Rare Steakhouse - Milwaukee

4.6
804 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 804 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.7
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KmNemb
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing and our server Charity was pleasant and took great care of us!

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Chloe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and drinks were yummy. We had oysters, king crab legs, and a New York strip with mushrooms. I had the bees knees for a drink and had to order another. For dessert we had an espresso martini and bananas foster and everything was delicious.

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StevenM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall experience was great.Our server Quinn was excellent.Only issue is that our steaks were mixed up,I ordered mine medium and received my fiancé’s medium-well.She got my medium with the surf and turf on top.Wasn’t a huge deal but for the price you want what you ordered,we didn’t have time for them to redo order and just ate what we had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I'm so glad I spent my night at Rare it was beautiful and my family enjoyed it tremendously!

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DrCeeCee
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. However, wait staff did not do the best job of spacing tables out. Also, also a diner was consistently coughing with no mask on and the waitstaff did not address the potential hazard.

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AZTravelFan
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was attentive, but not obtrusive.
Steaks had a nice crust and were served at the requested temperature.

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I surprised my fiancé for his birthday, everything was fantastic!

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ErinE
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Rare steakhouse. Our server, Justin, was attentive and took time to answer our questions. I had the waygu and my husband had the porterhouse. Best steaks we've ever had. We paired these with the lobster mac, crispy brussels, and roasted mushrooms which were all great. The ambiance in the restaurant was romantic and cozy. We will definitely be back!

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Steffan
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to a few steak houses in Milwaukee but this was my first time at Rare. It was the best experience from the staff to the food I’ve had. I cannot wait to go back.

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UncleGare
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience5

We had my birthday dinner at Rare. The ambiance was beautiful. Having visited many dry aged steakhouses all over New York where it started I was expecting my Milwaukee dry aged Tomahawk ribeye to be on par with my previous dry aged experiences. It was not. The Au Poivres sauce was possibly the worst sauce I’ve ever eaten, and I’m all about an Au Poivres or bordelaise on my steak. I ordered a Four Roses bourbon old fashioned, I received a Makers Mark old fashioned. Our waiter did not wrap our leftovers or offer any kind of birthday item despite other guests in the restaurant receiving that level of service. Rare left a lot to be desired. Don’t waste your money here, just go to a chain restaurant or any other steakhouse in Milwaukee. 5 stars for booking, 5 stars for ambiance, 2 stars for service, and a 3 for the cooking. And no way are they dry aging those steaks.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, served by great people! Charity and Justin were wonderful.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dry aged steaks and a great atmosphere! Will def be back

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AdrianaP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent environment, Clean, Great food Steak phenomenal and We had a banana dessert prepared at the table with flames, cinnamon sparkles, a la mode something you must try! very unique dessert our server was Justin great guy He has very good recommendations for your starters.
Definitely We will come back!

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ChrisB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service! Our waiter Pete took very good care of us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my 21st birthday and the experience was great, just like the food! High class ambient with good food and drinks to pair. 5/5!

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Jake
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very pricey for steak that isn't cooked right. Manager just took it back and had it reheated. Didn't offer to comp anything. If your paying that much it should be right the first time every time.

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HenryP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The ambiance and service was great. The quality of steak was good, but lacked a lot of flavor. For the money you pay and the flavor of food you get is very mediocre.

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ErikW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Excellent ambiance and very intimate dining. However, the steak was a serious disappointment especially at the price, I've had better at a supper club; very chewy for a filet and not much flavor. The lobster bisque was top notch but they give you about 2 oz for $13. It was good for a one off, but I doubt I'll go back.

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vipRDfoodie
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
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 on October 24, 2020
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.

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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.

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MichaelB
Chicago
3 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