The Prime Rib

4.7
2930 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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DC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Philip was outstanding as was the entire staff. Bravo Prime Rib.

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LH
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, and atmosphere were incredible. The only thing I would suggest would be that somewhere prominent on the website it's mentioned men need a jacket to dine. Will definitely be back.

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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from start to finish. Very nice ambiance, great service, all very polite and accommodating. I look forward to going back again.

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ST
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing experience , classy , great food , good service

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PT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for our anniversary (too embarrassed to say which one). We are both senior native Washingtonians and rank the Prime Rib as the most elegant steak house in town. The service was impeccable, as usual, and the ambience quiet, civilized and dignified. Exactly what we wanted and what we expected.

Unfortunately, the food was a little inconsistent. My choices, lobster bisque, veal rib chop and potato skins to share were superb. I could not ask for better. My wife took the artichoke side as an appetizer. It was quite good but seemed a little bit off; the artichokes tasted jarred, not fresh. I prefer jarred but ... Her bone-in rib eye steak was also just a bit off; perhaps a little overcooked but not charred on the outside. She did not finish it and took half in a doggy bag. When she ate it the next day it actually improved.

We took our desserts out to share with a sick friend. Both the chocolate mousse pie and the key lime pie were also in the superb category. Five people can attest to this.

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YK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for Valentines, we love the food, music, and ambiance. Great experience.

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RS
Naples
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in DC. NEVER DISAPPOINTS

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VH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food (Prime Rib) and service. Always a pleasure to visit.

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U
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chilean sea bass was the flakiest, tastiest grilled fish I have ever had. Yeah, I know, it is a steak place,
but they are better than seafood restaurants in several respects. My wife's NY steip was the best she has ever had--"like butter." Salads were great. We should not have ordered the potato skins, which were too tasty. The bar had my wife's favorite gin, and I had a glass of fine syrah with the meal, after a generous scotch. Service was excellent. We only come here a couple of times a year, but perhaps we'll return more frequently.

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JK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Old school, amazing service but food is average. Nothing to complain about but for the price I could have made close to it at home

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SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars

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BR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A little bit tired but very pleasant with excellent food.

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RZ
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was outstanding. Steak was not as ordered. Potato skins were terrible, creamed spinach had a plastic taste to it. The desert was very good, we had the Pecan pie. I have had a lot better steak for less than $25 dollars and I have eaten at many of the best steak houses in America. The food quality has declined a lot over the past two years.

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RF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an excellent evening. I would recommend this venue for very special occasions.

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EZ
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is always a special place to dine! Our young waiter was very eager to please. The Kir Royale was memorable as well as beautifully presented. Everyone needs to try their potato skins. They say that they invented the dish in 1965! Loved the shrimp cocktail & prime rib. A glass (or 2) of red wine was perfect. Barry had a salad & steak which were superb. His chocolate ice cream with extra hot fudge sauce made him very happy! I tried the mud pie. Very good but I should have had their Key lime pie. We left just as the live entertainment began. Great sound in a New York supper club atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High praise every time I go to the prime rib.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was awesome! I will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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BB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In an ocean of rubber stamp, corporate, steakhouses, The Prime Rib in Washington and Baltimore stands apart with its elegant atmosphere, live dinner music, black tie service and exceptional food. Jackets are mandatory for gentlemen at dinner, and you know what? The ladies love it! This is what "going out to dinner" should be, not some dumbed-down, overpriced, chain concept where you can "come as you are" and still pay upwards of $150 a head. Thank goodness truly "fine dining" establishments like The Prime Rib still exist. And as for the food, it's fabulous. Prime beef, fresh seafood, great sides and enormous cocktails. #1 in my book, and I'm a chophouse regular at venues all over the country.

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L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall was a terrific evening, however, the fire alarm went off and continued for almost 20 minutes. They said they had the same problem the night before.

Other than the noise it was a very nice evening.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The prime rib at The Prime Rib was probably the best I’ve ever had. I had a steak while my date had the prime rib. For the price of the steak I would have thought it came with something on the side like veggies or some other item. Nope. $65 got me a steak. It was good, but not worth $65 alone. I would like to go back but I can get a whole lot more for the amount the total dinner cost. The food was good and the service was great as well. I do like the complimentary valet.

