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Aug 25, 2009 12:31 PM

prime rib in d.c.

coming to d.c. in sept and will be alone, so will want to sit at the bar for dinner. Do the following serve at the bar??--capital grill-prime rib-occidential-sam & harry.. Also, why do I always hear such negative reviews for The Prime Rib?? Any other suggestions for a good prime rib dinner. Thanks

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  1. I know Capitol Grille serves at the bar- they have nice TVs too and will normally change the channel to what you want to watch (I included this info because I kind of like watching TV when I am eating alone).

    1. You hear bad reviews of the Prime Rib? I think its delicious! It's a rare find in a changing city....classy, old-school, and delicious! I don't usually order the prime rib cut in other restaurants but I always get it here. You should keep in mind that you have to wear a jacket if dining there.

      I've never dined at the bar, but I'm sure you can. Maybe call to confirm?

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      1. re: Elyssa

        thanks elyssa-I think i,ll try it. I,m a prime rib fanatic. Best I ever had was at Lowrey,s prime rib in L.A..

        1. re: srqmichael

          If your opinion that the best prime rib you've ever eaten was at Lowrey's in L.A., then definitely go the the Prime Rib in D.C. I haven't been to that particular location. I've only dined at the Baltimore location.

          Lowrey's, where I chowed down on their prime rib about 10 years ago, isn't any way compared to the succulence of the Prime Rib restaurant. Also, order the potato skins. Go for a killer dining out experience and order a wedge of lettuce with blue cheese dressing. Check yourself into the emergency room afterwards.. But, it'll be worth it. FoiGras

      2. I have eaten many meals solo at capital grill in DC. Its a fairly friendly bar with all types of character coming and going at the bar. Truth be told the DC one is the only one i would return too of the 6 or 7 i have eat in. The food was a little better when Michael Landon ran the show IMHO, but its still very good.

        1. The Prime Rib is a classic and outstanding old school restaurant. The prime rib is a 4-5 inch thick cut on the bone and is cooked perfectly and served with horseradish sauce. You will not find a better example of prime rib elsewhere. The other food on the menu will also be perfect and they make arguably the best crab cake in the DC area. It is a kind of stuffy place but not in a bad way, in a 1970's power dining way. The drinks are large and stiff. You need to have a jacket on if you are male. IMHO you definitely should go to The Prime Rib if you want outstanding prime rib

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          1. re: dining with doc

            +1, dining_with_doc. I completely agree. I think the fact that the Prime Rib is old school and not trendy is why some reviewers diss it or don't like it. The quality of the prime rib is excellent, and the service is usually pretty good too. Now that Tom Sarris' Orleans House is closed, it's the only place in the DC area I'd recommend specifically for prime rib.

            1. re: dining with doc

              Not to nit-pick Doc, but the prime rib at PR is served with grated horseradish, not horseradish "sauce."

              1. re: Pappy

                yes that is true
                ok to nit pik......i have a strong spine.

            2. While I second the raves for The Capital Grille, it is important to note that of the places you mention, only The Prime Rib serves prime rib.

              You can also get prime rib at Morton's on Friday and Saturday nights.