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17 Standout Steakhouses Around D.C.

Where to order prime cuts for dine-in, takeout, and delivery

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Charlie Palmer’s remains a favorite among politicians in D.C.
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The D.C. dining scene is often portrayed in TV shows and movies as an endless parade of steakhouses. While the city’s vibrant restaurant culture encapsulates so much more than that, it’s true that the District is brimming with places to turn to for a T-bone or a tomahawk ribeye.

Here are the city’s top steak-centric joints that attract locals and tourists.

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1. Medium Rare

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3500 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-1432
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Medium Rare’s straightforward menu is perfect for budget-conscious diners. There are now three locations (Cleveland Park, Bethesda, Arlington). For $24.95, guests get a prix-fixe menu of rustic bread, mixed greens salad, and a top sirloin steak served with hand-cut fries. The steak is bathed in Medium Rare’s super-secret sauce (the recipe is in a bank vault). The restaurant has been a superstar during the pandemic, delivering free meals to individuals in need. Carryout and delivery info here.

Medium Rare
Medium Rare

2. Randy's Prime Seafood & Steaks

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8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 552-5110
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Virginia’s Great American Restaurants family has a crown jewel steakhouse in Tysons Corner. The classy addition to its portfolio delivers boutique meats to mahogany tables lined with green mohair booths. Find high-end cuts like wagyu ribeye cap and blackened prime rib on the bone. Carryout and delivery available here.

An expansive dining room at Randy’s
An expansive dining room at Randy’s
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3. Annie's Paramount Steak House

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1609 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-0395
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Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse in Dupont Circle was one of five restaurants from around the country year to receive the 2019 James Beard’s “America’s Classics” award. It comes after more than 70 years of business as a family-owned steakhouse that’s also a landmark for D.C.’s LGBTQ community. Much of the menu, including its huge helping of fries and steaks, remains the same as it was decades ago. On a popular restaurant strip on 17th Street NW, Annie’s has one of the most impressive sidewalk patios in the city. Carryout and delivery info is available on its site.

4. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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This addition to the Union Market district from restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley stars an open kitchen grilling up a half-dozen different cuts of beef, including a flat iron steak cooked in a rich butter sauce and an ax handle ribeye that easily serves two. Order the salmon collar, bone-in skate wing, or Middleneck clams with piperade for dishes that steal the spotlight. The restaurant has expanded its outdoor seating during the pandemic; carryout and delivery info is on its site.

5. The Palm Washington DC

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1225 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-9091
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The high-end steakhouse chain is one place to spot a politico or two while dining over red meat. Regular customers also have their cartoon caricatures pictured on the walls. This steakhouse has long been a favorite for administration and Capitol Hill types, and the go-to order is the prime double-cut New York strip, sliced table-side. Order carryout online here, or get delivery through third-party apps.

A mural at the Palm’s D.C. location
A mural at the Palm’s D.C. location
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6. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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This classy and contemporary steakhouse within the Four Seasons hotel is known not only for its prime meats, but for its popular lounge (always get the burgers and the trio of fries) with carefully made cocktails and pretty patio. Contact the restaurant directly for the latest information re: takeout.

7. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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1050 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 617-2424
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This 2019 addition to Georgetown from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck hit some snags even outside of the pandemic, such as a fire that sidelined the restaurant not long after its debut. It’s now open for dine-in and takeout, though the latter seems to focus on prix fixe meal options such as a Peking duck dinner for two. Dishes from chef Andrew Skala here include Maryland blue crab fried rice, Japanese Wagyu sirloin, and a Tomahawk ribeye. The restaurant will add breakfast and brunch soon.

8. The Prime Rib

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2020 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 466-8811
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The Prime Rib prides itself as an old-school steakhouse. The mood here is classic and swanky: There are dark leather booths, bow-tied servers, and a piano player at lunch and dinner. As the name implies, the number one order is the prime rib, which comes served wet and pink and takes up the entire plate. A lot of its appeal is on account of the atmosphere, but the place is offering takeout as well right now.

9. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Beyond meats, BLT Steak is known for complimentary popovers and a a clientele of political power players. American wagyu and other top cuts anchor the menu, but there’s plenty of other steakhouse classics to choose from as well. The French fries come with cilantra mayo. Carryout is available online.

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10. RARE Steakhouse & Tavern

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1595 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 800-9994
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Rare comes to Washington by way of Wisconsin (hence the delicious fried cheese curds on the tavern menu). The dual restaurant reads as a casual tavern downstairs and a formal dining room up top. Some of the choicest cuts include the Delmonico steak and dry-aged New York strip; there’s also a charcuterie bar downstairs. Pick-up options are available.

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 489-0140
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One of the busiest restaurants in the city, Joe’s is a prime-time favorite for happy hours (at least, in non-pandemic times) followed by large-format steak dinners. Order up the filet Oscar, which comes with a filet mignon, Alaskan king crab, asparagus, and side of Béarnaise sauce. The restaurant is also open for takeout and delivery.

