Washington D.C. Steakhouses and Prime Rib – These Eateries Are NOT like Congress!

Home to our nation’s Capitol Building and White House, Washington D.C. is the command center of the USA. It is arguably the most powerful city in the world, despite the dysfunctional legislature 🙂 . Don’t despair D.C. visitors, there’s plenty to see. The Smithsonian, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, U.S. Treasury Building, Vietnam Memorial, and countless other exhibits abound in this historic city. D.C. has an active nightlife, with plenty of bars to patronize. You might even bump into your Congressman (hopefully he/she won’t be too drunk), members of the armed forces, and of course lobbyists looking to blow off some steam. Yes, despite the political rancor, the city itself is still a memorable destination, even if you don’t quite agree with every lawmaker in town.
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  1. BLT Steak At this classy but not stuffy steak palace, an NYC import near the White House, beautiful, big slabs of meat and signature huge popovers star in a power-laden setting with a swanky, French bistro kind of feel (with a few French menu selections, added post-Survey); such great quality and service don’t come cheap, but for those who want to dine with politicians it’s worth the big bucks.
    BLT Steak
    Address: 1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to BLT Steak Phone: (202) 689-8999 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm; Tuesday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm; Wednesday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm; Thursday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm; Sunday Closed
    Reservations: BLT Steak Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: BLT Steak Menu via MenuPages.com

  2. Medium Rare This Cleveland Parker keeps it simple and does it well with a single no-choices set menu for $19.50, consisting of bread, salad, crispy fries and a dry-aged sirloin cap done perfectly, plus a big surprise: second helpings; the friendly staff herds dishes through the noisy modern bistro or to a patio with terrific people-watching, and while add-ons like smartly selected wines and beers and huge desserts drive up costs, it’s still an excellent value. P.S. a new branch in a Capitol Hill townhouse features the same concept.
    Medium Rare
    Address: 3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to Medium Rare Phone: (202) 237-1432 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Tuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Wednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Thursday 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Friday 5:00 – 11:00 pm, Saturday 5:00 – 11:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Reservations: Medium Rare Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: Medium Rare Menu via UrbanSpoon.com

  3. Charlie Palmer Steak You might find your congressman at this top-end Capitol Hill chophouse, where lobbyists get whiplash scanning the sleek, sophisticated room, and tourists are awed by wonderful views of the Capitol from the window tables; it’s pricey, of course, but the steaks are cooked to perfection (there’s excellent fish too) and complemented by fabulous American wines, and even if you’re not a VIP, you’ll be treated like one.
    Charlie Palmer Steak
    Address: 101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to Charlie Palmer Steak Phone: (202) 547-8100 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm; Tuesday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm; Wednesday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm; Thursday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm, Saturday 5:00 – 10:30 pm; Sunday Closed
    Reservations: Charlie Palmer Steak Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: Charlie Palmer Steak Menu via AllMenus.com

  4. Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Administration folks having dinner and business-lunch crowds affirm it’s always a quality experience at these reliable, friendly Downtown steakhouses where you’ll need your wallet and your appetite for the man-sized beef; dark wood and traditional trappings signify an old boys’ club atmosphere near the White House, while the New York Avenue address is brighter and airier.
    Bobby Van's Steakhouse
    Address: 809 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Phone: (202) 589-0060 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Tuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Wednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Sunday Closed
    Reservations: Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Menu via viewmenu.com

  5. Bourbon Steak Of course the steaks are superb at Michael Mina’s DC chophouse, but trust the chefs to take you on an amazing adventure via the rest of the inventive New American menu at this popular Four Seasons venue the place to see, be seen and spend money in Georgetown; impeccable service is de rigueur and celebrity sightings are common in the modern and polished dining room, as well as the bar that’s rife with power-sippers (and those looking to get attached to them).
    Bourbon Steak
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    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to Bourbon Steak Phone: (202) 944-2026 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm; Tuesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm; Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm; Thursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pm, Saturday 5:30 – 10:30 pm; Sunday 6:00 – 10:00 pm
    Reservations: Bourbon Steak Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: Bourbon Steak Menu via bourbonsteakdc.com

