Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.
Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bobbyvans.com/
  • Phone: 2025891504x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm: closed Sundays in January & August.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jun Chen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th & New York Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.
Bobby Van’s Grill marks the return of the powerful New York City chop shop to the downtown D.C. area but with a new twist. This eclectic New American Steakhouse now boasts a slightly more casual family friendly atmosphere as well as catering to the Washington politician. This 536-seat D.C. destination is fully loaded! There’s four private, intimate and upscale dining rooms with their own bar and bar services. Two 40-foot long bars can be found with friendly bartenders serving strong drinks and even stronger conversations. The main dining room boasts views of both New York Avenue and the plush marble atrium of the adjoining building amidst its beautiful water fountain. This is an ideal place to meet for power lunches, family gatherings and late night dinners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave. reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (90)fit for foodies (65)romantic (64)good for groups (56)notable wine list (53)great for lunch (44)neighborhood gem (33)great for outdoor dining (27)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (18)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)scenic view (10)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The waiter was absolutely excellent - attentive but not obtrusive. the breadbasket was sinfully delicious; glad that they served only enough for one helping as I would not have been able to eat my meal if there had been more bread or pretzels. always had second thoughts about ordering an entre that is not the speciality of the house, but I stepped out and ordered the grilled trout -- absolutely WONDERFUL. This was my first time going, but I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The cold seafood app - was fresh and yummy. Ordered the special: Rockfish, fish was great but the side salad of beets w/pesto and blue cheese was an amazing highlight and the part of the meal I will remember longest. The glass of wine was a generous pour lasting through the meal. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first date!
    AlexandriaLocal
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a great dinner at BVG. Food is exceptional, and the service is excellent. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soggy Steak Salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The heading would say it all, but the medium cooked meat was cool, although cooked correctly. Clearly left sitting for awhile.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ArtHVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I had a ribeye steak cooked to perfection, and an excellent Cabernet to go with it. Service was excellent, the ambiance elegant and friendly. The perfect spot for a social dinner among friends. We were treated to a nice port wine on the house as a wonderful ending to a great meal. Thank you for that courtesy!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the jazz background
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the food and the jazz sax player (it was a Sat nite )...Great ribeye and Mac & cheese !........And an excellent Manhattan !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have never been disappointed
    anonymous
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food here is excellent. My wife always wants to go here for their filet, oscar style (lump crab meat, hollandaise, and asparagus). I have had both steak and a burger - both were awesome! I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would not go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The service was very slow to be a high end steakhouse. The food was good, but it was very expensive for what you got. A baked potato was $8.00 with no toppings on it. I feel like this restaurant has gone down in the past six months.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!!!
    Winendined
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food and service were both great!!! Thanks to Jose for making our night. Highly recommend this place for a special occasion or just a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive Dinner
    KEArion
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Most of the entrees are more than $25, particularly the seafood and the steak. The only reason I could afford to eat here was because I had a Living Social deal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Celebration
    CindyL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My boyfriend and I celebrated his birthday there at the New York Ave. Bobby Van's. Our waiter was completely knowledgeable about every item on the menu. Warning -- the side dish portion are well beyond more than enough for two, as well as the salads. The Caesar salad wasn't a stand-out, but everything else we tried was: the Cajun ribeye (superb, boyfriend ate it all, and it was huge!), his loaded baked potato which again, was enough for more than two people...and my sea bass on a bed of risotto with a wonderfully rich (but not too) sauce, was cooked to perfection. All followed by creme' brulee for dessert, and we were happy! Extensive wine list as well. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    BeBe
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I always enjoy the food, service and entertainment on Saturday evenings. This is one of my favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    Lovbobbyv
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner was great for the steak lovers but my chicken was a little dry. The waiter was great and when I mentioned it was my brother's birthday, he bought my brother a slice of cheesecake with a candle on it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • StupidNicknameIdea
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The waiter was a counterpoint for the luxury restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While the steaks are very good, don't miss the seafood. I started with 6 oysters on the half shell and wished I had opted for the full dozen. My husband had the rainbow trout, and I had the sea bass with grilled shrimp. Both were very, very good. Also, make sure to try the bread. The basket included 2 pieces that were like soft pretzels and they were the best! You have a choice of spicy mustard or butter, and I recommend the mustard for the pretzels. I would have requested more of the soft pretzels, but didn't want to ruin my appetite. The service is attentive, but not intrusive. Hope to see you there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm & Wonderful!
