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Rural Society
Rural Society

Rural Society Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Madison-Hotel/dining/Garces
  • Phone: (202) 587-2629
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday
    Happy Hour: 4pm - 6pm
    Dinner: 5pm - 10:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Tapas / Small Plates, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street
  • Public Transit: Rural Society is located a few blocks from both the Farragut North station on the Red line and the McPherson Sq station on the Orange and Blue lines of the DC Metro.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet for the first two hours of dining. Drop off is directly in front of the Loews Madison Hotel.
A word from Rural Society
Rural Society is a contemporary Argentine steakhouse from nationally renowned master of Latin cuisine Chef Jose Garces. Inspired by his travels to South America, Rural Society is at once rustic and luxurious, bringing the energy and sophistication of Buenos Aires to Washington. Our menu and primarily South American wine list, combined with our warm hospitality and welcoming décor, transport you far from the bustle of the District to the sweeping cattle ranches and grill-fired kitchens of Argentina.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The best steak in the world are from Argentina. It's a mixture of the grass fed beef and the way they grill. The middle of the restaurant is the wood grill with the contraption they use. Just as delicious as the steaks was the polar opposite in service. Our party of six waited 30 minutes for drinks- 15 before our order was taken. Appetizers were finished by the time the wine arrived. We sat staring at soup without spoons. Just really really bad service. Hope management reads this because the food was amazing!!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The diner is provided with ample amounts of a variety of well-prepared food for reasonable prices. Also available are numerous properly prepared alcoholic drinks and an international selection of beers."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was awesome, except the steak temperature was a little on the tepid side. Otherwise, it would ha e been great. Service was awesome too and the wines were paired well."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was great. We ordered the chef's tasting menu for $75 but when we got the bill, we were charged the $95 menu (we didn't feel like arguing). We didn't get our wine until we were half way through the 2nd course and I was a little annoyed that we could only order 1 dessert between the 2 of us. Regardless, I definitely recommend this place for the food!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were treated extremely well at this new establishment. The chef is approachable and meticulous. We received about seven courses per person for the restaurant week special (insane). My favorite course was the steak, however it was a tad salty. My second was the flan. I lived in Spain for several years and came to dislike flan. Fortunately, Rural makes a tres leches style of flan which is incredible."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Jose Garces does it again with another wonderful dining experience! Didn't realize it was Restaurant Week in DC - a pleasant surprise since you're able to enjoy a selection of the more popular dishes for an incredibly affordable price. Unfortunately, it's apparent the place hasn't been open long since service was not at the level one would expect - the server confused the steak order (shocking in a steakhouse) and it took almost 30 minutes for it to come out. Manager handled the damage by comping our wine (the right thing to do). Once they work out the service kinks, this will be an excellent go-to for carnivores - the meat was fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This place does restaurant week better than almost anywhere else I've been in DC. Lots of food, and it was all delicious."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was the best Lobster I ever had! PERIOD. The scene was great the service was AMAZING! What is taking you so long? Hurry up and GO!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The provolone cheese is a must! I had the lamb chops that were cooked perfectly. We also had the ribeye which was also fantastic. We got a side of mushrooms which was great with the dishes. For dessert, we had the ice cream which was just the right size to finish off the dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Just what I was looking for, a good spot for business lunch or weekend lunch. Excellent Argentine food, including sandwiches, and for such a nice atmosphere price is quite appropriate. I'll definitely be returning, to try the wine list around dinner time or the bar in the evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went for summer Restaurant Week and had a fantastic dinner. The tasting menu was delicious. Quality of food was excellent, especially the steak, mushrooms and mash potatoes. The only downside was the cheese bread they served in between the 1st and second course, not sure how that fit in with the Latin menu. Seemed like a filler, but it was good too. Service was also excellent! Must try new restaurant."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Every dish was heaven! We will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I was disappointed. The chorizo and morcilla didn't taste anything like in Argentina and the bife de chorizo came sliced. The panqueque with dulce de leche was very dry and tasteless. Besides it was very expensive. I won't go back"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I lived in Montevideo and traveled frequently to neighboring Buenos Aires, so the food was familiar to me. Rural is a meat lover's delight. Everything was well prepared. My one complaint would be the wine list, which had only one Uruguayan wine, and that wine was not very good and was overpriced. The wine list in general is overpriced for the quality of wines offered, but there are a few reasonable wines. But if you want good steak, this is one of the best places in DC."