Stanford Grill - Columbia

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Contemporary American
With a unique focus on creating an inviting upscale casual dining experience, we serve fresh, familiar food in a high-energy, sophisticated setting. Our chefs prepare full-flavored food from scratch daily, using fresh seasonal ingredients. We stay true to classic American comfort food that is simple, but deliciously prepared. A knowledgeable team approach provides unwavering attention to delighting our guests with warm and consistent service. Stanford Grill's timeless atmosphere appeals to discerning adults who are seeking a dining experience that is energetic, upscale but approachable.
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everyone was attentive. Orders arrived promptly.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time with great friends! We all love Woodmont Grill in Bethesda and Stanford Grill is its long lost cousin closer to my new home! I will be seeing more of our long lost cousin!

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

Always delicious food. Attentive wait staff, but not 'in your face', 'in and out' like some places can be. Came here for a business lunch and came away satisfied.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for our anniversary lunch date!

p
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday. service and food were excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! Everything was just amazing, my 3rd visit here and it’s always a pleasant experience

m
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Been here a number of times. The food is always fantastic. The prices are a bit high but I feel are appropriate for the quality and portions of food you will receive. Went there during the evening, for the first time, to experience their nightly jazz offering. Where we were sitting, about half way across the main dining room, you could hear the jazz but it was sort of difficult. It was noisy but it was a full house so not much you can do about that. For my wife and I, Stanford Grill would be a "special occasion" type of restaurant, like Ruth Chris's Steakhouse.

S
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hannah was a great waitress and she is well versed.

She took the time to make various selections for my wife who was looking for vegan options.

Food was prompt, hot and delicious.

M
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great!!!

HW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, staff was attentive and knowledgeable and food portions were huge.

S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. One of my favorite restaurants. The food is always good and the service is consistently excellent.

A
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Stanford Grille and it was absolutely amazing! The rotisserie chicken was flavorful and tender and the mashed potatoes were too die for. The string beans were undercooked and not well seasoned so I wouldn't suggest ordering them...I did order spinach in it's place and that was very good.

Great place for date night... Great ambiance, nice music and good food for an affordable price! If you haven't been, definitely suggest checking it out.

H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wife and I went for dinner. The band was a little louder than we liked. A lot of the neighboring tables were yelling back and forth to get over the music. Overall the food and service were both very good.

B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great! I was there for a late lunch and had the Branzino. Very tasty.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good but the service was slow, server was very busy. Couldn’t get a refill while eating lunch. Frequent diners from take out and take family from out of town here. Will be back, expecting better next time.

n
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous, except bv the noise level was above average.

a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stanford Grill is my go-to place for elegance and ambiance in Columbia. Two friends and I dined there recently and had a very good dining experience.

P
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice greeting. Seated right away, outside. Server, Brandon was very professional and full educated on all possible dishes. Checked for food allergies or sensitivities ahead so he could guide us. Good service throughout the meal. Good place to dine.

SR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is always consistent. The staff knows what they are doing from the moment you enter the restaurant until you walk out the door. Everyone works hard to provide you with a great experience.

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We both ordered the rotisserie chicken. Mine was so salty to be unpalatable to me. So I switched with my husbands which though still highly seasoned was edible.
The waiter and manager both apologized to us and offered a replacement dish. However because of time constraints we could not do.
I have eaten there in the past so I will return but never again will I order the chicken

MO
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and friendly service. The specials this time around were very good and reasonably priced.

C
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have lost count how many times we have dined at Stanford Grill and they deserve a 5 star rating. I will sing them on I ordered the red snapper special. The runner brings me the Tuna and insists it is Snapper. I then call the server over who also insists it is Tuna. At that point I ask to have the kitchen look at it and they admit is was Tuna... quickly made me Snapper so not a big deal but I expect more.

As always the volume inside the restaurant with the low ceilings and the Jazz group piped in via loudspeakers is way too loud.

