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The Grill Room and Bar

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84 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101-5003
+1 207-774-2333
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our hotel made reservations for us at the Grill Room, and I regret that decision. The hostess had no personality, gave no eye contact and just said "you are the ones who just called" and sat us at our table. The table was isolated from the rest of the restaurant and the baby seat that they gave us had splinters... More 

Thank AlexisAvila
Lewiston, Maine
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Felicia gave us outstanding service. Advise was spot on. Outstanding meal and atmosphere. Upbeat yet relaxing if that makes sense. Wood grill flavor lingers.

Thank Jennifer W
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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131 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We found the bar to be a warm, inviting place during a ferocious storm. We cuddled inside an enjoyed happy hour house wine. The bar was so cozy and inviting we continued our meal there. As you might expect from their name, they have a great way with meats and we had a delightful evening there.

Thank CapeJim
Portland, Maine
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267 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This restaurant is part of a group here in Portland. We sat at the bar for HH, usually very full bar seating so get there early. We sampled their bar snacks and each was excellent. Wines by glass and beers all what you might expect. Service by bar staff good and very good pricing.

Thank CS1Portland
Portland, Maine
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536 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Came back to The Grill Room after a brief hiatus. Tonight it was very good. They have an internal problem that kept this from a 5 star rating. They do not cook their steaks as much as the normal. Thus.....You want medium rare.....you order medium. This is after several different visits. If you do order medium rare, expect blue meat.... More 

Thank MRVEGAS711
Waltham, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Visited last weekend to celebrate my sister and her fiance's engagement. We were a party of five, and everyone loved their meals. We started with a cheese plate, which was delicious, and two bottles of red wine. For the main course, everyone ordered filet mignon and it was the best steak I have ever had. The mashed potatoes were also... More 

Thank Alli R
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Ate there last night.Had no reservations but ate early and they seated us. IT eventually filled up. Service was friendly and timely.Started with an exceptional Manhatten. Then Foisted Gras. The sauce was exceptional (yellow cherries) but the Foisted Gras was slightly overcooked. Main course..Huge perfectly cooked (rare) locally raised ribeye over lobster mashed potatoes and crispy delicate onion rings. Best... More 

Thank dgoldfield
Weymouth, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Three couples up in Maine for a weekend away. Heard this was a great place to eat. My dinner special was great, but not everyone was impressed, and the prices were a bit higher than expected. I had a sirloin steak with delicious mashed potatoes and asparagus and mine was cooked perfectly. My hubby had the pork chop and was... More 

Thank BarbaraM1959
1 review
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We are here for dinner and LOVED it. The salad was generous and enough for the three of us as a starter. Oysters were very fresh and well presented. The steak was fantastic. Very tender. Note that the tend to undercook but we're great about sending it back. The service was nice and prompt. It was an excellent dinner and... More 

Thank IvanMindy C
Portland, Maine
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Visited last night to celebrate my husband's birthday. Brought the kid (2 teenagers). Wine was SPECTACULAR. The meals were impeccable. Hot food, nicely plated, as described and of the finest quality. Kids loved their meals , but they are accustomed to fine cuisine. Have NEVER had a bad meal, or an issue with anything here. Our waiter (sorry can't remember... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
American, Steakhouse, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 84 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101-5003
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-774-2333
If you’re looking for the best steakhouse in Portland, Maine you have come to the right place! The Grill Room features affordable, wood-fired, grilled steaks, delicious pizza and incredible seafood entrees the whole family will love.Chef Lee Harding has dedicated his life to the culinary arts and focuses on using grass fed beef & locally grown meats and produce in his creations. With high ceilings and a big, open kitchen, The Grill Room aims to please with more than just great food at affordable prices. If you have never been dining in Portland, Maine, it is quite an experience! There are so many restaurants to choose from that only award-winning restaurants, like The Grill Room, tend to stand out from the crowd.The Grill Room is the second restaurant founded in Harding’s “The Rooms” brand of restaurants. Since 2008, the Grill Room has been featured in many of Maine’s top publications as a “Best Bet” for Portland Maine food. Come in and try the now famous beef tartare, or a juicy wood-fired pizza or grilled steak. Open seven days a week, The Grill Room offers lunch and dinner selections with a healthy wine and drink list. Visit The Grill Room today and find out what a Portland, Maine steakhouse should be like.

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