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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4.4

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4.6

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (46)
Romantic (34)
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Business Meals (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Casual (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

By far one of the best services in DC. Attention to detail and customer needs is immaculate . Highly recommend Bobby Vans!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Worth the drive into the city. Relaxed efficient service and well-prepared steaks!

Tags: Business Meals, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

We purchased a bottle of wine and it was fantastic. The crab cake appetizer was great as well. Service was a little slow but we weren't in a rush. Ordered the meal for two which was a 3lb rib eye and 2 lbs of lobster with a side of mashed potatoes and two sides of bearnaise. Ordered the steak medium bc I had to compromise with my husband who likes it barely pink. I can eat med rare. This steak was practically raw. As in, the outside was barely brown and the middle was purple. I HATE sending things back because it feels so high maintenance, but the entree alone was $180 so I wanted to be able to eat it. The mashed potatoes were mealy, maybe they were instant? And the bearnaise sauce was terrible. It was like a pudding on top and watery underneath. Cheesecake for dessert was great. Way better places in this area to eat for the same amount of money or less.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We go to this restaurant for our yearly family dinner for Valentine's Day. It has always been amazing. The wait staff was very attentive and we never had to wait for anything. The food is so yummy and plentiful. Usually, expensive restaurants have tiny portions, but Bobby Van's isn't like that at all. The sides are "family" size and are good for 2-3 people. The cocktails are wonderful too. They also have an extensive wine selection that you can buy by the glass or bottle. Also, they frequently have Groupons so that is a plus as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

The service is bad although I still paid the tip. They gave me a cold face and words all the evening. No introduction and recommendation, even answer to your questions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Nelson, was excellent. He very attentive, pay attention to detail, and made great recommendations. He made our Valentine’s Day dinner very special.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Quality food. Enough variety for everyone. Great service. Booth not the greatest comfort.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was good as always. No complaints. Service good as usual as well.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I went for our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. Mike our waiter was awesome and knowledgeable. He suggested that I start with a seafood dish, which consisted of gigantic crab meat, jumbo shrimp, and lobster! Superb! He also suggested the Washington apple martini which was perfect! Kudo’s to the bartender! We will be going again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Good steaks, tired interior, lacking in energy, no Irish whiskies (at least according to our server). Food, service and prices were good enough to repeat but with tired atmosphere and many other steak houses in DC might not.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food wine and staff are great!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Valentine’s weekend dinner - quite sublime! Great food! Highlights: delicious chocolate mousse cake, oysters on half shell, escargot, filet, Tom Collins, single malt scotch... but also, we really appreciated our attentive but not obtrusive waiter, the decor is nice but not amazing (music good volume a tad dated - very 80s)... we will be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service and food quality was superb. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. Rudy our waiter was attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and it was worth driving from Rockville.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I came here after an early afternoon show and had another great time. Rudy, our waiter did a superb job taking care of us and explaining the specials. Service was prompt without being rushed. As always food was terrific. Wife's surf (1/2 lobster) and turf (filet) special was perfectly cooked and nicely presented. My NY Strip was perfectly cooked and delicious. Drinks were good, and not that expensive (for downtown DC). Ron, the waiter from our last visit stopped by to chat. Another really great experience. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Absolutely delicious!!! Great Martinis!!! Excellent for date night!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing food, service and atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This is a great date night restaurant. We actually had a Groupon but reserved it on OpenTable. There were no problems being seated and the food was really good. I'm ready to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food did not impress me and certainly wasn’t worth the price. Mike’s Grill and Sweet Water Tavern food tastes better and has a more elegant decor. My brother and his wife loves Bobby Vans but they are wine drinkers and love seafood. So a hit for some but not for me and my spouse. Service excellent though!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent meal and Hosea was the best server.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I know it's a steakhouse (15th st) but the selection for non steak eaters was nonexistent. Would have loved to have a shrimp pasta dish while my husband enjoyed his steak.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of the best steaks in the city - and always consistent. The Chef engaged the customers and ensured satisfaction. Bar staff (Kevin), was outstanding. Server Boil and Hector made our experience outstanding. Highly recommend Bobby Van’s to anyone visiting DC, or any townie that wants a quality meal in a local treasure.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and very attentive service. A bit high priced but worth it. My only gripe is in DC where we were sitting there were 5 servers standing near our table....we felt like we were being constantly watched ....our every move.....they should move about or hang away from patrons while they are eating.......service was great don't get me wrong but trying to have a nice meal with my wife while 5 or six waiters stand looking at you.........

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great experience and food. The porterhouse was cooked to perfection.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great deal - service adequate

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I went here for my birthday dinner last weekend. The service was fast, food was deeeeelicious and our server, Rod, was fantastic. Great location, walking distance to the White House, and valet parking available at a reasonable price

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and attentive service is always a reason to come to Bobby Vans. Ron, you are always the best every time my hubby and I stop in for a hot delicious meal. Our experience would not be the same without your presence in the restaurant. Bobby Vans Crew, you all knocked it out the park again (as always) tonite. Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my second visit to Bobby Van's and just like before, the food was delicious, perfectly prepared and filling! Our server was Jose and he was a great balance between attentive and overbearing. He was friendly, thoroughly answered our questions and made good suggestions. He even sang happy birthday to my fiance all by himself while bringing the dessert. The only thing that concerned me during this visit was the noise in our section and the boisterous parties that kept being seated there. I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or done on purpose, as each party, including mine, seemed to fit the same demographic... so to speak. When observing other sections, it seemed to be more diverse with a reasonable noise level. Other than this, the dining experience was great! My last experience did not include these issues so it might have just been a coincidence. Overall, we really really enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful meal, excellent service, close to work. I always enjoy the food at Bobby Vans and I especially liked the top choices offered for Restaurant Week. The service was excellent and fast. I highly recommend Bobby Vans for fine dinning at a fair price. They take Groupon coupons too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was one of the great experience of mine in Washington DC. Very comfortable, nice classic restaurant, kind of fancy place. Food is great better than founding farm actually.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Very good steakhouse with no bells and whistles--they know how to char a good steak.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

My baked potatoe was cold, my salad was wilted and my steak looked like someone had cut half of it away prior to serving it. I complained to my waiter and he shrugged his shoulders. I've dined at your establishment several times before, and I must say my prior experience have been great and my steak was much larger. But this must have been an off day for your restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Been to this restaurant several times, and like the other experiences, this time was also excellent! Food was delicious -- as it always is! This is a pricier steak restaurant, but thank goodness for Groupon -- made dinner an extra good value for the high-end quality of food and the restaurant. Service -- as it always is -- was superior. We always request Rodney's service area, as he is the best! Always on-target with his recommendations, always attentive without being intrusive, and he's got a wonderful personality/demeanor about him that makes for an even more enjoyable dining experience. Highly recommend the restaurant; highly recommend the bone-in rib eye and creamed spinach; and highly recommend seating in Rodney's area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service and food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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 12, 2018

Simply awesome experience food was done to perfection

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 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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