Restaurant Review: Lunch at Upstairs at the Grill Chester

We were celebrating a birthday for our review at Upstairs at the Grill Chester. This was not our first visit to this steak restaurant, which has an intimate yet modern atmosphere.

Our visit was for lunch, and the restaurant has a steak and chips menu for £11.00 per person Thursday to Saturday.

We decided to go for the dinner menu for our review, which includes a selection of starters, steaks, fish, chicken and lamb dishes.

Restaurant Review Details

Upstairs at the Grill is a split-level Manhattan-style steakhouse and speakeasy bar located in Chester City Centre.

Upstairs at the Grill Chester
Entrance Upstairs at the Grill
  • Date & Time: 4th March 2016 at 12.30pm
  • Restaurant Cuisine: Manhattan-style Steakhouse
  • Address: 70 Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LA
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Restaurant Website: Upstairs at the Grill

Drinks

As we were celebrating, we decided to have a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label. The cost of the bottle was £70.75 on the wine list, which is what we would expect to pay in a boutique restaurant.

You can pick a bottle up for about £30.00 to £40.00 in a UK supermarket. However, it was considerably less the £120.00 at Simon Radley at The Grosvenor Chester.

The restaurant had a selection of craft beers but at £5.25 for a bottle of Anchor California Lager, it seemed a little bit excessive. However on further investigation, it appeared to be the standard price in other bars in Chester.

Food

Upstairs at the Grill Chester
Steak and Minted Peas

We didn’t have any starters as we were eating later at Hickory’s Smokehouse; however, a nice touch was the complimentary bread with butter served before our main course.

We had an 8oz Sirloin (£17.95) and 12oz Delmonico Rib Eye (£24.95) Steaks with sides and sauces. There is a choice of six sauces, and we went for the Red Wine and Peppercorn at £2.00 each.

There is a broad range of side orders available, and we decided to share Triple Cook Chips at £3.50, Dauphinoise Potatoes at £3.75, Cauliflower Cheese & Bacon at £3.25 and Minted Garden Peas at £3.25.

We could not fault the food; the steaks were medium rare, the sides and sauce perfectly accompanied the meal, it was delicious.

Service

We had initially booked our meal for 1.00pm but arriving in Chester early, a quick telephone call to the restaurant, and our reservation changed to 12.30pm with no fuss.

On arrival, we were greeted with a birthday card from the restaurant at our table, which was a nice touch.

The service was outstanding and couldn’t fault anything, the bottle of Veuve Cliquot was not left in an ice bucket on the table but keep cold in the coolers and the staff keep our glasses topped up.

Upstairs at the Grill Chester YouTube Video Review

 

Verdict

As stated we couldn’t find fault with anything about Upstairs at the Grill, and although the total bill was more than £150.00 including the tip, it was well worth the visit.

The meal and the service provided exceeded our expectations, and we would recommend making a reservation if you are visiting Chester or living in the catchment area.

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