Food & Drink

Ranking Boston's best steakhouses

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013
Capital Grille
Grill 23
Abe & Louie's
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1. Bogie's Place at JM Curley 21 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111

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

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

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 23 161 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

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 best steaks in the city: an 18oz, 100-day aged prime ribeye with a charred salty crust. The wine list is equally laudable and includes plenty of options to pair with your savory entrée.

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5. The Capital Grille 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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

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

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.