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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC, Washington, DC
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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

4.6
4.6
906 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 800-9994

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alejandro Dominguez Vasquez

  • Catering

    We cater for both social and business occasions. Whether it is an office party or an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please contact us for menus and pricing.

  • Private party facilities

    We have two fully private dining rooms as well as semi-private spaces for larger groups. We are available for full restaurant buyouts for up to 400 guests. Our gorgeous rooftop is perfect for weddings and corporate events.

  • Private party contact

    Rachael Bowmer - Director of Event Sales & Marketi: (202) 800-9994

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    16th St. NW

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available right outside of the restaurant's entrance. Two parking garages located within one block radius of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    McPherson Square, Farragut North, Farragut West

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 906 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Good for business meals

  • District of Columbia

    Good for business meals

  • District of Columbia

    Steakhouse

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience from the door to the table. We were greeted immediately and our table awaited us. Our server (Dasha) was incredible and the food was outstanding. Definitely a fine dining experience I’ll remember and recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience…
  3. BE

    BigE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Large but expensive wine list. Great appetizers. Great sides. Mixed review on the bone-in rib-eye. One was very good with not too much fat. The other was much smaller and about 50% fat. Neither steak worth the $75 charge.
  4. JK

    JosephK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The octopus was fantastic. Stecks and sides served to perfection
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They put me and my party in a private room for 9 and I didn’t even ask. It was amazing. We all had a great time and the food was amazing.
  6. SO

    SerdarOmur

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very centrally located and good ambiance. The food was delicious. From time to time they serve bison meat.
  7. BA

    BAJELM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff were amazing food was overall amazing. I would go again when in town.
  8. MT

    MelissaT

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best filet I have ever had! Absolute perfection. Great service as well.
  9. N

    Nimat

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal and service. Always our go to for a great steak.
  10. R

    Robjoy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Good food. Terrible service. Many other better steakhouses in the area.
  11. JO

    JanetO

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food... server had too many to attend to...took a bit to get drinks
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Details: Friday 6:45PM reservation. Arrived 6:30. Host checked in the reservation. Full party of 5 adults 2 toddlers sat by 6:45PM. Service: Waiter was knowledgeable of the menu and took orders accurately. Our assigned waiter went missing a lot and when seen was servicing multiple tables. We constantly had to request other servers for assistance with drinks, wines, bread, condiments and the check. It was difficult to relax and enjoy having to often flag floor staff down. Not enough attention was given to the experience. Sadly, the mandatory 20% gratuity ($135) gave 2 stars quality and that’s being very generous. Food: Filet mignon medium+ was 5 stars. Seasoned well. Blackened butter was rich and complimented the prepared to perfection juicy and tender cut. I recommend over and over again. Price was worth every penny. Capitol cut medium+/medium was 3.5 stars. Multiple orders each cooked differently. Bland. Good texture. Could get this cut from anywhere. Overdone on the outside (burnt). The cut was underwhelming. Hard to recommend. It could be a hit or miss for that price. Bone-in ribeye medium+ was 4 stars. Cooked nicely. Average. Safe choice. Sides were all share size and good for 2-3 people each. Mac & Cheese average. Green Beans cooked hard. Mashed potatoes good. Asparagus good. French fries good. Ambiance: Clean and subtle. Quiet. Loud drunk table but not too overwhelming. Overall: This was a disappointing first impression with the service. If celebrating anything special it’s probably not worth the gamble. If it’s a last minute dinner that has availability for a good cut of filet mignon then sure. Much appreciation for each of the floor staff people that would stop for us randomly while they had tables and responsibilities of their own. That kindness helped pass the time. The presentation of food didn’t warrant a photo. Simple cut on plate. The restaurant looks like the OpenTable photos.
  13. JH

    JooyeonH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Outback quality and service at Capital Grille prices. Not returning.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve dinner was perfect at Rare! Great service and amazing food!
  15. RN