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BD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the classiest restaurant in DC! Superb food and service compliments the persistent class of this restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is always excellent. I don't have to explain how to make cocktails, the meat is always cooked spot on, the appetizers and sides are excellent, and it is one of the few places that I can get a hot fudge sundae. I love this place.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration.

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JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy family and friend celebrations at The Prime Rib. Great cocktails appetizers and entrees!

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent traditional steakhouse. Gentlemen need to wear a jacket. Bar staff outstanding.

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TH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellect quality. Outstanding service. Strong drinks. The only problem was the lack of seasoning. Satisfied, but won't repeat a visit due to price/lack of seasoning.

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l
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I’ve been trying to try all the major steak places in the area which is why I decided to finally try Prime Rib. I was disappointed in pretty much everything but the service. Not worth coming back.

Granted it was on the early side on a Thursday (6pm) but I got a bad feeling when I saw that almost everyone was at least over 70years old. Most looked like they were pushing 90. Bottled oxygen is not exactly the same vibe as bottle service. But that wouldn’t be so bad but you can tell the restaurant is primarily catering to this group of dinners. The menu font was comically large and the choices weren’t just ‘old school’ in a good way. The choices were boring.

But the food was also bad. The prime rib-which is their signature dish-and it was pretty bland. Almost no seasoning or flavor. I had to do something I NEVER do at a restaurant and reached for the salt. The sides were almost inedible. Potato’s gratin were oddly flavored. The creamed spinach has too much nutmeg or something.
The wine menu could be updated with some more by the glass options.
The desert menu had a lot of good options though.
The service was good if stiff.

And I’m someone who still believes you should dress nicely for the theater, flying and certainly for restaurants. But i get annoyed by pointless rules. My father had a very nice three piece suite but when he wanted to take off his suite jacket for dinner he was told that wasn’t permitted. A restaurant should make you feel high class by treating you as an individual not a faceless cog in a dinning room.

Some advice to management:
You’re on GWU campus with a lot of students w wealthy families. You should be trying to attract students who’s parents are visiting by being seen as a special occasion high end restaurant but somewhere young students actually would want to go. Then when those students graduate and get jobs in the city they might associate the prime rib as a place to go when you’re celebrating

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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL, HOPE YOU CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A GREAT PLACE FOR A GREAT PRIME RIB DINNER.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good to experience this restaurant that a friend had recommended but I’ve had better steaks in DC, although overall it was good and should be experienced.

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f
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is one of our favorite spots. Outstanding food, wine, service and lovely ambiance every time! We enjoy the live piano music too. We've been dining here for years and plan to go back again and again.

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F
Richmond
83 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prime Rib is an "old school" uptown steakhouse, done well! It's reminiscent of Manhattan's Upper East Side (my hometown) and the food is reliably excellent, the service professional, and the cocktails expertly mixed.

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DE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC! Get the seafood!

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Great to be there as in the old days.

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C
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was wonderful. The food was delicious, the ambiance very pleasant, and the service was exceptional.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome birthday celebration. Pianist and base player were spectacular and played Happy Birthday. Philip our waiter was professional and very pleasant.
Beef was to die for amazing, as were the oysters. The bread pudding was so moist and delicious.
Went regularly there for years but due to retirement it is now infrequent.

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CF
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Simply fabulous!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely wonderful experience. The employees know just how to treat the customers with class and style. The food was cooked to perfection and totally delicious. If you want to make a special memory, this is the place to go. Fives stars is twelve short when rating this experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for 50th Wedding Anniversary. Exceeded expectations. Great service, perfect amount of attention, wonderful piano and bass music that I love, and food was delicious. We loved the formal decor and the clientele dress up.. Nice to see Old Fashion quality and Class still exists in DC. John Morgan, Oakton

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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special treat always to head to The Prime Rib. Everything was perfect

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LF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful... Almost. The horseradish was old and tasteless

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