Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC

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BOURBON STEAK by Michael Mina offers guests an innovative American steakhouse and timeless dining experience with a twist. Our Executive Chef Drew Adams prepares pristine cuts of American and Japanese beef. Using Michael Mina’s signature process, the meat is slow-poached then cooked over a seasoned wood-fired grill to a mouthwatering finish. The bar at BOURBON STEAK features an extensive list of 20th century cocktails made to order, along with an extensive wine and spirits list. Additionally, the restaurant has a cultivated collection of small batch bourbons and whiskies it pours table side on its beverage cart.

Signature dishes include Sanuki Wagyu, Kagoshima Wagyu, Virginia NY Strip, Michael’s Lobster Pot Pie and a trio of duck fat French fries for every table. In the bar do not miss specialty drinks such as The Potomac, a variation of the classic dirty martini prepared with a house-made white truffle brine.
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JesS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always delicious, as are the cocktails. Service as a little slow but I think they were busier than they anticipated.

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OmarB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

this was the last steak I had before quarantine... unfortunately I order the $100 ribeye and had to ask was it sirloin. very tough. I was really disappointed in the quality. Find another steakhouse for your money's sake.

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MichaelJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. My wife’s filet was great, but my ribeye was very bland and ribeye is usually one of the more flavorful cuts of meat. We really liked the white asparagus side and the complementary French fries. We were disappointed in the limited selection of wines by the glass.

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DIEGOB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Indeed a place to enjoy delicious food
Duck fries are amazing
Macaroni lobster shells delish
Steak perfectly cooked
And the Old Fashioned drinks well done
Definitely my wife and daughter enjoyed a great birthday celebration.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and dining experience of DC

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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vipRuthE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Service, Shelly was absolutely wonderful. However, the steak and scallops were served charred and had a burnt flavor to both entrees. We eat here on a regular basis and have never had a problem. Not sure what happened in the kitchen on the night we were there.

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MichaelP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and all of the sides were fantastic.

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vipTravis
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant for very hungry foodies! Highly recommend for special occasions. The adjacent bar is very loud, which is the only detraction from my review. The service is excellent, but not intrusive.

Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC
Responded on March 5, 2020

Travis, Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent experience at Bourbon Steak. We look forward to you dining with us again soon! David Van Meerbeke General Manager

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vipSushiLover
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best Wagyu filet ever -- totally worth the expense. Rest of meal was terrific, too. Restaurant is a little loud, making conversation a bit difficult. But the food is awesome!

Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you so much SushiLover for taking the time to write about your recent experience at Bourbon Steak. We hope to see you again soon. David Van Meerbeke General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Steak was so very very tough!!!!!

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GEORGEK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very professional and kind service staff.

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AlexG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place, good food but at a high price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Poor quality Porterhouse

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vipsac2
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks always cooked to perfection. Complimentary fries and bread are very tasty! Staff attentive and on point!

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CHowe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can hardly wait to go again. Great food, outstanding people from parking through waiter. A bit pricey, and worth it. Would take anyone there.

Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC
Responded on March 6, 2020

CHowe, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent experience at Bourbon Steak. Reading reviews like this one reminds me why I am in the hospitality industry. We hope to see you again soon. David Van Meerbeke General Manager

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vipJohnL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very slow bar service. Asked the server to hold our appetizers (all cold dishes) until our cocktails came and we had some time to enjoy them. Didn’t work. Drinks and appetizers showed up together. Ordered a $60 steak medium and it was overcooked. Server replaced the steak but by then the rest of party was almost finished with their meal. Very very expensive wine list. For a restaurant inside a Four Seasons our experience was very disappointing.

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vipmelikadasauce
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steaks in DC and the best service. There’s a reason why I go back almost every time I’m in Washington.

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JoeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal we've ever had... Chef Mina absolutely perfected every aspect of the Wagyu NY strip, Truffle Mac & Cheese, and the Brussels Sprouts that we thoroughly enjoyed. Not to mention the Smoked S'mores were incredible. Highly recommend!

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vipSH1234
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was inattentive and steak was underwhelming at best.

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vipJeenie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was wonderful. I ordered the wagyu 7+ filet blue and it arrived closer to medium temperature. It looked like they tried to do black and blue but it was thoroughly unsuccessful. I politely sent it back and the second time the steak arrived at the proper temperature. At a place that boasts a celebrity chef, Japanese wagyu steak, and $80+ cuts of meat I expected that they would have known how to cook a blue steak the first time. I don’t like sending things back.

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Keeks
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve visited the Bourbon Steak in Nashville and was worried this location wouldn’t compare due to some of the negative reviews but I was so wrong! We came here for valentines days and it was absolutely amazing. The menu was pretty diverse for a steak house, and everything we ordered was more than perfect! Steaks were great and cooked perfectly and I would def recommend getting the crab cake as it was one of the best ones I’ve had in a hot sec. The service was also amazing, everyone was very kind and we were checked on many times throughout the night. They also made sure our glasses were never empty and all our courses were timed perfectly. The only thing I might have been disappointed in was the drinks, they were really great but not as great as the ones I had at the Nashville location. Would highly recommend for any special occasion or date night as it has a very romantic upscale atmosphere, and has a moderate noise level to keep it lively but your still able to have intimate conversations without struggling to hear over music or other conversations. Definitely pricey but well worth it.

