About Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC
Washington, DC 20005
Bobby Van's Steakhouse has been named Top Steakhouse in the Washington Magazine and best Porterhouse in DC in the Washingtonian. Along with our Prime, dry-aged beef, we offer the freshest seafood and wonderful specials. Our wine list is a best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Between H and I Sts.
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
McPherson Square Metro
Private Party Facilities:
Three private dining areas; three that can open up into one large room holding 95 persons seated; Minimum of twelve persons for a private room
Private Party Contact:
Management: (202) 589-0060
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - DC Ratings and Reviews
The food was very good. We ordered the porterhouse for two, which was cooked perfectly and excellent. The sides were good, but not great. The prosciutto mac n cheese was a bit on the rich side because of all of the parmesan and the garlic mashed potatoes were just average. The service was a bit on the slow side and it is definitely pricey, but it was a good experience overall.
Went there for the first time after purchasing a Groupon. The service was literally just OK. Server was not what I expected for a steakhouse. I have had better service at other similar restaurants. However the food was great, ordered the porterhouse. Chances are I would not return.
Bobby Van's Steakhouse was easy to get a reservation, the host was very friendly and we were seated quickly. I had a special on the menu of New York Strip steak covered with grilled horseradish, with grilled asparagus, and a wonderful margarita. All was outstanding. I liked it so much I went back the next night with a friend.
Everything we expected it to be. Great food, (we shared the porterhouse for two), perfect ambiance for a nice evening, perfect balance of attentive service without constantly interrupting. If you are looking for a bargain (note most negative comments seem to be from those using Groupon or other discount opportunities) this is probably not the place for you. Yes, it is pricey, but worth every bit for a special occasion.
I went to Bobby Vans for a friends birthday. The food was great, so was the service and the ambiance. The only thing that made our experience bad was that the server didn't explain the menu well. I didn't know what prosciutto was and asked the serve if it was cheese because the item was labeled prosciutto Mac & cheese. I asked if prosciutto was cheese and the server said yes. So I ordered it. My friend noticed that there were pieces of ham in the food and pointed it out to me. I cannot eat pork due to religious reasons and quickly asked the server to get us Mac and cheese with no prosciutto. The staff was very accepting and changed our order. Other than that, the experience was amazing!
We had a wonderful time during our visit tonight to Bobby Van's! The waiters were exceptional and the food was amazing! We made reservations, but got there early and we were seated right way and spoiled! You won't be disappointed! My husband and I shared the Porterhouse for 2 and it was sliced in a way that it came right off the bone...delicious and easy to share. We left with leftovers...stuffed!
Superb service!! Our waiter and all the others who kept our drinks full were so efficient, friendly and attentive! We wanted for nothing while dining! We both chose the special which was a petite filet, full lobster and mashed potatoes and it was excellent! Presented beautifully, brought out extremely hot and delicious! We both ordered our filets medium and mine came out a little more on the medium well side but it was still so delicious that I ate it anyway without complaint :)
This was my boyfriend and I first time at this restaurant, I wanted to go for quite some time; however, after this experience I doubt if I'll be returning. First and foremost, when we entered there was no host at the desk for about 5-7 minutes and after finally being seated, it took about 15 minutes for our orders to be placed. My boyfriend ordered the 10oz Filet Mignon cooked medium well and I ordered the penne pasta with shrimp, mussels, and Italian sausage in Alfreda sauce amongst an appetizer and desert that came on the "Restaurant Week" menu. Our main course were the problem!
When we finally received our meals after 25 minutes of waiting, my pasta was undercooked (hard), and taste chalky; my boyfriends steak was medium rare instead of medium well like he had asked. We both sent out entrees back. They brought mine back, my pasta was better this go round; however, when they brought back the steak, it was the same exact steak drenched in sauce with potatoes on the side this time. This was not how the original plating was. He asked for a new steak without sauce. About 10 minutes later, a third steak came out; however, it was the same steak just rinsed of the sauce. I noticed it was the same steak due to where the steak was cut the second time. Each time they brought the steak out, it was the same steak; however, smaller each time.
The waiter was nice enough to take off my boyfriends entree; however, I know it wasn't the waiter's fault. He was such a nice man.
I seriously can't believe they brought out the same steak three times. That was so unacceptable, especially at a restaurant that is supposed to be of such high class and standard.
I am truly disappointed.
