Ray's The Steaks

4.3
1960 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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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 1960 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Rays is a great, no frills steakhouse without a full bar and limited drink options (no coffee/tea for dessert?!). As a result of the limited options, not everyone will love it; it has a limited appeal for the evening diner.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They got the beef.

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VZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Desserts (Cheesecake and Keylime Pie) were too cold to enjoy full flavor

Steak excellent / cooked as requested

Caesar salad best ever

Some asparagus stalks were stringy

Delicious fresh bread

Nice wine selection

Host was very welcoming and fun

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

Always amazing for an incredible steak dinner. The food and staff are superb, and Rays is by far the best steakhouse in the DMV.

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IM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak was awesome and one if the best places to have steak in DC. Loved it and awesome chocolate mousse as well. Ate way tooi much but enjoyed it

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I always recommend it because I love this place. But things are slipping. Our waitress has no personality, didn’t know the wine menu well and didn’t know what bottle we ordered was no longer available. Then when we both SPECIFICALLY described how we’d like our filets. They both came out overdone. This is the first time this has happened to me here and I was quite disappointed.

I hope they regain their worth.

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SG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks continue to be best in class and served at the perfect temperature. The establishment is clean and wait staff service is customer oriented and so knowledgeable of the menu. We'll be back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The service was ok but my Waitress sucked . I need the chef's to butterfly my steak. But he can not butterfly a 16oz steak . This guy just cut it up for me. Please please get some chef's at can butterfly a steak.

Thank you
McKinley Summers

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always great, but I always feel like the server is trying to rush us through dinner and out the door. This time the server asked to take my plate and I wasn’t done.

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ML
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Ordered a $65 dry aged rib-eye steak that, while cooked to temperature in the middle, came out dry as jerky. Wait staff and hostess were quick, ambiance is no frills, as advertised. After spending $90 on this meal I was left pondering how many times I could have gone somewhere like Texas Roadhouse for a similarly underwhelming experience. I had much higher hopes for the steaks at Ray's, but after having the most expensive steak on offer, I'm not impressed. I assume they're using USDA choice meat as the steak wasn't advertised as prime. The dry aging process left this grade of meat tough and flavorless outside the char on the outside. I'm unlikely to return which is too bad because I had read many positive reviews.

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g
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Steak was great but dining room was crowded and too casual for the price of the meal. tables too close together, no table cloths, and hardly any ambiance. Wine list was also lacking. For a place with this good of steaks, the rest of the experience should come up a few notches.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We were all very satisfied and content.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I ordered the Cowboy steak (Medium cooked) and noticed it was cooked unevenly. When I started to cut into the steak it started as well done to medium and then rare in the middle. When the waitress took it back to the kitchen they only seared the outside to hide the bleeding red on the outside but it was still rare on the inside. When she took it back again they had to cut the steak in slices and by then it was well done. Not worth the price you pay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Tables are too close to one another. Decor and ambiance are subpar. It looks like there was no thought put into the restaurant. It literally looks like they took an open space with white walls and threw in as many tables as possible. Service was very slow and food was just okay - not very flavorful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 2

Ny strip was great. Kc strip mediocre

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D
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great steaks at very good value. The Porterhouse was worth it. Definitely a place to recommend.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered Caesar salads, filet mignon, and key lime pie. The service was GREAT!!! Kevin was our server. Ask for him!!! He's very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He recommended a wine we were unfamiliar with - "Educated Guess" - it was excellent. A wonderful experience. We'll definitely be back.

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KS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Ray’s is one of the best restaurants in town. If you feel like a steak, they deliver the best, hands down. In our last visit, service left a lot to be desired, which is why they lost a star.

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R
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was not our first, and certainly not the best experience we have had at Ray's. The steaks were as good as they always are. However, the room was exceptionally dark - not sure why it was so dimly lit. Must admit, this was the first time I can recall that coffee was not available. Our group was interested in dessert, but not without coffee - what is that all about ??

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We ordered four different steaks and all were served to use very undercooked.

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food great but waiter mixed up drink order and was pretty ambivalent about service overall

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience when visiting Arlington. Steaks were perfect and sides were delicious.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Steaks were drastically over cooked.... service left much to be desired. won’t be back.

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DF
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed in the sides and the comfort of the place, two of our steaks were very good, one filet mignon was under cooked, sent back and returned cut up and over cooked. Overall not a good experience.

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PR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food, the clean, modern ambience and the thoughtfulness of your staff in explaining about the address, the location of the entrance to the restaurant and to the garage. Very helpful. One nit — you do not serve coffee! When does the chuck wagon not serve a cup of joe?

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
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 on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome steaks, spinach and mash potatoes!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food on Fri night. Love the unlimited spinach and potatoes

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
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 on April 17, 2019
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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OT
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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