The Grill Room & Bar

4.3
585 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
The Grill Room & Bar features a rustic, open space with warm, rich colors and tall ceilings. This “urban steakhouse” also features an easy view of the kitchen and wood-fired grill & pizza oven. Located in the Historic Old Port District in Portland, ME, you will find our now-famous beef tartare, pizzas, steaks and seafood that will tantalize your taste buds. Chef Harding uses grass fed beef and locally grown organic meats and produce whenever it’s available, making the Grill Room as healthy as it is affordable.

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
What 585 people are saying
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JamesW
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food but very expensive. If you know that going in you’ll enjoy it. Perfect for special occasions. Great atmosphere as well. Very cozy.

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Jess
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. The service was great.

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GregL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! First date and many happy returns! Best steak around! It’s a bit pricey, but worth it! Fried shrimp bang-bang is a great start! If you’re looking for solitude maybe not, but everyone is smiling!

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Soden
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Before the pandemic was great quality and quantity. Quality still there and delicious but definitely different product and not as much quantity. Food delicious and service great just disappoint in the difference.

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Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Slow service - but the staff WAS friendly! Food was ok, but a little overpriced for what it was. Dessert was fantastic!

JM
JMcD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional! Our waitstaff asked if we were going to a show at Merrill - they made sure we got our ordering done timely and moved everything along smoothly for us. Really thoughtful!

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vipAnneL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous, cozy dining room. We sat at the chef’s counter which is always fun. Our server was funny and helpful. Can’t wait to take visitors there to impress them with a truly Portland experience.

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Dkisgreat
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

8 o clock reservations didn't sit til 815. So loud can't hear person across from you. Messed up order. Steak was ok

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EmilyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing, and the service was great!! It’s an expensive place to eat, but totally worth the splurge for a special date night!!

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SteveB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic first visit. She had the sirloin, I had the steak frites. Both were done perfectly. Drinks were on point but our server (Eric) made the visit. My wife said he was probably the best server we’ve ever had! It was obvious he loves his job and he really made the big difference. Ambiance was very nice but once it started to fill up, it was rather noisy. The only drawback was we both thought the prices were on the high side. Highly recommended!

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vipbaileydog
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

EXCELLENT 'downtown steakhouse'-quality food in an historic/neighborhood atmosphere of a local bespoke craft establishment. Very energetic/noisy, but quiets down after 8:30-ish.

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TC8322
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the Grill Room as are so glad to be getting back to some sort of normal for dining out.
I got the Ribeye Dinner and have to say wasn't a huge fan of piling everting on top of the steak and the steak on top of the potatoes. Had I know it would be served that way I would have just gotten the steak. The meats at the GR are fantastic and honestly don't need sauces and all that on the steak.
My wife ordered a medium burger and the waiter asked if a little pink was ok. She advised it was, but when we received the burger and cut in it was Medium Rare for sure. They did take it back and make a New burger cooked perfectly. We will be back and I will order my steak solo. LOL..
I also have to say it was a Thursday night and MAN O MAN it was busy and very loud but everyone was just having fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always!!

JO
JasonO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Steak quality doesn’t match the price. Overall very loud even on a Wednesday night. Steakhouses in Portland seem non existent so glad it’s here but they could do so much better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband for his bday we were so excited that they reopened.. Can’t wait to go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and server was on point and had everything perfect! Amazing experience

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vipDebbieL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Unfortunately the Chef had a hard time preparing a 'medium well done' steak. After asking for it to be cooked more, it came back a second time still rare in the center. We were a party of three and I did not want to hold up the others at our table, so I ate the edges and took the rest home. The Grill Room was once our favorite restaurant. This was our second visit since the re-opening and we realize that good help is hard to find. Our server was attentive, sympathetic and did not charge us for my dinner. I did not ask for compensation, she offered it. We are going to give the Grill Room a rest and hope that our next visit will be an enjoyable one.

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ArtR
New England
50 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our first impression was negative. The restaurant was full; the bar section was overflowing; the noise level was high; the tables for two were closer together than we like. But none of that was a major problem, and we settled in. The service was very attentive and friendly. With the exception of the bland bread, the food was excellent. We had the roasted mussels, the trout, and duck breast with mushroom sauce and grilled asparagus. All were seasoned well, and cooked just right. The wine list was California-focused. We had two very nice wines by the glass. All in all, a good experience.

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StacyC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Loved the open kitchen! The food was amazing, steak cooked perfectly.

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LovesToEat
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and very attentive waitstaff. It was a little noisy at times.

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barrya
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

this place has gone down hill, will not return!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious steak. Attentive server.

