Slice into a steak at Grill 23. (©Steve Beudet)
Boston features more than a dozen steak houses—that is, restaurants dedicated primarily to steaks and chops. With that kind of variety, you may need some guidance on which spot best suits your tastes, so read on for just that.
Chris Coombs' sassy South End steak house doesn’t scrimp on any dish on its menu, offering colossal shrimp (U8) for the shrimp cocktail starter and six different preparations of steak frites. One top chop you won’t find elsewhere: the 20-ounce Chateaubriand with traditional accoutrements.
1375 Washington St., Boston, MA, 617.227.5011
Anyone still experiencing “Mad Men” withdrawal should stop in and eat at the bar, but the king cut in this place's grand dining rooms is a perfectly marbled 100-day aged prime rib-eye.
161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA, 617.542.2255
Abe & Louie’s
Wet-aged Midwestern beef is the hallmark of this leather and dark wood-dressed boys club that boasts a neighborhood vibe. Grab a partner and order the wood-fired 40-ounce porterhouse.
793 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 617.536.6300
Smith & Wollensky
Much about this Back Bay steak house is oversized, starting with its stone castle construct and moving on to three-tiered chilled shellfish towers. This is the place for fans of filet mignon; it comes in nine styles, including gorgonzola-crusted, cajun-seasoned, coffee-and-cocoa rubbed, and bone-in.
101 Arlington St., Boston, MA, 617.600.3500
Morton's The Steakhouse
Sure, it's a chain with more than 70 locations, but Morton's is also a local favorite.
2 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA, 617.526.0410
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Since everything is bigger in Texas, it should come as no surprise that this Texas-based, modern-styled restaurant serves about 10 cuts of meat and does so in a massive, second-floor location with scenic views of Boston Harbor.
250 Northern Ave., Boston, MA, 617.951.1368
New York City's legendery steak house is a welcome spot in the Financial District for its familiarity and convenient location, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Greenway and the waterfront. Consider ordering your choice of cut classic Oscar style, topped with lump crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise.
1 International Place, Boston, MA, 617.867.9292
Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
Sophisticated spot for a date night, although less frou-frou than its steak house counterparts, Boston-based Davio's serves equal parts Italian-inspired cuisine and thick, tasty chops. You can't go wrong with any of the "carni"—and definitely don't start this meal without an order of Davio's signature Philly cheese steak spring rolls.
75 Arlington St., Boston, MA, 617.357.4810
A younger crowd congregates at Jamie Mammano's boutique-style, modern steak house that isn't quite as "grand" as a traditional steak house scene. The menu offers usual suspects from filet mignon to sirloin, but we suggest splurging on the Japanese A5 wagyu sirloin or the free-range, grass-fed Del Terruño rib eye from Uruguay.
15 Beacon St., Boston, MA, 617.670.2515
One of a few steak houses in the Seaport District, this airy, opulent new spot goes business by day and turns singles (albeit well-heeled professionals) scene by evening. Cut to order: the Kansas City strip broiled at 1,200 degrees.
140 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA, 617.670.1345
The Capital Grille
Toast the evening with a glass of red wine among the mahogany accents of this Back Bay dining room that suburbanites tend to tread for special occasion meals. Our pick for steak to get: the zippy and delicious Kona-crusted, dry-aged bone-in New York strip.
900 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 617.262.8900
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Boston's society crowd slice their steak at Ruth's Chris' local dining room, tucked into a wing of historic Old City Hall. The 40-ounce bone-in Tomahawk rib eye, broiled in an 1,800-degree oven and served on a 500-degree plate. Now that's sizzling.
45 School St., Boston, MA, 617.742.8401
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming's' claim to fame is its frequently rotating, hand-selected list of 100 wines by the glass, ordered and explored at the table via an iPad. But, as far as steak goes, the menu offers variety, matching eight prime cuts with a selection of rubs and/or decadent additions including truffle-poached lobster and spicy baked shrimp. In Boston, Fleming's resides in the Theater District, close by the Citi Performing Arts Center.
217 Stuart St., Boston, MA, 617.292.0808
Fogo de Chao
It's all you can eat meat at this sophisticated Brazilian steak house experience, where gaucho chefs bring a neverending supply of fire-roasted steak cuts at intervals to your table. The salted picanha top sirloin is Fogo's signature churrasco steak.
200 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA, 617.585.6300
Best Steakhouse Sides
For when you need a little starch with that slab o’ beef.
- Fleming’s Potatoes This cheesy, jalapeno-laced spin on the standard potato has been a signature of this place for years. Fleming's, 217 Stuart St., Boston, MA, 617.292.0808
- David Bieber’s Crispy Onion Rings Named for local media man and music promoter (because he’s been ordering them for decades even when they were not a menu item), Davio’s makes a hero of these super thin, crunchy fried vegetable strips. Davio’s, 75 Arlington St., Boston, MA, 617.357.4810
- Poutine Loaded Potato These twice-baked potatoes are loaded with a poutine-style chicken gravy, sour cream, lardons and mozzarella cheese curds. Can you say decadent?! Boston Chops, 1375 Washington St., Boston, MA, 617.227.5011
- Grill 23 Tots House-made potato puffs dressed in truffle oil are a signature side. 161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA, 617.542.2255