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Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC

4.7
669 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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Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    $65.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Let RARE Steakhouse do all the cooking this Thanksgiving! We are offering a 3-Course Prix Fixe menu for $65.00/person, featuring all the favorites with freshly carved turkey to all the fixings! Join us from 2pm - 8pm. Want to gather with family at home? We are also offering takeout feast! Visit www.raresteaks.com for more details.
  • 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 - 6:30pm. Reservations are required.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
What 669 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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vipwineslut
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were very good.
Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A little lack luster. Maybe I’ll be back sometime.

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PatrickB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary at Rare. It was amazing and was fortunate to be seated in their booth seating. Food was amazing, customer service was fantastic and just a beautiful place.

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vipBClarke
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated two birthdays and everything was AMAZING!!!
The service was outstanding and food was memorable. We will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The waiter or staff were at the table every 5 minutes. They honestly wouldn’t let us enjoy our conversation or food. I enjoy finer dining but this was just obnoxious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner and food and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

Terrible service waiter didn’t have time to deal with us not a destination for African American

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My son recently started at Howard University and I was visiting him in DC so decided to get a good steak. He loved it (and the bread)! One of my favorite steak places to go and now it’s one of his.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I were looking for a nice restaurant that was close to our hotel. This was perfect.. Food was excellent. Had the steak, medium rare. It was cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were delicious. Overall we were very pleased and will definitely go back.

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Cedric
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent as it always is. The only concern last night was that the hat policy was not equitable enforced. As two black men we were reminded (although we didn’t need one) to remove our hats. When we arrived on the second floor dining area there was a white man already dining with a hat on his head. Umm!

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StacyS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rare was phenomenal! We went for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. While we could tell they were busy and probably understaffed, they were very communicative about being busy and took great care of us regardless of being understaffed or not. The food was top notched (GET THE MUSHROOMS AND THE LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE), the drinks were delicious. It was definitely worth the price and experience. We will be back!

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vipPaul
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall, good experience for a DC steakhouse

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Alaha
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for my birthday and our group was seated in the private dining hall. Service was outstanding and food was delicious. Definitely pricey but for our night in combination with ambiance, our room and service the price for the food was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Great service and very cool atmosphere. The sides were also very tasty. The steaks left something to be desired at the price point. The New York strip was extremely chewy and gristly.

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vipJeffH
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service! Very elegant decor!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Service was decent. But slow. The filet I ordered was cooked perfect. However the apps and shrimp cocktail I ordered was terrible. It definitely wasn’t fresh and they didn’t devein the shrimp. I was embarrassed that I had to do that and stop my girl from eating it to devein the shrimp before she ate it.
But the steak was great. Overall very overpriced.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Over priced food with no justified entertaining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff and the food were great! The steak was nice and tender and well-seasoned! The lobster Mac and cheese was also delicious. Very classy place!

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vipAlanW
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Had the 36oz Tomahawk...a third of the meat was fat or grizzle and couldn’t be eaten. The potato side was ok but the creamed corn was awful. Taking a great side like creamed corn and trying to fancy it up rarely works. Then when the bill came we saw we were charged for the rolls brought to the table. LMFAO!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere
Great service
Great food!

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exactly what we needed. Great bourbon, excellent wine, and absolutely phenomenal food. Had the wet-aged NY strip, the go-to. A proper evening with the excellent service this place is known for. A definite reccomend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rare is always a great experience. Andre is truly a fantastic and knowledgeable bartender who makes everyone feel welcome and makes great cocktails.

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JcindyM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Gracie was amazing, informative and very kind. Thank you for a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed myself. Wagyu was excellent. Oysters great. Everything was an experience. View and table i requested was followed. A+ experience.

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AndrewS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best steaks I’ve ever had. However, that did not compare to the level of service. Absolutely top notch from Andre! From his drink making to his attentiveness he sets the bar very high for dining experiences going forward. Thanks Andre!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

they were very accommodating w. tne service! loved the oysters and the tomahawk- i just wish they offered a little more on the menu

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DanielaO
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff and service. And of course, food was amazing. Husband is a steak guy and the ribeye was one of, if not the best, he’s ever had.

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Crissy
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful time spent here at Rare! Fantastic staff and cooks, I really felt a like a movie star with the 5 STAR service! The way the chefs make sure their food is full of flavor and fresh, I will certainly be back! My server was Nick and all of his recommendations were spot on! From the wine to the food, we ate really good! I did not get a chance to try any desert, that will be my excuse to come back. Thank you for the grade A+ service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great steak!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was simply amazing!!!!

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Johanna
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Best steak I’ve ever eaten. Will was an incredible server as well. Highly recommend. Will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My experiences at Rare have been amazing. Not only is the food and happy hour amazing, the bartender, Andre, goes above and beyond every time. The amount of different delicious cocktails that he has introduced me too has been eye opening. The blue cheese olives are one-of-a-kind and you’ll usually see me at the bar enjoying them. Found my new #1 bartender in dc!

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FranzR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lived up to the hype of best steaks.
Went here for a bachelor party. We didn't disclose the reason why 5 guys were dining in Rares. Steak and dinner was so amazing we were silently crying while eatting our steaks. Knowing that everybite meant we will have less of the steak.
Would recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The 20oz NY Strip is decadent.

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fine369
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfectly done steaks. Waiter very attentive. Good value all around. I will be back.

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Will
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A great place for a bachelor party. Thanks for everything!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one of our favorite steak houses. Service is always spot on and place is very nice

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC using the Order Online button. Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 800-9994.

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC is rated 4.7 stars by 669 OpenTable diners.

Rare Steakhouse - Washington DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.raresteaks.com/store/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.