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The Prime Rib
The Prime Rib

The Prime Rib Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theprimerib.com
  • Email: prime2020@aol.com
  • Phone: (202) 466-8811
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private room for parties up to 20.
  • Private Party Contact: James MacLeod (202) 466-8811
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz - piano and bass.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "This is easily one of my favorite spots in the DC area to wine and dine at. They have a pianist that plays throughout the evening, our server is always attentive and pleasant and the food is outstanding. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for great seafood or steak and an impressive wine selection."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It has been years since we were at The Prime Rib. What a treat. We LOVED it."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We recently visited DC for a work related function. Took several customers of mine to the Prime Rib. Was very satisfied with the value received. Customer service was excellent. Would repeat."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Pros: Free Valet Parking and the Ambience. Good for a romantic setting. Appetizers were good. Best Lobster Bisque I've had. Cons: The Hosts and Waiter were nice but didn't make you feel very inviting. Seating had my back to the 2-piece band. Steaks weren't as good as expected based on the previous reviews for the price. Though well seasoned, My husband's steak was under cooked and my prime rib was a little tough. The dessert tasted like it was microwaved."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Sitting at the bar with the bartender Rob was a night to remember. His martinis are the best I've ever had, the glass I encrusted with ice. He even created a cucumber tini to die for. He served us at the bar and we could not have been happier. The singing at the piano and impromptu appearance of Political satirist Mark Russell was incredible. What a night. Thanks you."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I knew Prime Rib was old school, but I guess I didn't realize quite how stodgy it is. I'm not sure I've ever regretted more wearing a light sportcoat to dinner, which seemingly engaged a different level of service with the staff that conveyed either snobbery or mild panic. The pretension was a bit much for a restaurant with drop ceilings and chipped sconces. The prime rib is excellent, perfectly done - but that seems requisite. The potato skins were pretty amazing too - but I just typed 'potato skins' after describing being made uncomfortable for my informality. I guess there are many that think this the kind of place Sinatra would eat. I kinda think if he were in his prime today, Frank would be hip to all the better options in DC."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My wife and I were in town for a wedding. Our reservation was at 7, however since we were walking all over DC we decided to try and see if we could get in earlier...like 6! They were so accommodating. We sat next to the piano and Bobby was our waiter. This guy took care of us like family!! Next time we are in DC we will ask for Bobby. Chilean sea bass was fantastic and the crabcake is to die for!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Requested a table well in advance, but was not given it. The service, or rather the server, appeared dis-interested in our party. So, it didn't result in the kind of evening I would have liked for three very dear friends."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Server very knowledgeable and guided us to some new finds."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Went here entertaining out of town guests, who suggested Mortons, since that is a chain, tried to be more imaginative. PR had a high rating so we booked it. Service was what one would expect, although my wife noted that there was dried food on her fork. Portions were not large, but adequate. The salmon was small, dry, nothing special at all. I've cooked better at home. The Chilean Seabass was prepared very well. It came with a sauce on the side which was very good, otherwise, it was just a small/medium piece of fish. No better presentation than one would get at Legal Seafood. Our guests had the prime rib which they liked. The portion filled the plate and done to their satisfaction. Way overpriced. Would recommend Morton's over PR."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I've been coming here for 30 years and whether it is lunch or dinner I am never disappointed. High quality ingredients cooked to perfection with attentive service. Great DC landmark that never ages."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The service was "excellent" but the food was merely "good." We'd read in a magazine that this was one of the top restaurants in D.C. The food didn't live up to the expectation. My husband had the prime rib, and I had the crab cakes, they were both good, but with restaurants like Capitol Grill that have a larger selection and is still upscale, I would choose Capitol Grill. We also ordered their "famous" potato skins and they were not good at all. They were over cooked and flavorless. We visit higher end restaurants several times a year, and for the money I probably wouldn't go here again. Again, the food wasn't bad, sans skins, and the atmosphere was upscale and romantic, but there are places with better food for the same price."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The Prime Rib stands alone in a class by itself. The last of the truly great steak houses with an ambiance that is unparalleled. I know of no other restaurant that requires a coat for men. Nice touch. Black leather seating and crisp white table cloths. Servers in tuxedo but not arrogant, just helpful and polite. Food is out of this world. Perfectly done. And music from the grand piano while dining. It is simply the best. Anywhere."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The BEST server I have had in DC! Cordial, knowledgeable, attentive, not obtrusive, great sense of humor, extremely accommodating to make sure guests enjoyed their time at The Prime Rib. My guests from CA said it was the BEST server they had ever had!!! His name was Eric."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This restaurant is outstanding, I have dined at every steakhouse in the D.C.-metro area, and by far the service, food quality and professionalism on a consistent basis make this the very best one!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We dined for my boyfriends birthday We had a great time , good atmosphere , excellent food, service was wonderful. