Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Alright, let’s get the crucial information out of the way... BEST STEAK EVER!! On vacation we always go to an fine dining restaurant and go all out. We were seated and had a perfect pace for the whole meal. Our waiter, David, patiently answered all our questions on the different cuts and types of aging on steaks offered. We took the “when in Rome” approach and ordered the 36oz dry age Tomahawk AND the 50oz dry aged Double Boned Union Chop. While the Tomahawk was tasty the Union Chop was phenomenal. Worth every penny. Also, best bread ever! I won’t spoil it, but you’re gonna love it!!
Our server, Brett, was incredible at what he did. He explained the wine menu to us. He also helped us understand how to go through the menu. It was my boyfriend’s birthday the day prior, when I made the reservation I put that in the notes. They gave us a free little dessert to eat for his birthday.
We started with the Crab Cake and the Bone Marrow. Both of which were delicious.
As our entrees, my boyfriend got the rib cap and I got the 18oz Delmonico. Both of them were AMAZING and cooked perfectly to our idea of medium rare.
As dessert, they gave my boyfriend the “pot de Creme” which was decided between us to be the best dessert out of the two. It was sweet and very rich. We got the key lime pie as well and it was delicious. It wasn’t very sweet which was great.
Probably the best restaurant personnel I have ever met. Very customer oriented, very friendly people persons. Will absolutely return.
We had a great time & the food was delicious.
As always the food at Rare is wonderful. And Paul, our waiter, is a true delight. The steaks were perfect. I love that they added the cheese curds from the Rare Tavern to the Steakhouse menu with the lovely tasty twist of adding prosciutto. A perfect Fathers Day for my husband.
We were disappointed with Rare. We ate upstairs where the tablecloths are white and the service reported to be excellent. We expected a nice, quiet atmosphere. However, there was a party of about 30-35 men for a dinner that started with a stand-up cocktail hour, followed by toasts, etc. Needless to say it was VERY loud and noisy and I'm sure it bothered all the other diners as it did my friend and me. The maitre 'd apologized as we were leaving, but I thought they should have done something more. A comp dessert or something would have been a nice gesture. As it is, I can't comfortably recommend Rare to my friends. Plus, the two side dishes we got were too salty (mushrooms and kale). But to be fair, I need to add that the steaks were very good and cooked perfectly and our waiter was good, although I thought a little condescending. The best part was Zac, the bartender on the first floor - very warm, friendly and fast! Make sure you keep him...
The steak is amazing. Nice ambience and personalized services. Super quiet.
Lovely atmosphere and exceptional service.
Our server Paul and the Saturday Night bartender (young lady) provided excellent service in the nicest dining room in DC. Food amazing, right priced for a night out or special occasion, but expensive. My steak was as good as any steakhouse, but everything else was elevated: cocktails and apps.
We sat next to a very loud and rowdy table. They were very drunk and obnoxious. The food was good but not great.
Went to Rare Steak for my husband's b-day. It had a very nice, quiet atmosphere...& they put us (party of 4) in a booth for easy conversation. Our server, Paul, was charming & quite a conversationalist. He gave us lots of info. about the different types of steaks & helped us with the wine list. The Prisoner CA red blend was fabulous! Our steaks were all done to perfection...medium rare for all. The vegetable dishes we got were also very tasty; I got the fried brussel sprouts, & the others got the carrot dish. Oh, & the parmesan dinner rolls, were out of this world. Didn't get dessert as we had cake waiting at home, but Paul brought out some little cream puffs, which I guess is a regular thing. Wonderful restaurant, best steak place in D.C. And Paul was great!
Our waiter, Bret, was beyond nice and well mannered. We had no complaints with the service. Our first and second courses were great; however, our main course was okay. We enjoyed the ambiance of the venue conclusively.
The restaurant is beautiful, the service was impeccable, the desserts were AMAZING, the salads were fine, the main course was terrible-the lobster was very chewy and super salty & the steak was super salty, the sides were also not appetizing as they were way too salty.
50th Birthday celebration for my husband. Complementary glasses of champagne were great start to the evening. Thanks! Food was awesome! We will return soon!
As others have said before, food is fantastic, but the service is uneven
Phenomenal! Went to Rare with all of my siblings, and my brother said the Rib Cap was quite possibly the best steak he's had in his whole mouth. I had the rib-in dry aged filet, which was also impressive. Cocktails were great, the "garlic knots" were exceptional and made this place stand out. I would like to highlight that the service was exceptional; probably the best restaurant service I've ever had in DC. This is worth the money, and we'll definitely go back.
