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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Prime Rib reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)romantic (86)notable wine list (61)fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (11)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
  • Superb dining at its best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cooksalot
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love this wonderully old fashioned restaurant. The beef is fantastic. The service is impecable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
  • Great service.
    Stud
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Prime Rib has been one of my all time favorites for 30 years. It's as good now as it ever was.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Prime Rib July 28, 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I had my birthday dinner here with a few of my family & friends. Such a nice atmosphere, elegant, and service was excellent. If you are a male planning on attending after 5 pm you are required to wear a suit jacket
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just too expensive
    invasivedoc
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Just too expensive compared to what you get. Got a bill of 300$ for two people who got starters, main course and a bottle of not so good wine. Simply not worth it
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite Place to Dine Alone
    BrunchVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We LOVE everything about The Prime Rib. We have been dining there for YEARS. We first started going there when we were dating, and that was over 24 years ago now. It's our special occasion place, and we are never disappointed. Thank you Prime Rib!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RayC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Prime Rib Was Great we will be back everything was great I never had anything that was not first class
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Night out
    Letseatnow
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I had chosen to dine out at The Prime Rib last Saturday evening with a 5:45pm reservation. We typically don't like to eat this early, but thought it would be better than a 9:00pm reservation. We were pleasantly greeted at the door with no wait for out table which was perfectly situated right in front of the grand piano. Our server Dave was fantastic and patient as we were uncertain what we wanted. He was very attentive to us and made some excellent suggestions. We were under no schedule and ended up staying most of the night and left near 10:00. The ambiance was brilliant with a wonderful pianist and bass player that take requests. A very memorable evening for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK--first time visitor
    Kappatvating
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This dining experience was mediocre at best. We arrived early since we were dining with our infant child to ensure we did not disturb other guest. While i appreciate the prompt service for my son and proper cost of his food ($10--vice the $30 charge at another fine dining restaurant last month for chicken and French fries for a 22 month old). My food lacked any WOW factor. The prime rib was tender when first presented but without a little extra au ju during the meal it became a little dry. My server never explained the menu nor made recommendations for meals or how to prepare the prime rib (I ordered medium) I noticed another server go into great detail about how the wine was 40% off and suggested ways to have the prime rib cooked.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mouthwatering meat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We are on holiday from England and I had heard about this on TV as the best Rib in Washington. It was not cheap but it was the best meat I ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic & Classy
    Dktran31VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went here for dinner on a Thursday night. My date and I enjoyed our time. We had the imperial crab appetizer, 18oz ribeye, 12oz prime rib, sautéed spinach and sautéed mushrooms. The food would be a 4.2/5. Service would be similar. They have a strict dress code for men, jackets are required after 5 pm. They also provide loaners if you do not have one. The establishment is very romantic and classy - with a live pianist. Great steak place - highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business meeting
    RenaissanceWoman
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Quality ingredients, professionally cooked, excellent, personable service. Overall a 4+'star experience. Menu and decor could use some updating.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Bday SUCCESS!
    mothersbday
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I do not remember my servers name. Nevertheless he was amazing and very patient. He treated my mother with love and care and I couldn't have chosen a better restaurant to attend! This was an overall joyous moment and occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was good. The service was okay. People very pleasant and respectful. Disappeared for extended periods a couple times. Having a jacket policy is fine, but not allowing someone to take it off during dinner 'because the owner doesn't like it' is ridiculous. Getting a little dated. Very mature crowd.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Old Restaurant with its Old Charm
    DCVisitor
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food is good. Service is excellent. Very pricey. The food doesn't even wow you. Need to update the ambiance. I know it's trying to keep up with the DC style but the place badly needs updating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Hellolydia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Simply wonderful. Amazing food and the service was top. One gentleman who wasn't our waiter even sang happy birthday in Italian in a lovely baritone - we loved it. They were attentive and funny and made the entire experience the perfect birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NANCY
    NANCY
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was one of the best dinners I have had in DC in 23 years. How nice to finally eat in a upscale restaurant where men and women dressed appropriately, electronic equipment put away; no one was talking on cell phones; fantastic service that accommodated two physical problems; delicious food and a good pour on wine. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had very high hopes for this restaurant but was disappointed. This a place for old school folks and the food reflects as much.
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  • Great Place but
    Nicks525
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Ok I am from California so the Jack thing at a steakhouse has not been done in years... I did forget to bring my jacket, so if your a guy bring a jacket tie etc. Looks kinda funny when your in jeans. Overall the food is great. Tasty and like a traditional steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for a business dinner
    Lisamal
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The bartenders and waiters are extremely attentive. The food was outstanding. A piano player added to a really memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 40th Anniversary
    rdbarc
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A great way to celebrate our 40th anniversary with our 7 yr old granddaughter. The food and service were excellent and our server took special care of our picky eater with a grilled cheese sandwich, french fries, and a couple of magic tricks!! The Prime Rib is a gem for any special occasion or just a night out!!
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect dinner
    dennis
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Prime Rib had the best service we have ever experienced and the best steakbwe have ever eaten in our life! It was the perfect date night/pre-theater dinner. While it was expensive it was worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.