    Brandfirst
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Booked a "private booth for two" so that BFFs who had not been together in several years (as we live in different cities) could reunite for a long leisurely lunch. Our waiter for FANTASTIC, our booth perfect and the food over the top! Highly recommend Bobby Van's - class personified:-)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    aewsfoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A night to remember...great service and food...a tad pricey but ....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was amazing. We ordered the ribeye and it was large enough for two people. The bread basket is a reason alone to come to this restaurant. We will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not cheap but worth it
    MetroFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I went for dinner to celebrate a special occasion. We both had the petite filet, which was larger than most restaurant's regular portion - both were cooked to perfection. The sides were perfectly cooked and seasoned as well. But, be prepared; the food isn't cheap, even with the 1/2 wine. If you go on a night when they offer a price fixed menu you can save.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant in DC
    TravelFarToEatGood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Bobby Van's Grill at NY Ave is not just a steak house, it is a full dining experience. From the food, servers,and atmosphere, everything is excellent. I have been there over 12 times in the last year and I have never been disappointed. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want great food and great service! Everything on the menu is perfectly prepared and they give huge portions, so you will get your money's worth. I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant and tell everyone if they are DC that they MUST eat at Bobby Van's Grill on NY Ave. All of the waiters are great, but I especially want to point out Linda who is just AWESOME! They all go the extra mile to ensure the patrons are well taken care of! Must go here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 for dinner
    Ralph
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very good. Pork chop dinner for my husband and vegetables grilled for me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Dissapoints.
    JaywestVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Bobby Van's is one of those establishments that has maintained a consistent streak of delivering excellent food, good service and an enjoyable evening. I will continue to dine there, as I always know what to expect and it never dissapoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    Laron
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Bobby Vans was all that!!!! We celebrated my husband's 50th birthday there and I tell you everything was top notch from entrance to exit... And the food was five star all the way !!!!!!! If you go there for dinner, don't nothing the entire day before you go!!!! The serving are really big and you have to get a to go bag!! Save room for dessert !!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was mediocre for the price
    Scott
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    food was mediocre for the price. My wife's filet mignon was tough. the staff was friendly.. . ..
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The service was great. The food was delicious. The prices were perfect! Great place for a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Office Lunch
    Brighteyes1311
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was my first time dining here. While the service was rather slow, the food was great. It was a beautiful day and we sat on the patio. The chairs are not comfortable and because the tables are so close to the sidewalk you are subjected to the random homeless person who decided to stand on the sidewalk and harass the restaurant patrons. It was rather unsettling. I would return simply because the food was good. Next time, however, I will be dining indoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood
    lady
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I must admit that I come to Bobby Van's for the crab cakes and calamari. The bread is great too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never disappoints
    Laura
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I went to Bobby Van's Grill for our anniversary. Everything was perfect, as usual.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service. Worst steak.
    Diningout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very slow. After waiter took our order he did not come over again until the end of the meal. Ordered a filet mignon and it came out overdone at medium well with the outside almost burned. However, nobody came over to ask how our food was. Very disappointing for what we spent on dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Took a client there this week. we moved our office out of the neighborhood, so it had been a while. The manager remembered us and gave us our favorite table, and the food and service were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mpw7
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    All three of us ordered the crabcake sandwich. It came highly recommended by our server. We all thought ours was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    DoughtyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Steaks were undercooked and waiter disappeared...after a lengthy wait between salad and main course...30 minutes, when the restaurant was very empty on a Sunday night...very disappointing
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • date night
    Lily
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Perfect for date in the city. I would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter turned a tad grumpy
    DowntownDCfoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was just fine but not extraordinary and a bit on the pricey side. We were a group of five and decided to go "Dutch," which apparently did not please the waiter who suddenly turned a tad grumpy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service & great food!
    wendyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After a stressful day, I received much-needed relief at a great steakhouse! The service was excellent, the food was fabulous, and of course, the martinis were the best! :-) A special 'thank you' to Sheriff and Hal, who I felt went out of their way to ensure that I would have a relaxing dinner. I will definitely be returning, and I would recommend the crab mac & cheese. Very tasty, and I look forward to enjoying it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    Lunch9
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great dinner out with friends. Try the sea bass with shrimp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for family style
    Bellevuegal
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The porterhouse steak was cooked beautifully. The server was also very attentive, noticed our bread basket was nearly empty bad refilled for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grill with music in DC
    SnootyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Perfect fruity summer cocktail to go with the jazzy trumpeter while waiting for my Cajun T-bone that delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Start with great Service
    Makinitlookgood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    When you start with great Service it sets the tone for the night. I was there with my wife for our anniversary, and we were greeted when we walked in and seated in a timely fashion. It didn't take long to get a nice bottle of wine on the table and from there on out the night went smooth. Hal was great and very responsive and even added a little humor to the night. If you want a great dinner there try the filet and the cajun ribeye a perfect mix of flavor and spice and a filet that went down like butter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood
    lady
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Even though Bobby Van's is known for their steaks, they also have great seafood and seafood dishes. My favorites are the fried Calamari and Jumbo Lump Crabcake appetizers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall