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
170 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)fit for foodies (62)romantic (62)good for groups (51)notable wine list (46)great for lunch (40)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (23)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)scenic view (12)great for brunch (12)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • Not all that
    jmethechefVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After waiting 15 minutes beyond our reservation time, we were seated at a weird table for 3--two of us side by side and one of us on the end, where we kept kicking the other person's feet and legs. Steak was fine, nothing really special about it. Sides were gross. Mashed potatoes tasted like instant and the garlic flavor tasted like garlic powder. The Brussels sprouts tasted like vinegar. The baked potato was just that...a baked potato. No condiments or add-ons except sour cream, which we specifically asked NOT to have. Our server acted like he was doing us a favor by being there. He was, at the end, abrupt and rude when we gave him a Groupon (which, as it turns out, was for the OTHER Bobby Van's we didn't even know it existed)
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  • Unexpected fair service tonight
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Service has definitely been better on previous visits. Our waiter wasn't very attentive or polished tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The main course salads are bountiful and excellent! The tuna nicoise was great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Was So So
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The restaurant was highly recommended by the hotel, but gotta say the food was so so. The French onion soup was great, the steak was flavorless and had a fair amount of gristle and was chewy. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    ny2dc
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Arrived seated right away. Just engaged and excited to be there. And then we say for a long time no server. Not crowded. Server came she seemed cold. We ordered. Salad v good. Bread good. Wine was okay. Server warmed up some as evening went on. Prices are what you expect. Ny strip medrare. Looked awesome. Date had a petite filet. Asparagus to share which was excellent. My steak was cooked as requested however it was very fatty. A ton of fat on it. My date s steak was better but not as flavorful as other pls. Had to ask for water refilled. Wasn't attended to very much. When you're dropping that kind of cash you deserve to feel special I didn't. Dessert good, too big.delfrisco, dist chophouse better steak exp for your $$
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food, the service, the attention to detail were all fantastic. Everything was done to everyone's satisfaction. Not an easy thing for 10 people to agree with. We were so impressed we recommended Bobby Van's to out Holiday Dinner Plannng Committee. 100+ military, civilians, and government contractors getting together for some Holiday comraderie....we couldn't think of a better place to go the Bobb Van's Grill. Thank you,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Strolling Saxophonist:Fun!
    BrunchtimeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent. Steakhouse pricey, nonetheless: Excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only so-so
    RecentlyEmptyNested
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were looking forward to our dinner at the Grill but the experience was disappointing. The service was poor, slow, and almost aloof. When we asked for a wine list it was dropped on our table without a word. We asked to have our appetizer prior to our salads and both were delivered at the same time. The waiter warmed up as the evening went on, but it was hard to forget the experience upon arrival to our table. They also did not honor the Living Social coupon correctly taking the discount on the after tax amount rather than reducing the cost of the meal and recalculating the tax.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Bump and Grin
    jwbrett
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Having eaten here a few times before, our experience this time I must say was a bit of an anomaly. In short, 45 minutes from appetizer order to arrival at table. Only after asking the manager what an appropriate expectation of wait time did the bacon wrapped scallops (TO DIE FOR) arrive - piping hot, and later found to have been generously comped. The pork chop was incredibly moist and tiramisu was scrumptious. And I must say the pre dinner martini at the bar was the best in quite a while! A perfect end to a slightly rough start. It happens. It's how they made it right that keeps us coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening at Bobby Van's
    PoppaZmurf
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a lovely evening with heavenly food. My filet mignon was huge and cooked to perfection. My date's salmon was a large serving and also cooked to just the right degree. We had the vegetable risotto and it was quite tasty. Our water and wine glasses never got empty and service was prompt. The only demerit is for forgetting the coupon we had presented when arriving; we had to remind the waitress and have the amount deducted from our bill. I'm sure to go back, just check your bill if using a coupon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EMC73
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a wonderful evening, great food and excellent service!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as Always
    kdin
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had visited the Bobby Van's Rockefeller Center location a few years ago during restaurant week and when I saw that there was a location here in D.C. I got pretty excited. My boyfriend and I have come to the D.C. location for a couple of date nights and the wait staff is always very attentive without being pushy. The food is always excellent, our steaks cooked to the perfect temperature; which, surprisingly, seems to be difficult to find, even amongst supposedly "good" steakhouses. We highly recommend coming here if you want a good steak, and will definitely be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    food was just sub great....service was great. i'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    JoeTexVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I met a friend and former client for a late evening dinner. The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful, but not overbearing. The filet was outstanding and prepare just as requested. Could not picked a better spot for a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lose60
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    nordokpl
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    GordonGekko
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is absolutely delectable and cooked to perfection. The service is ok. We usually order the porterhouse and highly recommend it. It's great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good salad but so so noisy
    NobHillery
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is convenient to my office so I often take lunch guests. The food is consistently pretty good, a bit pricey for lunch but not at all outrageous. Service can be slow and a mite inattentive (too few wait staff for busy lunch hours, I felt like I was flagging down a bus to get a server's attention), as it was on this occasion. The big drawback is the ear-splitting noise level. I know restauranteurs like noise, but this is simply ear-splitting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first date!
    AlexandriaLocalVIP
    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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bobby Van's Grill
    Larry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Bobby Van's! The Filet Mignon was perfectly cooked and probably the best steak I have ever had. The sides as well with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Service was excellent from check in to finish from everyone at Bobby Van's. Also enjoyed the solo sax player who entertained with his classic renditions of straight ahead jazz compositions. I highly recommend this restaurant to the locals and those visiting our great city of Washington, DC. Thanks Bobby Van's and be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the jazz background
    DCMike
    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
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    • 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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I honestly couldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone. We've eaten in may fine steakhouses across the country and experienced fine dining from the west to east coast. This was probably one of the most disappointing meals we've ever had.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    BeBeVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • StupidNicknameIdea
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The waiter was a counterpoint for the luxury restaurant.
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  • 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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    • 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:-)
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    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 ....
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • 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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • 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.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate