Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1992 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Steakhouse
Please contact us via phone to make reservations for groups of 8+ for Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays.

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.

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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 1992 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! The scallops were delicious! Thanks so much!

H
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was excellent. Will return

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

HORRIBLE!
It’s was the worst Valentines Day every. They offered a prefix menu which they ran out of everything or prepared wrong. Ran out of Cognac. Brung wrong dishes to the table. Server basically offered us to leave by saying it’s other restaurants nearby who kitchens still open. Never returning here again.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The steak wasn’t season well

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with my wife. Parking a bit of a challenge. External = below average. Assume it was associated with development. Staff courteous. Could have been better, but enjoyed the evening overall.

DE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! The atmosphere was excellent for our Valentine's dinner out

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service & food at Bobby Van’s are absolutely excellent! This was my second time going and it absolutely did not disappoint. I purchased a Groupon to make the experience more affordable and was able to use it for their Valentine’s Day Special, $90 for a 3 course meal, where I enjoyed Bang Bang Shrimp, Crab Mac & Cheese, Cajun Ribeye, and a Strawberry Brownie Cheesecake. I did ask for extra Cajun sauce to make increase the spice & flavor of the steak, after doing so the steak was excellent! The staff went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable during my visit and the wait for my food wasn’t long at all. Without the Groupon , I wouldn’t have gone, but I’m happy that I did!

TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The steaks were cooked to perfection!! The heart shaped crab cake added a little extra to our Valentine's Day celebration. We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined there for Valentine’s Day and the food was outstanding!! Enjoyed the Bone-in Ribeye with Asparagus & Brussel Sprouts. We were seated by the window with a beautiful view of the city. Will definitely dine there again on our next visit to DC.

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was horrible! The steak was overcooked. The Valentine’s Menu was horrible.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great food all around

AW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy my experience at Bobby Van’s Grill.

D
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rated the noise level moderate, but that was mainly because my table of seven is always loud, so but for us, it would have been rated low noise level. Food is delicious, cooked as requested, and properly priced for area and quality. Starters were two salads, and three French onion soups. Salads were large enough, but not overly large, because isn’t the main point that you save room for the star protein? The French Onion was thick with onions, broth was dark brown (this is a must.) if your French Onion is opaque and not impossible to see through brown, send it back. These were perfect. We had 4 10oz filet mignon, 2 salmon, and a hangar steak. All properly cooked (they staff frowns upon ordering anything well done, but everything was done well.) Sides were Brussels sprouts (delicious), sautéed spinach (delicious with chunks of garlic), and garlic mashed. Definitely enough to share between two, and possibly three people. Dessert was delicious and visually impressive. I had the pineapple and chocolate mousse in a made-from-chocolate tea cup. Fun and delicious. Definitely on my list for a return visit next time I am in DC.

STAFF is helpful and attentive without being overbearing. When we needed the waiter, he always seemed to be nearby. And when we didn’t, he was invisible to us. We are a “tough” table of NY/NJ union officials so we are sarcastic and (at least to us - HILARIOUS), and LOUD, but everyone at the restaurant was kind and professional. 25% tip was well-deserved

JM
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Salad was okay, but just okay. Waiter seemed rushed about everything even though it was not busy. Took our bread plates away before we were ready, rushed our orders, then disappeared for a long time before we could get our check. Of course, he took the paid check off our table before we actually left the restaurant which seemed tacky. I won't rush back.

DG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food was great. I try to come here when I’m in town

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bobby Van’s Grill is always excellent.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Worth every penny!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere. The older white male waiters were slow and inefficient. The younger females were awesome.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had yet another amazing experience at your dining facility. Victor, our waiter, was outstanding as always. Very good food, speed of service, and price.

BP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

he steak was excellent, the salad and dressing only so-so.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I took myself out to celebrate a personal milestone. I was curious about Bobby Van’s.

The experience and service seemed dated. The water is represented as tap water, which gives an oft-putting feel. I want staff to seem well-cared for, well-fed. Everyone seemed exhausted.

The rolls weren’t warm, seemed packaged rather than fresh.

The salad was great, fresh, tasteful.

The steak was disappointing. When I order a Cajun ribeye at Smith & Wollensky or Ruth Chris, it’s costed one spice. When I order Pittsburgh style, it’s charred a lot on the outside. The steak at Bobby Van’s was barely charged and quite rare rather than medium rare.

The creen brûlée was thick instead of light.

Glad I tried it, but I won’t be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

The food was good. But unfortunately, not a good experience.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, well-prepared and staff was attentive.

YC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the time we walked in Bobby Van’s doors was absolutely wonderful down to the deliciously perfect duck!

JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bobby Van's Restaurant is one of my favorite in the area. I especially like the bar area for happy hour after work with people I work with and we always have a blast.

RM
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bobby Van’s and try to find an excuse to go there anytime I’m in DC. Steaks are great, service is top-notch and ambience is enjoyable.

T
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall one of the best steaks that I have had. Three of us dined here and we were all pleased. The service was excellent. I will be returning.

AA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

There was a lot of fruit flies around the table. One flew into my moms salad and one flew onto my main course. I had to ask my server to remake my meal to go.

P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The steaks were delicious! The mixed drinks left much to be desired; some were too strong while others had nearly zero alcohol, very inconsistent. The place was undergoing some construction and a little loud, but we had a nice night.

h
Louisville
42 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice quiet place. Friendly service. Super wine list with large portions of excellent steak!

J
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I went to Bobby Van‘s grill on a quiet Sunday night for dinner. Normally when I go I have a steak, which they are known for. This time I opted for the duck which was amazing. I had four nice pieces of duck breast on a delicious sweet potato purée, accompanied by two duck sausages, and two pieces of duck bacon which is absolutely the best bacon I have ever had. I also have the Asian pear salad which is the most delicious salad I’ve ever eaten and their brussels sprouts which were excellent. They are doing some work on the exterior of the building which doesn’t affect the food or the ambience but they did have some drape up in the main dining room to hide the cranes and the scaffolding outside. The staff there is always on point.

DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The sea bass and calamari never disappoint! One of my favorite restaurants

BC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent server! He was outstanding and explained everything very well and was attentive.

g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and the service.

H
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate a friend birthday and it was 20 of us and I was concerned but our waiter was great. Everyone was waited on and served in great timing. They even accommodated us with the checks. Great experience

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. It was a nice atmosphere on the inside. Ignore the construction on the outside of the building.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! I love the Grill much better than the restaurant, nor accommodating nice ambiance service cozy and WILL come again this time has been 3X in just a WEEK - Luv'n It ♡♡♡♡♡

OT
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous cuisine and service - we both had NY Strips which were cooked medium rare to perfection. Flavorful is an insufficient word to describe the taste - superbly seasoned cut might be a bit closer to an accurate description. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Both the cuisine and the service more than made up for the mediocre venue. The open room atmosphere is fine until it fills up beyond half capacity. With nothing on the walls or floor to absorb the noise, it’s difficult to hear anyone at your own table. But the reverberating sound of a child crying on the opposite side of the room could be heard as if right next to us. Of less significance, our exceptional server returned sheepishly to advise that the bartender couldn’t honor our after dinner drink request for VSOP brandy - of any variety. That was a first to hear of a steakhouse bereft of brandy! Despite the elevated noise and the bar limitations, the steaks, accompaniments and service ably made for a most enjoyable dining experience.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

When you make a reservation for NYE, this is not what is expected. Granted, we did make our reservation LATE, but I would highly recommend that Bobby Van's, and ANY other restuarant, NOT open an 'overflow' room. Yes, like the overflow room in your church, that is exactly where my husband and I dined. The service was EXTREMELY slow, the lights were bright, there was NO music playing, and we were seated with just one other couple. Given the silence and ZERO ambiance, we were able to completely hear each other's conversations. First, it took our server 10-15 minutes to even come to our table, drinks arrived 20 minutes after being ordered. The lobster cocktail was the SMALLEST lobster I had ever seen. The lobster tail I purchased on sale at Whole Foods for $6 had more meat than this entire lobster, that didn't even take up a quarter of the large dish of crushed ice it came in. This experience was DISAPPOINTING to say the least. My husband and I ordered 1 last drink and decided to leave the 'cafeteria' atmosphere that we were eating in, and went to the bar. Which was JUST as disappointing or MORE, as the waiters were cashing out their tips with the bartender, and the bar was completely empty. Note to self: NEVER go to Bobby Van's Grill for a romantic evening.

VC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was New year's Eve, so the place was busy. However, we were taken care of exceptionally well and had a good time. Steaks were GREAT!! Drinks were good, too!