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For more than 37 years, Grill 23 & Bar has been New England's premier steak and seafood grill. Grill 23 & Bar is renowned for its prime, all-natural, dry-aged beef, and fresh, creative seafood presentations. Grill 23's menu showcases signature entrées as well as classic favorites. These creatively composed dishes, each reflecting the best ingredients of the region, offer an addition to our à la carte menu. Grill 23 consistently receives the "Best of Boston" steakhouse award from Boston Magazine and the award-winning wine list has achieved The Wine Spectator's prestigious Grand Award since 2017.
PRICE RANGE
US$50 - US$80
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Steakhouse
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Consistency in excellence as we have come to expect in food quality, preparation and service overall . We had a great server in Bill and the menu had changed a little since our last visit . The crabmeat salad was a lovely addition with great...flavor and portioned for two to share. The steaks were well seasoned and cooked to perfection as ordered. One questionable change was quickly remedied by the 2 managers on site and we were checked on to assure our satisfaction with the fix! We look forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. While we enjoyed our meal and received good service, this was not the exceptional experience we had on past visits. The turkey and stuffing were well presented but dried out. My request...for additional gravy to correct the problem was attended to promptly, but showed up on our bill as a $6.00 charge for literally a few tablespoons of gravy in a condiment-sized cup - a petty and unnecessary charge. While we've enjoyed Grill 23 in the past, and recommended it to many others, I don't know that we will return or recommend them in the future - especially after receiving no response when we reached out to them after the meal.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The only reason this is not a one star review is because of Sonny, our server, who was funny and gracious and made the human part of the meal very pleasant. Otherwise, we had a cantankerous sommelier who couldn't acknowledge things were a little backwards...and even got a little confrontational with my husband. All the food was dry so we ordered some more gravy. We were charged $6 for what looked to be 1/4 cup, which wouldn't have been needed if the food hadn't been cooked out of all its moisture. An email to the restaurant was ignored so, apparently, they don't much care.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came in on a whim for a date. We were super early for our reservation, but they accommodated us regardless. Cooper was our server and he was awesome. We both work in the industry, and were super impressed with his knowledge and service. Definitely recommend...you request him if you pop in. He brought some good laughs to the table along with great recommendations for food and wine to pair it with. Steaks were amazing. The sides were amazing, Milk and cookies were great too. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 October 2022 via mobile

Our waiter was extremely personable and helpful, answered all of our questions, and gave his opinions when asked. The food was incredible. I had the 100 day aged ribeye and my wife had the 10 oz. filet. Both were cooked exactly how we wanted and...tasted incredible. I was sad when I only had one bite left. The roasted Brussels sprouts side was the perfect complement and were very tasty. The atmosphere was very nice as well.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice meal at Grille 23. The restaurant is in a beautiful building that was used as the Boston Stock Exchange many years ago. It was a bit noisy in the large space. The service was exceptional and we really enjoyed the bread...which was served before the meal. My husband enjoyed his steak and I had the ricotta gnocchi.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022

Grill 23 and Bar services excellent food and the atmosphere can't be beat. We highly recommend the 100 day aged steak! Chris - our server was the best and we've never had service that good before! We can't wait to come back! Thank you Grill...23 and Bar!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022 via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere and great service! Shout out to Christoper, who took great care of us with his recommendations. Some reviews say the restaurant is loud. I would say the restaurant has energy! We will definitely return!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 25 August 2022 via mobile

Wow! Absolutely incredible! Best ribeye I have ever ate! Best dinner! Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. 10/10 recommend!!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 22 August 2022 via mobile

As soon as we walked in the door, I knew we were going to have a fabulous dinner! The host made sure to wish us a happy anniversary as soon as he heard our names, almost as though he’d been looking over the reservation list...to make sure he gave customers a special greeting if they were celebrating. It was such a nice touch. Then everyone we came in contact with said it as well. Our waiter Chris was just incredible. I have a dairy sensitivity and that can make it really tough on a waiter. There’s an immediate need for specifics on certain dishes, and always questions about whether they can or can’t be made without the dairy. This can be so hard. Chris was excellent and made sure that the communication with the chef was clear, and every bit of food I had was not only safe for for me to eat, but absolutely delicious as well. I’ve had many issues over the years with anniversary dinners where I’ve gotten some dairy, and it really isn’t fun being sick after your anniversary dinner. At other restaurants, the food has been safe but just not very good. Not here, the food was amazing and I cannot say enough about the perfect seasoning on everything! I did not touch salt, pepper, or any additional seasoning on anything I ate, which is insanely challenging without butter especially. Chris was so kind and so attentive, the food was spectacular, and the restaurant itself is just gorgeous. I cannot wait to bring my folks here during the holidays to show them what a special place Grill 23 is!! Thank you to everyone who made our night the absolute best!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 13 August 2022 via mobile

Here is the best steak of New England. Probably only matched by argentine beef. The service is incredible, friendly and embracing. Every dish has its own charm.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2022

My husband and I have been dining at Grill 23 since the early 90's when we lived in Boston and have been returning each time we pay the city a visit. We have seen a lot of changes to this restaurant over the years but...the food and especially the quality of service never fails to impress. Having a drink or dining at the bar (get the potato chips if they are available) is one of our favorite things to do as the service is the same excellent quality as in the dining rooms. This visit we did dine downstairs and loved every bite - excellent oysters, aged ribeye, lobster mac and cheese and the best wedge salad. Already looking forward to our next visit!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022

Put simply, if you are in Boston and want a steak house that ticks all the boxes …..go to Grill 23. The ambience, setting, service and of course exquisite food can’t be matched in the city. We usually sit upstairs at a table but chose...to be a bit more relaxed and sit at the bar which was a great choice. Oysters to start were delicious, followed by steak for hubby and mussels for me……oh and did I mention the wine list…..it goes on and on and on. Great selection from Europe and extensive list from the west coast. Trust me, Grill 23 never disappoints! Special mention for Chris our waiter who is always on point and Chef Rick popped out to see how things were…….superb thanks, we’ll be back!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Dream41134687391, General Manager at Grill 23 & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2022

Many thanks SallyAnne, Both for the kind words for the team and your loyalty. Hope to see you again soon. Nick Heilmann GM.

Reviewed 5 July 2022

Because of reviews, perhaps my expectations were too high. I ordered a filet mignon medium rare and it was served medium while the couple I was with ordered the tomahawk steak medium rare and it was very rare. None of us sent our steaks back...but had discussed whether to do so. Along with the filet mignon, I ordered a Ceasar salad that was nothing special. I have had better here in the US and around the world. The French Chablis and the French Cabernet by the glass were quite good as was the foccacia. Service was the best part of the meal as the service was excellent.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Dream41134687391, General Manager at Grill 23 & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2022

Good Afternoon Fudbug, I am so sorry to hear your steaks did not come out to your liking. While this is not common, it does happen on occasion. We are always happy to make new ones or bring a steak up to the desired temperature...More

Reviewed 29 June 2022

This place is great. Beautiful surroundings, friendly, helpful service, terrific wine list, and great food. Not every dish was exactly to my taste but everything was prepared wonderfully and the great service just makes it in my opinion. Also the prices were very reasonable for...the quality.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Response from CarpeNox | Reviewed this property |
Grill 23 is located on two floors with tables on both levels and booths on only one, as I remember.
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Ask to be seated upstairs, and it will be good.
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Grill 23 & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4