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Five Prime Choices for Steak in Boston

When bypassing seafood for red meat in Beantown, be sure to skip the chain steakhouse for these local favourites.

While Boston is a city known for its seafood, there are several world-class steakhouses for the carnivorous traveller. All the usual suspects are here – Morton’s, Fleming’s, Del Frisco’s and Capital Grille – and you can expect the same consistent high standards among them as you would in any city.

While the unique locations of Smith & Wollensky’s (in a Back Bay Castle) and Ruth’s Chris (situated in Boston’s historic Old City Hall) might tempt you toward these tried-and-true chains, for a true Boston experience we recommend that you head to one of these local favourites. Each restaurant has its own take on the classics and most have developed long-term relationships with the farmers and purveyors of the meats, ensuring the highest quality cuts in town.

Bogie’s Place

The speakeasy of steakhouses, Bogie’s Place is for those in the know, but always open to the public. Located in the back room of the bustling bar JM Curley’s, the tiny nook has only one strict rule: adults only. Though unadorned, the “secret steakhouse” makes up for the lack of décor with its beautiful cuts and classic Victorian presentation of sturgeon and paddlefish caviar. Ask for the 30-day, dry-aged 12-ounce New York strip or the gigantic bone-in 28-ounce rib eye. 
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25 Temple Place (back room of JM Curley's)

Boston Chops

It may be Boston’s newest steakhouse, but Boston Chops captures the timeless essence of classic steakhouse décor with luxurious leather booths, high ceilings and dark-stained wood. As well as a spacious dining room, there are plenty of casual seating options, including a 24-seat bar extending the length of the room, 10 high-top tables, and patio seating. From prime New York strips and filet mignon to a signature bone-in rib eye (which graced the cover of Food & Wine magazine), Boston Chops has the basics down – and then spices things up with extra-carnivorous sides including roasted bone marrow, oxtail croquettes, tongue, tripe, cheeks and heart.
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1375 Washington St., 617-227-5011

The Butcher Shop

A South End staple for over a decade, The Butcher Shop is both a restaurant, and well … a butcher shop. Quaint, casual and neighbourhood-y, this was one of Barbara Lynch’s first restaurants in her respectable rise to the top as Boston’s most beloved restaurateur. This is more like a French boucherie or brasserie than your typical steakhouse, and you can start with charcuterie and Old World wines at the slate-and-soapstone bar to start to feel the difference. The walk-up refrigerators at the back of the room offer the customer the chance to see and select which meat they’d like to order before it reaches the butcher’s block and heads into the kitchen. 
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552 Tremont St., 617-423-4800

Grill 23

New places come and new places go, but Grill 23 remains and maintains its place as the pinnacle go-to Boston steakhouse for locals, tourists and businesspeople alike. With a flawless reputation for quality and service, Grill 23 has been a Boston institution for three decades. The restaurant features a Japanese wagyu and American Kobe cap, but what keeps them coming back are the cuts of beef from their trusty California farmer friends, including their legendary 100-day aged rib eye. Not in the mood for beef? The seafood is as fresh as it gets, as you can sample at a widely revered raw bar. There are three kinds of caviar, too, and the restaurant boasts a wall of whisky and dedicates two pages of its menu to scotches. And while the 65-page wine list isn’t light reading, it’s surely one of the country’s best and most extensive (it’s especially heavy on wines from France and California). 
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161 Berkeley St., 617-542-2255 


Located in the prestigious XV Beacon Hotel, Mooo…. doesn’t look like your common steakhouse. The design is more modern Miami than modest Massachusetts, but your  attention is more likely to be captured by the steak anyway: The restaurant offers some of the best beef from North America and beyond, including a six-ounce wagyu, five different versions of sirloins, three rib eyes, three filet mignons and a delmonico. The Wine Cellar at Mooo…. is a swanky downstairs room that can be booked in advance for parties and special occasions. 
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15 Beacon St., 617-670-2515 

Frank’s Steak House

Just over the bridge in Cambridge is that steakhouse where time stands still. This is your grandfather’s steakhouse – maybe even your great-grandfather’s. Besides minor structural renovations and a gluten-free menu for the new generation, not much has changed at Frank’s since it first opened in 1938. The oldest steakhouse in Greater Boston, Frank’s offers an early bird special (of course), 12 cuts of steak, and the signature 15-ounce “sizzling” New York strip platter is still the talk of the town. 
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2310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge 

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This article was originally published on September 16, 2015



Published Sunday, January 25th 2015

Header image credit: Courtesy, Boston Chops



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