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The Prime Rib

4.9
4.9
3185 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 466-8811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Juan P Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Call for availability

  • Private party contact

    James MacLeod: (202) 466-8811

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom or Farragut West Metro Station

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz - piano and bass.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Overall

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • District of Columbia

    Best Overall

  • District of Columbia

    Best Service

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    Special Occasion

  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. F

    Foodie1

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we arrived Larry greated us with the knowledge of who we were and the reservation we requested. A true professional. He then escorted us to our table. Based on my reservations notes he saved this table for us all night. It was exactly what my wife and I were looking for. Then we were treated to an amazing dining experience. Everyone was extremely professional and kind. We started with a single appetizer, the crab cake. It was just enough for a starter. I was instructed to have the prime rib no matter what. And That is what I did. It was delicious. I pair it with Caymus and it was perfect. The piano player added a special touch. He did a perfect rendition on the Sting. We had a great time at a classic American restaurant.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Food was excellent, great service and one of a kind ambience!
  3. JM

    JustinM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phillip and his team provided a stellar experience for my wife’s birthday celebration.
  4. N

    None

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best restaurant in DC.
  5. S

    Stephanie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted at the door and seated quickly our waiter was just fantastic. The food was Incredible everything was. We had desert best we have ever had. Me and my daughter had a great time. They will never be forgotten by us. Thank you again to all who work there best experience ever.
  6. M

    Matt

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been going to The Prime Rib for years for special occasions and it never fails to impress. We had a fantastic meal with great service and ambiance.
  7. RO

    ROSCO

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Prime rib and filet really not up to the price paid. Quality of food was disappointing. Never again
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was extraordinary. The food, the service and the music. Thank you for an amazing experience.
  9. SH

    SandraH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great decor and excellent piano player for ambience.
  10. m

    mrsrocky20852

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Have been going to The Prime Rib for decades. For a while the quality of the food had declined, but very happy to say this last visit it was back to the high quality we were used to. Service has always been great, and our server Melvin was outstanding on our last visit. Only disappointment was the change in the dress code that was "relaxed" for the summer months. So very surprised and really unhappy to see men wearing shorts and t shirts at The Prime Rib! We truly miss the "good old days" when men were required to wear a jacket and tie, and women were dressed to the 9's!
  11. S

    Stockard

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DC Classic. Food & food are excellent. Perfect cook on rare filet! Dan is unparalleled on the keys!
  12. B

    Bill

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Buzz would roll over in his grave. The prime rib was tough .. every bite. Food was just okay. This used to be our favorite place. The ambiance is still wonderful, the music pleasant, but food was mediocre.
  13. HL

    HeatherL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, dining here is a five star experience. The service is attentive and anticipates our needs. Food is delicious and the ambience is perfect for any special occasion. Live music adds to the experience. This is hands down my absolute favorite restaurant. If you are looking for an old school steak restaurant, look no further.
  14. AF

    AlexFoodie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding -- service and food. The best, most tender prime rib ever. Expensive but worth it.
  15. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible place. We went here to celebrate my 60th birthday and were not disappointed! Everything was perfect from the decor to the service to the food. You felt like royalty the entire time you were there. The food has to be experienced to be believed! I ordered the ribeye and can safely say that it was the best steak I have ever had. I'm not exaggerating. My first bite my eyes practically rolled back in my head. My wife had the crab cakes and she was equally delighted. My daughter said the same about her prime rib. They were quick to meet any requests we had and we quickly lost count as to how many times they filled our waters. We knew we were in for special treatment when the host was outside waiting to greet people (in 97 degree heat!) and escorted us in. Because of the distance we traveled and favorable road conditions we were over half an hour early. It did not matter. We were seated immediately. The wait time for the food was reasonable and they were very solicitous as to when to deliver it and the appetizers/drinks to the table. The place was perfectly decorated to elicit an elegance that is rarely found anymore. Dim lighting, tasteful decorations, and all the while a live pianist and bass player in the background. We could not have asked for more. It said jackets were required for the men but we saw a few wearing only button down shirts. It was not enough to take away from the effect. Just about everyone arriving was dressed to the hilt. You pay for such excellent service and attention but you should go there expecting the finest. We did and we were not disappointed! Overall we spent about three hours there, but the time passed quickly. We left feeling satisfied like we rarely have in a restaurant. This is not the kind of place you frequent often, but for special occasions it is perfect. We will definitely be returning. I'm looking forward to it and would proudly recommend the Prime Rib to anyone.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was great.
  17. D

    Debra

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated my friend’s birthday. This is her favorite restaurant in DC. The service is excellent! The food was very good, esp the salad and creamed spinach. I will try the Filet Mignon next time. Had the Prime Rib. Medium well was a little tough.
  18. D

    Deestee

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only steakhouse that has bone in prime rib. I go to DC just for that. It also has my 2 favorite desserts. Apple pie al a mode and pecan pie al a mode. The service , atmosphere and drinks are all 1st class.
  19. SB

    StephenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant and atmosphere the piano player and the bassist was really nice. I'll be back again
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dining experience was exactly the kind of elegance I was seeking out for my partner’s birthday dinner. We arrived early and were decided to stay for cocktails at their bar up front. I do not regret that decision—easily one of the best vodka martinis I’ve ever had. Subtle, neutral, well-balanced. Not too much vermouth. The birthday boy thoroughly enjoyed his Manhattan. He was not disappointed by the main event, prime rib. I left a note on Open Table to have a treat ready to surprise him with at the end of our meal, and the staff came out with creme brûlée at the end! Throughout the night, we just kept reflecting on how beautifully maintained this space was, and how exceptional the service. I’m thrilled this place was able to weather the pandemic and we could support an institution like this.
  21. JG

    JackG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    After a 30 plus year hiatus, my wife and I decided to celebrate her birthday with dinner at The Prime Rib, one her favorite restaurants. The entire staff was congenial and conversant when warranted, yet discreet. The salad was exceptional, particularly the dressing. My wife's rib eye steak was one of the best pieces of meat we ever tasted. My prime rib was certainly acceptable but lacked the desired intense "meat" flavor. The mashed potatoes rate a B minus. They were a bit too salty and more weepy than we prefer. The asparagus and the sautéed spinach were cooked perfectly and very tasty. The drinks were perfect - an adequate amount of gin and plenty of ice. The wine was disappointing, especially for the relatively high price point. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the complimentary crème brûlée. In all, we had a wonderful meal and look forward to our next visit to The Prime Rib!
  22. m

    michaelw

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely extraordinary, I’ve been waiting to go and it was worth the wait! Super upscale and luxurious!
  23. CC

    CarrieC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exactly the same as I remember it from 15 years ago. Outstanding food and service, old Hollywood ambience, social graces, piano player, leopard print carpet, leaded mirrors everywhere, even in the bathroom stalls, swan sink faucets. It's the best prime rib I've ever had (and I eat a lot of prime rib), but ambience is everything to me, and there are very few places that compare to the Prime Rib in that department.
  24. m

    mestes

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    old fashioned high quality steak place. very pricey except the wine list which was rather reasonable. 4 shrimp for $16 dollars seems like a lot to pay as does 12 bucks for a baked potato. the piano player was terrific.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic and classy as always!
  26. QB

    QueenB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Our waiter Victor was great!! The establishment was not diverse in its customers, one couple did not want to sit next me me and my daughter and had them move their table, not before she gave us the “why are you here look”
  27. TD

    TDNYC

    Naples

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The clams casino were great. We ordered the full cart prime rib and it was as good as any I’ve ever had. The piano player was a true gentleman and did a great job. Service was top-notch.
  28. P

    Phil

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Host was sarcastic, waiter was great, and the food was fantastic. The spoiler was there were countless Nats and or flies all over. I expect that at McDonald’s not here!! Disappointing!
  29. S

    Susie

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Prime Rib is an elegant restaurant. The piano player was low key and added to the experience. And they have the best veal chop that you will find anywhere.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and nice background music !
  31. D

    Denise

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Full disclosure: this review is from someone who doesn’t eat red meat. (We went there for my husband’s birthday and he loved his prime rib!) I thought that my fish entree was fine (I ordered the Dover Sole special), but not amazing and definitely not worth the $82 MP paid. The fish was a bit rubbery, not light. I’ve ordered other fish entrees on past visits and felt similarly underwhelmed. I get it - seafood is NOT why you go there, but for the other non meat eaters out there, maybe load up on the bread - IT was awesome. Sides were good - ordered the mashed potatoes (relatively small bowl that we shared), asparagus (maybe 8 spears) and green beans.
  32. D

    Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was outstanding! The prime rib, clams, potato skins, Cesar salad and creamed spinach we’re all delicious. The wine she suggested was excellent.
  33. DP

    DrP7

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We tend to go to the Prime Rib for special occasions, in this case our 55th wedding anniversary. The staff and service were outstanding; we felt welcomed and appreciated. We were seated near the live music, so the noise level was a little high at times. While most of the food was excellent, I ordered steamed asparagus which was under cooked. I'm sure I could have complained, but didn't want to disrupt the feeling of the evening. We will continue to return as in the past.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All great!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Expert and professional service. Food on par with best restaurants in US and Europe. Staff exceeds expectations with superb and excellent service. Maitre d’ is a true gem.
  36. R

    Rick

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Making a reservation was quite easy, and received almost an instant reply of confirmation. We were cordially welcomed and seated immediately. The service was outstanding and we were not rushed. The food was professionally presented at the table. My prime rib was cooked exactly the way I wanted it. The side dishes were excellent and they were enjoyable, especially the Baked Potato Skins. It was a very enjoyable meal while celebrating my birthday. And the chocolate cake was a great end to a great meal.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and superb food
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely all around amazing
  39. TG

    TGFr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and atmosphere. Service is excellent as well.
  40. o

    outoften

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an up-scale dining experience for food and ambiance. Like the required and enforced dress code. The costs are higher than previously, so be prepared for $$$$.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Prime Rib does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Prime Rib is rated 4.9 stars by 3185 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for The Prime Rib

2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom or Farragut West Metro Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Juan P Garcia

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz - piano and bass.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 466-8811

  • Private party facilities

    Call for availability

  • Private party contact

    James MacLeod: (202) 466-8811

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