The Prime Rib
The Prime Rib

The Prime Rib

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theprimerib.com/
  • Phone: 2024668811
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Business casual attire until 5pm. Jacket required for dinner.)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Santiago Cisneros
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private room for parties up to 20.
  • Private Party Contact: James MacLeod 2024668811
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz - piano and bass.
  • Special Events: 1/2 price bottles of wine from our Wine Spectator award winning list Monday thru Friday with the purchase of entrees for dinner until August 10th.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom or Farragut West Metro Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking after 5:00pm
A word from The Prime Rib
Consistently Zagat's #1 Rated Steakhouse in DC. The Prime Rib features USDA Prime Dry Aged NY Strip Steaks&USDA Filet Mignon. One of DC's best kept secrets is their award winning seafood, such as Jumbo Lump Crabcakes and Imperial Crab. Casual dress at lunch, jackets after 5:00 pm , complimentary valet parking, live piano music nightly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Prime Rib reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (115)romantic (79)notable wine list (60)fit for foodies (44)great for lunch (14)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (12)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Iconic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Prime Rib is an iconic DC editing experience. I have dined since just over the date they opened. IF you want prime rib, GO!..BUT do order the potato skins. PS.. My dad says the pork chop is also awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyment start to finish.
    ResidentPennQuarter
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Start with Valet Parking (Complimentary), and it gets better after that. The policy of gentlemen wearing coats lends one to believe, in and of itself, that you are about to be treated with dignity. Food and Service are just an added plus to the atmosphere where you are made to feel that the staff was waiting for you so they could be of service. Yes I would take my wife, who loved the experience, there again as well as guests to Washington DC, so that they could experience what relaxed and competent dining in the Capital should be like. Then to have your car waiting for you at the end of the evening the final touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Time Classic
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The Prime Rib is the all time classic power spot in DC, with the best Prime Rib in the city, great food all around, and classically trained staff -- if you are over 40 it will remind of what eating at a great restaurant USED TO BE like! Have been going regularly for many years, no plans to stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Prime Rib
    Momtotwins
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I love the Prime Rib. We have been to both the Baltimore and DC locations multiple times. The food is usually excellent but this time it lacked it's usual flair. The flavor was excellent, but we both found the texture of our steaks to be a bit stringy. Based on our past experiences we are willing to let this one slide. I'm sure we will visit again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant Dining
    Kat295
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    What a fantastic evening , from the time we walked into the Prime Rib…..The Ambiance was unbelievable,food one of the best….. a very special evening…….Best homemade Blueberry pie ever……
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced.Outdated.Average Steaks.
    diner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Sure, it has a classic feel, and attentive service, but the experience feels dated, and while the food is good, it doesn't deserve to be so overpriced. The wine list is limited. Steaks are good, but I've had better. A revamp of the menu, perhaps an updated decor, and certainly a better wine list would certainly be welcome.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal and ambience
    Carsey
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had such a wonderful meal at The Prime Rib. Our entrees and appetizers were perfectly prepared, the staff was friendly and efficient and the ambience was wonderful. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Krupsmaster
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    From the welcome to the farewell perfect service, Prime rib at its best an overall very satisfying experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner Decadence
    AlohaAna
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Located 1 block from my office, I can't believe I'd never been here. Felt like walking into a 60s supper club. Great for people-watching, lots of DC power players. Very fancy with the black and white decor and guy in tux on the piano. Jacket required (but they have loaners at the door). Started with cocktails and enjoyed their basket of famous potato skins. I had the filet mignon and broiled lobster which was amazing and my husband enjoyed their signature prime rib. The corn off the cob and creamed spinach sides were tasty as well. They gave us complimentary dessert (creme brulee) and coffee for our anniversary. Service was impeccable. Would return for another special occasion in a heartbeat. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    they didn't acknowledge that we were celebrating my Bday after we told them. They seated us in a terrible location even though they had plenty of seating. They cut our full cut prime rib without asking us, making it not as juicy as it should have been. The server Terrence was not as helpful to us as the older folks on both sides of us. I have been at your Maryland location and we were very happy with the food and service. I am so disappointed at this location. I picked this restaurant for my Bday dinner thinking that I would have a great celebration. I guess I got a Bday disappointment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A regrettable evening
    Steakman25
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had positive experiences at The Prime Rib in Philadelphia and were very disappointed at the DC version. The food was sub par and we were blindsided by the price of the Dover Sole ($73), a special not listed on the menu. No one thought it worth mentioning that the fish was about $30 more than any other fish on the menu and well above the price of the choicest steaks. We were shocked when the bill came. The manager said they announce prices of specials at lunch but not dinner since that would be "gauche." This is irrational as their menus have prices at both lunch and dinner. After a 15 minute negotiation with the "owner" the manager came back and gave us $10 off. A gracious apology or printed specials would have gone further. Don't go.
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  • Prime Rib Washington DC
    chsdining10years
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Absolutely fantastic. The service, the food, the staff were extremely warm and accommodating. We had a wonderful experience and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    MSCH
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had the feeling that the Prime Rib has a healthy premium on its prices because if its prestigious name. Our New York strip was overpriced for the quality of the meat and the server just added the tip to the bill himself...
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  • Celebrating a special event?
    AGWT
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had lobster Santiago (excellent) and bone in rib eye special, splitting both between two. Table busing was surprisingly poor, as we hit busiest time of evening. That being said, great special event location (anniversary for us), piano adds to the occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Prime, an established downtown steakhouse, offers first-time and regular customers quality entrees of meat and fish; well-prepared salads, sides, desserts; an extensive wine list; a concert pianist, discrete and courteous waiters who converse at many levels or not all, as customers prefer; a bartender who knows his business; a subdued ambiance that enhances conversation; and prices that are comparable to other good District restaurants. The Prime is open late; come a little later when the place is not crowded, and make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best service
    DavidA
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great meal in one of my favorite restaurants. I love the ambiance and our waiter (Eric) was one of the best that I have had in a very long time. The food was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It!
    Logan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We celebrated our 11th Anniversary here and loved it. The food was wonderful and the service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Made It
    AmantediTavolaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After 40+ years in DC, finally got around to dining here. Ambiance is without peer. Mostly an older crowd of regulars, but a sprinkling of younger couples later. Service (Eric) was at a level rarely experienced in DC -- quiet, reserved, attentive, utterly professional. Our apps -- crab cake and soft shell crab special -- were among the very best versions we've eaten. Can't say the same for the bone-in ribeye special -- $62 for a one-inch thick piece that couldn't be properly crusted without overcooking the inside (as with ours). I looked longingly at a 4-inch thick slab of prime rib ($57) at the neighboring table and wondered how we could have gone wrong. A small discrepancy in the bill was amicably resolved. Still would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pooh
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved the evening - all of it. The food was great. We used the $59 special and the 40% off a bottle of wine. It made the evening memorable and affordable to us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Place on Earth
    Clem215
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Best Place to Friend. It is high price. but is the Best. Good all around . thanks Clemence Huml
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Superb dining at its best.
    Alweav
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. I have eaten in the top restaurants in New York and New Orleans, and this restaurant is right up there. Impeccable service, to-die-for food, and beautiful atmosphere. The oysters on the half shell were the biggest and most delicious I've had. Wait staff watched your every move and were waiting to refill your wine glass or clear your plate promptly. Best service I've had in a while. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of it's kind!!
    Tanya
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Go here expecting a first class "old school" dining experience, with leopard wall- to-wall carpet! Great sequence of service. Fine wine service. Classic menu. This is a place you go to dine. This type of service needs to be experienced. Expect to spend the evening relaxing and talking with you guests. Very easily a 2 hour dinner service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time the charm
    toughcookie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    First visit was during restaurant week in DC! Table location was not optimal. This time, the food, ambiance (table 36) and especially the service (Eric) shined. Truly a local treasure. Initial house Manhattan & Cosmo helped get things going. Entertainment provided by the piano player, clientele and our waiter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to be great
    Robert
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As always with the Prime Rim, the food is excellent and the service was outstanding. The Prime Rib is my go to restaurant for celebrating special events and it never fails to deliver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Prime Beef?????
    HungryinSAVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I usually don't write reviews unless the food is absolutely superb, or the experience is so bad!!! I am at a complete loss how this restaurant could be rated #1 in DC. Or how it got such high Zagat ratings. Upon ordering I asked the waiter for their signature cut Prime Rib, rare, juicy, and highly marbled was the request. What I received was dense, medium, with absolutely no flavor. I immediately asked the waiter to remove and bring what I asked for. The second one was not much better, a little rarer but extremely dense with no marbling, and again little flavor. My wife's small prime rib was uneatable, (which she left on her plate untouched) and the lobster was overcooked and chewy. "Prime Beef"????? I don't think so.
