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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
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 

Delray Beach, Florida
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

My wife and I went there for dinner and had a great table, great waiter and the best prime rib I have had in a while! The prime rib was 16oz and cooked medium rare.....cooked perfect! My wife had the salmon and also cooked the way she likes and lots of flavor! I can't believe I forgot the waiter's name,... More 

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

Tanks for the wonderful review, Dave! We're thrilled to hear that you and your wife were so impressed with the food and service. Looking forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in Rochester! Cheers, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I enjoyed the somewhat "old style" atmosphere. Service was very good and food was very good. Prices were reasonable. Owner stopped by our table and introduced himself, and we had a nice conversation. This was a nice touch. I like supporting local, small business. Only downside is parking across a busy street, but I will definately dine there again.

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

We're so proud that you enjoy supporting local, it truly warms our heart to read this -- thank you so very much! We will continue to do our best to serve this community delicious food at reasonable prices, and we can't wait to see you again. Take care, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We eat here a lot. I know we are going to get a good meal when we come here. Drinks are reasonably priced. I usually get the filet and scallops.

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1 Thank Molly C
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Molly, we're so glad to have your support. It's wonderful to know that you enjoy the drinks, the filet, and the scallops! We really can't wait to have you in again. Until next time, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, NY
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317 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I've eaten at Grinnell's for many years. It has been one of my favorite go-to places for special occasions for many reasons. Excellent menu, delicious food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere when celebrating special occasions. As often as I have eaten at Grinnell's, I have never written a review, until now. If I had written reviews of all of past... More 

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

Thank you so very much for the thorough and thoughtful review. It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your girlfriend, and the fact that she enjoys ordering meat at our spot is a testament to our dedication, and we're so thankful to learn that she loves our lamb chops. Thank for you choosing us for your special night,... More 

Rochester, New York
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I had the filet and my wife had scallops. Both were out of this world. We started with the grilled butterfly jumbo shrimp---they are so big and delicious that they look like small lobsters! We have been customers of Grinnells for more than 4 decades, and we have never been disappointed. The family operation offers attention to detail that is... More 

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

John, four decades? That is absolutely amazing. We're are flattered, humbled, and very grateful to have been a part of your life for so long -- thank you. It seems that you are a member of our family at this point and we will always be so happy to serve you up some steak and scallops whenever the time feels... More 

Brewerton, New York
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Dining at Grinnell's is a step back in time to where and when dining was more than a meal. The menu is just one indication of the quality of the preparation and the food itself. It reads like a great steak and chop house menu with no frills; just great choices of outstanding selections of top quality meat. Appetizers and... More 

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

Nancy, this review is absolutely amazing. We're so glad to have had you in, and even more glad to read this wonderful testament. We do our best to provide the exact dining experience you wrote about -- there isn't much that can beat top-quality cuts of meat cooked just the way you like it. We hope to have you back.... 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
US$20 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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