10 Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy a Great Steak in Washington, DC
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 Charlie Palmer, although, all of these restaurants feature an enviable, if not award-winning, wine list. At Charlie Palmer, there are 3500 bottles of American wine on the list; every state is represented on the list.
All of these restaurants deliver a fantastic, fine dining experience in a beautiful setting. The decor varies between restaurants but all are sophisticated and elegant if not warm and cozy. No matter the occasion, one of these restaurants is sure to fit the bill -- if not break the bank -- when you want to dine at a steakhouse in Washington, DC.
10 J&G Steakhouse at the W Hotel Washington DC
Newly renovated, J&G Steakhouse is consistently rated as a Top 100 restaurant in Washington, DC. The restaurant features a new bar and patio and an innovative menu. The interior is slick and sophisticated -- very chic. The menu features premium meats and fresh seafood enhanced by locally sourced ingredients. Just in case you're not in the mood for steak, J&G also serves up more casual fare like burgers and sandwiches, and dessert. The star of the Bar 515 menu is an impressive list of specialty cocktails and house made sodas. Located at the W Hotel, J&G is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservation accepted. METRO: McPherson Square. (202-661-2440)
9 Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC
From James Beard Award Winner and internationally renowned chef Michael Mina comes Bourbon Steak, a dramatic steakhouse located just off the lobby of the Four Seasons in Washington, DC. The menu features Mina's award-winning butter-poached meats -- you know you can't go wrong with ordering a steak here -- as well as chicken and seafood dishes combined with seasonal ingredients. The menu also features a delicious selection of artisan cheeses and desserts and a seemingly endless wine and cocktail list. Dine in the main dining room or gather with friends and colleagues in the lounge for drinks and light fare. Business casual attire. Reservations accepted. Take the DC Circulator to Georgetown. (2029442026)
8 Charlie Palmer Steak
Large windows provide excellent views of Capitol Hill at Charlie Palmer, a downtown steakhouse located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building. This upscale restaurant features private dining areas and a rooftop terrace that's perfect for special functions and boasts an impressive view of the Capitol. The menu offers a variety of meats, game, fish, and fowl, and many of the menu items are locally sourced. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the wine repository -- it features more than 3500 bottles of American wines, hailing from every single US state. Smart casual or business dressy attire. Reservations accepted. METRO: Judiciary Square. (202-547-8100)
7 Smith & Wollensky
This 19th Street steakhouse is the real deal, and its traditional, masculine decor gives heed that this is where meat-eaters feast. Filet mignons, sirloins, and prime rib are perfectly cured and aged and seem to melt before even getting to your mouth. If seafood is more to your taste, Smith and Wollensky serves delicious steamed lobster, grilled salmon, and other delicacies. Dining options include the formal dining room, the Wollensky bar and the patio, from which you can enjoy DC's famed cherry blossoms -- if the springtime weather cooperates. Business casual attire is appropriate. Reservations are accepted. METRO: Faragut North. (202-466-1100)
6 Ruth's Chris Steak House — Dupont Circle
Whether it's rare or well-done, USDA Prime steak is this steakhouse's signature dish. A favorite of the business set, Ruth's Chris Steak House has a warm and inviting atmosphere in an English Tudor style setting that's equally suited to special-occasion dinners. Each cut of meat is sublime, boasting sensational flavor and texture thanks to the signature "cooked from the top down" technique. A la carte items include gulf shrimp in creole rémoulade sauce and crispy French-fried onion rings. If you make it to dessert, consider the luscious chocolate praline encore or maybe chocolate chunk bread pudding. Smart casual attire and reservations recommended. METRO: Dupont Circle (202-797-0033, 800-544-0808, ext 08)
5 Bobby Van's Steakhouse
Amid rich colors and polished woodwork, you'll find some of DC's best steaks. Celebrated for its porterhouse, Bobby Van's attracts folks who have access to sturdy expense accounts. They come for prime cuts of meat, shipped to the restaurant and dry-aged on the premises, imparting both flavor and tenderness. Other popular options include the New York strip, short ribs, braised lamb shank, and lobster. While the company's paying, check out the substantial and award-winning wine list. Dine inside at a white linen table, outside on the patio, or in a private dining room. There's even a private wine room. METRO: Metro Center. (202-589-0060)
4 BLT Steak
Renowned steakhouse chain BLT Steak brings premium beef and artful culinary technique to the nation's capitol. Enjoy Certified Black Angus or USDA Prime steaks with a peppercorn or red wine sauce, grilled asparagus and a glass of wine from their award-winning list. The dark wood tables, chairs and floor create a warm and cozy ambiance balanced by the restaurants bright and modern design. A private dining room is also available complete with Macassar Ebony table, matching suede chairs and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment to make the most of your lunch or dinner meeting. BLT Steak is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. METRO: Faragut North. (202-689-8999)
3 The Palm
For a classic fine dining experience in our nation's capital, you can't beat The Palm. While there, you're likely to see scurrying Secret Service agents, legislators recognizable from C-SPAN, and regulars who have been caricatured on the walls for decades. Its the place to see and be seen in Washington, DC. USDA Prime steaks are justifiably famous, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters are delicious, and Italian dishes reflect the restaurant's heritage. Delectable sides include cottage fries, creamed spinach and fried onions. The casual yet refined atmosphere and outstanding service accommodate a relaxed meal or a business meeting with equal aplomb. METRO: Dupont Circle (202-293-9091)
2 The Capital Grille
At The Capital Grille you'll find superb food in a dramatic dining room where you can sink into a burnished leather chair, order a Manhattan and interact with the powerful Washington elite. The discreet service is flawless, the menu is as impressive as the atmosphere, and the dry-aged steaks are considered some of the best in the city. The 22-oz. Delmonico is flavorful and cooked to your specification, and for those whose palates lean more to the sea, fresh seared salmon with mustard sauce just might do the trick. The wine list has collected Wine Spectator's coveted "Best of" award. METRO: National Gallery (202-737-6200)
1 Prime Rib
An Art Deco-style tribute to high society and excess, Prime Rib serves some of the region's best aged beef and freshest seafood. With a decidedly festive air, Prime Rib is, even in the eyes of Washington's elite, an upscale place to celebrate. The shining black bar, leopard-skin rugs, tuxedoed waiters, highback leather chairs and live piano are extravagant touches. Choose from a phenomenal wine list, and enjoy steak au poivre and center-cut veal chop served in its natural juices. Later in the evening, the bar is a stylish place to be seen. NB Business casual dress is acceptable for lunch. METRO: Foggy Bottom (202-466-8811)
About Shannon Morgan
Shannon Morgan is an award-winning editor and writer and the author of 100 Things to Do in DC Before You Die (2015). She has written for USA TODAY Travel, Food Network magazine, the Washington Independent Review of Books and several regional lifestyle magazines, including Maryland Life. She has appeared on WYPR Baltimore and spoken about social media strategies at local and international conferences. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children and drinks way more decaf coffee than one writer should.
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