Grill 23 & Bar

4.7
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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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CW
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the first time I've sat for dinner at Grill 23, I have been there several times for drinks and a lite meal at the bar. We started with martinis upstairs at the cozy bar, wonderful ice cold glasses and homemade chips to snack. We moved on to a seated dinner. The service is impeccable. We ordered the 100-day aged ribeye steaks to share and the kitchen plates it separately for us, it was just delicious! A nice bottle of red and it was a wonderful evening.

I only went 4 stars on the ambiance for being seated at the top of the stairs in a bit of a high traffic area. We had checked in 45 minutes early indicating we were getting a drink first and could that save a nice table for us upstairs, but unfortunately that didn't turn into a cozy spot.

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MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely experience. Beautiful interior, the service was outstanding and the food was out of this world. Get the Famour Coconut Cake for dessert!

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely want to come back! Loved it,
the food was amazing, the service was just perfect.

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation for 8.30, but did not get seated until 9.10!!! They made us wait more than half an hour!!!

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t
New England
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had foisgras as an app special! All four of us enjoyed our meal. Seated on time for 8:15 reservation. Easy valet and coat check. Steaks and veal cooked as ordered. Service was at a nice leisurely but attentive pace. Wine guy nailed a good choice cabernet per our price point.

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AT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was Very Nice, we went on a Saturday night of Valentines weekend. The restaurant was very busy and loud. But the server Lindsey was attentive to our needs, and another server Ryan was also Pleasant to us. I will go back for my Birthday in March. Food was Excellent.

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A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME! We had a great meal, one of the best! We also met a few of the very friendly staff. Everything was just perfect!

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RL
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding wine list and service. Pricey but worth it.

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grill 23 is a delightful old-school steakhouse. Delicious food and classically proper service. Much better than all of the chains.

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DG
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Valentine’s birthday dinner. Always a fantastic evening out! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. I can’t say enough great things. But please bring the cauliflower au gratin back. We love Grill 23 - it’s Boston’s finest!

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KD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I got the fillet, it was a little tougher than I've had in the past.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very good experience. Service was incredible. The water class was never empty. The food was great. I had the 100 day aged ribeye which lived up to its expectation. The salads and sides were great as well. It was a little loud in there probably because it was very busy and full. Overall great experience.

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TB
New England
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel like a broken record when giving reviews about Grill 23. The staff always makes you feel special - making it a point to come over and say hello (referring to Brian the sommelier, other waiters..) The food always seems like there was a special effort made just for you but it delivers time and time again. Chris our waiter hovers over us is like we’re his only guests. The steaks are like dessert. I rarely leave anything in my plate. The wine selection continues to evolve. Just when you thought their selection couldn’t be improved.

As my kids get older they’re becoming more demanding of Grill 23. Ah, the next generation.. They won’t be disappointed.

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure! Food is perfection, the drinks are honest, and the staff is genuine.

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CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gentleman who was our server was excellent, the food was absolutely delicious, and the decor added to an incredible meal.

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New England
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Valentine’s Day. 100 day ribeye was incredible! Calamari was ok. Wine list and sommelier was awesome! Sides were all good. Kosta Browne 1/2 bottle 2014 Russian River way over priced. Coconut cake was horrible, sorry. Service was spectacular.

Will definitely go back again.

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dinner for Valentine’s Day. The evening could not have been more perfect!!!

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KP
New England
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Valentines Day dinner at Grill 23 and as usual we were not disappointed. This restaurant has been a favorite of ours for many years.

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NT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and food are the best. I took my two daughters for Valentine's day and they loved it.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine menu, really knowledgeable Somm and wait staff. Wonderful dining experience!

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

Lovely dinner with family! Will definitely be back!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugo the Manager was excellent. He had our table right on time. My wife misplaced her mobile phone and when we got home the app located the phone at the restaurant. Hugo, while very bizzzzzzzy still took the time to go around and found the mobile in the table cloth in the basement. EXCELLENT guy and credit to the restaurant!
The food and service was excellent.

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

Family dinner, food was awesome, restaurant was very busy , server communicated good timelines. 1 criticism was server on two occasions came to take order dinner & dessert while half the party was in the restroom. Maybe a little picky, but it was odd. Overall exceptional experience.

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Busy Saturday night yet they were able to seat us early. Nice selection on menu. Would come back anytime.

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JM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall I had a positive experience. I had the signature New York steak, which was pretty good. I also shared some broccoli and mashed potatoes. My girlfriend and I agreed that everything could have used a bit less salt, but the food was still good.

We ordered wine, and the glasses were huge. Definitely value there.

I wish the desert menu was a bit more basic, like chocolate cake, but I’m sure people have favorites on there. I made a reservation on open table and put my birthday as the occasion. I didn’t mention birthday to the server or anyone during the dinner, but he still brought out some ice cream which was a nice touch.

Atmosphere was quite noisy, but wasn’t too bad. It was a bit hard to have a conversation. The chairs are designed to be sit back and relax style. This was great until I had to lean forward in my seat to eat my huge steak.

Overall I think some people could really enjoy this place. It isn’t my style, but I am glad to have experienced it.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We booked this reservation for my moms 65th birthday. I wrote in the comments to have a Titos and soda at the table for her, and that it was her birthday and that we wanted to make sure a dessert was sent to the table. They confirmed via email and called the day before as well - even confirmed the vodka choice was titos.

Neither of these things happened. Also, my moms dinner had to be sent back 3 times as the steak was not cooked right - 3 times. The managers did come out to apologize, but when dessert came they brought her the coconut cake she ordered but no candle. My dad asked nicely if they can maybe find a candle, as the confirmation on the reservation said they would bring out a birthday dessert with a candle. (We know they do hits and have celebrated birthdays here before). Good news, they brought an extra dessert with a candle on it.

Overall, fine experience, but just missed the mark on what could have been a really special night. Turning 65 was not a fun one for my mom, and she was nervous already to celebrate. When we told her where dinner was so was beyond excited because she fell in love with this restaurant the last time she was there. Just a small disappointment as we all expected a much better experience. Managers apologized to her, but just thinking through it all, for such an expensive place they should have never had to.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

In a word, underwhelming. While the atmosphere and service was impressive, the menu offerings were uninspiring. The appetizer selection left something to be desired and while the steak was cooked to our liking, it did not make much of an impression. Our side of mushrooms was mediocre in taste - minimal shallot or herb presence and was presented warm rather than hot. Overall, it was forgettable.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and excellent meal!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience the steak and sides were equally amazing. The only down side is that I ate so much.

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BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We are from NY and come here to visit our children who are in college in Boston. This was our third time here. The first time was Amazing! The second time nearly as great. But this time we were pretty disappointed. I had the salmon from the menu which was just ordinary. My salmon was over cooked and it sat atop wilted baby spinach and some halved baby potatoes. Just plain and ordinary. There was a pistachio pesto on top of the salmon which was very cold. It was like a ball/lump and off-tasting. Very odd and unappealing. Also more black than green. This dish would have been better with a sauce. The drinks here are always great and the desserts are also worth the trip. Our staff was kind and informative, but a bit absent. I would think about other options before coming here again on our next trip back.

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EH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in Boston

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! And wonderful service! ❤️❤️❤️

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great. Will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent. Sommelier was eager to help and made an excellent suggestion well. Fantastic meal and impressed our partners while providing a comfortable, delicious environment.

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LD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a special occasion. The food is outstanding, service is attentive and not intrusive.

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

Great classical steak and seafood house in a historical Boston space, definitely a must try.

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Ambiance was good.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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