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About Grill 23 & Bar

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.

161 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar and Bar Menu: Open at 4:30 Daily. Valet begins at 5 pm. Dress is Business Casual.

Cross Street:
Stuart Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 542-2255

Website:
http://www.grill23.com/

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

Parking Details:
Valet at 5:00pm / $21 per car

Public Transit:
Green Line, Arlington T stop.
Orange Line, Back Bay Station

Executive Chef:
Brian Kevorkian

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Private Dining

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

Grill 23 & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (117)
Good for a Date (92)
Notable Wine List (88)
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Good for Anniversaries (82)
Business Meals (80)
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Good for Birthdays (63)
Good for Groups (51)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Worth the Drive (39)
Pre/post Theatre (38)
Fun (35)
Hot Spot (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Authentic (26)
Cozy (26)
People Watching (22)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Seasonal (12)
Casual (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great Beer (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Scenic View (4)
Healthy (3)
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·Dined a day ago

Servic was fantastic. The manager ran out in the rain to grab a lobster when they were out of stock. Food was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

I have eaten here one other time and had a better meal and evening.
Arrived earlier than our reservation and was seated immediately, at a table for 2 with one seat facing the wall. Many other seats were available. Overall food was good, but pricey. Service was choppy at the start trying to get a drink order in. they didn't have a type of rum requested and it was back and forth with that and then the server forget what the second drink was.

I wouldn't not recommend it, but it would not be on the top 2 choices for us again.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined 2 days ago

All in all, a decent place for a good steak but I probably will not be back.

Ambience (C-):
I had a reservation lined up for weeks for my wife and I and when we arrive, they walk us past plenty of empty tables in the main dining area to a conference room that was completely separate and definitely not as nice as the main dining areas. The conference room turned overflow dining area pretty much ruined the whole experience for me; it was too quiet and awkward to have a normal dining conversation. In hindsight I should have requested another table.

Service (B-):
We were seated right next to a busy wait station and our waiter seemed new and shy. Our server asked my wife if she would like her martini "on the rocks" which is not something I have ever heard before and wouldn't expect at a restaurant of this caliber. She said 'no' and it still came with lots of ice in it. Despite being in a very quiet part of the restaurant, we had difficulty understanding our server when he spoke as he kept mumbling and spoke too quietly.

Food & Drink (B):
The steak was very good but not the best I've had (see below). It was cooked correctly and had great texture and a good crust on the outside. The braised heirloom carrots were excellent. The mashed potatoes were bland and totally forgettable. Dessert was good but the cappuccino was weak and tasteless like it was made with old beans. Drinks were good but nothing special (aside from the martini on the rocks). I would hazard to say the drinks are overpriced ($20 for a Kettle One martini and $19 for a Maker's Old Fashioned). My wife did say she thought her chocolate cake was the best she's ever had. I tried it and it was indeed very good.

All in all, the whole experience was overpriced (bill came to $205). You can get better food, better ambience, and better service for roughly the same price at the Hanover Street Chophouse in NH. That place remains the gold standard by which I judge all other steak houses.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

we drove from nyc for a visit, we asked to sit upstairs in a quiet room, for my wife's bday. everything was perfect. I had the 100 day dry aged rib eye and my wife enjoyed the waygu cap,
both cooked perfectly. they were two of the best steaks I have ever eaten! the drinks were large and desert great. I eat steak in nyc at least once a week and this was worth the trip! I just wish I could have visited the aging room,, next time

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Came here to celebrate my fiance's birthday and had one of our best dining experiences ever.
The 100 day aged rib-eye was the best steak I had ever tasted in my life. The Halibut dish was also incredible. Our server Dan was friendly and knowledgable without being overbearing. Service overall was amazing. My water glass was never empty and the hostess was also very nice. Really great experience all-around and worth every dollar spent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service. Had the prime ribeye and crispy hash browns. Good flavor on the steak, but not as tender as I expected.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Our experience has always been wonderful. We arrived early for our reservation and was seated right away.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

I'd like to have given our waiter 5 stars but he did forget to put the wine order in. Not too big a deal but I do like my wine to breathe a bit before drinking. So it wasn't really ready for the meal. In his defense he was busy with a few large group tables. But given the waiters don't bring the wine and all he had to do was put it in the computer.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome 100 Day aged steak! Tip, you can split an entree and salad to save some money and room in your stomach for their Coconut cake (which is also enormous). Neil and all the servers were great! Highly recommend. Best Steak I Ever Had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

As far as steaks, this is some of the best steaks I've had in Boston.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Grill 23 is one of the best spots in Boston!
Known for the steak dishes my favorite is their Halibut!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful!

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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a lovely pre-concert dinner. Good fish for her and steak for me. Both done perfectly. The a la carte order of potatoes was huge and delicious, and there was enough left over for dinner the next day. Our only concern was how loud it was.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

First class service and an excellent meal. Kobe Cab steak was absolutely perfect. It was a fabulous experience overall. Our server, Dalton, was top notch. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.

