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Grill 23 vs Abe & Louies for steak?

Hi,

I'm taking my husband out for his 40th birthday on Sat. night. He loves steak. I have not been to either of these restaurants. Which do you all prefer?

Thanks,
Carolann

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Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Abe & Louie's
793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. Both are great choices, I prefer A&L, nice selections great atmosphere.

    1. I've never gotten the appeal of Abe & Louie's: it has an unfortunate BBRG flavor to it.

      Grill 23 is my favorite of the luxury steakhouses in town, a category I'm admittedly bored with, but it has the best prime boutique-producer beef, and offers dry-aged ribeyes and NY strips, which I love. Some excellent (non-craft) bartending, too. It can get painfully loud, however.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Grill 23 & Bar
      161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Abe & Louie's
      793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

      8 Replies
        1. re: cperryfranz

          Back Bay Restaurant Group. They also operate Papa Razzi, Joe's American Bar & Grill, Charley's Eating & Drinking Saloon, Atlantic Fish, and the Coach Grill. There's a whiff of national casual-dining chain at these places that rubs me wrong.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Coach Grill
          55 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA 01778

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Glorified 99's, if I'm correct, which they own.

            1. re: treb

              Really? News to me.

              I am no huge fan of BBRG, however 'glorified 99s' is probably a bit unfair.

              To the OP, of the 2 you pose I would choose G23.

              1. re: Gabatta

                The owners of Charlie's owns the 99's.

                1. re: treb

                  O'Charley's owns 99..no relation to Charleys, which is owned by BBRG.

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              We are regulars at the Coach Grill for buisness dinners. Not sure I've ever had anything better than average.

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              Coach Grill
              55 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA 01778

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            Grill 23 was always my choice if I wanted to take a client or date that I didn't want to talk to...or 8-10guys downstairs..: Oak room was quiet and elegant. Best combo was a steak at Mortons brought to the Oak Roam for consumption.....never did it but always thought so..:)

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            Grill 23 & Bar
            161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

          3. I'd skip both and head to Mooo. I am not a big fan of Grill 23 or A&L but think mooo is fantastic...!

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            Mooo
            15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

            Grill 23 & Bar
            161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

            1. Of the two choices I'd Choose 23. It was quite busy and loud with conventioneers last time in. But good.

              Not on your list but I went to Capital a few months back. We were shopping close by and went in around 5:30 on a wed night. We sat at the bar planning on a couple cocktails first, then we were going into dining room. We ended up staying at the bar for dinner and I gotta tell you we had a blast. Two youngish bartenders made our night. I've never had a "fun" time at what I thought would be a stoggy steak house.

              1. Not even in the same ballpark.

                Choose Grill 23: Better atmosphere, better steaks, superior wine list, and not a BBRG mass-appeal chain.

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                Grill 23 & Bar
                161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116