The Best Steakhouses in Boston
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. Hankering? Head here.
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 to thank for a menu loaded with other highly-civilized standouts, including skirt steak with charred avocado and chipotle butter, and risotto with grilled lobster tail.
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, a boisterous, clever little cocktail bar and restaurant. But the semi-secret, 20-seat steakhouse has star appeal: witness the tender, eight-ounce filet mignon or splittable, 28-ounce bone-in porterhouse. Close to downtown theaters, it also offers pre-show prix fixe menus themed to current productions. For instance, April’s offerings will be inspired by Les Misérables.
21 Temple Pl., Boston, 617-338-5333, bogiesplace.com.
There’s a swinging, sexy vibe to the original South End steakhouse and its new downtown sibling, where a $10,000 “Instagram table” is rigged with special lighting to help pouty #influencers post their #foodporn. But the scene is just a side-dish here. 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—like brined, braised and grilled beef tongue—and those that earn lots of attention: say, an 18-ounce bone-in ribeye that once graced the cover of Food & Wine, the menu not-so-modestly reminds us.
1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011; 52 Temple Pl., Boston, 617-982-7130, bostonchops.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
For over 30 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—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. Add classic caviar service, and Mooo makes us “ooh.”
15 Beacon St., Boston, 617-670-2515, mooorestaurant.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, strip loin and other meaty cuts table-side, until you say, “enough.” (You won’t want to.) There’s also a pay-by-weight buffet loaded with plenty of other options, from pot roast to pork loin to fried fish.
120 Washington St., Somerville, 617-764-0455
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. Though the longstanding location in Back Bay’s iconic Boston Castle recently closed, the Atlantic Wharf address (and Wellesley sibling) chugs along with favorite filets that are wrapped in bacon, crusted in gorgonzola, or rubbed with coffee and cocoa. Take ’em on the sunny patio, and sip a barrel-aged, vanilla-infused Manhattan while you’re at it.
294 Congress St., Boston, 617-778-2200; 583 Washington St., Wellesley, 781-992-5150, smithandwollensky.com.
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 16-ounce aged prime rib, roasted in rock salt and then pan-blackened, and the 45 day dry-aged sirloin. Plus, every cut can be crowned with adornments like baked lobster tail and cognac peppercorn sauce. They’re killa’, kehd.
135 Market St., Boston, 617-782-4700, stockyardrestaurant.com.
Strip by Strega
One would imagine that “Strip” is a steak reference, but this chophouse from restaurateur Nick Varano (the man behind a slew of Strega concepts throughout the city) 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, like a long bone-in Delmonico, come finished with truffle butter and accompanied by sauce flights. The shellfish tower smokes 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.