Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Barbecue, American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Good For Groups: Yes
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12/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Took my daughter and 4 of her friends for her 24th Birthday. My daughter arrived ahead of us and she was told that the reservation was for 5 people, although I had called and changed to 7 earlier in the week. They were quick to adapt and that worked out fine.Decor was festive with a Holiday feeling. When we were seated , we were placed next to a wait station. Since we had waited a while, I didn't request another table, however was continuosly bumped as waiters made their way through and I listened to their discussions. It was so noisy, we could hardly hear the waiter for meal and wine recommendations and visa versa. I ordered NY Strip, medium rare, came out more close to well, with a fair amount of gristle. Two of the guests ordered the risotto, which was mushy and overcooked. On the positive side, our waiter was pleasant, although his only function was to take and order and serve the meal. No extra attention. Not a place to recommend to friends.
01/05/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was taken to Grille 23 for my birthday and the dining experience truly made the night special. It started from the moment we sat down, our waiter was extremely personable and knowledgeable about the wine list and made a wonderful recommendation. We received our appetizers and were never rushed to order the main course but left to enjoy what we had infront of us. My main course was a Kobe steak that was cooked to perfection. To end the night the waiter having know it was my birthday brought out a giant slice of chocolate cake that was delicious. This wasn't my first experience at Grille 23 and was nothing less than what i have come to expect from them.
05/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have always been a fan of steak, being originally from the south, so of course I had to try Grill 23. Upon hearing good reviews about Grill 23, I decided to make reservations online for my recent graduation dinner on May 1, 2009. My party’s first impressions were positive. We had no trouble waiting for our table, and the décor was ambient and beautiful with wood paneling. I felt that my waiter was prompt and his service to our table was decent enough.
When my party received our food we were initially impressed by the taste and presentation. However, our impressions abruptly went sour when one person in our party spotted something CRAWLING on her mashed potatoes. She immediately called one of the waiter’s attention. The waiter took her plate away without an explanation or apology. We waited approximately 5-10 minutes before my friend contacted ANOTHER waiter and asked, “what are the restaurant’s procedures regarding a mishap in your food?” The staff appeared to be negligent and unconcerned. When the manager finally arrived for what we thought would be a sympathetic apology, he stated that he could only replace her order. My friend stated, “I have lost my appetite and would rather not have another plate.” She then respectfully asked for a refund and the manager refused to give us any other options. He said, “I can only replace your order, but since you ate half of it, I can give you half of your order to go.” I have previously dined at a fast food joint where the manager refunded an order with no problem, regardless of the amount of the food consumed or other variables. Not only was the manager not prompt about this serious matter, but he was unprofessional and had some nerve.
Overall, Grill 23 lacks in professional management, and promptness about a serious manner. The quality of the food was subpar and unsanitary. This is an occurrence one would expect at a fast food joint or chain restaurant, but not at a restaurant that has been deemed “Best of Boston.” I would highly recommend that you dine somewhere else – perhaps try another steak house in Boston such as Abe and Louie’s.
10/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Grill 23 is a great restaurant for a special occasion or a guys/girls night out. The meat is very good and the appetizers are quite niece too. If you don't like steak, try the yellow-tail entree. This Sushi-grade dish is a fantastic alternative to red meat. There is an impressive wine list and some interesting cocktails to choose from. Or, if you want to keep it simple there are plenty of beers for about $5. All together this is a nice alternative to S&W or Davios if you are looking for a new steak house. However, on balance, we prefer Davios.
09/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ok, so the steak was pretty good, but have had better at Abe & Louie's. I had the arugula salad which was nothing special either. I agree with other reviewers that the place is loud, but it didn't bother us too much. My boyfriend loves steak and we have been to several of the other steakhouses in town, so for his birthday we decided to try something new. I went on the website and they had a pretty strict dress code, and when I made the reservation I double-checked with the reservationist what the dresscode is (jacket/tie, business formal is what she said so we dressed to the 9's). When I showed up, most of the patrons were in jeans/tee shirts (no exaggeration) and I saw one patron walk in with gym shorts on. Now, I am all for casual dining, but I suggest Grill 23 recheck their website and what their reservationist tells customers. It was almost embarassing as my boyfriend and I were the most dressed up people in the restaurant.
