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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

It’s that time of year again and we’ve got you covered. Our Holiday Meal is available to enjoy in the comfort of your home. The menu includes a roasted turkey or two rotisserie chicken, three sides, cranberry sauce, cornbread and gravy. Relax this holiday season and leave the cooking to us.

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

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (141)
Special Occasion (129)
Good for Birthdays (113)
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Good for Anniversaries (112)
Live Music (84)
Romantic (83)
Casual (79)
Good for Groups (75)
Worth the Drive (67)
Fit for Foodies (62)
Business Meals (60)
Great for Lunch (58)
Cozy (56)
Comfort Food (56)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
Happy Hour (51)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Bar Seating (49)
Fun (42)
Sunday Lunch (42)
Great for Brunch (38)
Hot Spot (33)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Healthy (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Authentic (24)
Local Ingredients (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Seasonal (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
People Watching (16)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Scenic View (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Live Sports (4)
Organic (4)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

Will definitely be going back again

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance was fun & cozy. The service was excellent & the food was great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Standord Grill is always good place to go. Food is consistent. And the atmosphere is good. 6 of us there for my friend's birthday. I called before our reservation to get a round table. But they didn’t have one. But the guy who answered said he would try to accommodate. And was super pleasant on the phone.

We sat in a captains booth. Which was nice because we could see each other. But it was very noisy! So we couldn’t hear each other that well.

Waitress was super perky. And did a great job.

They had salmon cake special for appetizer. I ordered the steak salad but asked for the salmon instead of the steak. Was not crazy about the salmon cake. But in all I make them at home and they are way better. Wasn’t bad enough that I sent it back.

The Peartinis were not as good as they normally are. I think they need to update their cocktail menu. Seems like they have had same drinks forever.

We had fun. And my friend enjoyed her birthday. We will go back again.

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This is a favorite for me to take clients too. GREAT food, a high level of service, good in all seasons. I was surprised to find at night, less business focused they do have live music that for a while was pretty loud, but we continued our meeting. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Really nice place. Great vibe with live jazz music. Food was terrific and portions are large. The chicken pot pie was the best I’ve had and the prime rib was perfect. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Even with a reservation, we had to wait a short while for our table. Once seated the waiter suggested an appetizer that we had from an earlier visit. Good start! When I ordered my drink, it took some time before it was delivered to the table and it was incorrect. I had hoped to have a cocktail before my meal arrived, but that did not work out since it took some time to fix the mistake and deliver my drink. In the meantime, the waiter was not monitoring our water situation and we had our appetizer without anything to drink since we had finished the initial glass of water.

The food was excellent, but the vegetable was not warm and I got an incorrect side dish. We had plenty leftover's to take home. It was a birthday dinner fr my wife and the free dessert was great. If the waiter had been more attentive, our experience would have been much better.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was fine. Nothing special. Price was reasonable. Way too noisy for a comfortable chat with old friends we hadn't seen for a while. Waiter was good, but definitely overly attentive. We felt hovered over. Not worth the drive from Silver Spring to Colombia

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our waiter messed up our orders but the manager came to our table and apologized. He also comped us all a dessert. It was great service recovery.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I️ had the Rotisserie chicken w/ a slice of cornbread. It was absolutely delicious. The only thing I was disappointed about was the fact that they couldn’t find my information in the computer to add to my points, & still haven’t sent me an actual Woodfire card after several visits. Other then that I highly recommend this place. Great ambiance, good , & service!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The setting is very nice, but the food did not match. It was good but not great. I would go again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Stanford Grill is always a good choice for big meals and great service.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Live Sports, People Watching, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Visitor in town