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12. Mastro's Steakhouse

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600 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-1500
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Landry’s Restaurants — the mega-restaurant group that owns Morton’s and McCormick & Schmick — is behind this opulent downtown steakhouse. Some of the more extravagant options are lobster mashed potatoes, lobster cocktail, and a dozen different cuts of steak. Pickup and delivery info here; they’re also offering raw steaks to be cooked at home.

13. The Monocle Restaurant

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107 D St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-4488
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The highly civil, enduring Monocle has been slinging steaks and providing top-notch hospitality on the Hill since it opened in 1960 just a campaign button’s throw from the Senate office buildings. The walls inside the tidy, yellow circa-1885 townhouse display autographed 8x10s of famous folks, mostly politicians. Reportedly, the original owner once discovered Richard Nixon’s photo in the ladies restroom, tore it from the frame, and ripped it to shreds. Drink ice-cold martinis there along with all the steakhouse standards.

14. Charlie Palmer Steak

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101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 547-8100
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This timeless stalwart of the D.C. steakhouse scene serves lavish dishes like a prime seafood platter with oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, lobster, and crab legs; a 30-day prime dry-aged porterhouse for two; and twice-baked potatoes stuffed with bacon and truffles. The rooftop terrace overlooks the Capitol and top Republicans and Democrats are known to dine there regularly. Combined, their political campaigns spent about $675,000 on dining and events at Charlie Palmer during the 2018 cycle. Order delivery here.

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Charlie Palmer’s serves an enviable seafood tower.
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15. The Grill

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99 Market Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 916-5996
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This new addition to the Southwest Waterfront came on the scene right before the pandemic, in February 2020. From the team behind nearby Mi Vida, the focus is on wood-fired cooking, and many menu items are offered simply grilled with a choice of sauces. A customizable martini menu includes an extensive selection of vodkas and gins. There’s patio seating, and pickup ordering is available here.

Bone-in steak with a pat of butter on top, and greens for garnish
A bone-in Tomahawk from The Grill.
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16. Oak Steakhouse Alexandria

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901 N St Asaph St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 840-3395
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Old Town got the upscale steakhouse it had been missing with the arrival of Oak. A gamut of cuts await. Slather steaks with an array of sauces — soy black pepper butter is a fine choice — or seasonal truffles shaved table-side. Sides like Anson Mills white grits and house Parker House rolls show off the Charleston, South Carolina-based chain’s roots. Carryout info is here. Oak is also selling steaks for retail.

The shiny open kitchen sits in the back of Oak Steakhouse.
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17. Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse

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MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 971-6060
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Though playing poker at the MGM Casino during a pandemic may not sound like the most appealing idea, for those who go that route, a marquee dinner option is the steakhouse from chef brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Luxe ingredients abound here, from seafood towers to King crab legs. There’s even a grilled cauliflower steak for non-meat eaters. Use MGM’s app to order grab-and-go food from various restaurants, including this one. There’s also a patio available.

The Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at MGM National Harbor.
The Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at MGM National Harbor.
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1. Medium Rare

3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Medium Rare
Medium Rare

Medium Rare’s straightforward menu is perfect for budget-conscious diners. There are now three locations (Cleveland Park, Bethesda, Arlington). For $24.95, guests get a prix-fixe menu of rustic bread, mixed greens salad, and a top sirloin steak served with hand-cut fries. The steak is bathed in Medium Rare’s super-secret sauce (the recipe is in a bank vault). The restaurant has been a superstar during the pandemic, delivering free meals to individuals in need. Carryout and delivery info here.

3500 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. Randy's Prime Seafood & Steaks

8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
An expansive dining room at Randy’s
An expansive dining room at Randy’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Virginia’s Great American Restaurants family has a crown jewel steakhouse in Tysons Corner. The classy addition to its portfolio delivers boutique meats to mahogany tables lined with green mohair booths. Find high-end cuts like wagyu ribeye cap and blackened prime rib on the bone. Carryout and delivery available here.

8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

3. Annie's Paramount Steak House

1609 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse in Dupont Circle was one of five restaurants from around the country year to receive the 2019 James Beard’s “America’s Classics” award. It comes after more than 70 years of business as a family-owned steakhouse that’s also a landmark for D.C.’s LGBTQ community. Much of the menu, including its huge helping of fries and steaks, remains the same as it was decades ago. On a popular restaurant strip on 17th Street NW, Annie’s has one of the most impressive sidewalk patios in the city. Carryout and delivery info is available on its site.

1609 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This addition to the Union Market district from restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley stars an open kitchen grilling up a half-dozen different cuts of beef, including a flat iron steak cooked in a rich butter sauce and an ax handle ribeye that easily serves two. Order the salmon collar, bone-in skate wing, or Middleneck clams with piperade for dishes that steal the spotlight. The restaurant has expanded its outdoor seating during the pandemic; carryout and delivery info is on its site.

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. The Palm Washington DC

1225 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A mural at the Palm’s D.C. location
A mural at the Palm’s D.C. location
The Palm/official

The high-end steakhouse chain is one place to spot a politico or two while dining over red meat. Regular customers also have their cartoon caricatures pictured on the walls. This steakhouse has long been a favorite for administration and Capitol Hill types, and the go-to order is the prime double-cut New York strip, sliced table-side. Order carryout online here, or get delivery through third-party apps.

