Rural Society
Rural Society

Rural Society

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Madison-Hotel/dining/Garces
  • Phone: 2025872629x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday
    Happy Hour: 4pm - 6pm
    Dinner: 5pm - 10:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Steakhouse, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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.
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Rural Society reviews from OpenTable diners
319 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (192)special occasion (148)good for groups (89)notable wine list (89)romantic (84)hot spot (84)neighborhood gem (52)vibrant bar scene (51)great for lunch (41)great for outdoor dining (32)great for brunch (17)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great for special occasion
    Stroller
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Superb beef. Luncheon menu very limited. Decor minimalist, hence noisy when not even full.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The food was just ok, and since it is so expensive, I wouldn't recommend it. There are better places to go in DC for the same price or even cheaper. Spend your money on something that actually deserves it.
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  • Incredible food!
    Mir84
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I had dinner at Rural Society for his 30th birthday, and we couldn't be happier. We ordered the $75 tasting menu and the food was phenomenal, the service was great, and we enjoyed the extensive wine selection. The restaurant is pricey but if you are looking for a place to go for a special occasion, I highly recommend it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!!
    AureliaVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The restaurant has great food and amazing service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Niche Booth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were a party of 4 - our two college aged teens and us. We were given one of the 'niche booths' which had a view to the outside seating area and the other side open to the restaurant - quiet but not cut off from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant. Initially we were given the brunch menu, but we wanted steak and without any fuss we were handed the lunch menu. The food and service was excellent. Highlight - the steak lovers amongst us had the chefs signature steak.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • slow service, mediocre meat
    aaronh
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The service here was very slow, almost half an hour just to get water. When the food came, the steak, the reason to eat at an Argentine-style parilla restaurant, was average, lukewarm with little flavor. It was dressed in a chimichurri that was dried out, as if the dish had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while.
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  • disappointing
    ron1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    i made a reservation, but couldn't get in until 9:15 on a saturday night. then i had to wait after that for about 15 minutes or longer to get a seat. the hostesses were not very attentive at first, but one finally got me a table on the outside, in a plastic covered room. but that was ok. the problem then was that it took way too long to get my order in. then especially way too long to get the food to the table. when i got it, i was disappointed, but realized later i had probably ordered the wrong beef item, as it was fat-lined, chewy and really not good, and it cost $40. had i gotten in on time, had good service and ordered a different dish, i believe i would have liked the place.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • The steak is the best part.
    Sara
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were excited to try rural society because my husband is a huge fan of whiskey village in Philly- same chef, I think. Overall we liked rural society, but we won't rush back. The steak and sausage we ordered were excellent, and so was the Argentinian wine. However, sides we ordered were not great. The octopus was not very tasty, and the acorn squash was hard. The Brussel sprouts were decent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool restaurant
    TgoldVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a cool restaurant with excellent food. The proveleta, beef empanada, and chorizo were all excellent starters. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that I personally don't care for the grass fed ribeye. It's too lean and for me, this takes away some of the character of the ribeye. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly and the sides were amazing. But I would much rather have the American corn fed prime beef at Bourbon steak... Nice liquor selection and some nice wines. This is a restaurant worth checking out for sure.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indifferent Service
    DiningElsewhereVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was very good except for being consistently over salted. The service was uneven. At times, some of the staff were attentive. But at other times, there either was no one around or those who were around apparently had something to do more important than waiting on tables. It should not take 30 minutes to receive and pay the check.
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  • Good Food
    Foodandatmospherelovet
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food is great...service is good....but... Really atmosphere is nonexistant, tables and booths look cheap.If you pay $45 the entree and $12 for an appetizer and $11 for a side of vegetables or potatoes ( small portions) and are expected to be happy on a basic almost cafeteria like table and chair, bright glaring lights , Reviews had been wonderfull in Washington Post saying you forget it is in a Hotel. Well this is not true, it is for people who come in and iut of the city want a good meal with fast service and do not care about nice tables. not a place for celebrating a Special occasion, too bad because food is good but most people there were on business working on their Iphones. Not a romantic place at all. But food & service are good.
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    good for groups
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  • Super nice breakfast
    DCFrostyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It's hard to find an upscale place for breakfast during the week, but Rural Society was perfect, especially if you like steak and eggs. I also enjoy a latte in the mornings and Rural Society fit the bill. I was there with a group of friends, including some from out of town, and the restaurant was not crowded at 10am in the morning so it was quiet. Service was impeccable.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Great location
    Epicurean
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Read about this new place and was intrigued. Thought it would be great to celebrate anniversary. Hostesses took quite some time to acknowledge our presence. Attendant was great, knowledgeable though he didn't offer to share info about the food on menu except when asked even though we said this was our first visit and hadn't experienced the cuisine from Argentina. Steak was heavily seasoned and a bit chewy. The best thing on the menu was Grilled Mushrooms. Very tasty. Seafood choice was okay. Attendant very graciously listened to our concerns and offered a complimentary glass of wine. Nice atmosphere. I might be tempted to give this restaurant another try after some of their kinks are worked out but probably not for a special occasion.