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vipKate
London
59 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love to sit at the bar where we always have excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We waited 25 minutes for our reservation.
The table we had was right by where they plated food, so we were bumped into often. I only mention this since there were other nicer tables available that others who wait for less time where seated at. My napkin fell on the floor and had to ask a few times for one since the waiter forgot. Apps were good. Dinner wasn’t that great for what we are used to from the grill room. Salmon was overly charred, I have had it before so I know what it is supposed to be. Waiter told me to peel back the salmon char. Steak was cooked fine but, just didn’t seem like the best cut of meat and not seasoned enough. Just more of what you would expect from $15 entrees. A good dining experience sometime is all about the little things and none of which we got.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are new to the state and this visit was everything we wanted in a night out! The food was delicious and the server was knowledgeable and very polite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I’m sad to say that we didn’t stay for this reservation.
Tonight was our anniversary. We got seated at a table so so close to other guests that my elbow hit the man next to me and the waiters buttocks hit our table as he serviced the table next to us and we had to move the arrangements on the table so they wouldn’t spill. The noise was so loud I was unable to hear my husband without us shouting. We ended up walking out before we ordered as there were no other tables available to us after asking our waiter. Very sad and disappointed

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Marley
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a 830 reservation. Were able to grab 2 bars seats as a couple left. Bartender was quick and helpful. Great atmosphere. Smelled amazing from the second we walked in. Nice wine selection. Filet was perfectly cooked medium rare was a nice red cool center as it should be! Brussel sprouts, carrots, mashed, and fries were all very hot, fresh and absolutely delicious. Great experience we will be back!

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DanF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

overall good but we were seated at least 20 minutes after our reservation time and from there the staff was just trying to catch up. The staff did a great job. The problem here was that they had too many diners and this effected the overall experience, keeping it from being great. And at these prices the experience should be great.

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We were excited to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday by treating ourselves to a nice dinner at the Grill Room. I made a note in our Open Table reservation that he is severely celiac and mentioned this to our waitress multiple times. We ordered the mussles with no bread (simple enough) and since we were sitting directly next to the kitchen and expo station, we watched as multiple servers and Harding himself take the bread off the dish and try to reserve it to us without us knowing. We sent it back and watched the same thing happen multiple times and even heard "just serve it he"ll be fine". After watching this happen 3 times, we just sent the last round back and waited for our entrees. There was no apology and no acknowledgement of the issue by the staff. We sat for an hour and 45 minutes before any food was on the table that we could actually eat. The steaks were good, thankfully, but we will not be returning. For a $200+ meal, I expect higher quality attention to guests needs and requests.

I've served and managed in many restaurants in the Portland area and was appalled by how the staff handled this issue with a severe allergy.

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BobB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Ignored for 10 minutes after being seated. Ordered a bottle of wine. 20 minutes later no waiter returned. Those around us and seated after us had already finished their appetizers. We stood up and made our way to the hostess stand where we saw our waiter and told him we were leaving. Went 2 door down to a Thai restaurant and had a wonderful time
I do want to add that we were at the bar from 4pm to 5pm and it was fantastic. Go to the bar. Avoid the reataueant

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MartinL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Horrible, horrible service. Took 10 minutes to be acknowledged, and longer to get drinks, one at a time after ordered all together. 4 tables around us were seated within 15 minutes or so of us. They were completely finished eating and cleared, and we still had received no entrees. We told our waiter that it was getting close to our showtime, and had to go. He said, “uh, your food’s coming right out!” We said that an hour and a half to wait to receive food was unreasonable, and we wouldn’t have time to eat it at this point. So, he dropped us the bill for our drinks and appetizer- and no sort of consideration for the horrible service at all. A $70 evening with no actual food. Incredibly disappointing experience for a restaurant that is supposed to be so highly rated. If we could give zero stars for the evening, we would.

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DonnaM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Pub atmosphere -cozy and fun. Good food.

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LS1217
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steaks were delicious as always! Staff is super friendly and very quick.

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GabrielleS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was decent, however for the price was not as great as I’d had hoped. My husband’s steak was very undercooked, but I guess it’s our fault for not saying anything to the server… The seating was very close together as well which made it difficult to socialize with your party as the noise level was quite loud; also, seating was not in line with social distancing recommendations. It was our servers first day, in which he did a decent job considering, however overall service and wait time for our food was not good. All in all, I was unfortunately disappointed!

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vipAlexandraS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good overall, but certainly not worth the price point. The escargot were ok, the sides were also just ok- I don’t think I would return. The wine prices were oddly not as inflated. Personally, think there are much better restaurants in Portland

PF
vipPortlandFoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad you are back open! Loved the meal. The service was excellent! We had such a great server.

KD
KD76
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Waited 30 minutes past our 7:30 reservation. Service was very slow. We have been coming here for a very long time. This was always our very favorite burger in all of Portland. Not anymore! The burger/bang bang sauce was way over salted, Messy and not nearly as enjoyable as it used to be. Why change something that was originally wonderful? I would have easily paid $30 for the old burger, but not this one! Bring back the tomato jam and original roll and no bacon is needed either. Let’s taste the burger again. Portions are much smaller than they use to be and the 30% price increase only makes it less appealing. Not sure we will be back! Such a disappointment after the long awaited re-open! I hope the menu at The Corner Room didn’t change too!

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jn1585
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Took my wife there for a Birthday dinner. We are both from out of town and we both enjoy steak. I wanted to enjoy this place but honestly, it's nothing special. We were seated on time but it took a long time to see a server. When I did we placed a drink order, finished our drinks before we were able to place an appetizer order, I had French onion soup which was just okay. I finished the soup before we saw the server again to place our meal order. We both ordered the filet which again was just okay. So I would honestly not recommend this restaurant.

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DallasiteInQuebec
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They don’t know how to cook a well done steak

NH
vipNHall
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Didn’t realize my steak was going to be drenched in sauce.

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The Grill Room & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 585 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.