cold water lobster
Seared Day Boat Scallops
creamed corn, crispy sweet potato, bacon vinaigrette
We always have such great experiences at Rare whether it’s for a full dinner or just drinks and dessert at the bar.
Genevieve was our server last night and we’ve had her before and she is amazing!! All the staff we encounter make the experience great! And of course, the food is always exceptional.
The quality of server has really dropped, bartenders and main server not the normal standard I’m used to at this establishment. Food was amazing, staff lacked knowledge.
Excellent food, service, and drinks. Never underwhelmed after eating here.
Food was great, and we had amazing service from Jahar!
Excellent steaks, sauces, and salads. Banana foster desert tops off an exceptional meal. Our server, Jahar is Always at the top of the game.
From the minute we walked into Rare, we could tell it was going to be a special experience, and we weren’t wrong! The service (Cynthia is AWESOME), the ambiance, the food, and the drinks were all above reproach! We cannot recommend Rare more highly, especially if it is a special night out!
Food and service was great! Some things were priced well and some weren't. Overall, it was a little overpriced. The place was surprisingly loud and felt a little crammed. However, we had a great time! Will be back for sure!
Our server was fantastic. The food was equally good. Dined in the Library and had it to ourselves for most of the meal. Perfect 61st birthday. Thanks.
Sons graduation from UW Madison
My husband and I travelled to Madison for an R&R weekend and chose Rare for its ratings and we were not disappointed. The location is incredible and the ambiance stunning. The food was impeccable and the wait staff knowledgeable and charming. Our server “Amanda” brought us a five star experience and made our visit extremely memorable. We definitely recommend and will definitely return!
It’s our favorite restaurant in Madison!
First time at Rare and I loved it. Brought a co-worker and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Everything about the meal was perfect to from the medium rare filet done perfectly to the extremely tasty Brussels sprouts and loaded hash brown. I will definitely be coming back
Lovely restaurant with great ambiance. Good food but only a bit warm. Excellent service. Most of food outstanding with exceptions: scallops had too much spice, duck confit. Outstanding items: lobster soup, tuna, salmon, crab cakes and steak. A lot more expensive than the price of other excellent restaurants in Madison.
Amazing service and made our 4 year anniversary one to remember. The food was well prepared and the Wagyu is one that you need to try. Drinks were always being refilled and they have a great wine selection. Not too noisy and the atmosphere was very comforting if you were on a date or even with a group of friends. The recommendations by our server were amazing and we would come back again very soon!
The food and drink were good but my review is specific to the service received. Our server was outstanding! I believe her name was Genevieve (sp?) and she knew any and all details of every menu, didn't matter whether it was drinks or food. And the way she explained things with such enthusiasm - really refreshing to see someone take that much pride in her role. She was by far the best I've ever seen (and I've been around the block a few times...). I NEVER write reviews so believe me when I say she left a lasting impression. I hope she is paid well because you cannot find this level of professionalism / genuine passion in most service-based industries.
We loved the bisque, wedge, and popovers.
The bone-in ribeye was very expensive (I thought we were quoted $78 but were charged $87) and very fatty. I typically love this marbled cut because of the flavor, but couldn’t eat a third of the steak because of all the fat. The Shiitake mushrooms were very good, but the whipped potatoes were average at best.
The waitress gave us a free desert because we were disappointed and she could see the pile of fat that was left on the plate. That was appreciated, but the main course ruined the meal experience.
The staff were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.
Great food and drinks. Bartenders, hostess, and wait staff all very friendly.
Our entire waitstaff was phenomenal. Cynthia made our night. We are a family who hasn’t been able to all be together in 2 years. This evening topped off our entire weekend.
Our waitress Genevieve was amazing! Very friendly.
We went on Thanksgiving evening - and had the turkey dinner. It was wonderful - service was great - and the turkey was moist (both light and dark meat) and the sides were terrific. As always their popovers are super and the pecan pie that came with the menu was also fantastic (although we had to take it home with us - after feeling very full after the dinner). The cappuccinos were delightful. I would definitely recommend this restaurants to friends.
