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Grinnell's Restaurant

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1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
+1 585-244-3710
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Webster, New York
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been going to Grinnells for years and are never disappointed. The food is excellent as is the service. It's old school with mostly traditional steak and seafood items. The Prime Rib, Lamb chops and Salmon are always good and perfectly cooked to the degree that you request. They lack some imagination on desserts.

Thank carmelsnow
Delray Beach, Florida
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I went there for dinner and had a great table, great waiter and the best prime rib I have had in a while! The prime rib was 16oz and cooked medium rare.....cooked perfect! My wife had the salmon and also cooked the way she likes and lots of flavor! I can't believe I forgot the waiter's name,... More 

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Rochester, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the somewhat "old style" atmosphere. Service was very good and food was very good. Prices were reasonable. Owner stopped by our table and introduced himself, and we had a nice conversation. This was a nice touch. I like supporting local, small business. Only downside is parking across a busy street, but I will definately dine there again.

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

We're so proud that you enjoy supporting local, it truly warms our heart to read this -- thank you so very much! We will continue to do our best to serve this community delicious food at reasonable prices, and we can't wait to see you again. Take care, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, New York
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We eat here a lot. I know we are going to get a good meal when we come here. Drinks are reasonably priced. I usually get the filet and scallops.

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

Molly, we're so glad to have your support. It's wonderful to know that you enjoy the drinks, the filet, and the scallops! We really can't wait to have you in again. Until next time, Dave & Matt - Owners More 

Rochester, NY
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267 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

I've eaten at Grinnell's for many years. It has been one of my favorite go-to places for special occasions for many reasons. Excellent menu, delicious food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere when celebrating special occasions. As often as I have eaten at Grinnell's, I have never written a review, until now. If I had written reviews of all of past... More 

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

Thank you so very much for the thorough and thoughtful review. It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your girlfriend, and the fact that she enjoys ordering meat at our spot is a testament to our dedication, and we're so thankful to learn that she loves our lamb chops. Thank for you choosing us for your special night,... More 

Rochester, New York
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

I had the filet and my wife had scallops. Both were out of this world. We started with the grilled butterfly jumbo shrimp---they are so big and delicious that they look like small lobsters! We have been customers of Grinnells for more than 4 decades, and we have never been disappointed. The family operation offers attention to detail that is... More 

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

John, four decades? That is absolutely amazing. We're are flattered, humbled, and very grateful to have been a part of your life for so long -- thank you. It seems that you are a member of our family at this point and we will always be so happy to serve you up some steak and scallops whenever the time feels... More 

Brewerton, New York
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Dining at Grinnell's is a step back in time to where and when dining was more than a meal. The menu is just one indication of the quality of the preparation and the food itself. It reads like a great steak and chop house menu with no frills; just great choices of outstanding selections of top quality meat. Appetizers and... More 

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

Nancy, this review is absolutely amazing. We're so glad to have had you in, and even more glad to read this wonderful testament. We do our best to provide the exact dining experience you wrote about -- there isn't much that can beat top-quality cuts of meat cooked just the way you like it. We hope to have you back.... More 

Rochester, New York
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

My wife and I go to Grinnell's 4-5 time a year when we want that special dinner with special service. From the minute you walk in the door you know they are going to take good care of you. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Rochester and the surrounding area, but when we want something special, we make the... More 

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

We can't express to you the joy we feel reading this review. It's absolutely stunning and fills us with joy. Thank you for taking the time to describe your relationship with our restaurant. Having you in 4-5 times a year is an absolute delight, and we're looking forward to it for years to come. We care about the food, but... More 

Rochester, New York
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Went with a group of 12 people. The small bar area was okay to get a before dinner drink. Bartender made very good drinks but service was a tad slow. One bartender taking care of both the dining room and those at the bar was a bit of a challenge but he managed. Got seated for dinner and the service... More 

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

Paul, while it is fantastic to see how much you enjoyed the serivce, we're greatly concerned about your complaints about the food. There is no excuse for the meals not coming out the way you ordered them, and we hope you will accept our sincere apology for that. With that being said, we want to express to you our absolute... More 

Rochester, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

We have gone to this restaurant many times and the food and service is consistently great. Staff go out of their way to provide great service and with attention to every detail. The dry aged beef is especially good and of excellent quality. The drinks are cold and the price fair!

Thank kathy7301
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for thinking so highly of us, Kathy -- knowing you enjoy consistent five-star meals and service with us is a compliment like no other! All of us love going out of our way to make sure you have the best experience possible. See you soon for more of that dry aged beef you love so much, and of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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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