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Grinnell's Restaurant

1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
+1 585-244-3710
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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17:00 - 22:00All hours
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1696 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-1417
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Reviewed 8 October 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

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 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 28 August 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 2 September 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 10 April 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

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

Reviewed 1 March 2017

Very personal. Dave is always there at the door to greet you. Chris is the bartender extraordinaire, Kevin is the server for 20 plus years. good price, good food, AND...port-wine cheese with crackers on the bar. Open late, no hasslesMore

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

Cliff, we are so proud to see that you love dining with us. It was a true pleasure to host you, and we're so glad that you loved the service, food, and ambiance. We can't wait to serve you again. Best, Dave & Matt -...More

Reviewed 13 February 2017

Everything was wonderful with great suggestions from our waiter Kevin. It was wonderful, especially on a Monday night, because it was quiet. We'll certainly return!

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2017

We're so glad to see that you enjoyed everything and that Kevin suggestions truly impressed you. We can't wait to see you again for another delicious meal. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners

Reviewed 12 February 2017

It's always a treat dining here, since the bar is set high and always exceeded. Matt warmly welcomes you and escorts you to your seat. The service is exemplary -- smooth, knowledgeable, professional, attentive and cordial. The well-trained staff works well to deliver a seamless...More

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

We're so proud to read that we've been able to show you a wonderful dining experience every time you visit us. It's our pleasure to make sure that you feel welcomed and ready for a delicious meal as soon as you walk in. We can't...More

Reviewed 17 January 2017

Never have been disappointed here. Dined with 4 friends mid-December 2016 with the same outcome - cozy, friendly atmosphere, good service - a bit slow, but probably due to our waiter sensing we were not in any hurry. Drinks and food were reasonably priced, food...More

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2017

It's excellent to read that we've never let you down. It's always our pleasure to host you and your fantastic friends, and we want to thank you for choosing us to provide you with a great meal. Sampling is always a great idea, and we...More

Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Definitely not up to par tonight! Most of the issue was due to our waiter not being engaged in his task-painfully long wait after seating, between orders and delivery. They ran out of baked potatoes- really? They only offer 3 types of potato. Such a...More

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Marie, this isn't like us at all and it's quite clear that this was an off night for us. We want to apologize to you about it. Rest assured we will be making sure this doesn't happen again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I have dined at Grinnell's Restaurant a few times now and have always been warmly welcomed upon arrival. Quaint, warm setting and great service. The Grinnell family does a great job inviting you to their restaurant (no, I never met them!) - consistent service and...More

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2016

Charles, we're so glad that you've been supporting us for some time -- thank you so much. It's always our pleasure to serve you some delicious food in a relaxing environment. We can't wait to have you in again. Best, Dave & Matt - Owners

Reviewed 30 August 2016

We came here to take my MIL out for her 70th. When we came in all dressed up, most of the staff made a point to stop by and tell my children how nice they all looked. The food was great and the service was...More

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Matt G, Owner at Grinnell's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2016

Cappyaldu, thanks so much for choosing us to help you celebrate such a beautiful occasion! It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your awesome family, and knowing that everything was exactly to your liking makes our day. We can't wait to host you...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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
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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