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About Stanford Grill

With a unique focus on creating an inviting upscale casual dining experience, we serve fresh, familiar food in a high-energy, sophisticated setting. Our chefs prepare full-flavored food from scratch daily, using fresh seasonal ingredients. We stay true to classic American comfort food that is simple, but deliciously prepared. A knowledgeable team approach provides unwavering attention to delighting our guests with warm and consistent service. Stanford Grill's timeless atmosphere appeals to discerning adults who are seeking a dining experience that is energetic, upscale but approachable.

8900 Stanford Boulevard
Columbia, MD 21045
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 312-0445

Website:
http://www.thestanfordgrill.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz Nightly along with live jazz for Sunday brunch

Parking Details:
Private lot available for all patrons in front of restaurant. Complimentary valet during lunch hours from Monday through Friday.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Peake

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open on Christmas Eve! Join us for an intimate dinner or a large gathering with friends and love ones and let us take the stress of cooking and cleaning out of your holiday. Savor all your traditional favorites from our chef's best holiday recipes. Our Holiday To-Go meal is also available.

Private Dining

Our wonderful covered patio room is the perfect location if you are planning a celebratory event, office get-together, happy hour, or for any large party.

Stanford Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (139)
Special Occasion (129)
Good for Birthdays (115)
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Good for Anniversaries (112)
Live Music (88)
Romantic (82)
Casual (77)
Good for Groups (73)
Business Meals (68)
Worth the Drive (67)
Comfort Food (61)
Cozy (61)
Fit for Foodies (61)
Great for Lunch (56)
Bar Seating (55)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Happy Hour (46)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Sunday Lunch (44)
Great for Brunch (43)
Fun (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
Healthy (30)
Hot Spot (30)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Authentic (24)
Notable Wine List (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
People Watching (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Seasonal (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Late-night Find (14)
Paleo Friendly (14)
Disabled Access (13)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Scenic View (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Spicy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great Beer (4)
Live Sports (4)
Organic (4)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was great. The chicken pot pie was delicious and the pasta was great. The music was a little too loud and I think several people said something like we did.

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·Dined 2 days ago

It was my BD.....FAMILY AND FRIENDS.....FIRST TIME AT STANFORD GRILL.. PLEASANTLY SURPRISED...LOVED IT...PERFECT.....JAZZ WONDERFUL

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing Service as ALWAYS!!!! Our favorite place in Columbia! It was a great way to spend my birthday! :)

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was delicious , the ambiance good, and the service was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We travel to Maryland multiple times a year to visit our son and his family and ALWAYS dine one evening of our trip at Stanford Grill! Service and food are always excellent.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Stanford Grill has quickly become one of my favorite places to eat or just grab a nice cocktail. Food, service, EVERYTHING....impeccable!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups
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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and even better food. Had eaten the rattlesnake (chicken) pasta in over 5 years and it was as good as I remembered. The prime rib was claimed, by my cousin, to be the best she had ever eaten. Totally enjoyable evening.

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

We are pretty frequent visitors of the Stanford Grill and unfortunately, during the past year, the food has been hit or miss and the wine always seemed past its prime. However, this time the food was fantastic and the wine was good! My only complaint is that it is always so loud that it is difficult to hear the person sitting across the table from you. My husband and I would go there a lot more if we didn't have to yell at each other to be heard.

Tags: Disabled Access, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food and awesome server!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Pretty good experience. Prime rib was tasty but not very moist. Service was ok as it took a while for drinks to show up, and forgot staff forgot it was a birthday celebration.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent restaurant, food, service and ambiance. Our favorite!

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love Stanford Grill's brunch.
The dining room is really lovely and the staff very professional and pleasant
Live music adds to the feeling of special space
The food is very good but I do find the menu a bit skimpy. I'd like to see more variety

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful experience for parents and kids alike. Flavorful dishes and stellar presentation (they pride themselves on it actually). Bustling at 6 pm. Last dinner reservation til 8:30. Wow! We will be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

By far our favorite restaurant. We drive about 40 minutes, but it is WELL worth it! The service is always impeccable, but more importantly, the food is top notch!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great atmosphere ! Wonderful date nite. I would highly recommend .

