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.

Specials

Pre-Theater Dinner Menu

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 16, 2020

Ends: March 17, 2119

Availability: Daily 4:30PM-6:15PM

Daily Happy Hour at RARE Tavern

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 16, 2020

Ends: March 17, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 535 People Are Saying
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OT
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 😆

SV
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.

TB
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.

WW
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.

DL
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

J
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.

BY
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.

SV
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.

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

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

OT
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!!

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

Excellent food and service, but wildly overpriced.

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

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

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
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.

DK
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.

a
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.

SB
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.

D
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The dining room even at 6:30 was very loud. We were dining with a friend who is 90 and it was disconcerting to see him look at the table behind us on several occasions to ask the diners to lower their voices. Otherwise, the food was excellent, the room is very confortable and the service was outstanding.

OV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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.

S
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The service was top-notch. Absolutely no complaints there and they are to be commended for the apparent extensive training of all of the wait staff and reception. Very high-class and yet not snobby at all. Ambiance-high class. Yet the steaks were all much less than mediocre, for the price, we expected to be wow-ed. Not high-class in flavor. While it was a fun experience and there were many steak selections, the flavor just fell super short. The bone marrow was not flavorful at all, which I didn't think possible, having grown up on it in my mother's kitchen. Marrow needs no help for flavor and yet this bone marrow was bland and as hard and cold as butter fresh out of the refrigerator, tasted like Crisco/lard and we didn't even finish it although it cost $20. No one at our table would take a second bite. Not worthy to be put on the menu, pretty much an insult to bone marrow. The mashed potatoes were runny and bland. The brussels were tasty but very greasy or maybe just had a weird sauce on them so we didn't finish them. The Ceasar salad was a little too fishy and wilted, not cold or crisp. The bernaise had way too much tarragon or something else in it and so much so that it was green like a pesto but was actually ok but not good enough to make up for the lack of flavor in the steaks. I wish the steaks were at least as good as the bernaise. Bernaise is supposed to make a great steak even better. The wine selections were very good and what we selected was delicious. What they lack in flavor, they made up for in the service area, but not worth a trip back. We spent about $700, tip included for a party of four. Would not have minded the price if the food matched up to the level of service that we received. We decided to skip desert because we were so underwhelmed with our meal so they gave us complementary cupcakes but, they too, were bland. Maybe need a new chef? I don't mean to be insulting, but it was a weirdly "mixed bag" dining experience.

GP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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.

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in DC. Period.
Maybe best dining experience as well.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Date

KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
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.