Melrose Grill

4.8
1659 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
Renton’s Finest Foods Since 1901! * Steakhouse voted #1 Western WA 2010 & 2014 * Historic Landmark in Renton
The building in which the Melrose Grill resides was established in 1901 and has served as a tavern since the days of the horse and buggy. It also operated as a pool hall, soda shop and card room during Prohibition. Recently restored, Melrose Grill kept its historic roots with the original mirror-backed bar with its rich, dark woods. The walls showcase vintage photos that highlight the transitions this grand building has gone through. With wainscoting on the walls, low-slung lamps and high ceilings the space feels as open as the West was when it was built. The Food and Service at Melrose Grill will amaze and delight your senses. We work hard to provide our customers with the finest foods available, and prepare them in a way that will tame even most particular palate. Voted #1 Steakhouse in Western WA by King 5 & Evening Ma.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - 5:00 p.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Phone number
(425) 254-0759
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Scott Jameson
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Private party facilities
The back of the restaurant holds a maximum of 32 people. It consists of 2, 6 top booths and 3 other tables that can be moved around to accommodate the party.
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Private party contact
Franco Phillips: (877) 516-8806
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wells Ave. S.
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Parking details
You can park in our private lot on the west side of the Melrose or there is a public lot on the east side of Wells Ave S. Also street parking available.
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Public transit
Renton Transit Center is 5 blocks away.
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Special events & promotions
Monday nights we offer a 1/2 price wine menu.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1659 People Are Saying
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DT
Seattle
4 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is always great!! I especially love the cajun seafood and my wife loves the filet.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence as usual! Make reservations or you’ll have a long wait.

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RO
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding the best steak i have ever had get the delmonico

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OT
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Service is always spectacular!

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W
Seattle
3 reviews
3.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great vibe and ambiance, though a bit noisy. Good food and service. I would eat here again.

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C
Seattle
3 reviews
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melrose Grill is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. It’s fabulous.

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D
Seattle
5 reviews
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I have never had a bad meal here. Steaks, stroganoff, all of it is great.

The beer list could be better though.

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MD
1 review
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of our meal was delicious!! Service was excellent. If you are a halibut fan this is a MUST order. It’s hard to bypass their steaks, but this was the best prepared fish in Seattle! The cheesecake melts in your mouth and the coconut bread pudding was to die for. Traveled to Seattle from New Mexico and it is THE place we always go and look forward to before we leave home.

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BA
Seattle
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our guest said it was the best steak (filet mignon) he had ever had and we all tended to agree. We each had one and they were delicious

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SS
1 review
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in Seattle area hands down!!! Had the Filet one night and the Ribeye the next. Both were amazing!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yummy!
Had to send and my steak back, but when it came back it was done correctly and was delicious.
Our waiter was dry in personality and never offered his name.
He did recognize via our reservation that it was our anniversary and treated ya to dessert.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and food was phenomenal!

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TC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I drove nearly 30 miles to go to the Melrose Grill. I've been there in the past and it never disappoints. I've been to almost all of the local well-know steak houses and chain steak houses, and Melrose steaks are as good, if not better, than every one of them, and at a better price.

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m
Seattle
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood steak restaurant. We've never been disappointed with the food or service.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the food at the Melrose Grill. So do lots of other people. It's a small place and the wait can be well over an hour if you don't have a reservation. The noise level is painful. But they do the best steaks. It's well worth the 30-minute drive for us. The food is simply prepared (no fusion style here) and excellent. They have the best beef I have ever tasted and it's always cooked just right. I haven't had it, but other people's lobster tails looked very good.

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r
Seattle
8 reviews
5.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse around. We love Melrose Grill.

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CK
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little (Like for real little) steakhouse. Born and raised in Renton the Melrose is a staple for us when we want to go to a steakhouse. Buffalo Ribeye was a nice change from beef. Cooked to perfection with a great sear. A perfect dirty martini and efficient non obtrusive service allowed us to enjoy our conversations and admire the food. Should have passed on desserts (not keto) but glad we didn't, it was a birthday dinner after all AND berries are fresh in the NW right now. All around perfect night at the Melrose Grill.