    ReinardN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great. I would definitely go back.
  16. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We travel every year to DC from Virginia via Uber for NYE to have a exceptional dining experience, you know, to ring in the new year and to also celebrate our anniversary. When I booked my reservation, I surely mentioned it would be our anniversary, but there was no point in doing so, it was only a mention at the front checking in. I've read reviews, that other patrons had there special occasion recognized, but ours just seemed to fall through the cracks. I've read that other patrons had there glasses filled on consistent basis, but we had to fill ours, and that the wait staff is very attentive. What I don't understand, is that the restaurant wasn't even full. The hostess that brought us to our table, was speedy gonzales, he was up the steps at the table in the back corner of the restaruant, before we were even at the top of the steps. The bread was good, our appetizers we also good, but our steaks were definitely not up to par to travel to DC for. They were advertised as prime, NOT. We are foodies, and have HAD prime before, my husband's aged NY Strip was tough and chewy and he mentioned it to the waiter, and said he would just finish it, all the waiter said was sorry to hear its not to your liking. Our 8 oz filets, my daughters and mine, were cold and under cooked. The waiter walked away after talking with my husband before even finding out how ours were. Needless to say, RARE Steakhouse, is NOT a RARE find, and the only thing that is RARE is us spending an additional $350.00 for Uber to go there again.
  17. P

    Punchie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Was a little disturbed that they didn’t have valet parking - most “high-end” restaurants do. Had to walk in the rain. Overall, food was good. My steak was great but the Crème Brûlée wasn’t as good as other steak houses. Service was a little slow but, “ok”. Loved the atmosphere; typical DC congressional type restaurant with the rich wood accents and soft leather seating.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very expensive, but worth every penny.
  19. A

    Anonymous458

    Tampa

    58 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We ordered a medium filet which came out oddly shapes and very rare. Sent it back. They cooked the same piece of meat until it turned to charcoal. Sent that back. Meanwhile leaving our sides at the table. They kept offering us something different or more. We just wanted what we ordered. They finally brought out a new piece that was perfect and the right size. We will not being coming back here. It’s a mess
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food with friends & we never get out
  21. MT

    MissToni

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The first time visiting for me and my best friend and we weren't at all disappointed. He ordered the pork chop and said it was the best he ever had. I ordered the Capital Cut (center cut ribeye) and it was fantastic. Added the maitre d' butter which took it over the top. Creamed spinach was good but not the best I ever had. Green beans were absolutely fantastic. The parker house rolls to start were nothing short of amazing. Definitely going back again.
  22. JC

    JaimeC

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was nice, meat superbly cooked, prices were VERY high compared to other restaurants of similar quality. It was an experience but probably wouldn’t return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chritmas eve
  24. j

    jhetwills

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, perfect service. A little pricey but perfect for a special occasion. The steak was outstanding.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience!!! Service was great, the server was very knowledgeable of the menu and specials. The food was amazing!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary.
  27. K

    Kenneth

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great food, great ambiance. Awesome wine list!
  28. D

    Derrick

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and fantastic food
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing !!!!!!!
  30. D

    Dave

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I took my family to Rare in DC for a pre-holiday dinner. Had high expectation but was disappointed at the results. The food was good, not great. The wine markup was astronomical. There were not enough service staff for the full restaurant, which caused delays. Will not be returning.
  31. JD

    JesseD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time here and had a great experience. Enjoyed every minute
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great. Forget her name but she served 3 tables next to us and treat us all with respect and was very attentive. Food was great and prepared exactly as we wanted. Have been to DC several times but never to Rare but we will be back again!
  33. CM

    ChristinaM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an amazing overall experience and the steaks were phenomenal
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    The food was good, but our server wasn’t personal. He seemed to be rather curt, and not attention.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Steak was very good. Bison steak excellent!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of colleagues and had a private room. The wine, the food and the service was exceptional
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience during our first outing at this steak house. Extremely impressed from start to finish with the service and food!
  38. M

    Maxkol

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wait staff was excellent. The restaurant was a little pretentious: overpriced drinks, not much bar finesse (drinks not made well), and overall the price of the meal was far above what we ate. I don’t mind spending a lot from time to time, but I want superlative food and drink in return. Rare needs to be examined department by department and then fine-tuned - department by department. Then, and only then can the current prices be justified.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration
  40. DP

    DPC8

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding steaks, sides, cocktails. Wonderful experience all around.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC using the Order Online button. Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 800-9994.

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC is rated 4.6 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

1595 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    16th St. NW

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available right outside of the restaurant's entrance. Two parking garages located within one block radius of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    McPherson Square, Farragut North, Farragut West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alejandro Dominguez Vasquez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 800-9994

  • Catering

    We cater for both social and business occasions. Whether it is an office party or an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please contact us for menus and pricing.

  • Private party facilities

    We have two fully private dining rooms as well as semi-private spaces for larger groups. We are available for full restaurant buyouts for up to 400 guests. Our gorgeous rooftop is perfect for weddings and corporate events.

  • Private party contact

    Rachael Bowmer - Director of Event Sales & Marketi: (202) 800-9994

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