Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

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Steakhouse
Bobby Van's Grill is the sister eatery of the highly acclaimed Bobby Van’s Steakhouse from New York City. This eclectic 550-seat New American Steakhouse Grill boasts a slightly more casual and family-friendly atmosphere that also caters to Washington politicians.

Located 3 blocks west of the Convention Center and diagonal to City Center DC, Bobby Van’s Grill has a very loyal following of patrons who appreciate its first-rate, dry-aged steaks and seafood, phenomenal wine list, and exceptional professional wait staff – many of whom have worked for Bobby Van’s Grill for more than 12 years. Its new menu also features classic sandwiches and table-side cocktail preparation.

Boasting the largest private dining space of any restaurant in DC, Bobby Van’s Grill can accommodate guests in 7 different rooms! In the fall of 2018, it unveiled a newly renovated atrium (now known as The Atrium @ Bobby Van’s) that accommodates up to 330 people for private events.
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TA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent!; could not have been better.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was poor. Over 45 minutes for the entire table to receive drinks. Food order was mixed up. Dessert came 52 minutes after we had finished our meal. If you’re pressed for time or entertaining your entire Board of Directors, go elsewhere that has it together.

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LZ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Steaks truly over priced side dishes need to come down by $2.00 or so but rest dishes well priced the steak Sauce would do well in Texas(Clear Lake Area) maybe you need to open at steak House down here. The Bar person not sure if he was the Tender or the manager but whoever it was he was delightful friendly happy to know we waiting to be seated at the restaurant. Got us some drinks while we waited. My Slightly surly Jewish waiter (loved him) was awesome he was very direct he knew exactly what I want and I was totally impressed. He ask what you liked and brought you Exactly what you wanted. He new we were from out of town, When I left your restaurant some nice gentleman shook my hand I was kindy of pressed. Great EQ. Thanks for a great experience!!!
PS I thought the crab cakes and grilled Scallops were better than the steaks. I believe a steak should not need steak sauce and your steak were favored well.

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H
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The Filet Minion was not very tender and would not order again as Filet is usually tender and tasty. All else was good.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Restaurant was clearly not prepared for the crowd. Our dinner arrived at 9:35 PM and we were seated at 7:30. Food was good but it’s hard to enjoy when you are irritated. The failure in service was that they did not communicate nor care for the table. We had to multiple times for water. Server was not friendly.

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CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Our meal took over 2 hours to come to our table and the wait staff was not very attentive to our table during the long delay.

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AB
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food. Expensive but worth it!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was de-licious! Noise level was pretty high but not too awful. The service wasn’t great though. Even though I had a reservation we had to wait a bit for a table to be cleaned off. I felt like the waiter completely ignored me and only asked questions to my boyfriend , gave him the menu first, etc. They also forgot to bring out our fries but it was still added to the bill. No bueno

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LA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Executive lunch is a definite choice loved it!

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ZL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great evening! A night out with the girls!

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TW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. More variety than most top notch steakhouses

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was wonderful
Enjoyed the atmosphere
Great selection of menu

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best rib eye steak I've had in a long time! We both took leftover steak to go. Still tasted good after 2 minutes in the microwave.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Staff provided great service

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was slow. Waiter never came back for drink order and never received uneaten food.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Hello there reader, please by no means should you not visit the restaurant, however for the money paid #Over$250 the seating, waiter service, and the company that sat across from my spouse and I was POOR..... I planned to surprise my baby with a lovely day of joy and Love. However the couple that sat us beside was nasty and obnoxious they clearly had no home training or table etiquette, their conversation was loud and degrading and the restaurant staff stood around and did nothing. Maybe on any other day that day would have finished with a perfect ending however the one I had planned for my fiancé was ruined. She didn’t even want to eat and was ready to go once the lady placed both her legs up on the guy and he’s fondling her in the open. Very disappointing and disgusting. Also their was supposed to be a dress code standard that clearly was not adhered to..... SMH 🤦🏽‍♀️

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every item I've tried from their menu is delicious.

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C
St. Louis
29 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was very helpful in finding the right meal for everyone in our party. And the meals were great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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j
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous prime rib dinner at Bobby Van’s Grill! Huge portions, perfectly prepared, in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Our server Victor was amazing - friendly, attentive, and happy to make recommendations. Isn’t close to our home and we don’t eat here often, but it’s a special treat when we do. (The only thing I’d change is the background music - 70s and 80s pop just isn’t a good fit!)

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BH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Place is not setup to provide for anyone in a wheelchair. Manage was actually rude.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, good food. The bar area is a little chilly but I would return again.

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O
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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GC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

High-end steakhouse. The food was very good, if pricey. Had the steak & crab cake combo which was awesome. The brussel sprouts and the cauliflower sides were excellent. My dining companions enjoyed the whiskey cart that the waiter brought to the table

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and service was outstanding!!!!

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DJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our post business / work dinner could not have been better. Steaks were exceptional. Seafood well received. Service personal and just right on timing. Could not be happier.

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SJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, the only exception being the length of time it took for our meals to get from the kitchen and to our table. I believe this was an out-of- the-ordinary occurrence (I've eaten at Bobby Van's before) and the service is always on point, but this time around the food was a little slow getting out of the kitchen and that's the only reason I gave them 4 stars. Otherwise, it would have been 5 stars hands down. Our server apologized profusely for the delay and the manager gave us a gift certificate for the inconvenience. Overall, it was a terrific experience!

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AR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service.

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c
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the Cajun ribeye it was cooked to perfection there bar makes excellent drinks the waiters are on top of everything and really good if your visiting DC to get Tavel info from it’s a very nice quiet place to have a DAMN good steak

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WT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an early Christmas dinner. The food and service was excellent. It wasn’t busy as everyone had left Washington already 😊. We would highly recommend going here for a wonderful experience.

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WL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great steakhouse. Bit pricey, wish sides were better value.

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h
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby Van’s Grill was phenomenal. We had an 80 person event (one of several events they handled that night) and yet they made us each feel we were their only customer. Incredible food, delightful customer service, and the most friendly and helpful people from management the whole way down. Truly amazing.

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our experience on level of service was sub par. We had a reservation and the table was not set up even though others were. We could see how slow it was to put it together. Once we were seated (15 mins after), there was no introduction from our waiter until we brought it up to the manager (20 mins after). It took over 50 mins to receive our dinner and then it was over cooked. We were celebrating a graduation and the experience was sad. At this price point we should have had constant interaction with staff. It seems that management under staffs so there is only 3 waiters in the section which is insufficient considering the amount of seating. Overall, the low rating is due to the poor management because our waiter tried his best.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is not the best of the best among restaurants at this price level, although it is still very good. Service is excellent. Wine is great.

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AK
Washington DC
378 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the interactions with ALL sraff were great. Superb place and great vibe!!

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PC
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The crab cake was outstanding, one of the best I’ve had this year. Frankly, I was very surprised at how good the food was.

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DD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Service at lunch was slower my last visit than it has been in the past. Appreciated the previous pace that fit lunch into a good business hour.

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SR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a special occasion, classy place!

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NL
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. But It over an hour to receive our food. And this definitely not a kid friendly environment.

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R
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went for a quick dinner before the theatre so it was a bit early (5:30). They server was great and the food wonderful. My filet was well seasoned, perfectly done and my wife’s sea bass tender and delicious. Two significant negatives were that the host was on the phone and never greeted us and we were eventually taken to a table by a server. The second is that the bar said they could not make two common drinks (Vieux Carrie and a chocolate martini). They either have a bartender that is poorly trained or lazy. It had was a big negative to an otherwise good experience.

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