100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ray’s the Steaks and Ray’s the Classics
Beer Battered Shrimp Appetizer at Ray's the Steaks. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Ray's the Steaks
Address: 2300 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-841-7297
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Steaks, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday 5 to 11, Saturday 4:30 to 11, Sunday 4:30 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Price Details: Starters $4.95 to $10.95; entrées $14.95 to $33.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Think of Michael Landrum’s filet-mignon-for-the-people steakhouses as fraternal twins—the Silver Spring spinoff’s spare dining room is loud and has a Deco air, while the Arlington flagship is white-walled and even noisier. Frills are few and service can be rushed, but that’s fine with us because both places serve some of the most flavorful rib eyes and New York strips in town, and at bargain basement prices. Steakhouse classics—a Parmesan-heavy Caesar salad, tarragon-scented béarnaise sauce—are done right. And seafood tends to be just as satisfying, from velvetycrab bisque to buttered crab royale. The Arlington location has a more extensive lineup of steaks, while Silver Spring showcases some of the hits from Landrum’s Ray’s Hell-Burger. Don’t miss: Wedge salad; hanger steak; New York strip with brandy-mushroom cream sauce; cowboy cut with horseradish cream; Brazilian strip steak with “piranha sauce”; dark- and milk-chocolate mousses; Key-lime pie. Open: Daily for dinner. Expensive.

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