The Prime Rib
2020 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, American
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.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Crab imperial; steak au poivre with a side of Marchand de Vin sauce; prime rib; asparagus with hollandaise; Key-lime pie; strawberries Romanoff.
Cuisine: An unabashed paean to beef, with phone-book-size portions of the titular dish and generous prime cuts of New York strip and bone-in rib eye.
Mood: In an age of the vanishing maître d’ and relaxed dress codes, this elegant K Street retreat remains a staunch defender of formality. In the leopard-print-carpeted lounge, jackets and ties are musts for dinner, all the waiters wear bow ties, and the piano stylings evoke a supper club.
Best for: A grand night out that revolves around getting dolled up, feasting on beef, and clinking glasses of Champagne.
Best dishes: Well-shucked oysters on the half shell; prime rib in 24- or 40-ounce portions; crab cakes; luxurious crab imperial; rich, dense cheesecake.
Insider tips: Yes, the restaurant’s reputation rests on the prime rib, but the crab cake, light on binder and heavy on jumbo lump, is every bit its equal—and among the better versions you’ll find. Those looking for a touch of comfort in an upscale setting will be happy that Thursday’s menu features turkey and dressing.