In spite of the fact that the main location is under repair, the hotel staff who were handling the restaurant during this time, were very gracious and the food was simply delicious!
Lovely food would go again , the food was filling and looked amazing
Good food and great service! The ambiance is very nice as well, different.
Meat overcooked. Salad overdressed. Service was gracious.
Food was very good but tables were pushed together, uneven and wobbly. For the price, there should have been tablecloths. Tables were like a diner. Our server, Javier, was wonderful.
As you would expect for an Argentinian restaurant, beef is the star of the menu. And, it is top quality and very good (although not cooked to the requested doneness on first attempt). However, it was the grilled avocado that exceeded my expectations. Cooked simply with 1/2 a lemon it was sheer perfection. The potatoes in bacon reduction sauce was also a stand out.
I chose the tasting menu and they were willing to listen to my preferences in designing the menu for me.
Cocktails are another element that exceeded expectations.
Meat so tender you can cut it with a fork! Javier provided superb service to our table and the meal was quite memorable. A nice mix of authenticity and modern presentation.
I am always happy to get a chance to have Argentine food, and I was delighted by Rural Society—if a bit perplexed by its name. Both the beef and the other dishes were perfectly prepared. The staff made me feel truly welcome. When I am next in D.C., I'll go back!
The prix frixe brunch option was phenomenal and more than enough food (but I still ate everything because it was just that good). Staff were very friendly and willing to split checks without a fuss.
Christina the hostess is remarkable, Javier our server is extraordinary, and Andrew is awrsome
On a weeknight at 8 pm, the retaurant was not particularly crowded. My dinner guest and I were seated in one of the little alcoves, which took the noise level to zero and made conversation easy. That was nice. However, it was apparently a case of out of sight, out of mind. We sat there for twenty minutes (I timed it) without any contact with a waiter, without water, without placing a drink order or seeing a menu--yet the waiters and hostess walked by continuously looking in on us as they did. Finally I walked out to the open kitchen where several waiters were having a friendly chat and asked them to ask a waiter to bring us water and menus. One showed up soon after, apologizing for the neglect and blaming it on the old, convenient but unconvincing excuse of a "miscommunication." As a peace offering, he brought two unordered appetizers which were good and for which we were not charged. We then ordered from the Chef's Tasting Menu La Parrilla for two, which also was good. All in all, the value is good, not great, for the price and quality of food. The service, as I read in some other peoples' reviews, leaves something to be desired. One would think this would be the easiest problem for a restaurant to solve, yet the problem lingers.
Fantastic food, especially the mushrooms. Even if you don't usually like mushrooms, you have to try them.
I am biased in favor of Rural Society because of my love for the Argentine parrilla scene. After living in Buenos Aires back in 2015, I was excited to taste how Rural Society interpreted some of my favorite South American dishes, and my wife and I enjoyed an excellent date night which brought up some fun memories from two years ago! That said, the thing that's still a little odd for me is the fact that parrillas in Buenos Aires are just not that big of a deal, and my favorite (Parrilla Peña) was an extreme bargain and a simple affair. Jose Garces does an incredible job translating this cuisine to American tastes, and each of their wood-fired dishes is amazingly delicious! In my attempt to recreate a favorite Argentine dinner of mine (although we should have been eating between 10 PM and Midnight!) we began with the perfect Empanada de Espinaca, which also satiated our desire for Provoleta cheese! Next we ordered a Hanger Steak (jugoso/medium rare, which is probably too juicy for South American taste buds), Jumbo Gulf Prawns (not a normal thing in BA, but perfection off that wood-grill), and charred asparagus. Everything was prepared to perfection and our server was also wonderful. We were going to avoid dessert, but she talked us into the deceptively simple Almond Cake, which (although definitely not anything experienced in BA, where they seem to drench everything in Dulce de Leche) may be the world's most perfect dessert for adults! Grilled/chilled fruit slices, with little almond mini-cakes, scoops of goat cheese mascarpone, drizzled with an amazing red wine sauce, and topped with a bit of perfect herbs! If I was in the area late at night, I would honestly pop into the Loews Madison Hotel just for that perfectly adult dessert (don't let the boring name "Almond Cake" deceive you) paired with a glass of Vino Tinto or a Café con Leche. I wish Rural Society was located a bit closer to us way out here in the outskirts of Virginia's DC metro region!
