Boston's Steakhouses: A Mix of Classic and Modern Meat-Focused Dining Spots
By Jessica Polizzotti
Boston Local Expert
Boston's seaside perch makes it famous for seafood, but don't overlook the steakhouses here or you'll miss out. Setting up shop all over town in some of Boston's best neighborhoods, these steakhouses have one thing in common- they are all high priced, high end hotspots where people go to see and be seen. Join the locals and celebrities alike who flock to these popular spots so they can bite into a meaty piece of perfection, just don't forget that surf goes really well with turf because these spots prepare land and sea to your liking.
The majority of steakhouses are placed in two areas, while the rest are strategically sprinkled around town; ensuring that no matter where you are you will not be far from one of the 10best Boston steakhouses.
Boston's Back Bay has been a happening spot for steakhouse for years with elegant option that include the Capital Grille, Abe and Louie's, and Grill 23. Serving man-sized meals in dimly lit spots that are as famous for their side dishes as they are for their steaks you'll find yourself eating equally good, yet decidedly different meals at these spots that fill up well in advance.
Boston's waterfront has its share of prime spots for prime meats. All serving sensational plates both indoors and out with views that may overshadow the meal. A seat on the patio of Smith and Wollensky or the deck of Del Frisco's will wow you just as much as what you've ordered.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Broiling Steaks in 1,600 degrees and serving them sizzling is what sets Fleming's apart from the pack. Add to that entrees that range in size from an eight-ounce petite filet mignon to the 22-ounce bone-in ribeye, and any size appetite can enjoy a meal at Felming's. Accompanying sides are expertly prepared and served in sharable portions, giving you the makings of a perfect steakhouse feast. Favorites include the porcini rubbed filet, and anything topped with their Truffled poached lobster with béarnaise sauce and caviar, or their trio which consists of three steak spreads: gorgonzola and mascarpone brûlée, sweet onion bacon jam and cabernet-mustard. (617-292-0808)
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steaks come to you sizzling form their oven and topped with a dollop of butter that makes the steak extra special. Ruth's Chris is a classic steak house experience in an expertly decorated location with some of the best side dishes around. Favorites include the porterhouse for two, filet and cowboy ribeye during dinner hours. While those stopping in for lunch love the slightly lighter offerings like the shellfish salad, mixed grill and petit filet paired with a lobster bisque or steak house salad. Dive into your meal without abandon because nothing here is diet friendly so simply savor each and every bite. (617-742-8401, 800-544-0808)
Mooo.... is famous for its giant selection and Kobe beef as well as their collection of appealing appetizers like steamed PEI mussels and beef sirloin carpaccio for patrons to enjoy before digging into a tantalizing filet mignon, rib eye or NY sirloin. The modern setting is popular with those seeking something elegant, upscale and lacking in pretense. Mooo....makes its home inside the XV Beacon Hotel and is a classy spot on the edge of Beacon Hill near the State House. You'll find politicians talking shop, as well as ladies who lunch enjoying the menu at Mooo....With some of the higher prices you'll find at Boston steakhouses, including the 6 oz, $160.00, Japanese A5 Wagyu Sirloin you can bet that Mooo....will wow. (617-670-2515)
Grill 23 and Bar
Grill 23 has an open, striking, sophisticated interior. Locals, including local celebrities flock to this steakhouse to enjoy some of the most succulent cuts of beef served on the East Coast. Simply prepared steaks are the main attraction, but stellar sides and seriously good seafood are also worth a try. Favorites include their shellfish sampler, steak tartare, 20 oz. bone in ribeye steak , Kobe cap steak and veal chop. With a bar renovation that re-opened Grill 23, rebranding the restaurant not only as a high end steak house, but also a great spot to gather, Grille 23 has enhanced its offerings by including a scotch program and small plates that are meant to be shared and enjoyed casually with friends. (617-542-2255)
Morton's The Steakhouse - Boston Seaport
