The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:BLT Steak DC, Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave., The Palm Washington DC
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steak, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Dupont Circle

BLT Steak DC

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
3,590 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 WhiteRead more
89% recommended
Steak in Washington, D.C. Area
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Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,011 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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 familyRead more
90% recommended
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The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,001 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 DRead more
90% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia
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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,897 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 thiRead more
91% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,952 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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-cutRead more
96% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
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DC Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Ashburn
1,076 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 disRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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Old Hickory Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
National Harbor
1,637 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 romaRead more
81% recommended
Romance in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,781 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 itRead more
89% recommended
American in District of Columbia
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Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,488 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 traRead more
92% recommended
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Clyde's of Georgetown

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
3,109 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 RiveRead more
91% recommended
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J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
5,809 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 excepRead more
93% recommended
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The Occidental

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,317 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
With more than a century of history contained within the walls of the Occidental Grill & Seafood, this iconic establishment still serves relevant and fresh dishes. The White House Read more
83% recommended
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Essy's Carriage House

$$$$·American·
Arlington
161 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 favoritRead more
100% recommended
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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
535 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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 SteakhousRead more
84% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia
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Claudia's

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
503 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
The ultra-modern kitchen matches the mod decor at Claudia's. This unique take on an American steakhouse throws some Latin flavor into the mix. Enjoy the towering seafood platters aRead more
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
23,361 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
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 timRead more
95% recommended
American in District of Columbia
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Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Penn Quarter
2,849 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 thisRead more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia
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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,204 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
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 cRead more
100% recommended
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Medium Rare - Capitol Hill - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steak·
Capitol Hill
1,075 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
Medium Rare serves up premium cuts of steak right on Capitol Hill at 8th Street. The prix fixe menu offers an affordable and delicious meal that includes artisan bread, a mixed greRead more
90% recommended
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