Food & Drink

Ranking Boston's best steakhouses

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013

There's nothing quite like a steakhouse for a celebratory meal, and since Boston's sports teams continue to pile up championships with staggering frequency (get it together, Brady), it's a good thing that there are plenty of prime spots to fill up on prime beef. Here are the best:

Capital Grille

5. Capital Grille
Back Bay
About as classic as classic steakhouses get, The Capital Grille's convenient Boylston Street digs get the nod here for their maniacal attention to temperature precision -- make sure to inquire about the intermediate cooking temperatures for steaks and finally, have your filet cooked to a flawless medium rare-plus… without feeling even the least bit high maintenance.

Grill 23

4. Grill 23
Back Bay
Grill 23 offers classic steakhouse charm with a multi-floor dining room sporting enormous columns and enough mahogany paneling to make a certain San Diego newsman jealous. A staple in the Boston steakhouse scene since the early 80’s, Grill 23 sells one of the only true Kobe steaks in the city, as well as a celebrated 100-day dry-aged ribeye and of course, their signature truffled Grill 23 Tots.

3. Boston Chops
South End
Boston Chops is Chef Chris Coombs's take on an “urban steak bistro” -- decked out with ornate chandeliers suspended from the high ceilings and steel accents. The South End spot is a relatively new addition to the Boston steakhouse scene. What makes it a standout is that, in addition to top notch steakhouse standards, Coombs offers the “Rarely Celebrated” portion of the menu, featuring unexpected delights such as Chicken Fried Sweetbreads, Crispy Oxtail Croquettes, and Grilled Herb Marinated Heart.

Abe & Louie's

2. Abe & Louie's
Back Bay
They've piled up plenty of accolades, but Abe & Louie's most significant honor came from Mr. Warren Buffett, who proclaimed that they do in fact have “a great steak”, and rest assured he's eaten plenty of them. All the meat is aged six weeks on the bone, and their trademark Shellfish Tower sets a serious standard for excessive shellfish consumption with your choice of oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster, and a selection stuffed items, yourself not included.

1. Bogie's Place
Downtown
Who would have expected that your next favorite steakhouse is sitting inside of one of your favorite bars? Quietly sitting inside of JM Curley, Bogie’s Place is to steakhouses what Curley is to burger joints; all the standards you’ve come to expect but done much, much better. Standouts on the menu are the 30-day dry-aged sirloin, roasted tomatoes with dandelion greens, and shoestring potatoes. The cocktail list is where things get really special -- Bogie’s Place offers cocktail flights featuring three differently themed drinks. Do your best to plan ahead, as they're reservation-only.

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1. Bogie's Place at JM Curley 21 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown Crossing)

A steakhouse speakeasy is about as cool and one-of-a-kind as it gets in Boston, and this little surprise is tucked inside jm Curley, one of the city’s greatest bars. There’s no website and only the tiniest of signs pointing you to a curtained doorway in the back of the bar. Beyond that burgundy curtain is a small, dreamy chophouse doling out classic cocktails (Ward 8, French 75), caviar service, a wedge salad, and surprisingly affordable steak cuts, adorned with the likes of bone marrow and foie gras butter. If you're looking to impress a date/client/IRS auditor, Bogie’s is your meal ticket.

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2. Abe & Louie's 793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

This Back Bay institution is so entrenched, you almost take it for granted -- until you crave a gluttonous, meat-centric celebration and beeline it to Boylston St. The all-encompassing menu offers more than 12 quality cuts of meat prepared in a variety of ways, and all of it aged six weeks on the bone. You can even lure out a pescatarian for an evening at this classically sophisticate restaurant, given that the swordfish steak is the unofficial signature dish.  

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3. Boston Chops 1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Brian Piccini and Chris Coombs -- the guys behind Deuxave and Dbar -- took over a rumored cursed South End space to make this high-caliber urban steakhouse. Offering a modern takes on overdone streakhouse staples, the steak frites menu is everything you could want from life. It's a simple choice of cut (hanger, strip, skirt) and sauce (bearnaise, bordelaise, chimichurri butter) that comes with a bottomless bowl of fluffy fries. Leather banquettes and dark wood furnishings might indicate a traditional steakhouse, but decadent cocktails point to a much fuller dining experience.

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4. Grill 23 & Bar 161 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Designed with a multi-floor dining room, enormous traditional columns, and plenty of dark mahogany paneling, Grill 23 provides the ideal setting for sophisticated white-tablecloth dining. The menu offers one of the only Kobe steaks in the city, as well as a much raved about 100-day dry-aged ribeye and of course, signature truffled Grill 23 Tots. The wine list is equally laudable, and will include at least a few options to match whatever savory entrée you pick.

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5. The Capital Grille 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)

Serving dinner favorites like seared tenderloin w/ poached butter lobster, and a porcini-rubbed Delmonico steak (with 12yr-aged balsamic), CG's swank 315-seat Convention Center digs is outfitted with rich red leather booths, five private dining rooms, and mounted moose/ram/deer heads -- big bucks rivaled only by those you'll drop on so many delicious seared tenderloins.

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6. Ruth's Chris Boston 45 School St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown Crossing)

Located in the old City Hall building, Ruth's Chris features a vault-turned dining room, exposed brick walls, and a view of the King's Chapel Burying Ground. While their signature butter-y steaks (all served on sizzling plates) are the real stars of the menu, diners swear by the Shoestring Fries and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce.

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7. Fleming's Boston 217 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Located in back Bay, Fleming's offers quality service and, more importantly, quality steak. In addition to choice meats, Fleming's has an extensive wine selection that features over 100 wines available by the glass.

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