Here’s the Beef: Five Best Steakhouses in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
11/22/2021
Best Steakhouses in Boston MA
Bogie's Place

Sure, sign us up for Meatless Monday—but another night, we might be craving a juicy cut of steak grilled to perfection. Steakhouses can get a bad rap for being out-of-town chains with expense account-only prices, but Boston boasts a number of indies with top-notch cuts, whether you’re craving an old-fashioned or modern steakhouse vibe. Consult the list below to learn where your next dry-aged ribeye will be served.

Mooo….

Mooo…. steakhouse Boston

This amusingly named steakhouse on Beacon Hill is actually every bit as luxurious as the building that hosts it—the XV Beacon Hotel. The menu at Mooo…. features over a dozen steaks a la carte, with steakhouse sides like decadent Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese. You might mark the night with a 12-ounce Greater Omaha Bone-In Filet Mignon, an 18-ounce Creekstone Farms Prime Bone-In Dry Aged Ribeye, or really indulge in a 6-ounce Japanese A5 Wagyu Sirloin sourced from Kagoshima Prefecture. Any selection can be further spruced up with a puck of Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, or surf-and-turf style with Jumbo Gulf Shrimp. We suggest you save room for dessert, though—specifically, the generous plate of five still-warm chocolate chip cookies served with a white chocolate-vanilla bean milkshake.

Orfano

Orfano steakhouse

Orfano is a swanky modern steakhouse in the classic Italian-American mold—with some twists. (Say hi to the portrait of a very glam Lady Gaga slurping spaghetti in the dining room.) That means you might begin dinner with Nonna’s Garlic Hot Loaf or a plate of Cacio e Pepe before welcoming a Delmonico Steak or the house-signature Rob Roy Ribeye to the table. True to form, steaks can be sauced with the likes of Italian Hollandaise or Garlic & Shallot Bone Marrow Butter and rounded out with sides including Baked Little Potatoes or Ribiola Creamed Chicories. The restaurant also takes that other steakhouse accoutrement—the Martini—seriously enough to include a rolling Martini cart that can prepare a stiff one tableside. 

Boston Chops

Boston Chops steakhouse

Boston Chops, a South End steakhouse from chef Chris Coombs of Deuxave fame, brings a younger energy to the old-school steakhouse experience. While you can certainly go over-the-top with choices like an 18-ounce Bone-In Dry-Aged New York Strip or a 20-ounce Chateaubriand, the restaurant also offers 8-ounce steak frites in four different cuts with free refills on fries. The menu is a mix of steakhouse classics and chef-driven creations. Whatever direction a meal here takes you, don’t miss out on a basket of freshly baked popovers with plenty of butter.

Grill 23 & Bar

Grill 23 & Bar | The Five Best Steakhouses in Boston MA

With white jacket-clad servers, tapestries hanging from its walls, and an entire second floor dedicated to private dining, Grill 23 & Bar is as tony as it gets. Not that the independently owned steakhouse has anything to prove: It’s one of just 100 restaurants in the country to receive a Grand Award from Wine Spectator on behalf of its wine list, and it sources hormone-free, vegetarian-fed steaks from Brandt Beef in California. A visit to Grill 23 might begin with a glass of grower Champagne and an appetizer like American Kobe Steak Tartare with a quail egg and salt and vinegar chips, before slicing into a 10-ounce Filet Mignon or splitting a 32-ounce Prime Porterhouse with a fellow carnivore. No matter what’s on the table, it’s always a special experience.

Bogie's Place

Bogie's Place

Accessible only by reservation and cloaked behind a curtain marked “Adults Only,” Bogie’s Place is a pocket-sized “speakeasy steakhouse” hidden inside Downtown Crossing bar and grill, JM Curley. Once at Bogie’s Place, you’ll be treated to old-school service and a Rat Pack soundtrack as you peruse a petite cocktail menu of spirit-forward classics and robust Old World wine lists. Cuts of steak range from an 8-ounce Filet Mignon to a 22-ounce Bone-In Ribeye, with accoutrements like herb butter and demi-glace. Should you wish to beef up the meal, you can add sides like Mac & Cheese topped by Ritz cracker crumbs or Pomme Purée. 

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