  6. Prime Rib Do as they do in Mad Men dress up and have a martini at this classic White House/World Banksteakhouse (with branches in Baltimore and Philadelphia) that’s operating at the top of its game, delivering fantastic slabs of meat and masterful seafood; from the 1940s supper-club vibe to the sublime tuxedoed service, it’s a perfect evening out; P.S. business-casual dress is recommended.
    Prime Rib
    Address: 2020 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to Prime Rib Phone: (202) 466-8811 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm; Tuesday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm; Wednesday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm; Thursday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm, Saturday 5:00 – 11:00 pm; Sunday Closed
    Reservations: Prime Rib Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: Prime Rib Menu via viewmenu.com

  7. District ChopHouse & Brewery A wonderful cross between upscale steakhouse and comfortable sports bar, this Penn Quarter venue serves good-value chops along with tasty sides and a nice selection of its own artisanal beers in casual, crowded and noisy environs; though some say the fare rarely knocks your socks off, it also rarely disappoints, and efficient servers get guests to nearby Verizon Center events on time.
    District ChopHouse & Brewery
    Address: 509 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to District ChopHouse & Brewery Phone: (202) 347-3434 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Wednesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Reservations: District ChopHouse & Brewery Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: District ChopHouse & Brewery Menu via gayot.com

  8. Fogo de Chao It’s all about the meat at this well-appointed Brazilian steakhouse chain (with outposts in DC’s Penn Quarter and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor), a carnivore’s version of paradise thanks to gaucho-attired servers who cruise the floor doling out familiar and unusual cuts of skewered beef, pork and poultry until you beg them to stop; it may be spendy, but with the all-you-can-eat policy, guests leave stuffed; P.S. there’s a well-stocked salad bar too.
    Fogo de Chao
    Address: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
    Instant Directions: Click Here for Directions to Fogo de Chao Phone: (202) 347-4668 Hours: Today – January 18, 2017 Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
    General Hours:
    Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Tuesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Thursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm, Saturday 4:30 – 10:30 pm; Sunday 4:00 – 9:30 pm
    Reservations: Fogo de Chao Reservations via OpenTable.com
    Menu: Fogo de Chao Menu via viewmenu.com

15 thoughts on “Washington D.C. Steakhouses and Prime Rib – These Eateries Are NOT like Congress!

  1. Visit DC when the cherry trees are blossoming in the spring! The various monuments and lawns are photos waiting to be taken.

    As for food, we ended up at BLT steak. Portions were generous and service was prompt. The taste wasn’t anything new or innovative, however we just wanted a nice dinner, not a culinary adventure.

  2. why wud i want to visit obummy in this sh*** town? where all my tax dollers are wasted. where the other side of dc has their free obama phones?

    DC SUCKS.

  3. It might sound like a cliche thing to do, but I tried out the Capital Grille in the Capital city.

    Par for the course in terms of food, with excellent service and a plethora of great wines.

    Nice atmosphere, too. Apparently celebrities will stop by this place, although we didn’t see any the night we went.

  4. Smith and Wollensky has a rocking bar. Me and the guys went for a drink and Sunday Night football. Great way to end a day of sightseeing.

    Be careful, don’t fill up on the bar food or else you won’t have room for dinner!

    • I second Slick’s review and would also add the dining area is good for families with teenagers and up.

      There was one couple with 2 loud 8 year olds that kind of ruined it… luckily they left before we got our entrees.

      Folks, just because you can pay, doesn’t mean you can stay with annoying brats.

  5. Thanks to the Republican powered government shutdown, I lost vacation time.

    Just as well I didn’t use it for this pitiful town. I can review the corporate steakhouses from where I am in Colorado: Most are ok, but usually the local restaurants are better.

  6. I’m not sure why Bobby Van’s comes in last on this list. It doesn’t have high Google ratings but what does Google know about my taste buds?

    I’ll admit it isn’t first class dining: decor is nothing to write home about, service is polite, and main entrees aren’t works of art. STill, you don’t have to be the favorite of the critics to satisfy hunger.

    Plenty of beer and wine to choose from and the bartender pours a stiff cocktail. Just my 2 cent.

  7. Bourbon steak was amazing! Really newfangled plates, scrumptious sides, and reasonable prices given the quality of what you’re eating. If you’re tired of steak on the grill, Bourbon Steak will reinvigorate your senses.

    Wonderful wait staff recommended some local attractions to see. We split desserts, sampling the “Fat Elvins” and “Bourbon Brownie”. Yum! 😉

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