The Grog, Bryn Mawr

January 26th, 2004

863 Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA

(!) Rumors abound that The Grog will be opening additional locations in Garrett Hill and Wayne.

Rating: 3 silver spoons out of 5

Overview: Upscale bar with food to match. Don’t expect fine dining at The Grog, but do expect a comfortable atmosphere with some of the area’s best bar food.

Food: Sure, you can get a pretty good burger at The Grog, but why not try the filet mignon sandwich instead? Or, try some of the traditional English pub fare such as chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie or fish & chips.

Bar: Full bar with a wide selection of international beer and liquor.

Service: This is, after all, a bar. Nonetheless, service is fine.

Ambiance: Upstairs is nonsmoking until 9 or 10. Small, laid-back bar with lots of wood.

# of times we’ve eaten there: 5+
Reservations: No
Payments: Cards
Bar: Full

17 Responses to “The Grog, Bryn Mawr”

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  1. Jason Kaplan says:

    So some rumors from ex-employees have it that the The Grog could be closing soon. I hear that the schedule is only being made week to week and that major bills are due. Anyone else have any thoughts?

  2. Charley says:

    I dont know what everyone is talking about- the service at the grog is spectacular! Must not be going to the right GROG. The waitresses are awesome, especially this one new girl..not only extremely attractive, but genuinely friendly and honest. I’ll definitely being going back soon!

  3. William says:

    This place was unbelievably horrendous. The staff was rude and the food was far from fresh. I am not one to usually complain about staff, but here it was hard to believe these people were even hired. Maybe I caught them on a bad night!
    The food was so generic I had a hard time finishing my meal. Their meals are unoriginal and obviously frozen. I can’t believe I wasted a good night out on this place when there are FAR better places to spend your money!
    PLEASE save yourself the trouble and eat somewhere else. I don’t understand how some places stay in business when they are barely trying with their cuisine.

  4. Truffle says:

    When Grog first opened we went there frequently and really enjoyed it. Then the food took a bad turn and the service was even worse. After a long hiatus we decided to give it another try and the problems seem to have been corrected. We do only go on weekdays, however. I can’t say what the service might be like on a Friday or Saturday night. I am thrilled that they have made a comeback because they make my absolute favorite cheese steaks.

  5. John says:

    This was one of the worst restaraunts I have ever eaten at. Now I am not usually one to go on the web and trash talk a restaraunt that I have only been to once, but this experience was just awful. They took almost an hour to get my meal to the table, and when it finally came, they got the order wrong. Rather then the burger that I had ordered for myself, they brought me a bowl of soup?!?! It wasn’t anything new to me though because like everybody else I have had my orders messed up before…at McDonalds. After 20 more minutes my burger finally had arrived, and what do you know, it tasted like rubber. My wife on the other hand enjoyed her salad, once they finally brought her the right dressing after about 3 tries! Our waitress who
    I believe was the manager was also very nasty towards while taking our orders. And I am sure she would have been just as bad for the rest of the meal had she checked up on us at all. I wouldn’t give the Grog a single silver spoon out of a billion! There are plenty of nice, casual and delicious restaraunts throughout Bryn Mawr, but the Grog is defnitely not one of them.

  6. Patrick says:

    I went to The Grog with my brother and his girlfriend for lunch mid-week and was pleasantly surprised by the food. The Grog shrimp were cooked perfectly and the waitress was friendly without being annoying. I would like to try this place in the evening to see if it holds up.

  7. Rosanne Reynolds says:

    Wonderful restaurant. Only complaint is that I would like to get the half orders for dinner.

  8. Jimmy says:

    Terrible Service. Good food.

  9. Carmine says:

    I visited the Grog for the first time this weekend and it was a pleasant experience overall. I loved the bar atmosphere and my meal was delicious! I had a Grog Salad that was enormous- enough for 2 people and I also tried the soup which I was told was the best around and would say it lived up to my expectations. I met a couple of my girlfriends and we stayed longer than we thought we would which means we might make this a more regular spot. Also- loved the attentive bartneder and Blue Moon on draft!

  10. mary says:

    Great lunch spot! Great wings and sandwiches!!

  11. Marcia Tomez says:

    Overall 5 star restaurant… I ate here earlier for lunch with a co-worker and had an amazing experience. The thing I loved most was they had an upstairs that was completely non-smoking and a lovely waitress as well… She was very attentive and the service was impeccable as our meals arrived in an instant and were very tasty… I had the soup of the day which was excellent.. the best I have had anywhere and my quesadilla was superb… My co-worker got their crab chowder which she loved and a burger as well… She had heard The Grog had great burgers but she could honestly say after eating here that it was the best burger she has ever had… even the roll she said was amazing.. we definitley have to come back one night or on the weekend with out families… I can’t believe we have not made this our regular weekly lunch spot… and I agree w/ Gold & Silver’s comments about the owner.. he was very charming as he greeted us and walked us upstairs… he even took our drink order and brought them right over to us and even took the time to stike up a conversation with us.. most owners are not as hands on as him and I was very impressed by they way he runs the place.. not to mention his good looks!!!

  12. Gold & Silver says:

    Food is awesome. We enjoy the Nachos, wings and the hot Roast Beef sandwiches. The staff are wonderful, and the owner is very nice and extremely hot!

  13. Flyy says:

    Good food, comfortable atmosphere, great staff, clean, always consistent, and their hostess adds an exotic flare to this very nice place, it is definitely a place to stop in.

  14. Mike says:

    I had a few drinks with some friends at the Grog. We stayed for about 3 hours in the early evening of a weeknight. My burger was delicous. The best burger I’ve had in a few years. Friendly service.

  15. Jen says:

    My husband and I went to the Grog for dinner on a recent Friday evening that we loved (loved!) the food. The previous poster was not exaggerating. My husband had the meatloaf with horseradish mashed potatoes and I had the filet on focaccia. They were both excellent – the meatloaf was the epitome of what this comfort food should taste like and my filet was done to a perfect medium rare (something you wouldn’t normally expect from bar food). We will definitely go back and bring friends!

  16. Steve says:

    On a recent Friday night, 2 of us went to The Grog for dinner. I like the casual ambience. While somewhat typical in nature for a bar, it seemed just a bit more comfortable and quiet than other places. We sat upstairs in the non-smoking section, but our clothes smelled like smoke when we arrived home.

    An appetizer of bacon wrapped and broiled shrimp was quite tasty and served hot. For dinner, I had the roast beef sandwich, which was only average at best. The fries were very good, but arrived only warm, not hot.
    My companion’s quessidilla was very good.

    Service should have been better. It started out well, with a drink order taken and delivered quickly. But after the dinner was served, we were completely ignored by the waitress. Our glasses were empty and she walked past us more than a dozen times without paying any attention to us whatsoever. This went on for about 15 minutes, while we waited to see just how many times she would ignore us before remembering we existed. Well, thirst got the better of us and we finally flagged her down.

    This was our second visit to The Grog. The first was about the same as the second, but without being ignored. All in all, the food is good, though not spectacular, service is ok, and it’s a pleasant place to sit for an hour or so. But I wish I didn’t smell like smoke after sitting in the non-smoking section.

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