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
3,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
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
90% recommended
Steak in District of Columbia

Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,067 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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

The Palm Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dupont Circle
4,060 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • 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
92% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,934 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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
89% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia

The Capital Grille - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
4,030 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
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DC Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Ashburn
1,078 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
95% recommended
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Old Hickory Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
National Harbor
1,637 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,796 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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
85% recommended

Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,587 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • 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
93% recommended

Clyde's of Georgetown

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
3,167 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in District of Columbia

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

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
6,060 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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

The Occidental

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,318 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Quiet Conversation
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
85% recommended
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Essy's Carriage House

$$$$·American·
Arlington
165 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Authentic
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

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
545 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • 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

Claudia's

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
503 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups
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
84% recommended
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
23,728 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for 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
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Penn Quarter
3,083 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
86% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,204 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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 cRead more
88% recommended
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Medium Rare - Capitol Hill - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steak·
Capitol Hill
1,075 reviews
  • Great for 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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