Fine steakhouses in Boston are a dime a dozen. Affordable ones are a rare find.
Fleming's just recently opened near The Boston Park Plaza Hotel in the downtown theater district. This steakhouse offers a large selection of wines by the glass and an array of red and white meats but just five seafood selections.
Fleming's has the ambiance of a typical steakhouse with dark wood and high ceilings but the dining room is very open and spacious, allowing for private conversations.
We sampled two appetizers, the warm scallop sauté and shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were fresh and large but the scallops won us over, being loaded with garlic.
There are four salads to choose from, including the spinach salad, smoked trout salad and Fleming's prime salad. We ordered The Wedge, which we thought would be jumbo beefsteak tomato slices but rather, the sampling included just four small slices of tomato with fresh bleu cheese. The homemade bleu cheese dressing was a hit at our table.
Entrees here are much smaller than the steakhouse's competitors and so are the prices. The petite filet mignon ($19.95) was tender and cooked somewhat rare for a medium request. The 16 ounce New York strip ($25.50) was a nice treat. If you like your steaks sizzling hot in butter, this is the place to go.
The seafood entrees looked intriguing. From grilled swordfish and tuna mignon to steamed king crab legs and of course, live Maine lobster, each selection looked like a success.
Don't forget the side orders. Our server said they were large enough for two guests and she was right but the baked potato was small enough for just one person. We also tried the sautéed mushrooms, which were served in butter and whole garlic cloves - truly a delight and one of the best side dishes we have ever sampled. The Fleming's scalloped potatoes were loaded with jalapenos and cheddar cheese ($5.50). Some other sides included garlic fries ($5.25) and lyonnaise potatoes ($4.50) sautéed with butter and onions.
Our server, Aggie, told us the restaurant is owned by Outback Steakhouse and it is the first East Coast location of the restaurant chain. This location opened Memorial Day weekend and the turnout has been very good so far. If Fleming's keeps up the good work, it will remain as successful as its West Coat operations.
217 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Open 5:00pm to 10:00pm Daily
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