The Prime Rib

4.8
3228 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 3228 people are saying
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vipPhilipB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread and filet was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in all respects. Smooth. Quiet and polite. Very attentive service. Yes, it is a bit of a time warp…but it remains impeccable. Fine dining.

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SMTPTO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an excellent meal enjoyed by everyone at the table.

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Robert
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib is the best beef restaurant I've ever eaten in around the USA.

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vipDrFloss
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We leave a favorite table; food always high quality and ambiance, perfect.

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vipPhil
West Palm Beach
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, pleasant attentive staff/ lovely evening.

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vipmarc
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, fabulous food and a beautiful room
Love the piano player
Best steak house in town

PF
vipPFVEMV
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Philip was particularly attentive and we appreciated the exceptional service.

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DwayneS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great spot for date night when you want to dress up and go out. Live piano music filling the room and serenading guests during dinner, was a great backdrop for a sophisticated atmosphere and delicious food. Our server was outstanding! She had fabulous wine recommendations that were spot on pairings for our meals. Great place.

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vipCeee
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exquisite food. Prime rib tastes amazing. Choices of sides are all great. Service is nice. Overall, a fine dining experience!

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Cwonder
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing and we loved the piano

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TeriR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Perfect for any special event.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around!

DM
vipDanielM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This long time jewel continues to please. Our server, Samanunu, maintained the perfect balance between service and unobtrusiveness. Any dining suggestions she made exceeded expectations. Once again the Prime Rib proved to be the perfect venue for a wonderful evening.

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vipPBfoodie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way! Top notch, elegant dining. A wonderful experience all around.

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CodyC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and the food was outstanding. Service was the best and the staff treated us as if we were VIP’s. Definitely recommend if you are i. The DC area and want an upscale experience.

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vipGerry
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in all respects! Our server Tupo was perfect.

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IsaiahV
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers are very nice they pull out your chair for you they do whatever you need to have a great meal. There is a piano player playing nice relaxing music overall its a great place for an anniversary or a date

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vipJohnW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some things never change. This place is old school cocktails and dinner place, love the service and food. Everything was perfect.

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vipjimD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an amazing upscale Restaurant.The food is the excellent and the service over the top. The best prime rib in town!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my birthday abd our anniversary same date October 8.

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HJGold
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This old favorite has continued to be the go to place for the highest quality steaks. And the potato skins are still the best in the city. The dining room has been upgraded during the pandemic and the service remains highly professional. It's still a DC gem.

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EmilyJ
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for special occasions! Highly recommend!

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vipansgenius
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not the best prime rib I have ever had but maybe it is personal preference. The only other relatively high end place to compare this to is Lawry's in chicago, which is better. If you like a fancy place that makes you dress up for a dining experience, then this is for you. However, that is not me and I have had better prime rib at less fancy establishments. You will get a good meal here, but you will pay for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations at The Prime Rib for my husband’s Birthday. After almost losing him to kidney failure (he has a new kidney now) this celebration was one to remember.

The service, food, ambience, and music was something for the books. This is a 100% Diamond Restaurant. Love it. We will certainly return to celebrate more occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son’s birthday and first time he ate at a real steakhouse so it may as well be the best In metro DC. The reason I marked value in the middle is because you don’t go here for value. It’s expensive. And it should be. It’s truly one of the best steak houses in the region.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at the Prime Rib

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Donut
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, you guys did your think. I thank you sooo much for make a great time for me and my brother. He couldnt stop taking about it. See ya again soon.

JC
vipJustChasetheMoo
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. The staff was amazing.

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vipWinifred
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love the elegance of the Prime Rib.

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has always been the best go-to in the area. From the piano to the overall ambiance, nothing else comes close!

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vipEmmaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Birthday dinner for my mom here. The food was incredible and Jose M gave us incredible service will definitely be back !

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vipDennisB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I appreciate the fact that jackets are required for men. This sets the tone for The Prime Rib as one of the few remaining hi-end restaurants still adhering to a time when everyone "dressed up" to enjoy a special and elegant dining experience.

A good "pour" at the bar, live background music, friendly and attentive staff, and menu items that are well prepared.

FAQs

The Prime Rib does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Prime Rib is rated 4.8 stars by 3228 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.