Boston >Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
217 Stuart St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.350602 -71.068594
M-W 5pm-10pm, Th-Sa 5pm-11pm, Su 4pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Bay Village, Downtown
Lackluster service – This was our first visit to Fleming's. The weekend before, we tried to make reservations at 6 other Boston steakhouses (Grill 23, Abe and Louie's, etc.), but came up empty handed--a big weekend for graduations, apparently. We were, however, able to get an 8:45 reservation at Fleming's. (Hmmm ... red flag, anyone?)
The food was mostly fine. The shrimp cocktail featured four good-sized jumbo shrimp and a creative cocktail sauce. Our steaks (both petite filets) were cooked as we ordered them. The sides (asparagus and shoestring potatoes) were also good.
Unfortunately, when dining at an upscale restaurant, I expect more of the service. We were greeted by an uncoordinated service team who asked twice whether we preferred tap or bottled water, but delivered neither for some time. When I asked our server to recite the (relatively brief) beer list, she failed to mention the one beer that I had ordered from the bar while we waited. Not a huge deal, I know, but I asked about the beers because I wanted to order something different; she didn't bother to share the complete list. After we placed our food order, we were largely ignored for extended periods of time. After our meals were served, too much time passed before she asked if our beef was cooked properly. (It was, of course, but she didn't know that.) Once we finished eating, we stared at a table full of dirty appetizer and entree plates for at least 20 minutes.
We mentioned to the manager that our service was subpar. He offered us complimentary dessert. We accepted. This exposed our first food criticism of the night: my chocolate mousse cake was still frozen inside. My $10 dessert came directly from the freezer--no doubt from Fleming's Corporate. It is a chain, after all.
Bottom line: The food was fine. But there are many MANY places in Boston with better food. At these prices, I expect great food and great service. Fleming's missed the mark.
Worth every penny! – Fleming's is expensive but the food is delicious. I had the filet and it was perfectly cooked. The cheesecake was divine and very large. Our waiter was friendly and good at making recommendations. The place was packed the night we were there so it was loud. I don't think I would recommend going there on a first date. The only downside is that the tables are small and all the sides are a la carte; so there is no room if you are in a party of four.
BEST SEAFOOD!! – I love all the food here.... The waiter was amazing that he recommended us with the best stuff ever.... Steak, seafood, and everything was good...... The price equals the food... So, it wasn't bad at all!!!!! Should try for sure!!! and I def will come back!!!
nice room, good food, really cheap wine pour – This really is a lovely room with gracious seating and excellent service. The chops are good, probably just a hairs dreadth in quality below a Grill 23, Abe and Louie's, Morton's etc. in roughly the same price range. Lots of first-rate wine selections, but the pour we saw was barely 4 ounces (if that) and the house claimed they were 6 ounces, which just wasn't so. Because the average is $10 or more per glass, you need to watch out, this is where they're trying to get you.
My FAVORITE =) – I've been to this restaurant twice and i LOVED it the first time i went and just fell in love with it again the 2nd time. The steak is absolutely mouth watering and the service is amazing. Our waiter knew exactly which wint to pair with our food and it was just perfect. All my friends who tried it for the first time also loved it. I keep recommending it to everyone!
amazing food and service! – I made reservations for this restaurant because it got so many good reviews. I went on a double date with my best friend and her boyfriend, and my boyfriend. We were seated promptly and were given delicious appetizers. The wine list was a bit overwhelming at first, but the waiter was very helpful. We all ordered steaks and I have to say they were incredible! My filet mignon just melted in my mouth and I have never had a bearnaise sauce as good. My friend ordered the mashed potatoes and we ordered asparagus - perfect! The only flaw would be that we were seated at a table only meant for two. Our elbows kept bumping and there didnt seem enough room for all the items we ordered. But the peach cobbler and creme brulee desserts were delectable. A little pricey at the end but completely worth it!
Excellent service! Great steaks!! – If you want to eat a great steak for a reasonable price, that's the restaurant for you! Very good service, winelist above average, overall a great experience, you cannot ask for more in a steakhouse.
simple, to the point, delicious – Dining out last night with a large group of people can tend to get tricky when thinking of wine...Flemings ample list of wines by the glass can really be the way to go when dining in large numbers. The food was great, simple steakhouse presentations, great flavors, nice portions. The price is really the driving factor, the quality of meat is right on par with every high-end steakhouse in the city, yet the prices are everyday affordable. Dont be dazzled by the decor as it is upscale chain-like...which flemings is...service, a few kinks, a couple language barriers, yet still not bad.
THE Steakhouse – Overall: A+
My girlfriend and I went for restaurant week, but ended up ordering from the regular menu instead.
I will say this. I used to think that there was only so much you could do to a steak to make it taste better. I must have been wrong. I ordered a medium rare 16oz strip steak. It arrived, cooked to the book-definition of "medium rare" - perfect (pink and then a warm-red in the center). Each bite literaly melted in my mouth, as if it were a tenderized filet. The taste transcended mere beef. Overall, this may have been the best steak I have eaten (and, although I concider myself adept at grilling, far better than I could ever cook myself).
The only bad thing about our meal was the appetizer we ordered - the calamari. It was just a bit drenched in an somewhat overwhelming sauce, making the breading soggy. I would have put the sauce in the breading before frying the calamari, but that's just me.
Additionally, I warn the weary to be careful about the bread with either champagne-infused robuchon and/or pate that is freely served. While it is fanatastic, it is easy to fill up on. Enjoy with caution.
Experience worth the price – Upon ariving at fleming's, the friendly hostess greeted us and we were promptly shown to our table, which was located next to the window. The dim lit dining room made reading the menu somewhat challenging, yet the ambiance was certainly first class. The dining room acoustics were just right, not too loud or too quiet. The wine list, certainly pricey, offer a great variety of whites and reds, and our waiter was quite helpful in choosing a bottle. The food was very good, each of us ordering a different steak, while sharing common side dishes. Each steak was tender and cooked exactly how we wanted them, and not lacking any flavor. The only downside of the evening was the desert, creme brulee, which had a texture lacking the appropriate creaminess.
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