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
View Larger Map

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

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for a Date (36)
See All
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)
Sort by
S
2301 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2012

This restaurant was great and the food was delicious! The service was outstanding and the staff were all very helpful and nice. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

Typical steak house with great steak and wine list. Although, for the money, there are better restaurant choices in DC.

Tags: Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

The Steak and the cheese cake were prepared perfectly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

my sisters and I do a sister's dinner every now and again and thought we should try Bobby Van's. we had a great time and the staff is wonderful. food was good but could have been better. and the portion size was GREAT! I will definitely be back to try something else on the menu. I also had a breat margarita(actually it was so good I ordered a 2nd one lol)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

Great place for my husband and me to celebrate our anniversary; great service!

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

I was at the retaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday during lunch hour and restaurant week. The honree had blackened salamon and had th pepper steak entree. The food and bread were both delicious. The waiter was very attentive. The serivce was great. Therefore, I will definitely return for additional visits!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

Good, but not the best steakhouse by any means.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2012

The service was really slow and we rarely saw our server.

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2012

It was restaurant week dinner, but the menu was not far from what I might have other wise ordered. The filet was cooked perfectly, but in need of more spice. Our waiter had a bit of an attitude probelm, but he did serve us well. I had requested a quiet table and the Host did a good job of accomodating that. It was a good night.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2012

My guests and I enjoyed the restaurant. The steaks were great. Service was very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2012

I treated my friend to a birthday dinner on Thursday evening and it was fabulous. The Ribeye was cooked to perfection. We opted for the mac&cheese and sauted spinach as our sides and we could not have made a better choice. Our waiter was the best, knowledgeable,congenial and most attentive. We had a wonderful dinner celebration and a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2012

As always, Bobby Van did not disappoint us ... even though it was restaurant week in D.C., we felt like we were Rod Grigsby's only table. Everything was very nice and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2012

Really enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu here - great value for the money. As always, the steaks and salads at Bobby Van's are just wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2012

Unfortunately, our experience at Bobby Van’s was OK at best. I’ve always seen Restaurant Week as an opportunity for the higher priced restaurants to attract first-timers to try out their menu without spending a lot of cash. If I like a place during restaurant week, I know I’m going to like it when I return and pay full-price later for a special occasion. In short, Bobby Van’s is off the list of places to return to for that special dinner.

The Catfish with Shrimp E’touffee was bland and lacked the rich, dark colored roux that makes E’toufee what it is. The seasoning was non-existent as to make the sauce an afterthought. The Peppered Steak (medium) was on the dry side with little, to no, natural juices on the plate. Between the two

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2012

We went during resturant week and the service was fantastic. The waitress was very nice and the food was excellent. This place I truly reccomend and plan to return in the future

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2012

The menu is a bit limited but the food is excellent. Our waitress was very kind, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends. I actually already have.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2012

We all had a great time!! Everything was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2012

The filet mignon was amazing! It was cooked perfectly!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2012

The food was great but the service was less than desirable. I feel as though there was a break down in language between my group and waiter.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2012

While the food was (unsurprisingly) wonderful, the service was less than enthusiastic, though I chalk this up to it being restaurant week. We went at 2pm, and it seemed the staff were preparing for an onslaught come dinner, so we were, regretfully, a bit neglected. The food was perfectly cooked, though, and we enjoyed the relative solitude to chat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2012

I love the atmosphere of this place. Warm and inviting even during the lunch hour and it was the perfect day to enjoy an outside lunch on the patio. The steak was cooked to perfection and the ceasar salad was yummy. The table was split on the steak with red potatoes or the roasted chicken with string beans. We both ordered the steak and when the chicken went by we wanted to try that too. There was also Rockfish (my favorite) on the menu so we definitely will be visting again to try more items from the menu. Service was well-timed and friendly!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2012

Best steak - HANDS DOWN! Eating their steak made me feel that Ruth Chris was the Friday's/Ruby Tuesday of steakhouses...lol. Our waiter, Oscar, was personable and his suggestions on wine were spot on. I will be back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2012

I ordered Filet Mignon and it was excellent. I would recommend it to a friend. Our waiter Oscar was very attentive and pleasant!! I really enjoyed everything

