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
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BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,567 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • 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
86% recommended
Steak in District of Columbia

Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,958 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
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
92% recommended

The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
3,954 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
89% recommended
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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,860 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
94% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,883 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
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DC Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Ashburn
1,033 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

Old Hickory Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
National Harbor
1,600 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended

1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,747 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
86% recommended
Romantic in District of Columbia

Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,404 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
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
90% recommended

Clyde's of Georgetown

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
3,059 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
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
92% recommended

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

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
5,679 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
92% recommended
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The Occidental

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,283 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended

Essy's Carriage House

$$$$·American·
Arlington
156 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Casual
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

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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
85% recommended

Claudia's

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
503 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Creative Cuisine
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
100% recommended
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
23,076 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
94% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Penn Quarter
2,728 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
Special Occasion in District of Columbia

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
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Medium Rare - Capitol Hill - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steak·
Capitol Hill
1,075 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
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
90% recommended
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