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  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The ribeye was cooked unevenly (half was medium rare and half was medium well). To be fair, the sweetbreads were some of the best I've had.
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  • Special night out
    Notgr8
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Shared Birthday dinner. We both enjoyed La Pardilla and wine flight. The dishes were served family style. The Chiefs selections were excellent and had a wonderful array of flavors which were completed by the various wines.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Waiter was rude and we were always missing something at our table. Half the table got their food and the other half had to wait another 15 minutes for their food.
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  • Amazing Argentinian inspired meal!
    MattVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I wanted to celebrate our 5th (wood) anniversary with a special brunch at a place known for it's wood decor, and had heard great things about Rural Society. All of the accolades are richly deserved, and we will definitely be back with friends and family for dinner in the near future. Every aspect of our meal was perfect, from the excellent host (manager?) who seated us in this extremely cool mini-room facing the kitchen and wished us a happy anniversary, through the perfectly prepared and timed meal (we tried a bit of everything), and our amazing server who finished our brunch with a delicious dulce de leche flan with mango ice cream! We can't wait to go back...
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent food but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The steak was outstanding but waiter pushed us to order multiple "small plates." In fact, the portions were quite large. We enjoyed the food but felt a little ripped off.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Chef's Tasting Menu
    winemagnet
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    So many grand sounding items on the menu, the best way to taste a large array is through the tasting menu. Apps, salads, sides and entrees were all exemplary, with as professional service as I've had anywhere in D.C.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive with relaxed ambiance
    neuro14VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    An argentinian that of course specializes in steak but also has lots of other choices including a couple of square pizza offerings. The appetizers were fun and the ambiance pleasant. Service was good but not as attentive as I would have expected at this price point -- it is quite expensive -- I would say the steaks get a 50% premium over similar stuff in less posh parts of town. This restaurant is attached to one of the upscale hotels.
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  • Sad slippage
    chismeVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    After a spectacular restaurant Week dinner, I returned for a business lunch some six weeks later. What happened? Despite few patrons, service was slow and incompetent. And the food was so-so. Why was the provoleta cold and hardened? Was it made in advance and allowed to sit until the rest of the meal was ready? And why no dedicated bread and sauces for the dish? Waygu empanada was divine but the only good thing we ate. And what made the waiter recommend the $42 bife chorizo for lunch? Annoying. The whole experience made me sorry I'd gone back.
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  • at last Argentine food in DC
    GlobalDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Being from BsAs it is easy to compare Argentine food here and there. The here compares very favorably with the there. Yes, there are some fusion items on the list and some variations on some standards, but in general eating at Rural Society gives an authentic experience. The meats are excellent, the sausages authentic. Plan to return several times to experience the entire range of the menu.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Not so hot.
    sharjohnVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    After the restaurant got a glowing review from the Washington Post, my husband wanted to celebrate his birthday at Rural Society. Although the food was of excellent quality, it took over 45 minutes to arrive and only one dish was hot. After complaining about the tepid food, the manager significantly reduced our bill.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Delicious!
    Claudia
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    What a wonderful time my family and I had at this wonderful restaurant! The food was delicious, the services was excellent, the ambiance was perfect. We loved every single dish we tried. The empanadas, the stake, the salad, the pastries...brunch was amazing. We'll be back to taste the dinner menu!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Almost the real thing
    Notgoingback
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    First let me say that the food is great. But it is advertised as an Argentine restaurant, and the deco and menu make you feel like you are really in Buenos Aires but the servers are "gringos" ! Find some real Argentines!!! Love the place and I will return many times
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT experience
    LouSkuntVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My two guests and I enjoying an amazing night at Rural Society. Tasting menu and wine pairing was the way to go. My only complaint about the entire meal was that the wood-grilled lobster was awful- the tail was so overcooked that it was rubber. Everything else was great, service was perfect, beautiful space, and one bad lobster in a meal of many dishes does not diminish from the overall experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Tucked Away Gem
    27BrunchLover
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Nice excuse to head downtown for hip, casual faire.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal of Our DC Trip
    SuzanneandLou
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    After reading reviews and tips on what to order, my husband and I enjoyed every bit of our delicious anniversary meal. For two people who love to eat, sharing each item was the way to go - the portions are huge. We had a fresh green salad, ham&cheese ravioli appetizer (gooey and rich), followed by the mushrooms, Nory potatoes and flank steak - all outstanding. We struggled to find room for flan for dessert... but somehow we managed. Thanks to Dinesh, Robert and entire wait staff, who provided excellent service and were very sweet (they brought us an extra dessert for our anniversary even though we were stuffed). Yes it's pricey, but it's so very good! Haven't tried the other Garces' restaurants in Philly yet... but we will soon!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Excellent first time experience
    Dining42
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Had an outstanding dining experience at Rural Society Sept 30, 2014. The food was excellent both in taste and appearance. The staff was attentive, friendly, and professional. Best service we have ever had. The small rooms are great if you can get in. Normally they are reserved for 3 or more, we were lucky to get in with the 2 of us. This added greatly to the dining experience. The general seating would not have been as nice, at all. Be prepared for the total grille experience, but very well done done and tasty. They even thought about the trouble with parking downtown and have a complimentary valet parking on site. Excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    First when we arrived we had to wait for a long time to be greeted by the waiter, bring water and take the drink orders. Then we placed the order and the food starter to arrive. Everything was going great until they brought the steak, it was obvious that the steak had been ready and sliced long before the waiter brought to the table and it was cold. Given that they slice the steaks, it really messed up the meal with letting it go cold (the reheat didn't do the work). Management did not charge for the steaks, but this is the second time that an incident like this happens in this restaurant, not coming back again by choice.
