Carnivores Sink Their Teeth into Selections at D.C.'s Top Steakhouses
By Gina Gallucci White
Washington Local Expert
Vegetarians and vegans, please avert your eyes because this 10Best list is for carnivores only. Whether you like your meat rare or well done, we've found the top steakhouses in Washington, D.C. that feature a mouth-watering selection of meat like USDA prime steak and black angus.
Prime Rib will make you feel like you have stepped back in time to the 1940s with their elegant Manhattan supper club venue featuring an art deco vibe with tuxedoed waiters ready to see to your every meal need.
If you enjoy taking in décor, head to The Palm which features a number of cartoons and caricatures on the walls. After you've finished finding famous faces, the food will take all your attention. They use only corn-fed USDA prime beef that has been aged a minimum of 35 days.
For a more modern American steakhouse, BLT Steak should be your stop for dinner. With their impressive wine list and high quality steaks, you will wish you had room for more food and drink.
Many of venues have dress codes so leave the jeans, flip flops and T-shirts at home. Just don't forget the wallet because these dishes can be quite pricey but completely worth it!
10 Morton's, The Steakhouse — Downtown
Morton's aims to give you "The best steak...Anywhere" and they succeed with giving patrons quality aged prime beef and other meat selections that will make your mouth water. Ribeyes, filet Mignon, New York strip are just a small sample of the meat menu which also boasts poultry and seafood dishes. Gluten and soy sensitive dishes are available. Business attire and smart casual wear is encouraged so leave the t-shirts and shorts at home. If the downtown location is booked, Morton's has several other local locations -- Arlington, and Reston Va., Georgetown and Bethesda, Md. METRO: Farragut North (202-955-5997)
9 Ruth's Chris Steak House — Dupont Circle
USDA prime steaks and local produce delivered daily prove a winning combinations for this chain restaurant. Slice into one of their signature steaks including filet, T-bone, ribeye, New York strip and porterhouse that are served on plates heated to 500 degrees. Try some of their specialty entrees like barbecued shrimp, lamb chops, Caribbean lobster tail and stuffed chicken breast. The steakhouse has locations all over the United States including several nearby -- two in the district and three in Virginia. Be sure to make reservations as tables go fast. Smart casual attire is acceptable. METRO: Dupont Circle (202-797-0033, 800-544-0808, ext 08)
8 Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC
Culinary delights await guests at this chic, modern venue brought to you by James Beard award winner and internationally renowned chef Michael Mina. Located just off the lobby of the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., this restaurant features a dining room, bar, and lounge. Steaks are the main draw for this venue and include a selection of all natural corn-fed, grass-fed and 35 day dry aged meats in a variety of different sizes. Check out their fun list of cocktails and be amazed by their never-ending wine list selection. Business casual is the preferred attire for the venue. (2029442026)
7 Charlie Palmer Steak
While many steakhouses feature a dark color palette, this venue favors white and large windows to let in an abundance of natural light. Located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building near Capitol Hill, this upscale restaurant has a floating wine cube that features more than 6,000 bottles. First courses contain raw bar and cold and hot dish selections. Move on to USDA certified angus beef aged 21 days steak entrees like the European cut filet mignon, bone-in cowboy cut ribeye and the pepper crusted culotte steak. Be sure to add on sides like the poached blue crab, roasted prawns or seared foie gras. METRO: Judiciary Square. (202-547-8100)
6 BLT Steak
Bringing a modern American steakhouse to the nation's capital, this venue is known for its mouth-watering Certified black angus and USDA prime steaks. Sink your teeth into a prime hanger steak, an American wagyu skirt steak or filet mignon. If you are looking for a meal other than steak, try the grilled spicy miso tuna, lemon rosemary chicken or rack of lamb. Sides are separate from the main course but are not to be missed. Try the mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and grilled asparagus. Be sure to pair your meal with a cocktail or a choice off their impressive wine list. METRO: Faragut North. (202-689-8999)
5 Bobby Van's Steakhouse
This restaurant strives to make each dish delicious and plentiful. It's a mission they exceed at by serving some of the best steaks in the nation's capital. Dig into menu classics like the Colorado lamb chops, New York strip sirloin and filet mignon. Entrees will also prove tempting with selections such as sesame crusted tuna, twin crab cakes, sautéed sea scallops and live Maine lobster. Be sure to save room for some of the side dishes. You can't leave without trying the mashed potatoes, mac & cheese with prosciutto and sautéed mushrooms. METRO: Metro Center. (202-589-0060)
4 Smith & Wollensky
Their motto is 'Where the Left and the Right agree to meat' and how can you argue when there is such amazing food to devour? Meat-eaters will rejoice their choices of USDA prime steaks, premium seafood and noteworthy wine list. Signature dishes include the bone-in New York cut sirloin, beef tenderloin trio and the pan seared salmon. Two amazing dish you simply can't leave without trying (or devouring) are the coffee and cocoa rubbed filet and the truffled macaroni and cheese. Your stomach will thank us later. On warm days, grab a seat on their outdoor patio to people watch and observe the district. METRO: Faragut North. (202-466-1100)
3 The Capital Grille
With an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, this steakhouse features dry aged steaks, fresh seafood and an enviable wine list that contains more than 350 selections. Start you meal with some savory appetizers like fresh oysters on the half shell or steak tartare. You may want to try some of the chef's suggestions when it comes to meat like the bone-in kona crusted dry aged N.Y. strip with shallot butter or their signature steak -- prcini rubbed bone-in ribeye with 15-year aged balsamic. Seafood lovers will adore their menu featuring roasted halibut, Chilean sea bass and fresh Maine lobster. METRO: National Gallery (202-737-6200)
2 The Palm
When The Palm opened its first location in Manhattan, the owners had no money for decorating. Lucky for them, their restaurant was near a comic syndicate headquarters and many cartoonists would pay for their meal by drawing a picture on the wall. As the restaurant branched out, the cartoons and caricatures became a fun staple of the restaurant. After you have focused on the walls, give all your attention to the plate in front of you because the food is not to be missed. Try their bite sized gourmet menu items or head straight to their superb steaks that are corn-fed USDA prime beef that has been aged a minimum of 35 days. METRO: Dupont Circle (202-293-9091)
1 Prime Rib
Harking back to the elegant Manhattan supper clubs of the 1940s, you will find tuxedoed waiters waiting to serve your every meal need. The meal begins with a choice of appetizers -- cold and hot dishes, soups and salads. Take your time looking over the entrée menu because there are so many delicious options to pick including steaks, seafood and other meat dishes like chicken piccata, veal rib chop and rack of lamb. While many venues only offer a few desserts, this venue has more than a dozen sinfully delicious dishes to savor. With such an elegant atmosphere, you will want to wear you best outfit. METRO: Foggy Bottom (202-466-8811)
About Gina Gallucci White
Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She writes about a wide variety of subjects and holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from West Virginia University. Gina has two kids, can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi in a blind taste test and admits to knowing all the songs from Frozen.
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