Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Grille No. 13 - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Waldorf, Maryland to makeover Grille No. 13. Grille No. 13 is an Irish pub owned by Katie Pierce who is supposedly $350,000 in debt and has no time to spend with her infant daughter.  Robert Irvine needs to teach Katie to work smarter to save her restaurant and to be able to spend more time with her family.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Grille No. 13 to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Went in tonight with my husband after hearing they would be featured on Restaurant Impossible. The food took a little while, but my server Taiyanna was outstanding. Food was pretty good and the Irish coffee was nice and potent. We will definitely be back."
  • "Food was amazing! The atmosphere was great and the outdoor seating is dog friendly! Highly recommended. Huge dessert and happy hour menu that looks astonishing. Our server Dylan was super nice and knowledgeable!"
  • "This is my favorite local spot. Staff are funny and personable and food is good with good pricing. They also have a bakery that's open allll night. Idk where I would be w/o grill 13 on a late night lol"
  • "Wonderful experience, food was great, service was even better! This was my first time dinning in, and I was impressed with the decor, clean bathrooms, menu and dinning area! I'd definitely return. The bar area has TVs for sports fans. They have a patio for summer. I'm glad I chose to dine there tonight. I'm a stickler for clean floors, and dinning areas and this restaurant met my expectations for sure. No sticky floor, clean under the tables. General manager is a super friendly guy as well, which is a plus! I'd return for this reason."
  • "Food fresh, packaged properly, hot when I arrived home. Will definitely go again. It was DELICIOUS!! The place is very nice and welcoming."
  • "The best option you will find in Waldorf. I moved to Costa Rica 2 years ago, but I always come here for good food, amazing happy hour drinks and prices, and the kindest staff. Bonus, I got to meet the owner this time and wow! She was sweet, down to earth, and attentive. Congrats for getting it right Grill 13!"

Negative Reviews:
  • "Heard that they were on one of those "restaurant rescue" shows....figured we'd give it a try...should've just went to chik fila. They ran out of crab dip "this morning", they were making more at 6:20 pm. Chicken wings were horrible, looked like balled up chicken meat with a bone stick in it, they blamed it on the "wing shortage". My husband ordered a well done burger and this is what he was served. Highly disappointed."
  • "Terrible food and overpriced.. had some bangers and mash - the sausages were small and dried up."
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Restaurant Impossible makeover for Grille No. 13 happened in April 2021.
  • Here is the Grille No. 13 website and Facebook page
  • Grille No. 13 is hosting a watch party for the episode that features $2 off all new menu items.
  • In a local article after the makeover, it said Restaurant Impossible transformed the restaurant area, but not the bar area.  They did provide recommendations on what to do in the bar area though. (Link)
  • Owner Katie is a former teacher and opened Grille No. 13 in 2013. (Link)
  • As Grille No. 13 is also a pub, it is open until 2am on Thursday through Saturday.
  • Katie is also a baker and runs a bakery that is co-located with Grille No. 13 called Sugar Lips Cakery. (Link)
  • Here are the reviews for Grille No. 13 from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google.


The reviews for Grille No. 13 since the Restaurant Impossible visit have been mostly positive with people liking the food, staff, and drinks.  Grille No. 13 has a restaurant area and a bar area, but the show only did the makeover on the restaurant area.  Katie also runs a bakery out of the same location called Sugar Lips Cakery.

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