Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC
Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bobbyvans.com/
  • Phone: (202) 589-0060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Three private dining areas; three that can open up into one large room holding 95 persons seated; Minimum of twelve persons for a private room
  • Private Party Contact: Management 2025890060x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between H and I Sts.
  • Public Transit: McPherson Square Metro
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC
Bobby Van's Steakhouse has been named Top Steakhouse in the Washington Magazine and best Porterhouse in DC in the Washingtonian. Along with our Prime, dry-aged beef, we offer the freshest seafood and wonderful specials. Our wine list is a best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (110)romantic (64)great for outdoor dining (62)notable wine list (61)fit for foodies (57)good for groups (48)great for lunch (37)neighborhood gem (31)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (12)great for brunch (11)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Bobby Van's Steakhouse
    ArtMVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My guest and I found this restaurant to be quite ordinary. While it does not compare with such fine steak houses as the Capital Grille, Morton's or The Palm, its prices are unjustifiably as high. In general, the food was acceptable and the service staff was courteous and friendly. However, the restaurant's lack of ambiance and of having a truly professional service staff, removes it from the realm of being a highly regarded restaurant.. I don't believe that I would return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Disappointing
    DCspender
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I have eaten here dozens of times over the past 10 years and usually one of my favorite spots. Not sure if just a bad night or if it is going downhill. Service was mediocre at best and food was the same. Wasn't horrible but you expect much more from Bobby Vans. Filet was cooked OK but had some gristle and seemed much tougher than normal. Party of four spent close to $600 and walked away disappointed.. Only highlight was the wine. I will go back and hope they bounce back, just not in as big of a rush to do so...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My go to place
    ArtHVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Bobby Vans is my place for great steak and excellent wine with special friends. I love the ambiance, the service and of course the food! I will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service!
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I had lunch with a colleague and our waiter was exceptional. He treated us like we were the only ones in the restaurant making sure our orders were correct and the tea water was kept hot. If you have a hard to please person in the upcoming holidays or are stressed out with so much to do come to Bobby Van's and be treated to a nice lunch. The service just might turn your day around!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    Hungry1
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Bobby Van's tends to deliver well all the time, which makes it easy to pick again and again. The waiters, IMO, are very good about being promptly attentive without being intrusive. Its a nice place for a business meal at lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theater date night
    foodie4fun
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Nice and comfortable atmosphere. Service was good. Complimentary sourdough bread was very delicious. Husband had the porterhouse steak special for $52 and a glass of water. Said the steak was tough and very overpriced. I had a $10 glass of wine and some vegetables (bland potatoes, perfectly cooked asparagus, good zucchini) and we split a basil tomato appetizer. Total bill? $115. So NOT worth it. Neither of us have any desire to return. There are plenty of other better and less expensive dining options. Also, while I understand this is a steakhouse, is it really that tough to offer a vegetarian option main entrée?
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  • Not As Good As It Should Be for The Price
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    All the food was fine, but at more than $40 for a steak or chops, they should have been very good. The service was good and the staff attentive. The bar scene is very pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad but not worth the price
    KTEat
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food was good but I've been to other pricier restaurants that were better and had better service. Nice location and was sat quickly. Wine came out with the meal after bread. Would have appreciated it beforehand to start the meal. Servers were attentive with water but not overly accommodating even though we were one of the only tables there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobby Van's
    Linus
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good solid steakhouse, but not in the same realm at Charlie Palmers, Morton's, or Ruth's Chris. Atmosphere is very nice, but tables same a little beat up. Service was great, but that was expected. Overall did not meet my expectations, especially for the price, but nothing specific to complain about.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again
    JW09
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here for his birthday last Friday night. I had indicated that we were celebrating when I booked the reservation. Unfortunately it went completely unmentioned and unnoticed. In addition to that, his steak was way below average quality. When it came out of the kitchen, it was twisted on the plate and looked nothing like a NY Strip. About half of it was gristle and fat. The only redeeming quality of this meal was the mac and cheese. The service was very average and again, the fact that we went there to celebrate a birthday and it wasn't even mentioned just really upset me. Especially when spending $200+. I wasn't even out of the restaurant before I posted "NEVER AGAIN" on Facebook. What a disappointment.
