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Grill 23 & Bar

4.7
4.7
7513 Reviews
$50 and over
Steak
Brandt family beef, New England seafood, seasonal produce, decadent desserts, a world-class wine list, outstanding service and warm hospitality. A truly American experience. Boston’s top steak and seafood grill for more than 30 years. Consistently named Boston's Best Steakhouse by The Improper Bostonian Magazine and Boston Magazine. A 2000+ bottle wine list that encompasses wines from around the world and is the only Boston recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 129 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 542-2255

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Marcoux

  • Catering

    For Private Dining Information, please contact us at (617) 542-2255, or email us at lpoitras@grill23.com

  • Private party facilities

    Grill 23 & Bar offers private dining for any occasion; business meetings, luncheons, dinners, celebrations and wedding. We have 6 distinct private rooms, including our Private Dining Suite that can accommodate up to 140 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Sales Manager: (877) 622-9935

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Stuart Street

  • Parking details

    We validate parking from the 100 Clarendon Garage. If you park after 5:00 PM and stay at the garage for less than three hours, validated parking is $5.

  • Public transit

    Green Line, Arlington T stop.<br />Orange Line, Back Bay Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,513 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Steak

  • Boston / New England

    Most Booked

  • Boston

    Steak

  • Boston

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  1. p

    panda

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Service was absolutely abysmal. Server barely checked on us. Probably once every 45 min. We had to ask for another round of drinks from another server. One of 2 steaks was extremely over salted, to a point where my wife had to drink water after every bite. It was a $110 steak. Unacceptable. Took most of it home and dumped it in the trash. Appetizers were great though. And drinks themselves are fantastic. The only saving grace.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect birthday celebration!
  3. E

    Elaine

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our server and our meal very much. Kind of loud but we will definitely come back again.
  4. K

    Kalo

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wasn't at the dinner, but the guests who were gave it rave reviews!
  5. I

    Indira

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very upscale. Excellent food and staff. They even have a coat check. There's a bar and they also have private dining rooms. They take very good care of you.
  6. AG

    AlexandraG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The waiters were very attentive and treated us well. My husband thought the steak was the best one he’d ever had at a restaurant. We showed up earlier than our reservation and they sat us right away. They also brought out a special dessert that had Happy Anniversary on it. I would have liked to have been sat at a bit more intimate table though rather than in the middle of the room.
  7. M

    Madd

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good as was the service. Expensive but you know what you are paying for
  8. HR

    HotelRindge

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Made a last minute reservation; got a nice table near the window; prompt, professional service; food cooked perfectly to order. The only downside; wine WAY marked up. Found a decent bottle, but that Wine Spectator award probably went to their head. I go again, but probably rob a bank for one of those pricier bottles.
  9. JC

    JasonC

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable. Food was perfect.
  10. KS

    KristjanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We went to your place with really high expectations since its got some great reviews. We both had great starters and the service was supernice. However when we had our main courses where we both picked the 110$ Kobe steaks we were greatly dissapointed. Both steakes were basically burned on the outside and my wifes supposely medium cooked steak was somewhere between rare and medium rare cooked. I ordered a bernaise souse and got some kind of white cold souse with a hint of bernaise essence taste (common its an insult to real European bernaise souse) So in general we felt that the food was overprized due to lack of quality. Sorry for the bad review but you kindly asked for our honest opinion. Great looking place and great service.
  11. DM

    DeeMac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and food. Heather, our waitress, was wonderful! Very attentive to our needs and constantly checked in on us. Would highly recommend to a friend. :)
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Food wasn’t the same as it has been for many years. Room we were in was freezing. Prices have gone up considerably.
  13. JM

    JustinM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Garrett was an amazing waiter and extremely knowledgeable. Drinks were amazing! The Kobe Cap Steak is the best steak I've ever had. Highly recommend!
  14. l

    lisas

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing , atmosphere and food outstanding ! Enjoyed our night out !
  15. MH

    MarthaH

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a good experience. Steaks were not done properly so had to eat our sides by themselves before the streaks came out. New sides we’re not brought out so were cold by the time the steaks were done.
  16. EO

    EugeneO

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at your restaurant was a terrific experience, a perfect ending to our Thanksgiving trip to Boston. When next in the city, we'll be back!
  17. BT

    BostonTastes

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent is an understatement. The tater tots are the best.
  18. CW

    CWright

    New England

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    One of the best Thanksgiving meals we have had when we choose to eat out instead of cook ourselves. The service was great, well paced and not rushed. The food was very good.
  19. L

    Liles

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yummy food, fun, boisterous atmosphere and friendly, attentive service. The four of us all enjoyed everything we ate, from the starters (wedge salad, lobster bisque and the beet and arugula salad) to the steaks and turkey.. it was Thanksgiving (NY Prime, Ribeye and Steak Frites), to the desserts (chocolate chip cookies, chocolate layer cake, coconut cake and, of course, pumpkin pie!) The drinks were also great ( I had margarita on the rocks, and my husband took it old school with a Rob Roy. He also had some red wine with dinner). This was our fourth time dining at Grill 23, and of all the restaurants we have been to in Boston, it is our favorite! Always a good time and consistently delicious food. Everything a steakhouse should be. Highly recommend!
  20. JW

    JeffreyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Definitely worth giving it a shot. Pricey but hey it’s Boston
  21. BG

