100 Best Restaurants 2010: Prime Rib
No. 51: The Prime Rib
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 1, 2010
100 Best Restaurants (2010)

The Prime Rib
Address: 2020 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-466-8811
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10:30, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Crab imperial; steak au poivre with a side of Marchand de Vin sauce; prime rib; asparagus with hollandaise; Key-lime pie; strawberries Romanoff.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available

Cuisine: No clever juxtapositions, no artful drizzles, no chef-inspired riffs on comfort-food classics. This elegant supper club serves as steward for straightforward if lavish renditions of meat, fish, and potatoes. Shrimp and flounder come stuffed with jumbo lump crab, and the titular star—slow-roasted beef with jus poured atop it at the table—remains a welcome reminder of the virtues of honesty and simplicity.

Mood: Economy? What economy? Here, women are draped in minks, men wear expensive suits, and the waiters are all tuxedoed. It’s a timeless, clubby place that reminds you of your grandfather—if he happened to have his own library.

Best for: A guys’ night out; a special-occasion dinner for those who don’t cotton to too much innovation; an important business lunch.

Best dishes: Chunky, creamy crab imperial; steak au poivre with a side of Marchand de Vin sauce; prime rib; pencil-thin grilled asparagus with hollandaise; house-made Key-lime pie; a pink pouf of strawberries Romanoff.

Insider tips:At lunch, men are free to dine without jackets, and all can take advantage of the prix-fixe menu—three courses for $24.95. At dinner, there’s complimentary valet parking and live piano.

Service: •••

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive to very expensive.

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