Bobby Van's Grill - New York Ave.

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1783 reviews
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Steakhouse
Bobby Van’s Grill marks the return of the powerful New York City chop shop to the downtown D.C. area but with a new twist. This eclectic New American Steakhouse now boasts a slightly more casual family friendly atmosphere as well as catering to the Washington politician. This 536-seat D.C. destination is fully loaded! There’s four private, intimate and upscale dining rooms with their own bar and bar services. Two 40-foot long bars can be found with friendly bartenders serving strong drinks and even stronger conversations. The main dining room boasts views of both New York Avenue and the plush marble atrium of the adjoining building amidst its beautiful water fountain. This is an ideal place to meet for power lunches, family gatherings and late night dinners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
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ZL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great evening! A night out with the girls!

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TW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. More variety than most top notch steakhouses

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was wonderful
Enjoyed the atmosphere
Great selection of menu

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BS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best rib eye steak I've had in a long time! We both took leftover steak to go. Still tasted good after 2 minutes in the microwave.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was slow. Waiter never came back for drink order and never received uneaten food.

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KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Staff provided great service

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CC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Hello there reader, please by no means should you not visit the restaurant, however for the money paid #Over$250 the seating, waiter service, and the company that sat across from my spouse and I was POOR..... I planned to surprise my baby with a lovely day of joy and Love. However the couple that sat us beside was nasty and obnoxious they clearly had no home training or table etiquette, their conversation was loud and degrading and the restaurant staff stood around and did nothing. Maybe on any other day that day would have finished with a perfect ending however the one I had planned for my fiancé was ruined. She didn’t even want to eat and was ready to go once the lady placed both her legs up on the guy and he’s fondling her in the open. Very disappointing and disgusting. Also their was supposed to be a dress code standard that clearly was not adhered to..... SMH 🤦🏽‍♀️

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C
St. Louis
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was very helpful in finding the right meal for everyone in our party. And the meals were great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous prime rib dinner at Bobby Van’s Grill! Huge portions, perfectly prepared, in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Our server Victor was amazing - friendly, attentive, and happy to make recommendations. Isn’t close to our home and we don’t eat here often, but it’s a special treat when we do. (The only thing I’d change is the background music - 70s and 80s pop just isn’t a good fit!)

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BH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Place is not setup to provide for anyone in a wheelchair. Manage was actually rude.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, good food. The bar area is a little chilly but I would return again.

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O
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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GC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

High-end steakhouse. The food was very good, if pricey. Had the steak & crab cake combo which was awesome. The brussel sprouts and the cauliflower sides were excellent. My dining companions enjoyed the whiskey cart that the waiter brought to the table

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and service was outstanding!!!!

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DJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our post business / work dinner could not have been better. Steaks were exceptional. Seafood well received. Service personal and just right on timing. Could not be happier.

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, the only exception being the length of time it took for our meals to get from the kitchen and to our table. I believe this was an out-of- the-ordinary occurrence (I've eaten at Bobby Van's before) and the service is always on point, but this time around the food was a little slow getting out of the kitchen and that's the only reason I gave them 4 stars. Otherwise, it would have been 5 stars hands down. Our server apologized profusely for the delay and the manager gave us a gift certificate for the inconvenience. Overall, it was a terrific experience!

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AR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service.

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c
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the Cajun ribeye it was cooked to perfection there bar makes excellent drinks the waiters are on top of everything and really good if your visiting DC to get Tavel info from it’s a very nice quiet place to have a DAMN good steak

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WT
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an early Christmas dinner. The food and service was excellent. It wasn’t busy as everyone had left Washington already 😊. We would highly recommend going here for a wonderful experience.

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WL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great steakhouse. Bit pricey, wish sides were better value.

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h
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby Van’s Grill was phenomenal. We had an 80 person event (one of several events they handled that night) and yet they made us each feel we were their only customer. Incredible food, delightful customer service, and the most friendly and helpful people from management the whole way down. Truly amazing.

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OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our experience on level of service was sub par. We had a reservation and the table was not set up even though others were. We could see how slow it was to put it together. Once we were seated (15 mins after), there was no introduction from our waiter until we brought it up to the manager (20 mins after). It took over 50 mins to receive our dinner and then it was over cooked. We were celebrating a graduation and the experience was sad. At this price point we should have had constant interaction with staff. It seems that management under staffs so there is only 3 waiters in the section which is insufficient considering the amount of seating. Overall, the low rating is due to the poor management because our waiter tried his best.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is not the best of the best among restaurants at this price level, although it is still very good. Service is excellent. Wine is great.

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AK
Washington DC
373 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the interactions with ALL sraff were great. Superb place and great vibe!!

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PC
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The crab cake was outstanding, one of the best I’ve had this year. Frankly, I was very surprised at how good the food was.

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DD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Service at lunch was slower my last visit than it has been in the past. Appreciated the previous pace that fit lunch into a good business hour.

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SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a special occasion, classy place!

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NL
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. But It over an hour to receive our food. And this definitely not a kid friendly environment.

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R
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went for a quick dinner before the theatre so it was a bit early (5:30). They server was great and the food wonderful. My filet was well seasoned, perfectly done and my wife’s sea bass tender and delicious. Two significant negatives were that the host was on the phone and never greeted us and we were eventually taken to a table by a server. The second is that the bar said they could not make two common drinks (Vieux Carrie and a chocolate martini). They either have a bartender that is poorly trained or lazy. It had was a big negative to an otherwise good experience.

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PR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the executive lunch special for a quick but decadent bite!

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DH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a gracious and attentive staff. What more could you want!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Not the greatest experience... the food was not worth the $. The atmosphere is not the newest. I wouldn’t recommend. Should’ve went to RPM

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was exceptional too. Prime rib cut table side for our party of 5 was sooo good.

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TR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is ALWAYS top notch. They never take a break on either; they’re simply the best!!!

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A
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. They offer half price wine on Saturday nights, but was out of the Chardonnay. They did substitute a different bottle for the same price though.

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D
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group for a corporate event of 8. We were treated like the only people in the place. The seafood appetizer plate was a beautiful presentation of crab meat, lobster tails, shrimp, lobster claws all on ice. It tasted even better than it looked. Our group ate several of the steak/ surf and turf options, crab cakes, trout and everyone was delighted. Of course we tried the chocolate cake and key line pie. Also all delicious.

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m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but it took a long time to get our food/dessert and they didn't check to see if we needed anything during the meal.

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TG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently awesome cuisine and service. What a gem!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst steak I’ve ever eaten in my life. Stay far away from this place!

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