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: 2025890060x
  • 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
178 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)great for outdoor dining (58)romantic (52)great for lunch (42)fit for foodies (41)good for groups (38)notable wine list (34)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (15)great for brunch (14)hot spot (11)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Great Service!
    ConnecticutFoodie
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Food was great! I love Bobby Van but, Cajun Ribeye went from $42 to $55 Ouch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 97 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1308 reviews are from the Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC reviews archive.
  • Good food
    Foodie4u
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Good steak and service was friendly and on top of things. Evening outside was nice to people watch and have a conversation. Excellent wine list too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobby Van's
    Marie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This review is based on our 2nd visit. We had a 5pm reservation. The restaurant was quiet, the food was delicious and the service was excellent! Bobby Van's is now one of our to-go places prior to an evening show.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome b-day!
    InMyOpinion
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The two-seater table was perfect for my b-day! Tuopo suggested the cold, seafood trio (shrimp, lobster tail, lump crab meat). I'm not much of a cold seafood person; but, was delicious! Gotta love the Riesling AND the sweet chili tossed calamari...OH YEAAAAAAH! Wrap up that delicious meal with chocolate mousse mixed with pineapple INSIDE A CHOCOLATE TEACUP! Are you kidding me...LOVED IT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st DC visit bonus-great place!
    Table4Two
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Amazing experience from the moment we arrived. Started with wine & a delicious calamari appetizer, followed by salads, two mouthwatering seafood main courses (I said at least 3 times it was the richest of flavor meals I'd ever eaten out), and ended with a sweet chocolate dessert. Portions were generous, servers were kind & attentive. A very warm & classy ambiance. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    amykVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We love Bobby Van's because they give awesome wine pours and have good wines by the glass. The bartenders are so friendly and give great service. The bar is very energetic and great people watching. The Cowboy Ribeye is just AWESOME! Big enough to share and so tasty. This is a fun after work spot and conveniently located too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our group selects a restaurant each month to visit. Bobby Van's is a great place for dinner. Service was exquisite. Order was perfect and correct. I would recommend this dining experience to all who enjoy great service and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food-fine dining-
    Lovemesomefood33VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed Bobby Vans since moving to the area 5 years ago. The wine list is impressive, the service is excellent and the food is spot on. We took an out of town guest and they were quite impressed with the food and the service!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation Celebration
    dcdinner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We enjoyed our special occasion with an extended family group. Table was ready when we arrived and food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service to match
    DCEater
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This place gets it right on a lot of levels - the food is excellent and the service is equally as good. It is a fancy steakhouse, so it is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Perfect steak with delicious sides. Escargot were amazing. Service was spot on - attentive but not pushy or overly present. They also boast a nice bar menu if you want a the same quality food in small quantities and cheaper prices. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME!!!!
    diana
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I do not usually order steak when we go out because my husband does such a good job on the BBQ. My son recommended Bobby Van's for my husband's birthday, it was great. I will not tell my husband this but the steak was as good as his:) I have already recommended Bobby Van's to friends, thank you for a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Anniversary Celebration!
    Delicious
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The evening began with being seated at a nice booth,. at our request in what appeared to be a very quiet area. The waiter gave us complimentary glasses of champagne and congratulated us on our anniversary (we noted this occasion in our reservation). The food was fabulous and the wait staff attentive, without being intrusive. The manager came by to wish us a happy anniversary as well and to check on us to make sure everything was going well. The only negative thing was a very loud patron several tables over sitting with a group of 6 - the woman had a voice like a loud siren and it grated on our nerves and interrupted our quiet conversation constantly while we ate. We didn't mention this to wait staff as didn't know what they could do.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely wonderful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I met a friend at Bobby Van's for dinner because it was close to where she worked. I was looking forward to her company -- never imagined that the food would be so good. I had the scallops. These were huge and excellently prepared. The service was impeccable and we were not rushed so that we could visit. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • satisfied again
    Charlie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was our third time back and it was better than ever. Filet was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've had better
    Krystyna
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    While the service was very good and friendly, I've had better porterhouses for two: once at Ruth's Chris and once at Roast in Detroit. It was cooked the way we liked it but it just didn't have much flavor. I don't plan on going back when I'm in DC.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've had better
    foodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    For the price of our porterhouse I would have at least expected a juicy savory, melt in your mouth steak. It was bland. No seasoning what so ever. This place does not compete with the J.Gillerts, Charlie Palmer or Morton's. I've had better steak at outback frankly. Calamari was ok, but loaded with a large amount of unnecessary parmesan cheese and a bit dry.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the price
    Jake
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The service was fine, but I expected much better steak from such an expenseive steakhouse. It wasn't a bad experience overall, but for the money, I'd choose someplace else next time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    Speedy
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We went for my birthday and was spectacular maybe I should have said it was my birthday.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good value for the price paid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband wanted to go to a fancy steakhouse for his birthday dinner. We've never been to a "real" stakehouse before, so upon reading the good reviews I figured we would try Bobby Van's. What initially struck me was the casual atmosphere - I felt overdressed. Yes there were white tablecloths and a good wine list; and the staff were incredibly gracious. However, the music was more pop than subtle jazz or something a little more cultured. The wine list was quite impressive and we were very happy with that. However our steaks were just "Meh." They had no real flavor, and were a bit dry/chewy. I have had better steaks at regular American cuisine places. For the price of a full on steak-house, I was really disappointed; but now we know.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patron
