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Boston boasts an absurd number of steakhouse chains
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17 Essential Boston Steakhouses

Where to eat steaks, chops, and creamed spinach in Boston

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Boston boasts an absurd number of steakhouse chains
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When it comes to fancy steakhouses, Boston delivers. Mostly large chains, to be sure, but there are a couple of independent spots and smaller local restaurant groups as well. Mostly in the Seaport District but scattered around other parts of the Boston area as well, here are 17 of the best steakhouses for those martini power lunch days or the nights when you want to drop hundreds of dollars on dry-aged chops and creamed corn.

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This Beacon Hill joint (part of the Columbus Hospitality Group, along with Mistral, Bar Lyon, and more) has all the steakhouse classics — filets, ribeyes, dry-aged sirloins, steamed asparagus, creamed spinach, you get the point — but it also offers the trappings of a more modern chop house, such as wagyu beef and an extensive seafood offering. Go for the steak; stay for the sushi-grade tuna tartare.

Steak tartare topped with a cornichon at Mooo, served with a side of grilled bread
Beef tartare at Mooo
Mooo/Official Site

Ruth's Chris Steak House

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The chain steakhouse’s Boston outpost is in the Old City Hall building on School Street downtown. Private diners can even eat their steaks in the Old City Hall’s original vault. What wonders — and secrets — were kept therein?

Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Boston location’s private room is long and narrow, with beige leather chairs and a brick floor.
The private dining room at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boston
Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Official Site

The Stockyard

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The Stockyard is a time capsule. It looks like a 1970s steakhouse because it is a 1970s steakhouse. Everything on the menu is worth ordering, including the burger, but the steak tips are particularly good and particularly Boston. Draft beer is also cheap, and the pours are large.

A hand pours jus on a large hunk of meat at the Stockyard
Steak at the Stockyard
The Stockyard/Official Site

The Palm Boston

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This grand restaurant in Downtown Boston serves prime steaks, filets, and chops, including a double-cut New York strip that serves two to three people.

A thick cut of beef sits on a plate in the foreground with a salad in the background and a glass of red wine standing by
Steak from the Palm Boston
The Palm Restaurant/Official Site

Bogie's Place

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Bogie’s Place is a steakhouse hidden inside JM Curley serving $70 tomahawk chops that have been aged for 45 days. Try the roasted Brussels sprouts and the sautéed mushrooms, and order a cocktail from Bogie’s Place’s excellent bar.

Boston Chops

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Either location — Downtown Crossing or the South End — of Boston Chops will do. Get the bone marrow and the oxtail croquettes, and get the chateaubriand to share among friends. If steak isn’t your thing, Boston Chops has an extensive menu featuring pork, fish, and chicken. Also: a giant tower of onion rings.

A wide shot of Boston Chops DTX, looking down the length of the restaurant and towards the front door, with elegant light fixtures and a long bar in view
The newer downtown location of Boston Chops
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Smith & Wollensky

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This decades-old steakhouse may no longer operate within Back Bay’s Castle, but Smith & Wollensky holds down the meat fort near Fort Point Channel, with an assortment of dry-aged cuts, fancy filets, and rib-eye.

A spoon drizzles sauce over a cut of steak, onions, and asparagus
Steak dish at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky/Official Site

Ocean Prime

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Ocean Prime is one of many steakhouse chains that have expanded to Boston’s Seaport in the past few years. The restaurant has a sprawling menu that includes sushi and various other seafood options. Meat eaters can enjoy a variety of steaks broiled at 1200 degrees and pair them with decadent sides like lobster mashed potatoes and black truffle mac and cheese. Plus, there’s 10-layer carrot cake for dessert.

