Rare, the Steak House
Rare, the Steak House

Rare, the Steak House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rarestk.com/
  • Phone: 9732566699
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Greorio Polimeni
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: On and off premise available
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Rooms Avialable 7 days a week. Wine cellar and coach room upper level
  • Private Party Contact: Altin Zhuleku 9732566699

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 23
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit and Little Falls train station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available Wednesday thru Saturday, along with our private lot.
A word from Rare, the Steak House
When you’ve got a yen for a succulent flavorful steak cooked just how you like it, at an exciting new establishment, suburban in convenience, urban in design & attitude…Treat yourself to a Rare experience. At Rare, it's all about the steak. Select cuts of prime Dry aged beef, cooked to your specifications, are presented with your choice of exceptional side dishes. Selections from the Raw Bar include oysters, colossal shrimp cocktail & Rare's "shellfish extravaganza", a combo of delicacies. For those who hunger for something other than steak, choose from lamb, veal, poultry & fish entrees that are expertly prepared & plated. Wine aficionados take note…Rare's cellar is home to just the right Glass or bottle of wine with which to accompany your meal. Rare boasts a generously sized bar, the perfect spot to unwind, socialize & network after a hard day's work & commute. For exceptional dining so close to home, simply reserve your table, sit back & enjoy the Rare experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Rare, the Steak House reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (16)romantic (16)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Great Food
    Anne
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyed a Sunday evening dinner at Rare. Good prices, good food, I have this place close to home. The desserts were great, all around nice place to go. You can enjoy the atmosphere...not loud. Have been there many times and have never bee disappointed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best To Date
    Seidelsprayco1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a great meal! The food and service were outstanding. Sat at the bar with Lisa and Lexi and everything was great. Boys night out and it couldn't have been better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    As an avid NJ foodie I must say I really enjoyed my Rare experience. Service was outstanding & the ambiance was pleasant. Overall the food was wonderful & the only real complaint aside from the atrocious parking is the toughness of the meat. Compared to a few of the other local restaurants that specialize in fine dining both their special Angus cut and the Milk Fed Veal chop were a bit on the tough side although otherwise perfectly cooked to temperature. I would give it 4.5 stars if OpenTable allowed it. This would, however NOT deter me from going back again. I can't rave enough about their appetizers & amazing Whipped Potatoes with Crème Fraiche. Don't overlook the desert either. I look forward to my next dining experience at Rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steakhouse
    Katse
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Rare knows their steaks and is happy to educate. They have a very good pasta selection from their sister restaurant Il Tulipino. I wasn't impressed with their fish selection. But then again, why get fish when you can have the best steak in Essex County?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare is a rare find
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A great neighborhood restaurant serving great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rare...a great Steakhouse
    Madeline
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Everything about our dinner was fine except the creamed spinach. The only other concern that we had was that although the food was good, it was very pricey for the area. The type of restaurant you might go to as a 'treat' but not go on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Place!
    SteveS
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was excellent and they showed you the cuts of meat before you ordered which was nice. Monday night was very quiet, but the place is a bit small so definitely get reservations for busier nights of the week! The wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loud noise level
    dougie53
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The noise level in the dinning room is unbearable, service was slow and the food was just ok very disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Steak!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The filet was "melt-in-your-mouth" and the rest of the dinner complimented the meat admirably. Great service, comfortable atmosphere and reasonable prices. The menu has some hard-to-find items that make this restaurant a "go too" choice for the serious meat lover.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A meat lovers dream
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I f want a great piece of meat cooked to perfection, Rare is the place to go. The service, the attention to detail and the expansive menu make this perfect for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic.
    NJBeerSnob
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Just simply a great steak house - great service and perfectly cooked steaks. Can't wait to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was great
    butchersdaughter
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    No need to look for another steak house to eat at when we have one in our back yard very, very good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love red meat
    Ilovebbq
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great place to find an excellent selection of red meat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    NewsjunkieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This restaurant is terrific in every way great food good service ,friendly staff
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gotogeezer
    gotogeezers
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Steaks are always prime & done exactly the way you want it. Service is excellent. Manager Steve treats you like an old friend, which makes the whole experience wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Favorite Steakhouses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Been here several times, just with my wife for birthdays and anniversaries. Never had bad service nor bad food. We would get an appetizer each and an entree and never have room for dessert. When I order my steak it is always cooked the way I like, the Mrs. orders fish almost always but this past time ordered a steak and was cooked perfectly for her. We celebrated my Flag Day birthday on Fathers Day, and was greeted with how I preferred to be greeted since I had flipped my days around. The Maître 'd is always friendly and always makes his rounds as well as the servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I thought for the price of the lump crab cocktail you would get a little more than that. As for the Filet, really nice piece of meat. I thought the rub could have been a little apparant. The lobster tail was cooked well, with nice seasoning. All in all, a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daniel b day
    JMCout4dinner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We went for my sons birthday. Accidentally we made our reservation for Thursday an when we didn't show Steve called to make sure we were ok. Explaining our situation that we wanted Friday night he accommodated us. After dinner he surprised us with a birthday cake for the whole table of 8. Thanks again Steve for a great night out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm , friendly
    NewsjunkieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My favorite restaurant , I highly recommend it. I frequent it several times a month Good food and fairly priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great find
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    A gem away from the big town hustle and bustle. The best meat around anywhere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After Graduation
    signofthebeefeater
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were very early for our reservation. Called Rare, and they said come in any time your table is ready. Early arrival was good as some in the group were traveling. Oysters were fresh, and great. We ate seafood, beef and pasta, and all were excellent. Wine list was great, and all found one to match there taste. Overall a great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak.
