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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

4.6
573 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Centrally located in downtown Washington DC, RARE Steakhouse and Tavern (RARE) is a one-of-a-kind fine dining concept that brings together the best qualities of world-class dining venues with USDA prime, dry-aged steaks, exquisite wines and first-class service bolstered with Midwestern charm. Created by Wisconsin natives, RARE boasts a classic and elegant atmosphere, striving to bring the nostalgia and romance of the classic steakhouse to life, to a time when eating out was meant to be an experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 573 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ambiance: average
Service: subpar
Appetizers: good
Drinks: subpar
Sides: good
Steaks: good
Overall: slightly above average

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This place is pretty fancy, and old timey. As a millennial I wouldn't expect to go to a place like this but I wanted to try Waygu and they had it. Overall, not too bad!

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JacquesR
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner venue for an amazing get-together with 4 guests. The setting was superb, and the meal was delicious.

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Mzglamz
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first dining (2/14/21) at RARE and baby!!! they did not disappoint. I ordered the Salmon with the Jump Lump Oscar as an add-on. Just amazing!!!!! I cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David Morris is the best. He took care of table and made us feel at home. He's the best of the best!

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vipFeedMeSemore
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We went for a nice Valentine's dinner and the atmosphere and services were very good but I wasn't really impressed with the food for the price. Everything tasted rather bland except for the drinks, beef tartar, & dessert. For us, this was a miss and were foodies.

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LaTonyaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I wish I could remember our servers name. He was awesome!

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Raynard
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

great service will visit again, fast and good .....

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RohanP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was wonderful, ambience was wonderful, a little bit pricey but it is a top notch steakhouse, it was well worth the price.

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BreezyCO
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went on Valentines which I’m sure was busy. The server did not come by in a timely manner despite low capacity and small table size occupied. I had a few menu questions and the sever was unnecessarily snarky. We finally ordered our food, then 10 minutes later were told they were out of one item so we reordered. 10 moire minutes later they came back and informed my partner that they didn’t have his main course so he had to reorder a second time. It was hard to get the servers attention when we needed the bill which showed they weren’t keeping a close eye on their tables. When we finally got the bill, they gave us a different tables check that had totally different items and a $100 bill difference. They gave us the right check and had failed to remove the drinks the maître d’ had said was on the house due to the inconvenience. We had to ask about getting it removed which the server did not seem happy about. They removed it and we paid, but not before being able to her the server complain about the maître d’ and other tables, which was unprofessional.

We were excited for first nice evening out in quite a while but it was not very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing time at Rare Steakhouse. David, our waiter, was very informative of the menu and exceedingly attentive. We ordered the beef tartare, crab cakes, 4 oz of wagyu, filet mignon, and scallops. David was extremely polite and answered all of our questions. The restaurant was clean and the tables were socially distant.

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KristinaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great. Drinks menu was good for wine drinkers. Not many specialty drinks on the menu. Great restaurant will revisit

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vipEleanorO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & service!

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sexybrunch
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Galentine. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Atmosphere, the wine selection they had was great. Now let's get to the food the Beer tartare was a nice appetizer to start our meal, for the main dish we got the bison steak which our waitress recommend it was very tender and tasted amazing highly recommend it.

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RobelB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

This time the steak was hard to chew. The last time when I was here back in October my steak was very delicious and easy to chew and the reason I came back again. Both times I ordered the prime dry aged NY Strip (cooked medium)

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Sandy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband for his birthday and he loved it. The service was amazing and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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Romeo
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by Rare on a Saturday night. And it had the kind of vibe I was looking for. Very classy and quiet. The service was exceptional, with quality food and craft cocktails. Special shout-out to Andre the bartender who caters to the needs of his guests and always seems to come up with the perfect concoctions. The products behind the bar are top-notch as well (From a vast selection of wines to whisky, rum, Gin, Vodka...) It's safe to say you will leave Rare satisfied and wanting more. Expect another visit from yours truly!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ribeye I have ever had! The food was incredible all the way around and the service matched. Excellent restaurant.

