The Prime Rib

4.7
3010 reviews
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*****Please accept our apologies on behalf of The Prime Rib. Reservations are not available from 8/31/2018 - 9/3/2018 at this restaurant. Reservation will be available starting Sept 4th 2018. Thanks.***** Consistently Zagat's #1 Rated Steakhouse in DC. The Prime Rib features USDA Prime Dry Aged NY Strip Steaks&USDA Filet Mignon. One of DC's best kept secrets is their award winning seafood, such as Jumbo Lump Crabcakes and Imperial Crab. Jackets after 5:00 pm , complimentary valet parking, live piano music nightly. Casual dress at lunch.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quintessential steak dinner experience. The Prime Rib has a knack for transporting you do a different era with its classic atmosphere. The prime rib was spectacular and my wife loved her filet!

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JR
Naples
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance. The food is excellent. I love how they treat their customers.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and service impeccable. Love the fact that men have to wear sports coats. It’s like playing dress up!

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EZ
New York Area
199 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a treat to dine @ The Prime Rib, especially when you have your favorite waiter. This is the only place to order potato skins (after all, they invented them in 1965). Live music began at 6 pm so we were serenaded as we toasted hubby's birthday with KIr Royales. The Surf & Turf special was a delicious bargain. Sunday means $1.00 corkage fee, and our waiter decanted the bottle of Cab we brought. An ice cream dessert fit for a Chocoholic was served with a candle. Cappuccinos ended our delightful feast. Can't wait to return!

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P
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an excellent meal. My only complaint was that when I ordered the Chilean sea bass, our server said, "oh, with rice and a couple of shrimp," it made it sound like it came that way -- so I was quite surprised to discover that the rice was $8 and the shrimp was $24! I would have preferred to choose my own sides for that kind of money!
We sat next to the piano and really enjoyed the music. The musicians played well off each other, and we were intrigued by the bass player.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great professional service, high quality food very well prepared.

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GH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib team delivered a delicious dinner and outstanding service again!

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H
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After being personally greeted, we were escorted to a table that suited my wife's preference for noise level, we were seated at a table that was frequently occupied by the late Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court Justice. The ambiance and service were understated and responsive. The food was tastefully prepared in a non-rushed setting and to our liking. It was nice to be addressed by our first names and acknowledging our anniversary. A highlight of the evening was a wonderful and skilled pianist who played with great techniques and understated background mood to complement the atmosphere. Similarly, the guests who all wore jackets were paralleled by the suits and tuxedos of the wait staff. We were compensated by free dessert and tea for my wife on the occasion. I found the single malt offerings to be reasonable, but not overly extensive. This is a great restaurant for a special occasion. The food service always matched freshly prepared steaks, salads, side dishes, etc. The service was largely unobtrusive, polite and prompt. The restaurant, although suited to the older conservative crowd, had a few children who were very well behaved. The waiter even played "tricks" or games with one young boy. It was a delight to have our car ready from the complimentary valet. Job well done and kudos to the restaurant and staff.

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DE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best restaurant in DC. Deliciously old-fashioned. Known for beef but the seafood is even better.

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T
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had the signature prime rib, flavour and texture was amazing. Lobster bisque was enjoyable. Mushroom and asparagus sides tasted good but quantity was small for price. Ask for the tasty creamed horseradish, fresh was almost tasteless. Key lime pie was good, not great. Overall an enjoyable dinner for a single diner. I want to go back and try their next level prime rib, if the one I had was so good that one must be outstanding.

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C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I AM AN ESTABLISHED FAN FOR 15+ YEARS AND AM NEVER DISAPPOINTED

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FO
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in DC, period. Their service can’t be beat and the food is 11 on a scale of 1-10.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant. Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere.

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MU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious -- the beef was superb and the sides were very tasty.
The place oozes old-school class, and it is the ideal place for a business dinner or a special occasion.
The wait staff was very attentive and personable.
This level of service doesn't come cheaply though, so unless you have some money to burn, I would reserve this place only for a special date night or another event of that ilk.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal. I wish they would step up their game on desserts though. A great meals needs a great final act. Husband had the blueberry pie and it was a bit burned on the crust and looked like a hockey puck. No tumbling berries from that piece of pie. Barely edible and left most of it. I had the Banana Bread pudding and it must have been mixed a little to much. It was a gluttonous mess. I had to leave it. The main course was wonderful as always.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jim our server was outstanding. He was patient with my young kid, answered all his questions politely and made him feel special. Food was outstanding, serve was quick, efficient, and always anticipated our needs. Highly recommend this place.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was slow, prime rib was dry. Everything seemed overpriced for the skill level that went into the meal, the delivery and the execution of the experience.

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J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor the piano player was wonderful and the food great as always !

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent spot for any occasion. We been going to the Prime Rib for more than 34 years, still we love it anytime we go there.

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MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My father introduced me to the Prime Rib in the 70s. The food the service and the ambiance make it my go to restaurant. Love the skins; the escargot; the house salad; the little sundae and everything in between. It's one of the reasons I'm proud to be a native Washingtonian.

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HS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is an excellent experience. The staff is top notch and the food is exquisite. The restaurant featured a piano and bass combo for entertainment. This is a high end establishment and worth every penny.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Sad to hear they won’t be serving lunch any longer.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous as always. David is the best of the best and a complete gentleman who makes everyone feel very special. Our favorite place to dine when we are in the Capitol. Thanks

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DP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner for our 52nd anniversary.

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the most divine dining experience. Service was fabulous starting with drinks at the bar crafted by Fritz and table service with Kevin. Thank you all for a wonderful diner.

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DF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Escargot appetizer; crab imperial; filet mignon Oscar; Lyonnaise potatoes; crème brûlée all amazingly delicious! Ambience was great. Favorite dining experience for birthday treat!!

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S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is one of my favorite places in Washington, DC

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JV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a classic old D.C. place. The piano in the afternoon adds to the whole ambiance. The foold is solid American and both surf and turf can be relied upon. The Art Deco touches are tremendous as is the wine list and specials.

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Best friends 30th bday dinner and this experience was horrible from start to finish. Waiter was rude and disgruntled. If you ask me he was tired and read to go home. Had to get Manager involved. Steaks were over cooked and salted down extremely. Side dishes came out cold, lamb wasn’t seasoned at all. So many hiccups.

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KT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining at the Prime Rib for over a decade. It’s my family’s “go to” spot whenever my parents come to town. We’ve never had a bad experience. The wait staff is exemplary. I recommend the New York strip with rouquefort. To die for delicious.

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CH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received a gift card, and learned it was billed as a quintessential, old school, upscale steak house. It definitely fit the bill and lived up to it. Delicious food and excellent service!

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JL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall satisfaction. The maitre’d, Larry, was a true professional and went above and beyond! Thank you and I’ll be back soon....

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s
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is old school dining and the Prime Rid never fails to deliver.

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BB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap, but always fabulous. The live piano music adds so much to the ambiance.

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RC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. The perfect place for our 50th Anniversary celebration!

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

To be honest, I have had better quality beef at The Prime Rib. I ordered Prime Rib and it lacked the usual fatty layer around the edge. Flavor just OK. I still find this one of the best places to go for a quiet dinner, business or pleasure. Service was superb. I wonder if you changed meat suppliers?

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O
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place you will enjoy and the usual tip would serve as a meal for four at another place.

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant, refined. Incredible service and attention to detail. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our meals were cooked to perfection.

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JW
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite steakhouse in the country. Beautiful restaurant, perfectly prepared food and flawless service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent food was outstanding was a little surprised that you had to wear a suit jacket to get into the restaurant which day provided pretty nice.

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