    Totowa67
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was my third time to this restaurant and all three times I have ordered the Ultimate Cowboy steak . and its been great everytime.If your a steak person don't hesitate to get it here at Rare you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time Not Like the First
    Altutor
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was our second time eating at Rare. The minestrone soup special was nothing more than broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini in a clear broth. Beans and/pasta was not even included in this app. The tomato and onion app, while not the fault of the chef, had some tough spots to chew on inside of the tomato. The grass fed steak and veal chops, while cooked nicely, were heavily peppered. I typically don't mind extra pepper, but this was a bit much. I was tasting pepper long after our meal. I am not, at this point, tempted to go back, especially for the cost. I want to like the restaurant given that I love a good steak, but these few things didn't make us feel good about our visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steaks
    SirSlick
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Rare in Litttle Falls, is a terrific spot the food is superb. Great for a special occasion, and a perfect spot for a date night. Will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My mom loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service and good were great. As long as my mom enjoyed it for Mother's Day I'm fine :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Laura
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Dining at Rare is like dinner with old friends, it's always a good time. Steve knows how to take care of his guests and the food is always amazing. This time I had the lamb chops with the frizzled onions -just fab!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    Snowbunnie
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I would rate Rare a 6.5 out if 10. Our dinners were amazing. The steak we ordered did not come with a side, just a piece of broccoli. With the meals, there was no salad to start. I feel like everything is set to make them more money. It was our first time at the restaurant and probably will be our last.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 447 reviews are from the Rare, the Steak House reviews archive.
  • Consistent
    BubblesVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Have been to rare on several occasion and the Food, Service and Overall Experience has been very consistent. Rare does not miss a beat. Everyone should go at least once for a very pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner
    outfordinner
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Outstanding dinner. We had the veal and the lamb. More than enough and most of all really delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Hatetocook
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This restaurant is definitely a top of the line restaurant! From the friendliness of the hostess, the attentiveness of our server, and the outstanding food, this restaurant is a must!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a great restaurant and as good as the other restaurants owned by the Polimeni family. We highly recommend it for dinner and not only for their wonderful steaks, the seafood and appetizers are all very good. I have yet to be disappointed. Thank you Greg and family for opening this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than Steak
    Jazzy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The Lunello family of restaurants assure their customers that there is attention to detail, quality food which is not prepackaged, and decent wine selections and informed wait staff to help with pairings. We had scallops, grass-fed sirloin, lamb osso bucco, and spaghetti, with one of the daily special salads and oysters appetizers. All items were prepared properly - not overcooked. The coffee makes our top 10 list. Staff is cordial & attentive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    diner07
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our whole family had dinner at the Rare Steakhouse for a birthday celebration. We had the octopus with marinara sauce for appetizer, it was surprisingly good. I had the 12oz prime steak medium rare and it was perfect with a side order of Broccoli Rabe. My bro had the Veal chop which he demonstrated how good it was by picking up the bone to finish what was left. Overall good food, but as the place got busy, we had to look for our waiter and flag him down a couple of times. other than that it was a very good dinner for all of us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Went for the first time and tried a little bit of everything from seafood appetizers, the delicious rosemary bread and of course, the steak! We were incredibly impressed by the menu options and pleased with everything down to our parting espressos. Can not wait to go back - a little pricy but definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to bring good friends
    AmyS
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and everything went to plan. We set on time and the food was great. They made a nice note of the birthday. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite !!!
    Spuddy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Rare is my favorite spot to eat in the suburbs. Trust me if you don't feel like driving to NYC for a romantic dinner Rare is the place for you then. It actually feels like a NYC hot spot, lots of energy, great food and drinks! Highly recommended Rare is from this foodie. Get the Seafood Tower!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious dinner
    witheroney
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This was our first time dining at Rare, and would definitely come back. We ordered the porterhouse steak for two which was cooked to perfection. The sides were also very good, we recommend the truffle fries. Dessert was OK, nothing special (cheesecake). Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I had been to Rare in the past and enjoyed it very much but for various reasons we had not made it back for about a year. What a wasted year! The place had actually gotten better! The food was to die for! Our steaks were fabulous as were our sides. The service was exceptional both at the bar and at the table, We will not be waiting a year to return this time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Amazing steaks, and professional service. Rare never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious and service
    Delicious
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Food was delicious and service was attentive and the atmosphere quiet. Please note that we ate there at 4pm on a Sunday though--not really a busy time for dinner guests.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.