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 Westins
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. Dont miss out on the clams casino, served fresh and juicy with a
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
cant 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 dont expect you to finish it - but
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
200 Dartmouth Street
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