McKinley's Grille

4.2
55 reviews
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McKinley’s Grille proudly serves the finest in New American Cuisine. Our chefs prepare menus with peak of the season freshness, using a selection of the finest farm-to-table produce grown on-site at The Farm at Fairplex. Our chefs also use the finest corn-fed beef and hand-selected poultry and fish. Our diverse wine list features medal winners from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Our dishes feature fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that are cultivated year-round in our five-acre parcel, produced using only the most sustainable methods. Crops are hand-selected and hand-harvested by our team of chefs and Horticulturist Don Delano with variety, flavor and creativity in mind for every meal.
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JN
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I would not recommend this restaurant. The pictures looks nice on open table for this restaurant but the food is poor quality. There are many nice restaurants in and around this place. Not worth even trying it!

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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The lamb chops were great.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Cheeseburger and Sweet Potato Fries! Excellent Service.

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AB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting. Good service. Easy parking. Excellent burger. Always enjoy eating at this quiet location.

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P
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Expensive hotel restaurant. However, the food is good and our server was very nice. You just expect to pay a bit more in a hotel. Pretty good place.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my mother's birthday with family. Food was fresh and tasted very "clean". Service was outstanding, server was quite the host, helpful with selections for the entire party, all were very pleased with their meal.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good—farm to table as advertised. Wait staff young and inexperienced. Definitely not up to casual fine dining standards.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group came to enjoy dinner together and we all can't stop raving about it! Perfect hidden spot!!!Service was incredible, dinner was absolutely delicious and our cocktails were spot on. We love the fact that it wasn't crowded. We will definitely be back and recommend Mckinley's Grill to others!

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brought a group of nine here for a graduation lunch

Chose a table by a shaded window inside

The outside is also very nice

It was a nice quiet gem after a noisy crowded graduation

Manager was kind enough to flex the menu and allow some dinner items to be served at lunch so my guests would be more comfortable.

The food was more expensive but the quality did match the price.

The organic food was excellent.

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey, but the food was good and the service excellent. They use locally grown, seasonal ingredients, so menu changes. Only thing missing was bread with dinner -- "we don't have it right now" ....

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JF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for an early Mother’s Day celebration. My mother and father were both extremely happy with their meals. The service was excellent and attentive. We were lucky, it was a slow night.

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JH
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, friendly server. The food was good and the place was quiet enough that our nearly deaf 97-year-old grandmother could have a conversation with us.

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CA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch on the outdoor patio with an old friend. We chose it as a half-way point from where we live and it was good choice. Though on the edge of the parking lot of the Sheraton, there are so many trees and bushes, you aren't aware, and there's no traffic noise. Especially noteworthy is the large specimen tree, a Moreton Bay Fig, at the edge of the patio that is just beautiful. It's hard to judge the entire menu off of one salad, but it stands as good and tasty as most nicer restaurants I've been to and at a similar price point. Service was very friendly and attentive.

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Naomi or Ruth don't remember her name was outstanding. She was attentive to our needs and had an upbeat personality. I celebrated my 20 years as a two time cancer survivor with friends. We had a grand time.

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k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The menu was to small this was Fathers day there was more help then customer.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad service, verry expensive, raw food, not alot of choices in other words lousy place to eat.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My family and I went to Easter Brunch and we arrived at the beginning of the brunch. THe decorations and food looked very well displayed and it was also very well layed out for everyone to get to with ease. Our seating was very lovely in the atrium area . It was a beautiful setting with a nice view of the outside area. It was a pleasant ambiance and the food was enjoyed by my entire family. Very nice relaxing day!

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Adequate and awful. The server seemed to have little ability to describe menu items and was extremely slow.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow even though there was very few patrons in the restaurant. Splitting the bill was a nightmare. Also the prices were quite high.

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KC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The menu was not as it was advertised on their website. The service was good and the prices were affordable, but the atmosphere was more coffee shop than expected.

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SS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Ratings for food, ambiance, and value should be N/A. Our experience may have been an anomaly due to short staff. We did arrive ten mins late to our reservation, but with only three other visible parties seated, we were told we would need to wait another 5-10 mins. Two other parties of two arrived after us and were waiting as well us. We waited 20 minutes when one of the three visible seated parties decided to leave as they had not yet placed their order. At this time, we left as well. This restaurant is attached to /inside the Sheraton Hotel if you are looking for it.

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m
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing special about this place unfortunately. I would not recommend nor would I return. Disappointing experience. The food was bland and uninspired.

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R
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. I really enjoyed my salmon salad, it had very fresh ingredients and was well prepared. The service was slow. I think there was a miss communication between servers as to who would wait on our party. I would try it again in hopes that it would not happen agin because we all enjoyed our lunch.

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MO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Selection limited, but what we ordered was good. Very cozy, quiet atmosphere. Was very glad I chose this for my outing. Hope to be back again.

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SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

What a disappointment! Everything about this restaurant screamed "college dining hall".

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4
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Not foodie quality, but a step above the diner chains. The hotel in its park-like fairground setting is an oasis in suburban sprawl, and we're happy to stay and eat in comfy surroundings when visiting family nearby.

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AG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We were 15 minutes early and did not get seated until 15 after our arrival. The service was very slow. We had to ask the busboy to clear plates. We could not find the waitress. The food was cold when it was delivered to the table. It was confusing to me because as I looked around, there were a lot of empty tables. Hostesses and waitresses were standing around talking. Food was excellent when it came out the second time hot.

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j
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Other than good turkey, the food was delivered off kilter. The rolls were delivered AFTER the food. The food was delivered immediately after the salad. We had to wait 45 minutes after eating for the check. What was advertised as Apple crisp was nothing more than a very poor apple pie. Other than good turkey this is a place not to be returned to.

