An Iron Chef takes the capital! Award-winning chef Jose Garces helms Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, now open at the Loews Madison Hotel. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the Loews Madison is proud to be home to Chef Garces’s first restaurant in Washington, D.C.
The name Rural Society is derived from La Sociedad Rural Argentina (Argentine Rural Society) and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event in Argentina that is part livestock show, part gaucho exhibition, and part glittering social gathering. A major cultural and political event in the South American nation, La Exposicion Rural has brought together large crowds since its beginnings in 1866. After a visit to Argentina and Uruguay with his team earlier this year, Chef Gaces returned to the States inspired by the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of Rural Society.
In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables are grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).
Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can savor handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar showcases South American and Argentine wines.
We look forward to welcoming you to Rural Society in Washington, D.C.
Breakfast: 6:30 AM–11:00 AM
Lunch: Noon–3:00 PM
Bar: Happy Hour starts at 4:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM