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Grinnell's Restaurant

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1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
+1 585-244-3710
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Rochester, New York
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a birthday dinner for my wife. Everything was truly 5 star. From the valet, to the host and servers, everyone is outstanding! We had the best Lobster Bisque that I have ever tasted. Our steaks were broiled to perfection. The timing of the meal was perfect and we absolutely enjoyed our conversations with the staff. Perfection and personality... More 

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Thank Jay G
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us, Jay! It sounds like you ordered well -- the lobster bisque is one of our favorite dishes, and of course, you can't go wrong with a great steak. We're thrilled that your wife was pleased with her cake, and we're so glad we got to celebrate with you guys. We sure... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Very personal. Dave is always there at the door to greet you. Chris is the bartender extraordinaire, Kevin is the server for 20 plus years. good price, good food, AND...port-wine cheese with crackers on the bar. Open late, no hassles

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Thank Cliff K
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Cliff, we are so proud to see that you love dining with us. It was a true pleasure to host you, and we're so glad that you loved the service, food, and ambiance. We can't wait to serve you again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, NY
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149 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Everything was wonderful with great suggestions from our waiter Kevin. It was wonderful, especially on a Monday night, because it was quiet. We'll certainly return!

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Thank aped1416
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so glad to see that you enjoyed everything and that Kevin suggestions truly impressed you. We can't wait to see you again for another delicious meal. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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384 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

It's always a treat dining here, since the bar is set high and always exceeded. Matt warmly welcomes you and escorts you to your seat. The service is exemplary -- smooth, knowledgeable, professional, attentive and cordial. The well-trained staff works well to deliver a seamless dining experience. Food is top-notch.

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Thank BiffBiffman
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so proud to read that we've been able to show you a wonderful dining experience every time you visit us. It's our pleasure to make sure that you feel welcomed and ready for a delicious meal as soon as you walk in. We can't wait to see you again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Never have been disappointed here. Dined with 4 friends mid-December 2016 with the same outcome - cozy, friendly atmosphere, good service - a bit slow, but probably due to our waiter sensing we were not in any hurry. Drinks and food were reasonably priced, food was very good. We sampled the filet, New York strip, and a few Italian dishes.... More 

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Thank Planet73
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

It's excellent to read that we've never let you down. It's always our pleasure to host you and your fantastic friends, and we want to thank you for choosing us to provide you with a great meal. Sampling is always a great idea, and we hope we have the opportunity to serve you again. You may not be related, but... More 

Perinton, New York
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely not up to par tonight! Most of the issue was due to our waiter not being engaged in his task-painfully long wait after seating, between orders and delivery. They ran out of baked potatoes- really? They only offer 3 types of potato. Such a silly item to run out of. Decaf coffee, that was a long wait which our... More 

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Thank marie6788
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Marie, this isn't like us at all and it's quite clear that this was an off night for us. We want to apologize to you about it. Rest assured we will be making sure this doesn't happen again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

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64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I have dined at Grinnell's Restaurant a few times now and have always been warmly welcomed upon arrival. Quaint, warm setting and great service. The Grinnell family does a great job inviting you to their restaurant (no, I never met them!) - consistent service and staff. Menu offerings are traditional Italian / American - Prime Rib is always cooked to... More 

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Thank Charles S
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Charles, we're so glad that you've been supporting us for some time -- thank you so much. It's always our pleasure to serve you some delicious food in a relaxing environment. We can't wait to have you in again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

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123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We came here to take my MIL out for her 70th. When we came in all dressed up, most of the staff made a point to stop by and tell my children how nice they all looked. The food was great and the service was wonderful. Be prepared to tip - as the only parking is valet!

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Thank Cappyaldu
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Cappyaldu, thanks so much for choosing us to help you celebrate such a beautiful occasion! It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your awesome family, and knowing that everything was exactly to your liking makes our day. We can't wait to host you again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We had a totally enjoyable experience at Grinnell's last night! We have not had a family get together in a while and Grinnell's fit the bill perfectly. The service was totally attentive, focused on providing the exemplary service which is typical at Grinnell's. The seven of us ordered a variety of dinners, from Chicken Parmesan to the Thursday Prime Rib... More 

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Thank Steve S
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Steve, it was our pleasure to host you and the family. Serving up quality homestyle dishes with a smile is what we do best, and it's always been our goal to satisfy. We want to genuinely thank you for your support, and let you know that we can't wait to host you and the family again. Regards, Dave & Matt... More 

Webster, New York
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We've been going to Grinnells for years and are never disappointed. The food is excellent as is the service. It's old school with mostly traditional steak and seafood items. The Prime Rib, Lamb chops and Salmon are always good and perfectly cooked to the degree that you request. They lack some imagination on desserts.

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Thank carmelsnow
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

It's our absolute pleasure to have your support, and we can't even begin to put into words how much it means to us that we're one of your favorite spots. We prepare each dish with the love and care that our guests deserve, and knowing that you appreciate that added attention means the world to us. We can't wait to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-244-3710
Description
Since the 60's, Grinnell's restaurant has been a staple in Rochester. We take pride in our tried and tested cuisine, and our chefs are experts in their craft. As a family own business, we know how treat guests, and only accept the highest standards of service from our staff. A dining experience at Grinnell's is a stress free environment, where delicious cuisine, friendly staff and storied history all serve as a backdrop for you to create memories.

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