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

4.5
4.5
811 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

10:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The happy hour food offerings and price are a great deal.
  2. LB

    LynnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and steaks were outstanding! Highly recommend.
  3. TF

    TedF

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I had a great dining experience at Rare Steakhouse. Tyler our waiter was fantastic. He has just the perfect personality to be a waiter. Tyler gave us great dinning and drink suggestions which were perfect. Those suggestions made for a super dining experience. I highly recommend that this nice restaurant to anyone.
  4. TS

    TimothyS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steakhouse! I had the Capital Cut, and it was delicious. The only thing that would have made it better is if I ordered it medium rare instead of medium. The service is close yet non-intrusive, and they're competent. The mushrooms were delicious and the BLACK MANHATTAN is a superb drink. You've got to try it.
  5. T

    Travis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The restaurant itself was very beautiful. Server that we had was friendly with a great smile but host team wasn’t up to par. Well done steak wasn’t cooked right. Broccoli was rough, I do recommend the asparagus there. Really good, best thing that we ordered and that was the side dish.
  6. MD

    MelissaD

    Chiapas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, and the oysters were the best I’ve ever had. However I didn’t think my filet mignon was that good, not flavorful at all and a little under cooked for medium well. But the side dishes were very good too.
  7. DM

    DanaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating Father’s Day
  8. AN

    ANON

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Very close to the Hay-Adams Hotel. Great food. Reasonable prices. Will go back.
  9. MK

    MikeK

    Western NC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic as always - the rib cap (when available) at this place is to die for. Has to be one of the top 3 steaks I've ever had anywhere in my lifetime. My only complaint would be - they need to bring back the popover bread they used to have before COVID!
  10. SJ

    SusieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and ambience. Nice traditional DC steakhouse vibe.
  11. TG

    TroutGuide

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Tyler was a great server and knowledgeable
  12. S

    Soogood4567

    Miami

    68 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    a very bad experience. We booked a table for two at the bar because we wanted to eat a cheeseburger but unfortunately they brought us a cheeseburger without cheese and the taste of the meat was not very good. The table service was good but the person who escorted us to the table was rude. Too bad !! Even the overwhelming bill for a fast food cheeseburger.
  13. JR

    JulieR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rare is our favorite steakhouse and always a special treat when we go. Our family believes they serve the best steak in the DC area. The service is also outstanding. It is expensive, but worth every dime.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience1
    Over served group at bar became belligerent at other guests. Management was slow to deal with it despite servers bringing it to their attention. Pretty much ruined the dinner for a number of guests.
  15. R

    Ryan

    Las Vegas

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at RARE, once again! Thank you!
  16. CC

    ClareC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food under cooked and chef seemed to have a problem cooking it correctly.
  17. K

    Kevin

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good to see the restaurant fairly busy as DC still has not gotten everyone back to work . Especially the federal government .
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night! The restaurant is beautiful and the atmosphere is very elegant. 5 star experience all the way around!
  19. C

    Crys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Will was fantastic. His recommended dishes and espresso martinis were wonderful. The only complaints I have were, a few pieces of the wagyu were too tough and fatty to be edible, and there was nothing special or superior done for the birthday boy. Not even a dessert on the house for a $400 tab at the end of the night for 2 diners. So why bother to ask if we are celebrating anything special? Otherwise, everything was fine.
  20. KW

    KaylaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service! Would happily go back!
  21. SN

    SNLT

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good. But just good. There's better for the price. Better food, better wine selection, better service. But "Good" is good.
  22. KZ

    KatyZ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grace was our server and was fantastic! We were celebrating my graduation from GW and she brought out a small glass of champagne to celebrate. We were also sitting next to a couple who were fairly drunk and rowdy and she handled it eloquently while also taking care of our table. We can’t say enough good things about Grace! Now to start on our food experience, to start, the wine list was well curated. We each had something different but all were delicious. The fresh baked rolls that come at the beginning are heaven in a bun! We each ordered the filet mignon with a sauce and then shared the lobster Mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, all to die for!!! The filet just melted in your mouth and was exceptional. Finally we finished off with some ice cream and a crème brûlée, which was topped with fresh berries. Absolutely delicious and a great way to cap off our celebration. If you’re looking for a class steakhouse, with excellent cuts, great wine, delicious sides and incredible service, RARE is the place for you!
  23. JK