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  • MSBunny
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Served in the Argentinian style, all food that comes to your table is meant to be shared. The steaks were amazing, especially with the ember-roasted beets accompanied with orange puree, and the creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes. The Malbec wine was full-bodied and paired nicely with the food. The chocolate dessert was heavenly alongside the the double espresso! I would like to give the place 4.5 stars, but can't do half-stars.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Dinner for 4 Sunday night
    Discerningdiner
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The good part: the food, especially the steaks and empanadas, is absolutely outstanding. The Argentinian wines are excellent. The bad part: the chairs are extremely inhospitable to any sort of leisurely dining and have a very uncomfortable back to them. The service is good but not great. Despite being attentively served by two persons during the evening, there were some really notable gaps when no one was to be found. Also, we were disappointed to receive our three potato dishes after we finished our steaks, especially since it was a Sunday night and not that busy. Given that all items are pricey and a la carte, this definitely detracted from our enjoyment of our meal.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great new place in DC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We found this place online based on good reviews. We showed up early and took advantage of the great bars in the hotel lobby. Based on a recommendation from the sommelier, we ordered a bottle of Malbec that paired well with our meal and was reasonably priced. The argula salad with fig was perfectly dressed and delicious. The empanadas were so good they reminded me my grandmothers cooking. My steak came out a little under cooked, but it tasted so good that I didn't even think to send it back. Apparently our waiter thought our food came out too slowly (we didn't notice) that he gave us free desserts and a glass of wine; all of which were amazing. We're definitely going back and plan to take our friends to this great new place!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Having been to all of the Garces restaurants in Philly, I was looking forward to this new restaurant in DC. Very disappointed with the overall experience. The service was poor, the person who took out order was not attentive and customer service/ experience was non-existent. The items on the menu were far from what was described. case in point, "Asado Mixto - a selection of grilled meats" turned out to be 3 sausages. Having lived in Argentina, I can honestly say that "a selection of grilled meats" does not constitute 3 sausages. I must however say that the Manager was co-operative and understanding and did comp our meal. I will go back to try their dinner menu but it will take some convincing to go back to DC specifically for this.
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    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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  • Great introduction to DC food scene
    Frogmama02
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were here on our first night in DC and it did not disappoint! We had the $75 Argentinian Sampler and were amazed with almost every dish put before us. Great wine selection and very knowledgeable staff. Great date spot!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food overcome by noise
    DCPattieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Six of us: 4 meat eaters, 2 fish only. Service & food wonderful, from appetizers through the pasta to the main dishes of 3 kinds of steaks for some, and lobster & trout for others. Only food complaint: so much salt used that three of us had swollen ankles the next day. Particularly enjoyed the vegetables: roasted carrots with some sort of special lemony sauce, and creamy potatoes with cheese. My real complaint: noise. Sietsema says in 9/28 review that conversation is easy. NOT SO. It was hard for the six of us to hear each other, & it got really bad when 10 VERY LOUD young women were seated next to us. It was so bad that I would have second thoughts about going there again.
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  • Disappointed across the board
    RedBeardVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wine: the wine list had mislabeled wines and incorrect vintages. Fairly weak wine list. We had to send the wine glasses back because they were dirty. Food: The proveleta was cooked in cast iron, not on a grill like it should be. The steak was tasty, but it came sliced on a beat up wooden cutting board, which is both inauthentic and undesirable (for me). The flan was delicious, but small. Overall the prices were simply too high for what you get. Service: fair. The waiter and somm seemed a bit bothered by our wine complaints, and overall lacked the finishing touches that I would expect at that price. I might give them a second chance, but the steakhouse competition in DC is fierce and I didn't think RS stands up.
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  • R225
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    exceptional wagyu steak. Absolutely superlative. Although not cheap, the wagyu steak is probably the best I've ever had.
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    great for lunch
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  • Great Argentine Food
    ElleVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Being Argentine, I've long lamented that DC doesn't have any decent restaurants that serve Argentine food. This place, however, has taken care of that. The meat was delicious, the side dishes equally so, and the appetizers were satisfying.
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  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    idearrVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Restaurant has a few semi-private booths that are nicely lit and quiet. They were very good about accommodating my specific table request. Waiter and servers very attentive. Appetizer sausage delicious, empandana bit of a miss, too much spinach for me. Lamb chops and steak were superb. Two of the three diners sent their meat entree back for just a tad more cooking, but that went quickly and was more a matter of personal taste than any failing on the restaurant's part. Appetizer and sides portions are not huge. We were comped a very nice desert sampler - not sure if they do that for everyone or if it had to do with the entree fixup, but much appreciated and left us with a very positive feeling about the evening.
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