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Grinnell's Restaurant

1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
+1 585-244-3710
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Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“sherbet” (7 reviews)
“prime rib” (18 reviews)
“scallops” (7 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse
PRICE
$$$$
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1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

I am in a state of shock. In the past Grinnell’s was a rock steady top notch restaurant that I could always count on for a good service experience and great food that included the best prime rib I have ever had. Tonight my wife...More

Thank Grant D
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

We're a bit puzzled to see this review, Grant. If you made a reservation, we certainly would have saved your table. It's likely that our staff was waiting to hear from you, and they were forced to give up your table after not hearing from...More

Reviewed April 2, 2018

Hi, I went at the Grinnell's Restaurant many years ago, I have to admit that I had a very very good stay at this restaurant. After those years, I still remember this evening at the Grinnelll's. Very nice dishes, very nice italian sea food, friendly...More

Thank Pierrrreg
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2018

We're flattered our food and friendly service made such a lasting impression on you, Pierrrreg! You can bet that we've kept up that same tasty seafood and welcoming atmosphere since you last visiting. Thanks a million for supporting us, and we hope you get the...More

Reviewed March 19, 2018

We were two couples on a Saturday night on our first time at Grinnell's. We had four different meals; rib eye special with Bleu cheese and herb butter with roasted garlic and baked potato, scallops, prime rib, and chicken French. All four meals were delicious...More

Thank Tom S
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2018

Tom, thank you for delicious dishes and our attentive customer service. It really means a lot to hear you felt taken care of with our server, Tim, and enjoyed a perfectly cooked meal. We hope this means we'll get to have you back again someday...More

Reviewed March 17, 2018

We had an outstanding dinner and service at Grinnell's. A restaurant that has been around for many years and still serving wonderful food. They certainly know how to make their patrons feel welcomed. Will definitely go back.

Thank Suzanne M
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Suzanne, thank you for sharing the love for our outstanding service and delicious food. It really means a lot to hear you felt taken care of with us, and we hope to have you back again someday soon. Until then, Dave & Matt, Owners

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

I’d been wanting to eat at Grinnell’s for a long time and finally made it there last week. I truly wish I had gone sooner because I was missing a great restaurant! I had the coquilles st. jacques which was a special. It was delicious!...More

Thank littlesis4
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2018

Thank you for sharing the love for our awesome service and delicious food. It really means a lot to hear you and your son had a great first visit with us, and we hope to have you back again someday soon. Until then, Dave &...More

Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

We have lived in Rochester all our life and just discovered Grinnell’s. I had a hankering for prime rib and my wife wanted seafood. Perfect! She had King Crab legs and I had the large cut of the beef. Both great. It was a bit...More

Thank TBBXRR
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Thank you for the kind words for our perfectly prepared King crab legs and our prime rib. It means a lot, and we hope to have you back again someday soon. Until then, Dave & Matt, Owners

Reviewed December 22, 2017

As a first time patron, Grinnell's has a blast from the past vibe of an 70s high end establishment with a regular clientele. While limited parking is a bit of an issue even at 5 PM, they have valet service and some non-valet across busy...More

Thank pseverski
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing the kind words for our fun atmosphere, friendly service, and our delicious food. It really means a lot to hear you're a fan, and we hope to have you back again someday soon. Until then, Dave & Matt, Owners

Reviewed October 8, 2017

Grinnell's is an old-school fine dining establishment that caters primarily to an older crowd. I was there on a weekend evening. The service was prompt, friendly, and attentive. The food was just OK; a bit under-seasoned and over-cooked. The kind of cooking your grandparents might...More

Thank ImaPrettyDecentGuy
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

We're glad you were impressed with our attentive and friendly service and attention to the fine dining experience. That said, we're disappointed you found our authentic dishes to only be okay. That isn't the typical feedback we hear, so we hope to welcome you back...More

Reviewed August 28, 2017

The people, staff and all the customers appear (including David, the owner and his son Matt) to be friends. Every time we go there we meet someone we know. Valet parking, great food and service. One of this city's finest. Neat and clean.

Thank Cliff K
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2017

Cliff, thank you for sharing the kind words for our wonderful staff and our great food and service. It really means a lot to hear you're a fan, and we hope to have you back again sometime soon. Until then, Dave & Matt, Owners

Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

This was a birthday dinner for my wife. Everything was truly 5 star. From the valet, to the host and servers, everyone is outstanding! We had the best Lobster Bisque that I have ever tasted. Our steaks were broiled to perfection. The timing of the...More

Thank Jay G
Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2017

We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us, Jay! It sounds like you ordered well -- the lobster bisque is one of our favorite dishes, and of course, you can't go wrong with a great steak. We're thrilled that your wife was pleased with...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$20 - $25
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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
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
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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