Last night we decided to try Greg’s Grill for the first time. It’s the new upscale restaurant down in the Old Mill District that just opened to much fanfare from the Bulletin, which revealed, among other things, that they spent "around $225,000 training the Greg’s Grill team of 120 employees" over the week prior to the opening. Wow.
Brace yourself: it’s not a cheap dinner. ("Cheap" being relative around here, of course.) The average entree costs about $25, beers are over $4, and even the kids menu has a $10.99 rib plate (usually, kids menus average $4 to $5, in my experience). However, the ambiance, the service, and the food all made it worth it.
The interior is vast, a cavernous lodge-hall construct (my wife commented that it reminded her of the "Sunriver lodge resort" look) with 27-foot high ceilings and lots of natural wood. It doesn’t look that big from the outside, but it does look good.
The service was very, very good—though with the emphasis they placed on service in that Bulletin article, it should be. Our waitress was sharp, funny, and prompt. Very helpful, too.
Steaks are the order of the day, though they do offer chicken, seafood, and some pasta as well. I ordered one of their "signature" dishes, the Danish BBQ Baby Back Ribs, which were very good—hardly any fat, and a good sized portion. They come with extra sauce, baked beans, the grilled veggies, and potato pancakes. The pancakes were the potato side; I haven’t seen those on a menu too often, and they were tasty.
My wife got a steak and two baked sweet potatoes (because the cook thought "one was too dinky"). The steak came with a smoky sauce that was really good. The kids’ mac and cheese was very gourmet, too—they loved it.
Overall, I think they’ll do very well, both overall and down in the Old Mill. The only problem I foresee is the parking; the Old Mill isn’t exactly renowned for their abundant and accessible parking, and with the construction they have going on there right now, it doesn’t help the situation any. Otherwise, it was all around a good experience.
395 SW Powerhouse Dr.
Bend, OR 97702