price. We were on the terrace and the decor was beautiful. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but pricey for lunch
    FoodieMNM
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Went for lunch and tried the beef carpaccio, fried calamari, salmon fillet and beef short ribs. Everything cooked to perfection, good presentation, delicious. A bit pricey for lunch. There should be a lunch menu and a table d'hote. Service is fast and attentive. Place was pretty full with "see and been seen" atmosphere. Worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Christina
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    I came for lunch this week with my friend, we bother took the Salmon tartar, fries were ok, too small and little cuts, the sangria's were great. I have to say the service was nothing great, the waitress were not friendly and I find a little cold
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing lunch!
    Thaliac
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    I chose grinder to please my foodie family for something new and exciting. My entire family was blown away with the service and the quality of the food! The waiter was polite and informative and patient with our table! The tartare ( salmon, beef and tuna ) where all insanely good and quick to be served. The presentation was amazing for each serving. Our waiter was attentive and we didn't need to lift a hand before he filled our wine glasses. Coming from a foodie family of chefs, distributors and waiters we were all highly impressed and would recommend it to anyone! Also the prices are EXTREMELY reasonable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veal Chop
    graduationlunch
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    I had the tuna carpaccio and then the veal chop with cheese. The veal was lovely but the one that both myself and my friend received were very fatty. With the rich cheese, the veal would have benefitted from a fresh green salad on the side. The terrace was lovely and I really liked the crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes but not that much!
    Cyril
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    A little bit expensive for the quality. Go to Code Ambiance which is nearby better food and price!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service.
    ShmooVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Sitting at the bar great. Ask for the upper bar (not near the door) as the 2 seats and 2 stools at the front get crowded over by guests as they enter and order drinks as their tables are being prepared. Had a great time and will return shortly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything at Grinder screams: EAT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    From the signage outside to the decor inside, Grinder is just begging for you to bite into one of their flavourful choices of raw or cooked meats. I had a Lynchburg Lemonade (Jack Daniel's) which was just the right amount of bitter and sweet. To start; Popcorn shrimp w/ Siracha mayo. A big mistake some restaurants make is their oil, keeping it too long, letting many flavours "soak" in it. The popcorn shrimp were crunchy and golden which made me want to keep eating. For my main, I went with the New York Strip; Medium-Rare. The strip was served with a 10cm strip of Bone w/ Marrow & sweet mashed potatoes. Phenomenal. The steak was done exactly right. Explaining would only ruin your experience. Visit Grinder Today
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No idea on wine list.. hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    No idea on wine list.. hard to recognize any on list. Have been there three times and the wine list is difficult to choose from. Food is good...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nous avons trouvé l'endroit
    bouclion
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Nous avons trouvé l'endroit superbe, sans être tape-à-l'oeil. La carte a deux côtés, le cru et le cuit. Les carpaccio et tartares sont excellents, en particulier le canard. Côté cuit, nous avons aimé les calmars, mais beaucoup moins les crevettes popcorn. Les desserts se laissaient manger, en particulier la tarte de pacanes que ma blonde a adoré. Le service est jeune, parfois maladroit mais sympathique...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Grinder
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Great food, nice outdoor tables, comfortable chairs....service a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Cool Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food was excellent and our server was incredible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grander is really a great
    wines123VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Grander is really a great place but success has gotten to their head. The waiters are told to turn the tables as fast as possible. We told our waiter not to rush we are here to dine. He understood but we were approached by at least 4 others staff members who said " did you order yet, would you like anything else, how about dessert, etc...". the for and ambiance are good but poor service turns off customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Got to try this resto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Loved the decor and ambiance! The food was delicious. Only thing is the side dishes ie. salad, fries, potatoes, etc. to go with your main dish was extra.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Présentation très originale.
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Présentation très originale. Saveurs exquises. Quelques jours de délai à enregistrer la présence sur OpenTable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great open kitchen atmosphere,
    IanMVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Great open kitchen atmosphere, and the patio will be amazing in the summer. Good service and food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My New Favourite Restaurant
    KinSF
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    I really enjoyed Grinder. It has a fantastic ambience and for a very trendy restaurant, I was surprised that the food was so good. I had the fois gras sliders which were delioicious and the braised beef rib in Jack Daniels with the sweet potatoes was outstanding. It is my new favourite restaurant in Griffintown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic