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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

4.6
690 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
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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Experiences

  • Pre-Theater Dinner

    $65.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Join 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 690 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant Thanksgiving Dinner! Great service, could not have asked for more!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner

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MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service. Great atmosphere. Perfect for a nice occasion!

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Sylviem
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great dinner. The oysters were outstanding. Fresh and tasty.
The meat cooked perfectly. We will come back.

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vipKeywest
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

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MayraO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CCFoodLover
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipAlif
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good and amazing service! Will come back again.

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Roman
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An awesome, traditional steakhouse in a great location with an amazing wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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viplaas
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipGreg
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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brunchfail
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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madir
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

took 30 minutes for a waiter to even come to my table

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PatrickG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the sommelier was was fantastic, very approachable and helpful. Waitstaff was extremely attentive as well.

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Dave
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

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.

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vipwineslut
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good.
Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A little lack luster. Maybe I’ll be back sometime.

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PatrickB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBClarke
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated two birthdays and everything was AMAZING!!!
The service was outstanding and food was memorable. We will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and food and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Terrible service waiter didn’t have time to deal with us not a destination for African American

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Cedric
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

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StacyS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipPaul
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, good experience for a DC steakhouse

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Alaha
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipJeffH
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Very elegant decor!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was decent. But slow. The filet I ordered was cooked perfect. However the apps and shrimp cocktail I ordered was terrible. It definitely wasn’t fresh and they didn’t devein the shrimp. I was embarrassed that I had to do that and stop my girl from eating it to devein the shrimp before she ate it.
But the steak was great. Overall very overpriced.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Over priced food with no justified entertaining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and the food were great! The steak was nice and tender and well-seasoned! The lobster Mac and cheese was also delicious. Very classy place!

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vipAlanW
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Had the 36oz Tomahawk...a third of the meat was fat or grizzle and couldn’t be eaten. The potato side was ok but the creamed corn was awful. Taking a great side like creamed corn and trying to fancy it up rarely works. Then when the bill came we saw we were charged for the rolls brought to the table. LMFAO!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience!

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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC is rated 4.6 stars by 690 OpenTable diners.

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.raresteaks.com/store/.

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