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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

4.6
726 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.

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 726 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kedean’s Birthday

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WandaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was one of the best I’ve ever had! Seasoned perfectly and cooked to a warm medium just like I like it.
Definitely on my list of places to return again.

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KaramT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall, this was a great experience. When I first walked in, the gentleman waited for me to speak to him, which was thr only area of improvement. He as well as all of the staff were accommodating. Our food was amazing and the ambiance was incredible. What I thought was very nice was them calling to confirm my reservation, and letting me know they were checking Covid vaccination status. I recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my fiancés birthday and the food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time dining at Rare was phenomenal. Wonderful wine selection and an excellent limited menu, which I very much appreciate. We had a beautiful table upstairs, in a booth by the window. Our server was amazing, she providing A class service.
The tuna tartare for an appetizer was delicious and bright. The Caesar salad was fresh, creamy, and plentiful.

For mains I ordered the Branzino and it was a wonderful dish, the fish was fresh and pair wonderfully with the Cakebread Sauvignon Blac. My husband got the 6oz Wagyu filet and he was in heaven.

We will definitely keep Rare on our list of places to return.

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amysmith72
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner, while pricey it was a lovely experience and I’d happily go again. Service was outstanding from literally everyone

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vipAlexis
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The host Ernesto was pretty good and our server, Grace gave us outstanding customer service. We arrived at 5pm and only one other family was there so it was pretty quiet and it was almost as if we had the restaurant to ourselves. We ordered the bread but due to the pandemic, they are no longer serving the garlic parmesean bread and it is now just bread with butter so that was sad bc I love their bread pre-pandemic. Then I ordered their special for the evening which was oyster Rockefeller and that was so delicious. We were given complimentary shrimp cocktail because we were there celebrating our 10 yr wedding anniversary. Then we ordered the awesome Tomahawk bc that's what I go there for and it is so good everytime I order it. We had the butter and red wine beef jus on the side. To accompany our main dish, we ordered the broccolini and patatas bravas. To finish us off, we ordered the creme brulee. Thanks for another wonderful dinner! Of course, we'll be back!

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Will was fantastic!
Will be coming back !

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JosephineC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful gem in DC. A perfect dinner experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a little lacking. Food was great….desserts need help.

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Terrible
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Dined at Rare for NYE with my date. The host/hostess were quite friendly and offered to take my umbrella as it was raining. We were led upstairs to our table. We were brought water by a different person and our server finally came to the table 15 minutes later. We ordered a bottle of wine and appetizers. We then ordered our entrees. My date ordered the Filet and I ordered the bone in Strip. We both ordered our steaks to be cooked Medium. When they brought out our steaks, her Filet was cooked properly at a Medium temperature with a pink center. However, my steak came out somewhere between Medium Well and Well Done, there was little pink if any visible on the outside nor in the middle. I told the server and he went to get a plate and took it away. A manager (I think) offered was there anything he could do and I said just cook me a new steak properly. He didn’t offer any comp or anything else. I had to wait over 15 minutes for a new steak which was still not a Medium temp but seeing where this was going, I ate a few bites and ended up boxing the rest. Again, I didn’t ask for any discount or anything extra, but I figured with the level of restaurant I thought this was and for the amount I was paying, I believed it was common courtesy. I was wrong. I’m not sure I’ll visit Rare again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buena la comida, el servicio fue excelente.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience. We had the porterhouse and porkchop with mushrooms and broccolini. Great flavor. Courteous staff Enjoyable evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top 5 best steaks I've had in my life

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vipKathleenM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Keep up the good work. Loved the pupsters who also enjoy the restaurant. Convenient location

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NikkiS
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Rare Steakhouse was very good once they finally acknowledged we were there. It took them quite a while to bring out a coke and take our order. They were not busy, so I am not sure why the delay. Once they got started, though, it was all good. We started with the Wisconsin Cheese Board, two kinds of cheese, they did not tell us what kind, some fruit, beets, onion, honey, and pickles. My husband then had the filet; he said it was delicious. I had a Ceasars salad and roasted mushrooms. Both were outstanding. Customer service was just ok. I expected more for that restaurant. They allowed a couple to bring in their full-size St. Bernard. He just layed by the table, but I can't imagine this is ok with the heath depth. No, he was not a service dog.

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vipSheldonC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I arrived 15 minutes before the reservation and grabbed a seat in the bar while waiting for the birthday boy. There was a wide assortment of house cocktails and wines by the glass, but very limited beer choices. I got a classic vodka martini. A very generous pour. Once the birthday boy arrived, we were able to move to a table without closing out the bar tab, which was very convenient. Didn't realize coat check was at the host station. The host kindly collected outer gear and took them to the rack. It was mid-week at 7p. Lively, but not crowded. Several families with children, which was surprising. Birthday boy went with seafood (which there were surprisingly several options).The pork chop was excellent, seared on the outside and juicy inside. The mashed potatoes were standard, but the grilled asparagus with pickled (hot & sour?) peppers were stand-out. Didn't have room for dessert, so we took the slice of cake home. The service was friendly and efficient. The booth was comfortable and roomy. An extra star for giving the gay couple the center booth. As traditional as it seems, Rare isn't stuffy. I'll definitely be back to try the ribeye or porterhouse and the lobster mac&cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is hands down one of the best in the DMV area

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roberto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rib Cap Steak was the best I have ever had. The Capital Cut was good too.
Eat at the bar for the most fun.

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TomaS
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!!

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AUHeather02
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Rare! Great service and the food was excellent! When we return to Washington DC, we will come again. Thanks for the awesome dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining, steak was amazing…great atmosphere! Will be back soon!

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WillN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The only thing I would consider is Valet Parking. A restaurant of this caliber should have Valet. We had to walk 2.5 blocks and it was raining to park and then my wife, because I just had surgery, had to interrupt her meal to go and get the car because the garage closed at 10. This is my only "Ding" against the restaurant. Valet Parking would be a Value Add

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place. Menu options are limited outside of steak, which didn’t bother me. We got there an hour before our reservation and went to the bar for cocktails and they were prepared very well. For dinner I had the ribeye and my wife had the salmon, and both were very delicious and cooked per our request. Service was outstanding.

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DavidP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever had. Not a place I would frequent because of the price tag, but you have to do it at least once. Definitely a place for a special occasion.

I recommend the fried Brussel sprouts with the yogurt spread as a side.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a weekend getaway

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vipjennyp
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience we were celebrating my friends birthday and we enjoyed everything. Services was excellent, food was delicious 😋 had an amazing time.

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MattG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and the dining room is beautiful.

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fine369
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nevers disappoints. Steaks cooked perfectly and I am pretty picky (black and blue the classic way). Wine list very good and they do not gouge you on the price.

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vipTommyG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

everything was average at best, a huge disappointment

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ScottN
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Waygu and it was amazing !!! We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipNotafoodie4
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. I would have prefe

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KimoraKash
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was awful.. Service and customer service was great. Would only come back to sit and drink at the bar.

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PAULAJ
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner at Rare Steakhouse.
The food was amazing and there was plenty of it.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner

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MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC is rated 4.6 stars by 726 OpenTable diners.

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