The Prime Rib

4.8
3240 Reviews
$50 and over
American
D.C's premier steakhouse with tuxedoed waiters and a 1940s Manhattan supper-club setting since 1976. Top five romantic restaurant in America (Food and Wine magazine). Live piano nightly. Complimentary valet parking. Jacket Required.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3240 people are saying
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nathanf
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'll wait her Mr Henry was outstanding. He took care of us very professionaly. He paid attention to our every need a job well done.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, and the meal was amazing

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vipCarol
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Loved the new autumn salad with pears, radicchio and gorgonzola. And hubby raved about the wedge salad. The prime rib and loaded baked potato were great. I was disappointed in the Dover sole as it was a bit rubbery...possibly overcooked? The grilled artichokes were also a little dry without much flavor. Great wine selection though, and the piano player was in peak form. Overall it was a wonderful evening and we'll definitely come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Was not impressed with the food. There are much better options for the amount you will spend here. Will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great service. Such fantastic atmosphere.

DB
vipDennisB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For years PR has been an excellent formal dining experience.

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vipJohnW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as was the service. Was very impressed when they did not charge for a salad where we did not like the dressing. The salad was made to perfection, we just made a bad choice.

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Lulu
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very disappointed with the prime rib. It was chewy, had to spit out inedible gristle and appearance was gray. At $52, should have complained to management.

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AnneK
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is certainly a high end steak house where you will be served a perfectly cooked steak. But the restaurant is getting a little dated. They also require men to dine in a jacket. In fact if you don’t wear a jacket to dinner, they will provide you with one to wear. This was a bit off putting to us but my husband was very kind and wore what they gave him. Google maps has some pictures of people dining without jackets so we assumed our dress attire was appropriate. We were wrong.

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Tara
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Henry was a wonderful and attentive server! He made our visit memorable, and we enjoyed all of the food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Never disappointed with Prime Ribs service and food! Oyster are amazing!

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vipDeanMZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no better steakhouse in all of DC than The Prime Rib.

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Fedneck
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Really nice restaurant. Steaks were not as good versus other comparable steakhouses. Sides were on par. Drinks were on par. Wine gave substantially less options. Finally, server was professional but abrupt, impersonal, and seemingly had better things to do.

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vipRonS
Naples
68 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite restaurants. Had not been there since the start of Covid.
Still a wonderful experience. Kim, the bartender makes fabulous cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas family dinner

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ArlanB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! This was the first time my wife and I have went here. It was truly a memorable fine dining experience, for our anniversary. The ambiance of the restaurant was classy and comfortable. Plus the touch of having a piano and piano player, playing music throughout the evening was nice. Our server, Roberto, was excellent! Then there is the food; amazing! Literally, every item we ordered was prepared perfectly, and they had a nice wine menu. To top things off they have us an delicious creme brulee to share for our anniversary. We both agree that it was a great experience and we will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and consistent execution in preparation.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!!

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vipWinifred
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The service is fabulous and welcoming.
So happy that the live music has returned!

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vipAaron
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly and service was top notch. Hats off to everyone especially the kitchen staff. Wonderful food! Thank you!

Complimentary valet and coat check. They work for tips. Nice live piano music. Noise level is low enough to hold a conversation. Decor is classy and elegant.

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JSP2000
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Quiet back room. After all these years, still one of the best steak houses around.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for a romantic evening out with my wife. Impeccable service and amazing dishes on the menu. The piano was a nice touch and the Christmas music was fitting for the occasion. The decor was great and the ambiance allows to get dressed up dapper for a night out on the town. Would definitely go back the next time we are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice dinner at The Prime Rib. The service and food were excellent and we were seated near the piano, which was a really nice addition. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the experience was top-notch. The New York Strip was cooked perfectly.

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DeeD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables are WAY too close for pandemic times. They tried to seat us at a table which was merely inches from the table next to us and were surprised when we protested. The lady who was sitting at the almost adjoining table actually lifted her purse out of the chair we were going to be sat at very obviously expecting no one would be so closely seated. The food was amazing, the servers were above and beyond BUT they really need to rethink the seating to protect their clientele or at least have an area that can accommodate those who are concerned about close proximity to other patrons.

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vipIskraN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as it always is! The best prime rib, service and ambiance!
Larry, thank you for the great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we were seated, our experience was stellar. My husband and I were celebrating our shared birthday, and that was acknowledged immediately. The food and drinks were outstanding, and the service was unbelievable. Tubo (please forgive the misspelling), our server, was awesome. We felt special all evening, including when we were served crème brûlée with candles! We were seated by the piano, and the music was wonderful. This was by far the best dining experience we’ve had. Kudos!

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Rosecobra
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family favorite restaurant. The Prime Rib steak is a favorite and always delicious. Along with the Filet Mignon, Lamb Chops, Salmon, and Lobster all absolutely cooked to perfection and delicious as well. Lobster Mac and Cheese and Asparagus are our favorite shareable sides and definitely save room for dessert!

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Ninette
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way especially the service. I love the dress code, it’s nice to see people dressing up for dinner. The food was amazing! This is my favorite restaurant overall!

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vipChatty
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice evening with music!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right next to the piano and bass player and it was amazing. At first I was worried the music would be too loud to hold a conversation but it wasn’t an issue at all. The service was great, the ambiance was incredible and the food was out of this world. We love The Prime Rib and will certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great environment and the food was great, only bad part was our server who seemed to have an attitude with us for no reason. Ruined the full experience. If you are going to work at an expensive restaurant don’t come to work disgruntled.

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vipPhilipB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib knocks it out of the park again. It's a quiet, clubby restaurant with live piano music, excellent service and classic cuisine. It's a little old fashioned, but in the best possible way. And they don't coast on the food quality. We had crab cocktails, and my mom had dover sole almandine, which she pronounced as superb. I had steak au poivre, and it was great. We had fries and creamed spinach side dishes and creme brulee for desert. A great visit again.

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Binky
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the very best on all levels, could not select a better place to dine and enjoy the ambiance, with service beyond expectations and the food consistently the best. Such a class operation.

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vipKathleenT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Charming and attentive wait staff. I never object to paying a premium price for food and beverages.
However, this was overpriced to say the least. Small drinks and mediocre food. Atmosphere was lovely. Unfortunately we won’t be back.

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vipAtypical
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a magically perfect evening to finally be back after the pandemic hit over 1-1/2 years ago and to celebrate the birthdays of both women present. The food was as delicious as ever and the service was impeccable.

I also wish to extend special kudos to the pianist. His extensive repertoire is incredibly large, and his music is never disruptive of conversation but always enhancing and complementary.

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vipMichelleL
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Certainly the most elegant restaurant in town. The Prime Rib never lowers its standards - perfect service, attentive but not intrusive, incredible food, a duo playing softly - we were in heaven.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in DC - maybe the universe.

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vipMickey
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was perfect, starting with the bread and the Cosmopolitan. The rack of lamb and mashed potatoes were seasoned perfectly in other words using only just the right amount of salt and no other interfering spices such as rosemary or fennel as lesser restaurants do.

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JimmyB
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not a huge fan. The Prime rib was quite bland and the New York Strip was practically inedible. The sides were ok but nothing stands out.

The server was just ok and the overall service was just ok.

The restaurant was actually just al little boring for my taste.

Disappointed in the food. Will not be back.

FAQs

The Prime Rib does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Prime Rib is rated 4.8 stars by 3240 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.