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Rare Chop House
Rare Chop House

Rare Chop House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rarechophouse.com
  • Phone: (618) 244-7273
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Liz Phelps
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We feature several private dining opportunities for your meetings, parties, showers, celebrations, and everything in between. We feature a Semi-Private dining area adjacent to the main dining floor behind frosted glass that can hold larger parties of 20-25. For your private needs we have the "LJB Room" complete with a Board Room table that seats 12 comfortably, a media center that plugs directly into our 60' Big Screen TV on the wall, a private entrance, and beautiful Art from all over the world. RARE requires only a minimum purchase of $500 to reserve the LJB Room. Call us directly for availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Brandon Bullard (618) 244-7273

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: RARE Features a small parking lot on the South side of the building with handicap accessibility, 2 other parking facilities across Jordan Street, and across Broadway, as well as a City Parking Lot caddy-corner to RARE.
A word from Rare Chop House
Come and enjoy the region's most exquisite culinary experience, from our open kitchen, to our Wine Room with 1000+ wines from all over the world, to the unique culinary cuisine prepared by the one and only Chef Liz. Exceptional Food and even better service await your palate here at RARE Chophouse, just off the square in Mt. Vernon! Visit us online at www.rarechophouse.com.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was delicious. All around we had no complaints."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "We love going to RARE! We typically only do it as a special occasion but we look forward to the opportunities to be able to go. Great food and the best service in town."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I made reservations through Open Table for our first visit to Rare Chop House. The ambiance was excellent for a quiet meal. The decor was something I didn't expect in Southern Illinois. The 1880's industrial building was highlighted with huge exposed steel beams, exposed ceilings and brick walls and complimented modern furnishings and art. The unique lighting cast an even glow over the dining area. I I chose the daily special that was a delicious 10 ounce New York Strip steak that was cooked perfectly to medium rare. It was seasoned with a patty of crab herb butter and salt and pepper. The meat was juicy and flavorful. My wife had the Bourbon Grilled Salmon and it was perfect as well. We will be making the 60 mile drive again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We had threel different entrees and they were all excellent. The service was great."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Servers did a great job at meeting our group needs."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We were celebrating a 68th birthday and a 47th wedding anniversary. Prompt seating as requested for reservation. Server was exceptional and food was excellent. the appetizers were very good, cheese and fruit tray highly recommended. Steaks were sized just right and cooked to perfection. Salmon and tilapia were also prepared to perfection. Service and food were definitely 5-star."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I found Rare Chop House online while looking for a place to go for our anniversary. What a find! So wonderful to have a place to go on a date night without driving hours away. I don't know what lunch prices are, but dinner is special occasion pricing for us, but perfectly reasonable given the ambiance and incredible service of the establishment. Steaks were cooked to temperature perfectly and dessert was mind-blowing. My husband's response when we arrived was "Wow, babe, great job" in reference to surprising him with a reservation. We will most definitely go back and will recommend it to our friends!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "restaurant in a small town in downstate illinois but expensive with chicago prices. you have to buy salad as well as bread and butter."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "RARE was indeed a rare find for such a small town in southern Illinois. My wife and I had an delightful evening and will certainly look forward to more fine dinning at Rae Chop House!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I am from the Bay Area and I was there visiting family. What a nice sir pride to find a quality restaurant in this small town. Great waiter, great food - I will go back whenever I am in town"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We found this place on the internet when traveling through Mt. Vernon. What a pleasant surprise. The food and service were excellent. My husband had the salmon and said it was one of the best he's ever had. I had the chicken plablo (sp?) which was very tasty and tender. We had delicious mushrooms for an appetizer and very good cheesecake for dessert. We'll definitely go back when traveling in IL."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Happy to have such a nice place in the area. Food and overall experience was very good. Will be going back soon."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Today, I own and operate a special event planning company. My background also includes having worked in food and beverage senior management for Ritz Carlton Hotel company from coast to coast. This restaurant not only meets, but exceeds my expectations and standards of excellence I would expect from a restaurant operating at Ritz Carlton Hotel."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Had a dinner meeting on a Monday night for 6. First time at this restaurant. Food was good, a little over priced for Mt. Vernon. Food was priced like a Downtown Chicago Steakhouse. The slow service was the most troubling. Few other patrons, but it took 30 minutes to get entrees after salads. We weren't looking to be rushed, but weren't looking to spend all night there. Overall, I with this restaruant the best, I just hope they become more efficient in the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My wifes retirement celebration. Perfect! Had the prime rib special. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We absolutely love Rare. The food is always top notch. I've never received anything that wasn't cooked perfectly and delicious. Their wine list and wine room is extraordinary, their bar is gorgeous. The ambience is always great. Anytime the owner is around he makes a point to stop by and ask about our experience. LOVE!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Rare is a beautiful restaurant comparable to Chicago or NYC yet it is close by. We completely forgot we were in Southern Illinois. You can watch the servers, cooks, and chef at work through a glass window, which made it really fun. The chef came to the table and advised on dishes that could be customized to meet our special dietary needs. Everything was fabulous including the wine and coffee. The tables are separated sufficiently that you it is very private yet you are with others. We highly recommend Rare for an outstanding steak, a special occasion, or just an escape."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This place is big city great. Good is excellent and innovative and service is excellent. The wine list is very interesting and affordable."