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The Palm Restaurant
Boston, MA

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

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It is easy to understand why so many people find The Palm to be one of the best restaurants in Boston.  Well-known for its prime aged steaks, huge Maine lobsters and individual portions large enough for a family of six, this restaurant has certainly made a unique name for itself in town.

Although The Palm has an ultra-chic Westin Hotel location in Tony Copley Square, it does not denote the atmosphere of the restaurant. Boisterous younger crowds flock to this steakhouse to see and be seen.

Any of the seats here offer a great view of the Westin’s waterfall. The walls are decorated with caricatures of local Boston celebrities from Larry Bird to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. The original New York location started this unusual artwork and carried it on to Boston.

The service here is usually extraordinary but this time for us, we were seated adjacent to the bar in a rather loud section of the restaurant.
Luckily, the food outdid itself when we were last there. Portions are just as enormous as we remembered and all side orders should be shared between two people.

For an appetizer, we sampled the butterflied Shrimp Bruno, which was tasty and served with a light Dijon sauce. The lobster bisque was creamy and loaded with tender shrimp. Don’t miss out on the clams casino, served fresh and juicy with a breadcrumb topping.

Salads here are gigantic. We split the chopped tomato and onion salad. There is no way I could have finished the entire thing myself! Other salads that looked appealing were the Caesar and Gigi salads. (The Gigi salad has shrimp, green beans, tomatoes, bacon bits and onion).

Even though The Palm is so well-known for its steaks, the Maine lobsters are to be commended. They are available in three, four or five pound portions.
The steaks here are simply wonderful - from Prime Rib to a hearty New York steak, you can’t go wrong when placing an order for steak.

If you have room, try a sampling from their dessert menu. Unfortunately, they were all out of cheesecake, what our hearts were set on, but we selected the key lime pie instead. Surprisingly, the desserts here are not on the same large-scale as the entrees, probably because they don’t expect you to finish it - but we did!
The Palm opened in Boston on April 10, 1996 and is the 16th restaurant of the chain. This year, the restaurant unveiled its new private dining room for up to 35 guests.

The Palm Restaurant
Westin Hotel
200 Dartmouth Street
Boston, Massachusetts


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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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