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The Grill Room & Bar, Portland, ME

The Grill Room & Bar

4.4
4.4
710 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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 710 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!
  2. BB

    BeautifulBuffaloViews

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    CindyH

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    APGross

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  6. WG

    WilliamG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are sooo glad we found The Grill Room and Bar! Greeted immediately and seated per our reservation. Matthew our waiter was attentive without being overbearing and very knowledgeable about the drink and food menus. He made great recommendations for both. Our martinis were delicious. The beet salad was huge with fresh local goat cheese, beets and greens. My wife loved her hanger steak with Bernaise and my thick cut pork chop was done to perfection… all tender and juicy. It was a great dining experience. We will return and would definitely recommend!!!!
  8. G

    Grayboy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very good food. All of food arrived timely. Would wish to have a better understanding of the portions A LA Carte. Drink service was noticeably delayed. Would definitely reccomend and will go back when given the opportunity. Gray Skipper
  9. EC

    EddC

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We were 10 minutes early for our reservation, and although there were many empty tables we were asked to wait at the bar. This happened to other couples throughout the night and seemed like an odd policy. The bartenders were both very good and personable. The appetizers were good. Wedge salad (huge with delicious blue cheese) and escargot. The sirloin steak special and the filet were cooked well but a little tough. The service was spotty and lackadaisical. We had to keep asking for water, dirty plates weren’t cleared, waitress would disappear from floor for long stretches, and a very long time between appetizers and main even though restaurant was half empty. Nice enough, but probably won’t add to our list of favorites.
  10. RD

    RichardD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Salmon overcooked. Sprouts not properly cooked. Cook was a little testy when we sent it back. Duck and aligot potatoes were very good.
  11. WC

    WilliamC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Waited 45 minutes for our entrees and then my steak was over cooked
  12. JA

    JoshA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal, steak was cooked perfectly and the drinks were amazing!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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.
  15. MA

    MaryA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal that was served by knowledgeable and friendly staff.
  16. DR

    DonnaR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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!
  17. SA

    SALT

    New England

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  18. DC

    DianeC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very very pricey ..... staff and food was great - but as a family of 5 - a tab of $425 was extensive!!!!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. QH

    QuisHarper

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best steak I ever had hands down.
  22. FF

    FreshFoodie

    New England

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. BF

    BruceF

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Creative. Great portions. Suberb engaging service
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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‼️
  30. 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.
  31. S

    Sara

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and great wait staff!
  32. 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!
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!

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 710 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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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