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Steakhouse suggestions?

nrthSHre Jan 4, 2010 05:06 PM

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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  1. Tir_na_nOg RE: nrthSHre Jan 4, 2010 05:26 PM

    Check out posts on:

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

    MA chains:
    Capital Grille

    National chains:
    Ruth's Cris
    Smith & Wollensky

    7 Replies
    1. re: Tir_na_nOg
      hotoynoodle RE: Tir_na_nOg Jan 4, 2010 05:58 PM

      bonfire is defunct.

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

      1. re: hotoynoodle
        Jolyon Helterman RE: hotoynoodle Jan 4, 2010 06:04 PM

        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
          hotoynoodle RE: Jolyon Helterman Jan 4, 2010 06:44 PM

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

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            almansa RE: hotoynoodle Jan 5, 2010 09:28 AM

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

        2. re: hotoynoodle
          typhoonfish RE: hotoynoodle Jan 5, 2010 08:53 AM

          Capital Grille is owned by Red Lobster (Darden)

          1. re: typhoonfish
            rlh RE: typhoonfish Jan 5, 2010 01:53 PM

            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
              Tir_na_nOg RE: rlh Jan 5, 2010 06:45 PM

              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!)

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        bostboater RE: nrthSHre Jan 5, 2010 08:06 AM

        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
          scratchie RE: bostboater May 18, 2010 10:31 AM

          Tango is a great selection.

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

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

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          grant.cook RE: nrthSHre Jan 5, 2010 11:34 AM

          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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