Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

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RARE Steakhouse and Tavern 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. The first Rare Steakhouse was opened in Madison, WI in May 2014 with a goal of recreating the nostalgia and romance of the classic steakhouse- where eating out was meant to be an experience. The second location in Milwaukee opened in 2016.
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AO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived earlier than our reserved time and they had no problem accommodating us. Since we arrived earlier we wanted to enjoy a relaxed spaced out dinner which they executed perfectly. They were appropriately attentive and the food was delicious!

KC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a great meal but the waiter was not very friendly and seemed very distracted. We had to ask for bread service because we saw all the other tables with delicious bread but we never received it. The waiter seemed annoyed that we asked.

Food was good. Definitely could have had a truffle gnocchi on my own.

MB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was among the best I have received in DC and the food was excellent. We dined on a dead Sunday night, so the high marks for noise level may not be typical. The sommelier made great wine recommendations and was very friendly.

MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni our waiter, was knowledgeable, poised and a pleasure

KC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding! We frequent many steakhouses throughout the region, and found the seasoning and preparation of the steaks to be excellent. The service was a bit slow in the beginning as our dinner lasted over four hours, but we were a party of eight in a celebratory mood, so it was fine. There was no pressure to vacate our table and our whole table enjoyed the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive, but worth every bite.

D
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar. Our bartender was delightful and he made an amazing Old Fashion drink. Our food was delicious. We ordered the Filet and lobster. Both were delicious but would have preferred the lobster have been served hot, not cold.

m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, Rare Steakhouse is amazing! From the moment you walk-in, you are excited for your meal and service. The food was delightful down to every morsel. I will be back again!

Also, when I made this reservation I noted that this was for a birthday celebration. As a result, the hostess to the waiter made sure that everything was perfect for the celebration.

E
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Enjoyed thoroughly

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Rare. We throughly enjoyed everything about our experience. The personal touch with the menu. The server was very patient and explained menu items and answered our questions. I would gladly recommend Rare to others. And I will return.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to many great steakhouses all over the Country. This was our first time at Rare and it was frankly the best overall experience to date. Parking was easy, the hostess was very charming and our waiter was nothing less than exceptional. We tried everything from the steak and tuna tartare and octopus to start and we enjoyed several great cuts of steak. For the foodie in you, there is no better ppace

CC
Washington DC
160 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have the business class pre-fixe. It's amazing

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak was really delicious, but the duck was not that soft and tasty, anyway the restaurant didn’t charged us for the duck. Atmosphere very nice,

PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place fabulous food incredible prices

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, very knowledgeable sommelier. Couldn’t be happier with the experience. Will return.

CD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

New Years diner was great. Even though I had a 8:15 reservation as was asked to wait 30 minutes. Could have earned 5 stars. A comped drink was give for the inconvenience. The food was outstanding and the service was stellar.

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We came to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We had a reservation for 8:15 and waited 45mjn until we were seated because they were “running behind”. Even with a reservation we waited just as long as the walk-in parties. When we finally were seated our waitress so not attentive at all. She started telling us about the menu and then just stopped abruptly and just walked away completely. When she came back she didn’t even mention it or apologize just asked if we were ready to order. We finally ordered and our food took 45 min to arrive. When it finally arrive it was just OK. My steak was subpar and not very flavorful. Overall the meal was just okay but the service made the whole experience worse. It was honestly super disappointing because we were really looking forward to the meal.

c
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Went for NYE. Took about 40 minutes to get our table, but discovered the cheese bar as a result. Once at our table, our server was attentive and knowledgeable, and the food was delicious. We were particularly impressed with the Wagyu our server recommended as a starter, the rib cap, and the mashed potatoes. The only minuses were:
- my husband was overcharged on a rail drink using cheap liquor ($17 for Jim Beam?), and the explanation we were given was rather confusing.
- after waiting 40 minutes for a table, we were sat by the kitchen door
I would also note that the downstairs restaurant is more sophisticated in style than the upstairs, so if there is a way to request sitting downstairs, that would be best. In addition, the restaurant is downstairs. While there is an elevator, if you have mobility issues or are dining with those you do, they should make accommodations for that (as this was our first time dining at Rare, I am not sure whether they do).
Long story short: great food, some confusing management/design elements.

A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From being greeted at the door to paying the check, our experience was nothing less than excellent! All of the service personnel were pleasant and prompt. Because it was our anniversary, special menus were prepared for us!The food was impeccably prepared and delicious. This is one of the best restaurants that I have visited in DC. I will definitely recommend Rare as the place to visit for a fine meal. Thanks Rare!!

i
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing. The staff was very attentive, the steak and bread they bring out was great, but the sides were just ok.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the reception till the end the service and all the details were excelent. Very confortable ambient and service. The go to place for any special occasion. Thanks we all enjoy our time there and the food the most...!!!

R
Baltimore
70 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 had a great dining experience. The service was excellent and the food was awesome.

MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Some of the food wasn’t that great (grilled octopus and pork belly had that freezer taste) but the corn pudding was so good we ordered some to go. Asked for medium well ribeye that was more like medium rare.

C
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had dinner here on Christmas Eve. despite a very busy evening, service was wonderful and the place was quiet enough for conversation. The scallops were absolutely delicious.

F
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Buffalo ribeye is one of the best steaks I’ve ever had!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone went out of their way to make it a great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had to return 3 stakes because they were not cooked as ordered

KB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Something changed? Very different experience from last visit. Food not as good. Service slow & unresponsive. Stingy wine pour & not inexpensive. Will look elsewhere for a hamburger next time. Probably Hay Adams bar.

RT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Solid food, nothing amazing, could’ve been better-

DA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We held a business dinner to celebrate an employee's 10th anniversary with our company. The evening was perfect, including a customized menu to commemorate the occasion. The wait staff were knowledgeable and fun. A great evening. Even one of our guests who grew up in Nebraska was impressed with the steaks!

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The staff always enjoy rare. It's a great treat. Not many options for cocktails that I like, however the smoke and fire is a hit! We enjoy the Lunch Pre-fixe meal often!

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is delicious. My only concern was the hamburger bun came apart while cutting and eating. Otherwise, the meat is tender, juicy and the best tasting restaurant burger.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

yes. Have been several times now and have real recommended to friends. Allison Unger is great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town folks

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When we arrived, we were informed that the 7:30 reservation made on Open table was rescheduled for 8:15. Apparently they called my cell phone but there was no history of the call on my phone. Despite that, the manager, Lydia Sweet, offered us a round of drinks and got us seated within 1o minutes. She was fantastic, attentive, and took great care of our group. Cannot say the same for our waiter, Francisco, who did not seem engaged at all. Food was delicious and the rib cap steaks are incredible. Place is a bit loud but oozes with steak house feel. Put Rare on your list of places to dine.

JC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I had the NY strip steak. I found it somewhat fatty with gristle. Not worth the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

incredible

BR
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great steak restaurant. I suggest the RIb Eye Cap. Very good wine list but a bit on the high side for a good bottle

LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Meal was great but service was very slow for such an expensive dinner. Sat for 20 minutes before we saw our waiter who then went missing for most of our meal. Manager had to bring our check.