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The Grill Room & Bar, Portland, ME

The Grill Room & Bar

4.5
4.5
744 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Opened by local chef/owner Harding Lee Smith & located in the heart of the historic Old Port, The Grill Room & Bar, has been a staple in Portland's burgeoning food since 2008. An open kitchen concept featuring locally sourced french inspired plates makes this "urban steakhouse" a distinctive dining experience for any occasion. Enjoy Chef Entrees or the A la Carte Menu. In addition, The Grill Room Bar offers a generous variety of wine, local beer & handcrafted cocktails. Stop in from 4-6pm Tuesday - Saturday for Happy Hour Small Bites & Drinks. The patio is pet friendly and is available for seating on a weather dependent basis. The Grill Room is joined by Portland sister restaurants The Front Room & Corner Room & The Mountain Room & Last Run Room @ Sunday River Ski Resort... Walk-ins are welcome although reservations are highly recommended.
Large parties are encouraged to call the restaurant directly @ 207 774 2333 or email thegrillroom@gmail.com for reservation needs.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 774-2333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Harding Lee Smith

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Middle St

  • Parking details

    Several parking garages in the surrounding area

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 744 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JS

    JosephS

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was outstanding!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding!
  3. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The restaurant seated us pretty much right at our reservations time. We were seated near the kitchen/service area and adjacent to the door leading to outside seating, so it was a bit drafty every time the door opened and the noise level of that area was higher than in other places in the venue, but we got the reservation last-minute, so we were happy to have been there. Menu items were a bit pricey and the $42, 8 oz fillet was just ok; nothing special and only 6 oz, at most in size. I felt the Brussels sprouts side was not as crispy as it could have been and the sides were small for sharing and expensive for their sizes; $11 for a small bowl of spinach. Again, it is touted as the best steak restaurant in Portland and it may be, but it’s not worth a return trip for me.
  4. B

    Brooke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Portland for a night, and decided on here. It was THE BEST decision. Food was excellent, service excellent, and ambiance was excellent! Definitely don't miss!
  5. H

    Hannah

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a superb experience. Food was delicious, atmosphere fun, great music, nice private corner, superb server.
  6. SS

    SammyS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Best steak I’ve ever had and I travel a lot! I highly recommend this place to anyone!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    We are long time fans of the grill room but we’re very disappointed on this visit. Food quality has greatly declined. Shrimp cocktail was inedible—mushy, tasteless shrimp. Wedge salad was nothing but iceberg lettuce with a sprinkle of baco-bits and watery dressing with little discernible blue cheese. Filet was tough. Mashed potatoes a gluey mass. Hangar steak has been replaced by top sirloin on the menu. The focaccia was the best thing on the table. Sad.
  8. HF

    HollyF

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    The food is reliably good - best duck I’ve had, but we were seated next to the kitchen where the chef yelled, slammed things down, and worst of all, handled the food with his bare hands instead of utensils then had the waiters put the spices on the food with their bare hands! Seriously? The music was loud, the chef was loud and we had to shout to carry on a conversation. I’m not sure the good food was worth the stressful ambiance.
  9. TM

    TMoore

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal we had in Portland. I recommend the Bone Marrow. It was incredible. The Chef's Table is the best seat in the house!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My boyfriend and I made a reservation for anniversary to The Grill Room. It was our first time coming to this restaurant. Our waitress Shelby was wonderful. She explained the whole menu to us, was very attentive and kind and gave us suggestions on things to eat. The food was delicious especially the bang bang shrimp. We will be coming back for sure!
  11. DE

    DavidE

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Carnivore heaven. Our table for two was a little small and was against a wall so we had less elbow room than usual. Our only complaint was that our apps were served asynchronously—at least 10 minutes between dishes.
  12. WK

    WendyK

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Meal was fabulous. We were a bit too close to the table next to us. Heard their entire business deal.
  13. CL

    CharlesL

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Steaks were too heavily salted. Scallops were undercooked to our liking. Insufficient dressing for the amount of greens. Service tried too hard to be a 5 star. Noise was unbearable.
  14. BJ

    BrettJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner in Portland. Been here many times and the meals are always very good.
  15. ST

    STREETER

    New York Area

    198 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    198 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my go to steak house in portland maine. we come up twic a year and never miss. we sat at the chef's table, and i had the bone marrow app and it was excellent, my entree was the ala carte rib eye cooked perfectly to my order and just superb. i eat in nyc's best steak house every week and this compares very favorably it was our anniversary and they treated us very well. the wait staff was attentive but not intrusive the kitchen staff were all very accomidating to our questions, though they were quite busy a great evening
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We had reservations for 8 o’clock we didn’t get seated until 830. Our waiter was more attentive to a larger party. We did not end up leaving the restaurant until after 10pm. We felt like even though we were sitting and waiting for our waiter he made us feel rushed. We have been here a few times and never run into this before. The beef was not up to normal standard for them. 20 oz piece of beef was actually only about 15 ounces. They were out of lobster risotto which was fine but when asked to get the mushroom risotto we got a “No” not very accommodating. Probably won’t be back. It’s unfortunate.
  17. CG

    CharissaG

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and never felt rushed. Our waiter was excellent (Ryan) very helpful . Our steaks were cooked perfectly . They were also able to accommodate our daughter who has gluten & dairy allergies
  18. JM

    JulioM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was cooked perfectly, the taste and presentation was really good. Enjoyed the appetizer (Scallops). I had the Ribeye and my wife had the Grilled Tuna w/ Risotto.
  19. JO

    JohnO

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived late because our flight to Boston was late. The restaurant was very accommodating and the food was amazing! Would return, for sure!
  20. J

    Jake

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, it is worth every penny. It lived up to all the hype!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delightful. Eric our server was outstanding!
  22. PK

    PeggyK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catch up , great experience at the chef counter, could watch the food prep and level of professionalism of the team. Very entertaining
  23. NP

    NormandP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing, helpful, knowledgeable. Food was perfectly cooked and the menu had great options. Love the ala carte section
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Very good food, knowledgeable and friendly service. Very loud place and also quite expensive. However, a most enjoyable evening.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Unfortunately this was one of our worst dining experiences during our vacation. The one highlight was the bread service, everything else was poor. The energy was frantic and loud, the “salad” was an enormous stack of greens with dressing. The dressing was okay, but the portion was extremely large for a single person. My husband got the wedge salad which was also overly large. Our server told us after the fact that salads were shareable, but frankly the “greens” could have easily fed 4 people. I ordered the ribeye which was wildly undercooked and tough, not to mention unseasoned outside of the sauce (horseradish was pretty good). Be sure to look at their descriptions of the cool before ordering because it may not be what you’re used to outside of this restaurant. It took 45 min to get our salads, so when my steak arrived undercooked I did not send it back as we had been there almost 90 minutes from ordering before receding our meals. My husband ordered the filet which he said was good, but my steak was unseasoned and medium rare at best. Very disappointing experience for our last meal in Portland.
  26. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric was outstanding! Top notch! Ryan, the bartender, was fabulous as well. Best Espresso Martini Ever! Great job...we'll be back.
  27. KC

    KellyC

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always have an amazing meal here. Love sitting at the bar looking towards the kitchen. Great service as well.
  28. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We have been to this restaurant for over 12 years. Over 49 times. Love the Front room and Corner room as well. I said husband 50th birthday. His fav place. We brought out 17 yr. Old son and 15 yr. Old daughter and like them to experience fine dining. They have been to higher end restaurants many times. Our server, Erika S had no personality and it was painful to tell us the specials which she could barely verbalize. Kiddos to the hostess to say happy birthday. We noticed the amazing waiter serving the table next to us and said happy birthday and offered the couple a complimentary dessert. My daughter whispered to me and said that will happen to dad. Our server was inattentive and on her phone the whole time. Had to ask the bus boy for a side plate. I was so jealous as the waiter next to us was so welcoming and friendly to his customers. My son said this waitress does not want to be here. I am tired of “ understanding” the waitstaff. We are. Going out to pay $200+ for a celebration with my children. She waiting at the Thirsty Pig or Applebees. I was a waitress when I was younger and understand the job. She should NOT be working at a high end restaurant. We enjoy fine dining and willing to pay for it and show our children the proper way to dine as they get older. She didn’t offer us dessert or anything nice as a Happy Birthday . She was not busy. Restaurant was 1/2 full. Quietest I have seen it in last 6 months. I gave get a Groupon that I’ce forgotten to use for sometime. She forgot to take it off. And annoyed when I courteously asked her . Eye was annoyed. She then came back and tossed the leather card holder down and walked away. I then signed it and still tipped on the original bill and gave the horrible service 17% which was way too much for what we revived. I then look at the cardholder and are forgot ti give me back my credit card. My son says “ wow, Mom worst service we have ever had.” I had ti get up go to the hostess and there was Erika S. on her phone….
  29. PF

    PaulaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was excellent all around but service was poor.
  30. EK

    EileenK

    Houston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thursday evening and it was full. The bartender was a master of his craft. The "Aviation" cocktail of the day was refreshing: Gin, grapefruit, and lemon. Speaking of Beef! Oh my, the choices of cuts were amazing, and our table had the view of the grill master, which proved exciting but a tad warm. The wine selection was top notch with the daily special, a Pinot Noir from Sonoma, being an outstanding choice. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable , and friendly. We had escargot's, wedge salads, and the flatiron steak with frits. All was for a perfect evening. I would definitely go back again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good but not great .. certainly not worth the spend
  32. J

    Jschoppee

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Food, service and atmosphere were on point!
  33. RP

    RickP

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came at an earlier time and was accommodated quickly with a seating. Excellent food
  34. M

    Mamianka

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We arrived few minutes before our rez, but were seated on time. We were brought small Prosecco’s for our anniversary - nice! Everything on and off the menu was explained in detail - and with more persuasion than we needed. Once our order was placed, it arrived about 45 minutes later. My husband enjoyed his steak - we both LOVED the roasted red beet salad - but whoever grilled my 4 scallops, over did one side - they tasted burnt, and had black char and dust on them. I had to cut the char off 3 of the 4 scallops. The sides were good. We shared a very good desert - a peanut butter and chocolate cake/pie! We live 6 hours away, so will not be back for a while - but would give this noisy (lots of rockabilly, etc )spot another try.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My wife and I just had an amazing dinner at The Grill Room. We are on a Northeast Coast road trip from Des Moines, Iowa and made reservations in advance. We started off with a drink at the bar, and the bartender was awesome by giving us some great tips for when we hit Boston in a few days. I’ve had a lot of steaks in my life and tonight I had one of, if not, THE best porterhouse I’ve ever had. My wife had the filet and was equally as good. Sides were Baked Potatoes, Asparagus and Brussel Spouts. Food was on point and the staff were attentive to us. A special shout out to our waitress Erika for the great evening and thank you for a great meal!
  36. BB

    BeautifulBuffaloViews

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and staff was superb. We sat at the counter and it was intriguing to say the least.
  37. CH

    CindyH

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grill Room never has let me down ! Best restaurant in Portland Maine !
  38. AP

    APGross

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always stop by for an excellent meal every time we are in Portland! Highly recommend!
  39. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to the GR several times through the years and this was hands down the best experience ever. We sat at the Chef's counter for this meal. We were there for over 3 hours, and ordered several apps, a la carte beef, sides, and dessert - accompanied by cocktails and wine. It was the most fun I've ever had eating out in downtown Portland. Many thanks to our server Eric, Chef, and Olivier, who each very much enhanced our dining experience and were kind enough to allow some fun interaction during our visit. Everything we had was amazing. The beef was cooked perfectly. So looking forward to another visit!
  40. WG

    WilliamG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just simply great food with a friendly staff for a wonderful experience. We got to sit at the chef’s counter so it was even more enjoyable to get to see how everything was prepared and interact with staff behind the scenes.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Grill Room & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 744 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for The Grill Room & Bar

84 Exchange St., Portland, ME 04101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Middle St

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Several parking garages in the surrounding area

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Harding Lee Smith

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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