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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC
Pre-Theater Dinner$65.00 per personPrepaid
Multiple dates availableJoin us before the theater show and enjoy a special 3-course prix fixe dinner priced at $65.00 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). This special menu is offered daily between 5:00pm - 6:15pm. Reservations are required.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Staff is vaccinated
lettuce mélange, shaved root vegetables, honey-citrus vinaigrette
graham cracker crust, seasonal berry coulis
Honestly, I wanted to love Rare, but across the board, it was disappointing. Some of the issues we encountered:
-Sequencing of the meal was off and odd, our cocktails didn't arrive until halfway through our salads and the cream for our coffee wasn't delivered until it had gone cold
-One of our two steaks was amazing, perfect texture and that wonderful nuttiness from great dry-aging, the other was pedestrian--a nice cut of meat, but underwhelming at this price point
-Everything was underseasoned, I am always a bit embarrassed asking for the salt and pepper at a fine restaurant, but the kitchen had missed on the flavor
-Creamed spinach and patatas bravas were okay, again I feel like okay shouldn't be acceptable
-The cheesecake was thoroughly disappointing, odd texture and poor flavor
-Our waitress had too many tables and service suffered, was just enough to be adequate
Some of the positives:
-Cocktails were delicious and interesting
-The ambiance was warm and classic
-One of our two steaks was fabulous
-Our waitress was friendly and engaging
My wife and I had a great date night, but I would describe our experience at Rare as serviceable or adequate. Neither should be acceptable at a fine steakhouse. Overall, we were disappointed and mildly frustrated that the experience didn't live up to the billing.
The new standard of “service with a smile!” Andre the bartender and staff were extremely friendly, courteous, and helpful. Atmosphere was fantastic and was wonderful. Food was absolutely amazing! 100% will be back again in the future.
Great overall experience. I would have prefe
Food was awful.. Service and customer service was great. Would only come back to sit and drink at the bar.
We had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner at Rare Steakhouse.
The food was amazing and there was plenty of it.
Brilliant Thanksgiving Dinner! Great service, could not have asked for more!
We came for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was wonderful
Wonderful meal and service. Great atmosphere. Perfect for a nice occasion!
We had a great dinner. The oysters were outstanding. Fresh and tasty.
The meat cooked perfectly. We will come back.
Steak was very good. A steak house that serves french fries cold in a hot dish simply misses the point of this side dish. Unacceptable. Service was slow, disorganized, and not attentive. Ordered wine from the menu and they no longer had it and the menu was out of date. This says it all for a disappointing evening
Eduardo was amazing! Suggested a great ages ribeye that was really crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside (thank you chef! *insert chefs kiss* haha). And overall service was great. I sat by the bar booths so not only was Eduardo every attentive while having a crow as a well but every server (including bar tender) would either ask if we needed anything or take something away from the table. From food to service, best in town!! Thanks again.
Every dish was perfectly cooked from the octopus to steaks to the scallops! The food was the absolute star!! The service was attentive w/o being intrusive. Excellent choice for special occasions as well as business meals. I will be back!!
Great Service, my mother enjoyed her birthday. The server made a perfect night for us. Servers like her makes you want to come back again.
Great good and amazing service! Will come back again.
An awesome, traditional steakhouse in a great location with an amazing wine list.
First time visiting Rare after a friend raved about it pre-pandemic. Not sure if they lost a step with the chef, but I was not impressed especially with the steak. We order and share as friends. So we ordered the 50oz Porterhouse, salmon, branzino, lobster Mac & cheese, and asparagus. The steak was not hot, asked for medium, received medium rare, and not a good cut at all. The salmon was delicious and hot. Branzino and Mac & cheese were ok. Would have been better hot I’m sure. Service was good though. They have some work to do.
This restaurant met and exceeded all my expectations. From the location itself to its great people and can’t say enough about the food. We went straight to the steak and after Angel, our great guy that helped us out for the night, made his recommendations I went for the bone in rib-eye with with truffle butter and mashed potatoes and creamy spinach as the sides. I have been in an almost non red meat diet and gave myself a treat and boy was it worth it! Definitely one of the best steaks I have ever had! The customer service and food goes above and beyond at this place! Thank you!
