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

4.7
4.7
848 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Steakhouse

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service
  2. FS

    FrankS

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    MarcelS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent Food and service. We will be back
  4. 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.
  5. DM

    DanielM

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 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.
  6. 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!
  7. T

    Terrible

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible from start to finish. We will be back!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dads birthday
  19. DS

    DavidS

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 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!
  20. 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!
  21. R

    Ryan

    Las Vegas

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Rare is one of my favorite steak restaurants in DC. I love the vibes here! The cocktails were fantastic, as was the cheese board. Our steaks were just slightly overcooked and I found the lobster mac and cheese just slightly underwhelming, but our other sides and the desserts were outstanding. The service was also wonderful.
  22. DP

    DanP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Unfortunately, with today's prices you have to get 100% service and food. The steaks over all were good, not great but very good. The issue was the service, it was not bad, but it was more casual restaurant verses High End Steakhouse. Prebusing and teamwork was not happening, I set multiple times out of water, and we would have had at least one more round of drinks if the team service was happening. The manager did table visit but again it felt more like a casual restaurant table visit, the sides are nice sized and very good, and again the steaks are good if the service would have been better, I think we would come back, but again it was not bad service just not steakhouse service like Dale Frisco and other we frequently visit.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambiance.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service with exceptional quality.
  25. AV

    ArleneV

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining at RARE and we chose this restaurant to celebrate my older son’s birthday. Ismael and staff were so warm and welcoming from the moment we walked into the restaurant. The food was one of the best we have every had. Absolutely delicious! Thank you to everyone there and we have told our friends about our experience and spreading the word to have them dine there. Until next time!
  26. CJ

    CaliJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    The food was sub par for the price. The staff was extremely attentive and their service was fantastic. I would recommend other restaurants that have the same menu and taste much better.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    In an area with great steakhouses this is not one of them
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It was a very unpleasant experience.
  29. SV

    SauloV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! The service was perfect, food was excellent. The only problem is parking. It would be perfect if they had vallet.
  30. L

    Lax54

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Salads were way overdressed. Entrees and sides were better than expected. Service is trying to be sophisticated. Is earnest yet immature. I would return as, you can always ask for dressing on the side. All other food was very well done.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is outstanding. The wait staff anticipated everything from napkins to new place settings. The steak——chef’s kiss!
  32. L

    Lester

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak in DC. Perfect atmosphere. Excellent service. Uber or pan ahead for parking. Finding a place nearby to park was near impossible.
  33. RS

    RobertS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters to start were outstanding. Petite Filet and Porterhouse were cooked perfectly and tasted like prime aged steaks should. Excellent. Service was excellent as well
  34. TG

    TiffanyG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rare Steakhouse food and drinks were delicious and the staff was great from the time my party walked in until we left.
  35. IA

    IkeA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rare steak was great as always.
  36. CS

    CarltonSooHoo

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent rib eye, mushrooms, broccolini, and chocolate cake.
  37. SW

    ScorchedW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My family and I wasn’t impressed with the food. The downstairs area was dark but upstairs is where the majority of the customers dine-in. I wouldn’t come back for a special occasion but possibly for a casual a quick bite.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

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

    LynnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and steaks were outstanding! Highly recommend.
  40. 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.

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 4.7 stars by 848 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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