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Steakhouse suggestions?

I'm looking for a steakhouse to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and am not that familiar with Boston area restaurants. I'm not opposed to a pricey restaurant, but looking for a delicious steak and quaint setting...any suggestions?

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    Single locations:
    Abe & Louie's
    Grill 23
    Oak Room
    Todd English's Bonfire
    KO Prime
    Mooo
    Frank's (neighborhood)

    MA chains:
    Capital Grille

    National chains:
    Ruth's Cris
    Fleming's
    Smith & Wollensky
    Morton's

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    1. re: Tir_na_nOg

      bonfire is defunct.

      capital grill is a national chain; abe & louies' does have other locations, just not in mass.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Grill 23, ask to sit upstairs!

        I'd also say The Butcher Shop would be a great place for a lively night out and a superb steak.

        1. re: Jolyon Helterman

          since the economy collapsed, there is not always seating upstairs at the grill. most nights not.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            There is upstairs seating 7 days a week. The kitchen isn't always open, but the dining room is.

        2. re: hotoynoodle

          Capital Grille is owned by Red Lobster (Darden)

          1. re: typhoonfish

            Thanks very much - I had no idea, yet this does this not surprise me at all based on my limited experiences dining at the Boston and NYC locations. At least Red Lobster is somewhat affordable...

            1. re: rlh

              You might was well say Capital Grille owns Red Lobster! Apparently, Darden is the world's largest restaurant group with 1700 company-operated restaurants and 180,000 employees.

              As far as I can tell, there isn't a single steakhouse in existence that will please even 50% of diners! Personally, I've never had a bad meal at any CG. (And I wouldn't be caught dead at RL!)

      2. Try Tango the Argentinian steakhouse on Mass ave in Arlington.Quaint,family run ,pleasant staff .Great steaks, awesome fried potatoes and a nice bottle of Malbec . And it won't break the bank . It's become one of our GOTO birthday destinations !

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        1. re: bostboater

          Tango is a great selection.

          The Oak Room if you want to dress up a little and go all out.

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          Oak Room
          138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

        2. Boston has a lot of steakhouses, but as a "genre" they tend to be a bit over the top - expensive, ala carte, "BIG" eating.. you'll get a nice piece of dry-aged meat, of course. I wouldn't call them quaint, though..

          Would you be up for a restaurant that served a cut or two of good meat, but wasn't a steakhouse? Something like Craigie Street or Ten Tables, for example?

          How far up the North Shore are you? I had a nice birthday one year with an overnight in Portland eating at Fore Street..

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