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious Sunday brunch with friends. Perfect food and ambiance.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Stanford Grill never disappoints. Great food. Great service. Always a great time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Saturday evening a group of friends got together at Stanford Grill. We had a ball! Several of the guest were coming from out-of-town and commented on the ambiance and quality of the cocktails. Stanford Grill is a place that pays attention to detail and encourages good times. We were celebrating a birthday and an initial introduction of a new group member. The bread pudding was scrumptious and the pumpkin cheesecake topped off the evening. We will go back and look forward to making yet another fantastic memory!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was amazing. Our server Zack was awesome! The 1/2 hour wait when ou have a reservation....not so good. But, we had a “special” request for seating accommodations and the host was more than willing to help. Would definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have dined at Stanford Grill many times and have not been disappointed. The tenderloin filet and trout dishes were delicious. This is our favorite Howard County restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Prime rib was cooked perfectly and delicious; loved the teamwork of the services - felt like we were spoiled without being overwhelmed. Live jazz was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ashley was our server and she was great! Very attentive and engaging with our family. The food was reasonable priced and the dessert was delicious.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Second time here, loved it! Six in a booth was a little cramped, but the restaurant was packed on a Friday night. Definitely needed reservations. Jazz band was good, glad we were seated a bit away so we could talk and catchup. Our waiter Josh hustled beyond belief and was great.
We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is impressive - creative twists and meticulous preparation for items like prime rib (best ever), filet mignon and even spare ribs. Wait staff is friendly, attentive and fun without overdoing it... Portions are generous. On this birthday dinner, we had to take extras home so we could fit in desserts. The whole experience was worth the trip... a little hard to find, tucked behind the Courtyard Marriott, but navigating via smartphone will do the trick. The live music - piano and bass, was just right along with fireplaces scattered around for ambience. Dark wood and stone make for a really warm atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Liked our food very much--shared calamari appetizer, which was excellent. Main course--each got 10 oz prime rib and each was cooked as requested. Sides of mashed potatoes and green beans tasty. Food actually came too fast; we had not finished appetizer or drink. We were given boxes for leftovers, which I would have expected server to fill. Then we had to ask for a bag to carry them in. Once table was cleared and before dessert came, it would have been nice for the crumbs to have been taken away.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I ordered the Salmon and it was tasty; however, I noticed a big difference in the portion size from the last time I was there, which was within a week's time. The portion was half the size for the same $28.00 dollars. The grilled vegetables were just "ok", they had a little burnt/charred grill taste that had a bad after taste. In prior visits, the vegetables have always been delicious and the Salmon portion was a pretty good size as well. I have eaten at Stanford's at least 3 times in the last 2 weeks and this meal was just not as delightful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our server, ERIC - was phenomenal. He made our evening special. In addition to be very patient while our guests arrived - he was always there to answer questions, make recommendations and keep my drink filled to the brim during the whole meal. He made our visit to the STANFORD Grill most enjoyable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was awesome. The server was awkward and the Host needs training.
This was for an important business meeting on Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017.

After making a reservation for a Business Party of 5, we arrived to an empty restaurant at 4:30pm, and were seated at a table for 4? When we asked the Host to be moved to a table for 5, said they did not have a table for 5 , which didn't make any sense, when our reservation for 5 online was confirmed? They eventually moved us to a larger, cozy booth, but this was a business meeting, not a family gathering. Your staff needs training, but the food was very good.
RichM.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very nice Sunday brunch. Good food and good service.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The overall experience at Stanford Grill is always enjoyable. The food is delicious and the service is timely. I never feel rushed, even though there is always a wait if you do not have a reservation. This is a lively restaurant, every day and the jazz musicians take it to the next level.
Always pleased.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great as usual.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything was top notch from start to finish, and I would go back again

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love the food at Stanford grill and often go there for special occasions. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable and portions are hearty. The only downside is the noise level - it can be quite loud especially on a weekend night. I would also like to see them acknowledge special occasions better - a free dessert or something similar for a birthday or anniversary. We are always asked when making a reservation if it is for a special occasion - but there is never any follow through?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

So loud I had to scream to talk to my husband. Crab cakes were gross. Make sure you make a reservation, it was packed! Wouldn't rush back.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been to the Stanford Grille many times and we have always been very happy with the food and friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was great, large portions, atmosphere was very loud

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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