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of the nicer places to eat in Howard County. Always a good meal, great service, friendly hostess.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

From scratch kitchen and prepared to order means that the vegetarian, the keto low carb person, and the comfort foodie in our group all get what they can really enjoy just the way they want it.

Live jazz for Sunday brunch, too.

Service is so attentive and friendly. They always check for food allergies before we start. Stellar! This place never disappoints.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall excellent experience. We had a reservation and showed up 5 minutes early, though found it odd that multiple parties walked in after us and were seated before us. We ended up being seated about 15 minutes after our reservation at table big enough for six or more. We were just two. Food was good and cooked properly. The calamari seemed to be run of the mill deep or pan fried variety while the ribeye was a good cut.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing as always

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Never disappoints. Can't say enough about this place. The menu isn't huge, nor does it need to be. First rate kitchen and service staff. I tend to order the beef tenderloin on most of our visits. If you don't like blue cheese melted on your beef, let them know. I happen to love that combo. It is always spot on when asking for medium rare. Hubby ordered the baby back ribs this time. Delicious. They could provide a bit more sauce on the side. I rated the noise level moderate, but we dine early. By 7:30 - 8:00 the decibels are much higher making conversation a little harder. We were there on a Monday night, and the place was full by time we left. There's live music--jazz oriented. Most diners are dressed business casual, but there were some tables with folks in jeans and baseball caps. So, even though the decor is moderately upscale, the accepted dress is open to all.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We requested our favorite server, Watson (Mike). He is on top of his game and gets it right every time. Looking forward to the next visit.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have enjoyed our experience at Stanford Grill on 3 occassions. Each time feeling welcomed, friendly staff, and delicious food. While the prices are higher than what we like to spend, the quality and value are presented. I like jazz and look forward to dining. Would like to hear more live music. Rumor of opening a new site in Owings Mills is exciting.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great atmosphere, food and drinks. The free mimosas at brunch didn’t hurt either.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I usually enjoy this Stanford Grill when I am in the area. We were greeted by a friendly hosted and she sat us at our table and told us our waitress’ name. There was a slight wait even through the restaurant was about a quarter full so someone noticed and came to take our drink order. After about five minutes later, our waitress came and introduced herself with a different name/nick name. We politely inquired if she was the same person that the hostess mentioned would assist us for the evening. She was snippy because she does not prefer to be called the name we were given because people, including the hostess do not pronounce it properly. We were taken aback by her display. She ran through the specials and never came back. We were not rude to her, gave her eye contact, and continued to be polite while she was taking. We waited another five minutes and were getting ready to leave due to the unwarranted service, but another waiter came and had a completely different attitude. We asked if she was ok and explained the exchange and he said she was tired and was leaving for the night. She didn’t leave. She walked back and forth throughout our meal. It was bizarre and I still do not understand but other then that, the meal was lovely.
First impressions count! I might have to reconsider this location for future dining.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been to Stanford Grill many times and have always enjoyed our meals. If anything, the restaurant has improved its service. It now offers valet service which is helpful because the parking area is usually full. Our dinner, NY strip steak and prime rib, was excellent. For the first time, my steak was too well done. After apologies from our server and the manager, the steak was prepared correctly. At the end of the dinner, I noted that the steak was deducted from our bill, a $35.00 item, without any request or complaint from me. This is a restaurant that knows how to make its customers return for another meal.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The rotisserie chicken was fantastic. I don't usually get chicken in a restaurant but this has great flavor and is very juicy. The portions are generous and service is great definitely need a reservation.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were disappointed on this visit. The service was not up to par as it usually is and the food was average at best. The server was not attentive and we had to ask for bread and drink refills. Moreover, some of our food was cold, like the French fries. This was one of our favorite restaurants but we are not sure if we will return.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time at Stanford Grill, definitely NOT my last. The service was excellent- Zach left me and my date to our conversation and knew precisely when we were ready to order. The food was excellent- we both had fish dishes. The only complaint was that the volume of the restaurant was surprisingly noisy. I LOVED the added touch of the jazz trio! Very classy, and glad that Stanford supports local live music!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Another great meal! My party and I were greeted as soon as we walked into the restaurant. We were seated promptly. Our main wait staff-Nass-was friendly and courteous. She made us feel very welcomed and gave excellent service. Our food was served in a timely matter, and not too fast so we were able to finish what we had in front of us. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and we would return to the restaurant again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our first time dining here and we fell in love with the place ! We loved the atmosphere, service amd food . The complimentary birthday dessert was an added surprise.
Will certainly be back .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent service! The lamb was delicious! I️ ordered the New York Strip medium rare but a lot of it came out blue! Still excellent live music and a great atmosphere

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

The rattlesnake pasta was bland. The ingredients all sounded flavorful but the dish was disappointing. The rotisserie chicken that was supposed to be the flavorful part of the dish was just bland slices of hard chicken that could have come from a bag instead juicy shredded chicken from the rotisserie. The drinks were inconsistent and they seemed to mix up the types of beer they were serving at the bar. Bar service was very slow. The waiter in the dining room was extremely knowledgeable of the dishes and wines. The service in the dining room was very good. Desserts were tasty but the portions are huge.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Although I generally like this restaurant I found that the three (or four) hostesses rather useless. They were more concerned with looking down at their desk than offering hospitality and greeting. Once seated Louis was an excellent waiter and the rest of the dining experience was flawless. Your weak link is the front desk who seemed overwhelmed - it was a Sunday evening and not that busy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Stanford Grill is one of the nicer restaurants in the Columbia area. If you don’t want to trek to DC or Baltimore, the Stanford Grill is solid choice. The service is always attentive but the food can be hit or miss. On our last visit my wife was severely disappointed with an over cooked lamb shank. Though I was pleasantly surprised with my chicken sandwich. Stanford Grill is a good restaurant in Howard County but falls short being great because of its lack of consistency.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great experience! Enjoyed the occasion will definitely come back again!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food is reliably fresh and delicious. My bf had the ribs - they fell off the bone and melted in his mouth. His daughter had the filet which was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We'd been to Stanford Grill a few times several years ago. Recently we went here again, this time for a dinner with out-of-town family. The ambiance has always been busy and a bit loud, which we don't mind too much, but we were really surprised by the food.

Appetizers: we shared the crab dip, the spinach/artichoke dip, and the chicken meatballs. The crab dip was phenomenal, but we had to request more bread because it only came with 5 pieces. The veggie dip was also tasty, but was served with chips and salsa/sour cream. We found that to be a strange combination, but the dip was good so we didn't mind. The meatballs were meh, nothing wrong with them but really nothing special either.

Drinks: the ladies enjoyed the Peartinis and Fleur de Lis. The Moscow Mule had way too much lime juice, and the Old Fashioned was among the worst I've ever had. I couldn't finish it, so I ordered a Manhattan for dessert. It was drinkable, but not great.

Entrees: several of us had the prime rib, and found it to be a bit tough/chewy (strange, since prime rib is nearly always tender and moist). Another of us had the NY strip, which was almost inedible it was so tough. About 20% of the steak ended up back on the plate because it was too hard to eat. The market fish was pretty good, no real complaints there.

Sides: the lobster mac was excellent, the zucchini/squash was nothing special, mashed potatoes drenched in the au jus from the prime ribs were good.

Overall, it feels like the quality of the food has sunken over time. I doubt we'll return - the cheap cuts of meat aren't worth the price, which isn't even as high as comparable places nearby.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very responsive staff. Made us feel welcomed. All parties enjoyed their dishes. Restaurant was chosen due to it being nicely located between northern va. and Baltimore. Very crowded, but the kitchen was organized and food came out in a timely fashion. Nicely done.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I don't have the words to describe our experience at Stanford Grill. My husband and I were in town celebrating our wedding anniversary. The restaurant was beyond our expectation everything from the service, to the food and the ambiance. Best dining experience ever.

Thank you to our server Brandon who was the kindest, warmest and absolute best.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good service and food was excellent

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