The Grill - Forest Hills
The Grill - Forest Hills

The Grill - Forest Hills

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theforesthillsgrill.com/
  • Phone: 7185444600
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Austin St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Grill - Forest Hills
The concept for The Grill originated back in 1980s, when the owner Oleg Kaz settled in Forest Hills. Oleg’s passion for delicious homemade food grilled on sticks was influenced by his father Alec, who built a Kebab Grill made of stone in the backyard of their house.“We were grilling everything on sticks” said Oleg. “Having a garden in the yard made everything taste even better by growing our own vegetables, herbs and spices". Working in the food industry for over 15 years, Oleg always dreamed of opening a Mediterranean Restaurant in the Forest Hills' famous restaurant row, in the vicinity of Austin St. The dream became reality for Oleg, and now he is inviting you to enjoy the ultimate Mediterranean dining experience in the heart of Forest Hills.
Whether you are out on a date, or girls’ night out, or simply having dinner with family or friends, The Grill Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar has the perfect atmosphere for everyone. It serves specially-prepared grilled meats and seafood!
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The Grill - Forest Hills reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.6
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)romantic (3)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (2)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Order was wrong but food was good
    BethVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I ordered lamb kebab; instead, I got lula kebab (seasoned ground lamb instead of lamb chunks). When I told the server that the order was incorrect, he appeared confused and said that this was what I had ordered. I replied, "This is ground lamb. I ordered lamb kebab." Instead of taking the plate back immediately, he denied that it was ground lamb. I didn't have the energy to argue with him, so I accepted the plate. I'll give The Grill another chanced but next time I'll emphasize what I'm ordering, and make sure that the server knows the difference between "lamb kebab" and "lula kebab". The kicker is that when the check came, it clearly said "lamb kebab" on it, which was NOT was was actually served to me. Otherwise, the meal was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On Point with food
    NakedEyesVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My first experience at The Grill. I had the shrimp with spinach & it was delicious. My husband had a lamb dish which he was pleased with. Service was a bit slow, otherwise than that, we were very pleased!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place off Austin
    LynnGuini
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was a little empty for a Friday night, but the drinks were great and the food was delicious. They take the kabobs off the big skewers tableside, which was a nice touch. It was pricey for what we got, but we did order 2 drinks each at $10+ a pop, and there goes half the bill!! We were not impressed with the appetizer selection. I asked for some celery sticks with the dip sampler (to go along with the bread it came with) and I was informed "we don't have celery." Seriously?!?! She could have just said "I'm sorry, we do not offer substitutions" and I wouldn't have gotten upset about it. Other than that, the place was a cute spot with a romantic date night atmosphere, but we will probably try other places before returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 11 reviews are from the The Grill - Forest Hills reviews archive.
  • Horrible Experience
    Michele
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went to The Grill with 8 people early on a Friday night. Although the appetizers were good, the rest of the food was just eh. After waiting close to an hour for our mains to be served, lamb chops that were asked to be medium came out very well done and the $26 seafood extravaganza was four pieces of fish/shellfish and the wrong side came with. When we received the check we sat at our table for 20 minutes with no one coming to pick up our rather large bill. We went over to the bar to pay and after they tried to put through our entire bill a second time on our credit card, told us credit was denied...yes, credit cards do that as fraud protection. In general, overpriced and very poor service. I will not be returning to The Grill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • energeticVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Shrimp kebab was very good as well as the greek salad. Only off note was the hummus that was flavored with mint
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Down the Block
    ItalianoVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We came here with some friends and the place was empty for a Saturday night. My salmon was tasty and the grilled asparagus was good. My wife's pork kebab was too salty. Please use less salt. The branzino was small for $26. Another friend did enjoy the shrimp kebab.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't underestimate this place!
    ElmshoVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food was delicious...we had a range of dishes that each had it's own distinct flavor and were cooked to perfection! They had a decent wine list but their Sangrias were the highlight! They had white, red, and apple cider...the red was insane! Service was great! Ambiance was nice! Definitely a little hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed the food
    TryAll
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was excellent--we also enjoyed our pitcher of sangria. However, service was a little too slow. It took a really long time to get someone's attention to get our bill when we were done, as well as any beverage refill.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good restaurant
    cbon311
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Took my sister there for her anniversary and we had a great time. The place was a little too loud for my taste, but the food and service make up for it.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Inatentive Service
    ItalianoVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The service was not attentive and no one from management ever came to our table to see if we were enjoying the experience. The empty wine and beer glasses were not removed from our table. That being said, the food was excellent. I'll give them a pass on service since it was Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Not so good
    4fordinner
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had made reservations for 4 and when we arrived they squeezed us at a table clearly made for 2. When I commented on the size of the table I was just brushed off. When the appetizer came, there wasn't enough room at the table so they removed one of our plates. So I guess they felt it okay that one of the 4 of us didn't have a plate to eat off of. (we laughed and made the best of it). The meal came before we were finished with the appetizer. The food was good, but I wouldn't go back.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table map is wrong
    Silkswirl
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We had a wonderful night at the Grill. This was our first visit. The directions to the restaurant came up wrong on open table site.. Took us to a location off of Metropolitan Ave. It is on "Restaurant row" in Forest Hills between Austin and Queens Blvd. Parking is almost impossible on the street. We used the lot. The food was really good. BTW our kebabs came with a side. I got the carrots and they were terrific. I also had a mixed drink. It was one of the best I have had in years.. I would defiantly recommend this restaurant. Dark and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem of Austin street
    DinnerLabVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The owner has achieved his goal with the fire grilled kabobs he produced. The chicken especially was delicious and the lamb even though a bit gamey really captivated the Mederatarian region. His sides were also very tasty his caramelized carrots are a must try, great beets and the sea salt wedges were also delicious. The only thing in the food department this restaurant needs to work on is portions a little more food maybe some rice with the kabob would be fitting seeing that it costs $20 . It's worth it though I'd return with my friends instead of a date, place was live with bar and families having a great time. Staff needs to be on water refills I finished my water mid-meal and never got a refill that's my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    Amy127VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Being Armenian, I know kebab. This place does a wonderful job with their kebab. The menu is a bit more upscale, offering some wonderful sides instead of just regular pilaf. The appetizers are great, especially the spreads. Our server was exceptional - we gave a generous tip. Looking forward to making this a regular spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate