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.
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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. [Last updated: December 2021]
Abe & Louie’s
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.
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 who helped the place earn a spot on our most recent list of the best restaurants around Boston, and he’s loaded its menu loaded with highly-civilized standouts. See: skirt steak with charred avocado and chipotle butter, and grilled swordfish and octopus with skordalia and romesco in a saffron broth.
15 3rd Ave., Burlington, 781-221-2100, the-bancroft.com.
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, one of the best bars in Boston. 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.
25 Temple Pl., Boston, 617-338-5333, bogiesplace.com.
There’s a swinging, sexy vibe to this South End steakhouse, but the scene is just a side-dish. Chef-partner Chris Coombs keeps his focus on the food–and it is, in a word, excellent. That includes “top chops” such as the 20-ounce Chateaubriand—made even more majestic with the addition of grilled lobster. (Oh, and the flaky, steaming-hot popovers? To die for.)
1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011, bostonchops.com.
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.
Multiple locations, davios.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
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.
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—from grass-fed Australian ribeye to Japanese Wagyu—for pairing with sauces like vincotto (cooked wine) with bone marrow.
15 Beacon St., Boston, 617-670-2515, mooorestaurant.com.
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.
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.
Star chef Tiffani Faison’s latest and swankiest restaurant, an Italian-American steakhouse, debuted just a short while before restaurants across Boston shut down in March 2020 in response to the pandemic. Now, after a very extended hiatus (save for a fleeting summertime fling with revived service), Orfano is officially back open. It still looks gorgeous—including and especially that cheeky glamour shot of Lady Gaga slurping pasta that presides over the plush dining room. Menu-wise, meanwhile, the Chopped judge has doubled down on chops: “Sexy Beasts” (say, a 16-ounce Delmonico steak) share space with “Signature Feasts,” such as a 30-ounce koji-, Scotch-, and vermouth-aged ribeye. Oh, and the ice-cold martinis? They just might be the best in the city.
Every glitzy casino needs a top-dollar steakhouse, and Rare at the Encore Boston Harbor certainly fits the bill. Is it pricy? Yes. But you get what you pay for—and here, that includes a selection of unique, hard-to-find cuts. For one thing, Rare is the only restaurant in Massachusetts to serve credentialed Kobe beef, which is extremely hard to find stateside (no matter what erroneously labeled menus might lead you to believe). It’ll set you back nearly $300 for just four ounces, so don’t blow all your blackjack winnings before dinner.
1 Broadway, Everett (Encore Boston Harbor), 857-770-3300, encorebostonharbor.com.
Smith & Wollensky
Among the litany of national-chain steakhouses with a presence in Boston, we have a soft spot for Smith–it’s headquartered here, after all. Though the longstanding location in Back Bay’s iconic Boston Castle closed a few years ago, 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. In warm weather, you’ll want to take ’em on the sunny patio with a stiff martini in hand.
294 Congress St., Boston, 617-778-2200; 583 Washington St., Wellesley, 781-992-5150, smithandwollensky.com.
This Brighton landmark retains every bit of the old-school steakhouse charm that has lured Bostonians for special family dinnas lo these many decades. We’re all about the hefty steaks that arrive sizzling with charred, flavorful crusts and tender, juicy centers. Plus, every cut can be crowned with adornments like lobster Oscar. They’re killa’, kehd.
135 Market St., Boston, 617-782-4700, stockyardrestaurant.com.