07/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This was my second visit here with my husband - went last year around the same time. Both times I ordered my steak medium, and both times it came out rare (2 different cuts of meat mind you). On our first visit, our server was attentive, great personality, and very apologetic about the undercooked steak and rushed it back to cook longer. Unfortunately it wasn't the same once it came back. This last time, our waiter disappeared on us (the last we saw of him was when he took our entree order), so when the steak came rare, there was no one to tell. I decided instead of sending it back to eat the more cooked portions, but unfortunately I did eat some of the rarer portions - about 3/4 of the way through the entree I could feel my stomach turning already (I'm one of those unfortunate souls who cannot digest rare/raw meat). When a different waiter came to clear our plates, I didn't even get to finish telling him my steak was undercooked - he could immediately tell it was rare. Unfortunately though, no one, neither our original waiter nor a manager nor the chef, came to apologize. I wasn't looking for anything free, just some acknowledgement of the error. Needless to say, after two blatent errors with no apology from management or the kitchen, I will not be going back, nor will I be recommending this place to anyone. I will stick with my favorite, Smith & Wollensky - I've been to 3 of their locations (NY, Boston and Vegas) numerous times (it was our fave place when we lived in NY) and have never had this problem. It got 2 stars because the blue cheese mashed were awesome and the wine list is tops - they even had a wine from a not so well known vineyard we visited in New Zealand so that salvaged the meal for me.
05/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
appetizer was great, best crab cake, fantastic service, nice wine list, main course, too much salt, disappointing, husband had the halibut and was way to salty he said. I had the soft shell crabs, not bad, just disappointing. The hash browns and onion rings were good.
02/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food is spectacular. I had the 3 pound lobster and my husband the fillet, and both were perfection. It is definitely costly but worth every penny. This is not a place that we can afford to go to often, but it is perfect for that special occasion dinner. The food is so wonderfully prepared that if you are going to eat here you should spare no expense and spend your money freely. So go, order to your heart's delight and don't worry about the bill. It's going to hurt a bit once it comes, but you'll be so happy you splurged after the fact.
02/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently went to Grille 23 for a business function. It to me is overpriced for what it is. Also, I had trouble conversing with my colleagues as it is incredibly loud. Additionally, our service was what I would expect at a place like TGI Friday's. If I was paying out of my own pocket, I would have complained to the manager. I, along with my business colleagues, will probably never go there again because the other alternatives in Boston are much better in service, menu, and value. If you're looking to go Grill 23, you should instead consider Capital Grille, Abe & Louie's, or Ruth Chris Steakhouse.
01/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ate here for a buisness dinner about 2 months ago, I did not have to pay..however I felt bad for the person who did as it was not up to par with other restaurants we have had business dinners in before. For starters they tried to seat a party of 9 in this small round booth underneath the staircase...which could not have comfortably fit more than 7 people, they seemed annoyed when we told them we couldn't all fit in the space and didn't seem to care that we were irritated since we had reservations made about one month in advance....finally they moved us and yes I know it is a steak house, but one would think they would have some chicken or vegetable option on the menu...they did not, steak and seafood thats it, they told me they took the chicken off the menu the week before... I ended up getting a pasta veggie dish made special by the chef....which you know must have been way over priced, it was terrible, I can cook better than that! Completely bland with no kind of flavor what so ever! Some of the other people in the party enjoyed there meals and some said they wouldn't eat here if they had to pay....not the worst restaurant, just not worth this type of money...you are much better off at Abe and Louies...like I said not a steak person, but everyone who had steak agreed they liked the previous months dinner at Abe and Louies far better!
