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

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)
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Hot Spot (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The service is top notch every time. I've been here three or four times and had different waiters but the service is exemplary.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Staff was friendly and cordial. Food was great, NY steak cooked right . Harry's salad was tasty.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went during restaurant week for a bachelorette party. The service was wonderful and the waiter was very accommodating. However, out of six diners only one person had their filet mignon cooked well. The rest of us had meals that were overcooked and dry. Additionally, there was only 2 pieces of potatoes as the side to the filet. If I'd had to pay full price I would have been felt even worse. Sadly, my expectations were not met foodwise but our service was top notch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Decent food and attentive surface but not really much to distinguish it from other steak houses.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

For one the best meals DC has to offer go here it is terrific

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I absolutely love Bobby Vans!!! It is my go to restaurant for any occasion because I can always depend on the service and quality of the food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

I came here for restaurant week to catch up with friends, the atmosphere the restaurant creates was perfect for that. The only reason I gave the food 4 stars instead of 5 was because my steak was cooked for too long and some pieces were burnt even though I asked for "medium well". I'll probably return and order something different next time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Ate during restaurant week. Meal was great, especially the dessert!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Not sure if it was because it was restaurant week but everything was just meh. The steak was just ok, the service was just ok, not a memorable experience at all. Can't say I'll be coming back any time soon.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

The service was very good from the time we arrived and our departure. The food was hmmmm "just okay" for most of us. We decided to have our team building meeting for work at this location while taking advantage of restaurant week. While the food was not bad, it was fair.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I ordered the catfish . It was just ok. Could have had more flavor

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I’ve had many meals at Bobby Van’s and the experience has always been excellent. Unfortunately, last night was not one of those nights and that’s because the server was extremely inattentive. Server couldn’t even tell us all of the specials and, at one point, was gone for nearly 30-minutes as we waited for our check. I’m assuming this was all just a fluke and I will certainly go back as I’ve never had an experience like that there. But it was disappointing, especially because we had talked it up to our out of town guests.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Very good food and service. I had the prime rib and my wife had the filet mignon. We both enjoyed our meals very much. While the prime rib was good; I would not say it was over the top. The meal did come with a baked potato. Think next time we go back I will go with the filet.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

excellent service, very friendly but professional and competent. very good cocktalis. we had a special seafood appetizer...shrimp crab and lobster ($100 for 4). nice shrimp, decent crab but watery lobster claws. typical steakhouse, everything is a la cart. my rib eye ($50+) was mostly fat. what edible portions there were were very good but even for a rib eye which is a fatty cut, this was over the top. overall, very expensive and unless someone's expense account is picking up the tab, not worth it

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Staff was attentive, pleasant and courteous. Food was disappointing. Location very convenient.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

One of the best steaks I have had with these high end steakhouse chains. You will pay but it was worth the money. The wine list could have a few cheaper options especially what they are charging for the meal. Sometimes u just want a little break.

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Classic Steakhouse. Great food and service. Prices comparable to other local steakhouses,

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Top notch service per usual - always know what you're getting with Bobby's excellence in their staff.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Arrived for a business dinner. Fantastic Service! Fantastic Food! Great Martini!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Good, old school steak house - dark, quiet, expensive, heavy food. With Groupon 1/2 price a good deal. Otherwise, pretty pricey.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

They know beef and good service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Bobby Vans, as always, never disappoints. The bone in porterhouse and bone in riveted were expertly cooked to perfection in an awesome preparation - and were off the charts tender and delicious. The wine held its own with the beef and sides and was perfectly paired. Hats off to Joe Smith and evening manager Dave for another superb experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

One of the few places I have found worth paying the price for. Steaks are always flavorful, tender and juicy and prepared to the requested temperature. Porterhouse for 2 can feed 3-4 (unless you are big eaters) when you add a salad (Harry's is a nice choice to share) and a couple of their ample sides (garlic mashed, mushrooms and onions are our favorites). Patio seating is nice and even on a warm summer night there is shade and always a breeze coming up 15th St. so it is usually very comfortable. Service is top notch. Valet parking ($12) is available at 5pm and street parking starts at 6:30pm. Look for a Groupon to make it a even better value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great steak served here, but service is spotty at best-
But if you are using a coupon - its definitely worth it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I'm not DC superstar that dines like a rockstar, but I love my Bobby Van's. Whether at the Steakhouse or the Grill, I definitely appreciate the service and the food. Thanks again for a great evening out with a friend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food is always good. Although most dishes do not come with inclusive side items the food is always served hot. It would be great if more entrees included the side items.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We booked reservations and overall we were delighted with the service. The steaks were not so great. We had a medium rare that came out burnt and a medium well that came to us medium rare (even butterflied). The manager helped us and made one steak right and the staff was great with our kids. We met the chef and he also apologized. While I don't expect anything for free, with over $100 in filet mignon, we would have appreciated a bit of credit for the poor preparation.

We simply did not like the steak, flavor was lost due to them being over cooked. Might have simply been a bad day.

Everything else was great and the portions were awesome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

A traditional handsome steakhouse offering an excellent array of classic steakhouse foods. Conversations can be had as the environment is quiet and professional. Full service is elegant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

My wife has issues with what she is allowed to eat. The Chef actually came out and went over all the spices that he would use. He also came out to explain what she should not share from other plates. Very good service as I alway expect from them.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Worst oysters ever. Overpriced. Steak ok. Service ok.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My fiancé an I attended this restaurant on Saturday it was everything we'd hope for. The food, the apostrophe and the servers were right on point. One server even took our pics at the end of the evening. What I did not like about it was how we were seated right behind a group of friends whom were super loud. We heard their entire conversation from the time we arrive and right down til the moment he an I left.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Absolutely the best steak in DC Service is always great!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Lunch was great! Great service, great food, and very nice lunch menu.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Over priced! The food is good - but the prices that accommodate them are truly very expensive. Steak prices and Apps are totally out of whack - for my tastes!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 26, 2017

It's not a Steven Star but it was pretty good food. The NY strip was cooked and seasoned well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Reservations made for another location, they were able to accommodate our 'walk-in' and cancel the other reservation. Fabulous food and service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our waiter's was very courteous but we had problem understanding his English when he was telling us the specials for the day. Food was very good.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We loved our meal. The French onion soup, scallops, crab cakes were excellent. The mac & cheese side dish was superb.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

This was a first time going there. I used a Groupon because I wanted to see if it was worthwhile. My food was overcooked and it was lukewarm temperature. I did not complain since I thought my waiter would've double checked to make sure my steak was cooked correctly and he did not. I have had waiters at other places that are less expensive ask me to make sure that my steak is cooked correctly so it was disappointing that at this expensive restaurant our waiter did not do that. The old fashioned drink for $16 is not worth it because it does not taste like an old-fashioned it was very disappointing. And they were not busy at all. The service was ok. My overall experience was not very good and I would definitely not go there again since it is too expensive. There are other restaurants that I can go to that is less expensive and better service.

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