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The best steakhouses in Boston right now

With hearty meats seared to perfection, these Boston area steakhouses are a cut above the rest.

JQ LouiseCheryl Fenton
Written by: Cheryl Fenton
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From a daintily sliced Wagyu to a hearty Porterhouse, there are plenty of steakhouses in Boston where you can sink your teeth into a hefty cut filled with flavor. Whether baked potatoes sit sidecar to your beef, or you embrace surf-and-turf, these restaurants fit the bill. After filling up on your favorite cuts, end the night at one of the best cocktail bars in Boston or best wine bars in Boston.

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Best steakhouses in Boston

  • Steakhouse
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Perhaps the city’s most famous steakhouse, Grill 23 has hosted countless business dinners and special occasions. High ceilings, marble columns, white tablecloths and white-jacket-clad waiters all contribute to the big-ticket atmosphere (as do the lawyers and brokers whooping it up over pricey wines and indulgent steaks). The wine program has won national awards, as have the perfectly prepared cuts of beef. 

  • Seafood

Here’s a rare opportunity to dine on real, certified Kobe. This waterfront restaurant within the Encore Boston Harbor boasts the only authentic beef program of Japanese Wagyu that can be found throughout New England, along with domestic beef from Snake River Farms in Idaho and locally farmed produce and dairy, and freshly caught seafood. Insider side dish tip: Get the loaded baked potato, a glorious two-pounder topped with sour cream, cheese and smoky bacon. On Sunday, double up with the famed Surf & Turf for Two—a 20-oz, dry-aged domestic Wagyu New York strip paired with a broiled, 2 ½-pound Maine lobster.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Grab the corporate credit card and prepare to make a night of it, because this is a meal you’ll want to savor. The steaks here are enormous— even the filet mignon starts at 10 ounces for dinner– and the sides equally decadent (think creamed spinach with extra Bechamel sauce). The Chef Suggestions are even more over the top: seared tenderloin with butter poached lobster tails and a porcini-rubbed bone-in rib eye with 15-year aged balsamic vinegar (the restaurant’s signature dish).

  • Beacon Hill
  • price 4 of 4

The name of this Beacon Hill steakhouse is the first clue that the restaurant doesn’t take itself too seriously—save for how it masterfully makes a mean steak. The interior boasts a playful style, complete with funky black-and-white cow art that adorns the dining room walls. The kitchen churns out juicy, perfectly seared sirloins, ribeyes and filets. Classic steakhouse sides get a modern spin, like crisp onion rings coated in panko and parmesan. Each cut is served with bone marrow butter, a little dollop of savory paradise. 

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  • Steakhouse
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

Whether you choose the Downtown Crossing locale or the chic, cavernous South End space, you'll find this restaurant a unique take on a modern steakhouse experience. The expansive menu kicks off with raw bar items and hot and cold starters, including light and airy popovers, comté-covered French onion soup, Oxtail Croquettes and roasted bone marrow. The main event is clearly its extensive selection of prime steaks and chops, but don't miss out on its array of steak frites possibilities. If you opt for the latter choice, your warm fries will be tossed with salt and served tableside for added pizzazz.

Restaurateur Frank DePasquale recently added to his already impressive dossier of hot spots with Boston's newest Italian steakhouse located in the North End. Pair your delicious wine and cocktail with classic Italian dishes and a variety of decadent beef cuts – from the gentle and luxurious Japanese Wagyu sirloin to a rich and nutty 55-day dry aged New York bone-in sirloin to a grass-fed Tomahawk ribeye for two. Top with green peppercorn, Barolo, Béarnaise, porcini demi or Umbrian demi glazes for extra flavor. Venture up to Mia, the North End’s newest and only roof deck bar located inside of Umbria to enjoy specialty apps designed for sharing, signature cocktails, and music.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

With a prime location on the waterfront, Morton’s is the place for steak in the Seaport. The stylish interior offers panoramic views of Boston Harbor from the bar, while a seasonal patio allows you to enjoy your beef with a side of waterfront breeze. With prime aged beef, signature steakhouse sides, an excellent wine list and elegant desserts, Morton’s has the classic steakhouse experience down pat.

  • Steakhouse
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Abe and Louie’s is another Boston institution that locals often take for granted—at least until the next sirloin craving hits. As one of the Back Bay’s most popular restaurants for special occasions, it understands the allure of the classic chophouse and delivers on every level— especially with its sleek new redesign and prime Midwestern steaks aged at least 30 days on the bone. Each cut comes with nostalgic sides, like creamed spinach and a massive baked potato.