The service was impeccable, but the food was only decent. The greens were too salty and pedestrian, but Loved the dauphine potatoes. We ordered the tomahawk steak--36 ounces. Most of the weight was bone. It didn't wow me. Bone marrow arrived unspreadable--had to sent it back. Spent $300 for two. Not worth it.
Great food and highly recommend. Staff and service were excellent. Will definitely go back when in dc.
This was my second time here. It was just as amazing as before. Steak was tender! Salads were delicious. We shared a few sides and they were all delicious.
Food is outstanding. Service was pretty good but wine extremely overpriced. Overall excellent experience
We actually loved our first visit to the Tavern at Rare so much, so we decided to visit again for a Mother's Day dinner. What we didn't realize though, was that the awesome regular menu at Rare wasn't available for Mother's Day, and we had to choose from the special menu which seemed limited initially (we were all looking forward to having the Yacht Seafood extravaganza, which is by far the best seafood fare in DC). However, as we looked at the menu, we realized that Prix Fixe Menu at $50 per person was an absolute bargain, and it would give us a chance to try things that we haven't tried at Rare.
Appetizers were delicious, as Steak Tartar and Ham & Cheese Curds were simply awesome. All of our entrees were regular size portions, executed to perfection, and perfectly delicious. Once again, steaks are the highlights here, as Filets were cooked perfectly, without having to butterfly them. We finished off our meals with individual deserts that could have been shared by our entire party of four.
Overall, Rare is just a rare gem of a restaurant in DC, where diners have been swindled by big expense account steakhouses with no character and no attention to detail. The big city restauranteurs have a thing or two to learn from these Wisconsin folks, as Rare is simply the best steakhouse experience that DC has going right now.
Overall, the food was good. The side vegtable dishes were just ok. The key lime pie was very good.
We and friends had dinner to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversaries and it was wonderful! Our server was personable and attentive and he was knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. We enjoyed our complimentary champagne and were happy that the restaurant read the reservation notes via open table. Our steaks were cooked to order and delicious and you can’t go wrong with any of the sides. Highly recommend!
small sides for price, food and service fair for price.
excellent service and food, favorite new steakhouse in DC!
Wonderful experience. Tom was excellent and the food was delicious.
The service was outstanding but the tomahawk ribeye was okay at best. Their Parmesan bread rolls were yummy. The lobster on the other hand was fabulous but the sides (cauliflower, creamy spinach, and broccoli) were tasteless. Definitely not worth the money. I wouldn’t come back.
Great place and Dino was a great server. Food had a fresh, gourmet presentation. Will be back!!!
Food was delicious and prepared to perfection. Service was very attentive and professional. Ambience was comfortable and attractive. Bar on the first level is noisy, at least at happy hour. If you're looking for a quiet conversation head upstairs.
Full disclosure: I enjoy a good steak however the “dry aged” experience is not my preferred. Ambiance: Met expectations. Food: good. Service: EXHAUSTING. Service was overbearing - overwhelming amount of never-ending rapid fire information. Never felt I had a minute to think thru my choices. Honestly I wanted to leave half way thru the opening download but felt trapped. I desired a quiet, relaxed dinner experience and found myself constantly listening to or having to respond to endless options.
A disappointment. Food was mediocre. Ambiance ok. Service was a strong point. Would not rush back.
Beautifully broiled bone in strip. Dry aging makes all the difference. Deep nutty flavor and aroma.
The place was amazing and all levels. The service was impeccable.
This Restaurant was Amazing! The food and service was great! Must go to this restaurant!
Outstanding Service, Outstanding Food, Decor and Staff outstanding. Brought back the feel of a place where wearing a suit mad me feel accomplished!
Good food and service. Dessert menu could be more diverse.
Great overall experience thanks to our server Tom! I have been to Rare many times in the tavern for happy hour but first time dining upstairs. I love the Toki Highball and the Barrel Aged Manhattan cocktail. Tom was so knowledgeable in explaining Rare’s food program, we wanted to order everything on the menu.
Cocktails were fantastic and couldn’t have asked for better service. Ask for Tom!
One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! Brought my parents here for their anniversary and we were all floored by the quality of the service and food. Can’t wait to go back.