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Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
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Where to Find Luxurious Steak Tartare Around D.C.

Order it in traditional French style or with Middle Eastern and Asian riffs

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Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
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Steak tartare is a French bistro classic for a reason. Add a crispy order of frites and a cold martini, and it might just be the perfect meal.

Several restaurants around D.C. offer exemplary versions, from standard-bearing French plates, with quail egg and capers, at Le Diplomate or Mintwood Place to more inventive versions like a beet, gochujang, and rice cracker riff at Pom Pom or one with za’atar and Turkish coffee vinaigrette at Hazel. Here are 15 standout beef tartares around town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pom Pom

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828 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 321-4751
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Wagyu beef and beets collide in the chimichurri-style tartare at this rebranded small plates place (formerly Himitsu). There’s also gochujang and hazelnuts in the mix, and a plate-sized rice cracker doubles as a serving vehicle. All that creativity comes at a steep price: it’s $24, and a vegan version is available for $18.

2. Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

One of the more interesting takes on tartare in the city involves X.O. sauce, cashews and burnt, whipped beef tallow. This Hong Kong-style newcomer in the heart of Columbia Heights prices it at $19.

3. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732
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Fans of Wagyu beef can find it in tartare form at this Adams Morgan neighborhood haunt, spiked with quail egg and served with thin waffle potato chips ($13).

4. Hazel

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808 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-4980
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The $14 tartare at this Neighborhood Restaurant Group standout has personality to it. It’s punched up with a Turkish coffee vinaigrette, pickled cucumber and za’tar seasoning.

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5. Bistrot Du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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This noisy, casual bistro knows that tartare doesn’t just have to be an appetizer. The small order, with egg yolk and condiments, is $13.95. A large order that includes fries is $22.95.

6. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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The steak tartare at this buzzy Stephen Starr bistro is one of the most popular versions around town. It’s garnished with capers and quail egg ($17).

Steak tartare with an egg yolk on top and with salad on the side
Steak tartare from Le Diplomate
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7. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2870
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Crispy potato dons the beef tartare at Cedric Maupillier’s Shaw restaurant ($16).

Enjoy a light beef tartare topped with hard boiled egg, cornichons, and crispy potato!

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8. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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Calabrian chiles bring a touch of heat to the tartare at Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s “not-just-a-steakhouse” tavern near Union Market ($16).

9. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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The famed Michael Mina steakhouse at the Four Seasons in Georgetown serves a traditional steak tartare, but it comes with naan instead of chips. It carries a hotel kitchen surcharge, though, with a $27 price tag.

10. Reverie

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3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 808-2952
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Smoked beef heart makes its way into the tartare at Johnny Spero’s restaurant; he spikes his dish with berbere seasoning ($16).

11. DBGB Kitchen & Bar

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931 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 695-7660
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Daniel Boulud’s lone D.C. outpost uses Black Angus beef in its tartare, which gets a cornichon and egg dressing garnish. Baguette is the tool for scooping it all up. =There are two sizes, priced at $18 and $29.

12. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Central gets props for including fries with an $18 appetizer portion of filet mignon tartare.

13. The Partisan

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709 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 524-5322
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Wagyu beef is used to make the tartare at this Penn Quarter restaurant attached to the Red Apron Butcher. It’s served with smoked Duke’s mayonnaise and a sourdough crumpet ($12).

14. Emilie's

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1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4368
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Kevin Tien’s ambitious, hot new restaurant offers its own spin on the dish. Three words: crab fat mustard. There’s also cured egg yolk and pecorino cheese in the mix ($16).

Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
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15. Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse

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MGM, Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 971-6060
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The celebrity chef duo behind this MGM Casino restaurant serve an excellent beef tartare that’s made with Wagyu hanger steak, French onion, air dried gruyere cheese, and barbecue potato chips. It’s priced at $21.

1. Pom Pom

828 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Wagyu beef and beets collide in the chimichurri-style tartare at this rebranded small plates place (formerly Himitsu). There’s also gochujang and hazelnuts in the mix, and a plate-sized rice cracker doubles as a serving vehicle. All that creativity comes at a steep price: it’s $24, and a vegan version is available for $18.

828 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

2. Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

One of the more interesting takes on tartare in the city involves X.O. sauce, cashews and burnt, whipped beef tallow. This Hong Kong-style newcomer in the heart of Columbia Heights prices it at $19.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Fans of Wagyu beef can find it in tartare form at this Adams Morgan neighborhood haunt, spiked with quail egg and served with thin waffle potato chips ($13).

1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Hazel

808 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The $14 tartare at this Neighborhood Restaurant Group standout has personality to it. It’s punched up with a Turkish coffee vinaigrette, pickled cucumber and za’tar seasoning.

808 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Bistrot Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

This noisy, casual bistro knows that tartare doesn’t just have to be an appetizer. The small order, with egg yolk and condiments, is $13.95. A large order that includes fries is $22.95.

1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Steak tartare with an egg yolk on top and with salad on the side
Steak tartare from Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate [official photo]

The steak tartare at this buzzy Stephen Starr bistro is one of the most popular versions around town. It’s garnished with capers and quail egg ($17).

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Crispy potato dons the beef tartare at Cedric Maupillier’s Shaw restaurant ($16).

801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Calabrian chiles bring a touch of heat to the tartare at Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s “not-just-a-steakhouse” tavern near Union Market ($16).

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

The famed Michael Mina steakhouse at the Four Seasons in Georgetown serves a traditional steak tartare, but it comes with naan instead of chips. It carries a hotel kitchen surcharge, though, with a $27 price tag.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Reverie

3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007

Smoked beef heart makes its way into the tartare at Johnny Spero’s restaurant; he spikes his dish with berbere seasoning ($16).

3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007

11. DBGB Kitchen & Bar

931 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Daniel Boulud’s lone D.C. outpost uses Black Angus beef in its tartare, which gets a cornichon and egg dressing garnish. Baguette is the tool for scooping it all up. =There are two sizes, priced at $18 and $29.

931 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Central gets props for including fries with an $18 appetizer portion of filet mignon tartare.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. The Partisan

709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Wagyu beef is used to make the tartare at this Penn Quarter restaurant attached to the Red Apron Butcher. It’s served with smoked Duke’s mayonnaise and a sourdough crumpet ($12).

709 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004

14. Emilie's

1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
Crab fat mustard and grated horseradish go into the steak tartare at Emilie’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Kevin Tien’s ambitious, hot new restaurant offers its own spin on the dish. Three words: crab fat mustard. There’s also cured egg yolk and pecorino cheese in the mix ($16).

1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse

MGM, Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The celebrity chef duo behind this MGM Casino restaurant serve an excellent beef tartare that’s made with Wagyu hanger steak, French onion, air dried gruyere cheese, and barbecue potato chips. It’s priced at $21.

MGM, Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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