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RARE Steakhouse and Tavern, Washington DC

Rare Steak & Seafood is a unique fine dining restaurant located at 1595 I Street NW in downtown Washington, DC. This classic American steakhouse brings the rustic, Midwestern charm of its other two locations to our Nation’s Capital, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and experience for diners. HR Construction had the honor of recreating this concept from scratch, transforming an empty space into the grand, two-story restaurant.



  • Category: Hospitality
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Owner/Client: Nobel Chef Hospitality
  • Architect: SAINT
  • Contract Value: $3.75 Million
  • Duration: 5 Months
  • Award: 2018 Ernest Wiemann
    Top Job Competition


  • Completed the 9,300 square-foot build-out of an existing building shell
  • Created two levels with separate design elements, connected by a grand entry staircase with spiral detail, antique-brushed finish, brass handrails, and millwork guardrail
  • Built structural framed elevated bar and entry platforms
  • Constructed the restaurant’s three feature bars: the main bar, raw bar, and piano bar
  • Created two private dining rooms with coffered ceilings & wall-to-wall millwork; raised panel & column wraps throughout
  • Installed a reclaimed rustic oak herringbone floor on the first floor and an engineered rustic oak floor on the second floor
  • Constructed built-in millwork banquettes & circular booths
  • Installed a complete CaptiveAir make-up air & exhaust system, eleven new air handling units with cut heaters, and a central Marlin dimming system controlling all LED strip, sconce, pendant, and chandelier lighting
  • Constructed 2,000 square-foot back of the house
  • Built a wine display system with three self-contained wine refrigeration units along with walk-in coolers
NEWH DC Chapter,
Gold Maven Sponsor
AGC of America
Allied Member SM Seal
International Hospitality Institute