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Ray's Hell Burger

(Now Closed)
Burger Joint, American Restaurant, and Steakhouse$$$$
Colonial Village, Arlington
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  • Prithvi
    PrithviMay 11, 2013
    Get the original Hell Burger 10 oz. done Medium Rare with sautéed mushrooms and roasted garlic. Onion fries on the side. Was absolutely delicious. One of the best burgers I've ever had. Ask for Eli!
  • BlueNile T.
    BlueNile TravelGroupDecember 8, 2012
    Great place to grab an excellent burger in Rosslyn/Arlington, really everything on the menu is fantastic. There is also a second location in the same shopping plaza and they accept credit cards now.
  • Burger Days
    Burger DaysMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The legendary Arlington burger joint is worth the wait in line. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The Au Poivre burgers are just amazing. Bring the cash money 'cause credit cards are a no-no.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 11, 2013
    The strong suit at Ray's is the hand-trimmed beef blend and the way it's cooked. Sides of watermelon and corn on the cob are built into even the basic $6.95 hamburger. Read more
  • Eric B.
    Eric BeardApril 6, 2011
    The burger's here are all good. Last time I was there I ordered "the mack" it was amazing. Their mac and cheese is also very good. Make sure you bring cash because this place is CASH ONLY!!!
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineNovember 22, 2011
    Of all the restaurants Pres. Obama has visited in Washington, the only one to have merited a 2nd visit is this bare-bones burger joint. The patty is 10 oz. of prime, aged beef and eats like a steak.
  • Jacob P.
    Jacob ProfferJanuary 15, 2013
    Best place in dc, amazing food. They also take amazing care of military. Four years + and the only place I'm religious about eating at in dc.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    This offshoot of the Ray's the Steaks empire serves the best burgers in town with everything from your traditional toppings to bone marrow and more. What's your favorite topping?
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChapmanDecember 29, 2011
    Freshly ground sirloin, seasoned & hand packed to juicy perfection on a homemade roll: Thank You Sir, may I have another? This DC suburb joint may not look pretty, but surely will taste that way.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistNovember 9, 2011
    The single menu item's a delightfully fatty, grilled-to-order half-pound premium rib eye or top sirloin loaded with Spanish onions, American, and provolone. Read more
  • Christopher V.
    Without a doubt the steak au poivre is the best way to enjoy Ray's Hell Burger. Order it RARE and you will have the most amazing culinary experience of popular sandwich. Best burger I have ever had!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 23, 2011
    Best to just make your own burger. Try the Original, prepared as Au Poivre medium with fried egg. More tips & pics @
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 14, 2011
    Our concierge Clay at Donovan House says, "Definitely try Soul Burger Number One with sweet potato fries. Make sure to try a milkshake."
  • LetTeddyWin ..
    LetTeddyWin .comMay 6, 2010
    Skip the fancy cheeses. Just get your burger au poivre. Best burger you'll EVER have. Don't worry if there's not a table. I promise one will come free before your food is ready!
  • Ben L.
    Ben LieblichOctober 13, 2011
    Burgers are outstanding (I like mine au poivre with guacamole). Sides are all pretty good. Shakes, however, are meh. If you want something sweet, try Cafe Assorti across the street.
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoAugust 15, 2011
    Ray's makes some giant, juicy burgers, that will require lots of napkins, or one really big bib. Check out my homemade review. Read more
  • Anna E.
    Anna EbbesenDecember 6, 2011
    Go for one of their combinations, instead of mixing on your own + the cheese cake milkshake was delicious!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    The President went to Ray's Hell-Burger, and owner Michael Landrum had to scrap plans for a seafood restaurant and move the burger business into that space to accommodate the overflow.
  • Antony M.
    Antony McGregor DeyJanuary 29, 2012
    This place is worth the hype, the burgers are very good, and don't forget to call your mom, she misses you
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley ThorsenFebruary 10, 2011
    Big poppa is the best burger I have ever had! If u cant eat the regular size, ask for a little big poppa!
  • Jared S.