Set in the Seaport District, Morton's offers a prime location for diners wanting a seaside setting, but not necessarily the seafood. Known as a favorite of midwesterners who claim it to be as close as they can get to what they were raised on, Morton's serves steak in style. This location allows for dining al fresco when a steak is what you crave but the weather is simply too nice to sit inside. Offering diners a taste of their extensive wine collection, prime-aged beef, succulent seafood, signature steakhouse sides and elegant desserts during both lunch and dinner there is always time to dine at Morton's. (6175260410)
The Palm - Boston
The Palm's location in Boston's Financial District make sit a favorite spot for a power lunch or post work cocktail and bar bite. Overlooking the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway from its curved porch, you'll get people watching at its best. But those who choose to dine at the Palm are looking for more than an eyeful of locals strolling the streets; they're looking for a great steak. The Palm's menu consists of a lovely selection of corn fed USDA Prime beef that has been aged for a minimum of 35 days. You'll find your steak abundantly marbled making your steak tender, juicy and flavorful. A small selection of Italian dishes and seafood are also served ensuring an excellent experience for all diners. If you're looking to enjoy happy hour, Boston style, the Palm offers its "Palm bites" menu Sun-Fri from 5-7pm. (617-867-9292)
Abe & Louie's
Everything you'd expect in a steakhouse sits under the roof of Abe and Louie's. This well-known, Back Bay restaurant corners the market when it comes to tasty steaks, and even wins kudos for it's fabulous raw bar, best enjoyed by sampling a selection that is then served on a breathtakingly beautiful platter. But, the steaks are what make Abe and Louis famous. Whether in the market for a succulent porterhouse or a tender filet mignon, you be rest assured that your meat will be perfectly prepared. Side dishes are equally impressive and large enough to share. The interior is elegant and dark, like you'd expect in a steakhouse, decorated with brass, mahogany, and marble accents. (617-536-6300)
Smith & Wollensky
The Atlantic Wharf location of Smith & Wollensky overlooks the historic Fort Point Channel. Their outdoor dining scene is bustling during the warmer months when diners can score a seat for dinner or just drinks at their outdoor bar and take in the sweeping waterfront views. Offering diners prime dry aged steaks, premium seafood, award-winning wines and an extensive cocktail list, it is a hot spot for a business lunch or special dinner. Indulge in their coffee cocoa rubbed filet or one of their dry aged favorites like the melt in your mouth rib eye. Request your steak sliced family stay;e and share a few bites of each or make a meal of their appetizers like the mussels and crab cake. (617-778-2200)
The Capital Grille
The classic steak house experience in the ultra posh Back Bay area will have you rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. There's a good reason celebrities flock here for a meal-the food is always good and the scene is always in style. Dive into one of their perfectly prepared steaks and you'll fall in love with the food in front of you. A Boylston Street location makes dining at the Capital Grille central to your Boston experience and with hours that include lunch and dinner you can easily find time for a meal her during your day of exploration. (617-262-8900, 866-518-9113)
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - Boston
Located in Liberty Wharf, arguably the hottest place to dine in the city, especially during warmer months, Del Frisco's offers outdoor waterfront dining on their stunning glass walled patio (to keep it comfortable even if the wind blows). But location alone does not sell Del Frisco's, their steaks are charred on the outside while staying melt in your mouth perfect on the inside, and the service is second to none. Their seafood selection is off the charts, and the wine list wows even the toughest crowds. A meal here will have you encountering more than one waiter whose sole purpose is to make your meal memorable. And memorable it will be because each bite at Del Frisco's leaves you longing for one more. (6173453906)
About Jessica Polizzotti
Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand. Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. Although Jessica has been a world traveler since her teens, her favorite trip may always be her Italian honeymoon. Living in a city that allows her to experience a change in seasons equals an opportunity to enjoy a shift in activities. As the old New England cliché says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
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