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“Terrific food and service”

Grinnell's Restaurant
Ranked #61 of 1,274 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Rochester, New York
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178 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Terrific food and service”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

It's an older restaurant, nothing fancy. There is personal service, great food, and you enjoy the experience.

Visited March 2012
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Merritt Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Time”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

We went last night for dinner with friends and had a FABULOUS time. The atmosphere was so nice. The service was outstanding and the food was great. I don't remember when we've had such a fun dinner. Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited March 2012
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Rochester, NY
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“It's as good as it's always been”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

My wife used to go to Grinnell's with her parents 40 years ago and loved it. I have been there a few times since moving to Rochester, but it has been a few years. It is EXACTLY the same as when I was there 10 years ago. Kevin was our server and did a very good job. The menu is classic, the prices were reasonable for the quality served and the food was superb. I had the mixed grill (lamb chop, pork chop and Italian sausage-which I couldn't eat). My wife had the veal marsala. Our friends had prime rib and the double lamb chops (American and double thick). I had Bernaise sauce with the mixed grill, which was good.
It was a little noisy, but understandable, considering the place was completely full. I will go back again soon (especially on Tuesday night when they have a special of Calf's liver-my favorite).

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank alk37
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Rochester, New York
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85 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Grinnell's -- like restaurants used to be”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

Excellent service from Kevin, excellent food (prime rib, Veal French), excellent drinks, excellent everything. We went on a Sunday evening and were surprised at how many others there were dining on a Sunday--usually quiet at most restaurants . The food was hot, perfectly served -- and they know that you don't take one person's dishes away until everyone at the table was done. Portion sizes were just right and all dinners include ice cream or sherbet. There are two dining rooms, we were seated at the back of the one containing the bar, which was separated from the dining area by a glass wall. We had view of the entire room, so could see that the tables around us were also receiving excellent service and their dinners looked wonderful The only improvement Grinnell's could make would be arranging the bar TVs so that they aren't a distraction -- but it's minor issue. I was surprised at the number of customers in T-shirts, which really seemed out of the place for the main crowd and the more formal atmosphere. We loved the valet parking as well: we left the car at the door and waited inside for its return when we left. Reservations required; dinner for 2 with drinks + 20% tip was about $90.

  • Visited November 2011
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Webster, New York
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Impressive”
Reviewed 10 November 2011

from the moment we walked into the restuarant we could feel the warmth and comfort. The wait staff was experienced and attentive, the food outstanding. When was the last time you found a meal that was not al la carte -- Grinnells includes veggie and potato with the meal as well as ice cream or sherbert, but we were so full we could not have the dessert. All in all a wonderful meal and experience

Visited November 2011
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