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JD
Seattle
4 reviews
4.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Melrose Grill is a great place to eat. Always crowded. Make sure to book a reservation way in advanced or you will wait at the door a very long time upon being a walk in. This is specific to weekend dining. Have never tried walking in during the weekdays.

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KD
1 review
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and yummy drinks! This is our go-to steak house that never disappoints.

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LW
1 review
5.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely make a reservation, very busy even midweek. The 4 of us each had a different special for the day and all enjoyed our choice. Great flavor.

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KR
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Steaks were cooked perfectly, dessert was decadent.

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K
Seattle
64 reviews
4.0Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have been there many times. Great neighborhood steakhouse with a reliable rotation of specials. Always flavorful. This time I ordered the lobster with the rib eye brochettes. It was a first for me, and probably a last as they were a bit chewy. My wife confirmed that hers are “usually” chewy as well. I imagine these prices are perhaps left over “trim cuts” off of ribeye steaks and maybe not as tender as the ribeye itself? Save for this, the rest of the meal was great as usual.

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DA
Seattle
2 reviews
4.0Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Melrose is our favorite place to dine. We travel from Puyallup but it's worth the drive. We sat in a booth in back for 6 people. Something about being in the back area just seem to reverberate the noise level. It was very difficult to have a conversation to someone across the table. It is the only reason I gave a less than outstanding rating today. Generally the noise/talking is not a problem. The servers here are impeccably trained. And the food/steaks perfectly cooked every time. You have an awesome team.

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JP
Seattle
13 reviews
4.0Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. Sometimes the mashed potatoes are a little too runny. Stick with a baked potato.

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G
Portland
17 reviews
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arguably the best steak in the Seattle area. This Renton gem operates in an unremarkable building. The steaks are outstanding and the service is outstanding as well.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Melrose. Always a great steak. This time we also tried the prawns. The service is always first rate! The food meets any downtown steak house. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. We drive down from Seattle to Renton for date nights at the Melrose Grill.

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ME
Seattle
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Melrose for years, and this was the first time ever I had to complain about one of the meals. My fiancé ordered the fresh Halibut..., it was spongy, and the blueberry sauce did not taste right.

The waitress let her order something else, so she ordered the Tiger Prawns, and they were very tough..., also, they were out of Parmesan potatoes, so we ordered the garlic mash potatoes, and they were extremely salty.

All restaurants have bad nights, and I guess we experienced one.

I have eaten at some of the best restaurants all around the country, and Melrose is still one of the best!

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LB
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my husband's birthday. I definitely recommend making reservations! We did that and were seated almost immediately. Otherwise the wait was about two hours. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was absolutely delicious. My steak was cooked exactly the way I like medium rare. When the waiter found out it was my husband's birthday, he put a candle in the cake we had just ordered for dessert!

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I
1 review
2.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

food was sub par. priced high for quality took 50 minutes for steaks that were odered medium brought medium rare. wont waste time or money here again

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TM
1 review
5.0Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a gem in Renton. The reasonable steak/entrée prices include sides. Not a cheap meal, but a good value. Waitress was very helpful, knew the specials cold, attentive but not overbearing. We were seated on time, with our Open Table reservation.

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SH
1 review
4.0Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food and service. Just a bit noisy when dining with hearing impaired Elders.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to Melrose for close to 20 years and in our opinion is the best steakhouse in Washington.

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w
Seattle
20 reviews
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our son's birthday at Melrose Grill Sunday night and were, as always, very satisfied. The food was delicious, and the server superb. Thank you for helping make another birthday celebration the best

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J
Seattle
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our regular restaurants, exceptional food and service.

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OT
Indiana
15 reviews
5.0Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal and great service.

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d
Los Angeles
17 reviews
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can't go the Seattle area without hitting the Melrose Grill for a ribeye. As always, great food and much more reasonably priced than the high dollar steakhouses.

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a
Washington DC
29 reviews
4.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The Melrose Grill is very hard to get to as the traffic in the area is TERRIBLE. And, parking is a big challenge. Yet, they insist that the whole party has to be there before they will sit you. VERY problematic.

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s
Seattle
5 reviews
4.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is our 3rd visit, and it was on par with the other 2!
We love this place

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SC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the service and food quality were absolutely amazing. In my opinion, this is THE BEST place to get surf or turf. Always an excellent experience.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service as always.

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