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Foie Gras to Hot Dogs: Boston's Most Expensive Dishes

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While Boston might not have a $450 pizza or a $1000 ice cream sundae like some cities, there are certainly some dishes around town that almost warrant a luxury tax. Here now for Whale Week is a collection of Boston's priciest dishes, from the straight-up expensive (hello foie gras) to the ones that are simply the least affordable in their class (fancy hot dogs).


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Journeyman

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9 Sanborn Ct.
Somerville, MA
(617) 718-2333
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While Journeyman features 5- and 7-course tasting menus that change daily, there are a couple of add-ons regularly featured on the menu, including a roasted lobe of foie gras (to share) for $100.

2. Neptune Oyster

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63 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474
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One of Boston's most lauded lobster rolls is also one of the most expensive. You'll have to wait in a long line and shell out $25 for Neptune Oyster's incarnation, served either hot with butter or cold with mayo.

3. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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40 Court St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 742-2277
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It's no surprise that this former Financial District bank houses a seafood restaurant with somewhat upscale prices. While many of the seafood dishes are in the unremarkable $30 range, it's the Surf & Turf (1 1/4-lb. lobster and 6-oz. filet mignon) that really dents the wallet at $71.95.

4. Mooo....

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15 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 670-2515
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There are plenty of expensive places to get steak in Boston, but Mooo.... provides the added bonus of surrounding you with classy cow-print leather accents while you eat. Try the 16-oz. New York sirloin (prime, dry-aged, bone-in) for $58.

5. Bogie's Place

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21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-5333
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This speakeasy-style newcomer, hidden inside jm Curley, offers an affordable mix of steaks and sides, but high rollers may want to check out the $120 Russian-style caviar service, featuring American sturgeon and served with chilled vodka.

6. Radius

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8 High St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 426-1234
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It's rumored that changes are in store for Radius, but for now, diners can live large with a $19 lunch salad, the contents of which change daily.

7. O Ya

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9 East St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900
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O Ya has one of the most expensive tasting menus in town, and its a la carte options aren't shy either. Topping out the nigiri section is an interesting concoction of foie gras (with balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp, and sip of aged sake), a tiny portion for $33.

8. Pigalle

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75 Charles Street S
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-4944
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When discussing expensive burgers in town, people generally focus on Craigie on Main ($17) and Radius ($19), but Pigalle has a $24 whopper hidden at the bottom of its menu. The angus burger is topped with sharp cheddar, caramelized and fried onions, and house-made condiments, and it's served with a side of truffle fries.

9. Grill 23

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161 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 542-2255
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The steak prices are comparable to Mooo....'s, but the more interestingly expensive items are the high-end classic comfort foods. Want to pay $25 for "epic pot roast" or $27 for meatloaf? This is your place.

10. Sorellina

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1 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 412-4600
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You can find veal dishes for $40 at a handful of restaurants around town, but upscale Italian restaurant Sorellina reaches higher with a $47 veal milanese (bone-in natural veal chop, soft polenta, oven-cured tomatoes, Parmigiano).

11. Clio

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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Another restaurant known for its high-end tasting menus, Clio has a number of a la carte dishes that will make the frugal diner think twice. The appetizer section tops out with a $30 soup (goat butter, slow-cooked egg, black winter truffle).

12. Mistral

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223 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
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You can munch on warm cinnamon buns while waiting for your $32 brunch, a fancy version of steak and eggs that features 12 ounces of prime sirloin.

13. Hamersley's Bistro

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-2700
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Hamersley's upscale entrees attracted President Obama on one of his recent visits, and it's also one of only a handful of places around town to get venison. The $44.50 grilled loin of New Zealand venison comes with gorgonzola, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnut bread pudding, and port and juniper essence.

14. Oishii Boston

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1166 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-8868
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Comparable to O Ya in Boston's luxury sushi realm, Oishii features an $80 8-oz. wagyu steak, a fair deal compared to Uni's $30-per-oz. wagyu or the $145 6-oz. cut at Mooo...., but high rollers can bump the price up to $250 to enjoy a mound of shaved black truffles on top of the steak.

15. The Metropolitan Club

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1210 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 731-0600
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Most of The Metropolitan Club's menu is fairly pricey, so it's not too out of line that even their hot dogs come with a luxury price tag: $14 for a house-made veal sausage dog with sauerkraut and mustard or $16 for an LA-style Kobe foot long.

