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

4.7
4.7
868 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 26 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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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Maxkol

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration
  4. 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.
  5. J

    Jonny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an incredible dining experience. The service was top-notch. If you're looking for a great steak in DC, look no further than Rare.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This was for my fiancée’s birthday. Our server Ishmael was very attentive, patient, and professional. His service was top-notch, the host/server “JR” was very nice and helpful as well. The only complaint we have was the front-door host, who handles the coat check, was very rude, disrespectful, and unwelcoming. This was my fiancé’s 30th birthday and his attitude in terms of making us wait for a booth was not very nice. We would think about coming back because one bad apple doesn’t spoil the bunch! The food and ambiance were great.
  7. US

    UsualSuspect

    Detroit

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time visiting and had dinner with a friend. I was headed towards the bone-in pork chop, but chose the bison instead and it was delicious. My guests filet was also done nicely and we enjoyed the spicy potatoes. Rare was exactly as I had hoped based on the pictures and the upstairs dining room atmosphere was such that we enjoyed conversation without any effort or noise distractions.
  8. A

    Aji1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my birthday dinner at this place, and we had a great time. The NY Strip was cooked to perfection (MR) and all the side dishes were amazing. Highly recommend this place.
  9. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food good. Value ok. $13 for asparagus b/c steak had no sides seemed excessive. Food was very good.
  10. JB

    JoelB

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Experience. Food was Amazing! Grilled Octopus was fantastic! Will be back. Service was top notch.
  11. JG

    JefferyG

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wife took me here to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant is pretty big with plenty of seating upstairs and downstairs. We had a reservation and was seated immediately in the upstairs area. Our waiter came over immediately to take our drink orders and to explain the menu and the specials. I had the dry rub NYStrip and fries. Tje steaked was cooked just as I asked for it and had a really good seasoning and flavor, but to me the real star was those fries that were thin, very crisp, and I almost ate all at once. My wife had the salmon and thought it was very good and a really good size piece. For dessert we had the Creme Brule it was very good and really lite. Overall it was a good experience and meal
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance was fantastic! Visiting from NC and wanted to experience a DC atmosphere with
  13. MQ

    MayaQMA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a truly spectacular meal! Our waiter, Ishmael, was warm and patiently answered all our numerous questions. Every morsel of meat melted in my mouth. Best crab cakes I’ve ever tasted, too. Worth every penny.
  14. SD

    SDNative

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I got a 10oz Filet Mignon and it was very tough and poor quality meat for $70. Service was poor and confused. Only good think about this place was the cocktail and wine. Overall more than $200 for a poor quality steak, Spinach and mushrooms. It was not worth it and not sure how Open Table has them as a 4.5 star.....poor recommendation so I made a mistake using OpenTable ratings.
  15. TT

    ThenaT

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice table, wonderful waiter and the food was superb.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patricia was a fantastic server, absolutely made the meal. Food was fantastic, would 10/10 recommend
  17. RN

    RudyN

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Party of 8 and service was amazing. Great appetizers. Steaks are phenomenal, but a few were served rare when they were ordered medium/medium rare. Overall great experience, but be prepared to pay.
  18. NC

    NocoloC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came in feom out of town to celebrate my daughters birthday. Everything was wonderful and our server was awesome. Only one suggestion. Please bring back champagne flutes.
  19. R

    Rsrs

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Ambiance was non existent, service wasn’t great, wagyu was very fatty, just a very underwhelming experience that you are paying tip dollar for.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was perfect and our service was phenomenal
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service
  22. FS

    FrankS

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, atmosphere and above all, the food, were fabulous!
  23. MS

    MarcelS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent Food and service. We will be back
  24. JP

    JenniferP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Every one was very kind, but they were extremely busy and service was slower than expected. We didn’t get drink refills until after dessert had arrived. Food was great and lots of people came by to help us though.
  25. DM

    DanielM

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Rare in several years. Excellent meals exceeded only by the outstanding service we received. Looking forward to a return visit.
  26. m

    mcw10

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service. drinks and meal on expensive end, but enjoyed dinner!
  27. T

    Terrible

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great and the food was superb. I had the rib-eye cap steak and it was amazing. My table raved about the cheesecake as well.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible from start to finish. We will be back!
  29. AW

    AndreW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was simply Amazing!!! Nothing else needs be said. We will be back…soon!
  30. KD

    KDJL

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully classic steakhouse vibe, attentive service, tasty food and a reasonable noise level that makes conversation doable.
  31. DB

    DebbieB

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we arrived (with a “congratulations” as we were celebrating our anniversary), the service and food were excellent! Every staff member, from filling our water glasses, to making sure our table was always clean, to the managers checking on our dining experience, to our waiter service was top notch, as well as our Filet entrées! We cannot say enough about our wonderful evening and will definitely return on our next visit!
  32. EP

    EbonyP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time I walked in, the staff was extremely attentive. We had a delicious meal with fantastic recommendations. The staff even took the time to read the notes that were included with the OpenTable reservation and that went a long way with me. I shared my food allergy and my server took the time to ensure that there would be no allergic reactions from the preparation to the presentation. Would definitely recommend The atmosphere is very nice and the second floor has a quaint view of I St.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As soon as we entered the restaurant we had a good vibe from the staff who welcomed us & the attentiveness from the entire team. We felt like VIP’s.The appetizers, drinks before dinner, our entree was spot on! We would definitely return to Rare Restaurant!
  34. AL

    AdamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steak was amazing. My wife and I both got steak. She got the capital cut and it was delicious, I got the 22oz dry aged ribeye. Melt in your mouth delicious. Drinks were great weight staff was great. We also got the lobster Mac and cheese and garlic parm fries and both were enough to share. If you’re in DC make it a point to stop in.
  35. EH

    EsenedH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall I had enjoyed everything, especially for a special night like this. It was my boyfriend’s birthday and we just enjoyed it all. Food was great, very well cooked and flavorful! And the server we had, she was amazing. Checking in on us and letting us take time to get to each meal without being over stuffed. Music was good as well. I would definitely go again and recommend others!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  37. AR

    AschkanR

    Dusseldorf Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Wir hatten bei unserer Steakauswahl wohl auf das falsche Gericht gesetzt und hatten Pech! Das Essen war nicht wirklich gut und für den Preis, kann man einfach mehr erwarten. Der Service und der Manager waren sehr zuvorkommend und das Ambiente war auch ganz in Ordnung.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dads birthday
  39. DS

    DavidS

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in DC celebrating my husband’s birthday. We had a large group, so I asked for a private room. It was wonderful! The entire experience was exceptional! Our server, Jessica, was incredible! She made sure we had the utmost in service. It could not have been better! Highly recommend Rare! From start to finish - incredible!
  40. MS

    MichaelS

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience and food were excellent, our server took exceptional care of us for our anniversary dinner!

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 4.7 stars by 868 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 26 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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