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Grill 23 & Bar

161 Berkeley St. (Back Bay) Send to Phone
617-542-2255 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A renovated and expanded bar, steaks that sizzle and a notable wine list.
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Grill 23 & Bar, Boston, MA

Grill 23 & Bar Restaurant Review

: Grill 23 & Bar is a twenty-first-century, classic American steakhouse that has reinvented itself with a renovated bar, steaks that sizzle and a notable wine list. Yuppies and board chairmen hold court in the two-story dining room (which can get boisterous at times) over huge slabs of tender, juicy meat and bottles of red wine. The bar has been expanded to include a wall of windows that provides a near al fresco dining experience. Though the steaks and chops are the stars, chef Jay Murray’s whole menu is a class act, from the farm-raised beef tenderloin to brick-pressed chicken and "epic" pot roast. Start off with the hearty crab cake filled with nothing but pure Jonah crab meat or the yellowtail sashimi complemented by minted pea aïoli and carrot soup. We recommend the 100-day dry-aged rib-eye, twin filet mignon and Kobe cap steak that taste best with a side of twice-baked potato (served somewhat deconstructed with crispy skins on the side), roasted mushrooms in a rich Cognac and beef butter sauce, and truffled tater tots. The wine list balances showpieces with genuine finds. Desserts range from caramel profiteroles to blueberry crisp with cream cheese ice cream. The upstairs private dining suite is an elegant touch.

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Grill 23 What Happened to you???
by jslilly on Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:38 am
one of my very favorite restaurants in Boston since 1987,my husband and I make a point of visiting whenever we are in boston--BUT NO MORE.
In June we took 4 other friends after telling them it was the best. One of our party ordered the Bone in Delmonico-rib eye in other parts of the country-for $39.00 should be, as it used to be, 2 inches thick and fantastic. This poor steak arrived not only overcooked, but maybe 1/2 inch thick-it looked like a steak one would get in a 1960's era Howard Johnson's (no offense intended to Hojo's of the past).
I ordred swordfish, again, my experience at the Grill 23 was that the swordfish was wonderful, thick, moist, fresh-dreamy. This time, I could not believe my eyes, overcooked, dry, and no thicker than that poor Delmonico! What happened?
I give 2 stars because the room is still lovely, it's lively, but take my advice and just go for a drink, get your steak somewhere else, Capital Grill has always been good, on Newbury Street, or the Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Place.
the Grill is going down...end of an era I guess.
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