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Coach Grill, Sudbury

Guess this place has been around a while but we've never been. Any thoughts as to how it compares to the higher end steak houses in and around the Boston? Thanks!

http://www.coachgrillrestaurant.com/

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  1. i would say that it is to Grill 23 as Howard Johnson's is to EVOO.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      That comparison is a bit extreme IMO. When Coach was owned by BBRG they used only choice beef. Since becoming independent they have added a few prime options to their menu. The service is as good as any steakhouse downtown, and the atmosphere is better than some (e.g. the new cookie cutter Capital Grille). Per the OPs request to compare to the higher end steak houses in and around the Boston, I'm not seeing where a huge disparity is.

      Would I prefer G23?...of course, but G23 is much closer to me. If I lived in Wayland, Coach would be fine once in awhile.

    2. I wouldn't put it in the same class of any high end steakhouse. It's much more of a dressed-up casual type of a place.
      I've had good experiences with the food and service there, but I wouldn't go there an expect to be wowed by anything.
      If you live in the area, they have a nice private room also if you need to find a place for a 20 or so people.

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        Love the analogy, opinionated, as I do much of what you observe and share. Thanks, infomaniac. We're not looking to be knocked off our feet, just hoping to expand options for a decent meal not too far from home.

        1. re: tweetie

          I'd say the Coach Grill is exactly what it tries to be: an upscale suburban steakhouse. You will get the decent meal you're looking for there at a relatively reasonable price in a comfortable setting. I've always enjoyed my steak; never tried any of the other entrees.

          1. re: katzzz

            What do you mean by "relatively reasonably price"? It's high end steakhouse pricing, isn't it?

            1. re: Blumie

              Not cheap, certainly, but reasonable relative to Del Frisco, Morton's, Abe & Louie's and the other high end steak houses in Boston. Cost of a meal at Coach Grill will be somewhere between 25-30% less.

              1. re: Blumie

                No quite. I'd put most of Coach's prices at somewhere between 10-15% (depending on the menu item) lower than places like Grill 23, Del Frisco's, Abe & Louie's etc. For example, a NY Strip at Coach Grill is $30. Without checking, I think many of the high end steakhouses charge several dollars more for their NY Strip. I also think their cocktails are $2 or so less than comparable ones downtown.

                1. re: Gordough

                  According to their online menus, a 16-oz sirloin and a side of mashed potatoes will run you $36 at Coach Grill, a 14-oz sirloin and a side of mashed will cost you $57 (holy crap!) at Grill 23, and the same deal at Capital Grille in Newton will set you back $51. That's a pretty big spread. Factor in the less-expensive cocktails and I think a 25-30% difference is pretty much right on the nose.

                  1. re: bartleby

                    While those numbers are accurate they don't tell the full story and it is only fair to compare apples to apples. That Grill 23 sirloin you mentioned is dry aged, prime beef. The Coach Grill $30 sirloin is not (I believe it is choice). Whether or not it is worth the extra $20 is a different story but I will say the Grill 23 dry aged sirloin is the best piece of beef I have had in town. I do like the Coach Grill though and go there at least a few times a year for a decent dinner when I don't feel like going in town.

        2. For what it's worth, The Coach Grill is in Wayland (just across the Weston line), not Sudbury.

          1. Apparently a lot of people like it because the parking lot is packed to the gills every night of the week. I drive by there on a Tues night and think, who are all of these people eating steak in the suburbs on a Tuesday night?

            It's an old school steakhouse, emphasis on old school. The meat is high quality, but you're not going to find anything interesting here. My husband loves it. I think it's fine, but I'm not really into steak, so I'm probably a bad judge. If you had a hankering for prime rib, it's a great place for that.

            I prefer the atmosphere of the bar over the dining room.

            I would say if you're looking for a high end steakhouse experience, you might be better off in Boston. However, I think the prices are more reasonable at Coach Grill for essentially the same steak.

            1. I' ve had a nice meal there, served professionally. However, it is pricey, and I believe the steaks @ nearby Prime131 Grill are better and the joint is livelier.

              1. Wasn't this place part of Charley Sarkis's Back Bay Restaurant Group..sort of a suburban take on Abe & Louis? Don't know where it shook out when Sarkis sold off most of his restaurants to a PE firm.

                PS, why would a supposedly high end steak place have a badly overdone steak on it's website?..:)

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                1. re: 9lives

                  Yes. Was an old BBRG property. They used to use Abe & Louie's steak knives

                  1. re: mkfisher

                    And they use Abe and Louie's steak sauce.

                2. If you look at the menu, you'll see that it's very similar to Abe and Louis but I'm not sure it's affiliated any more. I've eaten there a handful of times and I think it's overpriced for what it is- and I've never actually paid for any of my meals! However, the service is higher end than you'll find in the area and it's a nice room. If you want a steak and all the traditional sides, it's a decent option.