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“Arlington's Bodacious Beef Palace” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ray's the Steaks

Ray's the Steaks
2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
703-841-7297
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Ranked #21 of 716 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Arlington, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Arlington's Bodacious Beef Palace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I've been a customer of Ray's the Steaks since they were housed further up Wilson Boulevard, and can vouch for the consistency of their steaks. Diners at Ray's the Steaks may sacrifice some of the decor typical of high-end steak houses, but their steaks compare favorably with those found at restaurants charging much more for the privilege of being an unapologetic carnivore. The cuts are large, too, which helps compensate for the so-so complementary sides, which are family-sized, and service that can be spotty. I've given Ray's a rating of four out of five because they deliver on their primary mission, beef, and you won't be disappointed if that's what you're looking for. But keep in mind that it's not the best choice for a romantic evening out.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Mouth watering!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

As usual, Ray's the Steaks did not disappoint. I tried the filet this time, with the maitre'd butter. So tender, perfectly cooked with nice grill marks on the outside and a perfectly pink center. Their filet is HUGE, so I had a little piece to take home for lunch the next day. My coworkers were so jealous! I have been a few times, and will definitely go back. A must try!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rome, Italy
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145 reviews 145 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Good steak”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We had a delicious, juicy, tender steak here though I was not impressed by the burgundy onion soup or the sides. The mashed potatoes almost tasted like instant mashed potatoes. The service was good but the waitress like a machine... not very personal. We were at the Retro Steak House.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Steak”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Ray's is just great steak, expertly prepared, with normal (non-trendy) sides, in an elegant if sparce setting. Perfect for a business meal. Parking can be a challenge (thank God for Metro) and it's beer-wine only.

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing Steak at a reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This is one of the best steaks you will have without paying the price of other expensive steakhouse. You can get a nice meal for two and a glass of wine for $60/person.

Visited December 2012
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