The Prime Rib

4.6
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American
DC'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.
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4.6
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!! I took my husband for his 60th bday. From the time we walked in until the last bite of dessert, I knew I had made the right choice!!
The service, live jazz duo and ambience were perfect. The meal was absolutely delicious.... the only thing we could say was WOW!!
Best lump crab cake and steak we’d ever tasted!
Thanks for making the celebration such a wonderful experience!

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Luke warm food, dry texture prime rib, which didn't come medium rare, as requested. Lobster bisque was unrecognizable...looked like a thick cheese dip. Expensive restaurant, good ambiance, piano was lovely, but the price point for the food quality was very disappointing, especially bc it was a special occasion dinner.

CT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a first class experience!

D
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal, the wonderful service from Dino, the pianist, and the ambiance. Thank you. Will come again.

f
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I love this restaurant but this time there were misses.
I ordered the chopped steak medium rare but it arrived well done. The bread pudding was half cold due to improper heating.
When you pay Prime Rib prices you expect better execution/

k
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always great! If you like Prime Rib - look no further! Everything is great here.

K
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The entire experience was excellent Justin and Larry made the evening outstanding.

Justin was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive

Highly recommend.

S
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib is a very special place. The dinner was excellent. The service was professional and perfect. We had cocktails, salad. Then we both ordered the Steak au poivre. Grilled artichokes and perfect potatoes. They all were perfect temperature and very delicious. Let’s be honest. You are going to spend some dollars here. Must say it was worth every dollar. We had a very special evening. We will come back to celebrate again.

TF
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal during this family visit. MVP of the evening according to our boys was Larry! Thank you very much for another delicious and memorable family evening.

AJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I had an okay experience at The Prime Rib. My mother and I dined there on Thanksgiving so it was supposed to be a special evening (it was our first time eating here) but it was not due to our waitress who was extremely condescending and borderline rude. She often cut us off mid request trying to guess what we were about to ask for and would often be wrong and she would offer us things we didn't ask for but then express how they didn't carry whatever it was she offered to us. We found ourselves beginning to dread when she would come to check on us which is not okay at all. So because of that we will not be back, there are way too many other steak houses in the district and Virginia to revisit one with such terrible service. We both had the signature cut prime rib and that was delicious but the sides left much to be desired.

MD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. My prime rib was excellent. A little pricey, even for D.C. $15 for a 1/4 head of iceberg greens a bit much.

r
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting my newlywed daughter and sol, ar took them to this steakhouse. Incredible place. Just like days gone by, they have a dress code which I like. The food and service were impeccable. Next time we're up from Florida, we'll come back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Class Act Service!

p
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

a little disappointed after the reviews but still a nice evening!

m
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Larry was our maitre D. Top notch!

AI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We liked the ambiance Service was good. The steaks were poor. At first I though my steak knife was dull, but it was really that the ribeye was very tough. Overall, way overpriced for what we received, have had much better at comparable or even lesser steak houses. The prime rib which one of our party ordered was very good. Maybe that's the one thing you should order if you go to "The Prime Rib". Pecan pie dessert was very overcooked. Overall, the food experience was very disappointing compared to the prices and the ambiance which the restaurant is trying to project.

R
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason The Prime Rib is rated #1 steak house by Zagat. It just is the best. Lobster Santiago is great too. And the chocolate mousse pie is fantastic.

SC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib is our celebration destination. We have shared many wonderful meals with close friends here. The food, service and particularly the decor make you feel special. We can’t wait to return for the next special event!