    Highlight
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Always a favorite restaurant of mine-consistently great food/great value and IMPECCABLE service.....service was especially good this visit. I never fail to visit Bobby V's ,every chance I get to visit.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not my best experience here
    CPAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We were seated very close to the bar, which was loud and not condusive for a business dinner. In hindsight, I should have asked to be re-seated. The service was sub-par. We waited a good 10 minutes before we were even acknowledged. The waiter brought us water and ran away before we could place a cocktail order. Also, the waiter did not seem knowledgeable and barely spoke English which did not help. He did not know what a "screwdriver" was, which seems odd. As usual, the food was fine but the sub-par service was a big detracter.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a waste!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Our server was lazy. To busy on his phone. We had to ask for our bread. We asked for our salad to be spilt between my husband an I. He didn't do that. We sent it back, asked another server to do that. We had to ask for another drink. He had a poor attitude. Very rude. He was hiding in the front. Never again. Food was just ok. Not even hot.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great porterhouse air-dried steak; excellent service!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nan Huber
    goddess27VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Bobby Van's offers consistently great service and food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The title says it all!!! Every aspect of the dinning experience was more than worth it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer
    Indo
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Went out on a date night with my hubby and wanted to try something new. In the mood for steak we decided to try Bobby Vans. It was the best idea because from the service, to getting our food exceptionally fast and hot, to our porterhouse for two and beranaise sauce it is definitely a new favorite place to eat. Very relaxing vibe good for date night or even to take your kids for a nice dinner. All around great!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Greatest
    BobsExperiences
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Waiter delivered the wrong entree after a one hour wait in a not very busy place on a Wednesday 7:00 reservation. I AND MY WIFE loved the French onion soup. Our steaks were a very generous cut,she had the filet and I ended up with a Cajun style bribery which I didn't order, I specifically ordered a plain ribeye and did not like the Cajun style I received. Oh well....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huge steaks
    Lani
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    It being a steakhouse, my mouth was watering for a tasty steak, but all but one of the steaks on the menu were at least 14 oz. I had a good appetite but 14 oz. of steak is obscene, not to mention unhealthy. I was left with the one choice of a smaller filet, and even that was too much to eat. Unfortunately it wasn't seasoned at all; a rub would have been nice. The salads are big too, and very good -- healthier for you than beef. Vegetables to accompany an entree are a la carte. Service was very good; just the right level of attention. There are tables in the bar area, but it's very noisy there. If you want to hear and be heard at your table, ask to be seated in the other areas.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what expected
    XRDmanVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I was expecting a steakhouse comparable to Morton's and Ruth Chris. The Porterhouse was the perfect temperature but ruined by the charred taste. That is all I could taste. There was no flavor to it at all and was not tender. The mashed potatoes felt that came from a box nothing special about those. The price can't justify the meat quality and charred taste. Service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quality
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Bobby Vans is always consistently exceptional with their service and food. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service but disappointing foo
    LouiseVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had the porterhouse for two and it was tough and flavorless - in addition, the portion sizes are obscene. We ate very little of our dinner and made a point to ask if they donate leftovers, which they assured us they do. The oysters Rockefeller were good and the drinks were good - service was really wonderful. But at $100. a person we expected to be wowed by the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not just a great steak house.!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    My wife and I had just concluded a purchase at the Tiny Jewel Box so we decided to celebrate with dinner at Bobby Van's...we chose main meals other than steak and found both to be excellently prepared and presented. The service was outstanding. Definitely a delicious dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not As Good As Usual
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We got there on the early side and two different waiters attempted to serve us, each not knowing what the other was doing. The fried zuccini was excellent. We had is as an appetizer instead of a side. The scallops were boring...moist and tender...but boring.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was not up to their
    DonG
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Service was not up to their usual high standard. However, the steaks were!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Delight
    Angie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This was my first time dining at Bobby Vann's and I was very pleased with my dining experience. The service was impeccable and the food was superb. My nephew, sister and I had a wonderful time and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and very friendly,
    Birthday
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Amazing food and very friendly, attentive service. Made my wife's special day a fabulous memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Hungry
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    An enjoyable evening. Good food, service and pleasant atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go there again
    kennyavaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My wife and I try not to eat too much. We can't eat much any ways. When we go to steakhouses, we usually order a set (i.e an appetizer, a salad, a steak and maybe two sides) and split it. We still manage to bring home half the steak and some sides. I am always a little uncomfortable doing this for some reason and some servers seem a little annoyed. Of course, I understand. Our server at Bobby Van's was none of that. He was happy to take care of us and I am glad. We did order a good bottle of wine and a dessert. Hopefully, that makes up some of it. When the portions are so huge and the prices accordingly, I think this is the strategy one has to take to enjoy a good steak every now and then. Hopefully, restaurants would take note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak
    brian
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My fiancee and I split the Porterhouse with asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a bottle of wine. The bread and butter are fantastic, the steak was cooked exactly medium rare as requested. Good potatoes and asparagus was fresh, bright green and well-cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was excellent and brought no complaints from our group. However, our water glasses were rarely refilled, and we were kept waiting for our bill a significant amount of time after our plates had been cleared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate