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Nov 28, 2006 04:00 AM

Another Steak Post - Recs for downtown DC?

Hi there! I need a nice steak place to take an out-of-town friend - he's on an expense account and likes good wine. I've narrowed it down to these places, but I've never been to any of them! Are any of these personal favorites for anyone?

Smith and Wollensky
Ruth's Chris
The Prime Rib

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    1. Did you omit The Palm, Capital Grille and Charlie Palmer's for a reason?

      1. The Prime Rib would be my recommendation as well. Another to consider is the Caucus Room.

        1. Perhaps Ray's The Steaks in friendly Rosslyn would be a better choice. It is local and not part of a national chain, so it offers something that is only done in this area. Of the chains, I prefer The Palm because out-of-towners might be enthralled by the political portraits that line the walls.

          1. The Prime Rib is easily the best steak house in DC for food, service, wine list and ambiance.

            The Capital Grill and the Caucus Room are good, but "also rans" in my opinion. The Palm does get a good share of pols and newsmakers, but they treat everyone else like crap. Morton's is like eating in a hotel lobby. Smith and Wollensky is a glorified beer bar. Ruth Chris is a small step above Outback. The Chophouse is a Verizon Arena concession stand. Charlie Palmer is a lobbyist cafateria. And despite a few rabid fans, and its unique place in the DC dining community, Rays the Steak is simply not in the same league as most of the DC steak houses