Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

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2011 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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MA
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Took an important client based on BVG's reputation. I expect more attentive service at a $$$ restaurant.

EO
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were great. There was a party there that got rather loud when we first arrived, but luckily they settled down at some point. Overall it was a nice experience my first time at Bobby Van's.

k
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Ambiance was great as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement dinner

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M
Washington DC
269 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food and service great - ambiance needs assistance

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was very average. I expected better quality cuts. Great cocktails though!

LB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Food was delicious, everyone in our party enjoyed their food and drinks. Dessert was amazing. Service was top notch. Highly recommend.

SH
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was for 7:30 pm but did not get seated until 8 pm. That is not very good service

s
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Table of 7 - most had steaks of some sort, only 1 was impressed - the Cajun steak. Forgot one of the sides all together. Couldn't get servers attention to get the side until he was asking about dessert.

They were busy, but not that busy

L
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Shared the porterhouse with hash browns and creamed spinach. Will be back soon.

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. This is the quintessential old school steakhouse. The service is top notch. The server was attentive and personable. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with dark woods, etc. Again, exactly what you expect from a steakhouse.

The steak itself was amazing. I order the 26oz. bone-in rib eye. The steak was cooked perfectly and was promptly devoured. The sides are all for two (or more) people, so be aware when ordering!

The wine was also top notch and complimented the steak perfectly. Highly recommended. I’ll be back!

EC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal at Bobby Van's was well above excellent. the wait staff is extremely professional, attentive and friendly. Our meal and dining experience was fantastic!

l
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. The variety of sandwiches, salads, and entrees are very tasty.

L
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance was nice and the service was good. Our food was okay for the price. My pork chop was not very flavorful or tender. It was Valentine’s Day weekend so this could have been a factor in the quality of the food.
I would recommend trying this restaurant if you have a Groupon.

PJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always amazing. I only get to go to this place once or twice a year. I see it as an upscale establishment. Anytime I come, I wear a jacket. I’m always put off when I see people walk in wearing sweatpants and T-shirts looking like slobs. It takes away from the experience.

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! The scallops were delicious! Thanks so much!

D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Well it’s not impressive when you order a filet ..... cooked Medium well with barely any pink when ordered medium . Also several pieces with grisselin the near . The waiter asked my spouse about his steak which he replied wasn’t very good . The waiters response was we need to step up our game . The Brussels sprouts and hash browns as well as the crab cake were excellent . But I wouldn’t order the steak again much better options at other establishments at the same price point

H
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was excellent. Will return

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The steak wasn’t season well

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

AF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service and the ambiance was nice. Definitely a great restaurant but I wasn't ready for the price. Hands down the most expensive place I've ever eaten though so I'd only recommend going there on very special occasions.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great food all around

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day date with the hubby. Food was great. Staff were friendly. Server was attentive. Would definitely recommend!

AW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
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
81 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
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 on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bobby Van’s Grill is always excellent.

SH
Baltimore
3 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
6 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.