Fans of the French dip are often so devoted to the elusive sandwich that they order it every time they see it on a menu. The French Dip isn’t pervasive in D.C., there are a handful of versions to be found around town. This map highlights some of the best combinations of tender roast beef, dip-worthy bread, and savory au jus. Any other condiments — say, horseradish cream sauce — are strictly optional.Read More
Where to Find French Dip Sandwiches in D.C.
Roast beef at its best
This Bethesda restaurant serves a French dip with roasted prime rib on a French roll with mayonnaise for $22. It’s one of the most beloved French dips in town.
MGM Roast Beef
The French dip sandwich at this casual spot in Northeast D.C. is one of the area’s iconic sandwiches.
Jetties (Multiple locations)
The “Monomoy,” hot roast beef topped with provolone and served with jus on a toasted brioche roll, is this popular sandwich chain’s take on a French dip.
Morton's The Steakhouse (Multiple Locations)
Naturally, Morton’s makes its French dip sandwich, available during lunch hours, with prime rib.
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P.J. Clarke’s D.C.
The ribeye French dip at P.J. Clarke’s has a place on both the dinner and lunch menu. It’s served au jus on French bread with horseradish cream.
Rare Steakhouse and Tavern
The Tavern at Rare Steakhouse sells a $16 dry-aged “beef dip” that’s served au jus with fontina cheese and pickled jalapeno.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
A $20 French dip made with Wagyu beef stands out amid the cheeseburgers and steaks served for lunch at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. The affiliated Del Frisco’s Grille nearby, which is more affordable, has a steak sandwich — served au jus and with creamy horseradish for $18 — that is essentially a French dip even if it isn’t labeled as one.
Founding Farmers (Multiple Locations)
Founding Farmers’ prime rib dip sandwich is available on the lunch and dinner menus at each of the chain’s local establishments. It’s priced at $19.50.
Old Ebbitt Grill
The French dip at this D.C. institution has a full lineup of toppings on the normally straightforward sandwich: roast beef, caramelized onions, provolone cheese and watercress all come on a baguette. Sister restaurant Clyde’s has a strong French dip as well.
Here’s an interesting spin on the sandwich: Nopa’s Singers Meat Trio Dip Sandwich has a mix of corned beef, roast beef, and turkey pastrami. Provolone and peppadew peppers add further accents, and it’s all served with a red wine mustard jus on the side ($16).
For a no-frills French Dip, order one from this Falls Church favorite. It holds up as a carry-out order, too.