The Prime Rib

4.7
3210 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
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 3210 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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nickc
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience but patrons are starting to dress down more than they used to. Hunting vest should not be acceptable as a sport coat. The food service is great as always.

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BobC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic like always !

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Dahlia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They took great COVID precautions and we felt very safe .

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vipCMY1
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course was better than expected. the dog salad was amazing and my wife said the crab cake was one of the best she ever had. The service was fantastic.

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vipJeffH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service at this DC institution. And they do social distancing exactly the right way; why in the world these restaurants are being forced to close is beyond me.

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PeterY
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for steaks. With the old school steak house fell.

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vipKrista
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our birthdays which are 4 days apart. Impeccable service, and dinner was fantastic. Thank you!

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NoelleD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was so welcoming and nice. The waiters were amazing. Excellent service. The food was great!

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vipRBS2016
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience on all fronts - the ambiance, the service and the food. Nothing better than how this place puts us in the mood for a great meal and always delivers!

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patrickw
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an excellent experience- was greeted very nicely by host- asked us about our anniversary- tables were separated so plenty of privacy. Cant have a drink at the bar due to the obvious but the drinks had the best presentation- we weren’t in a hurry and they didn’t make us feel rushed. The limited menu still has a lot of delicious choices- we really enjoyed our evening and dinner there- was sort of surprised that the prices were very reasonable.
The boss (wife) wants to make it regular spot for a nice night out.

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Chateaux
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was underwhelming for a $$$$ restaurant.

JH
vipJeffH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service and great food! Timeless!

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gregr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I noticed the dress code has changed, sad to see people in Tennis shoes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous as always

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Highly recommend! My favorite restaurant in DC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our prime ribs and sides (creamed spinach, potatoes au gratin, macaroni and cheese) were outstanding! The service was also excellent. A wonderful night out that made of feel "normal" during these difficult times.

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gregr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great once again from all phases, however the Trout dish was removed, hope to bring back soon1

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LazaroS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to deliver despite the pandemic. We were one of two couples on our evening.

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LarryR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service Great food My wife took me for my birthday and I could not have asked for a better dinner

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vipRhinds
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in DC for prime rib. My wife loves the clams casino.

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gregr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding, staff was great, very professional! The dinner was amazing, I'm telling all my friends about the excellent experience!

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jferr17159
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib is constant in it's high level of service, ambience and quality of food. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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gregr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
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!

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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
84 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
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Always outstanding.

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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.

FAQs

The Prime Rib does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Prime Rib is rated 4.7 stars by 3210 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.