Ray's The Steaks

4.4
1934 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Premium cuts, aged and butchered in-house, and specialty butcher cuts at reasonable prices.

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.

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High quality meats that won’t break the bank.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1934 People Are Saying
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PR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meat is first class meat, very tender and juicy excellent

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to RTS in such a long time but so glad we went! Same great food and service as I remembered. Was sad they don’t do the lil spiced nuts or lil fudge after dinner but oh well!!

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome steaks, spinach and mash potatoes!

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing! Would go back for the 60 day dry aged ribeye. Sides were excellant. Service was good. Overall nice place.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner very accommodating and friendly as were the wait staff

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n
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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CS
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ray’s hangar steak is the most flavorful piece of meat I have ever had. It is why I keep coming back.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal -- was with a client and it was perfect. Service was terrific. Thanks

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MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good server, very helpful and attentive

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WS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

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...

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DD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

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NB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual....never disappoints

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c
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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PR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was good! Small and quaint place. Steaks were pricy but good

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TV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They just do it all right. Food is always awesome and if you want to tweak something they do everything possible to accommodate.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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 😉

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GC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best value for a top quality restaurant steak ever!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Formidable

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went with my 11 and 12 year-old sons. Everyone had a great steak, good experience and we love the non pretentious atmosphere.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks as expected but the real surprise was the key lime pie.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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!

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We,ve eaten here over a dozen times and have never been disappointed. Just miss a cup of coffee with the delicious desserts.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Prices have gone up, decor is bland and food quality was average. A bit disappointing.

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Awful ambience and decoration, overpriced food.

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A
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at Rays.staff and food are great !

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GG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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.

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GP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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