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“Just Average, For a Prime Steakhouse” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Morton's of Chicago

Morton's of Chicago
1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
202-955-5997
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Ranked #452 of 2,498 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: L Street
Description: Morton's The Steakhouse, the nation's premier steakhouse group, specializes in classic, hearty fare, serving generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees. The menu features a variety of favorite cuts, including a 24 ounce porterhouse, which is the house specialty; a 20 ounce New York sirloin and a 14 ounce double cut filet.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Just Average, For a Prime Steakhouse”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This Morton's location is on the second floor of an office building and offers a very nice outdoor terrace overlooking L Street, so when the weather allows, outdoor dining here can be very pleasant. That feature is the highlight of dining here. Aside from that, most things are more or less consistent with what you would expect from a prime steakhouse. Service was prompt and professional and food offerings, allowing for personal preference, were in line with expectations.

Steak was prepared as ordered, but as a matter of personal preference, I like the steak to be broiled with butter and very little seasoning. Morton's serves their steaks with a warm, thin au jus that, for me, just doesn't have the same sizzle and richness. While the steak was a good cut and was otherwise properly cooked, it just seemed like a dull hunk of meat. But if au jus, rather than butter is your preference, you might like the steaks here more than I do.

I might have rated them "very good" instead of "average," but for the fact that, at the end of the meal, they encouraged me to sign up for Landry's frequent diner club. This is something that happens sometimes at restaurants in the Landry's group, and I just don't like it. That sort of solicitation is just something that doesn't belong in a good restaurant. It might be good for business in general, but not for my business.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Upstate, NY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great steak but super-expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Morton's always provides a consistently good experience throughout its locations all over the country. Great steaks, great service, great desserts, and great drinks! These things come at a price, though. And I've found the DC location to be particularly expensive. Being just a few blocks from the White House doesn't help, of course.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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63 restaurant reviews
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Good But Overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

I've eaten at Mortons many times, in many cities, and the food just doesn't seem to be as good recently as it has been in the past. Our dinner at the Mortons on Connecticut Ave in DC was good, but not worth the extravagant prices charged for everything. The relatively empty dining room at 7:00 on a Friday night was surprising, but maybe a sign that we weren't alone in thinking the quality is slipping a bit. My rating is based on the quality expected of a restaurant with this reputation that charges these prices.

Visited June 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
“Good but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

A colleague and I on a business trip went here on his recommendation: said it was the best steakhouse in DC. I wouldn't know, since it's the only one I've been to. But it was pretty good. Service is efficient and friendly; wine-list is OK but pricey; and the steaks....well the steaks were very very good. Cooked to perfection. It's not fantastic value-for-money, but it's worth a visit. I'll be going back.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Evansville, Indiana
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“Great spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We decided to hit Morton's since we were to tired to hit where our orignal plans to eat were. We thought it was a great surprise! Excellent meal and great service.

Visited March 2012
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