Delicious and tender Ribeye steak
Rural Society is an overlooked gem in DC's vibrant dining scene.
This review may be a critique of Open Table as much as it is a critique of Rural Society.
Around 9:30 pm on a Friday, I used Open Table to find a restaurant that was still open and had availability for dinner. According to Open Table, Rural Society had availability at 9:45 and 10:00. I made reservation for two for 9:45. We arrived at about 9:40 and the staff made it abundantly clear that we were not welcome (we stood at the hostess stand for about 5 mins receiving glares and eye rolls, but not service, from the staff). The hostess finally gets off the personal phone call she was having on her cell phone and tells us she has to "check with the kitchen". She returns and reluctantly seats us. A server comes by and tells us the same thing. After a few minutes we took the hint and left.
Admittedly, according to Rural Society's posted hours, it closes at 10:00. But if they do not want to seat anyone after a certain time, and/or if the kitchen closes before 10:00, why accept reservations up until 10:00?
My husband found this gem of a restaurant when he was in DC for business. My parents are from Argentina, and it has been a very long time since DC has had a noteworthy Argentine restaurant, so I was very excited to try this one out. We went to for an early Saturday dinner to Rural Society, and it did not disappoint! The food is an authentic representation of Argentine food, especially the empanadas, grilled meats, and desserts, but somewhat tweaked for North American tastes. We could choose between domestic beef, or the beef imported from Argentina. We did the latter, because Argentine beef has very particular taste that I love. The sausage appetizer and the beef main dish were superb; my only complaint is I ordered a medium and it was closer to medium-rare, hence the 4 stars. That is a small dent in an otherwise nearly-perfect meal. I have yet to try their pizza, so I cannot tell you if it is resembles the pies I ate in Buenos Aires. The wine list included a good selection of Argentine, Chilean, and other wines, and some inventive cocktails were on the list. The desserts include classic Argentine sweets like chaja and flan, again reinterpreted with some "twists" like chocolate shavings, to add interest. Bravo! This is a pricier restaurant than average, but you will get quality. If you are looking for a true Argentine food experience, you will find Rural Society to be worth it. I highly recommend this restaurant.
The food was absolutely delicious. We were a large group(party of 11), but only assigned one server, so the service was a little slow. Also, he seemed to get just a little agitated when I asked him about out meals. Overall, love the restaurant and loved the meals and I will definitely be back.
I had the Tasmanian sea bass and broccolini. Very nicely cooked and tasty. Full but not too crowded on a Tuesday night at 8:15, looked like it was packed earlier. Trendy, enjoyable.
Both of us ordered an 8 Oz steak. However mine came out significantly smaller than the one friend got. The steak tasted good (though a bit hard), and the service was good as well. I just can't pass by the unfair 8 Oz size difference since the steaks are not that cheap at this place!
Service was not up to par for the price. Lunch food and service are much better than dinner.
Had the chef's suprise selection for a 3 course meal for two people. Appetitizers were good. THe main course Ribeye was very tough; the bronzino fish was oxidize, ie, tasted a little like caster oil. Service was polite . Wine selection was excellent. Meal was not worth the price. Noise level was pretty high-- not great for intimate dinner or meeting.
Food good. Surprisingly empty on a Friday night. Very expensive. Portions small.
Spectacular pork! Perfection of pacing. Friendly and knowledgable wait staff. We don't usually spend this much on a meal, but it was worth it.
It was amazing. We chose to eat a little of everything and share. Probably the best experience I've had eating Argentinian style.
The meal was fantastic.
Great cubby seating for kids. Attentive servers and the grilled chicken was mind blowing
Inexperienced staff , short staffed, slow
Great restaurant! Service, ambiance and food are exceptional Only thing is that the signature grill is a little bit salty.
Jose Garces never disappoints.