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The Prime Rib

4.8
4.8
3203 Reviews
$50 and over
American
D.C's premier steakhouse with tuxedoed waiters and a 1940s Manhattan supper-club setting since 1976. Top five romantic restaurant in America (Food and Wine magazine). Live piano nightly. Complimentary valet parking. Jacket Required.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 466-8811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Executive chef

    Juan P Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Call for availability

  • Private party contact

    James MacLeod: (202) 466-8811

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom or Farragut West Metro Station

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz - piano and bass.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • District of Columbia

    Best Service

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. ML

    MyronL

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving feast.
  2. ES

    ErikaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my in laws 60th wedding anniversary. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and take care of us. The meals were absolutely delicious and out of this world. The piano player is so talented and fulfilled our requests without hesitation. Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone involved in making this evening so special.
  3. ML

    MichelleL

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food! The service! The duo playing softly! Doesn't get better than this.
  4. M

    Mickey

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  5. R

    Robert

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still the best beef restaurant in town.
  6. h

    hstreetrezident

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere are over the top extravagant and classy. Prices are commensurately high but for a special occasion is perfect.
  7. D

    Diningindmv

    Washington DC

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was professional and excellent. The food - prime rib and salad - were perfectly prepared. Our cocktails were tailored to our request. The restaurant is truly elegant. We look forward to returning very soon.
  8. JB

    JBTheGlobeTrotter

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! The wine and food was superb!
  9. EL

    EllynL

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening catching up with friends. Loved the old fashion steak house feel. It's like a private dining club. Food was wonderful- steaks cooked as ordered. The only negative thing I could say, is that the steak prices are higher than most steak restaurants. Almost double. Our checks average was about $175pp without tip. that's with a 1 cocktail, 1 glass of wine, no apps. It's a special night place.
  10. FA

    FoodAce

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great old-school steak house. Great food and service.
  11. BJ

    BobJM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. A very special place, I only hope it survives. Bob
  12. CT

    CynthiaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Prime Rib continues to be one of WashingtonDC most elegant restaurants. The menu and presentation of meals never disappoints. I have been enjoying the Prime Rob since the 70’s and while I miss seeing Nick, Garth and some of the original servers it has retained its sophistication and quality.
  13. J

    Jess

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Overpriced food, not very tasty. Drinks are good though.
  14. AK

    AlanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entirely pleasant
  15. JH

    JamesH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent in every way.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The restaurant was a good experience, however the food wasn’t good enough to eat there again. The Clams Casino were great. The Lamb and Prime Rib were okay. I’ve had better but the garlic sauce that came with it was good. The customer service was A-1.
  17. CM

    CleophasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really good. Our server Juan was amazing and the food was outstanding.
  18. D

    Dave

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The Prime Rib is an old school Steak House. So, its good, but not "oh My God" good. You expect a $100 steak to be awe inspiring, but is it, no not really. It was good. Everything is alacarte so add in a $12 baked potato that was dry as a bone, with the skin of the potato so dry it was hard to cut, and it becomes a bit "underwhelming". The wait staff was efficient and friendly as you would expect from a white tablecloth kind of restaurant and the bar tender was also excellent, although drinks were extremely expensive. I had the Prime Rib. I mean that's the name of the place, right? Was it the best prime rib I have ever had. No, it really wasn't. Was it in my top 10, no not really close I don't think. Was it worth $100, again no, can't say that it was. If I am springing $600 for dinner and drinks for 2 people (1 drink each) then you expect some sort of "wow" factor. It was my 20th anniversary. I had lots of choices. You do sort of want it to be "20 Year" memorable. It was, but not in a good way unfortunately. Not sure what it "used" to be, but I can't believe what it is now is a good as it gets. Bottom line, I won't be going back, nor could I in good conscience recommend it to my friends. There are Chain steakhouses out there, that are better and cheaper, just saying. Kind of a bummer actually as I had such high hopes for the place.
  19. DE

    DouglasE

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far my favorite restaurant in DC. The best seafood and steaks, and I love the atmosphere and the service. Not cheap but if you can afford it, and you like old-style dining with class, eat here.
  20. RY

    RobertY

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    seems a bit "dated" to require gentlemen wear a jacket... but very nice restaurant with great service and food
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal and service. The best as always.
  22. B

