The Grill Next Door
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
4.24/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
Great Neighborhood type pub. You see families having dinner here most nights. As other reviews have stated there are plenty of big TV screens showing all the games but doesn't really come off as a sports bar destination. I think people are there for the exceptional beer selection and atmosphere and to a lesser extent the food. Not a huge place but not super small either. Decent sized bar in a U shape. Plenty of dinner seating and a number of pub tables along the back window.
Food is more than serviceable for pub type fare. Comparable to chain type pubs, I guess, not great but good usually. I do like their burgers quite a bit.
Great selection of European Import beers and very good domestic craft beers with plenty of choices on tap. I find the bartenders and waitstaff very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and have gotten good recommendations from them.
12-15-2013 20:01:19 | More by rmatos
3.99/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great selection and friendly, knowledgeable barkeeps; quite the family bar; Can't stay away from the La Merle on tap, much less the 35 others. The package store 'next door' also has a great selection (plus dart supplies and dusty, old-looking homebrew supplies)
04-18-2013 20:35:51 | More by MattyInMass
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
One of my favorite places in the area to go to. 36 beers regularly on tap, about 5-10 new beers every other week. They rarely run out of beers too which is great, and if they do they always have new beers ready to be rotated in. If you go to bars with larger beer selections there is always 10-30 beers which aren't available. They always choose a great selection as well, imports and micro beers only, none of the on tap listings are watered down by macros. Guinness is the only AB beer most of the time. Prices on some of the beers can get a little high, but you can always get a flight to just try some of the more expensive options.
Food here is good, nothing out of this world but everything I've ever gotten from here has been decent at the worst. (I've been a regular for the last 2 years or so) The menu was recently upgraded and now has a few new items, also some of the prices went up which is too bad. Either way it is still very reasonable when it comes to cost of food.
Atmosphere is good, not too big or crowded, a few TV's but it doesn't come off as a huge sports bar. The service is really hit or miss, some of the waitresses that have been at the restaurant since its open are great and rarely miss a beat, but some of the newer people that work here have been lackluster. The bartenders are very much the same way, some of them are great at what they do and can tell you all about the beer and food, others you just shouldn't bother asking, the only way to find out is to be a returning customer.
Overall if you are in the area and enjoy beer then I highly suggest trying the place out, they are expanding now for a reason. I continue to go here for a reason and can only remember one or two bad experiences.
12-29-2012 02:13:48 | More by Skeeter206
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I really like The Grill Next Door. A very good selection of beers and I am impressed with their efforts of bringing in new and hard to find brews. They have "tap takeover" events where a particular brewery's selection of beers are the focus. Great way to get introduced to different styles of beer, different breweries and their interpretation of a particular style. The food is pub fare but they do a good job with it. Great prices, very good portion sizes as well. They do have clasdic entrees as well. Love sitting at the bar but it is not a very big place so that is hit or miss. Usually busy but after 7 or so the families clear out and there isn't a problem getting a seat. Never had to wait there. Service is very good as well. One stop shop is next door and owned by the same family. Good selection of beers there as well.
01-14-2012 21:39:19 | More by Cord018
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Decent restaraunt connected to a slick little craft beer store. I stopped by one day on the way home from work, and I was impressed by the 30+ tap list. They have a pretty decent and varied selection of breweries and styles on the tap list, and it appears that the taps rotate fairly regularly. The menus was pretty decent, as well, with a good variety of pub style food. Prices were very reasonable for both the brews and the grub. The bartender was not the most knowledgable of folks in terms of craft beer, but she was willing to ask if she didn't know an answer. Also, she said that the staff generally tries all the new beers as they come in, so they have a reference point for recommendations to customers. Great atmosphere in there, with a typical pub feel. Big, horseshoe shaped bar, with plenty of general open seating all around. I will absolutely make a return trip to this place.
12-19-2011 03:00:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my favorite restaurant in the area. It has 36 craft beers on tap and the beer menu is constantly changing; there are 1 to 3 new beers every week or two. Wait staff are efficient, friendly, and most of them know beer and can make educated recommendations. The owner and staff tend to prefer west coast IPA's, but they always have a bit of everything.
The atmosphere is more of a family restaurant or sports bar rather than a pub or bar. It is very nice and clean, including the bathrooms.
The food ranges from great to mediocre. Mushroom and spinach risotto, either as appetizer (risotto balls) or entree (scallop risotto) is outstanding. Prime rib tends to be good. Mac n'cheese, broadway shrimp, and hamburgers are other good selections. The NY sirloin is not great, though the kitchen staff do know their temperatures and get it cooked as requested. Dishes like meatloaf, fisherman's platter, and haddock dinner tend to be mediocre-- not bad, just boring.