This is a review for restaurant week. We had a really lovely meal at Bobby Van's. I ordered the Caesar Salad, the Filet Mignon and the Chocolate Mouse Cake. The steak was cooked to perfection, with a nice crust on the outside. The only thing it was lacking was basic seasoning. I like my steak with a little salt and pepper on it, both of which seemed to be missing. Otherwise the meal was lovely, the ambiance was perfect and we never felt rushed to finish our meal!
Visited during restaurant week and 4 of us ordered the filet mignon, and one, the seafood dish. Everyone's steak looked different and no one raved about the taste. The seafood dish was just ok too. Dessert was chocolate mousse pie or cheesecake with raspberry. Again ok at best on both desserts. Signature drinks were $15, so most of us had wine. The bread was delicious. I thought Restaurant week was a time to try a new restaurant and hopefully become a customer; not the way BV's thinks obviously. I must add though that the service was excellent!!! Nothing else was outstanding or piqued my interest enough to return.
After reading negative reviews on the food and the service - I figured with a Groupon it was worth the risk - well, IT WAS NOT. Everything about the meal was off - it was very sad to see such a 'nice' restaurant be so bad. If you are expecting the quality and service of Ruth's Chris as I was - you will be greatly disappointed. Let me explain -
- the food was mediocre at best - had a small filet Mignon it was rather tasteless and very tough. Sides were okay, but not great - mash potatoes were old tasting and the green beans were just plain
the services was what I would expect at a Chili's - nice, but not very good. The server reached over us, splashed a drink and asked up to hand him dishes -not very attentive and too informal in his approach
the table and place settings were very basic - bread basket was lined with a piece of paper (no napkin, nothing nice), the glass wear was basic and not very clean (lipstick mark on a glass) and the flatware was very basic
Overall, a big waste of money. For this level of food and service, we shouldn't have paid even half of what it cost. Save you money and skip this restaurant.
Overall, everything was good. Only issue I had was the greeter who met you at the door. We asked for a booth and he said "we have some but that it would be tight" I did not understand. All the booths were the same size and we had plenty of space. I felt this was rule and we are very large people either so I did not quite get that. Other than that, the service was good and the meal was delicious!
I was there during Restaurant week for lunch. I had mushroom soup, grilled steak, and chocolate mouse cake. The soup was meeting my standard, it was balanced well. I have to mention they had very warm bread, which was the kind temperature I like. That is the extra point for their nice warm bread. The grilled steak is in average. I assumed the meat was not the top quality meat, but chef's choice was good, medium rare. However, I was not fan of other sauce on the meat. Although the sauce was lightly touched, but I prefer meat with only salt and pepper, not the sauce. The side dish was tasty Parmesan cheese truffle fries, but touched with the steak sauce. Again, I don't like the sauce. The fries was hot, not warm. I liked that. The chocolate mouse cake was just average, no surprise. The service was nice. The waiter understood what my requests and executed well. Did not let me wait for long between each dish. I gave it average because of the sauce, and little lower grade of meat. (But I was in the restaurant week, I assume they can give lower grade meat due to the cost control).
Our waiter, Mike, on the night of 1/31/3017 for out dinner date was excellent. He was very polite, funny, and professional. We loved his attention to the details of what we wanted and made sure our night went well. The ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful and perfect for our dinner date.
It was a last minute selection and turned out to be more than I bargain for. From the walk in the door Myself and my guest were greeted with a warm welcome and seated without delay. The food was amazing I had a 10 oz NY Strip that melted in my mouth. It was a Special Night as I was Celebrating my Birthday and to my Surprised our waiter Mike, brought out a Nice Chocolate Cake top with Whip Cream & Vanilla Ice Cream!!! What a Birthday Treat! The Staff was Amazing, everyone was Friendly and Welcoming! I will be back soon!
A high point of our trip to DC. I had to compare many aspects of the trip to the services or accommodations in NYC. Up until the dinner we had found the DC area somewhat wanting in comparison. We used the same hotel chain and were not impressed at all with the staff or accommodation/infrastructure upkeep. We had eaten at Bobby Vans in New York. Although we found it nice it was not outstanding in ambiance or meal quality. The DC hotel was superb from beginning to end. We we greeted directly in a warm fashion. The wait staff was very attentive and always accommodating . The steaks were perfectly done, not all the common any more. The room was nicely lit and quiet. We never felt rushed or ignored. It was a great experience and a high point of our trip.
I have eaten at this restaurant several times. This time we had the most attentive, but not overbearing waiter. I had always ordered and loved the filet mignon in previous visits but decided to order the steamed lobster this time. I was disappointed. It wasn't warm and lacked flavor. I know that our waiter told the chef but nobody came out to talk with us. I will probably return and order the filet and hopefully get the same server.
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