The Prime Rib

4.7
2837 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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.
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
What 2837 People Are Saying
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c
New England
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Too close to service station.

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BR
New England
10 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
2 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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ER
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always feel pampered at the Prime Rib. Time seems to stand still.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Wait service unfriendly and pretentious. Acted like we didn't deserve simple courtesies.

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L
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib was delicious. It was wonderful to enjoy an evening with elegance, great wait staff and food.

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k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing first experience at Prime Rib. From the service to the food to the atmosphere, everything was absolutely amazing. I have dietary intolerances and my husband is blind and you did a great job catering to us! We truly appreciated it and look forward to coming back again!

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The once and future king. Old school and proud of it. 40 plus years of the finest steak in DC. Service is impeccable, the prime rib itself is the best anywhere , an excellent well thought out wine list with selections unseen anywhere else. When anybody really wants to go eat a steak this is where to take them.

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TO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was fair, price was high, Prime Rib was flavorless, tomato soup tasted like Campbell’s.

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JN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My chopped steak and onions was excellent and the wait staff was extremely attentive.

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LS
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard a recommendation from a spot on Fox news and had to give it a try on our visit to D.C. Best prime rib I have ever had! Service was perfection and atmosphere was 5 star!

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D
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our evening dining with you. We can't wait to go back!

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G
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is our go to place. We love the food especially the potato skins. The service is always good and the access is excellent. ( I use a walker) we celebrate most special occasions there.

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t
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The beef was superb, the sides were very good, but the ceasar salad was awful and seemed to be an old pile of lettuce swimming in a bottled-type salad dressing. We expected something better than that, complained, but were still charged.

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M
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect and the service is beyond excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hadn't been here in a long while. Love the old school elegance and the background piano. Since it is never on anyone's menu I was very happy to see liver with onions - absolutely delicious - my friend had the lunch prime rib and said it was very good. We had such a calm and pleasant experience and truly enjoyed our unhurried lunch together. Will be back!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great, but it is the service that puts this place above the rest. Their attention to detail is impeccable. I have never been to a restaurant that is so attentive. They anticipate and notice your every need even before you do. Our server was Justin and WOW! It was the perfect night and the entire staff made sure of it.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful first visit to the Prime Rib. I was there with my brother-in-law while our spouses went to a show. From the drinks at the bar all the way through our dinner, we were very pleased with the classic, timeless experience.

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LM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal coupled with outstanding service. Always the best in town!

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C
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prime Rib is DC's iconic steak and seafood restaurant that conjures up the time when men actually dressed up for dinner and the women wore their sexiest and finest. A piano player, a classic bar, black walls and white table cloths. The service is impeccable. The owner is frequently on site and you will be treated well throughout your dining experience. Suffice to say the menu doesn't venture far from a traditional and classic steak and seafood restaurant, but the food is impeccably prepared and served. Waiters are not overly eager to interrupt. Wine list is excellent. This restaurant continues to impress.

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OT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real old school venue for a semi-annual get-together with colleagues now celebrating nearly 30 years of fabulous food and spirits. Thanks so much to John and his crew.

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FL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifique! Piano exceptionnel! Food great, service great

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J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is the best steakhouse in the area. Not only are the dining offerings superb but the service is excellent. Worth the trip from the burbs to downtown DC for sure.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very elegant restaurant with a traditional steak house menu. A place for a memorable evening.

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DE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant! Soft shelled crab is best in town.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE GORGEOUS ART DECO SUPPER CLUB ATMOSPHERE IS A KNOCK-OUT.
CLASSY AND ELEGANT - THE WAY THE WORLD USED TO BE.

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TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly enjoyed my dinner. Everything was wonderful from the ambiance to the service, to the drinks and food, and the live piano entertainment. I can't wait for my next visit.

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L
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! After recently going to a highly rated steakhouse that was bustling with people, had an assortment of signature cocktails, one with smoke/fog, but pro forma service with plates of food hitting the unadorned table with a notable thwack and a hint of "now eat and go, we've got to turn tables," walking into The Prime Rib was like entering another era and then settling in for a complete dining experience. Yes, jacket is required and some might find that stodgy, but put on the jacket, put away your cell phone, and unfurl. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine before seeing the menu, chat a bit with your waiter, who is going to take good care of you for the duration - pleasantly and professionally. My husband enjoyed a delicious crab cake appetizer – all crab, no filler – and prime rib. I enjoyed a wonderful filet mignon accompanied by sides to share and one of the better Cabernets I’ve had “by the glass.” We left relaxed, smiling, and with leftovers. Thank you, The Prime Rib!

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NR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Wonderful food and incredible service. Loved the décor and the piano player played wonderful selections that sounded like a CD they were so good.

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f
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib is our favorite restaurant. Timeless, classic and elegant. The epitome of fine dining. It's almost like therapy. I walk in, hear the piano, cozy up in a black leather club chair, order up some champagne and all of my worries fade away. My husband loves the prime rib, i enjoy the fish. And if you are a dessert lover - the hot fudge sundae is honestly the best I've had anywhere ever!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was exceptional and the pianist made it that much more memorable.

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EZ
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib never disappoints! Our young waiter was great, the welcoming Kir Royale was perfect with the hot sesame bread & butter. We shared their famous potato skins. I had a colossal shrimp cocktail while hubby tried the smoked salmon (my shrimp was better). My entrée was the smaller portion of prime rib with creamed spinach. Delicious with the au jus. Barry had the 21 oz, bone-in ribeye. We were both very pleased with our choices. The restaurant had sent a birthday dessert coupon so Barry had their house-made, 71% dark chocolate sundae. He loved it! I was thrilled to enjoy a slice of Key Lime pie. The only difference in their version & mine was the topping. They use whipped cream & I add meringue toasted in the oven. Coffee & Cappuccino ended our feast. The live music began @ 7 pm. Can't wait to return!

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D
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was excellent I love the atmosphere. The mashed potatoes were as delicious as ever. The prime rib tasted steamed, badly steamed. For the prices charged that is ridiculous

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was superb! by far the best service we have ever received EVER, and trust me we have gone to so many high end restaurants. I took my husband here and he was beyond pleased. The atmosphere was amazing, very quiet and personal if you are going for a date night. We will most definitely be returning soon.

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