Ray's The Steaks
Washingtonian Top 100 Best Restaurants every year since 2003.
Not a conventional, expense-account steakhouse. We do not offer traditional, formal service or elegant, romantic accommodations.
What Insiders Are Saying
High quality meats that won’t break the bank.
Creamed spinach is great. I’m not a steak person, but the salmon is very good and my friends loved their steaks. Server was friendly and attentive.
Ray’s hangar steak is the most flavorful piece of meat I have ever had. It is why I keep coming back.
Owner decides to call me and berates me on the phone claiming my group and I were rude to his staff, this is a first and it is unacceptable, they should have turn us away if that I was the case, why seat us? plenty of better options in the area where they don’t use Denny’s wine glasses, it is one and done for me regardless of the owner’s behavior
Great meal -- was with a client and it was perfect. Service was terrific. Thanks
Ray’s is my favorite steakhouse in the DC area and is a tremendous value. The cuts of meat are fantastic and come with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. The wedge salad comes with massive bacon chunks, and all the side orders are outstanding and reasonably priced. The staff are professional, knowledgeable. empowered and cherished by management and it shows. There simply isn’t another Arlington steakhouse that comes close and the high end steakhouses downtown are competitive with Rays quality-wise but get crushed on the value factor.
If you want a properly cook, flavorable steak at a reasonable price, this is the place. They pride themselves on providing great meals in a relaxed environment and the deliver every time we go. They may not be the fanciest steakhouse in the Washington area but they certainly are the best.
Very good server, very helpful and attentive
Service was despondent but the grub is solid. Main offerings are decent but cocktails and after dinner drink options are weak at best. Try it and see if it’s your thing...
Patrons for 14 years since the time of the Original Rays. Drive from MD, and past several other options on our way. The space was rundown, our server was not personable and very inattentive, and the steaks were mediocre at best Subpar vs. “Ray’s standards”!! They’ve truly lost their touch and we will not return.
Friendly and attentive staff; good food, excellently prepared; outstanding steak!
12 people with 12 definitions of a great meal....100% satisfied!
Kind of a miracle...thank you!
Great food and service as usual....never disappoints
I wanted to order the filet and scallops, but they were unfortunately out of scallops. So I chose the filet by itself. It was very tender and cooked correctly. The garlic mashed potatoes are very good and are also unlimited. I'd say it was a good steak, but I probably won't make the trip to Arlington for it again.
Steak was rare when I asked for medium rare. Waitress insisted we get more spinach when we both declined. My girlfriend then agreed to a little extra spinach... waitress returned with full plate of spinach that neither of us wanted. We ended up leaving all the spinach.
We ate fillet mignon and it was delicious. I felt like I was back home in Argentina but one of those good restaurants for tourists
The meat was with so much flavor and so tender easy to chue
We had key lime pie for dessert and it tasted delicious as well.
I would recommend this place to anyone who truly loves meat
Dinner was good! Small and quaint place. Steaks were pricy but good
They just do it all right. Food is always awesome and if you want to tweak something they do everything possible to accommodate.
the steak is always on point...usually service is great except for this last visit...but wont rate them badly for one bad apple and/or experience 😉
Somewhat informal fine dining in an absolutely delicious steakhouse. A nice break from the normal Steakhouse that everyone makes and is always the same. Everyone enjoyed it.
Best value for a top quality restaurant steak ever!
Our waiter would not let us place an order for an appetizer until we order our main dishes. Surprise! They all arrived together. This use to be a good place but it’s gone downhill.
Absolutely love this place. Food is fabulous. Service is fantastic. Thank you all for having this little gem of a place. Owner is witty, charming and has a great restaurant!
I hadn't been to Ray's the Steaks in 2 years and had a disappointing experience. Although the sauces were excellent, the meat wasn't particularly flavorful. I wanted my steak medium rare and it came medium to medium-well. The high point of the meal was the crab soup to start and the creamed spinach.
Went with my 11 and 12 year-old sons. Everyone had a great steak, good experience and we love the non pretentious atmosphere.
Excellent steaks as expected but the real surprise was the key lime pie.
Food was absolutely delicious. For the price point you literally cannot get a better steak. I just wish they still served coffee. Staff was friendly and did not hover too much. Overall, great experience but could use some coffee.
Amazing steaks in town- we found our spot for special occasions! I love how they have a simple menu with different steak selections. Outstanding prep of their steaks! Recommend getting garlic mashed potatoes.
When you spend this much money on a steak you expect it to be cooked as ordered. We ordered a medium Porterhouse to share and it was rare and cold!
We,ve eaten here over a dozen times and have never been disappointed. Just miss a cup of coffee with the delicious desserts.
Prices have gone up, decor is bland and food quality was average. A bit disappointing.
It was great on every level. Unbelievably juicy prime cuts of steak. You will not find better quality for the money, especially when unlimited sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach are included with the price of the entree. Knowledgeable wait staff. Our waitress described the characteristics of the wines we selected very accurately. Can't wait to go back.
Awful ambience and decoration, overpriced food.
Another great experience at Rays.staff and food are great !
The service and the wine were good. The steak itself started out as quality meat, its clear-- however I asked for medium, which should mean a moderate amount of pink in the center. What I got was rare: red throughout with a deep red center. I sent to back only to have the chef heat the outside, leaving the center untouched (it needed to be put onto a cooler part of the grill to cook...)
I know that steakhouses partially pre-cook the steaks but this literally came out a few minutes after I ordered it: not nearly enough time to cook it properly.
Each meal comes with creamed spinach and mash. The latter was likely boxed potatoes and watery to boot. I won't be coming back.
Just terribly disappointing...first time visitor and will never return. Ordered the 60 day aged Delmonico, recommended med rare, but it was served blackened and charred. Shrimp scampi was swimming in orange glob, only received one glass of water and never refilled. Upon complaining that the steak was too charred to eat, was only offered a piece of pie, and manager never came by to ask us about our issue.
Great food. Fair service
Meeting friends from 30 years ago.
Birthday celebration! Everything was great, steaks superb!
We were seated quickly which was great! But the menu was a lot different from what was online. Our waiter avoided us most of the night. I never got part of my order. And the table setting was a little close together
I chose this restaurant based upon reviews from Washingtonian. Good food is always more important to me than atmosphere and Washingtonian warned that this place is not for those looking for ideal atmosphere. I was in a party of three and tried all three steak dishes, all of which were very disappointing. Not one of our steaks were prepared as ordered. The server was not very attentive so we decided not mention it and just had our food packed to go. The cost vs quality was just not there.