I’m an admitted steakhouse snob. Having said that, this review is specifically about a Thanksgiving reservation for my wife and I on 11/25/21. We were greeted in a warm and friendly manner, immediately seated at a very comfortable location in the back. Cocktails ordered straight away (Prosecco for my wife and a dirty Chopin martini, up, for me). The cocktails arrived quickly, and popovers were placed at the table with two types of butter. I ordered the lobster bisque. All delicious and exactly what one would expect from Rare. The room we were in was suitably dark, and jazz music was playing softly in the background. I mention the ambiance because so many people have complained about the lighting. I love a noir room. Cell phones have flashlights. It’s an easy fix!
We dined on the prix fix Thanksgiving meal, and I must say, I was prepared to be dissatisfied. After all, we are talking about a Holiday meal during a continuing pandemic. I’m happy to report, this was far from the case. The turkey itself, both white meat and dark, along with crispy skin (THANK YOU CHEF!) we’re delectable! The meal came with ALL the sides, and each were done perfectly! Add to that a Caymus Cabernet, and the main course was truly satisfying… dare I say, even delightful? Yes. Delightful! Desert was pecan pie for yours, and a chocolate torte for my better half. Add coffee, and an entirely wonderful meal! Service was swift, accurate and knowledgeable, friendly without being cloying, and ultimately exactly what I hope in a restaurant of this caliber. Thank you Luciana T. Your service during a Holiday was fantastic! Also, thanks to the manager/front of the house person for checking in on us. It was professional of you, and, again, exactly what is expected from a restaurant of this level!
Jahar was the best waitstaff I’ve ever had. So knowledgeable and friendly. Food was incredible. It was expensive, but worth it.
Rare Steakhouse is among the most premiere of steak joints I have ever dined at. I have eaten many delicious steaks at many steakhouses around the country and this is among the best of them. Their great steaks, accompaniments, atmosphere, and make this fine establishment a MUST!
I ordered the fillet mignon and my husband had the tenderloin. Both were cooked perfectly, were tender and very tasty. The side also were very good. Our waiter was terrific. He was very informative, friendly, and attentive. We asked him to tell us about the Japanese Wagyu and he did a great job of filling us in on how it is raised and prepared. We had a great meal and experience at Rare. Will definitely go back there, even though we don't usually eat much steak.
Food was great and Genevieve was awesome!
Great service, great food… my wife was over the moon!
Aside from excellent food our server was friendly and extremely efficient. The ambience in the room was warm but elegant with not a lot of noise. We sat by the window with great view of the capitol.
Our special occasion was our daughter’s birthday. We were treated like royalty. Between the food stuff and the hostess and our server, everyone was so amazingly kind and courteous.
Rare Steakhouse is a nice traditional steakhouse. My steak was a little tougher than it should have been for the price and advertised quality. The sides were fantastic - highly recommend the hash browns. Our service was good but not exceptional.
Amazing! I had a business meeting a some special requests for hearing impaired and seat comfort. Thank you so much! It made a big difference.
The meal was amazing and the service outstanding.
Ordered the special steak from Snake River. Should have been excellent but was not a tender piece of meat. When we complained to the server she did nothing.
We had an amazing anniversary dinner at Rare. Every single step from walking into this establishment to walking out was superb. This staff was above and beyond courteous, kind, and attentive. So glad we chose this restaurant to celebrate at.
It's a really nice place. Not sure that the Price of a steak is worth what they're charging. The food was very good it was very good not the best I've had. Their prices Are in lineWith a 5 star restaurant
I don’t mind paying a lot for a great meal and experience. Unfortunately we got the pay a lot for a meal but the service and experience didn’t match the price we paid. The server didn’t seem like he wanted to be there. Did the minimum he could do. Absolutely no personality. Drinks took 15-20 minutes. Was served things we didn’t order and were on the bill at the end. Bread was cold. Steaks were really good. Definitely not going back. I’d rather go to Johnny’s or tornado next time.
We had a fabulous dinner and Genevieve is a true gem!
Overall the experience was good. The music choices seemed a little odd for the steakhouse atmosphere. My only issues with the service is that they brought out our entrees while we were still eating our appetizers. We had requested to move slow with our food since we were enjoying our anniversary. Other than that the servers were nice.
From start to finish, we were very happy with the service, ambience, and most importantly, the food.
We will be making the 2 hour drive to go again
OpenTable ダイナー1506名によるRare Steakhouseの評価は4.7☆です。