Hamilton's Grill Room

4.5
2344 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Canal side, nestled in the European charm of a courtyard near the Delaware River & surrounded by quaint antique shops & art galleries, it is the remarkable creation & signature of award-winning Broadway set designer & restaurateur Jim Hamilton, & reflects his one-of-a-kind signature style. Warm, soulful & sophisticated, the Grill Room remains one of the most romantic & unique places to dine in the Northeast. The Grill room's vibrant menus combine great style with a reverence for Mediterranean-inspired classics. Expertly prepared with skill & passion, our seasonal offerings include grilled foods with voluptuous flavors liberally borrowed from cultural influences ranging from France, Greece & Italy to Spain & Morocco. Featuring fresh ingredients from some of the region's best purveyors, dishes are artful & generously portioned at the same time they are satisfyingly simple. CATERING at your place or ours expect perfection to the last detail.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
DINNER
Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(609) 397-4343
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Miller
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Private party facilities
Contact: catering@hamiltonsgrillroom.com

Please visit our website to review our catering brochure, which includes photographs and descriptions of rooms and spaces at the Hamilton's Grill Room available for private parties.
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Private party contact
catering@hamiltonsgrillroom.com: (609) 397-4343
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Catering
At the Grill Room, the combination of fresh imaginative cuisine, flawless service and warm ambiance has the kind of alchemy that turns ordinary events into extraordinary occasions. In your home of other venue it's an equally custom experience. Whether simple or lavish, traditional or unconventional, large or small, each celebration is highly personal, and produced with infinite thoughtfulness and care.

At your place or ours expect...perfection to the last detail.
On & off site catering.
Contact: catering@hamiltonsgrillroom.com
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Cross street
North Union Street
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Parking details
Street parking requires feeding the meter with quarters. One quarter for 20 minutes with a 2 hr maximum. There is limited parking in the alley, & also in Finkel's parking lot along the canal after 5:00pm.
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Special events & promotions
Weddings . Cocktail Parties . Rehearsal Dinners . Bridal / Baby Showers . Anniversaries . Graduations . Fundraisers . Birthdays
Christening / Confirmations . Bar / Bat Mitzvahs . Holiday Celebrations Business Events . Corporate Meetings . Team Building -Cooking Classes

Unforgettable events begin with careful attention to details and uncompromising standards. Rest assured that in the hands of our gracious, polished, and genuinely caring staff your celebration will shine. They'll be no attitude, no pretension and nary a cummerbund or ruffled shirt. Trust us to produce tasteful events tailored to your needs and flawlessly executed.

Contact: catering@hamiltonsgrillroom.com
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2344 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A lovely atmosphere but now that it’s cold our table was intolerably frigid. The glass window wall has old, uninsulated glass,and the plaster wall feels like a fridge. Its lovely in the summer! The appetizer was fantastic, but my salmon was virtually raw, I couldn’t eat it. Dessert was great and the waitress was very helpful in selection options to avoid allergies.

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H
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was delicious. Wish they'd reminded me when they called to confirm my reservation that it was BYOB and that the kitchen closed at 9:00 for our 8:15 reservation. I also made sure to make a note that we were celebrating a birthday and they did not remember (there were only like 3 or 4 other diners in the restaurant when we were there so it wasn't too busy a time for them. Otherwise the food was delicious and we were able to purchase wine at The Boathouse just steps away.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner and setting. BYOB.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great! A little loud. A little tight around the tables. Always an interesting menu.

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamilton's Grill Room has great ambiance and the food always delivers. Great BYOB restaurant with interesting menu and wonderful service.

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JF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was done very well. Flavors were excellent. The only thing that stopped me from giving 5 stars on the food was the anchovy butter on the filet mignon. Salty taste of the sea. The filet was done perfectly. The ravioli appetizer finished in orange, sage, brown butter sauce was excellent.

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KB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the crab cheesecake It was wonderful!!! I’ve never had anything like it before, so much better than the same old crab cake.
The service was wonderful too. I will go back.

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed this time - we went to the Wednesday Prix Fixe and it was not so good. Brian has transformed the menu but when he doesn’t cook it notices! Short staffed this time as well and the service suffered. Not bad enough to stop us going back but I do hope this isn’t a sign that the standards are going to slip back towards the ‘old’ Hamilton’s ...

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f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have not been back to Hamilton Grill Room for several years and were very pleasantly and happily surprised to find the food excellent in both the quality and creative twist given to the dishes. The ambience is cozy and comfortable and we look forward to coming back very soon.

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k
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great night delicious food and our server Shannel was delightful. Very accommodating and personable.

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Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Steak was very tough and fatty. Whipped potatoes appeared to be instant. Selection is meh. Prices are high. Parking is difficult. Especially when there is inclement weather. Place looked run down. Very disappointed.

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GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Menu a bit limited but that is Brian’s MO
Everything is good though. The atmosphere is special. I’ve been there quite a bit over the years and can honestly say I’m enjoying it under Brian’s helm more than ever.
John is a particularly good waiter.

