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The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

The nation's capital is full of history. The Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, embassies, and government agencies all bring crowds of people to visit or work in the city, and they bring a taste for exotic flavors along with them. With ethnic eateries that serve everything from authentic tapas to Southern favorites, the food scene in Washington, D.C. is as eclectic as the ever-changing population. But sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a classic and simple steak. We’ve rounded up the best steakhouses in DC, powered by our data from the most in-the-know diners. Here’s where to go when on the hunt for steak in the capital.

Restaurants:BLT Steak DC, Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave., Charlie Palmer Steak - DC
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steak, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill
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BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,478 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Polished ebony tables, dark suede upholstery, and unobtrusive lighting create an upbeat yet still intimate atmosphere at BLT Steak DC. Located in the same neighborhood as the WhiteRead more
93% recommended
Steak in District of Columbia
519 people mentioned the Popovers

Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,843 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Bobby Van's is a name synonymous with quality and eclectic cuisine. The Bobby Van's Grill on New York Avenue is a 400-seat example of a classic steakhouse that offers a more familyRead more
88% recommended
38 people mentioned the Cajun Ribeye

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,202 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Offering one of the best views of the Capitol, Charlie Palmer Steak is also the place to get one of the best steaks in Washington DC. The bright, open windows and white walls all cRead more
81% recommended
65 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
3,794 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
The Palm Restaurant is a trendy, classic steakhouse that regularly hosts celebrities, politicians, and journalists, without serving politics along with the food. This location in DRead more
93% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
80 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,744 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Bobby Van's Steakhouse on 15th Street is right in the heart of everything, with the White House a block away and the National Mall and Smithsonian on the doorstep. The decor at thiRead more
91% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia
105 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,645 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Capital Grille serves one of the best steaks in Washington DC. This capital restaurant is right by the National Gallery of Art, just off Pennsylvania Avenue. Dry aged, hand-cutRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
74 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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DC Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Ashburn
913 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Lots of natural wood, dark red carpeting, and brown leather upholstery all come together under indirect lighting at DC Prime Steakhouse for an intimate dining experience. Every disRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
26 people mentioned the Lobster Bites

Old Hickory Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
National Harbor
1,434 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
At home in the historic Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor is Old Hickory Steakhouse. This sophisticated eatery sits on the lobby level of the hotel, overlooking the river for a romaRead more
Special Occasion in Maryland - DC Suburbs
25 people mentioned the Cowboy Ribeye

Ray's The Steaks

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Arlington
1,974 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Every great steakhouse has one thing in common: great cuts of meat. At Ray's The Steaks, the experience is casual, not over the top, and the steaks take center stage, not the preseRead more
85% recommended
75 people mentioned the Mashed Potato
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,515 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
1789 Restaurant, a Washington DC staple, offers a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients. This fine-dining restaurant serves up a variety of options, often with unexpected itRead more
95% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area
80 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

$$$$·Steak·
Capitol Hill
1,029 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Great for Brunch
Medium Rare serves up premium cuts of steak right on Capitol Hill at 8th Street. The prix fixe menu offers an affordable and delicious meal that includes artisan bread, a mixed greRead more
88% recommended
56 people mentioned the Steak Fries

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,114 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse brings all-you-can-eat options to the menu. Steaks and meats form the foundation of the offerings, all prepared with attention to detail using traRead more
89% recommended
303 people mentioned the Chao

Clyde's of Georgetown

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
2,859 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Clyde's of Georgetown is an approachable and family-friendly restaurant that also happens to serve up delicious steak and burgers. The steak frites use a locally sourced Cedar RiveRead more
88% recommended
48 people mentioned the Crab Tower

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
5,306 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Planned and executed as an homage to legendary Kansas City restaurateur, Joe Gilbert, J. Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood keeps to the themes of friendly hospitality and excepRead more
94% recommended
77 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

The Occidental

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,136 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
With more than a century of history contained within the walls of the Occidental Grill & Seafood, this iconic establishment still serves relevant and fresh dishes. The White House Read more
23 people mentioned the Short Rib

Essy's Carriage House

$$$$·American·
Arlington
141 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
Classy, yet casual, the ambiance at Essy's Carriage House encourages unpretentious fun. Comfortable booths and high-backed chairs mean an evening relaxing at a neighborhood favoritRead more
90% recommended
American in Virginia - DC Suburbs
6 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
358 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
Dangling crystal chandeliers, rich red carpeting, framed artwork, leather upholstery. and plenty of polished, aged wood create an atmosphere of old-world elegance at Rare SteakhousRead more
9 people mentioned the Banana Foster

Claudia's

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
455 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The ultra-modern kitchen matches the mod decor at Claudia's. This unique take on an American steakhouse throws some Latin flavor into the mix. Enjoy the towering seafood platters aRead more
92% recommended
6 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
21,952 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
First established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill is a neighborhood staple, serving up classic American cuisine right next door to the White House. The restaurant has moved a few timRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
206 people mentioned the Raw Bar
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Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Penn Quarter
2,356 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The warm, elegant atmosphere at Mastro's Steakhouse starts with soft lighting, white tablecloths, and antique chandeliers. The strictly enforced dress code means an evening at thisRead more
88% recommended
Romantic in District of Columbia
135 people mentioned the Butter Cake