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LP
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed a tasty Thanksgiving dinner served "family style." Loved the setting, pacing and style of service...Our server was polite but lacked evidence of training, i.e. A party of 3 seated at a table set for 4, he or a bus boy should have removed the extra place setting prior to, or upon our being seated. The space was definitely needed for better placement of serving bowls and platter for family style serving. After the meal, the dinner plates should have been cleared before serving dessert and we should be asked if we'd like to have coffee. Attention to these service details would have made an overall nice dining experience even nicer. We're giving this restaurant consideration for Christmas Dinner, "family style."

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F
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went to here to celebrate our tenth anniversary with family. We all ordered the prime rib special. They were out of Yorkshire pudding, the signature salad, the waitress didn't recommend the soup, and she was unsure of what came with the meal and what didn't. Once we ordered, the food was good, but it was not amazing. Some components were perfect (prime rib), some were under seasoned (potatoes and veggies), and some were over seasoned and salty ( Mac and cheese, collard greens). Overall we have come to expect amazing here and this night was off. Even dessert was limited to cheesecake or ice cream even though the advertising and online menu boast three non ice cream desserts. So, meh. That's how I felt about dinner.

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K
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I found this restaurant on Open Table while looking for a new place for a friend and I to have dinner. The farm fresh produce intriqued us so we were willing to pay a little more than normal. We ordered the steak and chicken entrees to split and the risotto. The chicken was very dry and was completely falling apart while trying to eat it. The steak was good but low quality for the price. The risotto on the other hand was fantastic and creamy. The vegetables that came with the entree were equally declicious. We had the coffee ice cream for dessert, fantastic!!

The quality of the food does not match the price. Although the service and some of the food was good, I'm sorry to say, I don't think I will be returning here.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The food was far too small to notice appetizer on the table. Two buck chuck wine served for $20 bottle low end. Lobster pasta,paste! No lobster,lots of bread crumbs, bread was too cold, the main course, my Lady had the chicken. Served dry, no sauce, no seasoning, she Returned. Ca vier a joke 6 eggs literally on a slice of Radish size of s penny. 8:30 dinner with no more than 8 couples if that, we were told that the desert, which had to be shared Lava cake, was not available from the paper menu.
she loves cheese cake, we took it to go. Awful our dog managed to get it down.
I was going to propose. However with the meal that she looked so forward to
I decided the Sheraton Mckinleys was not the spot.
the only thing that kept everyone from complaining was the service from our waiter who goes by Angel.
We eat and Travel the world, this place had 5 stars for being the worst, stranger's joined our table to discuss how bad after our meals. A waste of $150.00
NEVER AGAIN.

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D
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at McKinley's Grille was excellent all round. I had the Valentine martini which I loved but we opted not to have wine. The lobster mac, crab cakes, and steak were perfect as was the service. We ate on the patio under the stars! It was a beautiful and romantic setting!

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UN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was the worst meal I've had in a long time, and it wasn't cheap. We were told the menu for that night was fixed (I have been there for lunch and was somewhat familar with the options), yet I saw people eating other food as I was leaving. The crab cakes were greasy and fishy, and did not taste like crab. I could not eat the striploin, it was fatty and I didn't like the spice used (sage maybe) which was also in the onion soup. I didn't like having to choose between soup and salad, especially since the "starter" menu was limited. And why no bread? Also, there was no non-alcoholic substitution for champagne and we were charged extra for soft drinks. I will not recommend this restaurant and have already told some of my co-workers about our unfortunate experience.

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n
Orange County
147 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at this restaurant are topnotch. This is a very quiet place where you can relax and sit outdoors and just enjoy the scenery and the food.

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EB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The manager, Tim, was wonderful: personable and accomodated us regarding the chef's poor cooking on one of our orders; however, overall, we were disappointed. The steak ordered med-rare was absolutely raw! It can happen, but it was returned raw again after a second attempt. It looked as though it was not put back on the grill! A third attempt (with the mamager's assistance) finally resulted in a med-rare steak.....though after the rest of the party had finished most of their entrees. The manager was apologetic and comped the steak, but after that experience and the fact the prices are quite high it would be difficult to return.
For example, braised beef shortribs were $26 and I only received 1(one!!) rib. Quite out of the ordinary for $26.

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PP
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I don't think of going to a hotel's restaurant when I'm at home. But won a nights stay with dinner and breakfast at the Pomona FairPlex Sheraton. My Short Ribs needed a sauce to finish the dish. The potato and other veggies were very good. Passed on the al dente kale. My husband had the pork chop which he gave a 3 out of 5. Menu good but limited. Out of Lava Cake dessert.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A restaurant housed in a hotel is not usually a choice I'd make for a birthday dinner, however, I was intrigued by the fact that this restaurant has a strong commitment to using produce grown on the surrounding fairground premises.

Tasty and oh-so-crunchy; the wild rice and farm vegetable stir fry with cashews and hoisin is the dish that will keep me coming back. Dedication to local deliciousness carries through to dessert s, where Dr. Bob's ice cream makes an appearance.

Portions sizes are enough to satisfy without overdoing it. So many things were done correctly. From the helpful and courteous parking lot attendants, to the knowledgeable wait staff, to the very visible and welcoming manager, all were delightful.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

the butternut soup was awesome! the prime rib was good not great, my husbands turket dinner was cold.
It was expensive for what we got so probably wouldn't go back

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Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and meal for Christmas Dinner get together. To top it off we had several with us who have Dairy and Gluteen intolerances and the servers where very in tune and thoughtful of the situations. Great meal, will come back again!!

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