I’ll admit I was disappointed. The wedge salad was swimming in dressing. Even trying to scrape some of that off the salad wasn’t successful and it was just the teaser of the dressing. The broiled broccolini had an acrid taste and smell. The sauce that was drizzled over the top really didn’t help either . Service was fine. Very few people in the restaurant
I used to like their steak much better before, but yesterday the steak was very hard. Kind of disappointed, but anyway they have a very good wine list, and service is great
I had visited Rare a few times pre-pandemic and it was always good, however, last night it was exceptional. The food was amazing. Grace our waitress was fantastic and the host was great - even accommodating a special request that was above and beyond.
Experience and food were as expected but It took almost an hour and a half to get our entrées without any real explanation from the server or manager. they were apologetic and did comp our after dinner drinks but we felt more could’ve been done.
took 30 minutes for a waiter to even come to my table
Great food, the sommelier was was fantastic, very approachable and helpful. Waitstaff was extremely attentive as well.
It is a rare occasion I write a review -- especially a negative one. I came to visit Washington, DC to spend time with friends after a personal tragedy and expected the same level of comfort, kindness, and relaxed atmosphere as the Wisconsin locations. I was in for a surprise.
The second two of us walked in to be seated, I -- we -- felt oddly uncomfortable and judged. (Neither of us were in shorts or anything drastically casual -- and a Yelp! question and answer claims there is "no formal dress code.") I looked classy enough just the way I was dressed in a white cap, button up long sleeve shirt, white shoes, and black pants -- or so I thought. (In WI, I've worn the same thing several times and no manager has ever said a word at those locations.)
At first, I thought of coming back to this location in the future (I love the steaks!) but quickly changed my mind after the manager's cocky, elitist attitude. It's worth noting: Our waitress, Greysel, couldn't have been kinder to me; she was most-wonderful, empathetic -- and every server should strive to be that welcoming.
Overall, I left uncomfortable, saddened, and humiliated. I spent $300 to be disrespected when there are many other great DC steakhouses and establishments that aren't as stringent as this Rare location. I wrote the restaurant over the weekend to discuss my experience further, but I would not suggest this restaurant for anyone who doesn't want to be nitpicked on their appearance.
Food and service were very good.
A little lack luster. Maybe I’ll be back sometime.
Celebrated our anniversary at Rare. It was amazing and was fortunate to be seated in their booth seating. Food was amazing, customer service was fantastic and just a beautiful place.
We celebrated two birthdays and everything was AMAZING!!!
The service was outstanding and food was memorable. We will be back again!
The waiter or staff were at the table every 5 minutes. They honestly wouldn’t let us enjoy our conversation or food. I enjoy finer dining but this was just obnoxious.
Birthday dinner and food and service was excellent.
Terrible service waiter didn’t have time to deal with us not a destination for African American
My son recently started at Howard University and I was visiting him in DC so decided to get a good steak. He loved it (and the bread)! One of my favorite steak places to go and now it’s one of his.
My husband and I were looking for a nice restaurant that was close to our hotel. This was perfect.. Food was excellent. Had the steak, medium rare. It was cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were delicious. Overall we were very pleased and will definitely go back.
The food was excellent as it always is. The only concern last night was that the hat policy was not equitable enforced. As two black men we were reminded (although we didn’t need one) to remove our hats. When we arrived on the second floor dining area there was a white man already dining with a hat on his head. Umm!
Rare was phenomenal! We went for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. While we could tell they were busy and probably understaffed, they were very communicative about being busy and took great care of us regardless of being understaffed or not. The food was top notched (GET THE MUSHROOMS AND THE LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE), the drinks were delicious. It was definitely worth the price and experience. We will be back!
Overall, good experience for a DC steakhouse
Came here for my birthday and our group was seated in the private dining hall. Service was outstanding and food was delicious. Definitely pricey but for our night in combination with ambiance, our room and service the price for the food was worth it.
Great service and very cool atmosphere. The sides were also very tasty. The steaks left something to be desired at the price point. The New York strip was extremely chewy and gristly.
Great food and service! Very elegant decor!
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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC is rated 4.6 stars by 695 OpenTable diners.
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