Washington, D.C., has no shortage of fabulous steakhouses, but when you want a really good steak meal, you can’t go just anywhere.
Here are three steakhouses that meet the mark every time. They win at food, presentation, service, and ambiance.
City Center: 950 I Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Downtown: 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
If you’re looking to have one of the best steak meals of your life, head directly to Del Frisco’s. There are actually two locations in Washington, D.C, but the one in City Center has a more elegant ambiance and fewer tourists.
Let’s start with the décor. This place practically screams class and luxury. There are three seating options, depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for. If you want to sit outside, there is a beautiful private courtyard, with views of the high-end shops that line the city center streets. Looking to get a couple cocktails after work? Then you must hang out at the large marble bar on the first floor. For a big dinner, though, the best place to sit is on the second floor, which features large leather booths, beautifully dim lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Start by ordering a round of specialty cocktails and sharing some tuna tartare and shrimp cocktail. For an entrée, the steak is of course the way to go, and there are several cuts to choose from. And don’t forget to order some sides! You can check out the full dinner menu here.
And if you like hanging out at City Center, check out these other delicious food options in the area.
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
Bourbon Steak is a steakhouse nestled inside the swanky Four Seasons Hotel in the neighborhood of Georgetown. This is the locale for powerhouses in Washington, D.C., from politicians to celebrities. The décor is chic and contemporary — the restaurant is adorned with brown leather booths and sleek, minimalist lighting.
The menu features modern American fare, with locally sourced fresh ingredients. You can get steak, seafood, or vegetarian options to suit any palate. Begin by ordering something from the raw bar, like the Bourbon Steak Shellfish Tower. If seafood is your thing, select either the Maryland crab cake or the Maine lobster pot pie for your main course.
But you came to a steakhouse for the meat, right? You can order three ounces of your favorite steak cut from the wood-burning grill, or taste different types of quality beef in various sizes. And don’t miss out on the diverse options of sauces to add to your steak, such as aji verde or truffle butter.
Bourbon Steak also features one of the best hotel bars in the city.
2020 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006
The Prime Rib is equally perfect for an important business dinner as it is for a romantic night out. It was actually named one of the most romantic restaurants in the United States by Food and Wine Magazine. It’s also ranked the No. 1 steakhouse in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area by Zagat, so you know you’re getting an amazing meal.
But it’s more than just about food here. The restaurant features live piano music every night during dinnertime, playing sophisticated jazz and popular favorites. From the moment you step inside, you’re immediately transported into a 1940s Manhattan supper club. The wait staff is dressed in tuxedos, music is playing, and anyone who’s anyone is dressed to the nines at one of the tables or booths. If you’re celebrating something or want a big night out, this is definitely the place to come.
Prime Rib has an enormous wine menu and has also won numerous awards for their selection. Make sure you ask your knowledgeable server for the best bottle recommendation.
As for the dinner menu, expect for the usual classics, prepared with care and presented beautifully to your table. You may select between a range of meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. Make sure you also get some delicious sides like creamed spinach, sautéed white button mushrooms, and au gratin potatoes.
And if you love to listen to live music, check out these jazz dinner clubs in Washington, D.C.
Have you been to any of these fabulous steakhouses? Let us know your favorite steak place in the comments below!