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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

The 100 day dry aged Ribeye was spectacular! A little disappointed that we were placed at the top of the stairs at a table for two. It was like being in the middle of the street.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service - my fish was too salty and they immediately made a new one.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Great for steaks but also wonderful raw bar options and fresh seafood. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

We visited here from
Atlanta, and loved it.
As avid steak eaters, we were highly impressed by the quality! We both agreed this was one of the best steaks we have eaten. Prices are fair marketer value as well!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food! So delicious. I got the Rib eye steak and it was AMAZING! Ps don’t go if you’re broke hahaha.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

The steaks were delicious! We had the 100 day aged and the Kobe. Amazing. Asparagus and mushrooms for sides which were pretty good (the mushrooms were wonderful but the asparagus was only okay). The ambience is great but it’s kind of loud. Meal felt pretty pricey BUT those steaks were worth it. Will go again.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding service and attention!!! Excellent food and unbelievable Martinis with an outstanding wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I love the foods...filet mignon and 100 day aged ribeye are awesome ❤️ the service is nice. Just one comment that a little bit noisy in the restaurant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I am from Buffalo NY, and travel about 4 times a year to Boston. My guests, however, live in the city, and commute frequently to thier homes on the coast. I have been to your restaurant about 4 times, but not in a couple years.......since i was hosting the dinner, i thought it was time to come back.....surprisingly, my guests had never been....all of us are foodies, however, my one friend i uber foodie, and had questions that our waiter never flinched upon, he was well infomed of all of the dishes and preparations. They loved it, and a stones throw from them, this will now be undoubtedly, one of their new Go To establishments, impeccable food and wine selectons and a continuum of amazing customer service!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was good but overall, very expensive for what you got. I'm in no hurry to go back there. It' not a very good value.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our main plate was delicious but the sides plates were awful.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Love grill 23 but this time our steaks were cold and we had a gift card that they didn’t know how to honor because we didn’t have the physical card but had an email receipt.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a lovely dinner here. Waiter was especially nice. We were on a rather short time schedule and he got us out as promised.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We were a large group celebrating a special birthday. Grill 23 delivered on all accounts...food and service were top notch! Our server, Olivia was terrific and went out of her way to give us and the birthday girl extra attention. All of the above keeps Grill 23 in top rankings for Boston Steakhouses!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We came to celebrate a birthday and found ourselves very well taken care of. Our waiter, Garrett, provided excellent recommendations on both food, wine, and specials and offered to send over the sommelier for additional assistance. He was appropriately attentive and was sure to recognize the guest of honor as soon as we sat down. We followed the recommendations of some friends and Garrett and were very happy with our selection of steak and sides, as well as wine. When it came time for dessert we received a slice of delicious coconut cake complete with candle and small 'Happy Birthday' chocolate. The service was fantastic and the food was well worth the price and trip into the city to celebrate. We left with full stomachs, some leftovers, and smiles on our faces with plans to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Tonight was amazing. It was my friend and I’s first time here. The food was amazing, loved the atmosphere, and the waiter was very nice. He even misread my ID birthday as today instead of next month and kept telling me happy birthday. Very funny!! He even brought out this white chocolate bar with the chocolate layer cake I ordered with a lit candle on top! So thoughtful! 10/10 would recommend 😂😄🎂🍰

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 (London)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Brilliant evening here with a group of friends. Fantastic setting and service led to a memorable evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had an excellent meal and I much appreciated the attention to detail when it came to my food allergy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Grille 23 is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston and it did not disappoint on our recent visit. The food is always excellent and the service is top notch. We were seated upstairs for the first time, and we would have preferred the downstairs, although it wasn't really an issue. It is pricey so it's not a place we would go during the week for a bite. We only go on special occasions, but it's a real treat. I highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We took our daughter for her Birthday.
We all had something different and all of our meals were superb. Salads and sides are big enough to share.
The Coconut cake for dessert and the chocolate chip cookies were also outstanding.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a wonderful meal at a quiet space they prepared for us. We made the reservation as an anniversary date on Opentable. They prepared us a more private space upstairs, the servers and waiters were extremely patient and helpful with orders. Food was amazing and the creme brulee was the best in boston steakhouse no doubt.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrated my 40th bday. Food was incredible as always. Great service from Kevin at the bar to Garrett at our table. Thanks to Chef Bonnie for an amazingly cooked meal as well. Loved everything.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The steaks at Grill 23 & Bar are legendary, and very much deservedly so. Service is highly attentive. The wine menu is expansive. This is an eminently worthwhile splurge.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Always a great time at Grill23.
Hospitality is number one in Boston.
I can’t imagine finding a finer steakhouse anywhere in the city.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Flat iron steak outstanding. Tastiest steak I had in a while. Some of the sides missed the mark, most notably the Brussels sprouts. Not fully cooked and not really that tasty. Some places are doing amazing things with brussel sprouts these days. Somehow making them taste as good as potato chips! Cooked right they can melt in your mouth. Talking to you Dumpling Daughter in Weston!!! That's how to make brussel sprouts. But this is a steak place after all and the steak was really exceptional in flavor and texture.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We sat upstairs in "the suites" which has a completely different vibe than downstairs which is ear numbingly loud.
We had wonderful service- the absolute best!

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