The Best Steakhouses in Boston Right Now

The cuts are prime and the fine wine is flowing. Here's where to satisfy every carnivorous craving.


The Capital Grille. Del Frisco’s. The Palm. Plenty of nationally-known steakhouses have set up shop in Boston, and they’re certainly prime spots for flavorful chops. But the Hub is also home to some exceptional, locally-rooted restaurants for satisfying even the most intense carnivorous cravings. Have a hankering? Head to the city’s stalwart standard-bearers (updated with pandemic-era info on availability) as well as a few other steakhouse that have our eye right now. [Last updated: March 2021]

Photo courtesy of Davio’s

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Problem: You want prime rib, your partner wants pasta. Solution: You head to this Boston-born group of Italian steakhouses, where the bowls of penne—tossed in a cream sauce with applewood smoked chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and walnuts—are served right alongside carni coupled with port wine or parsley-and-pepper sauces. The newest Davio’s in the Seaport has romantic waterfront views, while the Chestnut Hill spot is perfect for pairing with a date-night excursion to the neighboring Showcase SuperLux cinema, which is currently offering private theater rentals at all its Massachusetts movie theater locations.

Multiple locations, davios.com.

Cocktails at Ocean Prime / Courtesy photo

Ocean Prime

Amid the collection of big, upscale steakhouse chains that moved into Boston over the last few years, Ocean Prime has occupied a pole position. For one thing, it’s a bit more contemporary than others, and fits right in with the swishy style of Boston’s New Seaport. It also gives equal love to surf and turf; even if you come for a blue cheese-crusted bone-in filet or ribeye swabbed with black truffle butter, you can feel equally confident if the blackened snapper with jalapeño (or an elaborate tier of shellfish on ice) winds up calling your name.

140 Seaport Blvd., Boston, 617-670-1345, ocean-prime.com.

Rare Steakhouse

Shortly after it opened in the summer of 2019, this top-dollar steakhouse at the Encore Boston Harbor casino earned a middling review from one of our dining critics. But one of the great things about dining out again is rediscovering how restaurants have reinvented themselves in recent months: Over at Encore, chef John Ross took the helm in February, giving us good reason to return. After all, under Ross, Neptune Oyster in the North End saw itself regularly crowned a Best of Boston winner. Now Ross, who left Neptune to open Encore’s Oyster Bar and Waterfront restaurant, will have his chance to show what he can do at a steakhouse set apart by its selection of unique, hard-to-find cuts.

1 Broadway, Everett (Encore Boston Harbor), 857-770-3300, encorebostonharbor.com.

The Best Steakhouses in Boston

You know ’em, you love ’em—and they’re back in action. Here’s our recap of the best steakhouses in Boston, with details on their status during the pandemic. Watch this space for more updates!

Prime chops await at Abe & Louie’s. / Photo provided

Abe & Louie’s

Status: Open daily for on-site dining, takeout, and delivery. 

Trendy hotspots come and go, but this decades-spanning Back Bay icon never goes out of fashion. The classically handsome chophouse still dresses its tables in crisped white linens, a blank canvas to fill with plates of sizzling, skillet-blackened steaks, platters of fresh oysters on ice, and bottles of oaky red wine to sip while swathed in soft light and dark wood paneling. Hey, Abe & Louie’s: never change.

793 Boylston St., Boston, 617-536-6300, abeandlouies.com.

A feast of steak au poivre and bone-in Black Angus filet at the Bancroft. / Photograph by Nina Gallant for “Best New Restaurants 2015”

The Bancroft

Status: Open daily for dine-in and takeout. 

Too often, the phrase “suburban steakhouse” conjures images of strip-mall chains that slap down tough and rubbery slabs. The Bancroft in Burlington, however, is urbane as they come–sleek, sophisticated, and stocked with prime cuts like a 40-ounce tomahawk rib steak for two. James Beard award-nominated chef Mario Capone is the man to thank for a menu loaded with other highly-civilized standouts, including skirt steak with charred avocado and chipotle butter, and panko-crusted haddock with parsnip puree and lobster sauce.

15 3rd Ave., Burlington, 781-221-2100, the-bancroft.com.

Bogie’s Place

Status: Open Wednesday through Saturday for dine-in; available for private dinners Sunday through Tuesday. 

Here’s looking at you, Bogie’s. Sure, the place flies under the radar–hidden by velvet drapes and tucked in the rear of jm Curley, a boisterous, clever little cocktail bar and restaurant. But the semi-secret, 18-seat steakhouse has star appeal: witness the tender, eight-ounce filet mignon or 22-ounce, bone-in ribeye with red wine demi. Close to downtown theaters, it also offers pre-show prix fixe menus themed to current productions.

