The Prime Rib

4.7
2868 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
*****Please accept our apologies on behalf of The Prime Rib. Reservations are not available from 8/31/2018 - 9/3/2018 at this restaurant. Reservation will be available starting Sept 4th 2018. Thanks.***** Consistently Zagat's #1 Rated Steakhouse in DC. The Prime Rib features USDA Prime Dry Aged NY Strip Steaks&USDA Filet Mignon. One of DC's best kept secrets is their award winning seafood, such as Jumbo Lump Crabcakes and Imperial Crab. Jackets after 5:00 pm , complimentary valet parking, live piano music nightly. Casual dress at lunch.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Business casual attire until 5pm. Jacket required for dinner.)
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Phone number
(202) 466-8811
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Santiago Cisneros
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Private party facilities
Semi-private room for parties up to 20.
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Private party contact
James MacLeod: (202) 466-8811
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th Street
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking after 5:00pm
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom or Farragut West Metro Station
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Entertainment
Live Jazz - piano and bass.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The steak and lobster were both a disappointment. The quality of the food was poor and the preparation was dull. There are many better options in DC for a white tablecloth steak and seafood dinner. The music and ambiance were very nice. Great mid century supper club feel. Go for a drink at the bar and eat somewhere else.

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KK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb restaurant, great food and drinks also nice live music.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here in 1988 with my special girl and had a memorable evening. 30 years later, dined with our daughter and it was fabulous. Service, food and atmosphere are A+.

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J
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Uber stuffy. Jacket required. Heavy smell of old lady perfume. If you’re using the internet to make reservations...make a different one. Food was good though!

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JT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prime Rib never dissappoints! Fabulous experience...always!

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G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are few places in dc to get a delicious meal and have the opportunity to listen to such live music. The service is old school. More restaurants should take note.

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PH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overpriced for what one gets. Used to be my favorite place for a celebration. Sorry to say no longer. I can/have found much better steak and sides at other restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was great except desserts were poor.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Dishes were all good, although my mashed potato was the best! It was little annoying when the server changed the table cloth next to us loudly during our dinner after our neighbor customers left... Definitely not a young crowd place. Recommended for special occasions

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RH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an old-school steak place and that is a huge compliment. I went to BLT steak a few weeks ago and couldn't even have a conversation with my friend who was with me. This place has a quite elegance (the guy playing the grand piano helps) and the service and food is 2nd to none. Pricey...well...yes...!!....but that's the point. It's EXCEPTIONAL food and service. You truly get what you pay for.

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b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal here is an experience. Absolutely phenomenal.

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great restaurant. The service was superb. The food was amazing and very flavorful. I will definitely go back the next time I’m in DC.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had eaten in the Prime Rib in Baltimore so many times but moved away from the area. When I saw you had a restaurant in DC on a recent trip, I booked a reservation and was not disappointed. The ambiance is the same as Baltimore (same carpet!) and the food was awesome as always. Service is impeccable and the wines were very special. I only wish I lived closer to one of your restaurants but will make sure to book a reservation whenever in town. Thank you for a memorable night.

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JW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. A great place to celebrate that special occasion. Piano was a big plus.

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RK
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a very pretentious restaurant from the late 19th Century. A jacket is required (they have many to loan you) even though this appears to be a highly secret requirement during the reservation process. There are so many better restaurants in D.C. with a far more enjoyable environment for dining.

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e
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had the crab cakes, rack of lamb and crab imperial appetizer and everything was good. The only issue I had was the waiter was slow but he was good.

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very established popular place for power couples and such, which we are not; chilean sea bass was very good and expensive, as expected; the steak was fine, maybe not great. My salad was very average, just lettuce with some tomatoes.
Sides are not included, which raises the price even more. Birthday was not acknowledged; a free desert wouldn't have been unreasonable considering the overall cost for 4 people.
Service was a bit slow but attentive.

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The steaks need seasoning. They are bland. Ruth Chris does it better.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is top notch, the food is exactly what you'd expect (nothing too adventurous, but they do the essentials well). Would definitely go back for a date night, but a little expensive to make a mainstay in the restaurant rotation.

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J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib restaurant never disappoints. We so enjoyed the first class food, atmosphere, and service. They made a special occasion even more special.

