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16 Standout Steakhouses Around D.C.

Where to find prime cuts in an iconic steakhouse town

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A decadent, plate-sized steak at St. Anselm.
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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.

D.C.’s crowded cast of behemoth chains like Ocean Prime, Truluck’s, Mastro’s, the Capital Grille, and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle offer consistent cuts, but this list largely focuses on original and smaller-scale steakhouses. Surf-and-turf newcomers include Harvest Tide on Capitol Hill and J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse in downtown Silver Spring.

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

—Updated by Tierney Plumb

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Medium Rare

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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 $25.95, 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 was a superstar during the pandemic, delivering free meals to individuals in need. Reservations, carryout, and delivery info here.

Medium Rare
Medium Rare

Randy's Prime Seafood & Steaks

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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. Book a seat online, with carryout and delivery available too.

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

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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. Open for all-day dining, with carryout and delivery info is available on its site.

St. Anselm

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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.

The soaring, chic interior at St. Anselm.
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The Palm Washington DC

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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. Another area Palm sits at the foot of the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons.

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

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Mega restaurateur Michael Mina’s classy and contemporary steakhouse within the Four Seasons hotel is known not only for its luxe meats and dry-aged Japanese wagyu, but for its scene-y lounge (always get the burgers and the trio of duck fat fries) with carefully made cocktails and a pretty, stone-lined patio. Last year, the D.C. stalwart got an added edge with the appointment of Hazel alum Robert Curtis as executive chef.  

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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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. Dishes from chef Andrew Skala here include Maryland blue crab fried rice, Japanese wagyu sirloin, a New York strip aged 28 days, and a tomahawk ribeye. Book a table online.

The Prime Rib

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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, leopard print carpets, 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.

RARE Steakhouse & Tavern

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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.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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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.

The Monocle Restaurant

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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.

Guerra Steakhouse

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This family-owned and operated steakhouse that opened in Arlington’s old Ben’s Chili Bowl space last summer is gaining notice for its delicious cuts of ribeye, New York strip, and (bacon-wrapped) filet in various preparations (blackened, “fuego” style, and peppercorn crusted). Its in-house specialty is a tomahawk for two, flambeed tableside in brandy with red wine herb butter and rosemary ($145). The steakhouse is named for owner Jackelin Barrera’s grandfather, Ermides Guerra, a Guatemalan immigrant who loved his steak.

Charlie Palmer Steak

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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. Order pickup or delivery here. Its beloved Beefsteak event is back on Tuesday, September 23.

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

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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.

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A bone-in Tomahawk from The Grill.
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Oak Steakhouse Alexandria

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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. Reserve a sleek burgundy seat in the dining room here, and Oak is also selling steaks for retail.

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

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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. A new “Wagyu & Whiskey Wednesdays” special includes an 8-ounce local wagyu tenderloin filet and Catoctin Creek whiskey ($95). Use MGM’s app to order grab-and-go food from various restaurants, including this one. There’s also a patio available. Following their departure from downtown’s Estuary, the casino steakhouse is the celebrity brothers’ only local project left.

Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse offers a new wagyu-and-whiskey Wednesday special.
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Medium Rare

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 $25.95, 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 was a superstar during the pandemic, delivering free meals to individuals in need. Reservations, carryout, and delivery info here.

Medium Rare
Medium Rare

Randy's Prime Seafood & Steaks

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. Book a seat online, with carryout and delivery available too.

An expansive dining room at Randy’s
An expansive dining room at Randy’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Annie's Paramount Steak House

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. Open for all-day dining, with carryout and delivery info is available on its site.

St. Anselm

The soaring, chic interior at St. Anselm.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

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.

The soaring, chic interior at St. Anselm.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The Palm Washington DC

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. Another area Palm sits at the foot of the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons.

A mural at the Palm’s D.C. location
A mural at the Palm’s D.C. location
The Palm/official

Bourbon Steak

Mega restaurateur Michael Mina’s classy and contemporary steakhouse within the Four Seasons hotel is known not only for its luxe meats and dry-aged Japanese wagyu, but for its scene-y lounge (always get the burgers and the trio of duck fat fries) with carefully made cocktails and a pretty, stone-lined patio. Last year, the D.C. stalwart got an added edge with the appointment of Hazel alum Robert Curtis as executive chef.  

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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. Dishes from chef Andrew Skala here include Maryland blue crab fried rice, Japanese wagyu sirloin, a New York strip aged 28 days, and a tomahawk ribeye. Book a table online.

The Prime Rib

The Prime Rib prides itself as an old-school steakhouse. The mood here is classic and swanky: There are dark leather booths, leopard print carpets, 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.

RARE Steakhouse & Tavern

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.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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.

The Monocle Restaurant

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.

Guerra Steakhouse

This family-owned and operated steakhouse that opened in Arlington’s old Ben’s Chili Bowl space last summer is gaining notice for its delicious cuts of ribeye, New York strip, and (bacon-wrapped) filet in various preparations (blackened, “fuego” style, and peppercorn crusted). Its in-house specialty is a tomahawk for two, flambeed tableside in brandy with red wine herb butter and rosemary ($145). The steakhouse is named for owner Jackelin Barrera’s grandfather, Ermides Guerra, a Guatemalan immigrant who loved his steak.

Charlie Palmer Steak

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. Order pickup or delivery here. Its beloved Beefsteak event is back on Tuesday, September 23.

lobster and other cold seafood
Charlie Palmer’s serves an enviable seafood tower.
Charlie Palmer/Facebook

The Grill

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.

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

Oak Steakhouse Alexandria

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. Reserve a sleek burgundy seat in the dining room here, and Oak is also selling steaks for retail.

The shiny open kitchen sits in the back of Oak Steakhouse.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

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Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse

Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse offers a new wagyu-and-whiskey Wednesday special.
MGM National Harbor

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. A new “Wagyu & Whiskey Wednesdays” special includes an 8-ounce local wagyu tenderloin filet and Catoctin Creek whiskey ($95). Use MGM’s app to order grab-and-go food from various restaurants, including this one. There’s also a patio available. Following their departure from downtown’s Estuary, the casino steakhouse is the celebrity brothers’ only local project left.

Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse offers a new wagyu-and-whiskey Wednesday special.
MGM National Harbor

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