The Prime Rib

4.7
2907 reviews
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*****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.
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JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy family and friend celebrations at The Prime Rib. Great cocktails appetizers and entrees!

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

Excellent traditional steakhouse. Gentlemen need to wear a jacket. Bar staff outstanding.

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TH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellect quality. Outstanding service. Strong drinks. The only problem was the lack of seasoning. Satisfied, but won't repeat a visit due to price/lack of seasoning.

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l
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I’ve been trying to try all the major steak places in the area which is why I decided to finally try Prime Rib. I was disappointed in pretty much everything but the service. Not worth coming back.

Granted it was on the early side on a Thursday (6pm) but I got a bad feeling when I saw that almost everyone was at least over 70years old. Most looked like they were pushing 90. Bottled oxygen is not exactly the same vibe as bottle service. But that wouldn’t be so bad but you can tell the restaurant is primarily catering to this group of dinners. The menu font was comically large and the choices weren’t just ‘old school’ in a good way. The choices were boring.

But the food was also bad. The prime rib-which is their signature dish-and it was pretty bland. Almost no seasoning or flavor. I had to do something I NEVER do at a restaurant and reached for the salt. The sides were almost inedible. Potato’s gratin were oddly flavored. The creamed spinach has too much nutmeg or something.
The wine menu could be updated with some more by the glass options.
The desert menu had a lot of good options though.
The service was good if stiff.

And I’m someone who still believes you should dress nicely for the theater, flying and certainly for restaurants. But i get annoyed by pointless rules. My father had a very nice three piece suite but when he wanted to take off his suite jacket for dinner he was told that wasn’t permitted. A restaurant should make you feel high class by treating you as an individual not a faceless cog in a dinning room.

Some advice to management:
You’re on GWU campus with a lot of students w wealthy families. You should be trying to attract students who’s parents are visiting by being seen as a special occasion high end restaurant but somewhere young students actually would want to go. Then when those students graduate and get jobs in the city they might associate the prime rib as a place to go when you’re celebrating

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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL, HOPE YOU CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A GREAT PLACE FOR A GREAT PRIME RIB DINNER.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good to experience this restaurant that a friend had recommended but I’ve had better steaks in DC, although overall it was good and should be experienced.

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f
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is one of our favorite spots. Outstanding food, wine, service and lovely ambiance every time! We enjoy the live piano music too. We've been dining here for years and plan to go back again and again.

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F
Richmond
83 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prime Rib is an "old school" uptown steakhouse, done well! It's reminiscent of Manhattan's Upper East Side (my hometown) and the food is reliably excellent, the service professional, and the cocktails expertly mixed.

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DE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC! Get the seafood!

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Great to be there as in the old days.

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C
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was wonderful. The food was delicious, the ambiance very pleasant, and the service was exceptional.

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

Awesome birthday celebration. Pianist and base player were spectacular and played Happy Birthday. Philip our waiter was professional and very pleasant.
Beef was to die for amazing, as were the oysters. The bread pudding was so moist and delicious.
Went regularly there for years but due to retirement it is now infrequent.

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CF
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Simply fabulous!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely wonderful experience. The employees know just how to treat the customers with class and style. The food was cooked to perfection and totally delicious. If you want to make a special memory, this is the place to go. Fives stars is twelve short when rating this experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for 50th Wedding Anniversary. Exceeded expectations. Great service, perfect amount of attention, wonderful piano and bass music that I love, and food was delicious. We loved the formal decor and the clientele dress up.. Nice to see Old Fashion quality and Class still exists in DC. John Morgan, Oakton

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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special treat always to head to The Prime Rib. Everything was perfect

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LF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful... Almost. The horseradish was old and tasteless

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Old school. Perfect for me and very hard to find these days. Good food, nice music real service. Brings back memories of what restaurants should be.

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D
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Old-fashioned, classic elegance, varied menu, pleasant atmosphere, especially with the piano player.

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My all time favorite restaurant in Washington, DC. True to its heritage!

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MS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Au Jus summit

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

It was amazing to try something new!! I would definitely go back!!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib was a wonderful place to have our annual Christmas outing for my company. Danny, our server, was magnificent. He made the evening for all of us. The food was exquisite. My driver had no problems dropping us off at the door. We were promptly seated at the perfect table. Danny catered to our every need. We had a 7:30 call time at the Kennedy Center and realized we were running short on time, so Danny rushed our dessert orders and got us out the door in time for the show. Everyone in our group loved the experience here.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at The Prime Rib and I absolutely loved it. The food and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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SS
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at the Prime Rib for over 40 years. The Prime Rib is a warm inviting place to dine. Enjoying the listening pleasure of the piano while enjoying a before dinner cocktail is worth arriving 1/2 before your reservation time. And the quality of the food and great service cannot be matched at other Washington restaurants.

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P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our son’s birthday. We had eaten here a few years before and had a wonderful time. It is sill a wonderful place to have great food, wonderful service and nice ambiance. Look forward to coming again on our next visit.

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BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot, good food, excellent service and staff

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G
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I was stunned having come here many times. My clams came and were cold with large slabs of undercooked bacon on them. The steak at $50 plus I could have gotten on sale at the local supermarket. The atmosphere is still wonderful but someone needs to get their act together.

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AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$100 for two salads and ice tea a bit pricey. Piano music made it diffuclt to talk.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving
Wonderful time, service was great and food outstanding

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Naples
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining at its best. Our sons thoroughly enjoyed Larry’s magic tricks.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Wait staff is dedicated

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in DC area...I'm not kidding...the BEST!!!1

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WA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, hospitality

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SK
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is from an era gone by of the best DC has to offer. Incredible food, great ambience and a delightful staff. Simply the best!

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N
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a classic setting. No issues with any element of this meal.

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B
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual though the kitchen seemed a bit slow tonight

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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
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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