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Oct 25, 2009 12:59 PM

Grille 23

Have reservations and coming from out of town. Does my husband need a jacket?

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    1. ugh, what a waste of money. This place sucks. You'll spend just as much but at least geta better steak at Smith and Wollensky's.

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      1. re: tamerlanenj

        disagree about S&W (so much lesser than the New York location, and bad service)

        Grill 23 is amazing, IMO. The Kobe Cap steak is delicious. Beautiful wine list. My favorite steak place in the city.

        1. re: Jolyon Helterman

          I agree with Jolyon. I have always had an excellent meal and service at Grill 23. S&W was so bad, especially the service, that it is one place that I will never try again.

          1. re: edgewater

            I third Jolyon! Grille 23 is great! I've never had a bad meal there - esp the dry aged ribeye, med rare yum! S&W on the other hand I was totally underwhelmed by and we had the special little table for two on top of the stairs overlooking everything (anniversary dinner about 3 years ago) Service meh and even worse steak was MEH! The only other S&W I've been to is in ohio and that beat the one here by a mile - surprising but true. I'd never go back to the S&W in boston.

            1. re: edgewater

              I'd choose Grill 23 over S&W also and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Grand room (used to be the tea trading exchange)..can get LOUD..:)

              To answer your question about jackets, I'm sure they aren't required but at least during the week, many of the (business)men will be wearing suits. So if you want to travel w/o jacket, you're fine..maybe a nice shirt or sweater.

          2. re: tamerlanenj

            I also agree with Jolyon.

            IMO Grill 23 is far superior in every way to Smith and Wollensky.

            The food is excellent, the service attentive. And their bars are friendly.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              I'm sorry to say I've had several wretched experiences at the Boston Smith & Wollensky, to the point where I have now not returned in a couple of years.


          3. No restaurant in Boston requires a jacket. You can wear jeans to the Bar at the Taj, a polo shirt and khakis to Locke-Ober, and a velour track suit and baseball cap in the dining room at L'Espalier.

            Grill 23's dress code is typical of our highest-end restaurants: "Jacket preferred but not required, no shorts or athletic wear." Even the Harvard Club dropped its jacket-and-tie dress code. Nobody can afford to turn away the business any more.

            (Personally, I prefer Grill 23 on all accounts -- steaks, service, atmosphere, wines, bartending -- to Boston's Smith & Wollensky.)


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Does anyone know if Grill 23 was open for Christmas/ Christmas Eve last year? I have a gift certificate that I would like to save up for one great dinner!

              1. re: voodoocheese

                They are closed on those days. I wanted to go last year.

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                I agree with 9lives. I forgot my sport jack at the hotel and was fine with a shirt / sweater.
                The Kobe Cap steak, service, cocktails, all fabulous.