The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Washington DC

The nation's capital is full of history. The Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, embassies, and government agencies all bring crowds of people to visit or work in the city, and they bring a taste for exotic flavors along with them. With ethnic eateries that serve everything from authentic tapas to Southern favorites, the food scene in Washington, D.C. is as eclectic as the ever-changing population. But sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a classic and simple steak. We’ve rounded up the best steakhouses in DC, powered by our data from the most in-the-know diners. Here’s where to go when on the hunt for steak in the capital.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:BLT Steak DC, Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave., The Palm Washington DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steak, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Dupont Circle
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,691 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

Polished ebony tables, dark suede upholstery, and unobtrusive lighting create an upbeat yet still intimate atmosphere at BLT Steak DC. Located in the same neighborhood as the White House, this restaur...

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Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,130 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions

Bobby Van's is a name synonymous with quality and eclectic cuisine. The Bobby Van's Grill on New York Avenue is a 400-seat example of a classic steakhouse that offers a more family-friendly ambiance j...

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Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,129 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings

The Palm Restaurant is a trendy, classic steakhouse that regularly hosts celebrities, politicians, and journalists, without serving politics along with the food. This location in Dupont Circle serves ...

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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,949 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries

Bobby Van's Steakhouse on 15th Street is right in the heart of everything, with the White House a block away and the National Mall and Smithsonian on the doorstep. The decor at this location takes cla...

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The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
4,235 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies

The Capital Grille serves one of the best steaks in Washington DC. This capital restaurant is right by the National Gallery of Art, just off Pennsylvania Avenue. Dry aged, hand-cut steaks prepared on-...

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Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
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DC Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Ashburn
1,114 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romance

Lots of natural wood, dark red carpeting, and brown leather upholstery all come together under indirect lighting at DC Prime Steakhouse for an intimate dining experience. Every dish coming out of the ...

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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area

Old Hickory Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
National Harbor
1,775 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date

At home in the historic Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor is Old Hickory Steakhouse. This sophisticated eatery sits on the lobby level of the hotel, overlooking the river for a romantic and unforgettab...

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Best Ambience in Maryland - DC Suburbs

1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,880 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries

1789 Restaurant, a Washington DC staple, offers a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients. This fine-dining restaurant serves up a variety of options, often with unexpected items like the tourned...

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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
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Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
4,125 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse brings all-you-can-eat options to the menu. Steaks and meats form the foundation of the offerings, all prepared with attention to detail using traditional churrasco m...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Clyde's of Georgetown

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
3,401 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Lunch

Clyde's of Georgetown is an approachable and family-friendly restaurant that also happens to serve up delicious steak and burgers. The steak frites use a locally sourced Cedar River Farms 8-ounce hang...

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J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
6,589 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date

Planned and executed as an homage to legendary Kansas City restaurateur, Joe Gilbert, J. Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood keeps to the themes of friendly hospitality and exceptional food. This Mc...

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86 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Essy's Carriage House

$$$$·American·
Arlington
185 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation

Classy, yet casual, the ambiance at Essy's Carriage House encourages unpretentious fun. Comfortable booths and high-backed chairs mean an evening relaxing at a neighborhood favorite. The approachable ...

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7 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
726 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries

Dangling crystal chandeliers, rich red carpeting, framed artwork, leather upholstery. and plenty of polished, aged wood create an atmosphere of old-world elegance at Rare Steakhouse. The simple and fo...

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Steakhouse in District of Columbia
12 people mentioned the Banana Foster
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,565 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

First established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill is a neighborhood staple, serving up classic American cuisine right next door to the White House. The restaurant has moved a few times, but the rich his...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
229 people mentioned the Raw Bar
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Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steak·
Penn Quarter
3,809 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Live Music

The warm, elegant atmosphere at Mastro's Steakhouse starts with soft lighting, white tablecloths, and antique chandeliers. The strictly enforced dress code means an evening at this establishment is on...

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Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
170 people mentioned the Butter Cake
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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,213 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies

Offering one of the best views of the Capitol, Charlie Palmer Steak is also the place to get one of the best steaks in Washington DC. The bright, open windows and white walls all create a feeling of o...

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67 people mentioned the Filet Mignon