Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

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Bobby Van's Steakhouse has been named Top Steakhouse in the Washington Magazine and best Porterhouse in DC in the Washingtonian. Along with our Prime, dry-aged beef, we offer the freshest seafood and wonderful specials. Our wine list is a best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took my wife here for her Birthday. The food lacked taste, the service was horrible, my wife did not enjoy herself. The worst. I'm over it. I'm drained. This place sucked

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My (now) fiancée and I had eaten at the other location in DC about 6 years ago and still talked about that experience. This visit just didn’t live up to the memory, nor to comparisons with other top tier steak houses we frequent. There was nothing specifically wrong really, it was an enjoyable evening and the food was good, but it wasn’t exceptional.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday at Bobby Vans - excellent food and service. Would highly recommend.

F
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Introducing folks to the Bobby Van experience is always a delight. The "NYC-style steak house" is a big draw. The waitstaff, who are so professional, always charm the newcomers. And the food offerings (lobster presented in a most attractive manner; escargot prepared perfectly with enough slices of bread to soak up the delicious butter, and shrimp abundant enough to share -- these are just the appetizers!) appeal to everyone. The entrees likewise are perfectly prepared -- steak that is medium rare, warm center with succulent juices, with sides that may be shared (my favorite is the asparagus). My husband and I celebrate at Bobby Van's for most of our occasions and enjoy bringing others to share in the delight.

BR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. Our server, Rod Grigsby made sure that we were completely satisfy. This was our first time there and it was our anniversary, he made it special for us. The food came on time and the was hot. We will be returning with our family.

LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Rod was our server & he was very sweet. Our food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious. Rod ensure that our glasses remained full. We had a good time chatting with Rod. He was a delight

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business guests

j
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was all great. We had a Groupon for two three-course meals for $99. We split the Caesar salad and shrimp cocktail for apps, salmon and a medium petite filet as entrees along with sides of green beans and prosciutto mac & cheese, and then chocolate cake and cheesecake for dessert. Everything was excellent and washed down nicely with a couple glasses of very nice red wine. Hard to get food this good at the price we paid.

A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfectly prepared and the service was excellent! The indoor climate was very well controlled. Overall a wonderful experience! I will visit again!

GB
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and exceptional service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good but you can pay almost the same price for great at other dc spots.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was even better. We were seated on the patio and couldn’t for a better experience!
Will definitely return when I’m back in D.C.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Let's start with the dining room, which is nothing impressive, for this price point i was expecting something more than a pub atmosphere. My wife ordered lamb chops medium, they came raw. when we ask to have them done to medium, we got the response form our waiter " that's how the kitchen cooks them", wrong answer. he then says do i want my steak kept warm, while the lamb is being remade, i got the steak back cold, so much for that. I did complain to a manager, who comped us dessert, but the aggravation and annoyance were far greater than a free desert. Interesting the manger said he should have been alerted to a problem, by the wait staff, but had not been. So there is obviously a major breakdown in the service at this location......i would suggest, spending your money elsewhere.

JY
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food, drinks and service was A1. Definitely can use some decor upgrades and ambiance facelift. Great for dates and dinner groups but not very romantic.

MK
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We like to visit steakhouses. This will not be on our list to return. There was good and bad but not what is expected for a fine steakhouse for the DC area.

BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another outstanding meal at Bobby Vans. Service was excellent as usual and the food and wine always meets expectations.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had a great time at Bobby's. Nelson our server was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. Will definitely visit again when we are in DC.

S
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last of the nice evenings for outdoor dining. Food and service was spectacular as always

GH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food with wonderful services. Prices are moderate but specials are available that make it worthwhile if not cheap. I go there several times a year so thumbs up!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Food was delicious

TW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Valet never showed up therefore I self parked after waiting. Ordered my meat medium and although I ordered the Steak A La Stone which comes to the table pre sliced, the meat was rare. Any Chef or cook could and should have seen that. They took the meat back and put it under the broiler but the meat was ruined at that point. Extremely disappointed by these 2 incidents. I should’ve asked for another steak altogether but when you’re hungry the choice becomes mute. Is this still a top of the line steak house or has the restaurants standards diminished to the level of Sizzlers?

RD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Usual very good food and service. Value for money

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed everything we ate fro bread and butter to dessert. We were treated like vips from our server Rod. He was awesome! I would go back for him because he was so attentive and nice. Our overall experience was much better than I would have predicted.

AA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribeye steak and whole Maine lobster...excellently prepared.

DS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just marvelous!

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TP
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Will come back again and again!

GB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bobby Van's is a great old school steakhouse. The food was very good and the service even better!

M
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service, food and restaurant was fabulous!

GH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great although a tad pricey so the groupon helps. It's a solid high end steakhouse and iIrecommend it!

CW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic eating experience at Bobby Van's. Rod is a great server and always makes us feel special. Steak was cooked perfectly, as it always is. Great food, great staff, great place for a steak.

PR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice, quiet lunch.....vacation season attributed to the ambiance! Great salads. Rod, our wiater, was the best!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Booths are in horrible shape. Need repairs.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by Apolinario, he was the best! Food quality was good but can improve

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not bad! Went on a Groupon

A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and the food was DELICIOUS. The petit filet is an excellent value!

MP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great location and superb service. Not to much to complain about. It is expensive but you get what you pay for. One minor complaint: I was a little surprised how empty it was on a Friday night. Maybe some people were sitting outside because our section was pretty empty. Still, an excellent meal overall. I'll be back.

i
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our server (Mike) had a great sense of humor, which is always cool. Steak was cooked to perfection and was very delicious, portion was perfect., dessert was marvelous .BVSteakhouse, is on to something, partnering with Groupon, giving new clients an opportunity to experience a 10 Star! restaurant at a fantastic deal . Loved the atmosphere,everyone was friendly . Will definitely go back

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Been trying to contact GM for two days. This was our third and last visit!

F
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful celebration of a special friend's birthday! We adore Bobby Van's just for drinks or for special dining events or large group celebrations. We are never disappointed in the food, the service, or the ambiance. Bobby Van's is our go-to-restaurant, including business lunches!

VG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Bobby Vans for our anniversary dinner, which I indicated in our reservation. No mention of it when we were seated by hostess or our waiter. At the table, when I mentioned we had purchased a Groupon...our waiters attitude seemed to change. He asked for all our choices from Prix Fixe menu at once. Even though the restaurant was more than half empty, the service felt a bit rushed.
The petit filet was outstanding, which is difficult for most establishments when you ask for the meat to be prepared rare.
All in all, great food and value with Groupon.