    Jared SOctober 5, 2011
    Amazing burgers and friendly wait staff. Try your burger au poivre with Ray's Hell sauce. The fries are average.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WilliamsAugust 13, 2012
    Maybe it is a democrat thing but both President Clinton and now President Obama love Ray's Burger's. They are good and messy!
  • MMA Nation
    MMA NationSeptember 28, 2011
    Probably some of the best burgers in town, but they don't come with fries. Expect to wait in line, too.
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WhittingtonAugust 16, 2012
    Amazing burgers. I ate it without the bun and it was still extremely filling!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ConklinMay 2, 2012
    The turkey burger is surprisingly delicious. It doesn't appear to be noted on the menu.
  • Darryl J.
    Darryl J.September 4, 2010
    au poivre (seared with black peppercorn crust) with applewood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese- add grilled onions... holy sh!t!!!!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FudorJuly 17, 2011
    Get the big poppa, the cheese makes the beef patty so tender it melts in your mouth
  • Soulfull
    SoulfullJanuary 15, 2013
    Love this place! And napkins! You will need lots of napkins! =)
  • David B.
    David BarneyMarch 17, 2012
    Any burger is terrific! Don't forget to try the diablo sauce!
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BoydAugust 25, 2011
    Boyd's Burger Rating: 9/10. Best burger joint in DC area! Add mushrooms!
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChanApril 4, 2010
    Get the burger au poivre for a nice spicy flavor w/o the heat. Be sure to hydrate during/afterwards tho - lots of sodium!
  • Doris T.
    Doris TruongApril 18, 2010
    Let them cook it their way. It's much more likely to be medium-rare through and through instead of partially tartare. And come hungry!
  • Dave E.
    Dave EddingtonApril 5, 2011
    This is one of the few places that is as good as advertised. I highly reccomend it!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KristofferJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Had the B.I.G. Poppa, which was amazing, but all the burgers on the menu look great. Skip the mac and cheese, it's nothing special.
  • Logan K.
    Logan KJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like spicy, get the big punisher burger...its fantastic!
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Place is an Arlington institution, great burgers and milkshakes too
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZapataMarch 29, 2010
    Do yourself a favor. The first time you go, get your burger grilled. Not au poivre, blackened, or diablo. Set a baseline for yourself. You'll be back.
  • Kalyn W.
    Kalyn WilliamsApril 7, 2011
    Great shakes. A little expensive.for this midwesterner but the atmosphere is awesome.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsNovember 17, 2011
    Soul Burger, sweet potato fries and a milkshake make for a heavenly combination.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SanchezSeptember 28, 2010
    Best burger in town! Go medium with white cheddar and applewood bacon. Skip the fries and enjoy the juicy flavors. Makes Five Guys look like Wendys.
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OJuly 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can actually buy bottles of the Catsup to take home with you. I love that stuff!
  • brandon i.
    brandon imNovember 16, 2011
    Another must go in Nova...another "specialty" like Philly Cheese Steaks
  • Nick R.
    Nick RakowskiApril 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing burgers and great Mac and cheese for your vegetarian friends
  • Riley L.
    Riley LynchApril 21, 2013
    Try the Au Poivre Burger With Brie - #Burger #Cheeseburger #Brie #Fries #RedOnion
  • Lu D.
    Lu DuongFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Not in the mood for an entire cow? The Little Devil is a perfect five to six bite option.
  • Terry P.
    Terry P.April 20, 2011
    Ask the cashier for a pin to stick on the map of where you've "traveled from" to get a Ray's Hell Burger.
  • Jack B.
    Jack BrownMay 14, 2011
    Everything on the menu is first rate except the mushy, soupy, mac and cheese. Yuck.
  • Lu D.
    Lu DuongFebruary 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Not in the mood to wait in line at the original Hell Burger? Craving awesome onion rings? Want to use your debit or credit card instead of cash? Then walk next door to Ray's Hell Burger Too.
  • Anne Y.
    Anne YañezApril 22, 2013
    Definitely not the place to go to for fine dining service. Burgers are good however not many condiments available. Better if you want to carry out.
  • William H.
    William HendrickMarch 24, 2011
    Decent at best...Elevation Burger is better tasting and better for you...will not be going is a dump too ...water out of jugs like I was playing a sport or construction...Elevation allday
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