DC Prime Steakhouse

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A lifelong dream of owners Mark Craig, Kevin Cox and Rick Crowe, DC Prime delivers an inspired menu, a rich atmosphere and superior service. Our name was chosen to honor the rich heritage of our nation's capitol, and America’s unique privileges of freedom and choice.

Our mission: to provide dining and culinary excellence to every guest we serve.

We serve only USDA Prime Beef, which is the top 1% of all beef in the United States, chosen to meet or exceed our owners' rigid standards that include tenderness and taste. All of our beef is supplied by Consumers Meat Packing of Chicago, IL...purveyors to many of the finest steakhouses in the United States. The same superior standards apply to our fresh seafood, sourced direct from North Coast Seafood of Boston, MA., our whole lobsters, from the cold waters of Maine and our Mero Sea Bass Steaks, overnighted from Honolulu Fish Company, Honolulu, HI.
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4.6
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I've eaten here many times and it's always a great experience. Great food, big portions, and great ambience.

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The service is top notch. We felt like VIPs the entire time and they made my little birthday boy feel like a king. Everything was presented beautifully and the steaks were perfect. The server gave us a great explanation of the cooking process and he was clearly the best at what he does. When my husband asked for a Pinot, the server knew exactly what brand to bring (it was absolutely delicious). The ambiance is nice and sceney but not over the top. Seems like it should be located in an urban spot, rather than off a suburban highway. It’s what you’d expect from any steak house, as far as the menu and decor, but the food was absolutely on the mark and the server made the experience extra special! I will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It truly is an experience! The steak was very good. The sides were to die for. Even the bread was amazing. I ordered a dc prime classic martini, which was incredible. Great experience, have already recommended.

JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The food was exceptionally good and the price was appropriate for what we expected. The service was somewhat slow, but I suspect the reasoning was that we were there the Sunday after Valentine's Day, celebrating a late holiday (as were many others). We will be back again.

A
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely a special occasion place (my birthday), but worth it. I now understand what they mean when they call a steak "buttery". Food was spectacular, service was good, and ambiance was "steakhouse chic"

KH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Comfortable atmosphere with great service. The food was prepared exactly how it was requested. We plan to return in the future.

BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was great from the moment we walked in . We were greeted quickly and sat immediately with our reservation. Our server was very attentive and assured we always had what we needed, and the steaks were cooked perfectly. I would recommend this for others looking for a little higher end dinner. Bonus it is a mile from home.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We waited an hour and a half from ordering for a mediocre steak and a cold baked potato. The mac and cheese was good, and my husband loved the crab cake he added on. Overall it wasn’t worth the money. Had such high hopes and maybe it was an off night.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We have eaten here before and had had a great experience. My husband called it his new favorite place. As his birthday is near Valentines Day, I booked well in advance and was excited to take him back. As Valentine’s Day was a Friday, that was the night we went. We were expecting a crowd, as the last time it had been very crowded, but it wasn’t too bad. I must say though we left very disappointed. This was the first time the food was not up to expectations. My husband is a steak guy, loves to grill, and likes his steak medium rare. His steak was rare. Now we are not the type of people who say medium rare and then complain when the meat is pink. But this was very rare and had to be returned. The oysters Rockefeller had been fantastic last time and were barely edible.

SR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Day date

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

For a Valentine’s day dinner, the seating was way to close to two other couples, when there was plenty of other free tables. It made for awkward conversation with my wife and the other couples felt the same. We were crammed into the glass patio, which was about 15 degrees colder than the restaurant, so the overall comfort was not great. I don’t believe we will go back.

GB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food served with a high degree of personal service. A perfect choice for special occasions and impressing guests. It's always tempting to go with a perfectly cooked steak, but don't ignore the daily specials! They are always wonderful.

LA
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ANNIVERSARY DINNER

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was outstanding, apps were very good, steaks were disappointing. 16oz ribeye was ordered medium and came without any red in center, overcooked. KC bone-in strip was ordered rare, Oscar Style. Steak was good but there was a “fish” taste to the crab meat. We did order the jumbo lump crab appetizer and that was excellent. The apps and sides were 5-star, the 3-star on the food was based on main course. Had they been $20 steaks, no issues, but when you are at a “high end” steak house ($310 not including tip for party of 2) you expect to walk out feeling good about the money spent. The 1-star on value was based on the food experience not the amount of the bill.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice experience but over priced. ...................."...........................

JA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent overall experience as usual. Steak was perfect.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Everything was good...not great. For the price, I expected much more flavor and satisfaction than we got. I believe this restaurant is highly overrated and overpriced.

LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, device is amazing! Food is delicious!

PA
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service nothing like it in the area.

ST
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Ambience is nice. Very high price.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always great. Our server Heath was knowledgeable and professional. Glen is the face of the place, best personality and he is a wonderful asset to the establishment.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food. The best steak I've tried in my 25 years on this planet

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great meal at DC Prime, this one in celebration of our granddaughter's 12th birthday. Filet mignon and lamb chops cannot be beat. John our waiter was terrific and he did a great job making the birthday girl feel special.

