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Grill 23 & Bar

#21 of 2,365 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Back Bay
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161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116-5108 (Stuart Street)
+1 617-542-2255
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:30
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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162 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The good: beautiful interior, excellent service (5 stars for service), lovely bar and valet parking. The rest: check out the menu online before you go. It is quite small and expensive for what you get. I ordered the swordfish entree with chermoula and glazed carrots. I checked that it was gluten free, and they swapped out the chermoula (which is... More 

Thank KBBostonBoston
Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really disappointed. We made a reservation before Christmas or anniversary go in and have a nice dinner and we had heard about Grill 23 and to try, from beginning to end were disappointed. We arrived at the maître d' station and told him we had a reservation, we were taken upstairs which is beautiful and well decorated and they sat... More 

Thank Kahanna
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Dinner. Food and service great, especially for a busy New Year's Eve dinner. We were about 30 mins late for our reservation and had no issue, this was great, we were seated as soon as we arrived. Matt our server was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.

Thank JonathanDesjar
Charlotte, North Carolina
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120 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ambiance is steak house but without the dark wood and low lights feel. The place is huge and we sat upstairs, which seemed a bit less chaotic/busy as it was away from the bar and entrance. The 100 day aged ribeye was amazing as was the salmon my wife had. The crude app and ceasar hit the spot.

Thank babalu w
Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I am not much of a seafood eater, my girlfriend is and she wanted some good seafood while in Boston. We asked the concierge at our hotel for a recommendation and he suggested Grill 23 as an option for her to get some good seafood and for me to get a nice steak. Coming from Texas fantastic steak houses... More 

Thank tomcantrell57
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place is fantastic with view to the kitchen. Food was excellent but expensive. Unfortunately the service for that place was very slow and not well trained.

Thank adrianhaus
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked in off the street and was a first shocked at the prices. However, the staff were very welcoming and the atmosphere great. Mainly a steak house and the meat was plentiful and delicious. Very good choice of wines.

Thank Dave P
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the oysters (smallish ones from New Brunswick) and clam chowder (quite good actually), and have had steak here before. While the food is decent, the ambiance lively, it strikes me that the whole place needs a bit of updating. The restaurant certainly has lots of history, and some of it should likely remain, but it does seem to... More 

Thank Pedro A
Saint Sauveur des Monts, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great steakhouse with very friendly ambiance , we were seated on time even in the rush, friendly and quick service , seafood platter opener and then on to 100 day aged ribeye... fantastic!

Thank DimasV475
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891 reviews
542 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably my favorite Boston steakhouse, and that is intended as high praise because there are a number of worthy contenders. We had a private room for a large group-there are a number of such rooms on the second floor. The food is excellent, the drinks are strong, and service is very good.

Thank Mark P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 50 - US$ 80
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116-5108
    (Stuart Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-542-2255

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Back Bay

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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