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  • No complaints it was okay
    deeznutsDC
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    No real complaints food was okay. The person I was with didn't like her food so they offered her a free dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff very attentative & food FAB!
    jabby
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Took my nephew there and they even moved us so he could see the TV to watch the Stamford Oregon game. We loved the food (the tuna tartar and bass was fabulous) and it was a wonderful place for us to catchup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Loved it!!!!
    Iluvgreatfood
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I made reservations for 830pm for my husband birthday. We were seated as soon as we came in. The food was melt in your mouth good. I had the petite filet mignon w/ lump crabmeat and I loved it. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic. We had constant attention by the waitstaff without feeling smothered or bothered. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the items on the menu and offered some suggestions of what items paired will with each other.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great place made my wife's birthday awesome and very memorable
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening!
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We met another couple for our date night. We had a great time and the seafood appetizers was fresh and amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Amazing!! BVs never disappoints. The mac and cheese is to die for and the steaks are always cooked to perfection. The wait staff are attentive and my server (Ernesto I think) who always seems to wait on my guests is amazing. BVs is a must try for everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KarenJ
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My Husband and I went here to celebrate our 13th Anniversary and we will be going back!! We had reservations and were immediately seated when we arrived. The atmosphere was nice and everyone was tentative to our needs. We were pleasantly surprised with two glasses of champaigne for the celebration. Our server was very knowledgeable and suggested that we try The Porterhouse Steak for two. Excellent choice....juicy, flavorful....the best of both worlds! If you'll looking for good steak and service try Bobby Van's.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Way overpriced. May have been fancy in 80s. I ordered chicken marsala, nothing special too much pasta and hardly any mushrooms. My meal tasted like any ordinary dinner made by a housewife on a weekday. Will not be back.
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  • Never again
    ROMANTICVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The steak was burnt but they said it was charred. Bobby vans used to be sooo awesome. They didn't try to fix our steak the just said its like that. The waiter never came to check on us. This experience was terrible. This used to b such a classy joint
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very location, menu, food & service. Prices were a little high, especially the appetizer's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • best dining in the area
    seraph2
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had the porterhouse special and it was prepared to perfection. The rock fish was also a special and was served with a lump crab potato hash and asparagus. Again, perfect quality, perfectly prepared. Youddefinitely recommend to a friend and will be going there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    TM1016VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Large servings and staff was very efficient and polite. Our booth was close to the happy hour crowd thus it was a little noisy. Otherwise, I would return but asked to be seated on another side of the restaurant. When making my reservations, I made note that we were celebrating our anniversary. Once we were seated, the waiter gave a 2 glasses of champagne....a very nice touch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak in Town!
    ArtHVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Bobby Van's has the best steak in town! I always go for the ribeye, and can never eat the whole thing. So I take some home for a second meal. Add to that excellent cocktails, and a great wine list, and it is the perfect place for a night of great steak and excellent wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great but .....
    Skifoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The server and service was absolutely great, however we were confined to a booth and there were four people so it was very cramped. The food was good but not great certainly not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great
    jhgoetz
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Old-fashion New York style steakhouse in the heart of DC. Nothing bad to say about the place; surely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed but good
    dineandwine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We frequent Bobby Vans In NYC regularly and decided to try their DC restaurant. the service was very good and the steak was cooked and tasted great. Our biggest issue was that each course followed the other by minutes. As soon as we ordered, the appetizers appeared and as soon as we put our forks down, within two minutes our steak was on the table and no sooner than our dinner was done, we were given dessert menus. Once the desserts were orderd they magically appeared which led me to believe the dessert was probably microwaved to its warmth. We felt a little rushed even though the restaurant was far from full. We didn't hate our dinner but we weren't overly excited about having dined there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Birthday Celebration
    Putzee
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delicious carnivore locale, extensive wine options, quiet enough for private conversation, with wonderfully attentive service made for a delightful birthday celebration. Easy valet parking, greeted graciously by the Maitre d', who wished the celebrant Happy Birthday upon arrival started the evening extremely well and set the tone for a lovely evening, complete with complimentary candled dessert for the celebrant - and as always, more than enough to share. The Maitre d' again bid us a good evening while walking with us outside and lingering to await the car. Leftovers were gratefully enjoyed at home the next day. An all around winner and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent place but there are better
    Arlington412VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Decent dinner but there are better steakhouses in DC for the price.
