Carnivores Sharpen Your Knives And Sink Your Teeth Into D.C.'s Top Steakhouses

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!


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Take what you know about the steakhouse concept and throw it out the window before you enter this dining destination. Mixing Latin flare with modern chic, guests will be treated to live music and salsa dancing on occasion. You'll find meaty offerings like bone-in ribeye, NY Strip and 32 oz. dry-age porter house but also multiple seafood selections such as Chilean sea bass, crab cake and whole snapper. Sides dishes are designed to be shared among your guests so dig into those honey bacon brussel sprouts, grilled vegetables and mac & cheese. Before you dig into entrees, the appetizers should be considered like grilled octopus and empanadas.

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.

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.

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 â€" 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

Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab
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Born from the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group, this venue opened its doors just a couple of years ago but is already known as a great spot to see the politically powerful. For those who love seafood and steak, you will find a bevy of menu options but don't leave without adding sides to your main dish. Jennie's mashed potatoes and Joe's grilled tomatoes are great choices. Be sure to check out their cocktail hours every day from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the banking hall. Nosh on Alaskan king crab roll, blackened rockfish and oysters on the half shell.

Medium Rare
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When you think 'steakhouse,' many will envision a fine-dining scenario where servers are dressed in white dinner coats milling about as guests are presented with expensive cuts of meat. Now throw that picture out the window when you come in for a meal at this Capitol Hill spot. With a fun atmosphere, this steakhouse focuses on simplicity when it comes to the dinner menu. No need to bring your glasses to see the choices because there is only one â€" culotte steak and hand-cut fries drizzled with a secret sauce. You get artisan rustic bread and a mixed green salad as well but leave some room for the dessert menu which offers five different choices including six layer carrot cake.

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.

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

Ray's the Steaks
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Mixing together their signature rub and open-flame grilling, this Arlington, Va. steakhouse has raised the stakes for mouth watering premium steaks. Be sure to start off your meal with a devilishly good eggs starter. You'll find great seafood selections on their menu like jumbo sea scallops and north Atlantic salmon but most will skip right ahead to the steaks which feature both classic and steakhouse cut options served with endless homemade mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. If you are ravenous, see if you can finish 'the cowboy cut' - a 28-ounce bone-in rib steak. Looking for something smaller but still big on taste? Try the filet mignon with different sauce options available.

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 â€" 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


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