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "A colleague and I tried Rural Society for lunch during Restaurant Week. This is a very new restaurant connected to the Loews hotel. Service was excellent, they are obviously trying hard to make a good impression. RW menu was good, excellent fresh salad to start, then a full size sandwich (Pollo Asado), then a small portion of flan with mango sorbet (it was enough for me). All well prepared and tasty. We sat outside on the enclosed terrace."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for restaurant week - it was delicious! They served thinly sliced octopus with a tomato and sprouts topping and cheesy flatbread for the first/second courses, chorizo, and steak cooked to perfection with 3 amazing different kinds of mushrooms and decadent rich and creamy mashed potatoes. The dessert - caramel flan with mango sorbet - is also to die for! We'd definitely go here again."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We didn't know quite what to expect when we took a chance on restaurant week here, but we were *very* pleasantly surprised. Their tasting menu was beyond generous, and every dish was flavorful and very well prepared. Add to that great decor and excellent service, and it was one of the best meals we've had in DC. We'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We didn't know what to expect with a restaurant named Rural Society at the famed Madison Hotel. The presentation was far from what we former Midwesterners were accustomed to. From the thinly-sliced, grilled octopus, to the shimmery tasty anchovies and densely rich and flavorful Creme Caramel, the menu was a flavor fest. Even the whipped, mashed potatoes offered up a unique and tasty angle. The bread basket was heaped with a tempting variety of crusty and luscious buns, rolls and slices of exquisitely-prepared bread. The chorizo was plump, richly-teeming with spices and grilled to perfection. All courses set before us were so superb that the highlighted steak almost became secondary, but it was grilled perfectly and rich with flavor."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Really loved this place, close to my office, host seated us at a semi private table for lunch. Had the Restaurant week menu, and the burger was one of the best I've ever had! Will be back to order from the regular menu!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We had dinner on Restaurant week only one month after it opened. The menu had a wonderful selection of argentine flavors. I loved the relaxed pace, no rushing us. I'm coming back!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "All the food in our Restaurant Week tasting menu was wonderful, and there was lots of it. The rib eye steak is the standout among standouts. We'll be returning a lot."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My group arrived for a restaurant week dinner and was nicely greeted. The ambience and decor is sophisticated Latin ranch, and was appreciated by all. We loved the open fire kitchen, intimate booth setting, lighting and service. Dishes were explained, and everything was superb. A couple were not piping hot when brought out, and the potatoes lacked some creativity (compared to the rest of the menu) However, EVERYTHING else was delicious. I have already recommended this place and will return."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our table was basically a private one with a view outside. We also had a view of the open flame kitchen which we found interesting to observe. Our waiter, Daniel, was very attentive, yet not over attentive. We had the restaurant week menu and itr was very satisfying. My friends love the pork belly soup and the chicken and ham sandwiches. The dessert of mango and dulce de leche was excellent-just the right size (small) and delicious!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time at Rural Society during restaurant week. Much to our surprise, they served an entire tasting menu, and each dish was wonderful. The waiters were also very helpful and accommodating. I definitely plan to go back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Went bank for dinner two nights in a row. Recommended others at work to go, and those that have gone also loved it!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I am argentinian and when I found out that neither the stake or the chef were from Argentina I was sceptical... But they made it!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "It was restaurant week, only one list but a good selection of food in each course. Octopus carpacio was a bit overwhelmed but the sauce, red pepper and anchovies with eggplant spread was good. Next came essentially pizza they phoned that in. Then the main course, steak, loaded mashed potatoes, mushrooms. We were up sold on more wine which would have paired nicely had it actually come to the table with the mea waiter was busy with a large table not ordering the restaurant week menu, sommelier forgot or thought the waiter was bringing it. But the worst was the over done steak. Half was dry and too well done to eat. Mushrooms easily won that round. They comped the late wine and a second dessert. Dolce leche was excellent"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food was supurb, and the service was the best! I went for dinner two days in a row during restaurant week since another friend wanted to go after hearing about my expirience. The staff treated me like an old friend. I have been telling everyone about how great Rural Society is, and I will definitely make this my regular spot."