A Boston steakhouse with style

30 Tables

Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star XV Beacon has no shortage of Boston attractions within walking distance — Granary Burying Ground and Boston Common can be reached in five minutes from the property’s front door — but the tastiest spot, Mooo, actually sits right on property. The sort of place that proves perfect for celebrating a 20th wedding anniversary or simply a beautiful Wednesday, the beloved Mooo could probably collect an admission fee at the door if its staff wasn’t so preoccupied with serving some of the juiciest steaks you’ve ever eaten.

The Scene

Mooo is like that one friend you have who might come off a bit standoffish to strangers at first but, the moment the music cranks up and a few spirits are downed, opens up to a world of conversation. So, don’t let the lowly lit dining room — fixtures hidden behind thin shades give the space a subtle glow — or metallic gold paint shimmering on the walls intimidate you too much; when the warm host guides you to your seat, things should take a decidedly relaxed turn. Atmospheric house tunes may be playing in the speakers and subtle laughter will be heard a few tables over, reassuring you that Mooo is quite jovial after a cocktail or two.

The Food

As the steakhouse’s name none-too-modestly hints, Mooo prides itself on serving meals that center around the choicest cuts of beef — and we’re talking at breakfast, lunch, dinner or even during brunch. Thanks to strong relationships with some of the finest purveyors in the land, such as Oregon’s Painted Hills and Kansas’ Creekstone Farms, Mooo chef and owner Jamie Mammano’s team is able to live up to any heightened expectations with a tender 12-ounce filet mignon and 24-ounce, bone-in Delmonico that almost laughs at the thought of needing a knife.

If dietary restrictions call for you to back off the beef, there’s still plenty on the menu to entice the taste buds. Side items, which range from perfectly whipped potatoes to creamed spinach and roasted cauliflower so good a toddler would ask for seconds, are exquisite.

And if you’re a fan of clams or Maine lobster, you will be thankful for the kitchen’s ingenuity and the restaurant’s proximity to the water. The super-fresh grilled branzino is also delightful.

The Wine

Don’t forget to take a look at the massive vino menu. The Boston restaurant prides itself on offering a list of more than 325 labels, ranging from local treats (Rhode Island’s White Lotus Gewürztraminer) that could accompany your Cornish game hen to exquisite imports (Tuscany’s Sassicaia) to perfectly pair with your rib eye.

The wine cellar, a spot connected to the main eatery, provides a closer look at the selection. But the place isn’t merely for gawking; the stunning space, which has double-vaulted ceilings, Italian mosaics and the capacity to comfortably sit 50, is ideal for private function rentals, too.

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