10 Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy a Great Steak in Washington, DC

Shannon Morgan

By , Travel Expert at Large, Washington
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Looking for a steakhouse in Washington, DC? We've compiled a list of 10 restaurants where you can enjoy a great steak in the district.

Many of these restaurants are located in Northwest Washington and are easily accessible by the DC Metrorail. A few, like The Capital Grille, also boast great views of the Capitol.

If you'd like to rub elbows with the Washington elite or spot a famous politician or two, make your reservation at BLT Steak (a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama), Prime Rib or The Palm.

If you'd like to complement your dry-aged porterhouse with a glass of wine, you'll find the most impressive wine list at Read more »

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    Prime Rib

    Prime Rib is the godfather of Washington DC power dinners. They make a mean steak, too.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress your best; ties are required."

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    The Capital Grille

    At the Capital Grille you'll enjoy a great steak dinner and a panoramic view of the Capitol.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the dry-aged porterhouse steak."

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    The Palm

    The Palm delivers a classic fine dining experience and an excellent steak loved by the Washington elite.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dine like the locals; order the 3-course power lunch."

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    BLT Steak

    BLT Steak serves premium steaks in an elegant and modern setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "BLT Steak is a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama."

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    Bobby Van's Steakhouse

    Bobby Van's serves the best porterhouse steak in Washington, DC.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take note of the daily specials before ordering."

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    Ruth's Chris Steak House — Dupont Circle

    Conveniently located on Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle, Ruth's Chris Steak House is ideal for both business lunches and romantic dinners.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Ruth's Classic is a 3-course prix fixe meal. You can have your steak and eat it, too, with an appetizer, side dish and dessert."

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    Smith & Wollensky

    Meat-eaters rejoice! You'll find the perfect steak at Smith & Wollensky in Washington, DC.

    Local Expert Tip: "Four words: coffee & cocoa rubbed filet."

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    Charlie Palmer Steak

    Charlie Palmer Steak is the closest steakhouse to Capitol Hill, if you're craving a great view alongside your steak.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the cowboy steak, an aged Angus rib-eye."

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    Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC

    Described as a dramatic take on the Washington, DC steakhouse, Bourbon Steak is brought to you by famed chef Michael Mina.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order your certified prime steak with butter poached lobster made with a tomato emulsion. "

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    J&G Steakhouse at the W Hotel Washington DC

    J&G is a sophisticated steakhouse that will also appeal to beer and burger palates.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy your steak outside on the newly renovated patio."



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