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Martinis Encouraged: A Dozen Classic Steakhouses for D.C.'s Meat Lovers

These ARE your daddy's steakhouse.

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New-wave steakhouses have been all the rage in D.C. They started with restaurants like Bourbon Steak and BLT Steak, which offered more contemporary and relaxed alternatives to the stereotypical Washington power steakhouse. In the past few years, things have kicked up even further. Out of town restaurateurs like Richard Sandoval and Jose Garces have opened their own twists on the steakhouse in Washington, while operations like STK claim to provide an atmosphere that's "not your daddy's steakhouse." It's almost enough to engender steakhouse fatigue.

But what about those diners nostalgic for a more old-school D.C. steakhouse experience? D.C. has that covered, too. This map represents steakhouses that opened before the contemporary wave. Some are chains, some are institutions, some are power spots, and some are even newer restaurants that aim for more of a throwback atmosphere.

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The Palm Restaurant

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The Palm has a storied history in D.C. George H.W. Bush helped bring the steakhouse here, and it has since hosted every president.

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The Prime Rib in D.C., where men still wear sports jackets and the veal rib chops (not to mention the signature dish) are massive.

Morton's The Steakhouse

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The power spot has been serving up chops and baked potatoes for more than 15 years downtown, and there are multiple locations in the area.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

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With several locations in the D.C. area, the country's largest steakhouse chain is a reliable source for filet mignon and martinis.

The Capital Grille

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Despite its name, this steakhouse actually got its start in another capital — Providence. The D.C. location is a major hangout for the Republican politico crowd.

Charlie Palmer Steak

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Charlie Palmer Steak was actually considered a new wave steakhouse when it opened in D.C. back in 2001. But its longevity and longtime status as a Washington power spot earned it a spot in this map. D.C. chefs like Matt Hill and Bryan Voltaggio refined their cooking skills at this spot, a favorite of such Hill figures as Nancy Pelosi.

District Chophouse & Brewery

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This favorite among D.C.'s tourists is known as much for its beer as its steaks.

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 15 Street

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Bobby Van's, a chain out of New York, does major lunch business at its two downtown D.C. locations.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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Joe's Seafood has only been open in D.C. for about a year, but it has unabashedly marketed itself as an old school, power-spot steakhouse. Seafood tends to outshine the meats here, though.

Old Hickory Steakhouse

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The atmosphere skews formal at this steakhouse located within the Gaylord hotel at National Harbor. They're also known for their cheese program.

Smith & Wollensky

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The chain has had a presence in downtown D.C. for more than 15 years.

The Classics

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The Classics, originally part of the Ray's the Steaks chain, has kept the value focus of its original owners with more of an old school, classy atmosphere.

The Palm Restaurant

The Palm has a storied history in D.C. George H.W. Bush helped bring the steakhouse here, and it has since hosted every president.

Prime Rib

The Prime Rib in D.C., where men still wear sports jackets and the veal rib chops (not to mention the signature dish) are massive.

Morton's The Steakhouse

The power spot has been serving up chops and baked potatoes for more than 15 years downtown, and there are multiple locations in the area.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

With several locations in the D.C. area, the country's largest steakhouse chain is a reliable source for filet mignon and martinis.

The Capital Grille

Despite its name, this steakhouse actually got its start in another capital — Providence. The D.C. location is a major hangout for the Republican politico crowd.

Charlie Palmer Steak

Charlie Palmer Steak was actually considered a new wave steakhouse when it opened in D.C. back in 2001. But its longevity and longtime status as a Washington power spot earned it a spot in this map. D.C. chefs like Matt Hill and Bryan Voltaggio refined their cooking skills at this spot, a favorite of such Hill figures as Nancy Pelosi.

District Chophouse & Brewery

This favorite among D.C.'s tourists is known as much for its beer as its steaks.

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 15 Street

Bobby Van's, a chain out of New York, does major lunch business at its two downtown D.C. locations.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Joe's Seafood has only been open in D.C. for about a year, but it has unabashedly marketed itself as an old school, power-spot steakhouse. Seafood tends to outshine the meats here, though.

Old Hickory Steakhouse

The atmosphere skews formal at this steakhouse located within the Gaylord hotel at National Harbor. They're also known for their cheese program.

Smith & Wollensky

The chain has had a presence in downtown D.C. for more than 15 years.

The Classics

The Classics, originally part of the Ray's the Steaks chain, has kept the value focus of its original owners with more of an old school, classy atmosphere.

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