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1. Journeyman

9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, MA
While Journeyman features 5- and 7-course tasting menus that change daily, there are a couple of add-ons regularly featured on the menu, including a roasted lobe of foie gras (to share) for $100.
9 Sanborn Ct.
Somerville, MA

2. Neptune Oyster

63 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113
One of Boston's most lauded lobster rolls is also one of the most expensive. You'll have to wait in a long line and shell out $25 for Neptune Oyster's incarnation, served either hot with butter or cold with mayo.
63 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113

3. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

40 Court St, Boston, MA 02108
It's no surprise that this former Financial District bank houses a seafood restaurant with somewhat upscale prices. While many of the seafood dishes are in the unremarkable $30 range, it's the Surf & Turf (1 1/4-lb. lobster and 6-oz. filet mignon) that really dents the wallet at $71.95.
40 Court St
Boston, MA 02108

4. Mooo....

15 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
There are plenty of expensive places to get steak in Boston, but Mooo.... provides the added bonus of surrounding you with classy cow-print leather accents while you eat. Try the 16-oz. New York sirloin (prime, dry-aged, bone-in) for $58.
15 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

5. Bogie's Place

21 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
This speakeasy-style newcomer, hidden inside jm Curley, offers an affordable mix of steaks and sides, but high rollers may want to check out the $120 Russian-style caviar service, featuring American sturgeon and served with chilled vodka.
21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111

6. Radius

8 High St, Boston, MA 02110
It's rumored that changes are in store for Radius, but for now, diners can live large with a $19 lunch salad, the contents of which change daily.
8 High St
Boston, MA 02110

7. O Ya

9 East St, Boston, MA 02111
O Ya has one of the most expensive tasting menus in town, and its a la carte options aren't shy either. Topping out the nigiri section is an interesting concoction of foie gras (with balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp, and sip of aged sake), a tiny portion for $33.
9 East St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Pigalle

75 Charles Street S, Boston, MA 02116
When discussing expensive burgers in town, people generally focus on Craigie on Main ($17) and Radius ($19), but Pigalle has a $24 whopper hidden at the bottom of its menu. The angus burger is topped with sharp cheddar, caramelized and fried onions, and house-made condiments, and it's served with a side of truffle fries.
75 Charles Street S
Boston, MA 02116

9. Grill 23

161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116
The steak prices are comparable to Mooo....'s, but the more interestingly expensive items are the high-end classic comfort foods. Want to pay $25 for "epic pot roast" or $27 for meatloaf? This is your place.
161 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116

10. Sorellina

1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
You can find veal dishes for $40 at a handful of restaurants around town, but upscale Italian restaurant Sorellina reaches higher with a $47 veal milanese (bone-in natural veal chop, soft polenta, oven-cured tomatoes, Parmigiano).
1 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

11. Clio

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Another restaurant known for its high-end tasting menus, Clio has a number of a la carte dishes that will make the frugal diner think twice. The appetizer section tops out with a $30 soup (goat butter, slow-cooked egg, black winter truffle).
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

12. Mistral

223 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116
You can munch on warm cinnamon buns while waiting for your $32 brunch, a fancy version of steak and eggs that features 12 ounces of prime sirloin.
223 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116

13. Hamersley's Bistro

553 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Hamersley's upscale entrees attracted President Obama on one of his recent visits, and it's also one of only a handful of places around town to get venison. The $44.50 grilled loin of New Zealand venison comes with gorgonzola, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnut bread pudding, and port and juniper essence.
553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

14. Oishii Boston

1166 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Comparable to O Ya in Boston's luxury sushi realm, Oishii features an $80 8-oz. wagyu steak, a fair deal compared to Uni's $30-per-oz. wagyu or the $145 6-oz. cut at Mooo...., but high rollers can bump the price up to $250 to enjoy a mound of shaved black truffles on top of the steak.
1166 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

15. The Metropolitan Club

1210 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Most of The Metropolitan Club's menu is fairly pricey, so it's not too out of line that even their hot dogs come with a luxury price tag: $14 for a house-made veal sausage dog with sauerkraut and mustard or $16 for an LA-style Kobe foot long.
1210 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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