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Melrose Grill

Nominated for: BEST Steakhouse

Melrose Grill 819 Houser Way S Renton WA (425) 254-0759

Englishman Ben Atkinson built a three-story hotel, café and saloon with the money he made in the gold fields of the Alaskan Yukon. The 60-room hotel was upstairs with the café and saloon located on the bottom floor. The saloon was the watering hole of many coal miners and brick factory workers.
Prohibition did not diminish the popularity of the Melrose. It flourished as a pool hall, card room and soda parlor.
Fire leveled the top two floors and a portion of the bottom level of the Melrose. Fortunately the saloon remained intact including the mirrored back bar which remains today in the Melrose.
Robert Dobson purchased the bar from Ben's son, George Atkinson.
Jimy Nattucici and Tim Bertozzi purchased and operated the tavern.
Nattucici sold the Melrose to famed local boxer Boone Kirkman. Boone added a sparring ring as well as his practice bag to the décor of the tavern. The Melrose overflowed when Boone's fights were televised.
Armondo Pavone, Tim and Kimberly Searing, and Charles and Beverly Keeslar, purchased the building from Louie Barei.
The Melrose Grill opened on January 13, 2002. Current owners Armondo & Angela Pavone and Franco Phillips continue the long Melrose tradition.

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  • Tips (81)

81 Tips from Voters

David P. on September 28, 2013

Great service and ambiance;try the ribeye.

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Dave S. on September 14, 2013

And the bartenders are the best.....especially on Monday nights....

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K M. on September 29, 2013

watch out - this place can become habit forming.......fri nite ken & jen

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Casey G. on October 15, 2013

If there is a god, and he eats steak, this would be his holy place. Simple, fresh, downright phenomenal.

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E T. on October 14, 2013

table 36

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Laura T. on October 14, 2013

Always delicious, always friendly. Something to be said for over 80 years and going strong.

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Dawn W. on October 12, 2013

Hands down, best steak house in the region.

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Rusty K. on October 11, 2013

Have not found a bad item on the menu.

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Chris C. on October 10, 2013

A vote from Carino & Co

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Carrimartin on October 10, 2013

Love your steak? This is the place to go.
Best in the Pacific Northwest.

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