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent, like at the Chef's other restaurants, but unlike Tinto, for example, the service was not at the caliber you'd expect at one of the Chef's establishments."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Hmmmm. I honestly hope these were opening issues. most issues were service driven and one food issue I will give it more more chance - after that a no go for me if no improvements"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Foodies will be flocking to Rural Society - the food was simply sumptuous and the service impeccable. It lives up to it's well earned reputation - a definite stand out in DC's dining scene!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a welcome addition. We were thrilled with the redesign of this space. How smart to include an outdoor dining patio. Our dinner was flawless. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My friends came to visit from NY and I thought why not try the New Argentinian Restaurant in Town that has so much Buzz. The food was Ah..Mazing. The provoleta and the beef empanadas were a hit for the appetizers. The picana and the aged New York strip is a must. By the time we were done, my friends decided that this was the best meal in DC. Service was top notch. All the staff were knowledgeable and also very courteous. Great recommendation on the wine. Overall it was a great dining experience and will definitely be back soon. Iron Chef Garces does it again!!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Birthday dinner was fantastic. Definitely would go again."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Had really looked forward to trying out this new Argentinian "hot spot" -- was not as impressed as I had hoped to be. Sitting on the verandah w nice breeze should have been perfect ambiente except for the not too talented but loud+amplified crooner singing/playing music that had nothing to do w Argentina. We requested the steak medium well -- it arrived rare-medium, but already sliced. They took it back to "put in the oven" -- and returned it a few mins later still rare-medium. Malbec butter a nice gimmick, but would be more impressive w decent bread."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The empanadas and chorizo con queso were very good and highly recommended. The fugazza was good but it's ultimately just thick crust pizza so really not worthwhile when you could get something more interesting. The tartiflette was fine but the sweet potatoes, cheese, and bacon just didn't blend well. The crepes were very good. We didn't order any of the meats so I'll withhold judgment on the overall menu until we go back and try them. The ambiance is nice and the restaurant has a good vibe and decor. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the waiter was quite helpful in explaining everything. It's a nice touch that they have beer from a number of different spanish speaking countries."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I had heard some great things about this place. Unfortunately it was a huge disappointment. While their big draw is the Argentine steak, I can't comment on it because once we saw they wanted $45 for a 12oz. ribeye for Sunday lunch, we had sticker shock. So we dropped back to plan B. We ordered an asado mixto, a chorizo con queso, choripan and a burger. All of which were underwhelming and flavorless. Service was awful. Pushy on ordering drinks, first round came out after our appetizers came to the table. No advice from the server so we ended up with essentially a table full of chorizos. An asado mixto should be more than 3 chorizos! Sad to say, another gimmicky place trying to cash in on the alternative steakhouse movement."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Nice selection and for the most part quite good. Pizza is just OK. Service professional, beverage service a tad bit slow. Overall very nice"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We love Argentine Steak houses and this was top notch! Beautifully appointed and vibrant was our first reaction. Our waiter Alex was very helpful and had lots of personality. He stirred us to the Beef Empanada and we were not disappointed, it was amazing! We also had the Proveletta a bit salty but still good. My husband had a pork dish and I had Short Ribs, cooked perfectly,both very tasty! Our sides were the Corn Tamale-fantastic. Sweet potatoes were good but very heavy. Dessert menu looked great but I was too full. My husband had the Flan with Mango Sorbet, he liked the pairing. I had 2 glasses of a very tasty Carmenere. Alex added a lot to the evening between his colorful personality and wonderful service. We will return!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday, and couldn't be more glad I chose Rural Society! The service was impeccable, every single member of the staff was courteous and attentive to our every need. They even had a birthday card ready, (a very sweet and personalized touch). They sat us in a private booth where we could also get a great view of the open kitchen. Best seat in the house!!! We cant rave enough about our waiter, Oscar. He was incredibly attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable about everything on the menu and made great recommendations!!! The food and cocktails were absolutely delicious (Try the octopus carpaccio!!! Yumm!!!!) Overall we are very happy with Rural Society!We will definitely be back!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014