Ocean Prime’s tall orange carrot cake features 10 layers and is served with an enormous dollop of whipped cream on a pool of pineapple syrup
Ocean Prime’s 10-layer carrot cake with cream cheese icing and pineapple syrup
Ocean Prime/Official Site

Strip by Strega

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This steakhouse is part of the Strega mini-empire. As such, there are a number of Italian options, like linguine with clams and a Bolognese made with wagyu beef. The traditional steakhouse sides are there, but diners can also get Italian-inspired sides like mushroom risotto.

Steak sits alone on a plate at Strip by Strega, with parsley garnish. There are wine glasses and side dishes in the background.
Steak at Strip by Strega
Strip by Strega/Official Site

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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Fleming’s is yet another chain steakhouse. The Boston location features a number of seasonal seafood dishes, along with all the usual steak suspects, like bone-in ribeyes and filets. Go on Tuesday and try the tomahawk for two deal, which gets diners a 32-ounce prime tomahawk to share, plus two sides and two desserts.

A hand holds a spoon, placing a dollop of caviar on top of lobster on top of a steak at Fleming’s
Steak at Fleming’s
Fleming’s/Official Site

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

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Davio’s isn’t strictly a steakhouse — indeed, it’s more Italian/seafood joint than anything — but its menu features a formidable list of steaks, including wagyu, short ribs, and aged ribeye. Based locally, the small chain has expanded across the country.

Grill 23 & Bar

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This Back Bay institution has been doing the steakhouse thing for more than 30 years. Go with friends, get some apps — a classic wedge salad, some Jonah crab cakes — and maybe a 24-ounce porterhouse to share. For those who aren’t into red meat, Grill 23 has a variety of chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian options. And if you like cigars, Grill 23 even has a post-meal cigar service (though you’ll have to smoke it outside).

The bar at Grill 23, featuring marble columns, brown chairs, and light accents
The bar at Grill 23
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Abe & Louie's

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Abe & Louie’s is a mini-chain — there’s a second location in Boca Raton — but then so are most steakhouses in Boston/everywhere else. The first one opened on Boylston Street in Boston more than two decades ago, and it has become a stalwart of the power lunch scene. Go for classic chops and an appetizer menu that consists of various raw bar offerings, like clams casino and crab cakes.

An interior shot of Abe & Louie’s, including dark wooden walls, a mural of a jazz band, and a number of four-tops covered in white tablecloths
Abe & Louie’s
Abe & Louie’s/Official Site

Morton's the Steakhouse

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Morton’s menu boasts creamed corn, which used to be a staple of steakhouse menus but which is surprisingly difficult to find now. Order that, order the Lyonnaise potatoes, and order a New York strip while you’re at it.

Interior shot of the bar at Morton’s the Steakhouse, with a light gray motif and a distinctive orange light fixture.
Morton’s the Steakhouse
Morton’s the Steakhouse/Official Site

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

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Yet another chain. Indeed, Boston now has two Del Frisco’s (there’s also one on Boylston Street.) The Seaport outpost was one of the earlier openings in the Seaport District steak scene, but the field is getting crowded now, to say the least. Like at the rest of the Seaport steakhouse chains, one can order a prime steak; unlike at the rest of the Seaport steakhouse chains, one can order a poke bowl.

A plate of rare prime rib at Del Frisco’s, with jus and red wine in the background
Prime rib at Del Frisco’s
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Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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Fogo de Chão is a chain, sure, but it’s unlike other steakhouse chains in Boston in that it’s serving cuisine from southern Brazil. All of the steaks are grilled on skewers in the Brazilian tradition. Try the ancho beef, which is a ribeye grilled over direct heat.

An interior shot of Fogo de Chao in Boston, with stained glass, white tablecoth-covered tables, and yellow accents
Fodo de Chão in Boston
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The Capital Grille

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The Capital Grille, which has restaurants all over the country (and two others in the Boston area), is a reliable choice. The bone-in wagyu strip will run diners $90, so it’s not the steakhouse for diners on a budget.

