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The Grill Room & Bar, Portland, ME

The Grill Room & Bar

4.5
4.5
698 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse

The Grill Room will Be open for Happy Hour & Dinner service, Tuesday December 21st - Thursday December 23rd 4pm - 9:30pm. We will be closed the 24th & 25th. New Years eve, seating until 10pm. Call 207 774 2333 with any questions about your reservation needs. Happy Holidays.

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Booked 20 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–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, 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 698 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    The entrees were good besides the trout which was burnt, the sides were sub par. The lobster risotto just tasted like rice water, the lobster mashed potatoes tasted like boxed mashed potatoes with some lobster thrown in. It was very loud and the drink selection was lacking.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The Grill room was a restaurant we will go to again. The steaks were great. The service was very very good and we liked the ambience. Only disappointing part was the wedge salad. Not the best we have had.

  3. MA

    MaryA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fabulous meal that was served by knowledgeable and friendly staff.

  4. DR

    DonnaR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Seems overpriced for the quality. Seating is tight and noisy so no real ambiance. Waiter was attentive and accurate but hard on the upsell. My salmon (no sauce chosen) was heavily salted. My husbands spinach was way over-garlicked. Good drinks, good coffee!

  5. SA

    SALT

    New England

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Average food and average service - on the pricey end, but you don’t get the service or food you would expect for the price. Rate it a 3 as average, suggest you try other places. Also keep in mind Portland doesn’t have any good steak houses.

  6. DC

    DianeC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very very pricey ..... staff and food was great - but as a family of 5 - a tab of $425 was extensive!!!!

  7. DB

    DavidB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite places. Service and food are consistently outstanding!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love the food, and service is always friendly.

  9. QH

    QuisHarper

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Best steak I ever had hands down.

  10. FF

    FreshFoodie

    New England

    107 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Good but not great. Steak was melt in your mouth but sauce was overpowering. Plus they were out of a lot of items (for an 8pm res) which was disappointing. Calamari was very good but portion was small. Good drinks! Perfect blue cheese stuffed olives.

  11. NP

    NateP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service, food, and environment. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Quick service considering how busy they were on a Saturday in peak season.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Even with a couple of food delivery snafus it was a delicious and enjoyable experience with kind and helpful staff. Only wish is that the table had been a little larger.

  13. BF

    BruceF

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic. Creative. Great portions. Suberb engaging service

  14. C

    Carolyn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We had a really good beet salad and calamari. There was confusion with the rib eye we ordered, and instead of entree they brought out a really big charred rib eye. The ambiance was also weird, a lady outside next to us brought her dogs to dinner and they were barking through out dinner. Music was great, just a little loud. Our waitress was awesome!

  15. B

    Bill

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    It was quite loud due to large party but didn’t matter. We loved it. Food was awesome and service excellent.

  16. NL

    NathanL

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    great steaks, limited scotch selection, a bit dark and loud. (older ears needed more assistance cutting out the background noise and seeing the menu). Great service made up for it.

  17. ML

    MariaL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food & service was amazing…we can’t wait to go back‼️

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2

    Rib eye came our Rare and not Medium. Sent back once and was chard and still underdone. Sent back again and this time I just gave up and while the center was warm by this time at least 20 min had elapsed and I could have said no. My waiter should have offered an alternative or chosen to credit. Neither happened. I enjoy all aspects of dinning. Spending +$220 should come with some measure of observation and correction. Leaving it to customers to fend is not how to retain loyalty. No manager came by the table. That should have been the waiter’s automatic response. He is a veteran member. I have now removed a favorite. Will not return. Missed opportunity.

  19. S

    Sara

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing and great wait staff!

  20. TR

    TRis

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best steak I have ever had and our server was incredible!

  21. M

    Minna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was very good, the waitress recommended the list very widely and he was really interested our satisfied of the food

  22. DV

    DwightV

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    I thought the service was slow. We had a hard time getting servers’ attention to refill our water glasses. For dessert, the carrot cake came 5-6 minutes before the cappuccino which was a bit disappointing.

  23. JE

    JacquelineE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the dining experience! Thank you!!! We had a great time.

  24. CP

    CareyP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Steaks and scallops were excellent. Everything cooked to perfection

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding, the staff was amazing, food was amazing and the atmosphere was amazing! Great experience all around, we will return!

  26. AK

    AliseK

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We used to dine here quite a bit and always had great steaks and seafood and salads. Unfortunately this week we experienced Undercooked seafood , an ordinary steak that was not up to our standards and small portions of sides to share.

  27. H

    Harry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat at the chef's counter and the chef's were engaging and fun. Food was excellent --we had 2 starters and a side and shared all--which was plenty for us.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always!

  29. LG

    LocalGal

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat at the bar. Had great neighbors, service & food.

  30. M

    Missbiss

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service from the hostess, bartender, waiter, bussers, chefs…. All amazing!

  31. MC

    MicheleC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Sat at the bar and got amazing service from bartenders. Ordered a rib to split with my husband and requested medium rare. Came out charred black, covered in mushrooms and mashed potatoes. Tasted like propane gas and very rare. No seasoning and no taste and no saving it . Very expensive piece of meat and was perfectly ruined. Wouldnt feed it to my neighbors dog. Grill room salad was good.

  32. k

    kbernier

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were able to watch the action in the kitchen. A well orchestrated experience. Like watching the symphony. That spot is a little noisy but worth it. The special halibut was beautiful and a great mixture of flavors. Great wine list for me who is unsophisticated othat area

  33. SM

    SeanM

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food and good selection of drinks. Wife and I went here before a show and to celebrate our 2 year anniversary

  34. MR

    MichaelR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing night food and drinks we so good

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service - as it always has been!!’

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We can always count on The Grill Room to be a great meal. Our waiter Matt made the experience even better!

  37. SP

    SuzanneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband had the burger and I had grilled scallops, both perfect! Our server was really wonderful and spot on with our dishes!

  38. RG

    RobertG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great cozy place the steak is amazing the service was perfect

  39. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've always loved the Grill Room, it's my go to restaurant in Portland

  40. DS

    DSmith

    New England

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very superior steaks here between the Filet and NY Strip. Side plates were excellent and the Pinot Noir featured that night was excellent. It is pricy but less than a Ruth's Chris type national steak house.

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

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The Grill Room & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 698 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Booked 20 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–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, 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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