BP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Two weeks ago I ordered the Crab Scramble for the first time at the Copper Canyon in Silver Springs and it was excellent. So, we were expecting the same quality at Stanford Grill, but sadly didn't receive it. We received in comparison one tiny lump of crab meat, and the eggs were scrambled hard, a smidgen of sour cream and chives. So disappointing. I choose not to complain for once, wasn't feeling well, my sister picked through her's eating very little. I'm going to try you one more time for that item, everyone have an off day. The Danish Ribs were absolutely incredible that my brother-in-love ordered. Oh yeah, glad he shared a rib. I'll see you soon. ⚘

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first brunch at Stanford. It was lovely. We would go back again.

w
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have to give this place 5 stars. Definitely one of the nicer places to eat in Columbia. We were there as a party of six for a birthday dinner for the Mom-in-law. I'll be honest --- I'm just not used to the level of service that you get at the Stanford Grill. Our waiter was incredible, as was the rest of the waitstaff.

Good-sized selection of various foods on the menu, and we ordered everything from salads to the salmon to a couple of prime ribs (my son and me). Everyone said it was all very well prepared and tasted wonderful.

The grandparents got drinks and they said they were happy with those.

Honestly my only complaint is that it is pretty loud. It's an open place, neither carpet nor closed ceiling, and they have a very nice 3-piece band playing up front. But that all makes for a pretty loud place. If you have hearing aids, bring them (seriously).

With all of that, expect to pay for what you get. Great service and great food = a very expensive place to eat. Check out the menu -- prices are there. Very expensive for the Columbia area, but worth it.

Will definitely go again, since my wife says so.

BB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My wife and I would go out intending to enjoy our company and eat tasty cuisine. I don’t know what happened, but the price we paid for what we got was an imbalance of huge proportion. We could’ve gotten better at a less expensive establishment and been better able to hear each other. The lesson learned here is that one should go by quality not overinflated name.

CF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Had major reservation issues which were eventually resolved (but not in an amicable and helpful way) by staff/management. Service was very good and attentive although somewhat chilly, and food was decent but bland all around (apps and entrees all). Need far more vegetarian-friendly options besides a veggie plate of essentially steamed vegetables and a veggie burger. Most appetizers not veg-friendly (e.g., spinach/artichoke dip made with chicken stock).

S
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Stanford Grill for many years and frequent the restaurant often for both business and personal meetings and gatherings. This was the first time however that I rated your restaurant less that Outstanding. Myself and one other guest ordered the Plank Salmon. It tasted great but the portion was very small. One other guest ordered the Rotisserie Chicken and found it tough and chewy.

GN
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food, ambience.. company. Then came time to pay. Looking hi and low in Open Table app for my check so I can pay with Apple Pay, like before. Waiter said that he didn’t really understand how that worked asked for his manager to visit our table. After a few minutes she appeared, listened to my explanation of my previous experience. She then shared that the feature is no longer available, corporate decision to remove electronic payments. Stunned... provided my card and settled the check. Slightly embarrassing moment for me as this was a bit awkward after so far a flawless evening! Disappointed not knowing the restaurant changed policy... too bad not informed before scheduling.... Would rather dine where Apple Pay is accepted; it had been here so... became a favorite place to take friends. Maybe not so much for next time.

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both outstanding!! The bacon mac n cheese is the best ever! Can't wait to go back.

PH
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went in Friday evening to celebrate my birthday. I was not disposed. The service was excellent as was the food and live jazz.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was AWESOME! Loved the food, music & service

BK
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My dinner was good but the temperature could have been hotter.

GJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service, and atmosphere was great! We look forward to coming back.

GD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.

Great for business meals

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trout special was very good. I always get the Steak Salad w pears. Awesome. Service was impeccable. The one and only complaint I have is it is very noisy.

MC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was wonderful as was the food. We were concerned about the very high noise level in the main dining venue but they were able to accommodate us on the patio. It was a perfect place to celebrate our 49th anniversary. Not sure we would have enjoyed nearly as much in the main area since my husband wears hearing aides and he had to remove them immediately upon entering. Guess we will only dine there during the warmer months and when the patio is available.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service and great atmosphere. Will definitely make it a go to place when we’re in town. Thanks for your hospitality

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived on time for our reservations and were brought immediately to our seats: a table near the front. Since this was our anniversary we asked for a booth instead. Although it was packed (on a Tuesday night) the hostess graciously accommodated us. Our waitress was attentive without being invasive; prompt, pleasant and helpful. The food: crab-crusted cod & rockfish, was very delicious with ample servings. We were treated to our choice of dessert. It was a difficult decision but the key lime pie was absolutely incredible. Other servers acknowledged our event and each made us feel very special. It’s not hard to understand why this is our favorite restaurant.

RV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved everything about the place. I'll definitely recommend it to anyone and will be back again real soon.

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