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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us at RARE on Thanksgiving Day for a special menu from Chef Marc including Pan Roasted Bell & Evans Turkey with sage bread pudding, and a Fall Mushrooms Tortellini for those seeking a vegetarian option. Our full a la carte menu will be available as well. Large parties are welcome!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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KJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Rare on our trip with our children to DC from NYC. We were the first people to show up for dinner. The service was beyond amazing, the steak was cooked just as we asked and the sides and appetizers were so delicious. Everything was fresh and our waiter answered every question we had about the menu. He even answered the many questions our kids had and enjoyed every minute of it!! Next time we visit DC this will be our first stop! Thank you for a wonderful experience and excellent food!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother came into town to visit and wanted to get a good steak dinner. Had an unbelievable meal and great service. Dave was great and treated us well all night long.

C
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brittany was FANTASTIC! Food was superb.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was outstanding. The steaks perfectly cooked, and accompanying sides superb.
The absolute standouts of the evening were the sommeliers who shared their time with us generously, including discussing their cellar, options, and much about the particular vineyards and vintages we eventually selected. The half-price bottle feature of Sunday night's will bring us back to experiment again!

CP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service- pricey, but worth every penny‼️ Will definitely re-visit on a special occasion or extreme craving for steak done right‼️ Sides were amazing as well-

v
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Expected more. Appetizers were not great. The octopus was hard and extremely spicy. The escargots were horrible. The pork belly was good and so were the streaks but overall not great for what we expected.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always !

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Late arriving client so getting a table was easy. Service was very good and attentive. Only drawback was it was a very expensive

JP
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went for lunch, food was great, service excellent attentive but not overwhelming.

P
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. A bit pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was pricey but, the food and wine was amazing. Will not find such quality at the price point.

m
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic steak house. First rate steaks including a “cut of the day” with interesting offerings. Great wine list too.

P
London
56 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seriously overpriced stakehouse but the service is pleasant and friendly.

T
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us for dinner post theater show - so glad we choose Rare! Décor is beautiful - old time steakhouse with wood and bonze fixtures. Very comfortable though - not stuffy at all. Appetizers were delicious - my daughter especially liked the grilled octopus. Each of us selected the 9 oz filet mignon - cooked absolutely perfectly. We enjoyed the au jus sauce and the jalapeno salsa. If you like mashed potatoes even a little bit, you must order the creamy mashed potatoes - serving size is not too large, and the flavor is amazing - unbelievably creamy and smooth! The best part of our dinner, however, was the service. We thoroughly enjoyed the attentiveness and light-hearted banter with our waiter, Carlos. We had selected Rare from a list of top 15 steakhouses in D.C., and we were very happy with our choice!

AS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday and everything was amazing. We already planning our next visit!

AH
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The steak was salty. Way too salty. The 7 mushroom side dish was also over seasoned. Generally, probably a worst steak experience for me.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Corporate meal with a few Australian business men. Good steaks, pricey for the offering!

OT
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All nice very happy with the choice will recommend to visit

JR
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extraordinary. I had the dry-aged bone-in NY Strip, and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. The sides were very good, the cocktails were perfect, and the service was attentive and friendly.

j
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining at Rare but certainly will not be my last. The service from the moment I was greeted with a hand shake by our waiter until the desert plates were removed was exceptional. The steaks were perfect with great flavor and temperature. There was not one thing I would change.

W
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The steak and sides were just not that good at a premium price. BLT is a block down.

LY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Raee was exceptional. The food was decadent and the service wonderful. We went on a Thursday and it was clearly a govt after hours (male bonding) spot - very loud, but not uncomfortably so. We will definitely visit again!!

JS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic luxury dining experience. The cuts of meat were tremendously flavorful, especially the bottleneck steak and the NY strip, and the service was world-class. Took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner, and they made us feel like VIPs. Would definitely recommend!

R
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Rare really Misses the mark for a fine steakhouse. the Cesar salad has ingredients that are non-standard for a Caesar salad and so while it wasn’t bad it’s not what I was expecting and certainly not what i ordered. I had steak tartare. Again it had many non-standard ingredients and they were strong enough such that you really didn’t taste the meet. My guest had scallops. Once again they missed the mark. The scallops were not very large and they were served with pasta that was extremely spicy. The spice was strong enough that you really didn’t taste the scallops.
This restaurant fell below my expectations. Certainly not the value for the price.

