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Grill 23 - Boston, MA

Reviewed by:
Kellie K. Speed,
Restaurant Reviewer

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Running a steakhouse in Boston can be a difficult task because there are so many fine ones in the city. Choosing which one to go to can be an even more difficult task. But if you are looking for an affordable steakhouse, be sure to check out Grill 23.

Located in what was once the commodities trading floor of the old Salada Tea Company, this popular Back Bay restaurant has emerged as one of the city’s most popular restaurants.

When we walked into Grill 23, we were surprised at how open the seating appeared. The two-floored dining room focuses on an open-air kitchen where guests can watch Executive Chef Jay Murray prepare each signature dish.
Whether you are looking for a dry-aged sirloin or the fresh catch of the day, Grill 23 seemed to have it all on the menu.

We sampled the pan fried crab cake ($12), which was crisp but seemed somewhat overpriced for one cake. We also tried the jumbo shrimp cocktail ($11), four pieces which were served fresh and tender.

Don’t forget to try the New England clam chowder ($7), an unusually light mixture with bacon and chives.

The salads here are extraordinary. I ordered the buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad ($9) and my dining companion ordered the Caesar salad ($8), which we both declared a success.

The wine list here is truly amazing. Grill 23 features red reserves like a 1982 Chateau Margaux vintage which goes for a handsome $975 per bottle. The less costly Merlots and cabernet sauvignons are also the most popular.

If you don’t mind cigar smoking and a somewhat boisterous crowd, be sure to check out this restaurant. Unfortunately, when the restaurant gets filled, the noise level rises tremendously.

For our main course, I tried the pan seared Chilean sea bass ($24), a fresh catch topped with sweet pea coulis and wild flower honey. My companion selected the 18 ounce New York sirloin ($29), a tender signature special.

The menu is offered a la carte, as usual in most steakhouses. The baked stuffed potatoes ($5) are outstanding.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert. We tried the passion fruit cheesecake with cashew shortbread crust and topped with mixed berry coulis and the chocolate bon bon. All desserts were $8.

No one must ever leave this restaurant hungry but like us, they are always left with the need to come back again.

Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116

617-542-2255

  • Dinner: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Sun. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Major credit cards accepted

  • Valet parking available

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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