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Bobby Van's Steakhouse

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1201 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3917 (12th & New York Avenue)
+1 202-589-1504
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Parking tight on friday night. Used valet $ 12.00. Came 20 mins early for an 830 reservation. Was promptly seated and wanted on. Had well constructed cocktails excellent escargot and Georges Salad ( large shrimp,asparagus,onions,and tomatoes in red wine vinegaret). We both ordered off of the special Black board menu. My blackened snapper was perfectly seasoned, moist, and very tasty.came... More 

Thank lsent
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As far as the atmosphere, could use a little more lighting, I with several others I observed had to use the lights on our cell phone to see the menu. It was a family dinner, no special occasion. We ordered the prime rib (order has to be placed 48hrs in advance), and sides. Wait staff appeared to be very attentive... More 

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Salem, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$$$$ pricey… yet delicious -outrage lobsters 👌price by the pound minimum 3 pounds . We had a couple tasty appetizers and shared a 4 pound lobster that was plenty. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Very memorable dinner .

Thank Angeline P
Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Entertained a large group of 30 and we sat out in the atrium. A bit away from the crowd which was ok but would have preferred to be in with the bustling crowd. Food was very good. The calamari is fantastic and my sea bass was very good as well. They missed a couple of our side dishes but I... More 

Thank Bermanfiver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Excellent place to have a meal. Menu has various choices - depending on how hungry you are. Gluten free options.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We got to know this restaurant in NYC, and the DC branch is just as superb. Waiter are professional, the food is delicious, and the steak or the seafood are simply unavoidable. The overall atmosphere is perhaps better for lunch than for dinner. The restrooms are neat. We will definitely come back to Bobby Van\s.

Thank StellaPilar
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We had a group dinner there because we have a meeting in the same building. I ordered a romaine lettuce salad which is a little bit dissapointed. The main dish is fish. But it is over cooked and surface is hard. On the other hand, the wine is very good and staff are very friendly

Thank Gang C
Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The steak is unbelievable- if only uk steak came in these portions! It must have been about 20 oz of perfect medium cooked rib eye. Don't order starters as you'll never eat the main! Service was very New York. My wife had the pasta which was also amazing. We feel the bobby vans on 54th is the best one.

Thank dcolenso
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Completely underwhelmed - avoid at all costs. I ordered rib eye that was less tender than shoe leather, wife ordered Filet for medium - received as less than rare. When asked if it could be cooked more, was asked if she wanted it well done - my steak was a medium to well done (when ordered as medium rare) and... More 

Thank timjohnsonca
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

So, the steak is cooked correctly, and the ambiance is that of an old school steakhouse but nothing really wowed me.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 50
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3917
    (12th & New York Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-589-1504
Bobby Van’s Grill marks the return of the powerful New York City chop shop to the downtown D.C. area but with a new twist. This eclectic New American Steakhouse now boasts a slightly more casual family friendly atmosphere as well as catering to the Washington politician. This 536-seat D.C. destination is fully loaded! There’s four private, intimate and upscale dining rooms with their own bar and bar services. Two 40-foot long bars can be found with friendly bartenders serving strong drinks and even stronger conversations. The main dining room boasts views of both New York Avenue and the plush marble atrium of the adjoining building amidst its beautiful water fountain. This is an ideal place to meet for power lunches, family gatherings and late night dinners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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