BW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Place was beyond amazing, everything we ordered except for the Mac & cheese was great!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! We felt like the red carpet was rolled out for us! The food was great, the wait staff was great and the atmosphere was great! We cannot wait to go back!!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I was expecting a much better experience. When we arrived we were seated quickly. There were two of us celebrating a birthday and we were sat at a large semicircle table, awkward for a party of two. It took at least ten minutes for anyone to come to our table once we were seated. After the initial wait the service did improve; however, it almost became rushed. We ordered the Lobster Bites, the taste was very bland. I ordered the filet trio and they let me sub the chimichurri for bernaise which I appreciated. My niece ordered the 8 ounce filet. She said hers was fabulous. My filets were lacking flavor. The best sauce was the Cabernet goat cheese. For sides we ordered the au gratin potatoes and creamed corn. The creamed corn was fabulous. The potatoes were bland. We ordered dessert which honestly was the best part of the meal. My niece had cheesecake and I had the creme brûlée. I had a lot higher expectation going here and overall it was a bit of a let down. I would try it again as I’m hoping it was just an off night.

KA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Everything was outstanding except for the noise level. Our sear was close to a bar area and it was too noisy; hard to hold a conversation.

GB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed another exceptional dining experience at DC Prime. They are very good at honoring requests (waiter and bordelaise sauce). We look forward to our next visit!

A
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My parents had a wonderful 80th birthday dinner at DC Prime. Glenn was a great host who made the evening special. They enjoyed crab cakes, calamari, braised short ribs, and sea scallops. Everything was cooked to perfection. They had so much food which they enjoyed the next night at home. A special chocolate cake was brought out to celebrate her big birthday. Thank you Glenn and DC Prime!

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good, but steaks were not great...expected more for the price and to match the sales pitch (which was excellent)

RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time for my birthday dinner.

SF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Very friendly atmosphere. The manager was on top of his game. No long waits.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Long wait between salad and entree bec of large parties. Pack your patience.

FM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

My wife ordered the 3oz. filet thinking it would be special. It was terrible. 95dollsrs no way. Unless I get a free meal for her we will not go back. My meal was good and it was 51 dollars . Hope to hear from you to try again. FORREST

AC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a group of eleven Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening the food was very good the waiter was very good missed a few things occasionally but we were a large group

RB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

You feel like splurging, the Tomahawk Steak is good for 2. Awesome place with great sides but plan to leave super full and food for the next couple days.....

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about DC Prime. I’ve been to some of the best chophouses in the country and I would put this one to compete with the best of them with more affordable prices and steaks cooked to perfection. It’s certainly the best in DC.

It started with a Happy Birthday card already on our table away from everyone else and the best waiter, Stew. He brought us a basket of in house baked bread of which the cranberry orange was to die for. I had to try hard not to fill up on that alone. He helped guide us to the lobster bites and pork belly both of which I will probably go back and order just that sometimes. The lobster was so tender and juicy. I was expecting more like a fritter, but it was whole lobster chunks tempura fried with this delicious sauce lightly coating. OMG! The pork belly was so flakey it fell apart and our only regret was getting one instead of two.

For dinner my husband had king crab legs in the garlic sherry sauce. These were a steal at $52 /lb compared to the $75 we normally pay at other places. I had a 22oz bone in ribeye that was perfectly charred, pepper crusted, buttery cut with a fork goodness even at medium well. I’ve never had a steak so good and juicy that it didn’t need any sauce, but the bernaise was excellent. Don’t forget the side dishes either! They creamed corn with bacon and poblanos was incredible. We also had lobster Mac n cheese that the kind chef surprised my husband with on his birthday. I will never not order that again, because it’s divine!

We finished with a chocolate pecan pie that was so delicious complete with a happy birthday message and a candle. Their pastry chef is quite good.

I cannot recommend this place enough. Go for birthdays, Anniversaries, because it’s Tuesday or any reason at all. It’s the kind of place you find a reason to go. Ask for Stew and get the lobster bites!

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined on 1/4/20 with another couple at the Sterling location. Everything was very well executed from the hostess to our waiter Stu, who was gracious, efficient and friendly. Only reason for less than 5 stars is the wine list was not accurate. 2 wines ordered were out of stock. Stu honored the price on a higher cost bottle with the price of the original choice. All of our diner selections were delicious, appropriately sized for the price point and nicely plated. We had a bit of take away for enjoying later in the weekend. Can recommend for business, friend's meet-up, first date or family night out.

DJ
Richmond
72 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Expensive as most NoVa restaurants go but the best steak in the area. Very unique flavor. We eat at DC Prime pretty regularly. This was the best night for my wife and I. The steak had a wonderful charred crust - I can’t describe it but the flavor with the beef was outstanding. They could work on their salads and non-steak items - we’d go more often (can’t eat steak every night).

BB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

DC Prime is our "special occasion" choice of a great restaurant. From the time you walk in, to the time you leave, it's a very enjoyable experience. It's a bit pricey, but, for what you receive, not overpriced. Looking forward to next time.

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