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  • Ol' Reliable
    ClassicDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. If you want trends, go somewhere else. If you want to enjoy a great dining experience, don't go anywhere else. It's why I look forward to my return visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall
    FamilyDinner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Everything about the dinner and experience was excellent. The menu can be pricey but the food does not disappoint. The service was outstanding and friendly. The prime rib was very tastefully seasoned and cooked just right. I ordered the Prime Rib Special, which included an appetizer, entree, and dessert. That was a great deal.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE PLACE NOT TO MISS WHEN IN DC
    OlivierG
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Prime Rib is much more than a steak house. The service is excellent, the atmosphere thanks to jazz pianist, very peacefull and friendly. Food is very delicate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Molardoc
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Beautiful dining room with my kind of music. i have been going there it opened in the 1970's and never had a bad meal or experience. Although it is a steak house the seafood, particularly the crab, is outstanding. The service is way above average. Sometimes you mat want the waiter to join you at your table. The drinks are poured sufficiently. Has been our favorite for mny years.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very nice overall dining experience. Soup, salad, sides, and my wife's prime rib were delicious. My dry-aged NY strip was not up to par. Tasted OK but the cut of meat was not good. It looked like a steak out of a supermarket sales flyer. It was barely 1/2 inch thick. No where near the standard of a high quality steakhouse.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasions
    Meatgirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went to The Prime Rib for our last dinner in DC after my daughter's summer internship. She is a music ed major and prime rib lover, so the great prime rib and live piano&string bass music playing made for a wonderful time. The staff was very personable and unpretentious, even though the restaurant was fine dining. My son had a shirt and tie, but had not packed a jacket for the trip. When we entered the restaurant, the Maitre D walked him to the coat room and Pentagon a jacket. He made him very comfortable when it could have been an awkward situation. We'd definitely return when in DC!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • girlfriends birthday
    awestino
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    i brought my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner and she absolutely LOVED it. the decor, the service, the food...every last detail. she's an avid red meat eater so she especially loved the tender prime rib. she cant waits to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • Cooksalot
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love this wonderully old fashioned restaurant. The beef is fantastic. The service is impecable.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Washingtons #1 steak?? What year?
    EdwardSilkVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I recently visited this steak house for my brothers birthday. His choice. I will have to say that I'd like to know what year this was voted Washingtons #1 steakhouse because I think they should count the votes again if it's was 2014. Was it good? Yes. Was it an amazing resturant all around including the steak? Certainly not. I know it's an iconic resturant but there are better steak places out there. It was over priced, inappropriatly portioned(regarding a $10 GIANT sweet potatoe and another $10 for 10 skinny sad looking grilled asparagus) the NY strip didn't have much flavor and the house salad was not that delicious either. In fact, the best thing on the menu is hands down the potatoe skins. Overall, first and last time I'll be visiting.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DC Jewel
    KathyP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wonderful and relaxed lunch. Food and service were perfect. As good as food and service were, pianist, Dan Ruskin, and his gorgeous music really made the occasion memorable. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional
    Business
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had a $200 gift card and went to Prime Rib with a friend. He left a cash tip, and I paid the balance of $62. That was great value for outstanding food, but I wouldn't have wanted to pay so much if I'd had to pay it all. Great service from waiter who provided information and advice but didn't intrude.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oversold
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food and service was first class. The light music and the solo by the maitre'd added to a great evening. We will probably return soon.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old time steak place
    ReinharmVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a through back to the steak joints of old... or it is a steak place of old that never changed! dark booths, white tablecloths, waiters in tuxes, jacket required for dinner, etc.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Food continues to be outstanding
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Every time we go to The Prime Rib, we are so happy! From the service to the food, everything is perfect! As my husband said to my son, who hadn't remembered being there, from the drinks to the dessert, it all keeps getting better and better!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FirstCenturyVoyager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Side dishes were overpriced for the modest size of the servings. Ingredient costs for mashed potatoes are minimal. Why not give a decent-sized serving? Welcome was far from warm. Waiter was quite aloof and never smiled. After dinner coffee served was barely lukewarm. For a restaurant at this price point, there were several components of the dining experience that simply didn't measure up. Not surprising that the restaurant was two thirds empty on a weeknight. A famous restaurant appears to be slipping by inattention to the details.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.