07/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My family and I had dinner here on July 22, 2007. Being a Sunday evening in the summer, the restaurant was not overly crowded. We had a nice window table overlooking Berkeley St. This is not a typical steakhouse in its decor. It is upscale and beautifully decorated with great artwork throughout. Our server, Jennifer, was polished and professional. Our salads were great - I had a wedge of baby iceberg with a great bleu cheese dressing and a wedge of the cheese. We all enjoyed different steaks - I had a bone-in Delmonico which was flavorful, juicy and hearty. Others had filet mignon and the 18 oz. NY strip and all loved the staks which had a tasty, crusty char to them. Side dishes shine here. Hash brown potatoes are omelet style, crisp on the outside and hot and moist insdie. Ginger beets are different and a real treat. Broccoli au gratin is taken to a new height here. Incredible bread basket. Cocktails are steakhouse-big and well made. It is an expensive restaurant and very much worth it! Great dining experience.
05/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It is difficult to find a great steak if have had steak in Texas, Kansas, and Japan. I've tried Abe & Louies, Capital Grille, Ruth Chris, The Palm, Smith & Wollensky, Plaza III, and Mortons. All of them are not as consistent in quality and atmosphere as Grill 23. I preferences are the Sirlon, Bone in Filet, Prime Rib, Steak Tartar, Tater Tots. They have two dining rooms; downstairs is noisey and upstairs is more clubby with a nice intimate bar. Great wine selection and professional servers. The only negative is the management can be snooty and some host/reservation people have a terrible attitude. Be sure to make reservations and request where you prefer to sit.
04/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I am a hard-working professional who looks forward to dining every Saturday night at Grill 23, generally at the bar. Having eaten at several steak houses before, including the chains (Ruth's, Morton's, Capital Grille, etc.), I find that Grill 23 is refreshingly unique and quintessentially Bostonian at its best: the atmosphere is elegant but masculine and subdued, the food is carefully prepared and delicious (including the appetizers), the wine list is expansive (and expensive), seating is prompt, and the service is unsurpassed. The crowd is upscale and when I go there I am always certain to be surrounded by others who share a love of red meat and the finer things in life. Don't be offended by the prices (all good steakhouses are expensive), and give the place a chance because it will grow on you like a full-bodied Napa Valley cabernet. And dress appropriately -- at least business casual -- because the ambience and tradition of the place deserve your respect.
03/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been up and down the east coast for many of years. I've tried every fine steak house in every major city and yet have I had anything close to the DRY-aged NY strip at the Grill. Its so tender, but has a flavor like no other. No wonder this place is packed every night. The service from the minute you walk in the door, to when you leave is no other. This place is a must and thats why I will keep coming back for more. There is only one Grill 23 and this is why its the king of all steak houses.
10/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Grill 23 is definitely one of those highbrow places that are great for entertaining clients or for when you land that great job. The service was attentive, which is a must given how much you are paying for this place. I went with 2 other friends and we each put down about $100 for entree, wine and a starter or dessert. Given the price, I would have expected better food. I have had better steak au poivre at other places. Plus they mixed up the cooking instructions for my friend and me.
08/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I travel frequently and have the luxury of dining out often. Grill 23 holds a special place for some of the best steaks and wine. They offer the best selections of wine and their cuts are excellent! Don't bother with Morton's when you can have Grill 23.
06/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Admittedly I went in expecting a lot from this well reviewed and expensive restaurant. Sadly, the food left me wishing I had grilled a steak at home. Me and my girlfriend both ordered steaks off the weekly entree list, and neither one was very good. Hers was a cap sirloin that was so salty as to be almost inedible. Mine was a skirt steak that left an unpleasant burnt taste in my mouth.
I guess the lowdown is only order the a la carte steaks and don't expect anything else on the menu, including appetizers and sides, to be imaginative or even particularly good.