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CY
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is absolutely awesome. Brian is an excellent chef.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hamilton Grill is a must try BYO with amazing food. Just the right size menu with something on it for everyone. Come early and visit the Canal House across the alley for drinks! The ambience in both places is worth every minute!

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EC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was the best I can remember at the Hamilton grill

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food - service was excellent from start to finish - our guests loved it.

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g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Having eaten at the owner's two other restaurants it was disappointing to have elements of their menus here. As it is the other two restaurants' menus almost never change and I am fearful that will happen here as well. In that sense a little more difference between the three establishments and a more imaginative menu would bring our group back. Otherwise, unlikely.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The at table wait staff is outstanding, - very limited menu makes it personal but potentially disappointing- our 4 table selections seemed to differ in meal temperature (problem) - portions better than described on OT - food tastes very good - very very loud - ambiance business like - not quaint

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, everything I hoped for
4th or 5th time there, a little disappointed only once, will definitely be back

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Despite our 7:45 reservation, we were not seated until after 8:15.

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CJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local byob restaurant featuring local ingredients expertly prepared . Will accommodate reasonable
menu changes . Scallops were best I ever had !

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GP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was very good but the noise level made it difficult to talk at our table

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BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious food. Great service and atmosphere. Wonderful.

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ZZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

This was the second time in a week we ate at Hamilton Grill. Last Saturday night it was warm enough to eat outside with two candles on the table. The food was superb, sweetbreads were perfectly cooked and the scallop enter was perfect. Each of us thought our dinner was fantastic. The service was super slow however. Our server seemed to be hampered by a very slow kitchen but she was unfailingly pleasant. The ambience was lovely so we had a great time despite the slowness.
This week however it was chilly so we had to eat inside and as we were shown to our table in the back room we remarked on the unpleasant odor in the room, not sure what it was, moldy, musty? Who knows, but if we had warmer clothes we would have gone outside. Then we ordered and again had sweetbreads and they were excellent but the lamb entre was just average, nice but not exciting. None of us were blown away by our food, nothing like the previous week. The service was fast and pleasant but the really unpleasant thing that spoiled everything was the awful, loud noise level. Horrible,had to almost shout to be heard across the table. We had not been back to eat here for years because of the noise level and sadly nothing has changed in that department.
So if you want a terrific meal try to eat outside and avoid the unpleasant odor and loud noise inside!

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SS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just another AMAZING meal at the Hamilton Grill. Special that night was so very good.

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C
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service as usual. My only criticism is the lack of vegetarian and particularly vegan options. In today's world there is a definite healthy eating trend that requires these options. I made do but it wasn't easy.

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b
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had high hopes the menu would be a little more interesting under the new management but it was same old. It is just not our thing. The restaurant did seem a bit cleaner than previous visits but for the hanging light fixtures throughout which are repulsive to eat under. Will stick with other favorite local restaurants, new and old, after drinks at the Boat House.

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EF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic! The appetizers and entrees were cooked to perfection. I highly recommend Hamilton's Grill Room!

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Have not been there is a few years. Service was very slow for a sparse crowd. Food was served overcooked and not even warm. Probably sat around for quite a while before being served. There was plenty of staff around, but very slow

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r
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food! Dessert very disappointing.service a little stretched out ...

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ET
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Allways a great time at Hamilton's. It has mixed dining venues - Greenhouse, Kitchen, Outside, Tucked away, Canal view & BYOB, and of course the FOOD is great!
We've been to Hamilton's many times - B'days, Special occasions, Thanksgiving, and just "let's go out tonight".

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OO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Not quite as good as when Jim Hamilton was around!

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TB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my mother-in-law for her 85th birthday and she loved it. They said they were out of chicken but then had more arrive and she was very pleased. Two people had steak and said best ever! I had the salmon and it was great. Two little girls also joined us and had pasta and about five loaves of bread :) It was once again a very lovely experience for all and we will be back for sure.

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TN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Although this restaurant was booked on a Saturday during the major dinner hours, when we arrived we noticed that the Hamilton's Grill Room (HGR) was primarily empty with plenty of tables available. When we reviewed the menu, we noticed that some of the typical offerings were unavailable and some of the condiments that go along with the seafood appetizers were out. Overall we felt rushed to order and to finish our appetizer since the main entree, according to our waiter was "plated and and ready to come out". He waited at the table while we finished our appetizer and once our main course arrived, we pretty much didn't receive any follow-up service which extended over a longer than usual period of time. Eventually we were asked for our dessert order but we were finished unfortunately with our experience at this point and in the future (as once loyal customers) of HGR.

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S
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely return to this hidden gem. The food and atmosphere was very enjoyable.

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s
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a wonderful late summer evening. The food was outstanding and the ambience romantic

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R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, romantic dinner! Thanks for the great service Chanell!

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c
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bright spot in a very dreary weather day! Excellent food & staff. Stefanie pleasant & efficient. Will definitely return.

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OA
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor/atmosphere. The grilled sslmon was supperb. And you can’t beat BYOB.

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