||From the moment you arrive at The Oak Room, you know you have found some place special. Exceptional service, classic dining and commendable entrees put this steakhouse in a class by itself.
Guests are first greeted in the dining room with the warm dark wood paneled and mirrored walls. The two Waterford chandeliers provide an atmosphere for celebrating a special occasion.
The steaks here are quite impressive but the seafood is equally hailed among regulars.
The Oak Room and the hotel it is a part of, were acquired by Fairmont Hotels, which also manages the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
The restaurant recently underwent through a major renovation. Even though it maintained its traditional wood paneled setting, the hotel has added new drapes and rich carpet to complement its sophisticated atmosphere.
We asked to see the Wine Cellar, which I assumed would be downstairs but was actually located behind the main dining room. Even though I was not impressed with its location, it offered rare wines like 1990 Remoisenet Givry, Baron Thenard and 1978 Romanee St. Vivant.
We sampled the mouth-watering Shrimp Cocktail ($17), which arrived fresh and in one of the most enormous portions I had ever seen. The cold seafood appetizer (enough for 4 people) offered jumbo (and I do mean JUMBO) shrimp, fresh oysters, calamari and clams and a half lobster topped with home-cured gravlox. The crab-stuffed mushroom caps ($14) were warm and meaty, loaded with fresh crabmeat.
The a la carte menu may seem somewhat pricey but for the portions and service received, it is well worth every penny.
We also sampled the lobster bisque ($10), a light, creamy blend filled with giant tender, juicy chunks of lobster.
The couple next to us ordered the “Chateaubriand,” the restaurant’s signature dish, a thick centercut tenderloin, carved tableside and served with asparagus and a choice of potato ($79 for two people).
We ordered the 20-ounce extra thick bone-in rib eye ($31) which was cooked to perfection. I sampled the 10-ounce tenderloin of beef ($31), a tender, flavorful cut.
Side dishes are to be shared between two people. We ordered the baked potato otto ($5) and creamed spinach ($5).
Desserts here are just as generous as the entree portions but be sure to save some room for such appealing desserts as dark and white chocolate bread pudding with
crème Anglaise and lemon cheesecake with raspberry coulis.
The Oak Room
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Hours: Dinner only; Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm;
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00 pm.; Closed Sunday and Monday.
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