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Rare Steakhouse - Milwaukee

4.5
784 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 784 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.7
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRDfoodie
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Social distancing and consideration for others health was great. Felt safe here. They were out of some liquor bottles which was odd. Steak was great and sides were ok. Service with Raj was excellent!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second experience at Rare ans it was amazing. Service, food, and just overall atmosphere were fantastic. The lobster mac and cheese is to die for.

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JasonB
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The steak wasn’t cooked properly, the pork belly wasn’t crispy, it was actually slimy, the meat was full of gristle, and the meat wasn’t even hot when it came out. We ordered five different of beef including the A5 Wagyu. The “medium” steak was cooked less than the person who ordered “medium rare.” Their chef doesn’t even understand how to correctly cook meat. I even question if the meat was prime.

They pride themselves on being the only steakhouse in milwaukee to age their prime beef in house. They missed everything on all levels.

The service was great. We ordered 4 bottles of wine and they did a great job with the presentation. The bad food is not their fault. It’s just unfortunate that we spent so much money on a poor experience. Lesson learned: Stick to Eddie Martini’s if you want a good steak in Milwaukee.

I’ve been to the best steakhouses in the country and this place wasn’t even close. The $15 steak and lobster at Silk was better than this!

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schmitty
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe. Staff all masked and gloved and had great social distancing. Also patrons spread out. Felt very safe the whole time. Food was awesome, just like every other time. Costly, but perfect for special occasions.
Highly Recommend.

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vipchigirl34
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my partner’s birthday. We had an amazing time. Our server was excellent and provided great recommendations. I definitely recommend dining here.

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BillH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was good. I have eaten at a lot of high end steak houses and was a little disappointed. I was expecting more. Appetizers were lacking in selection. Service was good, but not what I would expect in high end place. But I had this in the middle of COVID. I understand that with reduced customers theses places can’t keep as varied dishes do to waste. Not sure if I return because of cost.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was amazing and the food was incredible. One of if not the best steakhouse in Milwaukee.

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Tammers
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service was excellent, and our server took the time to engage with us, as well as explain the menu items fully. The food was outstanding as well.

KJ
KJElderkin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A steak with the power to change your perspective on life.

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JosephC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but worth it for excellent steaks and service.

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vipjimc
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was hot and prepared exactly how I requested. Definitely would return.

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Jeff
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The finest place to dine in Milwaukee. The best steaks, seafood and service.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanner, our server, was fabulous!! We were having lots of fun and he was able to keep up with us.

MB
MichaelB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Ordering a steak from chili's would of been more appetizing and a lot cheaper.

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ScottD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the name of our waiter was Dustin. He was awesome.

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JenniferR
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not impressed at all. Food was just average. Cocktails however are very good

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BrandiK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. Generous portion sizes. Nice and relaxing decor. Highly skilled and knowledgeable wait staff. Expensive.

MR
MrRG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was flavorful and fantastic! We look forward to our next visit!

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coreyl
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was excellent most of the food was really good but the steak wasn’t

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darrylh
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the waiter was so helpful and we ordered off menu a number of times and they were awesome

JT
vipJoseT
Milwaukee
49 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Thanks for opening again !

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ErikaG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Lobster bisque was best ever! And Filet Mignon was amazing!!

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal experience with our first visit. Exceptional service from Peter; he was attentive and friendly but not overly so. We will absolutely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re from Chicago and wanted to take a little getaway. Our first dinner in town was super memorable here.

The dining room is perfect for social distancing. The servers wear masks. They thoroughly sanitized chairs and changed linens between guests. This was our first meal “out” since March 13th and we do not regret spending it here.

Our server Quinn was just incredible. She was so informative with great suggestions and just very charming and genuine.

We ordered the dry-aged bone-in ribeye medium rare, and this is probably the best restaurant steak I’ve ever had. Whatever they use to age the steaks is super infused into the fat. It’s almost a vanilla bourbon type flavor.

The black garlic and goat cheese Brussels were executed wonderfully and not to be missed. We almost didn’t order a green and I’m so glad we did.

We ordered the crab legs hot, they were so juicy, sweet, and steamed perfectly. Served with butter and charred lemon which was nice, but even just plain they were perfect.

Lastly we had the hash brown as a side. It was good, but it wasn’t my favorite item of the night.

Definitely worth the trip up from Chicago alone. I highly recommend

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MandrailW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Steaks were incredibly overcooked. When spending $97 on a steak you would expect it to be cooked to perfection this was not.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. We will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am not much of a steak eater, but decided to go with the 8oz filet. It was outstanding. We also had the Bananas Foster for dessert, even though I always lean towards a chocolate dessert. I will never pass up the bananas foster at Rare. Soooo good!!

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Wannabefoodie
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Rare on our 13th wedding anniversary. The food was so amazing! I had the bottleneck & crab cake & my hubby had the dry aged ribeye. Oh & the sides! Fabulous mushrooms, asparagus & mashed potatoes. Plus dessert of carrot cake & 22 year port. Overall very amazing! Our server, Quinn, had a lot of great suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quinn was an amazing server

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Mandaxxmay
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

I have been going to rare for about two years now and I have always had amazing service. I brought my parents for dinner and it was the worst service I have ever had. I expect exceptional service especially when there was only 4 other tables there. Very disappointed and won’t be back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in town to see a play and did a search for restaurants near the hotel and ran across Rare Steakhouse and was very very pleasantly surprised on the meal and service....very top notch and would definitely come back if I ever come back in town

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vipJenaShayR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Service was exceptional, dinner was excellent from start to finish! Will definitely be back!

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Mikeyp3
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great, classic steakhouse atmosphere and very good service. Steaks and sides were a good, but didn't really measure up to the prices charged. If you're on an expense account, go for it. If not, there are other steakhouses in Milwaukee that are a better value overall.

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RoselleR
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was superb. It was quite loud though!

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uniquecaJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for a friend

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review