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in Washington, DC! Our wait staff, Allison and David, were fantastic (as usual).

S
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Was surprised at how empty the restaurant was for our dinner. Service was exceptional! Our table was right behind the waiter station and next to the kitchen door, we could have been put in a nicer spot since the restaurant was so empty. The food and wine were pretty fabulous! Would recommend if you are like looking for a high end steak joint!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, excellent quality and preparation of dishes from appetizer to dessert, (especially the steak!), great cocktails and crazy wine list. Great place for business or pleasure!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service amazing food. Steak cooked perfect

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

This will be my first review on OpenTable. I dined at this establishment on September 16. The noise level was such that my colleague and I could not hear each other . When we inquired if we could move, the waiter advised that moving would not help as the restaurant was very loud.

My Tiger Shrimp cocktail was not fresh. My colleague ordered a Cesar Salad with extra Anchovies- when it came,, there were no anchovies and no croutons. We iWe both ordered the 22 ounce bone in ribeye, Dray just locally. How are the waiter recommended that we order a piece of steak that was not on the menu but of similar quality to what we had ordered. So we ordered the The $135 steak to split between the two of us. The The steak was very disappointing. The steak was terrible, as it had no flavor. I took only two bites and put my fork down. I asked for the check and when the waiter presented it he could see that we had only taken a few bites, yet never asked if there was something wrong with the steak.







.on the East Coast on a business trip and hosted a colleague of mine at this establishment on Wednesday evening, September blank. And I hope so if I was at the recommendation of our server, we ordered a steak from the at the highest categoryincluding reviews on yelp. How are my recent experience with rare steakhouse in Washington DC has prompted me to change that style practice. I was on business on a business trip in Washington DC and hosted a colleague of mine in the hopes that we would dinejust isn’t my style to write reviews for any establhment. However, I need to take the time to express my utter disappointment at the food that we had at the capital rare capital steakhouse in Washington DC. A colleague of mine join me for dinner

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC
Responded on September 20, 2019

Dear Anonymous - First, thank you for the feedback. While it's clearly not what we like to hear, it's important that we do. Second, it seems like we missed the mark when you were in on Monday and for that I apologize. We are proud of the high marks we've earned-much of those marks are based on our in-house butchering and dry-again program as well as the freshest seafood available. I am going to send you my email in the hopes that we might host you again so we can show you who we really are. drew

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D
London
38 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are staying in DC for three nights eat here, if your staying for four nights try somewhere else for one of those nights, but you will regret it.

The steaks are great, really flavoursome and the carrots with pistachios are fantastic. The Muga Rioja was a great recommendation.

Allison the Captain and Drew are great hosts.

VC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for son. All delicious. Great wine recommendation. Beautiful dessert of table side prepared Bananas Foster

SH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience and the tone for the night was really nice. There was attentive staff and an amazing selection from the menu. The dinning experience was something that left a mark of recognition and a great memory along with the delicious meal we had. We had a great dining experience

JF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal. Our server Dino was an absolute perfect 10. He had stellar recommendations and was on top of every inch of the meal. Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was very good and ambiance was casually nice for a steak restaurant. Would definitely come back.

B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining there. It is loud because of the bar area.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

All the food was incredibly salty. My steak was almost inedible (without any sauce added) and I kept going to my sides to offset it only to find them super salty as well.

Shame to ruin what would otherwise have been a great cut of meat that was cooked exactly as it should have been.

KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner to celebrate my sons birthday. Everything was perfect food and service. Karen our server was amazing she recommended items from the menu that were delicious

CP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! Dine with family visiting and everyone rared about their meal. We had steak of course, seasoned well and cooked perfect to request and my favorite the Branzino and although we tried several side dishes, the oven baked or deep fried mash potato balls (not greasy and tasty) was a perfect side for my fish. You won't be disappointed. Upscale dining with a very relaxed atmosphere. Sorry to add that we enjoyed our stay so much, that we forgot the time and was the last diners to leave... Apologizes to the staff waiting on us and thanks for another great dining experience!

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic steakhouse experience with excellent food and first class service.

V
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was very salty in multiple course making it difficult to finish. Lobster was not as done as it should be