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "After a terrible experience at our previous "special occasions" go to, we decided to give this place a try. I ordered the fillet and my husband ordered the yellow fin tuna. We ended up splitting both meals because they were spectacular, down to the sauteed vegetables. The house wine was the perfect kind of semi-sweet and they had a good variety. The atmosphere was a little loud, however, it was prom night so Im sure this was the reason. The service could not have been better. Our server made us feel like we were the only ones in the place. We finished our meal off with a salted caramel cheesecake and a marshmallow martini. Now THAT is what real cheesecake should taste like. Will definitely be returning. I hope they don't change a thing! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Really impressed with how good the food was. We had steak and a grilled chicken. Both were excellent. As good as I have ever had. They have also done a very nice job decorating the place. You won't find a place like this nearby unless you travel to St. Louis. It even tops the finer dining places I have been to over there. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Up until my first visit, the Firefly Grill in Effingham was my favorite area restaurant. The Rare Chop House is every bit equal in quality. Excellent, friendly service and terrific food. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Fourth time we have been. Steak and service was wonderful. Seems, all the bugs have been worked out."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have dined at Rare multiple times for lunch and dinner. This was the second time with a large group. Rare really caters to groups so every member of the group feels special and attended to in a timely manner. Everyone had a spectacular experience - food was amazing and service was terrific."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Server was very attentive (without overkill) & polite. Live entertainment was good also."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Food is on the expensive side but ambience, service is excellent and so is the food. Great place for a special occasion dinner."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This has become one of our go to favorites! The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff is great & the chef is amazing. Everything we've had has been top notched. I've enjoyed lunch & dinner both and loved it all."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our third visit. The food and service have improved each time. We had the special, "Prime Rib". Very thick cut, cooked just right."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I will start by saying how exceptional the food is. Great ingredients made well. We had a group of 8 and service excellent. The only complaint is that I've eaten there twice. The first time I ordered shrimp and grits. It was well prepared and included about 8 shrimp on a healthy portion of grits. The second time dining there, my husband ordered the shrimp and grits. He was impressed with the taste but we were really disappointed with the portion. It looked like a very small appetizer. It had 4 shrimp and a much smaller portion of grits than the first visit. He left hungry. I will say what he had was excellent, but wish it had been consistent with the first visit."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a very good experience. Overall te food was great. The medium preared steak was perfect but the medium well was almost charred however did not ask for a replacement. Very upscale for the area and was a good experience for a special evening. The bar area is very nice and relaxing with reasonable drink prices. The main eating area was a little loud but there were several large groups. Will definately return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our dining experience was top notch. From the extremely attentive waitress to the delicious meal, everything was perfect. The chef even visited our table. I would highly recommend Rare for a nice night out."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We got a $20 gift card and I looked up the resteraunt online. We drove 40 minutes for Valentines Day and after our experience We thought it was well worth the drive. Atmosphere was very comfortable and the staff was great. We will definately return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were delighted with Rare. We were greeted by the receiving staff who offered us a glass of complementary campaign. Even though we had a reservation we had to wait about five minutes for our table. The place was packed but not too noisy. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and contributed to the enjoyment of the evening. The steak was excellent and prepared rare as ordered. The shrimp and grits was also very good. We were very pleased with our Valentine Day dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentine's Day was our first experience at Rare, and due to the waitstaff and amazing chef, we will make going to this restaurant for more than just special occasions. So often we leave restaurants knowing we could have had a better dinner at home. But finally we have found a place that tops anything we could create at home. Every aspect of our meal was top notch. And the ambience was perfect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The ambience is very upscale - big city like, and the staff very professional for a small town such as is Mount Vernon. The only complaint is that with the prices at the five star level, all our dishes came cool to cold."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife was very pleased with her salad. I ordered fish which was good, but lacked the presentation that I expected from this restaurant. The bread served with my wifes salad was so hard it was difficult to chew, but it was tasty. I feel that this restaurant is trying hard to give their customers a very high end dining experience, but it is obvious they aren't there yet."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We come to Rare Chop House often. The best part is the cuisine by Chef Liz . We enjoy the lunch and dinner menus. It is appropriate for all situations. We have visited as a couple, with friends, family and even business . The use of social media and a nice website makes it easy to keep up to date with anything new or special and to make a reservation."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food is outstanding along with the service. A little pricey but well worth it. Our watress was very attentive and was always checking in on us. I would highly recommend RARE to anyone looking for a great sit down meal. The bar had live music that was above standard. It wasnt loud enough to bother you will dining but once you entered into the bar area you could hear fine."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Excellent service, excellent food and atmosphere. Good wine list. A real find in Southern Illinois."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. The only complaint that we had ( there were 10 of us) was that the restaurant was a little chilly."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We received a gift certificate for Christmas for you restaurant. We decided to use it for my birthday in January and then go on to the show that night. The food was excellent. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. In fact, everyone was very friendly. The only thing that I was uncomfortable with was the price. This wouldn't be a place that I would come to on a regular basis. I would save this for special occasions only. The total price for the two of us was more than we would normally spend. Maybe for other people it is fine, but for us it was high."
    Dined on 1/17/2014