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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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
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Romantic (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Groups (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

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 2 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great overall experience with top notch food and service. I had a very upscale experience.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The calamari with sweet chilli sauce and mozzerella tomatoes were very good appetizers. My daughter and I split the scallops and petite filet for dinner. Our only mistake was telling the waiter that because they cut the filet in half prior to cooking which dried it out slightly but still came as medium rare as requested. Service was superior.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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

I absolutely love this place

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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!

Tags: Fun
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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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