Rare Steakhouse - Milwaukee

4.5
862 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Rare combines craft cocktails, in-house dry aged steaks and attentive service in an unabashedly old-school steak house setting. Milwaukee's downtown steakhouse features specialty cuts dry aged in-house, like the Rib Cap and the Bottleneck as well as offering more traditional cuts like our filet and our rib eye. Rare also carries the famed, and incredibly delicious A5 Wagyu, available by the ounce.

Complimenting our steaks and entrees is a specialty cocktail list and an extensive wine list with everything from wines for a big celebration to a weekday dinner.

Rare Milwaukee is one of the top business lunch destinations, but if you're just looking for a drink after work, Rare offers discounted cocktails, wines and snacks at happy hour.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 862 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNiraj
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly great meal - lot of rare cuts that are prepared very well. Not expected in a smaller city like Milwaukee. Service was great and has the feel of an old-school traditional steakhouse. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing dining experience here. Our server, Chase I believe was his name, was outstanding and very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was very delicious and the cocktails were too. I had the dry aged tomahawk which was cooked perfect to medium rare, and served sliced in a board. Bananas foster was served table side with some awesome presentation as well.I do wish they had a dress code though, when out dining at such a fine restaurant you don’t expect to see people in camouflage crocs and shorts.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining experience was phenomenal!

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foodlover
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very wonderful experience at Rare as we celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. Great steaks, great service. All good!!!

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JimS
Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a real treat, A+ from beginning to end. Spot on service, and all food was outstanding from the seasonal salad and appetizers to the main courses and on thru Cherries Jubilee.
Excellent !

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MarioH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Great! Definite will be returning!!!!

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AndyP
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our server Raj was outstanding in his explanations of the menu, and attentive to all our needs. A place you want to give you service to!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service top notch! Justin took excellent care of us. I highly recommend the Bottleneck cut.

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chump
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only negative was the coffee, didn't care for it.
The food perfectly prepared.

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vipJimmers
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Super overpriced for what little you get. Steaks were bland. The bread puff things were an awesome suprise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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JackLE
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely outstanding. Oysters rockefeller were suberb, the little bits of bacon just sent it over the top. Watermelon/arugula salad was so light and fresh, small bits of goat cheese were a fine addition. The steak was by far the best I've ever had: so tender, flavorful and juicy. Added truffle butter as well, so delicious. Service was excellent; overall well worth the money spent, will definitely visit again.

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DawnH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

When we recently visited, we ordered the tomahawk steak 'medium. It was served very rare and extremely fatty without the fat being rendered. It was gross. As far as the value, the steak was $110 for 36 oz but it did not seem like much meat for the price - I think the bone was a huge part of the 36 ounces. The pop ups were fabulous and the service (Joshua(?) or Jason (?)) was very good! But we would not come back because of the very poor quality of the steak.
Sincerely,
Dawn H

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night to remember!

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LaurenM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the food was excellent--steak, oysters, lobster bisque. Highly recommend for dinner!

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ScottSt
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was top notch, lobster great ,oysters super fresh. The steak was awful. $66 for a New York strip I could have gotten better from Walmart. Don't think we will return.

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PatriciaF
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First visit. Valet parking. Began with excellent drinks at the bar. (Ginger pear martini.). Highly recommend the lobster bisque! One steak and one salmon dish - both excellent and nicely seasoned. Nice bottle of wine (under $50). Also a complimentary birthday creme brûlée. Very delicate, crunchy topping. Attentive, friendly service. Back to the bar for coffee. A new favorite place for special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Buns are soooo good!!!

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PatrickK
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the steaks were prepared to perfect temperature, I don’t know that we would order three accompaniments next time. Way too much food and no way to have room for dessert!

We suffered through the Door County Cherry Cheesecake.

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DateNiteHolla
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 5 year wedding anniversary. Took my wife Laura there used open table which I use all the time and when we got there our reservation wasn’t in the system ? When RARE called us at 2 confirmation I called back and confirmed so the open table app must have not relay the message back to RaRE etc other then tht hiccup the service from Quinn our waitress was 10-10 she was amazing it was one of the first times me and my wife have had dinner and been down town since the epidemic hit and we have always wanted to try but never got a chance! We were so happy with the the steaks we orders and the wine she recommended me a wine hater I loved the bottle and had some. Don’t let Quinn leave she ask for a raise give it to her she will one day be a manager or own a restaurant she was the most attentive most knowledgeable person to have ever served us we eat all over the world Mexico Dominican etc thank you make sure you tell her show her how happy we were thank you

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Carol
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted in the bar area where we had a private table for two. It was beautiful - had never been there. The professional, warm, kind bartender let us take time to acquaint ourselves with the menu. We got our drinks and shortly thereafter, and appetizer - excellent calamari! It might be a steak house, but it is hard to get great fish all over, so we chose the Chilean Sea Bass, a phenomenal choice. I will surely try a steak next run, but I've never had Sea Bass as perfect as this was, served in a delicious bed of spinach. I will be back, and hopefully OFTEN!

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KimberlyM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I spent $160 on the worst steak I’ve ever had. The wagyu was cold and slimy. We ordered our ribeye medium and it came out neon red and cold. We would never go back. I never write reviews I just can’t get over this one

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ChristopherZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The staff was very pleasant. Great ambiance.

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dawnb
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere & food. Had a great time

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viprussellM
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible beginning to end

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JaclynF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had phenomenal service from Neal. We were unfortunately very disappointed in our steak. For $70 a steak we felt our food came out very fast and realized that our steaks were very rare inside. One was supposed to be medium rare and one medium and both were completely rare inside. We didn’t want to send them back so we just packed them up and took them home but we did expect a better steak from the restaurant and we don’t think we will back. The banana fosters was delicious though!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lobster bisque didn’t have any lobster in it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top-notch service for this birthday dinner. We started with drinks at the bar and the bartender was very engaging and clearly experienced. Dinner was spectacular as always. Our waiter, Casey, brought the right balance of casual and professional to the table.

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GayleM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and Friday night wine special!

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vipColdfish
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience and wait staff (Chase) were amazing! If you want a top notch meal in MKE, this is it!! Wow!!

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ddubs
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I brought two coworkers here on a business dinner. I’ve been to many fine steakhouses and can say this was easily the worst. The lone bright spot was the crab cake which was really wonderful. Our waiter was very nice as well, but clearly inexperienced.

Generally;
1) our waiter literally read the entire menu to us. This lasted five minutes. I understand going over the highlights but this was over the top.
2) the sides (Mac n cheese and Brussels) were... meh
3) the steaks tasted like they were from pick n save. For $70 a steak, I was expecting far more.

For being the most expensive steakhouse in the city, you need to up your game.

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vipdeewass
Milwaukee
86 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The steak really blew me away. We got a dry aged porterhouse and it might have been one of the best steaks I have ever had. Incredible flavor and texture. All else with the food was great - salads, crabcake, sides and dessert. Highly recommend it as a place for steak.

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natashaf
Milwaukee
1 review