5 Restaurants for the Best Surf and Turf

By Antonia DePace | September 7, 2020 | Food & Drink

Order crab Oscar over your preferred cut for a generous dollop of king crab and bearnaise sauce.

The ultraluxe combination of land and sea has to be one of the biggest appeals in steakhouses. Here, we’ve mapped out Boston’s best.

1. Mastro’s Ocean Club

So, what exactly is crab Oscar? A tantalizingly delicious composition of king crab, bearnaise sauce and asparagus over a perfectly cooked steak. Add it to any steak on the menu at Mastro’s Ocean Club (mastrosrestaurants.com)—you won’t regret it.

2. Mooo

A stalwart among Boston’s power players, Jamie Mammano’s modern steakhouse Mooo (mooorestaurant.com) has been known to serve some of the best sizzling plates in the city. One of the most coveted dishes on the menu? An 8-ounce filet finely coated in bordelaise sauce, snuggled next to a 3-pound lobster split in half and doused in compound butter and summer vegetables.

3. Saltie Girl

Start by scooping creme fraiche caviar dip with Saltie (saltiegirl.com) housemade chips before ordering at Back Bay’s go-to seafood destination. Those in the know will ask for a succulent petite filet drizzled in spiced green and pink peppercorn sauce and topped with sweet king crab. And trust us—you want to be one of those people.

4. Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky’s (smithandwollensky.com) Summer STEAK-ATION offering was so popular the brand has extended it into the beginning of September. One of our favorites? The mouthwatering cocoa- and coffee-rubbed wagyu hanger steak drizzled in chimichurri and corn relish paired with a Rhode Island-style fried lobster.

5. Mare Oyster Bar

This North End restaurant (mareoysterbar.com) serves up a twist on surf and turf. Indulge in pillowy truffle mashed potatoes topped with braised short rib and pan-seared scallops before twirling into chef’s tagliatelle con aragosta.

Photography by: Courtesy of Mastro's Restaurants