    BostonGreg

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I have been going every thanksgiving since 2007. Such a wonderful place ❤️
  22. D

    Derrick

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    The Thanksgiving Turkey was basically inedible. Grill 23 is such a good restaurant, but the Thanksgiving dinner was a disastrous letdown.
  23. DR

    DuncanR

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent wine list/very expensive. Excellent service, food - very good.
  24. LS

    LawrenceS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Very noisy We felt rushed I had to send my steak back twice. I ordered med rare and it came out almost raw first and then too rare . I’ve been coming to this restaurant for over thirty years and never experienced anything like this.
  25. M

    Marion135

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We were looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. While we enjoyed our meal and received very good service, overall this was hardly the exceptional experience we remembered from past visits. The turkey and stuffing were well presented but somewhat dried out. My request for additional gravy (because of the dry turkey) was attended to promptly, but showed up on our bill as a $6.00 charge for literally a few tablespoons of gravy in a condiment-sized cup. This is a fairly expensive venue and we found this charge petty and unnecessary (along with $25 for valet parking). While we've enjoyed Grill 23 in the past, and recommended it to many others, I'm not sure we'll be returning after this.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Dinner was amazing! The service and the food was good as always.
  27. l

    luv2dine

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  28. DM

    DMVW

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here on Thanksgiving since our family could not be together. My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal of lobster bisque, beet and arugula salad, filet and ribeye, awesome sides, a spectacular bottle of wine and a lovely seasonal dessert. Yes, they had traditional Thanksgiving offerings but if you are coming to this restaurant you want to order their beef. Outstanding. And though it was a holiday, the service was friendly and courteous. No rushing us in or out. It is one of our favorite Boston restaurants and we will be back.
  29. JW

    JoshuaW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our visit to Grill 23 was fantastic. Our server SOnny went above and beyond. Will definitely be returning.
  30. JS

    JenniferS

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sonny our server was amazing! I especially loved the deserts prepared by Valerie and Stacy the pastry chefs as we had 3 of the options!
  31. TS

    TheresaS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great servers -
  32. S

    Scottie

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a marvelous Thanksgiving dinner and everyone was able to get what they wanted, from traditional Thanksgiving foods like perfectly cooked turkey to filet mignon. The sides were perfect, and great for sharing. Service was outstanding with accommodating and knowledgeable staff. The dining rooms are lovely.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting Boston for Thanksgiving. The evening was a lovely experience. Thank you!
  34. G

    Gopher

    Orlando

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, excellent service, insanely awesome wine list.
  35. RC

    RobC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This place has been a go to for years when traveling to Boston. Unfortunately, the food was just not as good as it has been in the past. They put in the wrong order for me and so we had to wait an extra 20 minutes for my food while my wife’s food was at the table. Unfortunately, when my steak did arrive, it was considerably overcooked. At that point in the meal, there was no way I was going to wait another 20 minutes. They did provide a free dessert as compensation, but the experience was just not like it has been in the past. I hope we just hit them on a tough night and that they are consistently better than they were last evening. However, I will go to another steak house next time we are in Boston.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time
  37. S

    Savvydiner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect ambiance, the food was superb, the service was excellent. Grill 23 never disappoints and I highly recommend.
  38. A

    Andrew

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Grill 23 was outstanding. My parents and I loved our meal and all three of us want to return. Our service, food, and drinks were all perfect. Both of my parents hadn't been before and agreed it was the best meal they had had. We all started with the 2 oz. wagyu and loved it. We all had different steaks: filet mignon, steak frites, and the NY prime. They were all amazing. For dessert we had cookies, creme brulee, and coconut cake. My father described the wine pairing as "happiness in a glass." The desserts were all magnificent. Grill 23 is where I go for special occasions-like when my parents visit-and it never fails to exceed my expectations.
  39. B

    Beedle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food and atmosphere. Ordered a bone-in filet that was among the best I’ve had. Bread pudding was incredible. Great place for special occasions.
  40. P

    Preston22

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    This used to be my favorite steakhouse in Boston. Unfortunately the food was just not up to par this evening. Steak was over cooked, tasted old. Caesar salad was overdressed yet somehow still bland, had like one anchovy in the whole salad. Oscar style presentation was a mountain of some sort of tasteless white sauce yet the crab was somehow still dry (and I didn’t care for the chopped up asparagus, a few intact spears would be fine). Had two martinis, one was full of ice chips second was much better. Dessert was good if unremarkable. Service as usual was impeccable, ambiance was lovely. Had a nice time but at this price the food really needs to be much better.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Grill 23 & Bar using the Order Online button. Grill 23 & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 542-2255.

Grill 23 & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 7513 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 129 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Grill 23 & Bar

161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stuart Street

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We validate parking from the 100 Clarendon Garage. If you park after 5:00 PM and stay at the garage for less than three hours, validated parking is $5.

  • Public transit

    Green Line, Arlington T stop.Orange Line, Back Bay Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Marcoux

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 542-2255

  • Catering

    For Private Dining Information, please contact us at (617) 542-2255, or email us at lpoitras@grill23.com

  • Private party facilities

    Grill 23 & Bar offers private dining for any occasion; business meetings, luncheons, dinners, celebrations and wedding. We have 6 distinct private rooms, including our Private Dining Suite that can accommodate up to 140 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Sales Manager: (877) 622-9935

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