EZ
New York Area
221 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived 30 minutes early for our dinner reservation. The valet took our car & the manager invited us into the bar to wait. The bartender served us flutes of Taittinger champagne, then we were seated. We were greeted by our favorite waiter, Justin, so it was very nice. Of course, we had to order their famous potato skins (they invented them in 1965). The warm seeded bread served with softened butter was irresistible. My glass of Caymus cabernet sauvignon was yummy. Barry had a salad, then prime ribeye steak with bleu cheese topping. I had the regular cut prime rib. We shared the creamed spinach. I was full by then but we ordered dessert anyway! Haagen Dazs dark chocolate ice cream for my chocoholic. Mudd pie with a candle as an early 48th anniversary treat. Cappuccino arrived with chocolate-filled pirouette cookies. The live jazz began at 7 pm so we enjoyed the beginning. Hoping to return soon.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

RIP Buzz. "What a difference a day makes." I hadn't been here in at least six months and the place has changed, not drastically, but significantly. When they discontinued lunch service earlier this year, I became weary. I assumed it was just the end of lunches funded by hefty expense accounts. I always enjoyed dinner at the Prime Rib because it seemed like it was the best way to end a good day. The servers were refreshed after a busy lunchtime service and Buzz was at his best, meeting and greeting the diners while carousing with the bar crowd. But this evening's dinner seemed almost sad. Our server was totally zapped of all spirit and energy. We had to hear about the dinner specials from the server two tables over. He could have been a robot if I had'nt seen a slight grimace on his face at one point. Service was slow and everyone seemed to be just going through the motions. The food is still good though. The evening piano player was up to par but I miss Dan. His serenades at lunch were so heartfelt. I missed all the familiar servers who worked from lunch through dinner. I bet they miss the old place too. Dining at Prime Rib always felt "special" but now it just feels like a place that used to be "special". Buzz's presence is definitely missed. He took a part of the Prime Rib with him when he transitioned in mid October. I hope the restaurant can regain it's one-time splendor. But somehow I feel it won't. RIP ole friend.

f
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality food. The meat was extraordinary. Service was flawless and the ambiance is unbeatable.

MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An evening with our leadership team.

GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very nice evening with my wife there. Perfect service. Many thanks

MB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Had and early dinner, ordered a prime rib between rare and medium rare and was served an end piece that was half medium rare and hal medium well.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Dated atmosphere, no soul, no atmosphere. Overpriced and below average food. The desserts were practically inedible, tasted stale and were likely reheated. The place needs a complete overhaul.

NO
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place, the piano, the food, etc... Will definitely come back :)

SR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tremendous food.

Bring your wallet, it ain’t cheap.

RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and atmosphere

JG
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Prime rib is my favorite meal, and they got it perfect.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It continues to be a delight whenever our family visits the Prime Rib. It is quietly elegant and the perfect place to go when you have a special occasion.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around !! Fitz the bartender is fantastic.

M
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow and waiter was inattentive.

R
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prime rib dinner! Clams casino also very nice. Service was impeccable. I give few restaurants a five star rating but this meal and service deserved it.

SP
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way as always.

f
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place for a special evening out. Delicious food, excellent wines by the glass or bottle, attentive and professional service and relaxing piano music to complete the elegant dining experience!

D
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

It just wasn’t as good this time as I had hoped. We each had the rib eye instead of the prime rib. It wasn’t cooked properly and for a prime piece of meat, it was dry. I can cook a better steak at home. I live out of town and have eaten here every time for my last four trips. I don’t think I will go back unless it’s for a drink. I still like the Art Deco vibe, but the food isn’t up to par.

LG
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a favorite for special occasions when we lived in the Washington, DC area years ago. We were glad to have the opportunity to go there again. The food and service were terrific and the piano music very enjoyable. An all time favorite.

DS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib is our favorite place to celebrate -- did not disappoint

DA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant , been going there for 40 years, probably my favorite to return to at least once or twice a year.

b
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a classy joint! I showed up not knowing this place had a dress code, but no matter, Larry hooked me up with a jacket and showed my wife and I to the bar. They encourage you to take your time here; very refreshing! The food was superb. I had the 28oz. prime rib and it was perfect and too much. My wife had the fillet and loved it. The potatoes au gratin were on point. This is my new favorite steakhouse in D.C.. Oh, and don't forget to ask Larry to show you a magic trick. He's a consummate professional magician!