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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SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall experience was disappointing for a restaurant that has so much promise. It simply is not competitive with the other high end steak houses in DC. First the Caesar salad greens were wilted, and when we brought it to the attention to our server, she simply took it off the bill without asking if we wanted a replacement (probably part of a larger mix) or even seemed concerned we were unhappy. Second, the porterhouse for two was undercooked, but again, no one checked to see if we like the temperature. Needless to say, we left most of it at the restaurant. Again, we were hoping this would provide some solid competition to Del Frisco's, but it didn't deliver last night. Will I go again? Maybe, especially if someone else is buying. This might have been an off night for them.

OV
Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed... high end steakhouse should be an experience but it was impressive how mediocre the whole experience was. Bread was just ok... we had the BLT salad and the lettuce was wilted, the Caesar was fine. My wife and I (and son - he’s 4) shared the $145 dry aged prime porterhouse - I’ve had these other places and it’s usually fantastic (as it should be...). First off we ordered it medium but when it was brought to the table (rather hastily...) nobody asked if it was done to our temperature - it’s a $145 steak!! and nobody even cared if it was done correctly (it was medium well...) further it didn’t taste Prime to boot. The sides were fine but unmemorable. We decided to skip dessert but the did give us small cupcakes as an after dinner thank you - they weren’t good either. On top of everything else, nobody checked on us to see if we liked everything - just another customer from entry to exit. Felt like they were going through the motions the whole time.

PK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

I was very excited to dine at Rare for Valentine’s Day. However, this quickly went downhill upon arrival. Our reservation was set at 9:30p and we were not seated until 9:55p and it was after I asked the host staff again when we would be seated. We then noticed that unlike most of the people seated in the dining room, the staff never offered to check our coats. We also noticed that we were seated in a particular part of thr restaurant where everyone near by was the same ethnicity, which surprising in a very diverse city and restaurant. The food was good, however the temperature of the food was lower than expected which felt like it was waiting. Our waiter was great and very well informed which did make the experience better. My boyfriend spent a substantial amount of money in this establishment and we feel that we could have gotten a better value and service experience at a national chain. With both of being from the Midwest, we had very high expectations especially with the other locations being in Wisconsin. The elements of a great restaurant are within Rare, however the experience last night did not feel up to par.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Food was off the charts. Everything was perfect besides our waitress trying to tell me how to order my steak.

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional as was the food. Ordered the tomahawk steak medium, it came very rare, but I should have guessed it would from the name. Ambiance was great, and again, great staff.

GP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare has a great setting with a old school mobster feel to it. The food was exceptional and the cocktails we had were well crafted. I'll definitely will be coming back!

RP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I've had better steak at Waffle House. The knife provide barley cut through the gristle. Terrible. For the price, I should not have to send it back. Very disappointing

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Poor food quality. Salad was below average. Steak was under cooked, cold center. Side dishes were below average. Martini’s were good. Poor food presentation. Waiter was pleasant and attentive. Ambiance was nice. Wouldn’t go back. Sorry.

KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentines with my husband!

SV
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A very good experience. Wonderful food. I’ll come back.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steaks!! Outstanding services!!

KW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was SO tasty, the service was great, and we had such a lovely evening! Would definitely recommend.

HG
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went specifically for the bone marrow. Overall wonderful food and selection. Service was A+

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has it all: a nice ambiance on the second floor where the fine dining room is located, an extensive wine list, delicious food, and excellent service. I took my parents here last Friday night and they were thoroughly impressed. We enjoyed a BLT salad, half dozen oysters, a Tomahawk ribeye steak (aged over 45 days or so), creamed spinach and truffle gnocchi. It was an impressive spread made with fresh ingredients and all incredibly tasty. The garlic-Parmesan popover bread served at the beginning of the meal was also quite delicious! With a view of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and spacious seating that ensured that the restaurant would not be too noisy/so you wouldn't overhear other tables' conversations, this restaurant is a five star powerhouse for certain! I can't wait to come again for a celebration or another nice occasion.

PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. Perfect for a date night and amazing happy hour

DC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The $50.00 Open Table Reward Card was declined (I called the number on the card and it said they would get back to me in 48 hours - opentable rewards are a scam - they never work and they have ZERO customer service - I never received a call back)

CD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday diner in a private room!

AO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
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 on January 22, 2020
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
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahhh what do you say to rave about the best steak in dc. Perfectly cooked, flavorful without being awash in butter or sauce. Friendly waiter and a decent bottle of wine under $100

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
9 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
Denver
2 reviews
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
23 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.