About Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

Bobby Van’s Grill marks the return of the powerful New York City chop shop to the downtown D.C. area but with a new twist. This eclectic New American Steakhouse now boasts a slightly more casual family friendly atmosphere as well as catering to the Washington politician. This 536-seat D.C. destination is fully loaded! There’s four private, intimate and upscale dining rooms with their own bar and bar services. Two 40-foot long bars can be found with friendly bartenders serving strong drinks and even stronger conversations. The main dining room boasts views of both New York Avenue and the plush marble atrium of the adjoining building amidst its beautiful water fountain. This is an ideal place to meet for power lunches, family gatherings and late night dinners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

1201 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm: closed Sundays in January & August.

Cross Street:
12th & New York Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 589-1504

Website:
http://www.bobbyvans.com/

Executive Chef:
Jun Chen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

We have five exclusive private rooms located on a separate level from the main dining room. Our private rooms can accommodate sit down dinners for 9 to 300 guests and receptions for up to 500 guests. We also offer complete restaurant buyouts for up to 1100 guests.

Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave. Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (5)
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Romantic (5)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Had an amazing evening at Bobby Van’s Grill. I took my date as a surprise and she wasn’t the only one amazed. Everything was unbelievable, from the presentation/serving of the food to the all around service and atmosphere. I will defiantly be returning here

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience! Wonderful and attentive staff! Excellent choice of food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

It was everything I was hoping for. I loved the food, the service, and the atmosphere.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The New York Strip which I had was outstanding for its flavor, and the portion was very generous for the "smaller" size steak. The warm bread and pretzel sticks were also very good, as were the hashbrowns. although the broccoli was rather bland. Although the service was a little slow for a "slow" night--Sunday, my one complaint is with the wine list, which, while extensive, has no bottles for less than $50.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to go with someone special or a group. Have been a few times and every time it is a great experience and food is always worth talking about and wanting us to go back again and again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

It was the worst dining experience in my life. The noise level was unbearable, the other guests were out of control and nobody was attentive to our needs or happiness. It was so dreadful we took our main courses to go.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Awesome experience! Professional staff and delicious meal. We will definitely be going back. Convenient to City Center Residences.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great service, great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was awesome! Service was superb. I would recommend this restaurant for every occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Overall experience was great BUT the scallops we ordered were VERY SALTY.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great place for a business meal. Executive menu was a very good value. Noise level allowed for a private conversation without shouting.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Bobby Van's is in a great location and the food is delicious! The best wait staff and chef.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was delicious - the bacon wrapped scallops appetizer was enough to be a small meal! Everything was perfection, from the service to the ambiance. This is a gem! However, when making reservations, be sure to note the difference between Bobby Van’s Grill and Bobby Van’s Steakhouse. They are different restaurants at different addresses...

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Bobby Van's Grill never disappoints! It is my wife's favorite steak resturant.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent meal and outstanding service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent, professional service. Executive level

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

On this visit, the restaurant was largely taken up with what looked like an office party, even at 5 PM. I would have chosen a different venue, had I known that most of the restaurant would have been booked. Normally, it is a quiet venue at this time.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Our office group enjoy going to Bobby Van to celebrate our birthdays, good food and service.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always have wonderful food and good service. Very reasonable and convenient for parking and getting in and out of town.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful meal and Rod who took care of our table was amazing

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Bobby Van’s was a great meal. I really enjoy the food there.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

nice place to visit I am from Chicago and would visit again

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

great to meet friends & family at the bar , goid is fab.........

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great seefood, uge steacks and faboulous onion rings.
The waiters are very professionals and really sympathetic.
Very good place for dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Not the first time for me, always a good place to go

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service and food never disappoint. I enjoy watching the staff when the can surprise their customers with a Birthday or anniversary treat. The staff is very attentive, food is excellent.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our waiter Oscar was phenomenal. The lamb chops appetizer is a must have, squash risotto and crab mac & cheese were delicious. It is too bad that the manager ruined our dining experience. Not sure that I will return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We received first class service throughout the entire evening!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Exceptional, attentive service and excellent meal. Business colleagues from Germany who are accustomed to fine wines and good meals were very impressed.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

9pm reservation on a Thursday night. Restaurant was quiet. Started with good appetizer and entree. Annoyed that our waiter gave us no warning that the kitchen had already shut down before we tried to order dessert.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

An excellent experience for a business lunch with out-of-town guests. The food was delicious, service excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food is fine, but it clearly helps if they know you. I made a reservation for myself and a companion - at her recommendation; she is a regular. I arrived first and was seated in a noisy passageway. She arrived and expressed surprise to find us sitting there - it was probably not what she was accustomed to. The food was lovely and fairly quickly presented. Getting the server to a) ask if we wanted coffee and/or dessert and b) pick up the bill when it was ready for payment, however, was a complex procedure. He was more interested in a different table - obviously, loudly and obsequiously. I ended up taking the bill to the front myself, probably embarrassing my companion, but neither of us had all day to sit there.

Despite the good food, I'm not going to go back enough times to make myself known to management - which, I suspect, is the key to adequate service. In fact, I'm not going back at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was an amazing meal. This was not my first time at Bobby Vans, but everything was perfect Sunday night. The steaks and fish ordered by my table were all perfectly cooked. The waiter, Jose paid special attention to us. My cousin just ran the Marine Corps Marathon earlier in the day and he was ready for a juicy steak and he got one. His wife said this was the best meal she had ever had. Thanks BV.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was on top of table. Appetizer was very salty

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent Service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Steak and service was very good. Portions way too big and costly. I wanted a half portion and was told that they had it but did not get it when served. Food is just too much

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My friend and I have the same birthday and this is our second year celebrating at BVG. The service is exceptional, managers check in and made note of birthday celebration for a wine and very special dessert! Bread pudding prepared in a way you have to see for yourself!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Love BV’s! The hosts are terrific along with the waiters. One minor criticism of the NY Ave restaurant -the bread basket. The bread basket at the 15th St NW restaurant is amazing. Not so much at the NY Ave location. Why can’t the NY Ave location mimic the 15th St and serve the same/similar bread and cracker assortment????

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We went to Bobby Van's Grill on a Monday night, to celebrate my birthday, and absolutely enjoyed our experience. We were greeted at the door and seated immediately. The servers were attentive, nice, and offered us all the specials on the menu. The food tasted good and the ambiance was ideal for a date night or a get together with friends. Both the customers and servers were a bit on the older side, but no biggie, we enjoyed it nevertheless. We had the Cajun Rib Eye and the Lamb Shank with fries and roasted vegetables. It was a memorable dinner and a pleasurable experience. I highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The atmosphere wasn't that great but the food was awesome !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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