1225 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

This classy and contemporary steakhouse within the Four Seasons hotel is known not only for its prime meats, but for its popular lounge (always get the burgers and the trio of fries) with carefully made cocktails and pretty patio. Contact the restaurant directly for the latest information re: takeout.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

This 2019 addition to Georgetown from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck hit some snags even outside of the pandemic, such as a fire that sidelined the restaurant not long after its debut. It’s now open for dine-in and takeout, though the latter seems to focus on prix fixe meal options such as a Peking duck dinner for two. Dishes from chef Andrew Skala here include Maryland blue crab fried rice, Japanese Wagyu sirloin, and a Tomahawk ribeye. The restaurant will add breakfast and brunch soon.

1050 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. The Prime Rib

2020 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

The Prime Rib prides itself as an old-school steakhouse. The mood here is classic and swanky: There are dark leather booths, bow-tied servers, and a piano player at lunch and dinner. As the name implies, the number one order is the prime rib, which comes served wet and pink and takes up the entire plate. A lot of its appeal is on account of the atmosphere, but the place is offering takeout as well right now.

2020 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

9. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
BLT Steak BLT Steak/official photo

Beyond meats, BLT Steak is known for complimentary popovers and a a clientele of political power players. American wagyu and other top cuts anchor the menu, but there’s plenty of other steakhouse classics to choose from as well. The French fries come with cilantra mayo. Carryout is available online.

1625 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006

10. RARE Steakhouse & Tavern

1595 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Rare comes to Washington by way of Wisconsin (hence the delicious fried cheese curds on the tavern menu). The dual restaurant reads as a casual tavern downstairs and a formal dining room up top. Some of the choicest cuts include the Delmonico steak and dry-aged New York strip; there’s also a charcuterie bar downstairs. Pick-up options are available.

1595 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

One of the busiest restaurants in the city, Joe’s is a prime-time favorite for happy hours (at least, in non-pandemic times) followed by large-format steak dinners. Order up the filet Oscar, which comes with a filet mignon, Alaskan king crab, asparagus, and side of Béarnaise sauce. The restaurant is also open for takeout and delivery.

750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

12. Mastro's Steakhouse

600 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Landry’s Restaurants — the mega-restaurant group that owns Morton’s and McCormick & Schmick — is behind this opulent downtown steakhouse. Some of the more extravagant options are lobster mashed potatoes, lobster cocktail, and a dozen different cuts of steak. Pickup and delivery info here; they’re also offering raw steaks to be cooked at home.

600 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

13. The Monocle Restaurant

107 D St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The highly civil, enduring Monocle has been slinging steaks and providing top-notch hospitality on the Hill since it opened in 1960 just a campaign button’s throw from the Senate office buildings. The walls inside the tidy, yellow circa-1885 townhouse display autographed 8x10s of famous folks, mostly politicians. Reportedly, the original owner once discovered Richard Nixon’s photo in the ladies restroom, tore it from the frame, and ripped it to shreds. Drink ice-cold martinis there along with all the steakhouse standards.

107 D St NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
lobster and other cold seafood
Charlie Palmer’s serves an enviable seafood tower.
Charlie Palmer/Facebook

This timeless stalwart of the D.C. steakhouse scene serves lavish dishes like a prime seafood platter with oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, lobster, and crab legs; a 30-day prime dry-aged porterhouse for two; and twice-baked potatoes stuffed with bacon and truffles. The rooftop terrace overlooks the Capitol and top Republicans and Democrats are known to dine there regularly. Combined, their political campaigns spent about $675,000 on dining and events at Charlie Palmer during the 2018 cycle. Order delivery here.

101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. The Grill

99 Market Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
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Bone-in steak with a pat of butter on top, and greens for garnish
A bone-in Tomahawk from The Grill.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This new addition to the Southwest Waterfront came on the scene right before the pandemic, in February 2020. From the team behind nearby Mi Vida, the focus is on wood-fired cooking, and many menu items are offered simply grilled with a choice of sauces. A customizable martini menu includes an extensive selection of vodkas and gins. There’s patio seating, and pickup ordering is available here.

99 Market Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

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16. Oak Steakhouse Alexandria

901 N St Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The shiny open kitchen sits in the back of Oak Steakhouse.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Old Town got the upscale steakhouse it had been missing with the arrival of Oak. A gamut of cuts await. Slather steaks with an array of sauces — soy black pepper butter is a fine choice — or seasonal truffles shaved table-side. Sides like Anson Mills white grits and house Parker House rolls show off the Charleston, South Carolina-based chain’s roots. Carryout info is here. Oak is also selling steaks for retail.

901 N St Asaph St
Alexandria, VA 22314

17. Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse

MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
The Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at MGM National Harbor.
The Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at MGM National Harbor.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Though playing poker at the MGM Casino during a pandemic may not sound like the most appealing idea, for those who go that route, a marquee dinner option is the steakhouse from chef brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Luxe ingredients abound here, from seafood towers to King crab legs. There’s even a grilled cauliflower steak for non-meat eaters. Use MGM’s app to order grab-and-go food from various restaurants, including this one. There’s also a patio available.

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

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