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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

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4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Casual (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Romantic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 3, 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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·Dined on December 1, 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 28, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (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 17, 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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·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 3, 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 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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 26, 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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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I was disappointed in the food. It just wasn't as good as I was expecting. You could tell the waiter was new but he tried hard.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The staff was really rude. The food was not all that great and they acted as if they were annoyed because we were using a groupon. Save yourself money and time and go to another great steakhouse that has great reviews. I read the reviews but decided to give Bobby Van's a try and they lived up to the reviews expectations. Very rude staff except for the female bartender!!!!!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been to steak places all over the world. This is one of the best, combining excellent food, ambiance, and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Best Filet Mignon I've had in years! Wait staff very attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Totally forgettable, except for the rats scurrying on the street outside.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Ambiance only rates a 3 for me as we dined in a completely windowless space, that was the only thing that doesn't rate high with me. The food was excellent and not ridiculously expensive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was great. Made my 70th birthday perfect. Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Where to Start from a nice welcome at the door to over all service from start to ending. Every dish seasoned just right and flavorful. One of the big highlights was our server Topu she made our dining experience all well worth it!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Calamari was wonderful. The ravioli was fabulous. Staff is very friendly and efficient. Have been there before, and will go there again!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Thank you so very much. I invited two of my coworkers and they were please with the service and the quality of the food. Great service. Thanks.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice atmosphere and menu but the food is sub par. I ordered duck medium rare and it was raw in the middle. The person with me order a shrimp dish and it was mediocre. I can not recommend it. A new chef would go a long way.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best dinning experience I've ever had. Simply outstanding!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Was looking forward to a nice steak dinner and some relaxing conversation on date night with wife. Got neither.
I knew things were not going well when the calamari appetizer came slightly above room temperature followed by a loooong wait without sighting the waitress, and watching tables seated after us get their entrees. When the meal did appear, the steak was luke warm from the heat lamp.

The manager replaced the steak with a proper one, but by that time, the evening was ruined.

Maybe it was just an off night, but I'll never know since I won't be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Our group went for Restaurant Week, but soon discovered that they were not participating (their sister restaurant, BV Steakhouse, was participating). The waitstaff told us of the daily specials -- wow! Great value: starter, main, and a glass of wine for $25. Everything was fresh, well prepared, and delicious. Yes, this is one of the few great deals in DC -- well worth a visit, anytime. The service was impeccable and the staff were very attentive. Hope to return soon for another fine lunch. And, unlike so many DC restaurants, the noise level was low and we could actually hear each other talk!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Impeccable service and Cajun rib eye is always a winner!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This was a very nice place to meet for a business meal although it could be good for many other occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent place. Very friendly atmosphere and very polite and professional service

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Bobby Van's Grill is my favorite place for lunch!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

While the lunch deal was a good value both my swordfish and my colleagues dish were both dry. A disappointment for such a reputable restaurant .

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We invite a client for lunch and had a very positive experience. The service was outstanding and we enjoyed our lunch immensely.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were visiting DC for one night. The food here was great! Staff was friendly and attentive never let my drink run dry! I had the filet and my husband had the Cajun steak which is their signature dish! It's a little pricey around $40 and up depending on what steak you get. Enjoy!!

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