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AngelaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration

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ChristineS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Rare for every special occasion - Valentine’s Day, my birthday, my fiancé’s birthday, etc. This place makes you feel like you’re dining with DC’s finest, which is true! We are steak lovers so we actually followed our server, Dave, here from Bobby Van’s. Dave is really the best server in DC and will take care of you if you’re up for some fun banter! We come here for the Tomahawk steak, fries, Moscow mules, and salads. They recently changed their brussel sprout recipe from fried to sautéed so just make sure you are aware of that. The cheesecake is just ok so try to order something else like the creme brûlée. Out of all the steakhouses we’ve been to in DC, we feel that Rare just has, like it’s name, a very rare and special feeling to it! If you’re looking for a romantic night with excellent food and service, this is your spot! Just make sure to make reservations early on Open Table in advance. We love it here!

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vipKiraH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great meal, and an amazing French 75 from Andre!

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steakboiz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our 6th annual boys night here and once again, the food and service were amazing!

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vipPSmith
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Rare is an open, elegant, two level establishment that impresses as soon as you walk in. The wine list was extensive. The initial selection was not available but the staff suggested a similar wine. The rolls were delicious. We recently dined at another upscale steakhouse and Rare's filet was more tender and better sized for one sitting. The crowd was worthy of people watching. We will definitely return.

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SherryG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak We have put in our mouth
ever. The sides were all excellent.
Service excellent. Wine excellent.
Do you think we loved it ?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server David was amazing! Everything on the menu was outstanding!

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MelissaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you are seeking simple indulgence, this is the place. Fantastic steaks, classic sides, and excellent service. It is definitely worth the treat (and my Grandma would approve of the creaminess of the mashed potatoes). Ask for David - he’ll spoil you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server/bartender was outstanding and very attentive. The drinks we’re made with our taste profiles in mind. Very well tailored to our preferences. Andre made me a citrus rum drink that I could not stop drinking. He was absolutely amazing! The food was fantastic. The filet mignon was perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth. We will definitely be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner

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JoeM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner meeting with executives from my company. Free parking across the street.

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best steak I've ever had! I will definitely be coming back.

MO
MayraO
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! I decided to go with a group of friends and couldn’t have asked for more. From walking through the doors, Eduardo and Martín are a dynamic duo! Attentive, friendly and welcoming team. To our waiters serving and joking with us, making it as ‘normal’ as can be. By far the best restaurant!

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DCReviewer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great that Rare has re-opened. We went there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and the staff made us feel like VIPs. All of the staff wore masks and gloves and the restaurant felt very safe. Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice. Very few people inside and all socially distanced.

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vipAlbertoR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare is by far the best steakhouse in DC. Never disappoints

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Great steaks but some of the worst wine service I’ve ever encountered anywhere. Were out of a Bordeaux I wanted, asked for a Super Tuscan instead; they suggested an alternate Super Tuscan; finally brought us a Chianti from the same vineyard as the substitute Super Tuscan. Like, you can’t make this stuff up.

Pay corkage or maybe just stick to martinis 😆

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vipSteveV
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit in two weeks with a group. Just as great as the first time, excellent food, service and wine suggestions. We did have a private room this time that did lend itself to easier conversation for our group as it can get a bit noisy in main dining area. Will definitely be back.

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TBrad
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

While our service was great, the steak in particular wasn't that great and the steak is why you go to a steakhouse. I have visited Rare before and had the rib cap which was very delicious. The mushrooms, grilled octopus, cheesecake and tableside bananas foster were delicious. The drinks were fine. The horseradish potato dauphine were bland, the fried Brussels sprouts were oily, and the tomahawk was fatty and poorly seasoned. We have had tomahawk steaks at other establishments in DC that were better. For the price point we were expecting a better all around meal.

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WilsonW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricy but great. Would have been a little better if the Bernie Bro at the next table hadn't been quite so loud.

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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC is rated 4.6 stars by 573 OpenTable diners.

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