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EJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening; great menu, delicious food, beautiful room, amazing drinks and classic wine list, all with fantastic service!!
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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RH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing, but my wife thought her prime rib was good. My escargot was the worst I’be ever had. Steak was flavorless.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veal Chop was AWESOME , Caesar salad was AWESOME too

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There are definitely better slices of prime rib and lamb chops in the area, but the the crab dishes are above average. Both the crab imperial and crab cakes were mostly lumps of crab and delicate and satisfying. The oysters Rockefeller offered tiny oysters but an abundance of excellent spinach. The clams casino tasted bitter with acidy tomato sauce. Vegetables and all potato dishes were first rate although the artichokes , the waiter avered were fresh, tasted of a jar.

The ambiance is classy yet warm and inviting especially with the the live music. ( We did hear “Happy Birthday “ played about a dozen times, but people come here for birthdays).

What defined the great experience of the evening was the superb, nearly flawless service given by Mark. He was a charming, attentive and friendly gentleman with TV star looks. He made everything truly special and he had a challenge with everyone at the table- all seven of us. What a lovely person.

Although I dine , for my job, all over the world, the Prime Rib will always be amongst my nice memories as it has for many decades, but on my most recent visit it will be the wonderful service and not so much the food.

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FL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From NY and The Prime Rib rivals Manhattan's very best Steakhouses. Top Notch!

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d
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travel from NH to DC four or five times a year. Always have one meal at the Prime Rib. Men have to wear jackets, the layout is black walls and black leather seats and white linen table cloths. Sets a high class formal tone. The meat is perfectly prepared. Seafood the best. Excellent wine list. Impeccable service.
It’s a special place for a special meal.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Robert was a wonderfully engaging waiter. Really appreciated the pianist playing “our song!” 🎵. Food excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch, quick service, attentive. Food was great. stragith forward. will come back for lunch.

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g
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great all was very good as always real New York atmosphere

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and service. Favorite part is the live piano and strings.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been to Prime Rib in Baltimore years back, I decided to try the DC location. The food, service and ambiance was exceptional.

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c
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Too close to service station.

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BR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a fine restaurant. Staff from the maitre'd to the waiters are true professionals. Food is always cooked to perfection. Jackets are still required for dinner...but that's a nice touch. Whenever in DC it's a must to dine here for me over the past 30 years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

It was our first time at The Prime Rib. I felt so uncomfortable at this location. I’ve been to a lot of nice and fancy restaurants, however, here I felt like my family was looked at and treated by the staff as if we couldn’t afford to be there. Our waiter constantly took forver to bring us our needed and requested items. The other guest who were white we’re treated like Royalty!

Before we stepped foot into the door, I called the location because I parked behind the building and got lost. The man gentlemen was so rude!! And not helpful at all. I would never go back! Sucks because it was a beautiful restaurant and the food was terrific! I wish I could have given my granny and girlfriend a better birthday dinner experience. The food was worth it but the experience was not worth the $295 I spent. So disappointed, but when I spoke with other African Americans who went there, they informed me that they experience the same issue. Smh

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PG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in very nice surroundings. Would have to say that meal was a litter on the pricey side.

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FL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been dining at The Prime Rib for 35 years or so. Hands down, our favorite place here in DC. Food, service, 1940s supper club ambience. The best!

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I came for a prime rib and I got one, cooked to my taste (very rare) and just the right size, the smaller cut. I had the traditional baked potato and creamed spinach, which were very good also. Others in my party had steaks and fish, which were excellent. My oysters were another thing, no taste and no brine. Salads were very good. Their wine list is not huge and that it good. They do have some real charmers with the Alban Patrina 2014 Syarh, Stag's Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2014 and the Albarino Doelas 2016 for the fish person and a starter for the rest of us. I love the place because it has prime rib all of the time. It is a good time place, also.

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent especially the signature prime rib,, waiting staff attentive and friendly we where visiting from uk and waiter took time to chat and make us feel welcome despite the restaurant being busy. would recommend this restaurant

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G
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love your menu, the food and the service. And we celebrate most happy occasions with you.

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JT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Steak in DC
Great seafood
Impeccable service
Real drinks
I’ve been going there nearly 30 years
Welcomed by Buzz every time.
My favorite in DC!

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