Food

By the Numbers: Inside Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

A look at the swanky CityCenterDC spot, from $10,000 wines to $160 dishes (and a $25 deal).
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse debuts with plenty of ways to spend big in CityCenterDC. Photography by Andrew Propp.

Certain restaurants have openings. The debut of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is more like a grand gesture. DFRG restaurant group previously brought its more casual brand, Del Frisco’s Grille, to downtown DC, and another debuts in Rockville’s Pike & Rose development come Thursday. While that’s a great place to grab a prime burger and shots on tap, the Double Eagle is more about Osetra caviar service and $153 shellfish plateaus. Here’s a look at the swanky CityCenterDC spot by the numbers. 

Two bars in the three-story restaurant offer a 1,200-bottle-deep wine list.

1: The number of Secret Service entrances, discreetly located off windowless private rooms ensconced by wine racks. This steakhouse is angling to be Washington’s new power spot, after all.

400: Seats in the gold-and-green-accented dining rooms (the theme of the colors rhymes with “honey”), spread over three floors.

$160: Cost of surf-and-turf for two on executive chef Scott Kroener‘s menu. The dish is made up of a 16-ounce Chateaubriand and a one-pound lobster tail, plus béarnaise sauce and drawn butter. 

$32: A pan-roasted chicken breast, the least expensive entrée on the dinner menu. It’s listed under “lagniappe,” which typically denotes a small gift given with a purchase, like a free cookie for buying a whole pie. 

1 in 2: Chances you’ll order that charitable chicken breast if you’re not expensing the meal. 

Seeing dollar signs: Green and gold hues pop throughout the restaurant.

1,200: Wines on the list, ranging from moderately priced sips to $10,000 “I like to drink my paycheck” bottles. 

3: Private dining rooms, plus a “board room” should you want to conduct business over Wagyu carpaccio and crabcakes. 

2: The number of eagles on the rare $20 gold coin from which the restaurant takes its name. 

Splurges on the menu include $160 surf-and-turf for two, or $185 for an ounce of Osetra caviar.

12,500: Bronze ornaments making up a giant, curving light fixture, inspired by the Potomac River. 

$185: One of the biggest splurges on the menu: an ounce of Royal Osetra caviar with traditional garnishes (market price varies). Those looking to save a little can go with the Royal Transmontanous variety for $125 per ounce.

$25: The biggest deal in the restaurant: a two-course business lunch.

40: Seats on the outdoor patio, perfect for feeling like a VIP while sipping “the VIP,” a signature cocktail made with pineapple-infused clementine vodka.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. 950 I St., NW; 202-289-0201. Open for lunch daily 11 to 4, dinner 4 to 11. Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.