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The Grill Room & Bar, Portland, ME

The Grill Room & Bar

4.4
4.4
790 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 790 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. ES

    EdwardS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alanna our server was Amazing! She's the Epitome of what I'd expect from a 5-Star restaurant. Thank You, Alanna Ed
  2. K

    Kami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and food. We got the oysters and the horshradish sauce was so fresh and delish. We also got the tuna tatare and the ribeye entree and the filet with fries. All was cooked to what we asked for. Do be prepared for a lot of food and to leave full. The spicy broccoli was very spicy so bw careful if dont love spice but it was tasty and flavorful if you can handle heat. Will definitely go back.
  3. DA

    DavidA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Steaks were perfect; sides were generous but the blue cheese fondue was a little too generous.
  4. D

    David

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING. We went there for our anniversary (our only night in Portland) and the food was extremely disappointing. The filet was very undercooked (ordered medium rare), to the point where is was simply not edible. The mashed potatoes were dry and the flavor was bland. The Caesar salad starter was the only good thing about the meal, however, we were told there were not anchovies on it, but it had a couple large anchovies. The Management removed the entre from our bill, but at that point, it was too late and our anniversary dinner was ruined. We had been the year prior and the meal was better but the French onion soup had a funky taste. Also, they typically have a gourmet burger, but it appears they have changed the bun (which previously was a nice dark house made bun), and the overall appearance did not look as good, so we did not order that which was also disappointing. Just extremely disappointed in the food which had a big negative impact on our anniversary celebration.
  5. C

    Carri

    St. Louis

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, charming atmosphere.
  6. R

    Richardl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Extremely noisy, definitely an upscale bar ambience. Very crowded and tables were right on top of each other. The lighting was very poor and many tables were using their phone flashlight just to read the menu. My steak was cooked perfectly but came to the table cold. My husband did not enjoy the short ribs special. We will not be returning as the enjoyment to expense ratio was outlandish! Very expensive. We were certainly glad to leave.
  7. A

    Angelbird81

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Sad for us. Made a reservation. Over a week before yet they gave us a small table crammed in way next to open grills and smoke etc. We asked to sit at one of the many open tables ..it was early so many empty tables. She said NO. I asked why she wouldn’t tell us. NO we could not have another table except on patio. I asked if we had to designate a specific table when making a res. She said NO. SO WE DIDNOT UNDERSTAND why we could not sit anywhere but next to fire pit grill. 😱 It was sad for us and a VERY expensive sad time. Sean was wonderful and helped a bit.
  8. KA

    KATHYC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to dine, great service and atmosphere.
  9. GS

    GeoffreyS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the Chef's Counter and what a unique experience to see the kitchen work so seemlessly!! Highy recommended and incredible food!! Cheers to the chefs!
  10. AF

    AmandaF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is what a steak house should be! Great atmosphere, delicious food perfectly prepared, and our server Ryan was fantastic. Highly recommend!
  11. J

    Justinc

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday trip to Kennebunkport from Cape Cod spent a day trying to find an equal to Capital Grill and was presently surprised at The quality of service and good. I highly recommend nothing else like it in this part of the state.
  12. AD

    ADCMAM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re on the fence, jump it! This was arguably the best dinner we’ve ever had. Couldn’t be happier with the experience from the service, to the meal, and everything in between. If we could give more than 5 stars we would!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food!
  14. ND

    NedD

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was very good. It is incredibly loud. Not only the din of talking but music over the top. Other than that a much higher rating.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal! Wonderful service. Treated us wonderfully. We were celebrating both our birthdays so we wanted to go out for a special night. The grill room exceed our expectations beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you for an amazing night!
  16. A

    Abby

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great place for meat lovers! We went for a nice date night, and thought it was pretty good. Some of the sides were just ok, but ingredient quality and service was excellent!
  17. TY

    TrishY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We dined at The Grill Room for our 15th anniversary. Tyler, our waiter, was exceptional--professional, knowledgeable, kind. Brought us complimentary champagne. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars to the food was because my filet needed to be returned 3 times. I asked for "medium-well"; third time was the charm! The food and bearnaise sauce were delicious! We had a wonderful time, and I would definitely recommend this restaurant in the heart of the Old Port.
  18. RK

    RuthK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was absolutely brilliant. We were not rushed. He just knew when our glasses needed to be refilled. When to put in our entrées. We sat in our booth for 3 hours and enjoyed every moment.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The waitress was quite short tempered and was annoyed by everything - including us wanting to put in our food order at the same time as our drink order...after waiting 25min for her to even stop by. The mushroom risotto was dry and had no flavor. The tuna steak was cold. The restaurant is always very loud. Eaten there many times and usually always good. Was very disappointed this time.
  20. AR