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2012

This was my first experience at Bobby Van's and I enjoyed it immensely. I had steak and was wonderfully prepared. Also my companion had the catfish and couldn't stop raving about it. I will definitely recommend it to others and I will return. Another plus was being able to outside and enjoy the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2012

Dined at Bobby Van's for RR2012. The service was AMAZING. They were on point the entire time time and I did not want for anything. As far as the food goes I was satisfied with everything but the main course potatoes we on the cool side and the filet didn't feel like it was worth the RR pricing let alone whatever retail would be. Don't get me wrong about the filet it was good just not what I would expect from a steak house. But overall I would rate the experience a good one. I would consider trying again and ordering something different. My friend ordered the pasta and she loved it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2012

My filet was like shoe leather...to the point Where I had to spit it out. I dined during restaurant week; however, if I would have paid the regular price of $50 for the steak, there would have definitely been a problem. My friend ordered blackened catfish over rice with a shrimp creole sauce. The sauce was tasty; however, the shrimp were your typical frozen shrimp from the grocery store. Our experience was not great considering this restaurant is considered more upscale. The only thing that stood out was the cheesecake. It was delicious. Definitely won't be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2012

We have been here before and the food was so much better, even on Restaurant Week. It seems as though cuts were made which has a huge impack on the quality of the food. The steak I had was awful. For some reason it had a bitter taste like liver. I should have sent it back. Although we have been here before,I never used the restroom until this visit. I found it to be in poor condition. I can only speak for the women's restroom. The doors to the stalls must have 20 layers of paint and they are hard to close. Walls and tiles need to be replaced. The whole restroom needs to be gutted and renovated. I can only wonder what's the condition of the kitchen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2012

We have walked by Bobby Van's for a number of years and asked a friend dine with us,so this Restaurant Week in DC was a prefect time,so we thought. Our Appetizer was superb even though it was served while we were already eating the salad. The 3 Filets of Beef were served, but I truly believe that the server was embarassed to serve them. It had the appearance of charcoal but it was prefectly cook inside,so we accept the appearance.???? Not one waiter or manager came to our table to ask how everything was thoughout our time there. Only after finishing Desert someone ask if we would like coffee. Question is, Did we get this type of food and service because of restaurant week or is this standard. Excellent wine list!

Tags: Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2012

restaurant week, so just ordered off the fixed menu...it was good, but nothing to make me run back there. Service a bit slow, but it was busy. Nice atmosphere...just nothing to make me care if it returned. Should try regular menu next time if i do.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2012

The host sat us at our table. Was sitting for 10 min before the waiter came to the table to greet us and bring menus. He failed to mention any specials that the were offering for the night. Had to wait another 10 mins before he came back to take our drink order. It took 25 mins for us to get our wine that we ordered. I will say after he finally took our order it did not take very long for the food to come out. I ordered my steak med, it came out med well. had to send it back, the 2nd steak was cooked med but it had no favor to it. I had to add salt and ask for steak sauce. I've been to many other steak houses in my life and I've never had to add salt nor use steak sauce on my steaks. This was my birthday dinner and I was very displeased.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2012

The Rockfish special was great. Crab cake entree overpriced for what it was.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2012

Very attentive waitstaff...my strip steak was excellent ~ cooked the way I requested (MR) and tender.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2012

My steak was a little over cooked, but besides that good food. Wonderful salad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Excellent place. Even better to dine outdoor when possible. The only minus, the quality of the indoor furniture. Some of them is quite old, and the image is not according to the food quality.

Service is very, very good and attentive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2012

We've been to Bobby Van's Steakhouse twice in the least 6 months. On both occasions the food was perfectly cooked, and tasted out of this world good. The steak was the king of the plate, and the sauteed mushrooms were hearty and the right complement. It is well worth the price with superb drinks and outstanding service. You are treated like royalty and feel like it the entire time!! We will be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Enjoyed myself

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Just love the steak salad here. Everything was perfect this visit!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on July 31, 2012

The food is wonderful. The staff is very attentive. It is pricey, though.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2012

The steak were cooked to the right temp
Our side dishes just the right amount of food
Services was always there at the right moment to pick up
Dishes and keeping the table clean

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2012

The service was very good, great Calamari with parmesan cheese, but that´s about it. We had lamb chops and Porterhouse, not that great compared with other options available in DC. I wouldn´t mind dinning again here, but it wouldn´t be my place of choice.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.