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2014 BEST Steakhouse
Photograph by Bob O’Connor

Grill 23

Boston

Admittedly, the better story here would have been how an upstart finally dethroned the long-reigning meatery king. But after a budget-straining battery of retrials, we’ve gotta give it up again for this 30-year-old stalwart, thanks mainly to executive chef Jay… read more»

2013 BEST Steakhouse
Photo by Alex Lau

Grill 23

Boston

A truly great steakhouse has exactly four essential elements: a bustling dining room, a fresh raw bar, top-notch sides, and—most important—expertly cooked beef. With all of these boxes easily checked off, this Back Bay institution takes it a step further… read more»

2012 BEST Steakhouse
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Grill 23 & Bar

Boston

Embrace the bustle and glamour of the expansive dining room at this Back Bay red-meat temple. Take in the pillars, ornate ceilings, and suited-up servers, then tuck into a juicy 20-ounce bone-in rib-eye with sides like duck-fat-fried hash browns and… read more»

2011 BEST Steakhouse
Photograph by Anthony Tieuli

Mooo

Boston

Scrap all the formulas for what makes a great steakhouse (clubby this, old-world that) and swap them for brave new interpretations. That’s just what the team behind Mooo (chef Jamie Mammano and partner Paul Roiff) did, and this year, the… read more»

2011 BEST Steakhouse
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Grill 23 & Bar

Boston

Let the newcomers show off their newfangled steakhouse specialties; people who really love steak will always return to Boston’s exemplar of the genre. Here you’ll find dry-aged, bone-in chops and tenderloins that drip with flavor in each juicy bite. The… read more»

2009 BEST Steakhouse

Abe & Louie’s

Boston

It’s the oldest story in the book: Man tours steakhouses, steakhouses run gamut, man eliminates fading relics, lesser chains, and ‘modern’ meateries where the flourishes outshine the beef. And by the final page, Abe & Louie’s and Grill 23 once… read more»

2008 BEST Steakhouse
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Grill 23 & Bar

Boston

The better story would have been that finally, in this, the year of the cow, one among the city’s numerous new upscale meateries had managed to dethrone our 14-time Best of Boston stalwart. Nothing doing. Mooo inherited the Federalist’s matchless… read more»

2008 BEST Steakhouse, West
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The Metropolitan Club

Chestnut Hill

Even after a few million years on the fire, steak as a culinary concept is far from done. For proof, look to the Metropolitan Club, where executive chef and former Todd English majordomo Todd Winer not only finds new ways… read more»

2008 BEST Steakhouse

Grill 23

Boston

The better story would have been that finally, in this, the year of the cow, one among the city’s numerous new upscale meateries had managed to dethrone our 14-time of Boston stalwart. Nothing doing. Mooo inherited the Federalist’s matchless wine… read more»

2007 BEST Steakhouse

Grill 23 and Bar

Boston

Sure, sometimes a single, tiny scallop garnished with edible flowers is enough to get the job done. For the rest of the time, there’s Grill 23. This traditional haunt of the powerful and the generously compensated plates up jumbo iceberg… read more»