    AbbiRiver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    aps. before drinks?, 20 min. after aps. drinks finally arrived, main courses a full hour after that....everything needed seasoning, quail was grey w/ no crisp, beans raw, forgotten sides all for 350 bucks!
  21. MC

    MaryanneC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    over all it was a nice night out, the servis was out standing you can tell the whole crew work very well together at the grill room! Our main server was attentive kind and personable, he definitely made up for the" just good food" he was very knowledgeable about the food,wine and cocktails he mentioned he is also a bar tender there so that's always a plus when it came to drink recomdentaing, wine list was interesting, would have loved to see. Bordeaux by the glass but they had a good few glass that would have paired well. Food over all could have been alittle more elevated in tast and in execution with the price point, alittle more attention to blance like we ordered the calamari and only got like 5 pice of squid the rest was fired veg. The grill room could totly be a stand out steak house if they just bumped up the level of creativity and execution as of right now for us it ranks as a traditional steak house(witch would be fine at a lower price point ) we will definitely go back to try other menu itims that look interesting , it's always possible we picked some of there "safer" choices ! Again it was a great night over all!
  22. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back since the pandemic hit. Our 49th wedding anniversary seemed like a good time to make a reservation at the chefs counter. The food was superb and the staff went above and beyond.
  23. LK

    LynnK

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good but duck was very rare when asked for medium well and salmon was medium rare when asked for “cooked through”. Very loud also. Very nice wait staff.
  24. R

    Richard

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I ordered the ribeye as I have done many times. This time there was a lot of fat and gristle so it was difficult to cut. The taste was very good, however. Service was superior.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was great on the pricey side but is what i expected. Will be back
  26. G

    Gustav

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great steak house and lively vibe.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit in Portland ! We were told by friends to try this place! We’re happy with our choice!! Service was excellent! Portions are soooo big, could not eat all! Will be back for sure! Our waitress was so nice, can’t remember her name but she is from Fort Kent and she will surely remember the French Canadian couple! 😊
  28. MI

    MICHAELB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Floyd had the kitchen on point! Tiffany was a fabulous server! Food was excellent! Wine suggestion was perfect. It really was a wonderful experience! Thanks, all!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the high energy with the live grill seen from the dining room! The server was amazing, and totally earned my trust when she said to order the ribeye at minimum medium as to allow the meat to render better. She literally read my mind! Well thought out menu, and perfect for a high energy special occasion!
  30. TM

    TMBGfan

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Server's recommendations were spot on. Shishito peppers were tasty and just the perfect hint of spicy. Short Rib entree was very good but the winner was the Ribeye which was cooked to a perfect medium rare. Excellent meal and great service by Eric!
  31. MB

    MarcB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Would highly recommend this to anyone. Will revisit our next trip to Portland.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Way too noisy, music too loud, could not hear our guest. Salmon was extremely salty. No offer of dessert.
  33. LV

    LouisV

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Our server had her own agenda. We were actually afraid of her. No personality at all.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Quite excellent. We went ala carte, split a gigantic porterhouse, and ordered a number of fantastic sides as well. I especially liked the lobster risotto. You're not gonna get out of here cheap, be prepared for that. And be sure you know what you're ordering; had we realized the giant steak we were ordering was almost $170, we would have opted for something less extravagant. It wouldn't have sucked to be warned about that. All that being said, the quality and the service were all outstanding, and we took almost as much food home as we ate there. So I'm not complaining.
  35. A

    Andy

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very fun night. Sat at the bar/chef table - had a great time chatting with the cooks. Service was good, drinks good. Food was very tasty. Was a little surprised to see that the special we ordered (split a porterhouse) was over $150 (not communicated). A little surprise at end of meal.
  36. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the pork chop and the filets were cooked perfectly. Always a great meal here.
  37. YY

    YumYumSauce

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu choices and specials served up by friendly staff. A bit over priced, but one gets what they get in a metro area for food prices.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Grill Room is an Old Port staple where straight forward cooking is done exceptionally well. The tartare is one of our favorites. Steaks cooked to perfection. We nearly always go a la carte and never are disappointed.
  39. VM

    VikM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Waiter needed to be reminded a few times to bring requested items. Lobster mashed potatoes were not tasty.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Took parents for birthday dinner. Food was very good, but felt very rushed the whole time by waitstaff. Is loud inside, but wasn’t annoying, just hard to hear casual conversation. Food was very good, really the best place in town for a good steak. Big portions. Overall very nice, just the waiters need to chill on asking for entree orders every 2 minutes after ordering an appetizer.

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 4.4 stars by 790 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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