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Grinnell's Restaurant

1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
+1 585-244-3710
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Ranked #113 of 1,099 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
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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 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

Pittsford, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Good service should be more than a trend, Stephen -- we're glad you agree. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Dave & Matt - Owners More

Rochester, New York
1 review
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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