    Bakr

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Most overpriced and over rated dining experience in quite some time. Service and ambience were outstanding, including the valet parking service. The food, especially at that price point, was at best mediocre. Our appetizer was Sliced Beechwood Smoked Salmon at $29. A standard salmon appetizer with toast, eggs, capers, onions, and a sweet sauce. Nothing to write home about. First entre was Filet Mignon at $86. Supposedly 8 oz but honestly didn't look it to me. My wife ate it and said it was good. But it didn't knock her socks off. She's had better. I had the Organic Chicken Schnitzel at $42. Again, adequate but I've had better for a lot cheaper. First side was Delicatta Squash, with Pomegranate and mint for $20. Abysmal. Aside from the fact that there were barely six spoonfuls of the side, it was tasteless. The sauce was OK, but the rest of the ingredients literally had no taste. Second side was Sherry Roasted Mushrooms with onions at $16. This side literally tasted like someone when to the grocery store, bought a can of mushrooms, put them in a dish, microwaved them and then brought them out to our table. Desert was Pecan pie a la mode for $15. This was very good, the only thing that I felt we got our money's worth. For what we paid, this was a huge waste of our time and money. If you have the urge for a upscale night out, recommend Morton's or Ruth's Chris.
  23. AL

    AndrewL

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still worthy of a classic, old school celebration!
  24. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. We've been going there for years. Really among the nicest environments of any restaurant imaginable. Basque cheesecake isn't as good as the regular kind, but otherwise, food was perfect.
  25. AJ

    AJS1

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around, classic DC!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    They don’t hav the desert that we choose and they change it without telling us before
  27. SV

    SusanV

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was one of the best we’ve ever had! The service was impeccable! We highly recommend Prime Rib!!
  28. JA

    JackA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining all the way. From the warm and genuine welcome upon arrival. Through to dessert, The Prime Rib won’t disappoint. Celebrated my wife’s birthday which was recognised by Larry as he showed us to our table which we regarded as being the best in the restaurant. Larry was a great host though-out the evening. Our server for the evening was Tupou. The best server we’ve ever had. She looked after our every need, was very attentive without being being obtrusive by successfully interpreting our needs perfectly. We dined on multiple courses and enjoyed oysters, crab, escargot, salads, steak (of course) paired with some sides. All cooked, prepared and presented to perfection. There is also an extensive drinks menu as well. The night we dined there was also live music, a pianist and cellist (Reegan) that elevated the overall ambiance of the restaurant. The Prime Rib won’t disappoint.
  29. HI

    HarlanI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This place is great, but not quite what it used to be - mostly because the service is a notch down from years ago. For instance, they didn't read the note that I put in my OpenTable reservation, so we had a couple of unnecessary misfires.
  30. F

    Falcon

    Tampa

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Always a favorite. Expensive but worth the price.
  31. JP

    JPinDC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I took my 8 year old daughter to the Prime Rib last night and they could not have treated her better. Larry the Maitre D did magic tricks for her, the piano player played some of her favorites from the sound of music, service was impeccable, and the food was outstanding as always. They really made what was a spur of the moment outing in to a night to remember.
  32. L

    Likestoeatout

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Prime Rib dinner was only fair. The lobster Santiago dinner was excellent. Very good service and ambiance.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a spectacular dining experience that hasn't changed since 1976.
  34. P

    Partyplanner

    Caribbean

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous decor food and service
  35. o

    outoften

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar drinks, up-scale atmosphere, more specialty restaurants should adopt their dress code.
  36. GS

    GeneSamburg

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always spectacular, especially having a CAP Steak.
  37. KA

    KarinA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best evening/dinner celebrating our daughter's new job. Everything was wonderful from our waiter to the piano player and the food.
  38. AH

    AdamH

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice time great service
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing and the food was excellent! Well worth the price
  40. BL

    BruceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been coming to the Prime Rib for 25 years but I had not been since the pandemic. I ordered the Steak aupoive, jump crab meat cocktail and all the sides were exactly as I remembered from years ago! Excellent prices and old School aura.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Prime Rib does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Prime Rib is rated 4.8 stars by 3203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for The Prime Rib

2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom or Farragut West Metro Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Juan P Garcia

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz - piano and bass.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 466-8811

  • Private party facilities

    Call for availability

  • Private party contact

    James MacLeod: (202) 466-8811

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