The Grill Room & Bar

4.6
465 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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Everyone’s meal was too salty. Steak ordered medium well came out medium rare.

TM
TomM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss this during Maine Restaurant Week or other occasion. One of the best.

SF
vipSteveF
New England
45 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week menu, food was excellent and the service was awesome. Thanks go to Sean our waiter who is a real pro. Highly recommend.

JB
JamesB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really outstanding and the service was excellent. The room was exciting and vibrant, and a great place to dine together

BD
BobbyD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant very good experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal...bartenders were terrific and so was our server. Definitely will go back again!

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vip04901Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, wonderful overall experience!

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krisb
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The overall dining experience was incredibly rushed for such an expensive meal. Spending $150 on a dinner with a shared appetizer and 1 glass of wine, then being rushed out after an hour, makes this dinner not worth it. It is obvious they were most interested in turning and burning tables. The restaurant was very busy and extremely loud. You needed to shout to be heard. Our appetizer of shrimp bang bang was incredibly good. My boyfriend ordered a $50 rib eye cooked medium after discussing which temperature to order with our server. The steak came out almost raw which was such a disappointment. My tuna was good but overcooked. On the upside our server was really sweet, efficient and informative.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome here, this is a personal favorite of ours

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience viewing the hard working team in the kitchen! Everything tasted amazing and couldn’t have had a better experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner experiences we have had yet- food was amazing, service was great, loved the overall vibe of the restaurant as well. We live in Boston but will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went with 2 friends for no particular occasion. It was the day before Valentines Day so it was busy but not booked full. We arrived 20min early for a 7:30 reservation; the hostess said she could seat us whenever. We grabbed a cocktail from the bar first. The bartender talked to a waitress for a few min while I was trying to square the bar bill before going to the table; otherwise, the cocktails and service was great. Again, aside from longer than desirable service for our purposes, the food was great if a bit overvalued for all la carte dining.

JG
JakeG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was timed perfectly. We did not have to wait long for anything. The food was incredible and we’re looking forward to our next meal there. 10/10 would recommend heavily.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

My husband took me out for my birthday dinner, the Grill room at my request. We’ve been there several times and never disappointed except for the last two visits. This visit the waitress didn’t bother to ask if I wanted an appetizer and then came back and started walking away after my husband ordered beer without asking me if I wanted a cocktail. She did get better as the night went on.

I ordered The Grill room salad or an appetizer and when it came it looked OK until I dug into the lettuce underneath, it was not fresh it was brown. My fish was Bert around the outside and cold in the middle and contained many pin bones!

My husband said his mail was OK at best.

We probably will not go back again.

CB
CrystalB
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was amazing! Service was wonderful and wine was delicious! Great place to celebrate my birthday!

TB
TaylorB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a cute place, great cocktail list and food menu.
My 2 complaints: when the food came, we ordered another round of drinks, which our server went to put in. It was after she left we realized the mash potatoes were cold. We would have had her correct this, but we were waiting almost 15 minutes for her to come back, so we just sucked it up, didn't want the rest of the food to get cold.
Also at our seats, which were a rounded back, there was no where for me to put my purse, other then the floor... Which, in the middle of winter, I have no desire to put my bag on a wet, salt drenched floor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loud so hard to have a conversation at times

LS
LS1217
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything I have tried has been so very tasty. Each cut of steak is cooked perfectly and melts in your mouth.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have to say great dinner, a little pricey on entrees that don’t come with anything . Martha was our sever and did an awesome job and made you feel right at home. A lot to choose from on this menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a late reservation (9:15pm) and I think that worked against us. My trout was thin and dry. And the chocolate cake we ordered was so dry, not really edible. :/

MM
vipMaineMom
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grill Room is my favorite winter go-to. The experience is very different if you sit at the bar for happy hour, or a table for dinner. However, both are met with excellent service and consistently good food.

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Brian
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Server was excellent. Arrived at restaurant 15 minutes early but they wouldn't seat us yet. Went to a bar across the street for a drink, then back at reservation time. Food was excellent. A little over priced for what you are getting. Still very delicious.

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LovenessN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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WilliamS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Our favorite spot in Portland. We’ve sat at the bar, tables, even kitchen bar (fun watching food prepared) and always enjoyed ourselves.

DR
DamonR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We used to frequent The Grill Room but had not been in a while. The service was still excellent. The food was not the same.

The shrimp bang-bang is now much smaller shrimp and way less tasty than previously. The pork belly, although still described the same on the menu, is prepared differently than before - and just my opinion not in a good way.

The steak, although cooked medium when we requested medium well, was still very good - I just prefer my steak to be warm throughout and not still red.

All in all this won't stop us from visiting again but will probably try a few different menu items instead of sticking with our tried and true but now changed choices.

GM
vipGeoffreyM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service. Grilled romaine salad a staple and always incredibly good. Salmon and sides were great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Grill Room never disappoints!

ZD
ZoeyD
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best meals we've had! We came to Portland for our 7 year anniversary and this place was so good. We had the steak and frites, the pork chop and apple special, and the apple fritters for dessert. AMAZING! Not only was it amazing but the place was so nice and the staff was not snooty..usually at nicer/fancier restaurants the staff can be quite snooty and even rude but this was NOT the case here. 10/10 we will be back!

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vipbarrieb
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had the chance to dine at the Grill Room a few times recently and it's consistently delicious and the service, the food and the ambience are all super!

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L84sky
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal in an amazing atmosphere. Would have liked a larger table. But other than that this will be our go to steak restaurant in Portland. Delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around best steakhouse Portland has to offer.

KR
vipKimsReview
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Granted we were the last reservation slot on Christmas Eve, but the bar closed halfway into our dining time and people were cleaning up around us. It felt rushed. Christmas Eve also happens to be my husbands birthday so we wanted to separate it from the usual Christmas festivities. I would have preferred they moved my reservation earlier and then let the staff start shutting down after.

MG
MaineGreentree
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I'm not a big foody, so I don't get out to any of the Portland restaurants very often. It is hard for me to judge the fair value of the food served. I find the price of the meals to be on the high side but have little to compare them to. Regarding the rest of the points of judgment, I was very pleased with food quality, the general atmosphere of the place and the service that was rendered. Our concert ran a bit longer than expected and though we arrived not that long before they were due to close there was no pressure on me or my guest to hurry our meal, which was very much appreciated.
I have been there once before and I suspect that I will go there again.

JB
JeanB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun vibe, and wonderful place for family gatherings. Never had a bad meal at the Grill Room. Really good choice in a very popular foodie city.

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vipShorebetman
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

JD
JoeD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The olives in wood oven roasted olives appetizer were good but the really need to be pitted beforehand or let the customer know. The pits were not only present but extremely hot. I could see a potential of a guest burning the inside of their mouth. Not the best dining experience.

JN
JillN
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to the Grill Room every year around the holidays and sit at the bar! It’s amazing, delicious and fun!! Happy hour is amazing!! Run there and don’t stop! Get the Brussels and the shrimp!!! Yum!!

JB
JeffB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Great location and fun bar but very congested and noisy. The waiter was very good and the food was too but we felt sort of confined and had a hard time conversing. The prices seemed a bit high, too.

SG
SheldonG
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Staff Xmas Party

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The Grill Room & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 465 OpenTable diners.

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