25 Temple Pl., Boston, 617-338-5333, bogiesplace.com.

Boston Chops

Status: Open Tuesday through Sunday for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

There’s a swinging, sexy vibe to this South End steakhouse, but the scene is just a side-dish. Chef-partner Chris Coombs keep his focus on the food–and it is, in a word, excellent. That includes the “rarely celebrated” cuts of meat as well as those earn lots of attention: say, a bone-in ribeye that once featured in Food & Wine, the menu not-so-modestly reminds us.

1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011, bostonchops.com.

Grill 23

Grill 23. / Photo provided

Grill 23 & Bar

Status: Grill 23 is open Tuesday through Sunday for dine-in, takeout, and delivery; as of March 1, the restaurant will be closed for a few days following a small kitchen fire, but will reopen imminently. 

For over 35 years, Grill 23 has been a go-to for first-class food, wine and service. And dining here still feels like an affair: solicitous servers usher only the finest steaks—like highest-grade Japanese Wagyu—and best bottles. (In fact, Grill 23 was the first Boston restaurant to receive a rare Grand Award from Wine Spectator.) There’s even table-side cigar service, with stogies presented in a humidor and prepped for smoking outside. Here, the good life lives on.

161 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-542-2255, grill23.com.

Mooo….

Status: Open daily for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

First of all, the extra “o” is theirs. (So is the extended ellipsis.) Now that we’ve cleared that up, allow us to sing the praises of chef Jamie Mammano’s steakhouse inside the XV Beacon hotel. The State House-side space on Beacon Hill is stylish, not stiff, and offers excellent cuts—like grass-fed Australian ribeye, Japanese Wagyu, and Greater Omaha pepper-crusted prime sirloin—for pairing with sauces like vincotto (cooked wine) with bone marrow.

15 Beacon St., Boston, 617-670-2515, mooorestaurant.com.

Oliveira’s Steakhouse

Status: Open daily for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. 

If it’s a Brazilian steakhouse-style experience you crave, you could head to Fogo de Chão, a high-end chain with a swank outpost in the Back Bay. But for a more low-key, local option that nails it every time, check out this Somerville stalwart. The beef is served rodízio-style: servers stop by to slice perfectly cooked sirloin and other meaty cuts table-side, until you say, “enough.” (You won’t want to.)

120 Washington St., Somerville, 617-764-0455

A perfect pairing at Smith & Wollensky. / Photo by Smith W via Yelp

Smith & Wollensky

Status: Both locations open daily for dine-in and takeout; Boston location also offers delivery. 

Among the litany of national-chain steakhouses with a presence in Boston, we have a soft spot for Smith–it’s headquartered here. Though the longstanding location in Back Bay’s iconic Boston Castle recently closed, the Atlantic Wharf address (and Wellesley sibling) chugs along with filets that might be wrapped in bacon, crusted in gorgonzola, or rubbed with coffee and cocoa. Take ’em on the sunny patio, and sip a stiff martini while you’re at it.

294 Congress St., Boston, 617-778-2200; 583 Washington St., Wellesley, 781-992-5150, smithandwollensky.com.

The Stockyard

Status: Open daily for dine in, and takeout (including large-format “family meal” packages). 

Locals nearly lost it when this Brighton landmark temporarily closed in 2012 after more than four decades. Luckily, it was quickly scooped up–and retains every bit of the old-school steakhouse charm that has lured Bostonians for special family dinnas lo these many years. We’re all about the hefty steaks that might come, say, roasted in rock salt and then pan-blackened. Plus, every cut can be crowned with adornments like lobster Oscar. They’re killa’, kehd. 

135 Market St., Boston, 617-782-4700, stockyardrestaurant.com.

The swinging, stylish STRIP by Strega. / Photo courtesy of Boston Park Plaza

Strip by Strega

Status: Open daily for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. 

One would imagine that “Strip” is a steak reference, but this chophouse founded by glittery restaurateur Nick Varano—who recently sold this Park Square restaurant, among most other Strega locations, to a prominent new hospitality player in town—also feels like it could belong on the Vegas Strip. It’s got a glitzy, ritzy, clubby vibe; there’s a DJ booth, and a lot of LED lights that could have detracted from the dining experience. But chef Farouk Bazoune doesn’t play around. The prime steaks can come finished with truffle butter or roasted garlic and gremolata. The shellfish tower might smoke with dry ice for a touch of drama. And yeah, the people are pretty. We’re in.

64 Arlington St., Boston, 617-456-5300, stripbystregaboston.com.