Grindstone Charley's - Kokomo

4.4
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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At Grindstone Charley's, we serve only the finest quality, freshest ingredients, served by a friendly hospitable staff, in a clean, warm and friendly environment. The food and recipes have come from many generations of experience. Started by the Fogelsong family in 1982, we offer a wide variety menu that includes USDA Steaks, Ribs, Seafood, Chicken, Salads, Burgers, and Sandwiches. We take great pleasure in your satisfaction and hope you enjoy!
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RG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We had reservations and we waited an hour Before getting seated then they wanted to put us in a booth which my husband has a wheelchair and then they set us in the bar I wasn’t very happy then the waitress didn’t take care of us as well as she should have

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E
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dined on Mother’s Day. Had a 12:45 reservation. We did have to wait 30 minutes. We expected the wait.

The service was fast, food came out perfect. We left happy and full. The wait was worth the wait. Thank you to all the mother’s who worked today so we could eat! Thank you Theresa our server!

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RS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE were very please. Previous experience on Mother's Day was not met with much pleasure- we had reservations and we were not seated at the time of our reservation because the hostess was seating many people first who came in with the same amount of people as our reservation but without a reservation. We love this restaurant so decided to try again. We were seated at the exact time of our reservation and we even added an extra person who had showed up unexpectedly. Jon Z. did an awesome job and when I accidentally got chocolate on my sleeve he went and got some club soda and helped get it off of my sleeve.

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SL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We go here quite often and usually the food is fabulous. On Sunday, it was a little less than....
Maybe being so busy for Mother's Day?? Prime rib was pretty tough instead of tender and even the ribs seemed to a bit tough instead of the usual "falling off the bone". My mom and I still had a good time treating ourselves to a dinner out and the chocolate covered strawberries were a nice touch!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server Jon was the high point of the night, funny, attentive and made our experience exceptional!

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RP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiter seemed overwhelmed, even when business slowed down. He hardly smiled when interacting with our table; not very friendly. The food was good.

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CY
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Corey as our server & he was great! Food was amazing! Everybody was very friendly. Great place!

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S
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salmon wasn't the best... but service was great!!!

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L
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was not at all friendly and made us feel rushed to leave. We actually had to stand outside in the cold to finish our conversation. Food was not exceptional. Best item was the fried green tomato appetizer.

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RS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good except that even with a reservation, we had to wait, what I felt, was a little too long.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, we always have a good experience at Grindstone Charley's.

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SC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and attentive staff! Great variety on the menu and TVs to keep up with your favorite sports team!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my birthday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and so was the food

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall I really like the restaurant so please don't let these comments take away from that. I just wish there were more vegetarian/vegan options. There are pasta dishes, but you can't seem to be able to order them without the meat. It would be nice to have a few choices other than the standard salad and baked potato. Even a vegetarian burger or black bean burger would be nice. They now have the Beyond Meat burgers, Impossible Burgers, and Incredible burgers as well as the MorningStar burgers.

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KT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok, but not great. Food looked processed and not fresh. Service was fine.

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J
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Made reservations via Open Table for 5 people. Two of our party arrived earlier than we did and they were immediately. We were then able to join them when we arrived. Our drink orders were take immediately and the server gave us plenty of time to visit with everyone. We like to take our time ordering. We never felt pressured.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Decent food, awful service. Ashley, our server, would ask if we need anything and walk away as we answered and the manager Mike pretended to be deaf when we were overcharged on our check. Awful experience, never returning and never recommending.

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My meal was very good. How ever my husband and I ordered our steaks medium well and my husband had to send his back two times. The first time it was " still bleeding" and the second time did not look much different. By the time it was not " bleeding" it was almost to tough to eat. We will not order steaks there again. Our waiter, Jon Z. Was great! Also it is a bit noisy for hard of hearing people. I would eat here again, only I would get the catfish!!! ☺️

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p
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food took over an hour and 15 minutes!!! Always sooo slow!!! What is with that??

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SP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent and our food was amazing.

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KM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are always excellent! We meet my parents there a lot because it is half way in between for both of us travel wise in Kokomo. We met them again for Father's Day last weekend and the air conditioning must have been out. Since my parents are in their upper 80's this posed a real problem for them. They were pretty miserable throughout the meal and we didn't linger very long. I'll be sure to check on the air before making a reservation again this summer just for their comfort. To be fair though it was a 90+ degree day with a heat index of over 100 degrees so I'm thinking there could have been many issues all over that day. As I said the food and service were still wonderful as always.

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Messed up one plate wrong food. No air conditioning. Food wasn't all that great for $100. Appetizers were good. Service was good. Drove 60 miles to eat here. Not again.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was alright, waitress didn't seem extremely knowledgeable but food was delicious. Some drinks were forgotten or wrong and they were out of Titos.

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BS
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Mother' Day luncheon. Surprisingly quick service with a packed house.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great, reserved table early in the day but still waited 15-20 min.

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HG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I met my family in Kokomo to celebrate mother's day as we live all over the state. The wait staff was so patient and wonderful to us as we waited for all of the members of our party to arrive. Our food was delicious and we had a wonderful visit. Many thanks to the crew for making our time together so wonderful.

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B
Detroit
49 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice restaurant, good variety on menu, good service and tasty food.

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BN
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Made a reservation. Checked in. Waited 50 minutes and when I asked if this was standard for online reservation the same employee I checked in with told me they didn’t know we were there. 3 hostesses and they couldn’t keep track of us.

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e
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good helpings, wait staff was attentive and curious. I would recommend it to a friend

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SH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

For not being busy, service was slow. Food was luke-warm & the steak was well done.

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NY
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grindstone Charley's was our destination for a lunch date with extended family with all of us coming from different locations. We found the atmosphere to be very pleasant and relaxing. The artifacts on the walls plus the stained glass added to the ambiance. The food was delicious and the wait staff did an outstanding job! We will certainly be back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fantastic service and fantastic food.
Thank you.

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KF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waitress and friendly service. Loved the open table reservation option... got right in on a packed Friday night!. Great drinks, appetizers and ribs!?

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NW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and atmosphere. Our waitresses have been very good and attentive. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great friendly service. Food was delicious and the price was well worth the food quality and portion size.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

food was good but disappointed by portion size. service was not great. Not worth what I paid for the meal.

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FH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my sons 30th B-day and all I can say was our experience was exceptional. Great food, waitress, staff. Thank you for helping us make our sons day a special one. Thank you

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, service was good

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LL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second week in a row to eat here. In our reservation. we specified we wanted the fantastic server we had the week before, Jon. He was once again, spectacular in his service! The food was again, fantastic and we absolutely have added this restaurant to our "regular" visit list. I would make one suggestion. In your reservation process, you offer seating as "Standard" or "Bar". I would suggest under Standard, to offer TABLE ONLY as a selection. Some of us "larger" people cannot fit into the space a booth allows.

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