Native Bostonians, tourists, and critics agree: the following five choice steakhouses are among the best in the city of Boston.
Mooo... can be found just steps away from the Boston Common, the State House, and Downtown Crossing. With prompt, excellent, and friendly service, Mooo… is a must. Enjoy their “Lady Martini,” which consists of Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and hibiscus syrup, chilled and served straight up with a champagne chaser, and garnished with a flower. Try their 16 ounce 35-day Dry Aged Rib Eye ($56) or their Texas-farmed 14 oz Wagyu Beef Steak (starting at approx. $70)—and don’t miss out on the bone marrow butter.
2 Grill 23
The unassuming exterior of Grill 23 gives way to a wood-paneled dining room with white cloth-draped tables and an impressive staircase. Grill 23 is known for its extensive wine list. The dining area can be a bit noisy, so be sure to request a quiet table when you make a reservation. The most highly recommended steak choices are the juicy and flavorful 10z Kobe Cap Steak ($59), or for a bit more steak, go for the 24 oz Porterhouse ($49).
3 Abe & Louie's
Voted Best Steakhouse by Boston Magazine in 2004, 2005, and 2009, Abe & Louie’s has a classic old-world feel. With a bustling social bar, two floors of indoor dining, and sidewalk seating, Abe & Louie’s is the prime spot for group dinners, business meetings, romantic dates, and celebrity sightings in Boston. If you’re in a group, don’t miss out on their seafood tower: oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster, clams casino, oysters Rockefeller and crab stuffed mushrooms (mkt). Standard favorites include the 16 oz Sirloin au Poivre Portobello Demi-glace ($44) or their signature steak, the Bone-In Filet Mignon ($45). As a bonus, Abe & Louie’s offers two types of cheeses: Cheddar Aged 9-12 months, or Great Hill Blue Cheese melted on your steak.
Abe & Louie’s is located at 793 Boylston Street, between Exeter and Fairfield, Back Bay. 617.536.6300.
4 The Capital Grille
In the wake of the trend toward fusion restaurants, The Capital Grille reserves tradition and sticks with simple meats of only the highest quality. Dim lighting, warm candlelight, roomy seating, and professional wait staff make every Capital Grille experience commendable. The "Doley Stoli" is a fun drink to try: Dole pineapple slices soak in Stolichnaya vodka for a few weeks. Sweet but with a bite. Pair with the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico with 12-Year Aged Balsamic ($44, pictured) or the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter ($43).
The Capital Grille is located at 359 Newbury Street, between Hereford St & Massachusetts Ave, Back Bay. 617.262.8900.
5 Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky has the distinct advantage in terms of building: the restaurant is housed in a medieval-style castle on Arlington Street in busy Back Bay. Ambiance is much quieter than most other Boston-area steakhouses. The website boasts they they are “still the only national steakhouse to dry-age and butcher on site.” As a bonus, if you’re not in the mood for a steak, they “fly in lobster daily” and also make all of their sides and pastries by hand. New to their menu is the 16 oz Bone-In Filet, which is served in a reduced fig demi-glace ($58). Another popular dish is the Dry-Aged T-Bone ($48).
Smith & Wollensky is located at 101 Arlington Street, between Stuart & Columbus, Back Bay. 617.423.1112.