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Grill 23 & Bar

#22 of 2,365 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
Back Bay
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161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116-5108 (Stuart Street)
+1 617-542-2255
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17:30 - 22:30
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Sun 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:30
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Naples, Florida
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

Had dinner recently there for 6 people, you could hardly hear each other. Service was OK but the food was only OK, not as good as I hoped and not worth the price. Location and interior is great but the noise level spolied it

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Boston, Massachusetts
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182 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2014

We entertained clients at Grill 23. It was a terrific evening and everyone left happy and full. Our group was 9, most from out of town. I requested their round table in an alcove on the second floor so we would have the best chance of being able to have a conversation. It was perfect! Great service all evening. Ordered... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014

The place is absolutely stunning. The food was stellar, the service was spectacular, Peter Baker was such an amazing host!! We will visit every time we are in Boston!!! Definitely worth a visit! Or 10!

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Uk
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2014

Does what it says on the tin. Great food, superb wine list, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Service was just good enough for a high end establishment (although in fairness, they were very busy).

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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280 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2014

Impeccable service, good food, but prices that would be laughable if they weren't so insulting. The shrimp cocktail features 4 average-sized shrimp, with nothing to add beyond what you would get at a tourist spot on Cape Cod, yet they charge the ridiculous amount of $19... The $13 simple green salad was similarly underwhelming... The Shetland salmon was nicely prepared... More 

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La Mirada, California
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167 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014

The steak I had was very well prepared and had good flavor. The sides are family style so we had a few to share and all were good. Its not a super fancy place which is nice when you want to be a bit more casual. Service was good. Atmosphere is a bit loud but nice.

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Blairstown, New Jersey
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014 via mobile

The food was excellent. Steaks and seafood were great and service was top notch. We will return next time we come to boston

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Louisville, Ky.
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

Great menu choices, in the price range for a business dinner. Steak duo was perfectly prepared. Truffled "Tater Tots" were excellent. Creamed Spinach perfectly prepared. Sides were enough for the table of 4 to share.

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2014

I started coming to Grill 23 in the mid-80s when it opened. In all of this time it has never failed to impress. My favorite steakhouse in all of Boston, although its certainly not just a steakhouse. Impeccable service, out of this world perfectly mixed drinks, outstanding 5-star meals. It is worth every penny and more.

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2014

I came here as part of a group of 6 as it was recommended by a Bostonian among us. Now, I'm a vegetarian, so it's not a place that's in any way aimed at me (I had mashed potato) but the steak-eaters were in heaven. 2 had a "100-day aged" steak and were thrilled. We also enjoyed some great wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$80
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116-5108
    (Stuart Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-542-2255

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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