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  • Steakhouse
  • price 4 of 4

An exciting steakhouses in Burlington, the beautiful, glass and iron space places an emphasis on the little things: house-made flavored salts, hand-crafted cocktail menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients and adds-on like prawns, lobster, bone marrow and shishito peppers that kick your steak up a notch. Splurge on the butcher cut salt and pepper tomahawk steak for two, or stick to one of the less intimidating selections among the fine steaks and chops on offer.

  • Italian
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

This locally born and owned group of Italian steakhouses is a mainstay for Boston carnivores. With seven locations in and around Boston (as well as a few others throughout the country), this place serves plates piled high with pasta (think tagliatelle Bolognese and hand-rolled potato gnocchi), as well as juicy slabs of beef—from the tiny-but-mighty, 3-oz Japanese A5 Wagyu to the 20-oz, 55-day-aged bone-in prime cowboy ribeye and every tender cut in between. Keep things natural or drizzle on one of the restaurant’s epic sauces—Davio’s Steak Sauce, horseradish, port wine, prezzemolata or béarnaise.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

This International brand maintains a stunning waterfront location at Atlantic Wharf, between the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Fort Point Channel. The 10,000-square-foot space features an outdoor patio that adds to the already upscale yet relaxed ambiance. The open kitchen provides culinary entertainment, while lush furnishings of wood and leather and cozy private dining rooms add up to an inviting interior retreat. USDA Prime Dry-aged and American Wagyu cuts sit atop most tables, alongside almost sinful sides.

  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

Hiding in the back of burger joint JM Curley’s, there’s an “Adults Only” sign hung beside a closed blackout curtain. If you don’t know it’s there, you won’t find it. Push back the curtain to find an intimate, reservation-only steakhouse that only seats 18, drenched in touchable wine-colored velvet walls. Steaks range from filet mignon to New York strips, to the giant tomahawk. Wash it down with an old fashioned libation. Bogie would love it there in that cozy cranny of carnivore heaven.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

Grab one of their killer (and huge) martinis to discover why Beyonce name-dropped Mastro’s on one of her albums. The Seaport location of the national decadent steakhouse is exactly what you’d expect to find: Local business bigwigs feasting on 40-ounce $250 Tomahawk Wagyu Chops and folks in from the ‘burbs for the night to drop some serious dough for impeccable service and food. Your sweatpants aren’t invited, however. They enforce a strict dress code.

  • Steakhouse
  • Allston/Brighton
  • price 3 of 4

This longtime favorite overlooking the Mass Pike in Brighton is a traditional steakhouse that retains its original ‘70s vibe. Sidle up to the horseshoe bar—or get cozy by the fireplace—and order a classic steak (prime rib and 45-day dry-aged sirloin are highlights) with a large pour of draft beer. Crown your steak with everything from bourbon and peppercorn cream sauce to lobster Oscar, great hill blue cheese to truffle butter. Steak tips and the burger are also worth a try, if you're not looking to get too crazy with the check.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

A national chain, Del Frisco's offers one of its most visually striking locations on Liberty Wharf in the Seaport District. The lengthy, varied menu is packed with USDA Prime beef and fresh seafood. The impressive wine list boasts over 1,500 selections from around the world. The 14,000-square-foot, 400-seat restaurant also offers a circular bar and lounge area, outdoor veranda and three distinctive private dining rooms. The cuts here are expensive but utterly divine. Highlights include the bone-in filet, prime strip and a Wagyu tomahawk that likely costs more than your last heating bill.

  • Brazilian

There’s something for everyone at this Somerville steakhouse. Oliviera’s serves up flavorful cuts of meat, as well as traditional Brazilian options like picanha na chapa– sirloin beef served with crispy yuca or fries. Hit the buffet if you’re looking to fill your belly to the max. Beef is served rodízio-style: servers stop by to slice perfectly cooked sirloin, strip loin, and other meaty cuts table-side until you say, “enough.”

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  • Steakhouse
  • Back Bay

The ultimate in surf-meets-turf, this seafood restaurant knows how to hand-cut and cook a side of beef. From the 8-oz filet mignon to the 22-oz bone-in ribeye, there are options for every appetite. For the best of both worlds, there’s a filet paired with a South African lobster tail, as well as a bacon-wrapped filet “Oscar style” with King crab. They even have live music nightly and happy hour in the V Lounge Sunday – Thursday from 4:00 – 6:30PM, featuring Mini Filet Sandwiches prime steak tataki and Hand-Chopped Filet Mignon tartare.

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