WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
                                    Form S-8

                             Registration Statement
                           The Securities Act of 1933

                              GRILL CONCEPTS, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

       Delaware                                                 13-3319172
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(State or other jurisdiction                                  (IRS Employer
    of incorporation)                                        Identification No.)

  11661 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 404, Los Angeles, California           90049
  ----------------------------------------------------------        -----------
         (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                    (Zip Code)

                     GRILL CONCEPTS, INC. 1998 COMPREHENSIVE
                           STOCK OPTION AND AWARD PLAN
                            (Full title of the plan)

                                                               Copy to:
            Robert Spivak                                   Michael Sanders
          Grill Concepts, Inc.                            Vanderkam & Sanders
        11661 San Vicente Blvd.                             440 Louisiana
              Suite 404                                       Suite 475
     Los Angeles, California 90049                        Houston, Texas 77002
           (310) 820-5559                                   (713) 547-8900
    (Name, address and telephone
     number of agent for service)

         Approximate  date of proposed sales pursuant to the plan:  From time to
time after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

                         CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
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Title of securities              Amount to be                        Proposed
to be registered                 registered (1)  Proposed maximum    maximum            Amount of
                                                 offering price per  aggregate offering registration
                                                 share (2)           price              fee
-------------------------------- --------------- ------------------- ------------------ ------------

Common Stock, $.00004 par value  300,000         $2.80               $ 840,000.00       $ 210.00
-------------------------------- --------------- ------------------- ------------------ ------------

(1)      Plus such additional  number of shares as may hereafter become issuable
         pursuant to the Grill Concepts,  Inc. 1998  Comprehensive  Stock Option
         and Award Plan (the "Plan") in the event of a stock dividend,  split-up
         of  shares,  recapitalization  or  other  similar  transaction  without
         receipt of consideration  which results in an increase in the number of
         shares outstanding.
(2)      Estimated  solely  for the  purpose  of  calculating  the amount of the
         registration  fee  pursuant  to  Rule  457(h)   promulgated  under  the
         Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The offering
         price per share and aggregate offering price are based upon the closing
         price  of the  Company's  Common  Stock,  as  reported  on  the  Nasdaq
         Small-Cap  Market for July 6,  2001,  for  shares  reserved  for future
         issuance  pursuant  to the Plan  (pursuant  to Rule  457(c)  under  the
         Securities Act).

                                EXPLANATORY NOTE

         Pursuant to General  Instruction E to Form S-8,  Grill  Concepts,  Inc.
(the  "Registrant")  hereby  incorporates  by reference  into this  Registration
Statement the contents of the  Registration  Statements  on Form S-8  previously
filed with the  Securities  and Exchange  Commission  on June 22, 1998 (File No.
333-57369). This Registration Statement is being filed to register an additional
300,000 shares of the  Registrant's  common stock,  par value $.00004 per share,
subject to issuance under the Registrant's 1998  Comprehensive  Stock Option and
Award Plan, as amended (the "Plan").


         Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Act  of  1933,  the
registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all
of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration
statement  to be  signed  on its  behalf  by  the  undersigned,  thereunto  duly
authorized,  in the City of Los Angeles,  State of California on the 10th day of
July, 2001.

                                             GRILL CONCEPTS, INC.

                                             By: /s/ Robert Spivak
                                                 ROBERT SPIVAK, President

                                POWER OF ATTORNEY

         KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS,  that we, the undersigned  officers and
directors of Grill Concepts,  Inc. hereby severally constitute Robert Spivak and
Daryl Ansel,  and each of them singly,  our true and lawful  attorneys with full
power to them,  and each of them singly,  to sign for us and in our names in the
capacities  indicated below,  the registration  statement filed herewith and any
and all amendments to said registration statement,  and generally to do all such
things in our names and in our  capacities  as officers and  directors to enable
Grill Concepts, Inc. to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933
and all requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, hereby ratifying
and confirming our  signatures as they may be signed by our said  attorneys,  or
any of them, to said registration statement and any and all amendments thereto.

         Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Act of  1933,  this
registration  statement  has  been  signed  by  the  following  persons  in  the
capacities and on the date indicated.

      Signatures               Title                                    Date
     ------------             -------                                  ------

 /s/ Robert Spivak       President, Chief Executive Officer         July 10,2001
----------------------   and Director (Principal Executive Officer)

 /s/ Daryl Ansel         Chief Financial Officer                   July 10, 2001
----------------------   (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 /s/ Michael Weinstock    Executive Vice President and Chairman    July 10, 2001
----------------------    of the Board

 /s/ Charles Frank        Director                                 July 9,  2001

----------------------    Director                                July ___, 2001

----------------------    Director                                July ___, 2001

 /s/ Stephen Ross         Director                                July 9,   2001

                          Director                                July ___, 2001

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

         Exhibit No.                           Description

         5.1 *    Opinion and consent of Vanderkam & Sanders re: the legality
                  of the shares being registered
         23.1 *   Consent of Vanderkam & Sanders (included in Exhibit 5.1)
         23.2 *   Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
         24.1 *   Power of Attorney (included on signature page)
         99.1     Amended and Restated Grill Concepts, Inc. 1998 Comprehensive
                  Stock Option and Award Plan (incorporated by reference to
                  Exhibit A to Registrant's Proxy Statement for the Annual
                  Meeting of Shareholders on June 25, 2001, filed with the
                  Commission on May 29, 2001)

*        Filed herewith