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Best steak place in Washington DC for a large group of guys

dancaneat Mar 10, 2010 12:31 PM

Hey, I'm wondering what would be the best steak place in DC for a large group of guys in the mid 30's. Probably 10-12 guys, a lot of drinking, a lot of laughing, etc... Think the opposite of what Prime Rib would want. We've already done Charlie Palmer so that place is out.

Anyone have any experience w/ the private room at the Palm?

Thank you very much.

  1. scotcheroo Mar 10, 2010 12:42 PM

    Fogo De Chao - perfect place for a bunch of dudes with big appetites.

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      caphil07 Mar 10, 2010 12:51 PM

      Bourbon steak may fit the bill. On weekend's its pretty loud and boisterous. Food is good, albeit expensive, probably slightly moreso than Charlie Palmer.

      I'd stay away from Fogo.

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        MikeR Mar 10, 2010 02:15 PM

        Charlie Palmer's won't let you back? <g>

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          georgetownronin Mar 10, 2010 03:45 PM

          Take a look at Smith & Wollensky's. I know it's not well-regarded on this board, but I have had consistently good meals there, and they are one of the only places to "really" dry age their steaks. I think they have a private room called The Boardroom. You could also setup in the Wollensky Grill.

          I went to a bachelor party dinner there and we all had a blast. The management and staff took very good care of us. Hey, it's also a block away from Camelot...

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          1. re: georgetownronin
            beauxgoris Mar 10, 2010 05:55 PM

            Ray's the Classics. Excellent food and great prices.

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            Elyssa Mar 11, 2010 04:38 AM

            I would go with Rays the Classics or Fogo de Chao. I've never been to Fogo de Chao but my boyfriend went with a similar style group. He said it was good but he was basically on a protein overload for the next 4 days haha.

            J & G Steakhouse is also very good and stylish. GREAT cocktails. My only concern is I went there only once and I felt like the dining room was a little quieter than the bar, lounge, and lobby area of the W. But maybe there is a private room. Maybe call and check.

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            1. re: Elyssa
              reiflame Mar 11, 2010 05:24 AM

              The downstairs bar at J&G can fit a big table. I'm not sure if it's always there, since I've only been once, but that might work.

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              dining with doc Mar 11, 2010 07:06 AM

              The Palm in tysons corner. you can have your own private room and be as wild and crazy as you want. Drinks are large, food is great. No brainer

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                anchor Mar 11, 2010 04:13 PM

                My husband dines out like this often. Loud, wine & large steaks.... good times...
                Any Mortons will do a private room for you, no extra cost. Be as loud as you want and stay as long as you want.
                Smith & Wollenskys tolerates a very high level of exuberance from its patrons (esp. if you order a lot of wine)
                Ray's the Steaks was my husband's pick w/ friends just a week ago. They had a great time, and the 9:30 reservation allowed them to circumvent the two-hour table turnover time....and they could be much louder than id dining earlier.

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                  stever500 Mar 13, 2010 05:42 PM

                  We loved Chima in Tyson's Corner. Fixed price for meat and huge salad bar. Great deal.

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                    Bigcitywine Mar 16, 2010 10:16 PM

                    I would go to Bobby Van's Grill I've been to two similar dinners there. Both were great. One was in a room so if your looking for something like that they have it.

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                    1. re: Bigcitywine
                      reiflame Mar 17, 2010 04:24 AM

                      I only went once and I was treated to overcooked meat, horrifically slow service with attitude and over bland food, except the sweet potatoes, which tasted like someone added a half cup of sugar to them. Thankfully it wasn't too expensive but there are so much better options in this city that I won't be back (unless someone else is paying, and even then under duress).

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                      dancaneat Mar 18, 2010 07:39 AM

                      Thanks everyone, we decided to go w/ a table in the main dining room at the Capital Grille, probably won't be making any toasts.

                      Capital Grille
                      601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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