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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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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Since the 60's, Grinnell's restaurant has been a staple in Rochester. We...
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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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Steakhouse Plus

My wife and I first dined at Grinnell's 45 years ago on the night of our junior prom, and we have been going back ever since for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Along with valet parking and a thoughtfully updated interior, Grinnell's is a steakhouse that has stood the test of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
John B
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife and I first dined at Grinnell's 45 years ago on the night of our junior prom, and we have been going back ever since for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Along with valet parking and a thoughtfully updated interior, Grinnell's is a steakhouse that has stood the test of time. Family owned and operated, there is a welcoming... More 

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

The is so great to hear, John! It's really amazing to hear from such a longtime customer! We're thrilled that we could share in all the memories you and your family have made in the 45 years since you first dined with us. And We'll be sure to pass on the compliments to Chris! Hope to see you again soon!... More 

Victor, New York
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great Birthday celebration!! We all enjoyed our dinners at the this long established Rochester restaurant!! Especially the CALVES liver, my husbands favorite! Very few places serve this , but Grinnells does and it was delish!!!

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

Happy birthday, Michelle! We're so glad our menu (calf's liver included) made your day as special as possible, and we really appreciate your kind words. Hope you'll join us again very soon! Sincerely, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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230 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A wonderful evening started with their garlic bread, toasted just right with a nice garlic flavor. Two in our party had the steaks, perfectly cooked and served with a side of au jus. The other two had chicken french, a Rochester tradition, perfectly executed here. The meal ended with ice cream, very rich and creamy. Our server was attentive and... More 

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

Thanks for making our day! We're thrilled to hear that our service, steaks, and dessert added up to a memorable dining experience. We appreciate your support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

New York
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine's Day dinner a few days before the actual holiday. They are valet parking only so plan for that. We were seated promptly for our reservation even though they were getting busy. We love restaurants like this with "older decor" - carpet, wood trim, dim. Service was exceptional. Our waiter was on point... More 

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

Can't wait to see you again! It's great to hear that everything from our portions to our classic decor left you eager to return. We're very glad we could help make your Valentine's Day memorable, and we hope you'll join us for another occasion sometime soon! All the best, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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139 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I won a gift certificate for Grinnell's and was excited to give it a try. I have to be honest and say I'll never go again. It's dated in appearance and feels grimy all over. It's an old Rochester restaurant and it shows. The menu needs updating also to bring it into the 21st century. The service is good however... More 

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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

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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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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.
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

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