Rare Steakhouse - Milwaukee

4.6
602 reviews
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Classic steakhouse in downtown Milwaukee. Serving prime steaks, fine wines, and fresh seafood. Live piano bar. Business lunch destination.
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JB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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JS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I decided to try a different restaurant In Milwaukee. I ordered the ribeye steak dry aged, it seemed kind of small to me. It didn’t look like a 22 ounce steak. My girlfriend ordered the special center cut filet. My girlfriends filet was very salty. We ordered the flourless chocolate cake for dessert, it wasn’t dense at all. We questioned if the right dessert was brought to us. Overall the service was excellent, but the food was subpar. Our total bill for the meal was $200. I didn’t think the quality of food was worth the price.

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k
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are truly top notch. Don’t miss the tableside bananas foster!

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C
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Spectacular ambiance but the food and service were a HUGE disappointment. Server was very slow to take our order and forgot peoples drinks, mixed up our orders and even brought the wrong food to our table. The steak was marginal at best. Words like: rubbery, chewy, undercooked, grainy and fatty cover the steaks. The bernaise sauce was very sweet and the side dishes over salted and peppered. Overall a very poor experience at what was advertised as a highly rated steak house.

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HR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. The foie gras was out of this world. There was a little snafu with our popovers but we would never have known it was a problem if our server had not indicated that it was. Really appreciated the honesty and very quick resolution. Only suggestion would be that our food could have been a little hotter when it arrived. Didn't bother me but my husband and son like a very hot plate. Overall, an outstanding experience. We will, and already have, recommend to others and will be returning.

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food was spectacular. Peter our Captain strategically navigated the crew (us) through the entire dining experience like the True seasoned skipper he is. Seriously, Peter is fantastic! Here is an example of going up and above. While one of the crew left the table, Peter quietly took her napkin from her chair and made a swan (origami).

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T
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for an Anniversary dinner and it was amazing! The staff knew from our reservation that it was a special night and treated it accordingly. Thank you!

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LA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed the seating area, service and atmosphere however my ribeye steak ordered medium did not have much flavor and was not tender at all, very chewy.

For the $200.00 price we paid for two people for dinner (one ordering steak, one salmon) I would strongly recommend other restaurants.

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ND
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable meal, start to finish. Our waiter Ian was knowledgeable and helpful. The cocktails were delightful, the food was "last meal" perfect, and the ambiance was lovely. Truly a memorable experience.

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We used to eat at Rare all of the time. It was our favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. We took a break and hadn’t been there in a while before we went back last weekend. Ambiance has changed- the piano bar (one of our favorite things about the restaurant) was removed. The food did not taste fresh and was cold when we got it. We probably won’t go back.

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JG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my husband‘s birthday and met some friends. The experience at the bar for some drinks was great and speedy and the drinks were delicious. once we moved to the table our server Katie took very good care of us and explained all of the food options. We were very happy with our shared sides ( loaded has browns and breaded sprouts) and our main entrées- ( filet and tomahawk) we did end up doing bananas Foster for dessert which was good, not excellent but overall we would come back !

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JJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! Everything exceeded our expectations!

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JV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing I was disappointed about was the business attire clothing that was told when booking your reservation. The night we checked in with the host and we were waiting to be seated to our table. 3 couples walked in. Out of the group 2 men had on blue jeans and 1 hand on flip flops! If your going to be a classy restaurant than stick to your dress code. I won't even tell you what the women were wearing......

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening filled with a romantic fell and great food.

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T
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! Comforting atmosphere great for a quiet dinner.

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LW
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and decor was incredible. Extremely classy joint! The entire wait staff was unbelievable. Professional, knowledgeable and courteous. Katie was wonderful. She is really really good. Can’t say anything bad about this place at all.

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very elegant place to celebrate an anniversary. The staff was very friendly and service was timed perfectly. The food was amazing except for our steaks which seemed a bit over cooked for what we ordered and therefore a bit dry. Overall, I would recommend it!

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SW
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and the service is the best. Attentive and friendly without being annoying. Cocktails and wine selection outstanding. We always recommend to out of town guests willing to spend a little money and looking for the best steak options.

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K
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there about 3 times now and a good experience every time.

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AB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 3rd time going to rare and it was excellent as the other times. The food is amazing and the service outstanding. The servers are always so friendly, attentive, and know the menu so well. I would recommend this place to everyone.

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was accommodating of our schedule change and gave us a great experience. Our waiter, Neal, was excellent and the entire meal was well paced. The steaks (filet and ribeye) were expertly prepared exactly as ordered and the brussel sprouts were exceptional. The sweet potato’s were too sweet and soft for our taste, but certainly did not detract from a wonderful dinner.

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C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

So disappointed. Rushed. Steaks were mediocre. Best thing was the waiter. Won’t be back. Had way higher expectations.

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RW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my team here for lunch. It was delicious. Great attentive service. A wonderful experience.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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H
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location downtown for a business lunch. Food was fantastic. Attentive service. Too early for a cocktail but a very nice bar

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a Birthday dinner with my son.

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JC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service,drinks,apps.,sides - all spot on and wonderful. Steak was just ok? Probably wont be back for that reason.

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r
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our Thanksgiving dinner was elegant. The dining room was beautiful, not overcrowded, and the noise level was such that you could easily hear conversations. Our server, Katie, was simply terrific. She was very professional, pleasant, and knowledgeable. Our dinner was delicious, with very generous portions. We can’t wait to go back!

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MT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rare provided a cozy, romantic atmosphere for a weekend getaway. The food was delicious and the staff was professional and kind. The only somewhat negative was that the booths faced each other across the dining room, so when we would look up, our line of view was the table across from us.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional "special night out."
Not cheap, but worth every penny - the entire meal was delicious!

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and very nice ambiance. The meats were high quality, but not cooked to order and prices are high.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. Our waiter had the right amount of interaction! Everyone's food was great except for mine. The choice I made was a beef and pasta dish. I should have had a steak or seafood instead.

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i
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Christian was excellent- friendly and offered great recommendations! Our drinks, appetizers and steaks were delicious- do the Japanese A5!

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j
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Awesome steak! We ordered steak and crab legs and it was phenomenal.

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KS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a little trouble with service as by the time our sides came, we were almost done with the steak. Other than that, delicious food and would definitely return!

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JC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good but very expensive. I had the Waygu Beef which is crazy expensive for what it is. It does melt in your mouth but my friends steak flavor was way better than the $23 per oz I paid. Mushrooms and Brussels were amazing!!!

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L
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend the Rare Steakhouse to anyone who enjoys a good steak.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As a single woman, dining out solo can be a hit or miss experience. Not so at Rare. The manager Pam made me feel welcome, cared for and comfortable. Michael my server was extremely attentive and gracious. I had a cocktail, a Vesper, which was expertly concocted. I chose the filet mignon (medium rare) accompanied by the grilled asparagus. I was treated to a complimentary popover served with compound butter. The popover was delightfully tender on the inside, a lovely surprise. When the steak arrived it was perfectly seasoned and done exactly to my specification. The meat was buttery in its texture and flavor, seared to perfection on the outside and warmed through to the inside. The seasoned asparagus still had a bit of crunch and paired nicely with the creamy aioli that was served alongside.
I sell a very high end lifestyle to my clients for my work and am constantly asked where to eat/drink/sleep/relax in the city. Not only will I gladly patronize Rare again myself but will heartily recommend it to all my discerning clients.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Rare. Service was excellent and the food, delicious. We especially enjoyed the experience of having them make the bananas foster table side. Great night!

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