Their breakfast menu is outstanding- that is where the kitchen staff shine. Otherwise, the beer menu and staff are the real stars of this place.
09-08-2011 20:03:53 | More by paemans
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Was here a week or so back for a brew club meeting.
The atmosphere is good, there is nothing really outstanding about the place, but there is nothing bad about it, its clean and comfortable.
the quality is good, taps are constantly changing, nothing seemed to be old.
good service, they take your drink orders and get them to you fairly quickly.
the selection is excellent. they have 36 beers on tap, and they are all good.
the food is also exceptional. I had an amazing pulled pork sandwich.
although the food and single beers seem to be reasonably priced, the sampler is which is 4 4oz pours is a bit over priced. its like 10 dollars, every other place i have been to has it for 6-8
01-24-2011 20:47:23 | More by rowingbrewer
3.58/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
First the good:
The quality and selection of beers is exceptional. Quality might be a notch below The Alehouse in Amesbury, but there are generally some real gems on the tap list. With 36 taps, you can certainly find something great. Where the Alehouse seems to focus more on Belgians and European (as well as domestic) rarities, GND seems to be more into (relatively) mainstream American IPAs and Pale Ales. Not necessarily a bad thing. If you're a beer geek, you'll be happy but you're not likely to be blown away by something rare and wonderful here. Then again, Arrogant Bastard Ale is almost always on tap, which is a very, very good thing.
I found the (bar) staff to be friendly and reasonably knowledgable. All beers are served in appropriate glassware. Unlike other reviewers, I found the value to be quite good. Case in point: $7.50 for a full pint pour of Southern Tier Unearthly IPA. At 11% ABV, one may be all you need...
Now the bad:
The food is pedestrian, chain-quality, New England pub fare. I would hope they would try to match their beer selection with some more upscale and interesting food selections. How about a cheese plate? A Ploughman's lunch?
Here is the real issue I have - the Vibe/Atmosphere. Nearly every time I have gone into the place - usually between 5:30 and 7:00 on a weeknight - after struggling with the tiny parking lot, I find the bar area is completely packed to the point where there are no empty seats. And most of the patrons are drinking... what's that? Bud Light? Coors Light? White Zinfindel??? I understand there is no accounting for taste and its a free country and all, but to go into a place like this and order a Bud Light is like going into an authentic Italian trattoria and ordering a hot dog. Essentially, this is a beer-geek bar with a townie clientelle that doesn't actually realize they are in a beer-geek bar.
So maybe this is a call to arms: Fellow Beer Geeks, head to Haverhill and reclaim the Grill Next Door! (And demand better food while you're at it...)
01-17-2011 20:15:53 | More by BigStarFan
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A nice place in the Merrimack Valley for beer lovers for sure but they have a nice menu for just stopping in for lunch or dinner. I've been by here several times over the year and I'm always impressed with their beer selection(always changing)so that is nice! Staff are always friendly and its all about service and keeping your visit a memorable one. Its hard to find a place with so much going for it right off 495, this place rates an A from me. Try their awesome chili, burgers and specials to go with their 36 beers on tap menu! Comfort food thats reasonable!
12-19-2010 14:49:15 | More by littlebibs
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My first visit for dinner and a few beers was generally a happy one. Upon first view the place seems somewhat small and a bit on the divey side. Nothing too classy for sure. The bar is reasonably inviting but the tables and a few booths are fairly pedestrian and there is little or no character to the place, just bare walls and tables and chairs. But it appears to be reasonably clean, very open with a large television for general viewing and another smaller TV at the bar that allows for some constant sports viewing. Service is reasonably prompt and definitely friendly which forgives a lot of the visual shortcomings. However, the staff I saw at my table were all pretty devoid of any real beer knowledge. Clearly beer obsession was not a prerequisite for employment as it can be at some of the best beer bars. The attitude was pretty much standard bar & grill faire though they were generally aware that they sported a pretty cool beer selection. And they did that. The beer list was quite extensive with multiple European oddities along with some American crafts of various varieties. I tried four different brews and all seemed to be reasonably fresh and true to form. Portions and serving vessels were all more than appropriate and the accompanying pub grub was decent at the least. Not a food destination perhaps but a decent beer destination with very acceptable vittles. It appears to me that the beer list has not changed too much as the list on the table was pretty well worn and matched exactly what was posted on the website. But then the list was more than adequate in its variety and quality. A good assortment of stouts, porters and IPA's as well as Belgians of several types. Prices were not off the charts for the most part but it was not a bargain basement either. Nothing I wasn't willing to pay for the most part with the exception of a couple brews. I enjoyed my visit and will definitely drop in again. Hopefully they will rotate the stock eventually. There isn't too much to chose from in this vicinity so it is highly recommended when in this area. I'll be back.
10-08-2010 01:36:23 | More by Durge
The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.