Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

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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.

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Pre-Theater Dinner Menu

$65.00 Pre-Theater Dinner Menu offered daily from 4:30pm - 6:15pm.

Daily Happy Hour at RARE Tavern

Enjoy $6.00 Select Beers, $7.00 Wines by the Glass, $8.00 Cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
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
7 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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vipDebbieL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a chance on this restaurant and it far exceeded my expectations. The ambiance was relaxing. The staff was attentive warm and was very informative. The presentation of the food was great which was matched only by its flavor. Definitely a must tey

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Jeremy
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service and ambience, but overpriced for average cuts of meat. For a renowned steakhouse, I would actually consider the cuts below average.

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BrittanyY
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the steaks and other dishes. I’ll definitely be going back.

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vipSteveV
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 7 for business dinner. Amazing experience from beginning to end. Started in the bar with drinks and oysters, both were outstanding and service was outstanding. Continued upstairs for dinner, steak and tuna tartare prepared table side was wonderful. Wine advise was perfect and reasonably priced. Shared an 80 ounce bone on ribeye that was one of the best steaks ever. Finished with two deserts, cinnamon roll and Myers lemon cheesecake that were perfect! In the top 5 meals/dining experiences ever. Service was impeccable. Will be back the next time I am in DC.

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ChristopherT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Just OK, for the price there are better steak houses in DC....

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, exceptional food, outstanding atmosphere! My husband loves his steak so I booked here for his birthday dinner. They personalized the menu at the top to say “Happy Birthday” and the service was out of this world. You know you have good service when your water glass is never half full! We can’t wait to go back and bring friends and family. Highly recommend!!

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CarmenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, but wildly overpriced.

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vipRickC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food & fantastic service! Will surely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, recommendations by the waiter were perfect. Will definitely be dining again.

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vipdw2445
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Unfortunately our visit to Rare wasn’t great. They were out of several things, including truffles, which are featured on their tartare and gnocchi dishes. They also have shrimp and crab “cocktail” however don’t offer a cocktail sauce or remoulade for these dishes; instead a ginger ketchup or chili picante sauce are the options available. Generally I’m all for chefs being creative and offering ways for diners to expand their palates, reinventing classics like shrimp and crab cocktail is borderline unacceptable, cocktail sauce should be offered along with their creation. They were also out of a few wines that we wanted to order. The sommelier / GM was absolutely wonderful and did his level beat to keep us happy. They’re new and I’m sure they’ll sort out the inventory pars. All in all a good experience, just wish they would’ve had everything we wanted.

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vipDKErmer
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience overall!
Dino our server, Rich our sommelier and the chef (cooks) were excellent all through the night and the chef provided a superb meal.

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annon
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambience was cool. A nice place but didn't feel stuffy. The bread served at the beginning is so great and unique from other steakhouses in the area. We also felt the appetizers were unique, and were pleasantly surprised with the portion sizes of ours. We got the tiger shrimp cocktail and the ham and cheese curds. For dinner my husband and I split the porterhouse for 2, with the 2lb lobster add-on, with a side of fried brussels. We are huge brussels fans but didn't care for these. They needed some seasoning/flavor, we didn't really like the sauce with them. But the big thing here was the steak. We did not feel it was as high quality of other steakhouses in the area. Dessert menu was amazing and we split the rocky road pot de creme which was great. I felt the cocktail menu could be improved, it was very standard fare. Overall my husband and I both agreed we would visit again but try entrees besides the steak.

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vipStaceyB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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vipDavid
Washington DC
30 reviews