Rare, the Steak House

4.7
1346 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Rated Best Steak House in New Jersey 4 years in a row! Treat yourself to a Rare experience, Established in 2007 at Rare, it's all about the steak. Select cuts of prime wet aged beef, cooked to your specifications presented with your choice of exceptional side dishes. For those who hunger for something other than steak, Rare's affiliation with Il Tulipano has some classic Italian dish's that have been added to the menu or choose from Colorado lamb, veal, poultry &; fresh seafood 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, featuring a happy hour with tapas menu, 1/2 priced drinks, Monday thru Friday 4 to 7 pm, the perfect spot to unwind, socialize & network after a hard days work & commute. For exceptional dining so close to home, simply reserve your table, sit back & enjoy the Rare experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1346 people are saying
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vipRonnie
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to dine anytime during the week. Great quality meat and fish and well prepared.

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Fallon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I thought the food quality was not as good as in the past. My dish was overcooked. The waiter missed the entree for one person and he ended up getting his dish later. The service was off somewhat..not what I expected. The waiter was pleasant in any event. Thank you,

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Marty
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is the place to go for good steaks! Cooked to perfection! On a Saturday night it's very noisy and crowded. Good food and good wine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very attentive. The food was delicious and the entire table left very full and happy!

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RobbinM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its a great to eat. The staff are excellent. Always enjoyable.

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vipRonnie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a perfect go to for steak. Warm and friend Matre d. He always finds a place for you.

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MichaelR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great hidden gem! Excellent food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely delicious. Service was excellent and we could not have asked for a better dinner. Highly recommend!!

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JoeA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food ,Great Service, Worth The price !!! Highly recommended

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vipCJTraveler
Las Vegas
84 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This is the first time we’ve eaten at Rare. One of the things that drew us there was it’s “Best Steakhouse in NJ” accolade. From the outside, it’s nicely appointed and in a good location with valet parking. Once inside, the bar area is quite nice but the dining area is a bit like a refurbished pizzeria with uncomfortable, lightweight wood chairs. The atmosphere ok but very loud.

Our waiter showed us the different steaks being offered and we all chose the rib eye. The rib eye steak displayed and the ribeye steak presented for consumption were 2 very different steaks. The steaks displayed were truly steakhouse quality but the steaks we were given were much lesser quality, much thinner and over cooked. I had asked for medium rare and got well as did most of the table. I wished I had taken pictures of the display cart versus what I received.

With this said, they were quick to take my steak and provide me a new one that was cooked more to my liking but still, the steak was less than an inch thick and still not medium rare (more medium).

Apart from the steaks, the service was good, the drinks were fantastic, the appetizers were solid, and the sides were good. As a restaurant, Rare is good but as a steakhouse, not so much. The cost does not match the quality.

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Kathy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I was surprised that the servers were not wearing masks and the tables were close to each other. The restaurant was packed. I was personally conflicted with the servers leaning in to hear us because the noise level. The food was very good. I was surprised that when I looked at the menu online on open table it said 10 oz filet mignon was $38 but on the menu at the restaurant it was $50. That was substantial. Maybe it was because it was Saturday night or maybe the prices went up. The meat was amazing, my friend had swordfish and said it was also delicious. It was my husbands second time there and second time had a great meal.

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vipCAFOOD
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a really good meal here. Steaks were all done perfectly and had a great taste. A little costly with all the add ons but still a pretty good value. I had a 16oz prime sirloin that was very tasty and done right. Crawfish mac and cheese appetizer was really good. Party of 6 and everyone was happy with their food. Service was attentive and friendly. Will recommend and return. Only issue is the parking lot is valet only. Some street parking available.

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vipMichael
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They always get it right!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is excellent. Oysters were over the top and steaks are great... service is friendly and excellent. Always a great meal

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MarioD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful steakhouse with great food low noise and a wonderful overall environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good!

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Janine
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was fantastic. Not my first time there, but definitely a treat. The vodka sauce is very yummy. Chocolate chip cookie skillet delicious also!

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craigp
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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KristyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was delicious! Steaks cooked perfect. Haven’t been in awhile and it did not disappoint!

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Andy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was polite…

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went here for our anniversary and was seated immediately. Our table however was very close to another table where I literally bumped elbows with the person next/behind us. I asked to be moved and we were accommodated.
Food was very good. Steak was cooked perfectly. The server de-boned our fish table side which was great.

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vipRonnie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal

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vipFrania1
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was delicious and service attentive and impeccable.,

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Sandra
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and service was very good as well. I feel like the prices have gone up dramatically but at least you know you are getting a great meal.

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BarbaraL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is top quality, the service is the best, and the ambiance is understated elegance.

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ShawnA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place to dine! I took my team here and they all loved the experience.

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Ive1010
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Best steak house in town will recommend to you and visit

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vipSapphire
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience except for the noise level! Couldn’t hear each other at the table!

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vipSandy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome good great service. Carlos is the best!

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StephenJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great professional friendly and knowledgeable staff.Fantastic food from Appetizers to Dessert, Steaks were incredible! Fresh and tasty food, great Birthday Dinner! Thank you All staff for such a memorable experience.

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DianeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family birthday celebration last night at rare? First time we were there everything was excellent we had an eight-month-old with us and we were treated with the best service and food!

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JMCout4dinner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for any occasion. Been coming for years and always a great meal. Steve always makes you feel as though a long time friend is welcoming you. Cheers as the drinks are a great pour.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food. Highly recommend

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vipRonnie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience as well as splendid service and amazing food.

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Lucy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sides need to come out with dinner....but very good

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vipRalph
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My steak was tough

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JamieF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were at the restaurant for an occasional weekend date. We were seated at a table on the 2nd floor. Service was decent but the waiting service forgot to refill the waters and to ask how our meal was. When the manager passed by asking how our meal was (we were almost finished with our meals) he looked disappointed that we were not satisfied. I ordered a veal chop medium rare but it arrived medium well and VERY dry. No sauce would help it, plus the sauces provided no flavor. My husband ordered a steak which was not very good. The sides and drinks were great. The space seemed newly renovated but with no ambiance. Just bare walls with small curtained windows. Sadly, for the price, food and service. We will not visit again.

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SandyB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My first time at Rare was a good experience. The wait staff was excellent and the steaks were very good. The restaurant was too noisy for my taste . If you are looking for a quiet dining experience this is not your spot.

The steaks were seasoned well thus no need for salt or pepper. They were cooked as ordered and very tender. The whipped potatoes were tasty but a little to rich . The Caesar salad was excellent. Over all a pleasant experience.

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LarrySusak
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The steaks were amazing! Not a big meat eater, but this my have converted me.

FAQs

Rare, the Steak House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 256-6699.

Rare, the Steak House is rated 4.7 stars by 1346 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.