About Ray's The Steaks

For over a decade, THE steak destination for those "in the know". Famous for affordable Premium Dry-Aged cuts, aged and butchered in-house, and hard-to-find Specialty Butcher cuts.

Washingtonian Top 100 Best Restaurants every year since 2003.

2300 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 110
Arlington, VA 22209
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of operation:
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross street:
Entrance On Clarendon & Wayne

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$31 to $50

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(703) 841-7297

Website:
http://www.raysthesteaks.com/

Parking Details:
Free Parking With Validation in the Navy League Garage (Entrance To Garage On Adams Street)

Public Transport:
METRO Access Is The Courthouse Metro Station On the Orange Line.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Ray's The Steaks Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.5

Service

4.3

Ambience

3.8

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (50)
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Neighbourhood Gem (33)
Good for Birthdays (29)
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Casual (26)
Group Bookings (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Comfort Food (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Romance (16)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Fun (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Cosy (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Child Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The steak was cooked perfectly but I wouldn't expect anything less at a "steak house". The service was okay. I think our server may have been "in the weeds" as our service was less than stellar. Main issues were:
1. I received a glass of wine with lipstick on the rim, which is easily avoidable.
2. We ordered an additional side with dinner which didn't arrive with the entree. I requested it twice before it arrived approximately half way through the meal.
3. Our water glasses sat empty for an extended period of time. I watched the server and food runners look at our empty water glasses while they walked by us several times with full pitchers of water.
I'm not one to complain - service is what it was. Maybe the server was in the weeds, things happen. In short, while I recognize it is a "casual" steak house I still expect above average service at a place like Rays the Steaks, especially for the price.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food & service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 January 2018

Rays the Steaks was a 5-star favourite for us. However, this time was a bit disappointing, probably because of a downsizing in the restaurant and the options on offer. Our server was wonderful--knowledgeable about the cuts of beef, and helpful with good recommendations (and she made a delicious Manhattan). The steaks were still delicious, and the crab bisque was excellent. But, the desserts (the chocolate mousse and key lime pie) tasted as though they had been mass produced and stored in the fridge for a good while. The ambiance was a little flat, again, probably because the restaurant is undergoing some restyling. A little background music would have been nice. Still good, but not as great as previous times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 January 2018

I came with the expectation of a stripped down menu and sparse decor, but I didn’t plan on harried and disorganized waitstaff. Fill my water a couple times and take my order promptly, I’ll be happy. Don’t make me wait 15 mins to place my order and never return to offer dessert or the check. Also, when I ask if there are specials (because I distantly heard another server telling his table), don’t blurt out “No” then come back 10 mins later to tell me. I also found that sitting in the back corner facing a blank wall to be a bit claustrophobic.

Unfortunately, the husband’s grilled ribeye was thin and tough, and my dish with the bone marrow on the side (I believe it was a top loin) was good but the marrow bones were plopped in the pan sauce, making half of the sauce inaccessible. The lobster mac, scallop app, and crab bisque were all very good. Spinach was as expected, mashed potatoes had an odd flavor, texture reminded me of instant.

We drove about 45 mins to get there, I can’t say I would bother to go again unless I was already in the area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 January 2018

We had a lovely meal! The food was fantastic, but the service could have been better. Our waitress was great - but just too busy. She was constantly shuffling between multiple tables. Our glasses weren’t always filled and we had to flag folks down a few times. Also, the host didn’t make note of the special celebration noted in the reservation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 January 2018

I’ll keep it short: Wife had a great steak, mine was pretty grisly. If I wasn’t paying $44 for the ribeye I probably wouldn’t be writing this but it was and I am. It wasn’t a big deal but still disappointing. When I mentioned it to the waiter, he shrugged his shoulders and said something along the lines of, “ yea that’s how ribeyes are” and walked off. He wasn’t rude, just dismissive. We like Rays and will probably be back but not for a while.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on 12 January 2018

Don’t let the decor fool you. The steaks are great and the value is amazing. Best not-pretentious steakhouse around!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 12 January 2018

Disappointing. Ok steaks don’t compensate for drab decor, mundane menu options, and somewhat surly service. Looks like a Hampton Inn circa 1983.

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·Dined on 12 January 2018

Service was very good and steaks were ok but nothing special. Prices are very reasonable

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 12 January 2018

My Family love this place. We come often. The prices are great for the quality of food. My 8 years old daughter loves the shared sides especially the creamed spinach.

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·Dined on 12 January 2018

We had a great time! We were seated immeadiatly. The food was amazing and the price reasonable. Our waitress was incredibly polite and assisted us in picking a wine we’d like. My buddy loved the food and the ambiance was lovely for a Friday night. The location was right across from a classy bar. Overall great visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 12 January 2018

Best reason to go is their steak selection. Consistently delicious! The service is always excellent too. If you are lucky enough to have Heather wait on you, then your service will be outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 January 2018

Son's 12 birthday and he wanted a good steak. No better place then Ray's the Steak's. Our waitress was awesome. He made sure he was treated like a King. Thank you.

