Stanford Grill - Columbia

4.6
5279 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Come here often and never disappointed!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall good but for the price food could be better. Service was excellent!

BC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I have recommended Stanford. I made a reservation for 1pm on Friday. I've been to Stanford a hundred times in the last 5 to 6 years. I know servers to chat with and have liked the service a lot in the past.

Friday, at 1pm there were lots of booths open. The hostess took me to a side table. I asked for a booth.
SHE TOOK ME TO THE ONE ON THE CORNER WHERE THE CHICKENS ARE COOKED AND WHERE
YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO THE KITCHEN YOU CANNOT HEAR YOURSELF, LET ALONE PARTICIPATE IN
A CONVERSATION.

I waited for my guest to arrive, I asked him if he could hear me, he said, "sort of, but it's loud here." Our
server was a tall black guy, he sensed someting was wrong, he asked if he could do anything for us, so
i asked for a booth. He sat us up up at the other end of the restaurant. I appreciate his professionalism.

Unfortunately I didn't get the name of the "hostess" but what a difference between the professional waiter
and the rude, unconcerned, unprofessional hostess. TAKE SOME ACTION.

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

Good and service was great!

c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and hospitality. Wonderful.

l
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyed dining at Stanford grill. This is our go place for special occasions, birthdays, anniversary, valentine days. Highly recommend this restaurant. Live jazz music is a plus.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here as I always do. I had the deviled eggs as an appetizer and the crabcake salad as my lunch entree. I am a deviled egg fiend and these did not disappoint at all! The flavors were amazing and they give you enough for 2 or 3 people (6 total). The crabcake salad was light and refreshing with a corn and onion salsa, tomatoes, grapefruit and avocado. The flavors were varied and came together well. My lunch companion ordered the cobb salad with no avocado. Halfway through, he noticed there was indeed avocado in the salad! Luckily he was not allergic. He brought it to the attention of the wait staff who then informed a manager that came to the table and gave a sizable gift card since it was his first time there as well as removed the item from our check. Overall I believe the incident was handled more than well and very professionally. I was impressed.

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

The food at the Stanford Grill was AMAZING! Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is cozy...little noisy but not bothersome. Parking was good.

F
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Standford Grill was great! Food was excellent & service was even better! We live in Owings Mills& don’t mind driving to Columbia because the menu & food is the best!

B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Stanford Grille is outstanding in all aspects. Food is delicious and priced appropriately. The wait staff is outstanding. You have a main server, but they all work as a team...so there is always someone close by if you need anything and your main server is momentarily tied up with another table. The live jazz band is also a nice touch. Desserts, especially the key lime pie, are also delicious. I have been there several times and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend.

MB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was great! One diner in our party had to send his prime rib for a bit more cooking. It was quite rare.

P
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Very attentive and helpful staff. Prompt service. Delicious food.

A
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Brunch was just ok. Limited menu and while they were fine making some tweaks to some items to accommodate us (we had a couple plant based people in our party) the food was underwhelming which was ashame considering the prices.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall good/okay. I recommend the ambiance of the Stanford Grill- Rockville more.

GA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stanford set a standard and never fails to live up to it. The place to go when you want to impress.

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent crab cakes and seasoning on the fresh vegetables. We will return. The restaurant needs to do something about the salt shakers that didn’t pour. My husband needs to add salt to his food for health reasons.

GC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stanford Grill is my all time favorite place to eat. I am never disappointed. The food is amazing.

KD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great place for business lunch or dinner. For whatever reason, it was very noisy this time, and we had difficulty hearing each other. Otherwise a quality meal with very good service. I will say our food arrived quicker than we expected which was a very nice surprise - and perfectly cooked for all of us.

r
Baltimore
95 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and fresh, all made in house. Desserts are very generous. My husband said he is thankful we don’t live closer, else he would be there every day! Service was great, too. Be sure to make a reservation as it gets very crowded. The noise level is very high, the only bad thing about the place. Makes it hard to hear your companions. Looking forward to returning soon!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few friends & I meet up for dinner @ the Stanford Grill about 3 times a year. It's always great food, great service and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to connect with business professionals.

AN
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always very well prepared and plentiful. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. Prices are a bit high.

BB
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Stanford Grill. The food is always amazing and the service even better!

H
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Every visit to the Stanford Grill is a good one, but things were a bit hit or miss on this occasion. The home fries on the Sunday brunch menu were just dry, unseasoned and slightly over-cooked chunks of potato. The crab eggs Benedict was good but the corn cake that is sat atop was super sweet. I simply didn't eat it.
Honestly, those were only two misses. Everything else was quite wonderful. This remains a great restaurant in my book.

SD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, servers were exceptional! Will definitely be back

HV
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eric is great! A Great French Dip Sandwich!

MN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

If you are looking for a chain, then Stanford Grill fits the bill. Everything is just ok. The jazz in the bar is a nice touch. Our waitress was fabulous, but spent too much time apologizing for the bar which was backed up. Also get a booth, otherwise it is very loud.

EJ
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Economical cocktails and meal. Love the music and Steve is always a pleasure at the bar seating.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

DG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is a little noisy as more people arrive. Also my steak was more rare than medium rare. Good prices for the food. The service was very good.

B
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Not what it used to be... good atmosphere, nice jazz, but the service is no longer on-point or at least it wasn't the night we were there. Several mistakes were made, but were corrected. The bar pours drinks far too heavy - cocktails should not simply taste like their base alcohol. Food was still well above average, though the sorbet was poor on our night. This used to be a go-to special event place for us, but the luster has worn off.

LH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, great experience. Service was outstanding. Out waitresses did an awesome job.

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. We ordered soft shell crab and stuffed salmon for main course. Generous portion and fresh ingredients. We had Chocolate uprising for dessert. Huge portion to share.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! My wife and I went for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. The team strategy they use for service was on point and really helped make our night wonderful. The fact that the food being excellent also helped! We will definitely be back.

JL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food is always there. Everything was very good. Had the prime rib this time and it was done perfectly.

OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch is pricey and selections are limited. Nevertheless we enjoyed our meals (except the super hot wasabi), and will return.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Outback steak house taste is better! And less expensive. My steak was bland with no flavor!

MZ
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants Howard County has to offer. The food is always delicious, no matter what you order, and the service is always excellent.

W
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails. Nice live music.

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our 25 th Wedding Anniversary and had a lovely evening. Food was great and steaks were cooked perfect. The server was awesome and the flourless chocolate cake was to die for.

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