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Grinnell's Restaurant

1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
+1 585-244-3710
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Ranked #134 of 1,111 Restaurants in Rochester
Price range: $20 - $25
Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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English first
Rochester, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Recently went to Grinell's with friends for dinner. Delicious food! Love their artichoke French appetizer - so tender and flavorful. Their special of the night was short ribs. It was fall off the bone tender! Always love the personal touch being greeted by the owners. Bartender Chris is always friendly and attentive. Can't find a better place!

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

Always great to see you, Kathy! Chris and the rest of our team really appreciate your feedback about the service. We've always got different specials on the slate, so we hope you'll keep coming back to try the rest -- you're bound to find something you love just as much as the short ribs. Can't wait to see you again,... More 

Penfield, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Grinnell's has been in business for many years and with a nice reputation. 1st it is Valet Parking only. Celebrating holiday dinner with friends. We did have a reservation for 6 and our table was ready. The restaurant is very noisy so that times it was hard to hear the person across the round table from you. Thursday was Prime... More 

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

Sorry your visit left something to be desired, Ellen. While there's not much we can do about the noise on a busy night, it's disappointing to think your server was less attentive than they should have been -- we'll do our best to make sure our staff is more available next time. These setbacks aside, we're glad you enjoyed your... More 

rochester, ny
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We enjoy the bar...great drinks made by someone that knows what it's about. The food is consistent and very good. Nobody makes a better lobster tail and the prime rib melts in your mouth! A wonderful standby with friendly knowledgeable staff...well trained and you feel as if you are dining not eating.

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

Thanks for making our day, Sandy! From the drinks to the lobster to the service, we're very proud to hear that every part of our dining experience has earned your acclaim. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you'll join us for more lobster tail very soon! Sincerely, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I ate at Grinnell's with another couple on Friday November 21st. This restaurant was one of our favorites although we hadn't been there in quite awhile. Although the restaurant was busy we were seated fairly quickly after our 7 pm reservation. Three of the four main entrees were over cooked and two were sent back as the... More 

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

Please accept our sincere apologies for this experience, Stuart. We've tried our best to maintain the same quality service since 1961, and it's a shame to think we let things slip this time. While mistakes are bound to happen every now and then, making an entire table's order incorrectly is inexcusable -- we're very sorry, and we hope our second... More 

Geneva, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Tried Grinnell's because have heard of it over the years living in rochester area and saw many positive reviews here on tripadvisor. Clientele, menu and decor are all quite dated. This is the place your parents went to in 1970 for a special occasion and they are still going there on a weekly basis. The menu offered nothing fresh or... More 

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

Please allow us to apologize on your server's behalf. Accidents happen, but that's no excuse for leaving without recognizing or correcting the mistake. We're very sorry about your service, and we'll make sure to be more careful and more courteous next time. As for our atmosphere, you're not wrong. This is the kind of place your parents are still going... More 

Naples, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Been coming to this restaurant for many years on my visits to Rochester. Tonight I had grilled shrimp and was amazed at the size of the shrimp. They were served with melted butter just as a lobster would be and they were very good. AJ, our server was wonderful and we were very pleased with the overall experience.

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Fairport, New York, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Wifey and I have been going to Grinnells for over 30 years and that's because it's always fun and predictable. Rick Dimitri promises a good time and memorable experience. We were there for dinner recently and saw some familiar faces just hanging out enjoying the bar atmosphere. We joined right in and laughed a lot. So far do good, right?... More 

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

You're right, Frank: Off nights aren't supposed to happen here. As a loyal customer for so many years, you know that we're capable of providing excellent meals with excellent service. We're sorry we let you down this time, and we're sure it won't happen again. We hope you'll give us another shot soon -- the familiar faces would love to... More 

Pittsford, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

as always, this is one of the, consistently, finest dining places in this town, or any other town for that matter. their daily specials are, always, outstanding. the host/owner is, generally, on premises and you can count a a visit to your table. the kitchen goes the extra mile to assure that your meal is prepared the way you like... More 

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

Great to hear from you, Stephen! We greatly appreciate your continued support and hope you'll keep dining with us for many more years. As you well know, the garlic bread is only the beginning. We look forward to seeing you again, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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

We can't tell you how much our team appreciates your kind words. When you have as many great regulars as we do, it's very important to keep them impressed each time -- glad to hear that we've succeeded. We look forward to seeing you and your family again soon. Our Chicken Marsala awaits. Can't wait to hear more from you,... More 

Rochester, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Great to hear from a longtime fan! Thanks a lot for your kind words and continued support. We really appreciate your feedback on the menu, and we'd love to hear more. We hope you'll come back soon and let us know how we're doing in person! We look forward to hearing more from you, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

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Additional Information about Grinnell's Restaurant

Address: 1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
Phone Number: +1 585-244-3710
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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