Steakhouses are an easy find in Boston; it seems every section of our fair city has a bustling one, but where can you go if you don’t feel like venturing downtown? Head to Coach Grill in Wayland, Mass. Located on the site of the original Red Coach Grill, and formerly owned by Back Bay Restaurant Group, Coach Grill is now operated by Tavistock Group. While the menu has changed slightly since Tavistock took over, its steaks, chops and seafood only got better.
A step inside this steakhouse reveals a beautiful dining room with cozy booths, wood detailing and a stone fireplace. There is a bustling bar adjacent to the main dining room that pours exclusive reserve wines by the glass and a variety of craft cocktails like the cucumber sage martini.
We got started with a sampling of five enormous fresh shrimp cocktail served with a side of spicy horseradish sauce and pepper seared ahi tuna served with crispy rice crackers and pickled ginger. Don’t miss their famous 14-ounce bone-in filet, a tender juicy cut that has so much more flavor. The hearty 20-ounce bone-in Delmonico was cooked to a medium rare perfection and arrived well marbled. All of the steaks are aged a minimum of five weeks and are the finest USDA choice or prime beef available.
Since the steaks are served à la carte, the server recommended several side dishes to pair with the entrees. The lobster mac and cheese was rich and creamy; the mashed potatoes had just the right amount of shallots and the sautéed crimini and Portobello mushrooms were the perfect complement. If you can save room for dessert, try the skillet cookie, because who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?