The Grill at 1951

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45 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Rich wooden furniture and warm lighting set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening . Our impressive menu from our aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you'll experience firsthand why the only place to be is The Grill at 1951!
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and atmosphere was terrific I’d recommend going to this restaurant

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant was fine, though of course a bit quiet on a Sunday evening. It may be because it was quiet, or maybe it's the usual Sunday routine, but the regular menu (which looks great) wasn't available, and the restaurant was doing a buffet. Buffet's are tough for a party trying to eat vegan that evening.

S
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, The Grill at 1951 did not disappoint. This was our first time since the change from JD’s and it was awesome as usual. Love the new menu although I had a hard time choosing! Everything was cooked to perfection and the entertainment was awesome as usual! Highly recommend it!

Y
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time under new management and we left delighted. Osso bucco and rack of lamb excellent as well as our server, Tiffany. We will soon be back.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The waiter was to attentive we didn’t finish one drink and asked us twice if we wanted another way too much up-sell as my wife’s dinner I have both been in the business also soup and gumbo was warm at best but tasty food seemed like it was precooked and microwaved after reading a lot of good reviews we wanted to try we were very disappointed and probably will not give it a second chance for the price and even though I love to cook we are retired and we go out to dinner often ☹️

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was AMAZING

HG
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once the piano player played softly he was a welcome addition. The appetizers & entrees were good. The deserts were pedestrian.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My father lives in Englewood and held a golf tournament for Ohio friends at Kingsway CC. Since we didn’t know the Port Charlotte area well, he tasked me with finding somewhere for dinner. Am I glad I found The Grill at 1951!! I made reservations the day before and was then informed we needed room for one more! The reservations were updated and accommodated with no issue!!
We arrived a little before 6:00 and were seated immediately. Our waitress was extremely attentive and even noodled my dad as he was dishing it out!! Kudos!!!
Dinner was delicious!! My father and I both had Ouso Bucco!! Amazing! Fell off the bone and the gravy was sinful! Mom had the small plate fish special, Grouper, which she said was cooked perfectly and was just the right portion. The other two in our party had strip steak and a filet, both cooked perfectly to order and flavorful! A very happy Table all around!!
Then to find out from our server, the owners and head chef are from Saratoga Springs, NY, our hometown!!! No wonder we felt
Right at home! Penny came out to say hi and we laughed at the coincidence!
If you are in the Port Charlotte/ Punta Gorda area, I highly recommend stopping here for a great dinner!!!
I almost forgot!!! The music!! The night we were there had a three piece Jazz band, piano, bass, and drums....they were fantastic! And we were informed there is music every night!!!
Enjoy!! Sad I don’t live there but will definitely visit the next time we are in town!!!
Thanks Penny, Lindsey (I think that was our servers name)(sorry I forgot!!), and Davis!!

AH
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice overall. Great ambiance, service and food. We will return and recommend to friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time eating there. The hummus salsa appetizer was great as well as the bread that comes with the olive oil and balsamic. Dinner was fabulous! Try the peach Martini - so good. I will certainly be back!

KK
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, delicious food, jazz music (not live - 4:30 dinner) and beautiful art pictures on screens throughout the large dining room. A very classy place! You need to clone yourself in Traverse City, MI where we live the other 8 months!

OV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food just average and noise level made it very difficult to talk and this only became worse when the piano player started

OT
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Our server was excellent !!!!!

Food was good, not great

No atmosphere.... much to noisy.. no ambiance

Piano music would have been enjoyable if we could hear it

SE
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the 1951 as a restaurant for special occasions. The service and food are pretty incomparable to existing restaurants in Port Charlotte. We've been 3 times now within 3 weeks. It's not cheap but you get what you pay for. Excellent.

GC
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We loved this place! Had a slight problem with a mix-up in the bill but otherwise food and service by Chad were outstanding.

The art on the walls is fascinating and the option of small plates at dinner is a great bonus.

We just booked again to come back Saturday and will bring 3 other couples with us. Always great if you want to want to bring friends to enjoy your dining experience!

TT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Trying to be gentle here... Our experience wasn't bad, per se, hence the four stars across the board instead of lower. Her waitress was very friendly but a little overwhelmed by a larger table that was seated right after us. It took about 15 minutes to get our bottle of wine because she was busy answering questions at this other table.
Our food was good but not anything special. My wife had the filet mignon, slightly overcooked. I had a seafood dish which I did enjoy. The entertainment was live and the female of the duo was quite talented, saxophone flute and vocals. The pianist was okay. However, it was extremely loud to the point where I had to have my wife repeat everything she said even though she was sitting basically next to me.
All in all they tried hard however I would go to another upper scale restaurant rather than go back here.

DR
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice supper club atmosphere. Enjoyable soft jazz music. Not too loud.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Terrific Dinner!

