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The Prime Rib

4.6
3188 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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3188 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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gregr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only issue was there was a couple sitting close to my table taking photos, this made me uncomfortable!

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vipJohnD
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib is one of DC’s closely-guarded secrets, tucked behind a graceful sidewalk canopy and hidden behind festoons of creamy shirred taffeta toward the quieter, Georgetown end of K Street NW.

American classic cuisine is perfectly prepared in a polished and swanky atmosphere, accompanied by black tie’d musical stylings at the grand piano in the center of the room, and served by adept and skillful waiters shimmering silently across the utterly chic leopard print carpeting.

Larry your mâitre d’ is attentive to your every need, welcoming you by seating you at your favorite table, without you needing to ask. Insiders are treated to bits of wisdom and humor imparted quietly between courses, and every guest is awash with warm wishes of their good health and speedy return when they depart.

Behind the u-shaped leather-padded bar, Fitzy swizzles up the best and latest in spirited cocktails. Though your table is always ready when you arrive, the cognoscenti frequently turn left into Fitzy’s domain before sitting down for an in-person mixology demonstration. Coldest martinis this side of the North Pole, and a Negroni to knock your literal socks off.

Prime Rib is the eponymous house spécialitié, and this family-owned establishment’s delectably refined fîlets and chops put to shame DC’s “chain store steak houses”. But the discerning patron will ask their decorous waiter for items not listed on the menu, and which are not always available; such as Dover Sole and Lobster Santiago, named for a famed Prime Rib chef. If you’re lucky enough, have both like I did on Friday.

Other favorites; crab cakes packed with fresh crab and little else, savory lobster bisque, Buzz’s salad (just ask), the rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass , chicken piccata, the Brussels sprouts, broccolini, haricots vert, bread pudding, and pecan pie à la mode.

The Prime Rib is like champagne; delicious, urbane, and not just for special occasions. Treat yourself!

RJ
RolandJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding. Great environment, incredible food, and magnificent service. The experience was one of the best I have had a five-star restaurant. The wait staff was professional, entertaining, and knowledgable providing excellent customer service and a friendly smile to top it off. Thank you for the outstanding experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No other restaurant in the city compares. Attentive and welcoming staff, incredible food and gorgeous decor. The best place in the city for a proper evening out.

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Stacy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Prime Rib was great. Decor was beautiful. Fresh Calla Lily floral arrangement was a centerpiece and stunning. The food was great. Steak cooked perfectly. The bread pudding with rum raising sauce left little to be desired. It was meh ok, but some parts of it were cold which bought the warm parts down. Mashed potatoes to die for - creamy, creamy, creamy. Would absolutely visit again.

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PeterP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real ambiance, attentive staff, and great food. It’s like eating in a world that makes sense.

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dana
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is an elegant extraordinary place
Food excellent service superb and always consistent

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RhondaM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my son had a date my 6yr old lol even loved the place definitely would recommend and i had primr rib delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib was exceptional
as it always is. The food and gracious service combined with an elegant at atmosphere truly make this a special
place.

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vipWeldonW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependable for excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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vipSundayDinner
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The social distancing started good but towards the end of our meal they sat a party a little too close considering there were only 4 seated tables in the whole place. But the food & service were terrific as usual.

JM
vipJM14
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim our waitress was so friendly and attentive. Drinks were great and the lunch cheeseburger, filet and my take home lobster santiago were fantastic. and the corn is amazing. Thank you!

RM
vipRossM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Always outstanding.

SB
vipStatiaB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to give The Prime Rib 10 stars. It is the perfect location for a special occasion. My husband and I ate here for our wedding dinner and the staff went above and beyond to make us feel special. I worked with James in advance. Our server, the bartender, and the manager on duty during our dinner were phenomenal. I can not wait to go back. In addition to impeccable service, the food was perfectly prepared. He ordered lobster bisque, escargot, lobster, crab cakes, and of course steak.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious, dependable recipes. A DC classic proud of its traditions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here for my birthday! Food was delicious, service was excellent, and we had a wonderful time!

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joshuaf
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place with awesome service and great food. Good place not to overpriced.

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newk53
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to see such a great restaurant so quiet. Kim and the rest of the staff stayed on top of everything. Beef awesome as always.

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vipSDK1960
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating here since 1983, never had a bad meal. Always superior service.

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vipfoodforfun
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to back at this ever elegant restaurant. Food and service excellent as always. Prime rib end cut, out of this world. Beautiful new bar - hope back at full capacity soon. If you’re looking for the perfect evening out, with superb food and wine and white glove service,
this is the place!

JC
JaredC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dinner on the inside, just as DC lifted some of their restrictions. The inside was well spaced and the waitstaff were very attentive. Not many guests, as they were just opening up, but as usual, the place is magical. We enjoyed the martini's and delicious food....as usual!!

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KeithL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Fantastic and very enjoyable bar & dining environment.

MP
MikeP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Over $700 for 4 people and I make prime rib way better

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vipBarrett
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational prime rib. Great wine list. First class service

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vipIlikefood
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way once again!

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DARRENP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place and can not wait too return, my server , as well as all the staff was pleasant and knowledgeable.

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Kricken
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at the Prime Rib and enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. The only disappointment was that our server forgot to bring us the leftover food we had planned on taking home with us. Unfortunately we did not realize it until after we left so sadly it was too late!

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vipjudy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very welcoming nice place to dine. Great prime rib. Enormous prices!!

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vipDianeM
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice lunch in this old school style dining room. Delicious food and great service but spending $60 on an appetizer, salad, drink and dessert seems excessive.

JB
vipJenB
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Like eating prime rib in 1958. Quiet, civilized, classic steak house food with competent staff. Love it here.

TJ
vipTravelJohn
N. Ireland
18 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I have been to this restaurant for over 25 years and love it. But tonight the service was the worst I have ever had. Very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The server took several smoke breaks during the time he attended to us and smelled horribly each time he did. In addition, he rudely reached On to my wife’s plate while she was eating to remove a cup of tartar sauce.

The evening was sullied by the above.

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Citronelle
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoy our dinner at Prime rib. The food and service excellent!

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MichaelE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Ran out of Lobster on Valentines Day. I came there just for that.

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viparbydee
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since Buzz’s demise Prime Rib has been able to overcome its challenges and is once again our place to be for a great evening!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Missing the hearts of palm salad :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always treated like gold! Food, service and ambiance with the piano music is always perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Prime Rib. Tremendous service. Will be back.

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NYYanks15
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I both had the prime rib and it was outstanding! In addition to the great food, the service was spectacular! You must go to The Prime Rib if you ever have the opportunity.

FAQs

The Prime Rib does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Prime Rib is rated 4.6 stars by 3188 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.