Mooo

Steak tartare topped with a cornichon at Mooo, served with a side of grilled bread
Beef tartare at Mooo
Mooo/Official Site

This Beacon Hill joint (part of the Columbus Hospitality Group, along with Mistral, Bar Lyon, and more) has all the steakhouse classics — filets, ribeyes, dry-aged sirloins, steamed asparagus, creamed spinach, you get the point — but it also offers the trappings of a more modern chop house, such as wagyu beef and an extensive seafood offering. Go for the steak; stay for the sushi-grade tuna tartare.

Steak tartare topped with a cornichon at Mooo, served with a side of grilled bread
Beef tartare at Mooo
Mooo/Official Site

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Boston location’s private room is long and narrow, with beige leather chairs and a brick floor.
The private dining room at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boston
Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Official Site

The chain steakhouse’s Boston outpost is in the Old City Hall building on School Street downtown. Private diners can even eat their steaks in the Old City Hall’s original vault. What wonders — and secrets — were kept therein?

Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Boston location’s private room is long and narrow, with beige leather chairs and a brick floor.
The private dining room at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boston
Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Official Site

The Stockyard

A hand pours jus on a large hunk of meat at the Stockyard
Steak at the Stockyard
The Stockyard/Official Site

The Stockyard is a time capsule. It looks like a 1970s steakhouse because it is a 1970s steakhouse. Everything on the menu is worth ordering, including the burger, but the steak tips are particularly good and particularly Boston. Draft beer is also cheap, and the pours are large.

A hand pours jus on a large hunk of meat at the Stockyard
Steak at the Stockyard
The Stockyard/Official Site

The Palm Boston

A thick cut of beef sits on a plate in the foreground with a salad in the background and a glass of red wine standing by
Steak from the Palm Boston
The Palm Restaurant/Official Site

This grand restaurant in Downtown Boston serves prime steaks, filets, and chops, including a double-cut New York strip that serves two to three people.

A thick cut of beef sits on a plate in the foreground with a salad in the background and a glass of red wine standing by
Steak from the Palm Boston
The Palm Restaurant/Official Site

Bogie's Place

Bogie’s Place is a steakhouse hidden inside JM Curley serving $70 tomahawk chops that have been aged for 45 days. Try the roasted Brussels sprouts and the sautéed mushrooms, and order a cocktail from Bogie’s Place’s excellent bar.

Boston Chops

A wide shot of Boston Chops DTX, looking down the length of the restaurant and towards the front door, with elegant light fixtures and a long bar in view
The newer downtown location of Boston Chops
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Either location — Downtown Crossing or the South End — of Boston Chops will do. Get the bone marrow and the oxtail croquettes, and get the chateaubriand to share among friends. If steak isn’t your thing, Boston Chops has an extensive menu featuring pork, fish, and chicken. Also: a giant tower of onion rings.

A wide shot of Boston Chops DTX, looking down the length of the restaurant and towards the front door, with elegant light fixtures and a long bar in view
The newer downtown location of Boston Chops
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Smith & Wollensky

A spoon drizzles sauce over a cut of steak, onions, and asparagus
Steak dish at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky/Official Site

This decades-old steakhouse may no longer operate within Back Bay’s Castle, but Smith & Wollensky holds down the meat fort near Fort Point Channel, with an assortment of dry-aged cuts, fancy filets, and rib-eye.

A spoon drizzles sauce over a cut of steak, onions, and asparagus
Steak dish at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky/Official Site

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime’s tall orange carrot cake features 10 layers and is served with an enormous dollop of whipped cream on a pool of pineapple syrup
Ocean Prime’s 10-layer carrot cake with cream cheese icing and pineapple syrup
Ocean Prime/Official Site

Ocean Prime is one of many steakhouse chains that have expanded to Boston’s Seaport in the past few years. The restaurant has a sprawling menu that includes sushi and various other seafood options. Meat eaters can enjoy a variety of steaks broiled at 1200 degrees and pair them with decadent sides like lobster mashed potatoes and black truffle mac and cheese. Plus, there’s 10-layer carrot cake for dessert.

Ocean Prime’s tall orange carrot cake features 10 layers and is served with an enormous dollop of whipped cream on a pool of pineapple syrup
Ocean Prime’s 10-layer carrot cake with cream cheese icing and pineapple syrup
Ocean Prime/Official Site

Strip by Strega

Steak sits alone on a plate at Strip by Strega, with parsley garnish. There are wine glasses and side dishes in the background.
Steak at Strip by Strega
Strip by Strega/Official Site

This steakhouse is part of the Strega mini-empire. As such, there are a number of Italian options, like linguine with clams and a Bolognese made with wagyu beef. The traditional steakhouse sides are there, but diners can also get Italian-inspired sides like mushroom risotto.

Steak sits alone on a plate at Strip by Strega, with parsley garnish. There are wine glasses and side dishes in the background.
Steak at Strip by Strega
Strip by Strega/Official Site

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

A hand holds a spoon, placing a dollop of caviar on top of lobster on top of a steak at Fleming’s
Steak at Fleming’s
Fleming’s/Official Site

Fleming’s is yet another chain steakhouse. The Boston location features a number of seasonal seafood dishes, along with all the usual steak suspects, like bone-in ribeyes and filets. Go on Tuesday and try the tomahawk for two deal, which gets diners a 32-ounce prime tomahawk to share, plus two sides and two desserts.

A hand holds a spoon, placing a dollop of caviar on top of lobster on top of a steak at Fleming’s
Steak at Fleming’s
Fleming’s/Official Site

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

Davio’s isn’t strictly a steakhouse — indeed, it’s more Italian/seafood joint than anything — but its menu features a formidable list of steaks, including wagyu, short ribs, and aged ribeye. Based locally, the small chain has expanded across the country.

Grill 23 & Bar

The bar at Grill 23, featuring marble columns, brown chairs, and light accents
The bar at Grill 23
Chris Coe/Eater

This Back Bay institution has been doing the steakhouse thing for more than 30 years. Go with friends, get some apps — a classic wedge salad, some Jonah crab cakes — and maybe a 24-ounce porterhouse to share. For those who aren’t into red meat, Grill 23 has a variety of chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian options. And if you like cigars, Grill 23 even has a post-meal cigar service (though you’ll have to smoke it outside).

The bar at Grill 23, featuring marble columns, brown chairs, and light accents
The bar at Grill 23
Chris Coe/Eater

Abe & Louie's

An interior shot of Abe & Louie’s, including dark wooden walls, a mural of a jazz band, and a number of four-tops covered in white tablecloths
Abe & Louie’s
Abe & Louie’s/Official Site

Abe & Louie’s is a mini-chain — there’s a second location in Boca Raton — but then so are most steakhouses in Boston/everywhere else. The first one opened on Boylston Street in Boston more than two decades ago, and it has become a stalwart of the power lunch scene. Go for classic chops and an appetizer menu that consists of various raw bar offerings, like clams casino and crab cakes.

An interior shot of Abe & Louie’s, including dark wooden walls, a mural of a jazz band, and a number of four-tops covered in white tablecloths
Abe & Louie’s
Abe & Louie’s/Official Site

Morton's the Steakhouse

Interior shot of the bar at Morton’s the Steakhouse, with a light gray motif and a distinctive orange light fixture.
Morton’s the Steakhouse
Morton’s the Steakhouse/Official Site

Morton’s menu boasts creamed corn, which used to be a staple of steakhouse menus but which is surprisingly difficult to find now. Order that, order the Lyonnaise potatoes, and order a New York strip while you’re at it.

Interior shot of the bar at Morton’s the Steakhouse, with a light gray motif and a distinctive orange light fixture.
Morton’s the Steakhouse
Morton’s the Steakhouse/Official Site

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse