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Feb 7, 2011 06:24 PM

Steak, it's what's for dinner (but where?)

Hi folks,

My wife and I have a real hankering to get dinner some time soon at a high-end DC steakhouse. This will be for a special occasion, we'll be stepping out in style, so we want something that's the total package--great meat, excellent service, good sides, and a nice ambiance.

Here's where you come in, because I haven't been to many of the city's better steakhouses (and she hasn't been to any) in the past few years, and the places that intrigue me most are relatively recent. I'd greatly appreciate your thoughts on the following places, and any other suggestions, provided a) they are in the District (we'll hit Ray's another time), and b) it's not a national chain, other than BLT (I have been to Morton's, S&W, and Capital Grille, and I want something that feels a bit less generic than them). Here is my list, in no particular order:

Charlie Palmer

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I tend to like Charlie Palmer because it doesn't have that heavy, dark steakhouse feel. Plus, on a weeknight, its proximity to the Hill means there can be some good politico people-watching.

    Bourbon has the benefit of an amazing bar to stop at for a cocktail before dinner. Their drink list is fantastic, and the extremely talented bartenders make it a show.

    i haven't been to J&G, but know people who swear by it.

    1. J&G would be a good option if you don't just want steak - the apps, sides, and other entrees are not at all afterthoughts. And the dining room is gorgeous. Having said that, I think the steaks themselves are better at Capitol Grille. I have never been to Bourbon Steak, but I have heard really, really good things from people in the industry.

      1. Seems like I recal there being a PRIME RIB in DC..

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        1. re: Hue

          True. We had an excellent meal at Prime Rib recently for a special occasion date.

          It's a classic high-end steak house atmosphere. Service was first rate. Prices were not as high as I had expected. (It's on K St NW, between 20 & 21 St)

          Prime Rib
          2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

          1. re: BlueRidgePro

            I have never been to the DC location, but I love The Prime Rib dearly. It's a fantastic experience. My memory of my last meal there was one of the best nights of my life.

            Prime Rib
            2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

        2. I consider BLT one of the best restaurants in DC. The food is top notch, but even more remarkable, we always have good service. Stick with the steaks (the fish dishes can be meh), and any specials on the sides have always been winners for us.

          I haven't been to Bourbon, but have been to other Michael Mina restaurants, so would be interested to hear comparisons on quality of food between Bourbon and BLT. (The other MIchael Mina restaurants we've been to have been PHENOMENAL).

          1. Well thanks, all, for your input. I guess the upshot is I can't go wrong at any of these places.

            I think I'm going to try Bourbon, largely because the bar there sounds really nice, and I'm up for a new place (I went to CPSteak for lunch about 5 yrs ago, and have had a couple of work dinners at BLT; all three meals were great, but it's nice to expand the repertoire).

            Thanks again. Mmmmm. Steak.

            J&G: you're next!