Rare, the Steak House
Rare, the Steak House

Rare, the Steak House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rarestk.com/
  • Phone: (973) 256-6699
  • 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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Rare, the Steak House reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (37)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (21)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (10)hot spot (7)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good food, too noisy, weak service
    RichVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Rare has some good things going for it. The complimentary bruschetta and meatballs are a nice welcoming touch. The Roquefort salad was perfectly done. Steaks are cooked nicely and have great flavor. But Rare has some serious problems that limit our interest in going there more frequently. Number 1 on the list is the noise. Every time we go, the place is so loud (must be the acoustics) that we find our dining group yelling and/or saying "what?' throughout the meal. The owners should seriously consider finding a way to add something to modify the horrendous acoustics. And then there's the service. With our party of 4 this past Saturday, the other couple arrived a bit early and were at the bar with drinks. My wife went over to them and ordered an drink and I went to check in. When we requested finishing our drinks at the bar before being seated, we were basically told "no, you need to be seated now". This is completely unacceptable - the maitre d should be retrained by the owners. This is not how you treat your guests. And then there's the server, who was the most sullen, mechanical person I have ever had wait on me. She never bothered to show us the raw cuts of beef (we saw another server doing this). When my wife and I ordered the rib eye special, she said "You mean the cowboy?", to which I said yes (these names are interchangeably used by restaurants). Of course, she was referring to a different cut that was $10 more expensive, and when she served it and we realized that it was not what we had ordered, she assured us that we would not have to pay for it. Well, you know where this is going; the bill comes and there are the two more expensive steaks on the bill (which was fixed but why wasn't it taken care of in the first place?). And then to end the meal on a high note, they gave our friends our leftovers, and vice versa. No attention to detail. With a few important adjustments, Rare could be a much more successful place.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The escargo was the best I've ever had. The other app we go was the mozz cheese and roasted red pepper both were delicious. The filet mignon was delicious. Service was excellent. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fantastic.
    DonnaB
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The only bad thing I have to say is we were served our dinner right after our appitizers. We had martini's with our appitizers and our dinner came out so fast we didn't even get a chance to order a bottle of wine. This has happened to us before. If you're going to eat here, order your dinner after the appitizers are served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around!
    Mazu72
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The atmosphere, service and food was a great experience from start to finish!!! We will definitely go back to Rare!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL
    BubblesVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    WE had a wonderful dinner with great service as always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Parking
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent Steaks and sides. On the high end of price for the area. The parking lot was completely reserved for valet parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dr. D
    DoctorDickieDVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Booked an early seating to accommodate my octogenarian parents. Everyone was very pleased with the meal selections and the wine options were very good. We ordered a familiar Malbec and the price was reasonable. The attention we were given by the staff top to bottom was special on this special occasion
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The presentation of the food and the taste were both great. Server was great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    KKNJ
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food and service are always top notch. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    Taliakay77
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place was overpriced! Our food was horrible. My husbands steak was so rubbery it was like chewing leather! And their supposed to be known for their steaks what a joke! On top of that they forgot to put the mushrooms and sauce on top of it so the waitress had to send it back. Then his side dishes were pitiful they had to have been made like the day before. I definitely do not recommend Rare I've been to other steakhouses that truly live up to their name and serve great steaks unlike this place. Save your money and go somewhere else!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful experience
    Zarroc6669
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was excellent. Huge portions. Shareable sides. Attentive waitstaff. A great dinner our.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for steaks, but love bacon
    PeterDVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The steaks, salads and lobster bisque were very good. Brussel sprouts were simple,but perfectly cooked. You must try their bacon, it was amazing. More like pork belly. Wine list was limited, but nice selections at reasonable mark up. The noise level was very high. Something about the accustics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatsalot
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Better than your average Steak House, there 's more offerings in types of food ( beef, fish, or pasta). There's a no rush atmosphere and the staff was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak?
    LittleFallsGuy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    If you like your porterhouse dry, no fat, tasteless & no favor, you will get it all in Rare. Even the draft beer taste funny.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    Ladybug916
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was excellent. I had scallops provencal and my dining partner had a 12 oz. steak. We shared the Iceberg Wedge, which was very sufficient. Drinks were well made. We ordered a side of creamed spinach, which was delicious but a bit too large for two, so it went home with a few slices of the steak. I have been here before, and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Blandishment
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was fantastic, in fact the three of us agreed they were the best steaks we have ever had and well worth the price. Our server Crystal could have been more attentive but it did not matter because of the food. Noise level was about what you would expect. In addition to the steaks all the appetizers including their pasta was incredible. One minor complaint was the rare fries looked like we had gotten the bottom of the batch as there were lots of tiny pieces which were inedible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Steakhouse
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Rare is a good, not great, Steakhouse. Our appetizers took over an hour to arrive, our steaks were on the overcooked side and the service was OK at best. Much improvement is required for it to rival many of the better NJ Steakhouses such as Roots, Rod's, etc. The only highlight was the Manager, who was very understanding and did his best to make it a nice evening for our group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak and so much more
    Donnyt
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From the moment you enter the Restaurant you are graciously greeted with a smile from the maitre d. The staff is attentive and friendly and knowledgable. Filet Mignon is probably the best i've had in years. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average...at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is my third experience at Rare and truthfully my worst. Let me begin with a positive. The bar staff is well trained and accommodating. Now I offer some 'improvements'. I ordered not one but two bottles of wine that didn't match the vintage on the menu. The server apologized but never communicated the matter to the GM. The GM stopped over after the meal and claimed 'it was the distributor's fault'. Rather ironic since I heard the same excuse last year. The porterhouse was cooked perfectly but not the best quality of meat with little to no age with the cut. Certainly didn’t present like Prime rather a Choice cut.
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  • 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
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    • 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
    NJFoodie
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 470 reviews are from the Rare, the Steak House reviews archive.
  • 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
    dougie53VIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.