About Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC

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.

809 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between H and I Sts.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(202) 589-0060

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

Public Transit:
McPherson Square Metro

Private Party Facilities:
Three private dining areas; three that can open up into one large room holding 95 persons seated; Minimum of twelve persons for a private room

Private Party Contact:
Management: (202) 589-0060

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.5

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
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Romantic (31)
Business Meals (30)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Notable Wine List (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Cozy (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Casual (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our 4th time dining at this location and it was excellent as always. Rodney the waiter was great and made a fine dinner even better.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great service and food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Both the scallop entrée and the lamb chops were absolutely sublime. The lamb was cooked perfectly. When you cut it just melted in your mouth. As did the scallops to see year was beautifully done.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The bone in rib-eye was very disappointing. Although cooked as requested, the steak was unexceptional and had much more fat than previous visits. The texture and flavor of the meat were nowhere as satisfying given the cost. The creamed spinach and mashed potato sides were adequate. The service, however, was superb.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Simply awesome experience food was done to perfection

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We enjoyed the chili calamari as a starter. Our entrees - scallops and clam linguini- were just ok. The scallops were slightly over cooked and salty. The linguini pasta could’ve been creamier. We also ordered a side of Brussels sprouts. We were expecting crunchy Brussels sprouts but it was like a slaw, the taste was good though. We used a groupon but if we paid full price we would’ve been pretty disappointed in the food we got for the value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Overpriced and mediocre. The server was nice but so is my grandma.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Tasty variety of salads and sandwiches for the lunch crowd. The regular menu is also available.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had dinner at Bobby Van's before attending a show at the National Theater. It is perfect, as it is a short walk away. The food was very good, an Asian Pear Salad and French Onion Soup for appetizers, and two Ribeye steaks for dinner, along with the Prosciutto Mac and Cheese. All winners. Service, although spotty, was good, just not as good as some other restaurants in the market in the same price range. We had a drink at the bar prior to being seated, which, unfortunately, was forgettable. There is no ambiance and the place is too brightly lit. It was also quite chilly in the room, which could have affected the perception. All in all, it's a good solid place and should not be missed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We love Bobby vans! I made reservations here for my husbands birthday during our stay in DC. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. The service was excellent and the food was delcious! We enjoyed it so much we came back again for dinner the same week. I’ve already recommended it to family who will be staying in DC this coming weekend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a wonderful New Years Eve, they were extremely friendly and accommodating with our 18 months old who slept through most of the meal. Wonderful Porterhouse, and happy to see many wines on the wine list with reasonable value and prices..

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was fabulous and superb service made everything memorable and enjoyable

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had ribeye steak and it wasn’t tender and definitely wasn’t worth the cost... French onion soup would be good, but soup itself was cold and only cheese was melted and warm. Quality definitely doesn’t match the cost

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very disappointed. OK - I went to a steak house and ordered the halibut special. Halibut was OVERDONE - saving grace was the shrimp risotto. Hubby's rib eye steak was fine. Just thought we would get much better food at a high end restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were meet by the host and seated immediately. The night was slow because it's The New Year weekend and Washington is pretty quiet. There were 3 in our party. We had the filet mignon, pepper encrusted Petit filet mignon, and the stone cut steak, all prepared medium rare. The sides were sauteed mushrooms, streamed spinach, and an enormous baked potato. The sides were excellent. The meat perfectly cooked, however the flavor was lacking. The wait staff was excellent. Overall, it was a good meal.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We felt the service should have been much better for the price of the food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great experience, the steaks that we had were cooked to perfection. Service was good. Only negative was I seemed to have the worst table in the establishment, I don't know how they did the table selection ( I guess I did not pass the eye test as a potential repeat dinner lol) but again the service was good and so was the food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Relaxed, unhurried atmosphere that has always served us excellent meals. Although we tend to order a steak dish, the halibut entry of the day we just had was excellent. The service is impeccable, and many of the staff have been here for years. You won’t go wrong visiting Bobby Van’s on 15th St NW.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Staff is very welcoming, unrushed dining experience, enjoy dining here and always return when in town.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have been here several times it it never disappoints

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wow. The special occasion was enhanced with dinner at Bobby Van's. Not only are the cocktails superior (dry martini up with olives) but also the food (exquisite) and the service (magnificent -- perfect timing on all courses). We will return again and again for the BV experience. Thank you for making our evening wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Service in Bobby Van's was amazing. The old adage rang true, never order seafood from a steakhouse. Had the crab cake and blackened catfish, small portion sizes, and it was decent. Dessert was outstanding. Had the bread pudding, it is an elaborate presentation where they light flames and is served with ice cream and mascarpone cheese.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Usually very, very good in all areas and have gone here several times. However, this visit we ordered the porterhouse for 2, a bone-in ribeye, and a petite sirloin - all medium rare. The only one done perfectly was the porterhouse. The other 2 were done medium to medium well. We actually showed the waiter when he came to inquire about how we were liking the meal and he could physically see the difference in color in the meat side-by-side. While the waiter offered to take it back and get us new ones, I was brought up not to waste. Given the price of the steaks and they were edible, we elected not to send them back. It was a shame because we were there for a birthday dinner and were really looking forward to great (not just ok) steaks. But the restaurant offered new ones and we made the call to just finish the ones we had. They did comp us an apple cake (with a candle of course!) and our coffee for dessert because of the issue with the steaks. They didn't really need to do that because we chose not to order new ones. If we had ordered new ones, I have no doubt that they would have come out as perfectly as the porterhouse. The fact that they comped us anything after we chose to keep the steaks we already had is a testament to the quality of customer service at this restaurant.

One minor suggestion concerning the sides we ordered is to seriously consider how many are in your party and how many other sides you may want to order. We did the steamed spinach and hash browns for a party of 3 adults and one teenager. The serving size of the spinach was pretty much spot on. However, the serving size of the hash browns would probably have been enough to feed a party of 4 teenage boys who play football! Great value, but it was a whole lot of food - plenty to take home.

So overall, a great place and we will continue to return when we hunger for a great place to get a great steak.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent meal from appetizer to the end.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We enjoyed our food, enhanced by our wonderful waiter Rod Grigsby. He is always outstanding and communicates all questions and concerns to the chef and the maitre'd.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Expensive but great food and service. Would recommend to our friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

As you might expect the service was excellent. Five of the seven dinners in the party ordered sides. To our surprise each one had enough food to feed three. Next time we will know better.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Disappointed that they did not recognize my daughters engagement that I noted in my open table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious food in a very nice setting. Not too noisy. Good service. Very expensive, though!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Awful experience. Mediocre food, unfriendly manager, and a steak that was sent back twice...couldn’t go back.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The service was awesome! Food was good, too. We were able to have a great annual dinner with good friends in an unrushed atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was delicious. This was my second time eating there. The first time I saw the hashbrowns and wanted to try them. They were okay. I would not order them again. I did take a recommendation by our waiter to try the sautéed mushroom with onions. That was wonderful and will definitely have that again when I return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants simply because of the fact that they are on Groupon and they have excellent food.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent food... Have been coming here for over 10 years now and would recommend this place to food lovers.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was very good but overpriced. The portions were massive, so I suggest sharing, not just to cut costs but also because one serving is enough for two.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The place was great for a get together with friends and business associates alike! Rod was a great waiter and they were very accommodating! Nice place and great dinner!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Terrific date night. Good locatuon, great service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Terrible food, uninteresting staff, ugly decor. Overpriced. I'll never go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food and service.....I continue to return for a fabulous meal.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is D.C.'s best steakhouse. The service is stellar, the food is fantastic, and they consistently serve great steaks. The problem with most D.C. steakhouses is that don't always nail the cooking of their steaks. Bobby Van's on 15th nails it every single time. Ask for the Cajun rub as it is awesome. Since I work for the beef industry, I happen to know how to cook a steak. Bobby Van's is the place for real steak lovers.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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