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·Dined on 9 January 2018

The steaks were amazing! They were prepared to perfection and the filet virtually melts in your mouth. My husband commented that it was the best porterhouse he has ever had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 January 2018

The food and service were sensational! It was unseasonably cold outside and the inside temps were cold...otherwise an outstanding meal and would definitely go back

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 January 2018

Best dining in Arlington. Not fussy or fancy just great food, beautifully prepared and served. Always a 10/10 experience here.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 7 January 2018

The food can be spotty, but on our most recent visit, the food was quite good. My big complaint with Ray's is the ambience: it has the feel of an unrenovated Holiday Inn somwhere in the Dakotas.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 January 2018

Our server and the food was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

Outstanding food for a reasonable price and a very casual environment.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

Fantastic food and great price.

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·Dined on 2 January 2018

We love this place! Steaks are amazing, ambiance is cute, cozy and quiet enough to have a meaningful conversation. This is my boyfriend's favorite place for an amazing steak that won't break the bank, but is fancy enough for a special date night or birthday dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 January 2018

Divine! Excellent steaks at an affordable price. Ray the Steaks delivers a memorable experience when it comes to steak, not only they cook your steak to perfection, but you cannot beat the complimentary sides. The spinach and mashed potatoes are delicious. Took my family visiting from out of town and were blown away by a delicious New Year's Day dinner. Best way to start 2018!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 January 2018

Ray's consistently delivers awesome steaks at an unbeatable price! Their service is top notch as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on 30 December 2017

Had not been to Ray's in years. Was as I remembered. Great steak and sides. Good value. We had great service. I would go back again next time I am in the area (I live about 400 miles from DC.)

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 December 2017

The steaks were terrific: tender and delicious, cooked exactly to the right doneness. The au poivre sauce on the petit filet was superb. The meal comes with a complimentary side order of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. I was especially pleased that the bill at end of meal -- with steaks, wine and dessert -- was altogether reasonable for two people. Oh, and the service was courteous and not intrusive. In other words, they keep an eye on your table but know not to come back every five seconds to ask if everything's okay!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 December 2017

The service was adequate (I think they were short-handed that evening) and the steaks were superb. I did miss the coffee, an item that Ray's no longer sells, but now know not to expect it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

We love Ray's! The food is great and the service is even better. Heather is an awesome waiter and did everything to make a visit from out of town guests very special.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 December 2017

It was my wife's 50th birthday dinner. When I made the reservation, I noted that it was for a birthday. No mention was made of it and there was no acknowledgement. That wad disappointing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 22 December 2017

Great eat out for anyone coming out of DC

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 December 2017

Ray’s is now an institution, renowned for its devotion to beef, well-selected, well-cut, well and simply prepared, and really tasty beef. Our server recommended the special, the Tomahawk cut, which was spectacular. It’s not the most elegant experience out there, but it’s one of my favorite kitchens in the area. They do steakhouse without pretense, with really great ingredients, and at reasonable cost for the quality. I love this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 December 2017

This restaurant was so tasty! Definitely recommend for a special occasion!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 December 2017

If you want great steaks and an unpretentious environment, this is where you go.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 December 2017

Our Co-in-laws came into town for the holidays and this was our first stop. They loved it. The service was great, the food incredible, and the whole experience rocked.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 December 2017

not nearly up to the standards, of prior years. have eaten at rays and previouszx venues for 154 yrs. the ribeye was tough, loadx of gristle. my wine never came. spinach and potatoes were excellent

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 December 2017

I really enjoy Ray's the Steaks because I like having the ability to order a great steak and a nice bottle of wine in an environment more casual than most other steakhouses. This time I had the petit filet with crab, and it was wonderful. I think this restaurant is very reasonably priced for its portions, and the last two times I have been here have both been really enjoyable dining experiences. I look forward to my next visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 December 2017

It was an okay experience. The crab bisque was great. However, my steak was surprisingly tough for what should have been a good cut of meat and didn't have as much flavor as I had expected. It wasn't terrible but just not what I expected based on the reputation of the establishment. My server was nice and the price point was fine. I will chalk it up to an off night in the kitchen and try again at some point.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on 16 December 2017

The steaks were good, but that was about it. The host was curt, walking around in a flannel and tennis shoes. The ambience was lacking, just a basic restaurant. The mashed potatoes tasted like they came from a box, which was utterly disappointing when paired with a good steak. Our server was good, though. Come for the steaks and service, just don't expect anything more.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 December 2017

We have been dining at Ray’s since it first opened in an old strip shopping center, and it was a great neighborhood casual restaurant then. They moved to a more upscale location, upscale interior but the same GREAT steaks. You have to make a reservation now and dress up a bit more than jeans and T-shirt, but it’s still the best beef in the Washington area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 12 December 2017

Took my wife for her birthday and she loved it. The food and service was outstanding. She had the New York Strip and I had the Filet. She and I both agree, the best steaks we have ever had. The waiter tended to our every need. This was our first time here and we will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 December 2017

We have been to Ray's many times--it is our go-to steak place and also our Valentine's date every year. I wanted to take the time to recognize the tremendous service we received this time around in accommodating us and our infant son. I had read some reviews about the restaurant not being very welcoming to children in the past, but that was certainly not our experience. (It probably helped that our reservation was on the early side.) The owner greeted us and seated us and was more than pleasant in welcoming us and setting us up at a table that accommodated all of the adult guests, a high chair in a low traffic position, AND our stroller. The food, as always, was excellent! Kudos to Ray's and we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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