Stephanie’s on Newbury has been open nearly 20 years, which is partly why many Boston hounds hate it. The Back Bay restaurant “is just in dire need of a renovation,” meeps2002 says. “It looks filthy with the millions of tourist foot traffic.”

Stephanie’s sister restaurant, Stephi’s on Tremont, opened in 2008 and is a much better choice, with some good food and “respectable” bartending. The delicious warm goat cheese appetizer comes with olives, roasted garlic, and a toasted baguette with herbs, and the “towering” ahi tuna tartare is wonderful, phelana says. “It was sushi grade tuna served with sesame poached tomatoes, whipped avocado, chipotle chile soy sauce, spicy mayonnaise, and lime vinaigrette.”

Thanks to the outdoor tables, Stephi’s on Tremont is great for people-watching, too—on the weekend, the area is “positively hopping,” says phelana.

Stephanie’s on Newbury [Back Bay]
190 Newbury Street, Boston

Stephi’s on Tremont [South End]
571 Tremont Street, Boston

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