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“We had high hopes based on other reviews...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of City Grille

City Grille
203 Jefferson St, Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 848-2900
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Ranked #22 of 133 Restaurants in Wausau
Cuisines: American
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Description: The City Grill is where you can get a good steak but don't need to dress up to eat it. Housed in the in beautiful downtown Wausau, it's a revolving door of locals seeking fine dining in a trendy atmosphere decorated in local art. The City Grill hosts live music once a week and is a great place to take a date or just watch the game with friends. And while the fillets and martinis taste top dollar, we promise they won't empty your pocketbook.
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“We had high hopes based on other reviews...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2010 via mobile

We had high hopes based on other reviews, but we had a poor experience with both the food and service. This is a typical hotel bar/restaurant that tries (unsuccessfully) to play itself as mid-level fine dining. The wait staff were less than enthusiastic, and we noticed our waiter was more attentive to a long phone call he was having than to us. One shrimp entree was terrible and fishy-tasting, while a steak entree certainly met the definition of petite with a presentation entirely alone on a large, square plate that would make any chef chuckle. An added surprise was a separately taxed 18 percent gratuity added onto the bill! My wife wanted to complain, but I just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible. Every part of our experience was mediocre to poor, but at a premium price. Dine there at your own risk.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Joshua B, Executive Chef at City Grille, responded to this review, January 14, 2012
I apologize for the poor experience that you encountered here at the city grill and since then we have made a tremendous amount of changes including: new ownership, new staff, new management and new menus. I encourage you to come back to the city grill and try us out as I guarantee that you will have a great dining experience.
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Wausau, WI
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent food in Wausau”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2009

Delicious for lunch and dinner. Nice, classy atmosphere. Perfect for lunches or dinners with business candidates or clients.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wausau
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not too bad for Wausau”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

Nice menu mix good food and prompt service. In reguards to the lady with the one poor review of the restaurant the food was very good that I experienced and the salads were included with the entrees. However you could get a side salad for around $5. Don't worry you will not see no orchids with bad food here no orchids at all actually. If you look at the other places she reviewed that day one of them is closed for having bad food. I think her review should be taken off this site. This is by far one of the best restaurants in Wausau.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wisconsin
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“Romantic & Classy Upscale Dinning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

We went to City Grill for our Anniversary dinner out. It has a classy upscale atmosphere, excellent service from the time we walked in.The menu is well rounded in it's selection, and offers something for everyone, including vegetarian. The food was WONDERFUL, in presentation, flavor, quality and quantity. My mouth is watering just remembering how delish the food was!

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Rothschild WI
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lunch At the Grille”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2008

The wife and I went to the City Grille for lunch while on a shopping trip.

The decor is very upscale with high ceilings and dark cherry woods. The booths are very nice with high backs which allow for extra privacy. However, for some, the booth backs are too vertical to be comfortable.

My wife had the Chicken Quesadilla which she stated was the best she ever had. I had a sweet and sour chicken salad which was over the top.

The place was packed so service was a bit slow, but not a problem for us (retired). Workers might have a problem with their time contraints.

Prices were in line with the upscale nature of the place. Recommend thi splace as it's in the same building as the Jefferson Street Inn, undoubtedly the best place in Wausau to stay.

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