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Nov 6, 2006 11:43 PM

Where to go to get a great steak in the middle of the day?

Heading towards Boston tommorrow and am wondering where is the best place to get a great steak. The Oak room is on my mind but not sure what the dress code for day time is? And is it still great?

TIA hounds

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  1. The Oak Room is still great and at lunch good business casual should be fine.

    Several steak houses are open at lunch. In addition to the Oak Room, Abe & Louis, Ruth Chris, and Smith & Wollensky all serve lunch. And then there are places like Palm, Davio's, etc.

    The difference among the top group is personal preference. I think all do a good job but I prefer Ruth Chris.

    8 Replies
    1. re: BBHound

      Thanks BB..What makes Ruth Chris a standout for you? Hub loves his steak cooked black and blue, sometimes refered to as you know who might do this best? I would imagine they all should?

      1. re: tunapet

        I'm not familiar with black and blue so can't comment.

        I like Ruth Chris for it's consistency and quality. Of the folks open for lunch, I think it is the most reliable.

        1. re: BBHound

          Burnt on the outside.. rare on the inside. "Chared" on the outside might explain it better.

          1. re: tunapet

            Thanks BB... Ruth Chris it will be!!

            1. re: tunapet

              sorry to snipe. but. itz charcoal on the outside, raw in the middle.

        2. re: BBHound

          The Oak Room's definitely open for lunch? I knew the Oak Bar was, but I didn't think the dining room was...

          1. re: tatamagouche

            Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at the Oak Room. Oak Bar opens at 11am.

        3. Two outstanding steak [and seafood] restaurants in Boston's Back Bay area are the Palm in the Westin Copley and Abe & Louie's on Boylston street. The Palm serves lunch M-F. A & L is open every day for lunch. Both are noted for their beef and the feedback that I've received has been positive. Both have a clubby ambiance and a proffesional wait staff. During the week they're popular with the movers and the shakers.

          1. What about Sel de la Terre near the Aquarium? Great frites, and I've heard good steaks.