Food Recommendations:

Starters:
Oysters
Shrimp Cocktail
Lobster

Mains:
American Wagu Steak
Crab Cake

Sides/Other:
The Fries Trio
Brussels Sprouts (even Brussels sprout haters seem to love this)

Drinks:
The Grand Hour

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentines day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfect dining experience - exceptional quality of food, service, and ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Steak and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
271 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is the third time we have been here and probably the least distinctive. Yes, it was Saturday night, but, the food was a bit off.
The ceasar was excellent the caviar on the potato was fabulous, the hot seafood appetizer had crab was an uneven portion and the shrimp were undercooked. The oysters and lobster were very good but as a special item it should have been perfect. The sides mushrooms, spinach, and potatoes were exceptional. The steaks although flavorful did not arrive hot. That is why I could not give a 5 star rating. The banana dessert was fabulous as well as the cookies. For the Four Seasons and it’s reputation it should have been outstanding. The service and som were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it— the meal was amazing, good options to satisfy all.

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viprmarso
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Uno de los mejores restaurantes para carne de gran calidad de Washington y de todo EUA. El trío de Wagyu es espectacular al igual que el servicio con una gran carta de vinos.

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vipLegallady
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a lovely spot for a business meeting. It is, however, way overpriced and the food is good - not great. I took a potential client here and she was nervous about ordering once she saw the menu. I had to make it clear that I was paying for lunch. A lunch menu shouldn't be so expensive that it makes the client nervous. By the way, the salad was fine. The chopped salad at the Lafayette at the Hay Adams is much better, cheaper and the service there is amazing. Try to catch up.

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Avid restaurant eater

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AnthonyB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We ordered 2 filet mignon steaks and they both came out cold to our table. We sent them back and when they were brought back to us they were lukewarm at best. The manager did comp our bill for the two steaks but I have never had an experience like that one at a place that was supposed to be so high end. We have eaten at the top steakhouses around the world and this was the first time we had top end quality steak served to us cold. The server for our table was great and the drinks, wedge salad and crab cake appetizer were good but the whole experience was spoiled by the main course

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CindyN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

VERY EXPENSIVE! Quality of the steak was good, but not exceptional - especially considering the price. If you are a whiskey or bourbon aficionado - they have an excellent selection. Restaurant is very loud, feels casual because there are no table cloths - in my opinion - lacks ambience and does not feel like a fine dining restaurant. Truffle bread and the French Fry "starter" was very good. Overall, I'd rather go to the Capital Grille - food is just as good and the prices are not inflated.

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vipGoodcook21
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were disappointed in our dining event here. We have previously dined here and rated everything at the top rating. The service was slow with the wait staff failing to bring bread until the end of the meal and did not refill water glasses. When we last fined here it was Christmas and the restaurant was very busy with top notch service. This time the restaurant was less busy with slower service We know that Bourbon could do better

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StuartW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

steak very good, french fries a nice touch, stay away from desserts

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We didn’t feel like eating steaks so we ordered a bunch of apps. The waiter asked if we wanted to order steaks so they could clear the menus and when we told him we were sticking with Apps he walked off in a huff....he wasn’t very enthusiastic from then on.

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vipGodfather
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always a great time and great food!

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jimob777
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good, service excellent. As good as those things were, I’d expect something remarkable for $600 for dinner for 2 and it didn’t quite reach those levels. Steak tartare and ahi tartare very good, but with the ahi being an ‘MM signature’ dish I’d expected more- the habanero dust wasn’t detectable, when it really could have made the dish pop. Steaks were good, but I’d recommend the Angus over the 7X wagyu, given it’s half the price. Wine and service excellent.

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vipMeshsa
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an excellent experience. Excellent food and discreet, top notch, knowledgeable service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not impressed by the service at all. Waiter was slow and did not come by to check on us often enough. Our drinks were empty for quite a while before he checked back to see if we wanted more. Also, we both ordered Waygu steaks which were not any better than regular steak I’ve had at high end chain steak houses. Disappointing for sure.

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vipJason
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, the best service period! Food to match. Wonderful atmosphere. One of my favorite experiences globally! Fortunate enough to be close by and visit often! Thank you for another wonderful experience.

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viptmoore20
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Let me preference this review that I am a lover of steakhouses and dinned at BS many times before. This particular experience is for their prefix NYE dinner. I am a huge fan of Michael Mina and frequent Bourbon Steak and International Smoke a lot, therefore I was ecstatic when I got a last-minute reservation to their $207pp prefix NYE dinner in DC where we vacationed. I knew we would have a phenomenal time. Although the waiter was very pleasant and the live music was entertaining, I was not pleased with the food. The menu was very limited and had a lot of upcharges to their popular items (the menu is already over $200pp). But again, as much as I love Bourbon steak (in LA), I decided to stay and make the most of it. Besides the limited menu, I was displeased by how my steak came out lukewarm. I asked the waiter to have the chef warm it as it was prepped well, but the temperature was cold. She quickly handled my request, but again the steak wasn't hot and the meat was very chewy. So much so, you did not want to swallow it. I thought it was my steak, but my boyfriend's choice was very similar. The "free" food choices sent out were subpar. A lot of carb choices and the french fries came out cold. Finally, I asked if we could have an earlier reservation and was instructed that they were committed for the evening. The restaurant had many empty tables and after talking to other diners, there were other tables available before we came for our 9:30 pm reservation. For the price, I would say, our overall experience was not worth it for the price. I would rather pay that price for food items that I would like to choose. Finally, NO ONE did a count down. We were handed a free glass of champagne (which was also warm) and then finally someone screamed.. "its past 12!" :) We made the most out of our experience, enjoyed the live music but I would not recommend for NYE next year.

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