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  • Bobby Vans
    joel
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was great and the service was excellent. I got the scallops and my date got the NY strip. Both were incredible. As was the spinach side. The hash browns were good but not great. It is literally such a big serving that the outside is nice and crisp but the inside is a bit mushy. And it could've used a little garlic and/or onion to give it a little extra flavor. Wine selection was very good. The waiter even offered to give us a break on a specific bottle but we weren't up to having a full bottle (unfortunately) so we didn't take him up on the offer. The molten cake was also very good, even though we really didn't need it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet and service was subpar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went there to celebrate our engagement. It was never really mentioned even though the note was on our reservation. Food was good, but service lacked and ambiance was terrible, felt like we were eating at a diner in a booth.
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  • Bobby Van's was just okay
    FrankM
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We decided to try Bobby Van's to celebrate our daughter's birthday and our overall impression is that it was 'just okay'. When we plan a $100 per person night out, we expect more than what Bobby Van's restaraunt delivered. Our waitress was wonderful but the maitre d was rude and took a phone call instead of addressing us. We ordered 2 of the Porter House for two (both medium-rare) and while one order was perfectly cooked the other was nearly raw. The "large" sides we ordered for our party of five were very small portions compared to other steak houses (e.g., Ruth's Chris or The Palm). Overall, there was. Nothing special about this restaraunt and next time we will go to The Palm.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    My2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    OMG!!! From the manager to our server Rod was great .. I witnessed at least five different servers touched our table from delivering bread to cleaning off the table with a crummer ....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bobby Van's
    D9dolovr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was plentiful and delicious.our server Rod was exceptionally friendly ,helpful ,and professional.My wife and I enjoyed our experience and definitely intend on dining there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place offers your standard steakhouse fare, but the execution is very good. I've had several steaks, as well as seafood, and have yet to be disappointed. Everything is delicious and prepared exactly as ordered. The service, however, tends to be a bit slow. I'm usually seated in the same area and, as a result, have the same waiter. He is very personable and knowledgeable about the menu, but can be slow. While he checked on us several times, it took so long to get the check that we asked another waiter to get it for us. Our waiter apologized, but this is not the first time it has happened. Still, I plan to return and (perhaps) sit in an area that is served by a different waiter so that I can do a comparison.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great salmon salad- cooked perfectly and service was very attentive as always. I take clients there and am always pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great outdoor restaurant. Food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • May need a new favorite steakhouse
    jbonesVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've always been a HUGE BV fan. Great food, nice restaurant...a place my husband and I have had celebrations over the years. But going there over this past weekend was not the same. The service was spotty and mediocre and the charm from before just wasn't there. It didn't help that they sat us by a utility closet that servers were going in and out of during our meal. For parents with a small child with date nights that are few and far between, I'm sad to say that I don't think BV's will stay on our short list of places to go. Overall our steaks were good, but appetizer was overcooked and not that warm (calamari).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The porterhouse was to die for! Already planning a return...with guests!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basically what you'd expect
    TK2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    If you're looking for a high-end steak house experience, that's what you'll get here. We had a fine dinner, with good steaks. One of our steaks came out way overcooked at first, but they graciously and very quickly brought out a new one that was done much, much better. There were also some mysterious extra charges on our bill, which they graciously and quickly removed when we pointed that out. Other than the couple service slip-ups, we had an enjoyable steak meal and a nice anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate