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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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Casual (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Scenic View (3)
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Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent all the way around! Flawless, the service was superb and he made AWESOME recommendations for our meal

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Service was excellent. Servant Michael was Awesome

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Pricey, but worth every penny! Amazing wine list and the food is to die for!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place is classy even upscale and a bit pricey but the food is A+ and the service is attentive

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great meal and great service. We had a late arriving extra guest. The staff was very accommodating. Everything was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our waiter was friendly but a bit forgetful. They brought our appetizer out with the meal and it was the wrong calamari. Nonetheless, the food was tasty and overall service was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great spot for a business lunch in NW, the best wait staff and food is top-notch!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Top end steak house and the price reflects that but here you get what you pay for. Great food, good cocktails. You can find a wonderful bottle of wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We ate here for our 1 year anniversary and we were so pleased with the entire experience. We had the French onion soup and calamari to start and the soup was perfect, the flavor was bold and cheesy and the calamari was crispy and hot! We had the porterhouse for 2 and we were not disappointed! The steak was as big as my head and was the best steak I've ever tasted in my life! On the side we had the prosciutto Mac n cheese, it was rich and had a crispy topping that just completes the dish! Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food. Bar area was cramped and small and drinks were not impressive for such a good steakhouse- need better bartenders. Wine list was also thin and overpriced compared to many upscale steak places. But good food and service made up for those two issues

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Rod Grigsgby was our server. Rod was very knowledgeable about the menu and recommendations. Very personable and professional. Enhanced the dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Jose was great. The food quality is top of the line. Every part of this meal was superb. I always love coming to Bobby Vans. Consistent and always exceeding my expectations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and service. I am a frequent customer. They could pay closer attention to the food (especially the steak) and the wishes of the client. Excellent and responsive management.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is a pretty typical steakhouse scene, and the steak and fries were both delicious. The service was attentive, pleasant, and informal. We had a good time.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We were visiting town and happened upon Bobby Van's. Our meal was absolutely delicious! We shared the porterhouse steak for two... Oh my!!! And, the macaroni & cheese with prosciutto & was great too. Our waiter Rod Grimsby was very attentive. Enjoyed our visit!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The people who work at Bobby Vans on 15th ST NW in DC are just like the people who worked on the tv show "Cheers". Everyone knows your name and treats you like family. You will have a wonderful experience and they don't hurry you or take away plates until you are finished eating.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Pleased with everything. Our server Rod was very calm & charming. He made our experience exceptional. Overall very pleased!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

When we're in town we always make Bobby Van's our last night dinner, fun, festive and always delicious! We'll be back very soon as our son just moved to DC, so all the more reason to visit a little more often!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great steak - average service and ambiance

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Family from the UK wanted an American steak house experience -Bobby Vans didn’t disappoint. Our waiter Rod took really good care of us. 3 of us split the porterhouse - one whopping piece of tender, juicy meat that was big enough to take leftovers home for the dogs. 2 other diners had the sea bass - big portion, perfectly cooked. Yummy Fries, onion rings, and salads rounded out the meal.

The ambiance is ‘60’s steakhouse - booths, white table clothes and waiters in tan jackets and bow ties. It is noisy down it’s full but all part of the experience. Located near Lafayette Park in downtown DC, it’s a nice walk after dinner to local sites-parking is valet .

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had the steak with crab meat and hollandaise sauce - it was delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Bad experience with waiter and manager. They don’t understand how to treat “paying” customers. I will NEVER go back or recommend this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I took my boyfriend here to celebrate a big work accomplishment and this did not disappoint. The cocktails were delicious, steaks were some of the best we have had, and the staff was welcoming and made sure our every need was met. We would highly recommend if you're looking for something for a special occasion or a romantic date!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

The evening was amazing and the service was great. The steak and sides were prepared to perfection and the service was above average. I recommend this place for anyone looking for a nice evening with great food. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We enjoy going to BV's for their Steaks. Often share the Porterhouse for Two (with leftovers). Always cooked as ordered and presented sliced and with a drizzle of butter sauce. Just excellent. Sides are top notch. Traditional mashed and creamed spinach are fine but the sweet potato fries and brussel sprouts with bacon and blue cheese make it special. The outdoor patio is our favorite in late spring and early fall. Some city noise of course but always shaded in the afternoon. Outdoor area for the bar patrons as well. Drinks are well-made. Appetizers and Desserts are adequate.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I often go to the Bobby Van Grille down the street, which I love. I was disappointed in the Steak Houses salad selection compared to the Grille. I order the " Bobby Van's Salad," listed as an entree salad and it was so small, I had to go and get something else to eat right after the lunch ended!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My wife and I have been here many times. This visit was slightly disappointing. I ordered lamb chops (first time here) and, while they were cooked to my satisfaction, there was not much taste to them. Moreover, since the menu mentioned no sides to come with the chops, I ordered a side of sauteed mushrooms/onions. Imagine my surprise when the chops arrived with potatoes and carrots. The potatoes and carrots were somewhat utilitarian, with nothing special to recommend them; however, the mushrooms/onions were outstanding. The cinnamon ice cream I had for dessert was also fine, and the crabcake I had as an appetizer was excellent. This minor blemish will not prevent us from dining here again; my recommendation is to order the Steak a la Stone, which is my go-to meal here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was mediocre, the lobster was as chewy as taffy and the steak dry. For the price ($200) the quality just is not there. Would not recommend to anyone looking for a good meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse is one of my favorite “after work” restaurants. The linguine and clams is my favorite entree on the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

A truly remarkable experience. I used a Groupon and was blown away by the service and quality. Our waiter was funny and personable. He made great recommendations for food and wine. Even made a few pretty good jokes. I would definitely go back. It's a lil pricey so if you don't have deep pockets try and snag a Groupon. Well worth it.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service was fast and efficient, although I don't believe English was a first language for most of wait staff. I found some difficulty understanding some verbal statements of waiter due to language and background noise. Food was excellent and so were the drinks. Ambiance was nice. Items on menu maybe a little pricey but this could be due to location.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

As usual, the wait staff is outstanding! And the Maurer d displays outstanding professionalism.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Vacation- outstanding service and food

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Arrived for our 8pm reservation promptly seated. Food orders came out fairly quickly and my steak was cooked correctly. Also had the tipsy Arnold palmer which was very good. Felt the steak was a little pricey for the quality but this is a high end steak house in the city. I'd recommend a cab or uber if staying in a downtown hotel as the area can be a little sketchy after dark. Overall I was pleased and would def go back to BV for dinner next time I'm in town.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Staff was friendly and attentive to me needs and wants.I tried tried Harry's Salad and it was fantastic. I had the seared sesame tuna, and was delicious

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

It was me second time here and the server's Recognized me and asking me if I want the same Jake and coke drink and start with the same Appetizer escargo as I had a couple night ago. This is great first class service when it's only the 2nd or even someone's first time and the server's go out of the way to make your dining Experience memberable

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

I am a frequent customer of Bobby Van's Steak and use it for both dinners with my family and business meals. The food is excellent and the service is very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good food with excellent service and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Most of the meat was a bit salty. The filet mignon was not carefully cut: there was more gristle than one might normally expect. Service was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great location and ambience. Devin was superb with his customer service

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