    JaneK

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dining experience with out-of-town colleagues at Rare. We had a large party that was seated in the lovely and less noisy upstairs dining room. Everyone enjoyed the cocktail and wine selections and the special-ordered cheese curd starters that are not to be missed! Rare was able to accommodate one diner’s vegetarian needs nicely and everyone enjoyed their entrees. I recommend the lobster bisque and chopped Caesar salad (delish anchovy-infused dressing). Also, the service staff were so nice and treated us all like family, which was awesome. Would def recommend Rare to anyone looking for a delicious meal in a posh and inviting setting!
  24. AE

    AndreaE

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making my retirement celebration so wonderful!
  25. SD

    SharbattleDavenport

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    For the price we paid $235.00 for 2 appetizer, 1 steak, and 1 side.... At least I should have tasted flavor .. and what steak house don't have steak sauce. I won't be back again... I'll stick to outback or golden corral.
  26. JC

    JonathanC

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Amazing dry aged steaks
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food! One of the best steak houses I’ve been to in DC!
  28. r

    rlha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As far as proper ‘steakhouse’ experiences go, this one is just laid back enough to make it a regular option. The prices are on the lower end of expensive steakhouses ~60-75 for a dry aged cut, the portions are generous, the cocktails are amazing if not a little overprice and the service is extremely attentive and anticipates your needs without being overbearing. Food came out at reasonable times. My only complaint would be my steak was marginally over salted, but the dry aged flavor was strong and they do a proper steakhouse cook that’s not afraid to give you rare/medium rare when you ask for it.
  29. BN

    BrendaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! Staff was very accommodating when I needed more space. The food was amazing. We will definitely go back next time we are in town.
  30. j

    jkl1

    Los Angeles

    143 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Excellent cocktails. Wonderful service. Perfect for business dinner.
  31. FI

    FITI

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Where to start with rare .... beside the staff that is running , literally , to help you with the service everything else is just a disappointment........ the octopus was harder than a wood stick ...... the ribeye was not tender.texture nor have buttery flavor ... Never seen a ribeye so hard to cut , no on the other hand both have good mouth flavor meaning the kitchen is just not doing a good job fallowing the chef and they are buying cheap meat ... hope they improve , Not trying to kill the place
  32. m

    marcusg

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    They gave us a private room and very attentive service. Food was yummy and wine list had great variety with some reasonably priced options. Thank you.
  33. DC

    DCfoodie

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing is the only word to describe Rare! The steaks and seafood are always cooked to perfection and the service is top-top notch. This visit we had Patrisia and she and the support staff were amazing. Everyone was so attentive and helpful. Ernesto and Martin at the front of the house were wonderful and welcoming as always. Their assistance with our wine choices was greatly appreciated. After a hard week at work I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing amazing way to start our weekend. Thank you all!
  34. J

    Johntxk

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    More casual and comfortable than other top tier steakhouses. Menu items are well prepared. Specials were outstanding. Wine selection and service was personal and great. Waitress was delightful.
  35. H

    Hugo

    Chicago

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Solid choice for a good steak in downtown DC.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family vacation!!! Every single thing was perfection!!!!
  37. JW

    JerimiahW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great portion size, super fast. Definitely will go again
  38. TC

    TerryC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The mussels were excellent!!!! Overall very nice experience.
  39. JC

    JCole

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upon booking my reservation on OpenTable, Rare Steakhouse contacted me a few hours before my booking to confirm my reservation. Upon arrival, the place looked and felt expensive. I loved the ambiance. I ordered the filet mignon medium well with the chipotle aioli sauce and creamed spinach. I definitely enjoyed the steak and creamed spinach. Both came out hot and were delicious and cooked to perfection. Prices are a little steep but I enjoyed the food. I also ordered the Tropical Fizz drink and Riesling to drink. Both were good. It's a nice restaurant for a date night or special occasion.
  40. CJ

    CherylJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebrated my son's 27th birthday at RARE Steakhouse. The ambience, decor, attention to detail and delicious food were a pure delight. My son had the steak which melted in your mouth. The appetizers were served family style and our meals were delicious. Allison our and server was wonderful, accommodating and well versed on the menu and recommendations. Thank you for providing a birthday cupcake to commemorate my son's day! We had such a great time, we virtually closed the restaurant being one of the last groups to depart. Thank you for a memorable evening. I can't wait to dine at your wonderful establishment again!

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

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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 4.5 stars by 811 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

10:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
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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