Rare Chop House
Rare Chop House

Rare Chop House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rarechophouse.com/
  • Phone: 6182447273
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • 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 6182447273

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Rare Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)notable wine list (15)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (14)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (12)great for lunch (8)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Friendsdine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bright spot for So IL dining. We enjoyed delicious Bourbon Salmon (great sauce and not over-cooked) & the Chef 's pasta special (had a little "kick" to it) Attentive and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to improve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food has vastly improved since our first visit shortly after their grand-opening. While it's pricey, the menu selections and food quality are close to what you might expect in St. Louis...without the long drive. I ordered the NY Strip steak, and it was outstanding...well seasoned, well cooked, perfectly trimmed, and a big juicy hunk of tender beef. The calamari app was also very good. Her scallops were also excellent. Both entree's came with one side. Bread would have been a nice addition, but none was offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emem
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went to Rare for our anniversary . My husband got the fillet, it was Excellent. I got the ribeye, it wasn't good, it was cut too thin and overcooked. I would go back again just not order the ribeye. Everything else was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Lks47
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a party of five for dinner. We were seated in a smaller area behind frosted dividers and noise level was great. Our waitress, Shanna, did an excellent job. Two ordered ribeyes and smashed cauliflower. Cooked to perfection. The shark steak and crab cakes were also great. My husband ordered the special, stuffed pork chop- it was cooked to hard abd brown and the meat was dry. Our overall impression was very good. A little pricey but nice to have for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SIUEparent
    SIUEparent
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Overall very good I should have known from the name Rare Chop House I should have ordered my steak well done, not medium rare, a little to pink for my tastes but still very good, wife had the pork and enjoyed it. Lots of wine choices went with house melot
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nathan
    telluthetruth
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything was delicious. All around we had no complaints.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rare Chop House Rocks!
    DriveTheHill
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had threel different entrees and they were all excellent. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Servers did a great job at meeting our group needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday & Anniversary celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Date Night Place
    hungrymommy
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    restaurant in a small town in downstate illinois but expensive with chicago prices. you have to buy salad as well as bread and butter.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RARE
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    WineLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    bah123
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would recommend
    DandB
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Happy to have such a nice place in the area. Food and overall experience was very good. Will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - very slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • retirement celebration
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wifes retirement celebration. Perfect! Had the prime rib special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Rare Chop House reviews archive.
  • We love Rare!!!
    DAMAEO
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An escape from Southern Illinois
    SIdinner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in Mt Vernon
    AztecfoodieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    lovegoodfood2
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food
    MrMan
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another south-central IL gem
    starman
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    luvwine
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fourth time we have been. Steak and service was wonderful. Seems, all the bugs have been worked out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations as usual!
    brandon
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    RedBirds
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was delicious. Server was very attentive (without overkill) & polite. Live entertainment was good also.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    ontherun
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant around!
    DAMAEO
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved
    luvwine
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions inconsistent
    PortionsInconsistent
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and atmosphere
    steakrater
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite
    Ladybug
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat in Mount Vernon,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Special
    Zed001
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ambience is very upscale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great yet.
    luv2eat
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.