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., The Palm Washington DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steak, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Dupont Circle

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,652 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended
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Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,092 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,093 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Business Meals
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
92% recommended
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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,950 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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
90% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
4,060 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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
100% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
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DC Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Ashburn
1,078 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
100% recommended
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Old Hickory Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
National Harbor
1,637 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
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
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,830 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area

Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,640 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
92% recommended

Clyde's of Georgetown

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
3,200 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended

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

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
6,186 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
86 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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The Occidental

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,318 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
90% recommended
26 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Essy's Carriage House

$$$$·American·
Arlington
173 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
100% recommended
7 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
572 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
93% recommended
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12 people mentioned the Banana Foster

Claudia's

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
503 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups
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
84% recommended
7 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
23,898 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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
97% recommended
American in District of Columbia
229 people mentioned the Raw Bar
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Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Penn Quarter
3,200 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia
170 people mentioned the Butter Cake
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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,204 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
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
88% recommended
67 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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