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We were a party of 10. There were perhaps a dozen other patrons. Lots of staff. Excellent music. Dinner took almost three hours due to extraordinarily poor service. Drinks took forever, then arrived with the food. Nobody ever came around to fill water glasses. Orders got mixed up. Bussers and wait staff standing around. Our waitress kept disappearing for extended periods. When we finally were ready to leave, the "computer" system wasn't able to deliver our bills. When we finally got them, they had to be changed in several instances. The food was very good. Everyone complimented the chef

AS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New owners are bringing back the Rat Pack vibe with live music and a fresh facelift inside. We definitely will be back!

SE
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to eat at 1951. Food was excellent as it was the first time. Service was spectacular. Why? We had Shannon and she was training Chad. Between the two of them there was perfection. Nothing wrong! They even took the time to listen to old people's gab! It ain't cheap but if you want quality food and super service you pay for it.

t
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the roast duck. When this is done correctly the skin is crispy and the meat is moist and falls off the bone. Here it was not quite crispy and the meat was too tough. Still delicious though.
Wait staff was very attentive and pianist was gracious asking me for my favorite songs.

J
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A bit of a mix up at the beginning. We had reservations for 7:00 and they seated people with reservations for 7:30 before us. A bit confused at the front of the house. Dinner was good. Service was good. Overall would try again.

Z
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We arrived early for our reservation and checked in. The elderly gentleman was very polite but then proceeded to overlook us and seat 3 other parties, he then asked us again how he could help and had forgotten he had already spoken to us, he also forgot to check us in on the open table ap, which caused open table to think we didn't show up for our reservation. Not a great start to the night. Our server was delightful and apologized profusely about the amount of time it took to get our drinks and the delay in the food. Three of our party ordered appetizers, roasted brussel sprouts and 2 cups of the lobster bisque, very tasty and we have no complaints here. We followed that up with the Burrata Caprese with salad which was very basic, just cheese and tomatoes.
There was a long delay in between this food and our main dishes. Again the server apologised and said the kitchen was slammed. We ordered a variety of dishes, Chicken Modena, strip steak, lamb chops, and a filet mignon. I knew immediately that my steak was overcooked, more well done than medium, we called her over and had her remake the steak. The vegetables with three of the dishes were lukewarm and the couscous with the lamb was bordering on fridge cold. My husband had ordered a glass of wine before his meal and it actually never arrived. The filet came out the second time and again was definitely leaning towards well done, gray on the outside edges and a dime size amount of dark pink in the center. At this point, the server sent the manager to the table and he apologized and gave us both a free glass of wine.
It will be a while until we try this place out again.

WG
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic. The food was very good, although the lunch salad was not filling even with shrimp as an add-on.

BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Not much to look at from the outside but the food was top notch.

M
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’ve came to this restaurant many times, and the overall value keeps going up. Love the additional music that’s been added and the food is outstanding. As former restaurant owners, we appreciate all the effort being put forth.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Above and beyond for service for a special occasion. The food was great and the music was a great bonus. Cool idea using tv screen to rotate digital artwork, it helped deter from the old “Days Inn” breakfast room look. Will be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my father’s 86th birthday, he loved everything about it including the music. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back.

CM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

First time since name change. We had a food allergy in our party and called prior to make sure they could accommodate and they assured us.
Upon request the waitress discouraged us to “Don’t order to ere on the side of caution” due to the allergy. We asked again about the ingredients and were steered away. “I don’t want anyone to get sick”. Next we ordered an appetizer of caprese. No balsamic reduction so I asked for some and received the entire bottle from the kitchen.
Entrees were extremely bland. Lacking flavor. Felt very rushed. Coffee was very weak, watered down. Actually undrinkable to all three of us.
Prices are average for the area, but not worth paying for bland food.
I don’t write reviews but felt it necessary in this case.

DP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...great service...wonderful ambiance!!

One of the best restaurants in the area!!

K
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Piano music was nice, but kind of loud.

SS
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was cordial from the young lady that brought us water to the waitress. They were accurate in the order, pleasant to talk with, and timely with both the food and check.

DD
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed celebrating our anniversary/Valentines Day at such a fabulous venue. The music, service & food all exceeded expectations. Looking forward to returning👍

BW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

went there for Valentine's day. they had a special 5 course meal. Our waiter Michael was attentive and informative. they had a background jazz band playing which was very nice. the 5 course meal of soup, salad, appetizer, main course and desert were spread out to allow you time to eat. will go back there to eat off the regular menu

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good portions had two more meals of leftovers.

OT
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Portions of grouper sandwich low on fish, high on batter. Slaw was on bitter side. Service okay but charged meals to wrong credit cards.

PA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 6, and all loved their food. The entertainment was thoroughly enjoyable! We will be back!

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and friendly service. Nice surprise. I'll return again

C
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a special dinner with great musical entertainment, this is the place to be. We had a wonderful evening!