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Maybe things have changed, but I was surprised at what saw in the form of dress as I waited for my dinner date: A guy in fadded blue jeans but he had a jacket on. A guy in fadded blue jeans, what appeared to be a red tee shirt, and a baseball hat. It wasn't just the blue jeans that got to me, but the overall individuals appearance. It it appears that as long as you have a sport coat on anything goes. Until I got the bill I was about to think that I was in one of the local sports bars. Walt"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The Prime Rib exceeded expectations set from positive reviews. The ambience and decor are definately notable attributes. The service was extremely personal. The food presentation and quality was excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, I am not against traditional dining... in the contrary, I embrace it every once in a while, and that is why we reserved at The Prime Rib for a special family steak dinner. Food was all good, quite good indeed. Service was top notch. Wine service sucked, though, which is a huge miss for such an establishment. Wine was not in appropriate temperature, wine glasses are not up to par, and there is no apparent sommelier, but a bartender who knows the wine. No disrespect, but I asked basic questions and got no answer, so he is not that good with wine. This place needs to renovate and keep its grandeur, or leave its place in the rankings to the new top steakhouses."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Very pleasant and soft dining music. Excellent service and food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Classy, old school, Elegant steak house. Service was divine!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Terrific total experience. Love the old school dress code."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We were in town for a meeting and looking for a dining experience, not just a meal. We found it all here. From the moment we walked in the door; the young lady who assisted with our coats, the maître d who thanked us for dining with them, our server, the piano player and the ambiance, it was great. I would highly recommend This dining experience."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The Prime Rib is not so prime any more. There used to be wonderful luncheon-sized steaks on the menu. Now the choice is a not so well presented sliced london broil and a slab of marginal prime rib. There also used to be oysters on the half shell -- a staple for any self-respecting business lunch white table cloth restaurant. The oysters are still on the menu, but not available from the kitchen. And there is no carrot cake! The wait staff is still as professional as ever, but the management is really limiting the staff's ability to provide the high quality experience that was the hallmark of the Prime Rib."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Wonderful food and good atmosphere, but marred by inattentive service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I love this restaurant....very elegant interior, great food, wine and perfect service. + live piano music. Its pretty expensive place but we had a really great time there."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is the second time I have eaten at Prime Rib -- simply exceptional."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Dined at the Prime Rib in celebration of my 60th Birthday and why I waited so long, I'll never know! The food was wonderful and expertly prepared. The service was flawless and the ambience was perfect. I have eaten at steakhouses from coast to coast and this one will be on my list forever. May be tough to get a reservation, but keep trying-it is worth the wait. Kudos to the piano and bass player as well."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our second anniversary. It was without a doubt the best food we have tasted. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Very pricy, but well worth the price."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant in Washington. Period."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Th food was very, very good -- we all chose seafood, crabcakes and salmon, instead of prime rib as name indicates. Service was also very good. And they had a good piano player with good music. So all in all, it was a very nice and enjoyable time."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I didn't realize when I ordered the Prime Rib, they would give me like 3 pounds of meat! It was so delicious! Yes, I can't finish anything, so I boxed it. The serving portions were ridiculously large and the experience at Prime Rib was awesome."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "They just don't make restaurants like this anymore. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the farm to table organic meme with the 20 something bearded chef with a knit cap on, as much as the next guy. But every once in a while, you need to go out to dinner like your old man used to go out to dinner. Black and white decor, nothing too fancy, a high ball in hand, a piano playing, and a steak. I felt like Dean Martin. The service was top shelf, and the meal was great. I also had a cup of the lobster bisque which was spot on. I ordered my strip medium since a lot of steak houses under cook it a bit, but this was an exact medium with slight pink. It was great, but with that quality of meat, next time I'm going medium rare."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This past weekend I hosted 10 people for a special birthday dinner for my wife on Saturday night. The entire staff bent over backwards to make sure that she had an exceptional dining experience and the food was perfectly prepared and presented! We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We went to celebrate her birthday and The Prime Rib did not disappoint. The piano and bass player always enhance the dining experience here. It is easy to see why Zagat reviewers rate this fine dining establishment as tied for third best in the DC area."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary and this place lived up to it's rating as the #1 steak restaurant in DC! We had such amazing service and the staff was very attentive and acknowledged our 'special night' several times. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great music, great food, wonderful atmosphere and service. A real throwback to supper clubs with live music and a romantic,sophisticated vibe. Everyone was delightful. I've been many times and it continues to be my favorite place."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Service and Food was good. Look forward to going again."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "When you go, be sure to ask for Harvey as your waiter. He made the entire night worthwhile with excellent service, friendly conversation, and great recommendations for everything on the menu. We were there for a birthday celebration and he made sure to help us celebrate the occasion with great drink and dessert recommendations. I was there with two other gentleman who were there for the first time. The experience was so nice that we pretty much vowed to get out there at least once a month. You need to go!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "My wife and I go to the Prime Rib for our birthdays and always enjoy it. Great place."
    Dined on 2/3/2014