11 Restaurants for Mouth-Watering Steak in Washington DC

If you ask people to name their favorite food, chances are, many of your friends will tell you they would take a good steak any day. Steaks are tender, and oh so tasty – it is one of the absolute best food indulgences you could treat yourself to. 

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Steak is not only a favorite food, it can be brought to life and served in such a variety of ways with a multitude of sides and a good glass of wine. Because steak can be an indulgence, you want to choose the best steakhouse – each and every time. 

Keep reading to see the very best steakhouses in the Washington, D.C. area that you should visit immediately, if not sooner! 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 

1960 A, Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-442-8384
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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has multiple locations across the United States, and is located in the McLean area of Northern Virginia. 

Fleming’s is a high end, upscale steakhouse that has something for everyone. If you are looking for a steak, this is the place to go. Birthdays and other celebratory occasions can be celebrated here. Known as a steakhouse, they also have delicious dishes including Lobster Tail and their infamous Chilled Seafood Tower. The staff are all knowledgeable about wine pairings, as Fleming’s is also a wine bar. 

Fleming’s offers a 3-course family menu to go, which is a perfect way to enjoy your favorite steakhouse at home. 

Mastro’s Steakhouse 

600 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-347-1500
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Located across the United States, the Washington, D.C. location of Mastro’s Steakhouse is in Metro Center.

Mastro’s is an upscale fine dining steakhouse in Washington, D.C. They offer some of the highest quality food, and of course, their steaks are exceptional. While they do offer seafood, you will be remiss if you visit Mastro’s and skip out on their Porterhouse Steak. Pair it with a side of potatoes and the bread service and you’ve got yourself a stellar meal.  

Mastro’s holds their standards for dining as high as they have for their standards of food. Therefore, please be aware Mastro’s has an unwavering commitment to upholding their dress code. This ensures the fine dining experience offered. 

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

 950 I St NW Suite 501, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-289-0201
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With locations around the country, Del Frisco’s is a classic American steakhouse located in the post City Center area of Washington, D.C. 

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is an upscale fine dining restaurant that serves premium steaks as well as wonderful wines. The cuisine is chef driven, and oh so delicious. While the dining area is swanky and decorated meticulously, you can still order a burger, or even – a favorite of ours – a lobster roll! Of course, their Filet Mignon is an indulgence not to miss. 

While dining in at Del Frisco’s is the obvious choice, they also have a service called Landry’s Kitchen – where the very best ingredients are chosen by the Del Frisco team and delivered right to your door for a delectable at home meal. Check their website for locations served! 


8010 Towers Cres Plaza, Tysons, VA 22182
Phone: 703-639-3080
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Chima is a Brazilian Steakhouse located in the Tysons Corner area of Northern Virginia, a short drive from Washington, D.C. 

In an elegant dining setting, Chima provides an authentic churrascaria experience – the art of food preparation over a fire, to ensure the integrity of the steaks, and all foods, are maintained. The Angus Picanha with Chimichuri & Grilled Jalapenos is a must have! The perfect accompaniment? Their Seafood Salad, which is so fresh and refreshing. 

Chima not only serves as a steakhouse – they offer space to hold private events, including weddings! Reservations are suggested at Chima for dining. 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 

2231 Crystal Dr 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-979-7275
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Ruth’s Chris is a popular Steakhouse chain that extends across the Washington, D.C., area, as well as across the United States. 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse was founded in 1965 by a woman, affectionately known as “the first lady of steak”,  Ruth Fertel. Ruth’s Chris promises perfect steak and warm hospitality, and they absolutely deliver! 

Our favorite location of Ruth’s Chris within the Washington, D.C. area? The Arlington, Virginia, location, in the heart of Crystal City. The views at this location cannot be beat. You will have a view of several monuments in Washington, D.C., and it’s proximity to Reagan airport makes it ideal to watch airplanes take off and land during dinner. 

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Medium Rare 

3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-237-1432
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Medium Rare is a steakhouse with several locations around the Washington, D.C. area. Their locations are in Cleveland Park, Bethesda, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia. 

Medium Rare is an upscale casual restaurant that is comfortable and inviting. The owners each have a story behind Steak and Frites, and incorporating it on the menu was an obvious choice. It is one of their most popular items. They also have a prix fixe menu that also includes a vegan option, Grilled Portobello. 

Medium Rare also serves brunch in addition to lunch and dinner. They have mastered their brunch, especially considering their bottomless drink option. 

Oak Steakhouse 

901 N St Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-840-3395
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With locations across the country, the Oak Steakhouse in the Washington, D.C., area is located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. 

Oak Steakhouse is an upscale casual steakhouse that is decorated in rustic charm. All of their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Not sure what to try? Their 60 Day Dry Aged 22oz Cowboy Ribeye will have you saying yee-haw! 

Oak Steakhouse has received nods from multiple media outlets for their outstanding food, including the Food Network, The Washington Post,  and Travel + Leisure. 

Rare Steakhouse 

1595 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-800-9994
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Are you looking for a steakhouse in the Downtown area of Washington, D.C.? Rare Steakhouse is conveniently located in the McPherson area. 

Rare Steakhouse is a fine dining establishment that has an intimate and romantic atmosphere. There is a wine cellar in their restaurant, and a “wall” of wines that makes for a fantastic instagram post. Their wine is not just for show, however. The staff are all experts with wine and food pairings, so do not leave without having a delicious glass of wine. Consider starting with a bowl of Lobster Bisque and then moving on to one of their wet-aged steaks. 

You can take full advantage of Rare Steakhouse’s beautiful setting and not only dine here, but host a private event. Be sure to keep an eye out for their website, as they host events, including wine dinners. 

Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-547-8100
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Charlie Palmer Steak is located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. 

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While the food is the star at Charlie Palmer Steak, they also have 6,000 bottles of wine on the wine list, and the staff are experts at food and wine pairings. Their sleek wood interior attracts couples on date night  as well as those who work on Capitol Hill to hold lunchtime power meetings.  At Charlie Palmer, we recommend starting with the East Coast Oysters and then moving on to their Bone-Eye Ribeye. For vegetarians, give their flavorful Cauliflower Steak a try! 

You may venture to Charlie Palmer for their food, but do not miss out on the view – the restaurant features a fantastic view of the Capitol. They also have a rooftop terrace which can be rented for private events. 

Bobby Van’s 

809 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-589-0060
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Bobby Van’s Steakhouse is located in the City Center area of Washington, D.C. 

Bobby Van’s is an upscale dining restaurant that is decorated in modern, yet warm, decor. The menu at Bobby Van’s is meat centric, without a doubt. However, they also feature fantastic seafood, and not just in their surf and turf dining options. A favorite appetizer? Their Seafood Bouquet! While you are dining at Bobby Van’s, we suggest treating yourself completely with the Filet Mignon.  

Bobby Van’s has attracted well known diners, including celebrities, writers and artists at most of their locations. You never know who you may be sitting next to when you dine here! 

The Palm 

1225 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-293-9091
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With a location in Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., their D.C. location is located in Dupont Circle. 

The philosophy of The Palm is to treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. We can confidently say that The Palm delivers on their promise, each and every time. The Palm is indeed a great dining experience for friends and family to gather. Start with their Crab Cake Sliders and then move on to the steak – The Prime Tomahawk Ribeye is our suggestion. 

The Palm has an outstanding outdoor dining area which is welcoming, breezy, and still chic. This location is ideal for people watching and enjoying a cocktail with dinner on a warm day. The Palm has attracted several celebrities, including Wolf Blitzer. 

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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