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Grinnell's Restaurant

1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
585-244-3710
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Ranked #71 of 1,097 restaurants in Rochester
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Rochester, New York
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Have eaten here a couple dozen times and Grinnell's never disappoints. From the moment you walk through the door David welcomes you with a smile and thanks you for coming to dine with them. Usually have a couple drinks at the bar and Chris is an excellent old fashioned bar tender. David always keeps us informed about any possible wait.... More

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Rochester, New York
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Grinnell's Restaurant is a long-time Rochester landmark. It's longevity is well-earned. This is the type of restaurant you can enjoy with friends and family and know that your meal will be consistently good and the service will be outstanding. Our favorites are the Prime Rib and the Scallops. The Friday fish fry is excellent as well and a good value.... More

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Pittsford, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You can always count on Grinnell's. Friendly attentive service, great owners and very good food. Not trendy, but it has been around for years and ha a very loyal following.

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We had dinner at Grinnell's November 6. The dinner was quite good except the veggies which were quite unexceptional. However, we waited 20 minutes for our check after dinner. That just put a damper on the evening but the attitude of the owner and the waiter were what really turned me off. They acted like we should expect to wait... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We wanted a steakhouse that was not far from the Blue Cross Arena so we went here. We arrived at 5 and where one of the first people here. A family came in at 5:30 with nearly the whole restaurant empty they were almost turned away because they said they had so many reservations. We all got the prime rib... More

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Pittsford, NY
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I've been puzzling about how to write a review of a place that others seem to like that is decidedly average without offending too many people. I guess it can't be done. I started to read the other reviews this morning before taking to compose my thoughts this morning on last evening's dining experience. I can appreciate the sentimentality that... More

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Upstate, NY
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This restaurant is among our very top favorites in Rochester! The kitchen knows about cooking - with the best of home-prepared skills and ingredients, yet gourmet in overall flair. The service is experienced, prompt, yet diners never feel rushed. Ah - and the weekly specials are especially interesting. Whether it's the prime rib, the liver and bacon or Sunday turkey... More

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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Grinnells is a classic American restaurant. The service, both at the bar and in the restaurant is always spot on. You are always met and greeted by an owner, given as much time as you want to take your table, and the food, while not exactly trendsetting, is always very good. When you want a comfortable, high end meal, Grinnell's... More

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Syracuse, NY
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Went on a busy Saturday night, was able to get a later reservation after picking up a couple people from the airport. The small parking lot in front of the restaurant is valet parking only, but they were very gracious and mentioned many park across the street. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated promptly. The restaurant was... More

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Pittsford, New York, Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Grinnell's has been a staple of the Brighton community forever! On Saturday night you could tell. It was very busy,but we had made a reservation, we were seated immediately. The service was prompt and the specials told to us as we sat so we could ponder over the choices. We brought our own wine for a fifteen dollar uncork fee,... More

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