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Rare Chop House
Rare Chop House

Rare Chop House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rarechophouse.com
  • Email: info@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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 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
  • "Mt. Vernon has needed a restaurant of this quality for a long time. Outstanding food and service are delivered each and every meal."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "the ambience was there and working. the service was impeccable and extremely warm . the appetiizer was tasty with nice presentation. drinks were cold and always ready to bring more. the main course was timely with professional service.almost everything was delicious except for my steak ; it had too much fat and too much gristle as compared to steaks i have eaten across the united states. desert was quite filling. i will probably return for another venture in the future. i told two staff members , one of which appeared to be a chef , about my steak who i thought didn't want to hear about it......"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Our first experience at Rare was in honor of my husband's birthday. What a pleasant surprise! The building appears to be a rehabbed store-front/warehouse in downtown Mt. Vernon. Great space. Everything we ordered was outstanding. My husband's rib-eye was cooked to perfection. My crab cakes were not overloaded with filler. The sweet blue crab was the star in every bite! Great service. Dinner was not at all rushed, but there was also no long wait for our entree. The added bonus was the very pleasant live music in the bar. We look forward to a return visit!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "All of the food is excellent, particularly the Prime Rib. I have been several time and will return. Rare rivals Chicago steak houses."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I made reservations for our anniversary, and were so very pleased. They staff was so friendly, and the atmosphere was very relaxed. There was live music in the bar, and the staff had no problems with us switching to the bar to eat. The quality of our food was very high, and excellent drinks as well!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was great. Service a little slow. Staff paid attention to baby. That was great. Waiter got one of the meals wrong"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We had a great experience here! Great drinks, great food, and awesome service! We had a reservation for 12 and not one person had a bad meal. The chorizo shrimp and grits were so good! I hate grits but I was told to try them because they were more like potatoes, and they were creamy and yummy and not too gritty! Most people had steak and I tried my husbands and it was equally as yummy!! The garlic salad dressing was a stand out for me too...must try it if you are a garlic lover. Overall the food was wonderful. We had josh as a server and he was great! We always had drinks and he took great care of us. It was great to see something like this in mt Vernon...I hate always going to chain restaurants!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My second trip to the restaurant. Service has improved dramatically."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Couldn't get reservations for Christmas Eve, so we chose the night after Christmas to treat my parents who we're in from Florida Our server was great.. Mom (who's 83) can't eat spicy foods at all and he went over the entire menu with her to make sure she got what she could eat. Unfortunately there was a mix up with the kitchen staff and her shrimp was blackened...... No harm done! Our wonderful server (can't remember his name) had the kitchen fix the mix up and she LOVED her dinner.."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "theblue crab cakes and white cheddar grit were heavenly! Loved the farmers cheese too!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Rare should be in New York City because of the class of the restaurant! We definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "First time eating at RARE was great experience. Had an office Christmas party there. Did not disappoint. Wish appetizers had a little larger portions as we shared three among 7-8 people. Main courses, desserts, service, and atmosphere excellent. Slightly loud but it was Christmas with several large groups celebrating. Had to have the waitress repeat specials several times due to ambient noise. Overall excellent experience. Great for special occasions. Would recommend to friends and family."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I just keeps getting better. Food is do well prepared, service was attentive and it's a great value for the money. It will be a destination every time I am in town. Plaudits a perfect place to treat special friends"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This is a great place to eat. This was our second time there and both experiences were amazing. You will not be disappointed with your meal, drinks or atmosphere!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It is nice to finally have someplace local that is considered to be upscale where a special occasion can be celebrated. My wife took me to Rare for my 50th birthday and we were extremely pleased with every aspect. I am the type of person that doesn't mind paying for a good meal. That being said, I expect to get what I pay for. We did. The service was great. Out server was attentive to our needs. The food was excellent. Pricey yes, but worth it. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the décor. We will be back again."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Decor & location is great! The menu and wait staff need to grow some. Loose ends in several areas. Slow on offering off menu items, knowledge of bar spirits, plate clearing. Have experienced better food with each setting - 3 since opening. Bread seems to be a moving target. A basket of warm bread/crackers sat at the table first thing, gives the diners a smile and welcomed feeling. This is a cheap hook that is under used. Prime rib could become signature dish. Was 5 star! Just need to have enough to go around - looked so forward to it this past weekend but missed out."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food was good but they ran out during the service of out table of basic staple food on a shrimp dish. Service was average. I think the meals are overpriced for the area. 30 dollar entrees are Chicago prices IMO. Limited menu with mostly Steak and chops and a few seafood dishes, as expected by the Name "Rare Chop House." Menu tends to be on the spicy side and is reflected in the drink selections as well. Decor is very nice, trendy and high tech in a way. Glass enclosed wine cellar is a centerpiece with smaller rooms around the main dining area. Bbar and reception area are very nice. Very cleanlines abound. Tends to be very noisy with large crowds and difficult to hear any conversations at you table. Up and coming restaurant for the area."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great atmosphere, wonderful food and outstanding service. Excellent wine list. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening... a classy environment and wonderful food and service. The prices are comparable to dining in St Louis, and the dinner was well worth it. We'll be going there again."
    Dined on 10/21/2013